Panda Keeper and Chengdu Highlights Tour

CD-7: 4-Day Dujiangyan Panda Keeper Program and Chengdu Highlights Tour
From: $599
Panda Photography Nature Culture

Join an International Internship Program or Panda Keeper Program to have an opportunity to get to know more about pandas and take care of them. This special experience is only available in Chengdu. You probably won't escape the cleaning duties in the enclosure or collecting and weighing the panda poop. All this and more!

Note: Dujiangyan Panda Valley has reopened the volunteer program and the program to take photos holding a panda since March, 2015. There is a daily quota of 20 volunteers for the Panda Keeper Program, so please inquire and confirm at least 7 days in advance to secure a booking. Due to summer vacation, the voluteer quota in July, 2015 has been fully booked by now. Please confirm early to secure the quota after July.


  • Join a Panda Keeper Program to take care of pandas
  • Glimpse Chengdu from olden times at the actual archeological dig site of Jinsha Museum
  • Wander in the old districts of Jinli Street for trinkets and local snacks

What's Included

  • Entrance to scenic spots listed in the itinerary
  • Panda Keeper Program fee at Dujiangyan Panda Valley
  • Guiding by experienced English-speaking tour guide
  • Private transfers between the airport, attractions, and hotel
  • Lunches mentioned in the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast

Price Per Person in US Dollars

Nov.1 - Mar.31 Deluxe Class Superior Class
2-5 People $729 $599
6-9 People $589 $459
Apr.1 - Oct.31
2-5 People $769 $639
6-9 People $629 $499

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1Chengdu Arrival

Your private guide will be on time and waiting in arrivals. A comfortable private car (non-smoking) and experienced driver will transfer you to the hotel.

Tianfu Sunshine Hotel Chengdu (superior class)/Sofitel Chengdu Taihe (deluxe class).

Day 2Jinsha Site Museum, Wenshu Monastery, Wangjiang Park, and Jinli Street
Jinli Old Street

This morning you will visit the Jinsha Site Museum to travel back in time to ancient Chengdu. Located in northwestern urban Chengdu, the Jinsha Site Museum has been hailed as one of the major archaeological discoveries in China in recent years, where the 3,000-year old Sun and Immortal Bird (the symbol of Chengdu) was discovered. Then pay a short visit to Wenshu Monastery, an oasis of peace in the city.

After lunch, you will be escorted to the next destination. Wangjiang Park is where the former residence of the famous female poet Xue Tao (768–831) was located. There you will visit the romantic poet's tomb, appreciate the ancient Sichuan-style architectures, and take a deep breath in the verdant bamboo forest, where there are more than 100 species of bamboo.

You will feel Chengdu's relaxation in Jinli Street, a commercial street with a history of over 2,000 years. In this 550-meter street, you will feast on numerous Sichuan-style snacks, bargain for stylish local crafts, and imagine the bustling of the past with the rows of ancient-styled buildings.

Tianfu Sunshine Hotel Chengdu (superior class)/Sofitel Chengdu Taihe (deluxe class)

Day 3One-Day Giant Panda Keeper Program at Dujiangyan Panda Valley
Panda Keeper Program

It takes about 90 minutes to drive from your hotel to Dujiangyan Panda Valley. On this day, you will start early and arrive before 8:30am, when the morning program begins.

During the program, you will learn more about this endangered species, and help take care of them under the guidance of the staff. Activities may include cleaning the enclosure, weighing and cleaning bamboo, making panda cakes, feeding the pandas, watching a panda movie, and attending a panda lecture. At the end of the program you will receive a panda keeper certificate.

Lunch will be arranged at the canteen of Dujiangyan Panda Valley. Due to the limited choices of restaurants, if you don't want to eat the meal at canteen, we can escort you to a simple local restaurant run by farmers near Dujiangyan Panda Valley. You can order and pay for the meal at your own expense.

After the program, drive back to your hotel in Chengdu at around 5pm.


1. The program is subject to change without notice and is totally dependent on the program of the day at Dujiangyan Panda Valley. We cannot guarantee that the programs listed above will all be provided. We will make our best efforts to ensure your day is special. At present, no health check is needed.

2. There is no restriction to the age of volunteers, but we do not recommend this program to children under 6 years old. Even though the pandas look harmless and cuddly, they are still bears. Parents please take care and protect the children from direct touch with the pandas. If your children are between 2-5 years old and are too young to work for pandas, you can still take them with you during the program. Your guide will help take care of them.

Tianfu Sunshine Hotel Chengdu (superior class)/Sofitel Chengdu Taihe (deluxe class)

Day 4Chengdu Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, your private guide and driver will escort you to the airport in time and make sure everything goes smoothly before saying goodbye.

Trip Notes

1. Tailoring Your Tour

This tour is very flexible. You can alter the itinerary, extend or shorten it to suit your price, interest, and schedule:
If you would like to book the hotels on your own, we can remove the hotel cost from quotation.
If one-day program is not long enough for you, we can extend the program to 2 days. You can stay overnight in Dujiangyan city after the first day's program. The arrangements for the 2 days are similar.
Please inform your travel advisor about your preference.

2. Reopen of panda photo and volunteer program

In order to protect the giant pandas from canine distemper infection, all the panda bases stopped the panda interconnect activities since January, 2015. Dujiangyan Panda Valley has reopened the volunteer program and the program to take photos holding a panda since March, 2015. The reopening date of these programs at Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base and Bifengxia Giant Panda Base is still TBA.

A donation program which allows you to take pictures with a panda for about one minute is not included in the volunteer program. It's only available in Dujiangyan Panda Valley now and the donating amount is CNY 1,800 yuan (for reference only). Only 20 tourists are allowed to hold pandas per day. If you want to hold a panda, please tell your travel advisor or tour guide in advance because you must book it at least one week in advance. This program is subject to the availability of pandas on that day. Please take enough CNY cash, as payment by credit card is not accepted there. Please prepare camera. Your guide or the staff at the base will help take photos for you.

Please note the photo program is totally depends on the availability of the pandas on that day. We will double check on the booking one day in advance and inform you as soon as there is any unexpected change.

3. Recommended Option

If you don't want to join a panda keeper program, and only want to hold a panda for photos, the tour on Day 3 takes about 5 hours. Dujiangyan Irrigation Project, 30 minutes away by car, is recommended to enrich your day with some cultural elements. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it has been irrigating the whole Chengdu Basin for well over 2,000 years.

8:30am: Collection from your hotel in Chengdu.
10:00am: Arrive at the Panda Valley in Dujiangyan and tour around it.
11:00am: Hold a panda for some photos. CNY1,800 is required. Please take enough Chinese cash.
11:30am: Lunch at a local restaurant.
1:30pm: Arrive at Dujiangyan Irrigation Project and start the tour there.
4:00pm: Finish the tour and transfer back to Chengdu.
5:30pm: Arrive at your hotel in Chengdu.

Feel free to tell us your requirements and interests, and we will be happy to help you arrange a trip using our professional knowledge and experience.

4. Payment Methods:

We now offer 3 payment methods: PayPal, credit card authorization via fax and wire transfer. PayPal is recommended for its safety and efficiency. You can pay USA dollars, Australian dollars, European dollars and Great Britain Pound directly with your credit card or debit card, even if you don't have PayPal account.