The best places to see giant pandas are, of course, in Chengdu, hometown of Giant Pandas. But there are zoos in other China cities where you can see giant pandas if you can't get to Chengdu. Below are the top places to see giant pandas in China.
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 programsince March 24, 2015. And it allows visitors to take pictures holding a panda now. The reopening date of these programs at Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base and Bifengxia Giant Panda Base is still TBA.
China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda Dujiangyan Panda Base is a new panda center, established in 2014. However, it is quieter and sees less travelers than Bifengxia Panda Center, so volunteers have more time and chances to get close to the pandas.
Panda Keeper and Chengdu Highlights Tour: Join a Panda Keeper Program to take care of pandas. Tour most highlights of Chengdu.
Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base is located in the northern suburbs of Chengdu City. It is fully equipped for giant panda breeding, with a baby panda house, several enclosures for adult pandas and cubs, health stations, a giant panda museum, and a laboratory. Thousands of bamboo plants are harvested there to feed the pandas.
The base aims to create an approximation of the panda's wild living environment, and to train the pandas to adapt to wild living, and then releases them into the wild for the continuation and preservation of this charming and endangered species.
5-Day Giant Panda, Leshan Giant Buddha, and Mount Emei Tour: You will see the cute pandas, the romantic lanes in Chengdu, the Giant Buddha cut during the Tang Dynasty, and Mount Emei.
Beijing Zoo is the largest zoo in China with the largest number of animal species and is one of the best zoos in the world. It was the first zoo to open in China. There is a panda house in the zoo, which is one of the most popular enclosures there.
For those who can make their trip to Chengdu, Beijing Zoo is a good alternative for seeing pandas. Be warned that the panda house in Beijing Zoo is always fully-packed. Our guide knows how to escape the crowds.
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Ocean Park is a large ocean theme park and one of several large amusement parks in Hong Kong. You can see hundreds of kinds of marine fishes.
There are four giant pandas in Ocean Park: An An, Jia Jia (the world's oldest living panda, who will be 36 on August 10th 2014), Le Le and Ying Ying. Le Le and Ying Ying are presents from China's central government to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland.
Bifengxia Panda Base is the largest giant panda base in the world.
Bifengxia Giant Panda Base has stopped the panda interconnect activities since January, 2015. The reopening date is to be announced. If you are planning a giant panda tour, please see our 1-Day Chengdu to Dujiangyan Panda Keeper Program Tour for inspiration.
|Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Center||Chengdu City||Very easy||50||Seeing pandas||½ day||Very crowded|
|Bifengxia Panda Base||Ya'an — 3 hours from Chengdu||Hard||20||Seeing pandas||2 days||Quiet|
|Doujiangyan Panda Base||Dujiangyan — 1½ hours from Chengdu||Easy||20||volunteer program, holding pandas||1 day||Quiet|
|Beijing Zoo||Beijing||Very easy||8||Seeing pandas||2 hours||Over Crowded|
|Ocean Park||Hong Kong||Very easy||4||Seeing pandas||2 hours||Very crowded|
If you want to see the lovely giant pandas in China, please see the following giant panda tours for inspiration:
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