Wolong National Nature Reserve

Prior to the catastrophic Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008, when it came to seeing pandas, people thought of Wolong National Nature Reserve, which is acclaimed as the Hometown of Giant Pandas, the National Treasure of China. More than one hundred pandas once inhabited there, accounting for over 10% of the nation's total.

Wolong National Nature Reserve is located in the southwest of Wenchuan County, 130km (80 miles) from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. It is the core part of Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries, one of the World Natural Heritages in China. Completed in 1963, Wolong National Natural Reserve is the earliest, largest and best-known panda reserve in China. It was placed on UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve Network in 1980. With the warm and humid climate favorable to bamboos, pandas' favorite food, it is an ideal place for the living and reproduction of giant pandas.

The reserve is also widely known as a 'Bio-gene Bank' because of the wide variety of animals and plants, including 56 rare and endangered species such as red panda, golden monkey, white-lipped deer and precious plants such as yew and beech.

Shenshuping Panda Center Built in Wolong after Wenchuan Earthquake

Lovely Gaint Pandas
Lovely Gaint Pandas in Wolong Nature Reserve
 Introduction to China Panda

Unfortunately, the Hetaoping Panda Center of Wolong Giant Panda Nature Reserve was badly destroyed by the Wenchuan Earthquake and most pandas were relocated to Bifengxia Base of China Panda Protection and Research Center. Sponsored by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, a new panda center was built in Shenshuping of Gengda Town in the reserve and put into use since Oct. 30, 2012. From then on, pandas were transferred to their new home in batches. On May 11, 2016, Shenshuping Panda Center began to receive visitors. 74 captive pandas are kept there.

After eight years of desolation, the reserve now gains a new lease of life. Covering an area of about 150 hectares (371 acres), Shengshuping Base consists of 59 colony houses. Hi-tech is commonplace in the Research Center, which is a world leader in propagating the panda species. Pandas are national treasures and also goodwill ambassadors. Visitors can take pictures with mice-like panda babies. People from all nations are welcome to adopt pandas through naming them with an accompanying donation.

Unlike regular zoos, Wolong National Nature Reserve provides natural environment for pandas and they are not kept in cages. Therefore, while driving or walking in the reserve, you may come across cute pandas. In the reserve, there are Baby Panda Zone, Sub-adult Panda Zone, Grown-up Panda Zone, Breeding Zone, and Wildness Training Zone. You may see them walking around slowly, romping happily, eating bamboos with appetite, or climbing up the stub to present visitors a show.

Our Guest in Wolong
Our Guest Playing with a Panda
Gaint Pandas in Wolong
Lovely Pandas Playing on Ground

Besides those cute creatures, the natural scene itself in Wolong National Nature Reserve is a delight for visitors. Visitors will see luxuriant bamboo groves here and there. What also makes Wolong special is that it is more natural and less commercialized. Without huge crowds of tourists, all that the reserve has are undulating hills, murmuring streams, fresh air, adorable pandas, and other rare animals.

How to get to Wolong National Nature Reserve

Note: Due to the devastating earthquake, the road is still not very good now.
 From Chengdu, visitors can take Metro Line 2 to Chadianzi Coach Station in Jinniu District. Then, transfer to the bus bound for Xiaojin County or Wolong Town and get off at Wolong. The bus ride usually takes three hours.

 From Dujiangyan, visitors can take a bus at Dujiangyan Coach Station to Wolong. It costs CNY 21 and takes about two hours.
Ticket Price Entrance fee for the reserve: CNY 15
Panda Museum: CNY 20

Shenshuping Panda Center: CNY 60
 Note: Hong Kong citizens with valid ID and children under 1.3m (4.3 feet) can enter for free.
Opening Hours 09:30 – 16:00
Recommended Time for a Visit Half a day

Other places to see pandas in Chengdu:
 Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
 Ya'an Bifengxia Base of China Conservation and Research Center of Giant Panda
 Dujiangyan Panda Base
 Dujiangyan Panda Valley

Read more information about Chinese Giant Panda:
Growing Process
Panda Diplomacy

 China Panda Tours:
 Panda Volunteer Experience: 5 Days Standard Chengdu - Bifeng Gorge - Leshan
 Beijing & Chengdu: 7 Days Luxury & Standard Beijing - Chengdu - Leshan

- Last updated on Apr. 25, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Wolong National Nature Reserve
Asked by Dani Opossum Restack from UNITED STATES | Oct. 16, 2019 13:41Reply
I am a filmmaker from USA. Can I get access to shoot video of pandas at the sanctuary? I have funds.
Answers (1)
Answered by Pam from THAILAND | Oct. 20, 2019 18:05

Wolong Nature Reserve only opens a part of area to the public and people can pay entrance fee to visit. What kind of video you want to take? Sorry can't help you. You need to contact them in person.
Asked by Qubit19 from CHINA | Jun. 16, 2019 02:33Reply
Hi, which of the several panda centers/reserves near Chengdu is the best to visit?
I've just read that the Wolong reserve seems to have pandas walking around freely. Is this true now? I suppose we still can't go near them?
I will be staying in Chengdu for 3 days, just wondering what the best option would be.
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Answered by Anna from USA | Jun. 16, 2019 20:04

The Chengdu Panda Base is the closest one and it may be more convenient. In Dujiangyan Panda Base, there is a Panda Keeper's Program and you may have a chance to have a close contact with pandas.
Answered by Susie from USA | Jun. 25, 2019 13:14

Can't you also be a Panda volunteer at Wolong?
Answered by Anna from USA | Jun. 25, 2019 23:11

It seems available but I'm not very sure about that.
Asked by Kinga from HUNGARY | Apr. 26, 2019 00:56Reply
Could you tell me please how could I reach Wolong from Rilongzhen by public transportation?
How can I proceed to Chengdu from Wolong the same day? Is there a bus timetable?

Thank you!
Answers (1)
Answered by Oscar from USA | Apr. 27, 2019 20:13

I'm sorry but I haven't found any available public transportation information.
Asked by Alon from ISRAEL | Aug. 06, 2018 11:04Reply
Interacting with a Panda in Wolong National Nature Reserve
I heard that for an extra pay, you can actually interact with a panda and take a photo while standing close to a panda, but as far as I understand you need to make a reservation for such an activity.
Can anybody tell me if it's true, and if so, whom do I contact for the matter?
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Answered by Jack from CANADA | Aug. 06, 2018 19:20

Yes, it is. It is not allowed to make a reservation by individual and you can only experience that through a large travel agency. I contacted a travel agency to book such a panda tour. Maybe you can have a try: traveltravelchinaguide.com.
Answered by destiny from FLORDA | Oct. 03, 2018 08:14

i would love to have 2 of them
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