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1-Day Dujiangyan Panda Keeper Program

Keeping a panda as a pet is impossible, but you can get really close to pandas and take care of them for a whole day by joining in this program! You will never in your life get this close to them in other cities.

This program will provide you an opportunity to prepare their food, hand-feed them, and clean their enclosures. You will actually provide useful service by doing a small amount of work. You will also learn more about this cute but endangered species from our guide's explanations and from watching a short panda film.

Note: There is a daily quota of 60 volunteers for the Panda Keeper Program. Book in advance to make sure you can be one of the volunteers.


  • There are 2,200 pandas on the planet and 20 are here.
  • Feed a panda face-to-face under the guidance of a professional panda keeper.
  • Clean the pandas’ enclosure and prepare their food – bamboo… fairly easy work.
  • Watch a panda documentary and listen to a panda lecture.
  • Make cakes for pandas, with a bit of imagination.
  • Tour around the Dujiangyan Panda Base.
  • Receive a certificate showing you worked for the pandas.

What You Can Expect

Adorable Giant Panda

The night before your tour: arranging a pickup time

Your guide will call you at about 8 pm on the night before your tour to arrange the exact pick-up time. If you don’t answer, your guide will leave you a message at the front desk of your hotel.

We will also send you your guide's phone number about a week before your tour. So don't worry about pickup.

We recommend that you start your tour no later than 7 am.

  • Your car will be a 7-seater air-conditioned business car.
  • Your guide, fluent in English, knows pandas very well.

7:00-8:30 Transfer from your hotel in Chengdu to Dujiangyan

Your driver and English-speaking guide will pick you up from your hotel lobby at about 7 am and head to the Dujiangyan Panda Base. It takes about 90 minutes’ drive.

There are only 2,000+ pandas left in the world, about 400 in zoos and 1,800 in the wild, and most of them in or near Chengdu of Sichuan Province. You will see about 20 pandas at the Dujiangyan Panda Base.

At about 8:30, you will arrive there.

08:30–09:00 Preparation

Get your volunteer pass, and a working uniform and gloves. A professional panda keeper will tell you the relevant procedures. The panda keeper can speak only simple English, so your guide will be there at all times, to translate for you and to take photos for you to record your special experience.

The pandas will be awake and you will start the Panda Keeper program and learn how to take care of them.

9:00–10:00 Clean Panda Enclosures

Giant pandas eat lots of bamboo every day. So panda-keepers need to supply fresh bamboo three times daily. Take the old bamboo out and replace it with fresh bamboo, and clean out the feces. In doing this, you will learn more about the living environment and conditions of pandas.

10:00–11:00 Take a Break and Visit the Panda Base

Take a break and have a leisurely walk to visit the panda base. You can watch pandas playing, climbing trees and rolling around.

11;00–11:30 Feed a Panda

Besides bamboo, pandas also eat cakes, carrots and apples. You will feed a giant panda under the guidance of a professional panda keeper.

12:00–14:00 Have Lunch in the Panda Keepers' Canteen

Lunch will start around 12:00 at a staff restaurant of the Dujiangyan Panda Base. There are two meat dishes and one vegetable dish, and rice. Enjoy your meal with the staff there. You are suggested prepare some snacks in advance in case you don't like the food there.

After lunch, you can wander round the base on your own. You also could have a break in the resting room, to renew energy for afternoon activities.

14:00–14:30 Watch a Panda Movie

The program will recommence in the afternoon at about 14:00. Watch a panda movie, lasting 30 minutes. You will learn how pandas mate, give birth, grow up and train in the wild.

14:30-15:00 Feed the Pandas

Clean the enclosure of the giant pandas. Supply fresh bamboo and take out the old bamboo that you took there in the morning. Feed the pandas with more cakes, apples and carrots.

15:00-15:40 Make Panda Cakes

Remember you fed the pandas with cakes? Now, you will learn about what ingredients are needed for the cakes, and how to make the cakes with the help of the staff. You can make any shape you want. Ingredients will be prepared in advance.

15:40 Receive Your Certificate

The Base will award you a panda keeper certificate when you finish all activities. Return your working clothes and your volunteer pass to the staff.

16:00-17:30 Back to Chengdu

The program will end at 16:00. You will be transferred back to your Chengdu hotel at around 17:30.

If you need transferred to the airport or train station after the tour, please contact our travel advisor.


  • The Dujiangyan Irrigation Project, with a history of over 2,000 years, is still in use today.
    The project is one of the top attractions in Chengdu and about just 30 minutes’ drive from Dujiangyan Panda Base. It is recommended, if you want to know more about Chinese culture. Tell us, if you’d like to visit the project.
  • If your travel time is limited, you can take half a day to see the pandas at the Dujiangyan Panda Base.

Good to Know

  • Limited dish choice: Dish choice in the local restaurant is limited, but we will arrange the best they have. It’s not at all commercialized, so bring your own refreshments in case you don’t like the food there.
  • Be open to change: The Panda Keeper Program is totally dependent on the arrangements at the Dujiangyan Panda Base and is subject to change without notice. We cannot guarantee the activities listed above will all be provided, but we will try our best to make your day special.

Volunteer Restrictions

  • Only volunteers aged between 12 and 65 are allowed to participate in the program.
  • If your children are between 2 to 11 years of age, you can still bring them to the Panda Base. You just have to pay the Base’s entrance and electromobile fees for them. Your guide will help to take care of the children while you are in the program.
  • You can bring any children under 2 years of ageto join in the program without any extra cost.

Price Per Person in US Dollars

1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person 9 Person 10 Person 11 Person 12 Person
$ 377 $ 263 $ 228 $ 208 $ 196 $ 199 $ 192 $ 186 $ 187 $ 183 $ 180 $ 177

* The price may change during some festivals including the Spring Festival, Tomb Sweeping Day, Labor Day (1st May), Mid Autumn Day and National Day (1st-7th Oct.).

* The price is subject to change based on exchange rate.

Price Inclusion

Entrance fees , Panda Volunteer Program fees, Private English-speaking guide, private vehicle transfer, one simple lunch, taxes and all credit card processing fees.

Price Exclusion

 CNY1800 for holding a panda for photos, meals and sightseeing not mentioned in this itinerary.

Tour Code: CDALC-34

Tour type: One Day Trips  (Private Tour)

from US $263 p/p

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