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Giant Pandas, a national treasure of China, are considered a living fossil and an endangered species. Our panda tours provide you with various choices to meet different needs. We offer an opportunity to see them in person, hold one of them, and help take care of them in Chengdu; if you just want take a look at panda, multi-city tour with panda zoo is a smart choice. Choose from the following packages, or tailor make your own China panda tour.

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 Base 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.

Choice A: Giant Panda Volunteer Program

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1 Day: Chengdu to Dujiangyan Panda Volunteer Program Tour

Make the most of your day to get close to adorable pandas and take care of them.

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4 Days: Chengdu Highlights and Dujiangyan Panda Volunteer Program Tour

Visit the best attractions in Chengdu and participate in the Panda Volunteer Program for one day.

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Choice B: Top Tour to See Giant Pandas

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12 Days: A Close Encounter with Pandas

Beijing–Xi'an–Chengdu–Yangtze–Shanghai

Follow the footsteps of Michelle Obama in China in 2014 to enjoy relaxing cruise, meet endearing pandas and historic highlights.

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Top Faqs

1. Where can I see pandas?

The best place to see giant pandas is surely at their hometown – Chengdu, at Bifengxia Giant Panda Base or Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. You can also see giant pandas in zoos of the following cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Guilin and Hong Kong.

2. What's the best time to see pandas?

It is best to visit during their meal or playing times. Early in the morning 08:30 to 10:30 is very suitable, when pandas come out to eat and play.

3. Can I hold pandas and take photos?

Dujiangyan Panda Base has reopened the volunteer program and the program to take photos holding a panda since March, 2015. You can join a donation program that allows you to hold a panda next to you and take pictures with it for about one minute. It is not included in the Panda Keeper Program. The donation amount is CNY1,800 per person [July 2015].
Only 30 tourists are allowed to take close-up photos with pandas each day. This program is subject to the availability of pandas on that day. Please take enough CNY cash, as payment by a non-Chinese credit card is not accepted there.
The reopening date of these programs at Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base and Bifengxia Giant Panda Base is still TBA.

4. Confusing Names of Three Panda Bases

There is only one Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base (official name), located 10 kilometers from Chengdu city center. Due to different translations, you may have seen some other confusing names, but they all mean this base. There are other 2 panda bases near Chengdu: Dujiangyan Panda Base and Ya’an  Bifengxia Giant Panda Base. Below is a map illustrating their differences and location for your information:

Three panda bases map guide

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