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Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

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480 Reviews
Daily 7:30am-6pm
1375 Xiongmao Avenue, Chengdu, Southwest China

The Basics

As one of the world’s most successful giant panda breeding centers—credited with more than 100 panda births—Chengdu Research Base provides visitors the opportunity to observe and learn about this threatened species. Inside, you can walk through the forested landscape; watch as giant pandas play, nap, and munch native bamboo; visit the panda nursery, subadult enclosure, and adult compound; and watch informational videos on panda behavior and the challenges of working with and breeding captive pandas.

Many full-day sightseeing tours of Chengdu include a visit to the breeding center, while some combo tours also visit popular Sichuan Province attractions such as the Leshan Grand Buddha or Jinsha Site Museum. For a personalized experience, opt for a private tour.

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Private Half-Day Chengdu Panda Breeding Center Tour with Optional Volunteer
Private Half-Day Chengdu Panda Breeding Center Tour with Optional Volunteer
$87.00 per adult
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A Great Time!
Our tour guide Heather was awesome! She knew the park very well and made sure we had the best experience possible. Transportation direct from our hotel was perfect. The Center is very nice, not like other zoos I've been to. It was very clean and beautifully designed. I would definitely book this and other tours again with Viator!
Wayne_S, Apr 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Chengdu

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Wonderful way to see all of Chengdu in a day
Steven_G, May 2021
1-Day Panda Breeding Center plus Chengdu City Tour
Great Tour by Susan! Seamless entry to the Panda Research base, wonderful hot pot meal, very helpful pointing out details of the wide and narrow alleys and helping locate specific souvenirs and gifts, awesome seats to the opera. Made for a wonderful way to see all of Chengdu in a day!
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Tour of Pandas and much more
kim_k, Apr 2021
Chengdu Private Sightseeing Tour with Panda Breeding Center Visit
Our tour guide Worley was great. She adapted the tour to meet our needs and wants. We never felt rushed or spent too long anywhere. The Panda Breeding Center was sooo much more than I could imagine, and it does my heart well to know that the Great Panda is recovering in the wild because of this program. Kudos to China! Great day tour with seeing sights that interested us, maybe not what others would want. That's because of a great tour guide.
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A wonderful experience not to be missed!
JeffP, Oct 2019
Private Half-Day Chengdu Panda Breeding Center Tour with Optional Volunteer
Tour guide Kate was exceptional: knowledgeable, accommodating and fluent in English. The driver, Mr. Jiang, was excellent at navigating the traffic out to the Panda Base with a clean, modern vehicle. We are world travelers, and this tour is not to be missed. Kate and Mr. Jiang were the "dream team." Thanks!
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Excellent tour
Lindsay_V, Jul 2020
Private Half-Day Chengdu Panda Breeding Center Tour with Optional Volunteer
What a great tour! Worley was fantastic as a guide and I highly recommend her! She was well-versed in everything pandas and full of energy. Go early because that’s when the pandas are active and if it’s not not too hot.
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Great way to see both the Pandas and Leshan in 1 day
J L S, Dec 2019
All Inclusive Private Day Trip to Chengdu Giant Panda Base and Leshan Giant Buddha Trip by High-Speed Train
I really loved the trip, it was very well organized and the only trip offering both attractions in 1 day. Sharleen was my guide and she was patient, informative and a pleasure to be around. The bears are terribly cute and a joy to see. Lunch was excellent and seeing the grandness of the Buddha was very memorable. Overall a great day and highly recommend.
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Chengdu Private Tour with Panda Base, Leshan Giant Buddha and Lunch
katrinn2004, Oct 2019
Chengdu Private Tour with panda base,Leshan giant Buddha, and Lunch
I went to Chengdu for a day and this type of excursion was a perfect for me. The driver name was Mr. Van and he was very professional and polite. My tour guide Jason was very knowledgeable and respectful, he helped me during my trip, he knew the best spots to take pictures AND observe the pandas. Jason took me to best restaurant in Leshan where he ordered a local cuisine. I really enjoyed my tour!
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Great activity for an afternoon
switch2020, Jan 2020
Private Half-Day Chengdu Panda Breeding Center Tour with Optional Volunteer
This is a great activity that you can easily fit in one afternoon, and the Panda parc is anyway a must do if you go to Chengdu. The tour proposed is very convenient with the hotel pickup and drop off (thx to our driver mr. Pan). A special note for the guide ms. Hayley that was assigned by chance. Perfect english, very friendly, helpful and knowlegable, she made the tour a better experience.
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Volunteer with Pandas
HJM1772, Dec 2019
Private Half-Day Chengdu Panda Breeding Center Tour with Optional Volunteer
The four of us really enjoyed this outing. Be aware that you are volunteering to help at the rescue center - so wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting wet and/or dirty. There was plenty of time to see all of the pandas, and two opportunities to feed them by hand. The only thing I wish we could have done was actually pet them while feeding, but overall I'd recommend this as a good day trip!
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Wow - such a great experinece
Aquaduckgoldcoast, Nov 2019
Private Half-Day Chengdu Panda Breeding Center Tour with Optional Volunteer
Kate was my english speaking guide, she was excellent. The tour was excellent. Kate communicated well and I learnt a lot about pandas as well as China. At the panda base, Kate ensured I could see the pandas and had the best viewing for my photos. Go in the morning before it gets busy. Highly recommended !
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Panda tour
debbiesH2021MR, Oct 2019
Private Half-Day Chengdu Panda Breeding Center Tour with Optional Volunteer
We enjoyed the tour and seeing the pandas. Our guide spoke good English and was able to tell us information about the pandas. The guide was friendly.
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Cuteness Overload
Julie C, Nov 2019
Private Half-Day Chengdu Panda Breeding Center Tour with Optional Volunteer
We only had 1 day in Chengdu and I wanted to see the Great Pandas up close and so we chose the private half day tour with feeding. Our lovely guide for the day was Hayley and she met us nice and early in our hotel. On the way to the Research Centre she was very well prepared and she gave us tons of information about Chengdu along with a map and tips for what to see and how to get there on our own if we had the time. Hayley stayed with us the whole of the day, sorting out our entrance, taking us to the locker rooms to get into our overalls for the day, escorting us round the site to our Pandas that we were looking after for the day, lunch in the staff canteen and back to our car. This made everything so simple as her English was brilliant whereas the staff at the centre struggled a little and our Chinese is non existent. The actual content for the day was so much better than just observing the Pandas as a normal visitor would. We got to clean out their shelters and go into their enclosures to replace the old food with fresh bamboo. We made the cake treats for them and then got to hand feed them twice; once in the morning and again in the afternoon. Although on each occasion, you only get to feed them them 3 pieces of carrot and it lasts no more than a minute - you are face to face with one of the most beautiful creatures on the planet and when he looks into your eyes, it is just heart melting. The experience in my opinion was unmissable. Main Tip for the day: The pandas fall asleep around lunch time and if it is hot and sunny - they take shelter somewhere and you cant see them. So make sure that when you get your free time to walk around before lunch - you make the most of watching them all eating and playing as you may not get the opportunity again if the day gets too hot.At the end of the day Hayley was also able to find out from the driver that he had no further customers after us and so were able to make a private deal to transfer us to the station for our bullet train to our next destination. This really saved us some time having to sort out a taxi with our hotel(which was Chinese and the receptionists could only communicate through a translation app) so this made the end of our day stress free. Thanks to Hayley for making our trip so enjoyable.
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Great Day at the Chengdu Panda Breeding Center
Forbisher, Oct 2019
Private Half-Day Chengdu Panda Breeding Center Tour with Optional Volunteer
Jenny, our guide, arrived on time and showed us to a clean and comfortable VW Touran. In about 30 minutes we arrived at the Breeding Center where the car park was empty Jenny explained that since this was after the National Holiday and it was better to get there early to beat the traffic / queues which we did not mind at all. Jenny took us around the park. It was very peaceful and tranquil inside. No queues at all as there seemed to be just a handful of people. We were very lucky. Jenny also mentioned that the normal feeding time is between 8am to 9am so we did see a lot of the Pandas eating. We even saw Panda play fighting, and climbing trees. Managed to see the Red Pandas as well. Jenny gave us a lot of information throughout the tour. A great relaxing and enjoyable day. Definitely worth seeing the Pandas. Thank you Jenny.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The breeding center is a must-see for families with kids and animal lovers.

  • Photography is allowed within the compound, but flash is prohibited.

  • It takes about three hours to walk the entire campus, so remember to wear comfortable shoes.

  • Steep inclines and other obstacles may be difficult to navigate for wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

The research base is located roughly 17 miles (27 kilometers) outside Chengdu’s city center. As such, the easiest way to visit is by taxi or through an organized tour. It’s also possible to take buses 87 or 198 from downtown Chengdu to the Panda Base bus stop.

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When to Get There

The base is open year-round and is most crowded on weekends and Chinese national holidays. Opt for an early morning visit to avoid crowds. Most pandas are born in summer; for a chance to see baby pandas, visit in July or August.

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Other Animals at the Chengdu Panda Base

Giant pandas aren’t the only wild animal residents of the panda base. You can also observe red pandas, lesser pandas, golden monkeys, black-necked cranes, black swans, and other rare animals in enclosures that mimic their natural habitats.

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