Red Panda Zero-Distance Encounter
2-Day Wolong Red Panda Volunteer Program Tour
This endearing red panda keeper tour takes you behind the enclosure fences to touch and feed a cluster of adorable cat-sized red pandas.
You may have noticed the anthropomorphic red panda Master Shifu in the movie Kung Fu Panda. Compared with their giant black-and-white cousins, red pandas are smaller and more playful and active.
Tour 'Wow' Points
Feed Adorable Red Pandas without a Fence in between
You will be able to go into the red pandas' living quarters under the panda keeper's guidance, have a zero-distance feeding experience.
Help Maintain a Good Enclosure Environment for the Pandas
Help clean the enclosures, sweep out the leftovers and replace them with fresh bamboo, as well as clean out the feces.
Explore the Habitat of Wild Pandas
Have a safari in the wild pandas' backyard with a Tibetan guide (2½ Hours), the gorge is an authentic natural back habitat for wild giant pandas as well as other wild and rare animals.
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Giant Pandas - Giant Buddha - Mount Emei
We had a wonderful 3 days in Chengdu area,visiting the Panda breeding Center, Leshan Giant Buddha and hiking at Mount Emei.We have been travelling several times with Chinahighlights and everything was well organised as usual. Our guide Michael (fluent in English and German) was great showing us the beauty of Sichuan. We can highly recommend travelling with him and Chinahighlights.more
Mar 2023, steffenwet
Two amazing tours
Both tours were led by excellent guides who knew a lot about everywhere we went, and were very helpful and friendly. The agent was equally helpful and quick in responding to questions which was ,especially in covid restrictions time, extremely convenient.more
Jul 2022, Elizabeth
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This is was the second time that we had signed up for the program Panda Keeper for a Day, this time at the Dujianyan Panda Base, about 1 hour drive away from Chengdu. Great experience again. We will surely do it once again.more
Mar 2022, Thomas
Amazing Tibet experience in Sichuan
Henry was an informative guide who went out of his way to ensure positive experiences. Mr Wu was not only a safe and attentive driver on sometimes rough roads but also a great photographer, capturing shots of us as we toured. Henry went out of his way to talk to anyone around to help bring the place alive through stories so we had the opportunity to meet so many locals, real people, and hear about their lives. Another highlight was the opportunity to climb a 1000 year old watchtower in Danba and meet the local family who managed it. Truly magical. Henry was also a consummate foodie who provided us with great local food recommendations along the way.more
Jul 2021, Deborah J
Amazing visit to panda bases in Chengdu and Woolong
Jason was terrific; he understood our interests in pandas and he made our outings very enjoyable. We plan to return to Chengdu to visit pandas and will be asking for Jason again.more
Dec 2019, victoriadH3461ED
Amazing visit to panda bases in Chengdu and Woolong
Our 2 day tour in Chengdu, including a visit to Chengdu and Woolong panda bases (part of 9 day tour in China) was amazing. From the planning stages with Carol Wang to the activities on the ground with our tour guide Jason and our driver, everything proceeded smoothly, with appropriate last minute adjustments to ensure the best experience.more
Dec 2019, victoriadH3461ED
We have just completed the Chengdu leg of our trip to China organised by Robert Hui at China Highlights. Our Guide for the 2 Day trip was Daisy Du who made us feel very welcome and helped us check in and ensured our rooms were satisfactory then gave us directions of where to go for the best food. The next day Daisy took us straight to the Giant Panda Breeding and Research centre. It was fantastic to see the Pandas so close. It’s a little sad that they are in captivity but it is essential to increase the breeding rate and so save these wonderful animals from extinction. We saw Pandas of all ages and sizes including a tiny little baby that was only 36 day old. After an extremely tasty lunch picked for us by Daisy she then took us into the people’s park and showed us the tea houses and dating area where parents can advertise their single ‘30 something’ children to potential partners. The day ended with a wander around Jinli Old Street where you can buy anything from food to souvenirs to furniture. We have had the best time in Chengdu helped no end by the friendly, helpfulness of our guide Daisy who knew all the best places to go and sights to see. Thank you Daisy, a great time was had by all. ---jayne_Stu Halifax, United Kingdommore
Nov 2019, jayne_Stu
Wonderful Chengdu tour with Jason
With other two friends I have visited Chengdu in September 2018 and our tour guide was Jason, who has been really amazing with us.He had the smart idea to bring us to the Pandas reserve very early in order to avoid the crowds, even if we were visiting Chengdu right during the Chinese national holidays.After the Pandas reserve, we visited the tea park and the city centre, where Jason could give us a lot of information about Chengdu. Jason gave us also very nice suggestions about places to visit in the evenings during our free time. Totally recommended!!! ---Vittorio C Berlin, Germanymore
Nov 2019, Vittorio C
Itinerary Quick Look
Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.
It takes about 3 hours to drive the 120 kilometers (75 miles) between Chengdu and Wolong. After lunch, take a safari in the wild pandas' backyard with a Tibetan guide (2½ Hours).
Along with your English guide, to ensure authenticity and safety, our local partner, a Tibetan hiking guide will join you to help explore more about the habitat.
The gorge is an authentic natural back habitat for wild giant pandas as well as other wild and rare animals, such as white-lipped deer and red pandas. The well-paved hiking trail is 5 kilometers (3 miles) long and the hike takes about 2–3 hours.
Stay overnight in the hostel that's right inside the panda center.
Red pandas are now bred in another base, which was rebuilt after the catastrophic 2008 earthquake. The Wolong base is now uses for panda wild training and is not open to general tourists.
Morning Cleaning and Feeding (2 Hours). You will be able to go into the red pandas' living quarters under the panda keeper's guidance. Red pandas live in groups, which means you will be surrounded by a cluster of adorable pandas and will be able to touch them. You will be asked to help clean the enclosures, sweep out the leftovers and replace them with fresh bamboo, as well as clean out the feces.
Afternoon Keeper's Activities (3 Hours). Have lunch in the canteen and enjoy a documentary movie about a panda's life cycle. Afterward, there's more cleaning and feeding to be done. At the end of the program, you will receive a panda volunteer certificate.
The program ends at about 4pm, when you will begin the drive back to Chengdu. You'll reach your hotel at about 7pm.
—Wolong Minjiang Hotel
At present, Wolong Minjiang Hotel is the only hotel opened to expats in Wolong area. This hotel has very simple facility. For customers with higher accommodation requirement, we will suggest you consider visiting Wolong in future when there are better hotel choices .
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