Code: CD14

2 Days Panda Volunteer Experience

2 Days Self-guided Tour to Dujiangyan Irrigation Project - Mount Qingcheng - Dujiangyan Giant Panda Base

Dujiangyan is approximately 55 kilometers (34 miles) from Chengdu. It is home to the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project, the largest and oldest water conservancy project without a dam in the world, which is still in use today. In the southwest of Dujiangyan, Mount Qingcheng, one of the most famous Taoist mountains in China, is located. Here you will also find the Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Pandas (CCRCGP) - Dujiangyan Giant Panda Base. In this two days independent tour, we will introduce these places and offer the details of the panda keeper volunteer program.
Day 1 Chengdu - Dujiangyan - Mount Qingcheng
Mt. Qingcheng
You may take a morning bullet train from Chengdu Railway station to Dujiangyan station. The train takes half an hour or so and the ticket fee is CNY15. Upon arrival, take bus no. 4 to Liduigongyuan station to reach Dujiangyan Irrigation Project scenic area. The entrance ticket is CNY90. To understand more about this marvelous irrigation system, you would better hire a tour guide or a self-service audio guide device at the ticket office. It takes around 1.5 to 2 hours to finish the visiting. After that, take bus 101 to reach Mount Qingcheng. The bus journey takes around one hour.

The mountain is divided into two parts, the front and the back part. The front mountain is the main part, which includes an abundance of cultural relics and historic sites. The back mountain is less accessible, but it is more about the nature than the front mountain. You can choose either of them to hike. The entrance fee is CNY90 for the front mountain and CNY20 for the back part. If you are tired, there are cable cars available for both of parts.

Find a hotel in Qingcheng Town or Dujiangyan City area and stay overnight.
Day 2 Dujiangyan Giant Panda Base - Chengdu
Giant pandas
Get up earlier and take a taxi to Dujiangyan Giant Panda Base. Located in the small town, this base enjoys a favorable climate and natural environment with huge bamboo forest coverage and beautiful scenic surroundings. It is a perfect place for giant panda rescue.

This base also offers a Panda keeper volunteer program. To participate in this, you need to sign up for it in advance. You can email them to, or call them at 028-69290315 or 028-68714488. The staff will send you back the application form and health declaration form. Submit the two forms and then wait for their confirmation. The panda keeper experience fee is CNY700 per person on a day.

The volunteer work starts from 08:30 and end at 16:00. You are required to wear the uniform and follow your supervisor instructions while working. During your volunteer day, you will clean up bamboos, pick up droppings, wash the enclosures, and prepare food for the pandas. Lunch is included and you will also have time to explore the panda rescue exhibition. The English speaking staff will accompany you through the one day experience and introduce the knowledge of the giant panda.

After that, take a taxi or bus 102 to Qingcheng Mountain Express Rail station and then take a high speed train back to Chengdu.
 More Related Routes:
Paradise Jiuzhaigou Travel: 4 days independent travel to Songpan Ancient Town, Huanglong and Jiuzhaigou Valley.
Chengdu Leisure Trip: to visit Chengdu Panda Base, Jinsha Site Museum, Broad and Narrow Alleys…
Two Days Independent Travel: to visit Chengdu Panda Base, Jinsha Site Museum, Leshan and Jinli Street.