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The best places to see giant pandas are, of course, in Chengdu, the hometown of giant pandas. There are four panda reserves in Chengdu. Choose from them according to what you want to see and do.
Our panda specialists frequently visit the reserves to hone their knowledge, and they can each give you an insider’s recommendation and tailor a panda trip that’s right for you.
Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base is the most easily accessible panda base in China. If you have limited time, this base is good for getting close to the giant pandas. Traveling with a private guide is helpful to avoid the crowds.
You are likely to see many giant pandas of various ages, including baby pandas. A visit to the museum will help you have a better understanding of this animal.
Other endangered wildlife, such as red pandas, swans, and peacocks, will enrich your trip.
If you want to join a 1-day panda keeper program, Dujiangyan Panda Base is a great option.
In the volunteer program, you can see pandas close up, help clean the panda enclosures, make food for them, and feed the pandas. Only 60 people per day can have this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
We, as the first tour operator to arrange group tours for the Panda Keeper Program at Dujiangyan, have visited the base extensively and know how to maximize your opportunity to get close to the pandas.
Wolong National Nature Reserve is considered to be the real hometown of wild pandas. It is a fairly new base, which reopened in 2016 after it was damaged by an earthquake in 2008.
Our 4-day trip suggestion allows you to participate in a panda keeper program so that you can experience what it’s like to take care of pandas, and to hike in the wild habitat of giant pandas.
Bifengxia Giant Panda Base is an option if you want to see pandas in a less crowded environment due to fewer visitors. This option means you’ll have a longer drive and it’s more expensive.
It is ideally suited to those who want to take part in a panda keeper program that lasts for 2 days or more.
Your trip can be enriched with a beautiful walk along the gorge, which has lots of water, waterfalls, hanging coffins, and green vegetation.
|Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Center||Chengdu City||Very easy||50||Seeing pandas||½ day||Very crowded|
|Dujiangyan Panda Base||Dujiangyan — 1½ hours from Chengdu||Easy||20||Volunteer program||1 day||Quiet|
|Wolong Panda Center||Wenchuan county — 3 hours from Chengdu||Hard||30||Volunteer program, hiking in panda habitat||2 days||Quiet|
|Bifengxia Giant Panda Base||Ya’an — 3 hours from Chengdu||Hard||20||Volunteer program||2 days or more||Quiet|
For those who can't make a trip to Chengdu, the zoos in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, and Hong Kong offer opportunities to have a quick look at the adorable giant pandas.
The zoos are easy to access but are always fully-packed. Our guides know how to help you avoid the worst of the crowding.
Our specialists have visited the panda bases many times. With extensive first-hand knowledge, they can help you plan your trip to avoid the crowds and find the most suitable places to see giant pandas.
Here are some sample itineraries, for inspiration: