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Chengdu Panda Tour

Last updated by tony360 at 2016/3/17; Destinations: Chengdu

The recent series cartoon hit Kung Fu Panda have attracted the eyes of thousands of tourists all over the world to explore Chengdu ---- “The Home of the Giant Panda”. This tour is especially designed for panda lovers and environmentalists. Chengdu has been the ancestral homeland to giant pandas since ancient times. It is the right place for you to know more about this charmingly naive national treasure of China.


  • Take photos with the giant pandas
  • Tour around the following panda bases
  • Feed a panda with your own hands at a very close distance
  • Join a Panda Keeper Program to take care of pandas
  • Enjoy the natural beauty of Panda Village and Mount Qingcheng (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)

What’s Included

  • Private transfer between attractions and hotel
  • Panda Keeper Program fee at Dujiangyan Panda Base
  • Entrance to panda bases listed in the itinerary
  • Lunches and hotel accommodation mentioned in the itinerary
  • Guiding by experienced English-speaking tour guides

Suggested Panda Tours

  • 1. 1-Day Chengdu to Dujiangyan Panda Keeper Program Tour
  • $210 Panda/Photography/Nature
  • 2. 4-Day Dujiangyan Keeper Program and Chengdu Highlights Tour
  • $599 Panda/Photography/Nature/Culture
  • 3. 1-Day Tour to Original Sceneries of Po’s Hometown
  • $195 Panda/Photography/Nature/Culture
  • 4. 1-Day Panda Tour in and around Chengdu
  • $109 Panda/Photography/Nature/Culture
  • 5. 12 Days Pandas and China Essence Tour
  • $2100 Beijing-Xi’an-Chengdu-Guilin/Yangshuo-Shanghai
  • 6. 12 Days close experience with pandas
  • $3100 Beijing-Xi’an-Chengdu-Chongqing-Yichang-Shanghai

Recommended Locations

1.The Dujiangyan Panda Base

Dujiangyan Panda Base, short for the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda(CCRCGP), is the only base in China to join the Panda Keeper Program and to hold panda for photos. It is located 60 kilometers, or 1.5 hours by car, from Chengdu City.

There is a daily quota of 20 volunteers for the Panda Keeper Program. By taking part in the volunteer program, you will learn more about this endangered species and help to take care of them with professional guidance form our staffs here, Please inquire and confirm at least two weeks in advance and we can secure 90% of booking.

Also please check the general itinerary of the whole day and adjust the itinerary based on the weather, tranportation, and your requirements.

2.The Mount Qingcheng

In Kung Fu Panda 3, the martial arts panda star, Po, finds his long-lost fellow pandas and goes back to Panda Villge. The scenery that inspired pictureque Panda Village is the Mount Qingcheng !

Mount Qingcheng is home to many Taoist temples and historical sites among winding paths. Here the thick fog, green moss on the roofs, verdant trees and other natural elements are all incorporated into the scenery of Panda Village in Kung Fu Panda 3.

The Mount Qingcheng is also listed as a World Heritage Site. You can take a cable car up and down to leave the busy world behind and climb above the mist to see the gorgeous mountain.

3.The Panda Breeding and Research Center

It is a beautifully laid-out park which is about 10 kilometers (six miles) from downtown Chengdu and is home to nearly 50 giant pandas and red pandas.

The best time is to go early in the morning so that you can see keepers feeding pandas at about 9:30 am. The pandas are most active at that time during the day.

Besides, there is a smell theater inside the center. You can watch a 20-minute video there to learn about the research and breeding of the giant pandas.

4.The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding was established in March 1987 in order to rescue and protect the endangered giant panda species and further the research and conservation.

The Base’s geographic location and excellent technological and professional resources allow it to carry out the ex-situ(off-site) conservation efforts and to improve the artificial reproduction procedures to increase the giant panda population.

Recommended Time

You can visit the giant pandas in all four seasons for they don’t hibernate. And if you want to see adorable panda babies, you can visit a breeding center during late summer (August mostly) or autumn.

Newborn pandas are tiny and pink, which is said to be the only period in a giant panda’s lifetime when they are “ in color ” (not black and white). Please don’t visit during Chinese holidays, e.g. May 1st -3rd ,October 1st -7th , when zoos and panda bases are packed.

Giant pandas actually spend almost half of their time sleeping, so if you want to see them walking or climbing, it is important for you to know the general rest schedule. They usually sleep for 2-3 hours and eat for 3-4 hours in cycles. Grown-up giant pandas in capticity usually sleep at noon and they usually eat twice a day at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Recommended Places

If you want to see giant pandas, we recommend you the most convenient zoos, such as Beijing Zoo, Guangzhou Chimelong Safari Park, Hong Kong Ocean Park, etc.

There are three panda bases around Chengdu: China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) Dujiangyan Panda Base, Bifengxia Panda Base, and Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Base.

The Dujiangyan Panda Base is mostly recommended for it is less visited and easy to get to.

Trip Notes

  • Keep quiet when you visit the pandas, especially panda cubs.
  • Don’t feed pandas (unless instructed by the staff).Your food is not suitable for them and will make them sick.
  • Don’t use the flash when taking photos of pandas.
  • Don’t throw anything into the dens to help us maintain the giant pandas’ eating habits and avoid any risk of disease that could spread to other pandas.
  • Don’t sit or stand on fences or any other hazadous places, or climb over protective barriers. Your conduct may affect the satisfaction of other visitors. Please sit on the seats provided for visitors in the panda base.
  • Pets are not allowed to enter the panda base.
  • No smoking. Smoking, shoot and fireworks are prohibited in the panda bases to prevent the risk of fire.
  • If you see anyone breaking the rules, please remind them to correct their behaviors.