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Held back by a sea of tourists in the panda base in Chengdu, especially during weekends and holidays? Do you only have one day but want to join in a panda volunteer program?
Head to Dujiangyan Panda Base.
Dujiangyan is about 65 kilometers (40 miles) northwest of central Chengdu. It offers a nicer and quieter environment as well as the opportunity to have closer contact with giant pandas.
Dujiangyan Panda Base is the most convenient place to experience a panda keeper program even though Wolong and Bifengxia panda bases offer similar programs.
In a one-day program, you will be able to get close to the pandas with activities that range from feeding them and cleaning their enclosures to making cakes for them.
You will never forget how amazing it is when you feed them and look into their eyes.
It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover what the adorable pandas do behind the scenes and their habits.
Want to take your child with you to join the program? Not everybody has luck with this.
The age restriction of volunteers is between 10 and 70 years old. Your guide can help take care of your child if he/she is unable to join in with the program.
Hugging Pandas During the Program
Many people wonder "Can I hold or sit with a panda to take photos in Dujiangyan Panda Base?" The answer is no.
The “Panda Holing Program” has been suspended since November 2018 to protect the pandas.
Click to know where and How to Hold a Panda in 2020.
A Private Tour Make Your Trip Smooth
Your tour will be hassle-free and you will get the most out of your experience if you book a private tour with an English-speaking guide and a driver.
Your guide can help you communicate with the staff during the program and take photos for you. Also, it will be difficult to get to the base for the 9 am start without a driver.
Price: From USD 269 per person
7:00am: Our guide and driver pick you up from your hotel in Chengdu.
8:30am–11:30am: Begin your tour: cleaning panda enclosures, feeding the pandas, and making panda cakes.
11:30am–2:00pm: Lunch and then watch a panda movie.
2:00pm–3:30pm: Continue the program in the afternoon.
3:30pm–4:00pm: The panda keeper program finishes. Transfer back to your hotel in Chengdu.
5:30 pm: Arrive at your hotel in Chengdu.
Find more details on One-Day Dujiangyan Panda Keeper Program Tour.
In Dujiangyan Panda Base, it is possible to see well-known pandas returned to China from overseas, such as Tai Shan who returned from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and red pandas.
You can also visit the Giant Panda Museum in the base to learn more about the cuddly pandas, from their origins and habitat to their habits.
If you have time, the Dujiangyan Irrigation System and Mount Qingcheng are not too far from the base. Both are UNESCO World Heritage sites.
By car (recommended): Located about 67 kilometers (42 miles) away, it takes about 1½ hours to get to the base by car.
By train: Take a high-speed train at Chengdu Railway Station and get off at Qingchengshan Railway Station. Then take bus 102 to Xiongmao Jikong Zhongxin and walk for 5 minutes to reach the base.
By bus: Take a bus from North City Bus Station, Airport Bus Station, or Xinnanmen Bus Station to Dujiangyan Bus Station. Then take bus 102 to Xiongmao Jikong Zhongxin and walk to the base.
It is not a problem to travel from Chengdu and get back in one day. If you want to stay in Dujiangyan, it is feasible.
There are no hotels at the panda base but there are a variety of hotels in downtown Dujiangyan. The best ones are:
Want a trip to Dujiangyan Panda Base? We can help you tailor-make a trip, which includes a knowledgeable, English-speaking guide.
Contact us and tell us what you would like to do. See a sample itinerary for inspiration: