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CD07: Volunteer Experience at Dujiangyan Panda Base

One Day Chengdu Panda Keeper Program Tour
From $169 per person Free Inquiry
  • Departure Daily
  • Starting Time About 7:00 AM
  • Activity Intensity Moderate
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  • Price Includes
07:00-08:30 Hotel Pick up & Transfer to Dujiangyan Panda Base
Our guide will contact you one day in advance to confirm the greeting time. Usually they will come to get you at your hotel in Chengdu at around 07:00. After a warm greeting, we will depart from Chengdu and take a 1.5 hours' car ride to Dujiangyan Panda Base to start the panda keeper program.
Visit the giant panda and experience the volunteer work at Dujiangyan Panda Base
08:30-09:00 Complete the Registration Procedures
Upon arrival at 08:30 or so, our guide will help you deal with registration procedures. Then there will be staff to inform you the dos and don'ts and offer you special uniform and volunteer card. When all the preparation works are done, the Panda Base will allocate workers to guide your work. Our tour guide will also accompany you for the entire time.

09:00-11:00 Clean the Panda House
The volunteer program will literally start at around 09:00. The first work is to clean pandas' sheds and activity areas by sweeping out their excrements and leftovers. Sometimes, you may also assist the staff to smash up bamboo stems for pandas to eat. The cleaning usually takes around 1 hour. After that, you will have an hour's time touring around the base.
Clean the panda house
Clean pandas' activity areas
11:00-13:00 Feed the Pandas & Have a Simple Lunch
At 11:00 or so, you will be arranged to feed giant pandas through bars of the enclosures under the guidance of professional feeders. Lunch will be offered at around 11:40 at the staff canteen. It is a simple Chinese lunch box and may be not to your taste. So we kindly suggest you prepare your favorite food in advance.
Prepare bamboo for panda's meal
Feed the panda
13:00-14:00 Watch a BBC Documentary about Giant Pandas

14:00-15:00 Cleaning, Feeding & Making the Panda Cake
You might need to do the cleaning work or feeding according to the arrangement of the Panda Base. After that, you will be guided to the office to make the panda cake. The whole volunteer program is going to end at 15:30 or so and you will be awarded a certificate issued by the Dujiangyan Panda Base before leaving.
Try to make the panda cake in person
Have a close contact with the cute panda
15:30-17:00 Drive Back to Chengdu & Hotel Drop-off
At the end of the day, our guide and driver will take you back to the hotel in Chengdu. Hope you have had a nice day with us!
Friendly Tips
  • The volunteer program is subject to cancellation due to government activities, healthy issues of pandas, overbooking... So please reserve the trip with us the earlier the better.
  • The above times and activities are for your reference. The schedule for the day is subject to the base's arrangement. For example, some pandas may be out of condition so they could only be fed once a day. Generally the feeding will be arranged at least once on the day.
  • We can also arrange a half-day trip if you have limited time, but the fare stays the same.
  • Please don't wear perfume or nail polish for the health of these adorable giant pandas.
  • People under the age of 65 can participate in the volunteer program at Dujiangyan Panda Base. But for safety, children under 11 years old are not allowed to feed pandas.
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Price Includes
  • Private English-speaking guide
  • Private driver & air-conditioned vehicle
  • Simple Chinese lunch box
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Tips or gratuities for guide and driver
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