CD06: Volunteer Experience at Dujiangyan Panda Base

One Day Private Chengdu Panda Keeper Program Tour
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  • Tour Style Private Tour
  • Departure Daily
  • Free Cancellation 24-hour Before
07:00-08:30 Hotel Pick-up & Drive to Dujiangyan Panda Base
Your guide will contact you one day in advance to confirm the meeting time, usually at around 07:00. After picking you up from your hotel in downtown Chengdu, we will take a 1.5 hours' car ride to the Dujiangyan Panda Base to start this panda keeper program tour.
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, your guide will help you handle the registration procedures. The staff there will inform you the dos and don'ts and then offer you the special uniform and volunteer card. When all the preparations are done, you will be divided into groups to complete the volunteer work under the guidance of the staff. Your tour guide will also accompany you for the entire time.
09:00-11:00 Clean the Panda House
The volunteer program will usually start at around 09:00. The first work is to clean up the pandas' sheds and activity areas, such as sweeping out their excrements and leftovers. Sometimes, you will also assist the staff to smash up the bamboo stems for pandas to eat. It usually takes around 1 hour to clean. After that, you will have an hour to tour around the base.
Clean the panda house
Clean pandas' activity areas
11:00-13:00 Feed the Pandas & Have a Chinese Lunch
At 11:00 or so, you will feed the giant pandas through the enclosures under the guidance of the professional keepers. Then a Chinese lunch will be offered for you at around 11:40 in a local restaurant.
Prepare bamboo for pandas
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 cleaning 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.
Learn to make the panda cake
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 tour, your 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... For the last condition, you’re suggested to reserve the trip as early as possible.
  • The above times and activities are for your reference and they will be finally 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 a day.
  • We can also arrange a half-day trip if you have limited time, but the fare remains the same.
  • Please don't wear perfume or nail polish considering the health of these adorable giant pandas.
  • For safety reasons, only people between the age of 12 and 65 can participate in the volunteer program at the Dujiangyan Panda Base.
Prices (US$ Per Person)
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Price Includes
  • Private English-speaking guide
  • Private driver & air-conditioned vehicle
  • Chinese lunch
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Tips or gratuities for guide and driver
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Questions & Answers
Asked by Phil from USA | Oct. 24, 2019 09:52Reply
Holding Panda
I see photo showing some one holding a panda. which base allow that and how much in USD
Answers (1)
Answered by Laura | Oct. 24, 2019 18:55

As I know, the activity of holding a panda in panda base is suspended now and it is still unclear when it will be resumed. But the volunteer program at Dujiangyan Panda Base is still available now.
Asked by Rebecca from NEW ZEALAND | Jul. 28, 2019 19:26Reply
Hello, do you offer this tour as a group tour?
I would be traveling through chengdu by myself. I would be happy to travel from hotel to Panda base as part of a group to help reduce the price and meet some of the people I would be volunteering with.
At this time I have no set dates.
Thank you...
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Jul. 29, 2019 17:31

Sorry, CD07: Volunteer Experience at Dujiangyan Panda Base is a private tour, we do not have group tour to Dujiangyan Panda Base. Please feel free to contact us should you need further help.
Asked by Lindsey from USA | Mar. 07, 2019 11:05Reply
Panda volunteer
Hello, the panda programs you offer, are you able to be up close to the pandas without bars or them in their enclosures? Thank you!
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Mar. 07, 2019 16:56

For the protection of giant pandas and the personal safety of volunteers, no matter you observe the pandas or feed them, you will be through bars of the enclosures and will be conducted under the guidance of professional staff. Thanks for your attention.
Asked by Paul Drury from USA | Dec. 03, 2018 14:45Reply
RE: the CD07: Volunteer Experience at Dujiangyan Panda Base program.
Hello, regarding the CD07 Volunteer Experience at Dujiangyan Panda Base program, how strict is the maximum 60-year old limit? I am a very active and health 68. What is their reasoning? Thank you. Paul
Answers (1)
Answered by Brett | Dec. 04, 2018 23:40

Hi Paul, as far as I know, Dujiangyan Panda Base does require an age limit for volunteers since it looks like a kind of physical work as a giant panda volunteer. But if you are eager to be a panda volunteer and still feel active and healthy, you can try to contact TravelChinaGuide and they may be able to help you. Hope it helps!
Asked by Ralph Hoger from WESTERN AUSTRALIA | Oct. 15, 2018 20:37Reply
CD07 Panda Volunteer Program
Greetings, Can you please assist my enquiry?
1.My wife is guardian for my daughter. Daughter is 10 years old in 2019, 140 cm. height, speaks Mandarin. Will she be accepted for the volunteer program? (We understand she will not feed the Panda)
2.What is the cost for volunteer program(CD07) in July 2019 from Chengdu?
(A) 2 people: Wife and daughter for volunteer program
(B) 1 person: Husband NOT Volunteering program
3.What hotel is preferred in Chengdu for pick-up?
4.Will I receive a full refund if Panda base is closed & no volunteering program is available due to Government sanction or laws?
5.Will you send medical forms?
Kind regards,
Ralph, Lily & Henriette
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Oct. 17, 2018 22:54

According to the policy, children under 12 years old are not allowed to participate in the volunteer program at Dujiangyan Panda Base.

As a private tour, there is no strict restriction on the location of your hotel, but staying in downtown area of Chengdu will be easier for picking up service.

We will offer you a sample of medical form for your reference. And the full refund would be made if the Panda Base is closed or the volunteer program is not available at that time. As for the price and other detailed information, please kindly contact us by filling our online enquiry form or sending us email directly. Thank you.
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