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Panda Keeper Program and Chengdu Highlights Tour

Last updated by raynor at 2016/4/5; Destinations: Chengdu

Chengdu is a city blooming with historical heritage, packed with historical, religious, and cultural sites. It is a great place for the tourists seeking a glimpse of ancient China with suitable options for enjoying leisure and scenic beauty. It also has a panda valley where visitors can spend a day with the giant pandas as a volunteer to a panda program.

China Travel has arranged a tour that will allow you to take part in the Panda Keeper Program and visit the main attractions of Chengdu.



  • Roam around the important places and spots of Chengdu and get to know about the city’s relaxing and cozy lifestyle.

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Day 1 – Chengdu Arrival

We will receive you at the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport upon your arrival and transfer you to your selected hotel.

Accomodation – Holiday Inn Express Chengdu Wuhou, Tianfu Sunshine Hotel Chengdu, or Chengdu Minyoun Royal Hotel.

Day 2 – Chengdu Tour

Jinsha Museum - Wenshu Monastery - Wu Hou Temple - JinLi Street

Your second day will be started with a trip to Jinsha Museum to give you a glimpse of the old Chengdu. Located in the northwestern part of the city, it has a rich history of 3,000 years. Major archeological discoveries in this site include sacrifice-offering areas, foundation of structures, graveyards, etc. The next destination is Wenshu Monastery, which is a Zen Buddhist temple.

The Wu Hou Temple will be the next spot after having lunch. The temple is surrounded by greenery and has statues, a small museum, and stelae from the famous Tang Dynasty. The next destination is the famous JinLi Street, which bears a history of more than 2,000 years. Relish into a glimpse of ancient China by buying beautiful local crafts, devouring a great variety of Sichuan-style snacks, and feeling the pulse of the busy commercial street.

Accommodation – Holiday Inn Express Chengdu Wuhou, Tianfu Sunshine Hotel Chengdu, or Chengdu Minyoun Royal Hotel.

Day 3 – Dujiangyan Panda Valley


The third day is all about enjoying the company of cuddly pandas by joining a Panda Keeper Volunteer Program at the Dujiangyan Panda Valley. The program starts at 8:30 in the morning and closes at 17:00 in the evening. It will take roughly 90 minutes to reach the valley from your hotel.

You will be doing the cleaning work, carrying bamboos, preparing food for the pandas, and feeding the pandas throughout the day. You can enjoy a panda movie at the noontime and a lecture on pandas is also given if the number of volunteer crosses 10. A volunteer certificate will be given to every participant at the end of the program.

Accommodation – Holiday Inn Express Chengdu Wuhou, Tianfu Sunshine Hotel Chengdu, or Chengdu Minyoun Royal Hotel.

Day 4 – Departure

We will provide you the transportation from your hotel to the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport.


  • Visiting Jinsha Museum Site, which is one of the major archeological discoveries in the recent years in China. The site gives you the chance to see 3,000-year old relics.
  • Visiting the JinLi Street, which gives you the opportunity to relish the taste of ancient China.
  • Spending a day with a rare species in the world. Working as a volunteer in the Panda Keeper Program is an opportunity that money cannot buy you in anywhere else in the world. It will let you know closely about the lifestyle and habits of the pandas.
  • The Panda Keeper Program offers you the exclusive chance to hold a panda and take pictures with it. You have to spend CNY 1,800 yuan and make a booking one week in advance to get that chance but it will be one of your experiences of a lifetime.

Recommended Time

To Visit Chengdu

The best time to visit Chengdu is the period between March to June and September to November. The weather of the city remains mild and humid all-year round but it is good to avoid the rainy season, which lasts from July to August, because there is substantial rainfall during that season. 

Chengdu features four clear-cut seasons and the best periods to visit the city are:

Summer: The summer season lasts from June to September with July and August are the two hottest months. The weather remains hot during the daytime but the temperature tends to be low in early morning and evening. You should have thin summer clothes and umbrella if you visit the city this season. However, the good thing is that the giant pandas remain the most active during this season.

Autumn: The autumn starts from October and ends in November. These months are the high time to visit Chengdu because the nature turns quite beautiful during this season. The best clothes to wear this season are shirt and thin jackets and sweaters.

Winter: The winter season lasts from December to February. The days remain cloudy and overcast these months and sunshine becomes quite rare. The months are cold and damp but they are suitable for a tour because there is very little rainfall. Do not forget bringing jackets and sweaters if you visit Chengdu this season.

To Visit the Panda Keeper Program

Morning is the best time to visit the cute giant pandas. They remain the most active during the period between 8:30 to 10:00 in the morning. After that, they usually indulge in sleeping.

Trip Notes

  • The work routine as a volunteer to the Panda Program may change depending on the behavior and mood of the pandas.
  • Children under 6 years of age are recommended not to join the volunteer program.
  • You need to book in advance if you want to take pictures by holding a panda because the authority allows only 20 tourists per day.
  • If you want to arrange for a private tour, our local experts are always ready to help you. Just tell them about your requirements and interests, they will create a hassle-free tour itinerary for you.