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Dujiangyan Panda Base
Dujiangyan Panda Base

Dujiangyan Panda Base

Dujiangyan, Chengdu, Sichuan, Southwest China

The Basics

The sprawling 126-acre site is divided into six separate zones dedicated to various areas of research and care. Choose from among a range of experiences at the Dujiangyan Panda Base, which spans 40 sets of enclosures, a panda hospital, a medical lab, and an educational center with a small auditorium and interactive displays covering the center’s rescue and rehabilitation efforts.

The most popular tour option is to volunteer for a day. After a physical exam to ensure you’re safe to work with the fragile bears, you’ll be outfitted in work garments and work alongside dedicated panda experts to observe and record animal behavior, clean enclosures, prepare food for the pandas, and simply explore the base.

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Private Dujiangyan Panda Base Panda Rescue Center Volunteer for a Day
Private Dujiangyan Panda Base Panda Rescue Center Volunteer for a Day
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$307.00 per adult
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This is an amazing opportunity to be...
This is an amazing opportunity to be so close to pandas. I couldn't believe I would be face-to-face with a panda, so close that I could feel their breath while feeding them. All the chores we performed were easy and fun. Our super guide, Jenny, was very knowledgeable of the Panda Center as well as Chengdu. Sam, from Samtour, always responded quickly to all of my questions. Thank you Jenny and Sam for making our visit so magical and memorable.
Elaine T, Jan 2018

Recent reviews from experiences in Chengdu

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Excellent Panda adventure
RobbiLee_B, Sep 2019
Visiting Dujiangyan Wolong Panda Base Optional Volunteering
Had an awesome volunteer experience with the Giant Pandas from breaking bamboos, creating Panda cakes, sweeping the cages, and ultimately feeding and engaging with the Pandas. Amazing experience that I highly recommend.
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Visit to the Panda Base at Dujiangyan
davidyannette, Aug 2018
Visiting Dujiangyan Wolong Panda Base Optional Volunteering
Visiting the Panda Base at Dujiangyan was the highlight of our 2 week visit to China. Seeing this beautiful animals so close its a fascinating experience. By volunteering for a day you become a part of a global effort to to save this endangered species. But most important is a proof that if humanity wants, it can be done!
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Once in a life time trip
HayleyAbc, Dec 2019
Private Dujiangyan Panda Base Panda Rescue Center Volunteer for a Day
arrived at Wolong panda centre and was quickly put to work cleaning up the enclosure (removing bamboo & scooping poo) whilst a hungry panda watched my every move. It was great to see how well looked after they are. After cleaning, had the chance to feed a panda before wandering the centre and watching the pandas do their thing. I then got to feed a baby panda and pat it (omg cuteness overload). Then more walking around the centre before lunch at the staff canteen (delicious food). After lunch I learnt how to make panda cakes before going back to feed the panda and baby panda again before heading home. This was definitely a once in a lifetime experience and though expensive, well worth it for panda lovers. Highly recommend
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A great day but overpriced
Belinda S, May 2019
Private Dujiangyan Panda Base Panda Rescue Center Volunteer for a Day
The overall experience was great. I had a guide “Worley” who was an absolute delight. A fountain of knowledge, a real chatter box and good English. I learnt a lot, not just about the Pandas but many things about China and Chinese life in general. However it was way too expensive. I paid almost US$400 for one person! It was worth it at $200. The Booking system was misrepresented as it advertises one price and is not even close when you click on it. I know it said “from” and certain aspects increase the price, but this was almost double! And no explanation given why! There were many tours on offer all at different prices. It was quite confusing.
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Volunteer panda day trip
Aidan_C, Mar 2019
Visiting Dujiangyan Wolong Panda Base Optional Volunteering
Great day out .for people wanting to do more with the pandas and away from the busy local parks. A touch expensive but it’s a one off trip. The guide was amazing her English was superb, her general knowledge about China was great. This trip is for individuals, couples or families.
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Amazing experience as Panda Keeper
K_S, Dec 2018
Visiting Dujiangyan Wolong Panda Base Optional Volunteering
Picked up from hotel by guide Andy and spent a great day with him at the Wolong Panda Research Base as "volunteer" Panda keepers. Was able to clean the Panda enclosures, prepare their Panda Bread and feed them by hand up close. Lots of opportunities to observe them in the preserve as well. Included a delicious lunch with the other Panda keepers. A most memorable experience that we will never forget. The tour organized by Alvin through MyPanda Tours is highly recommended. Well-organized, planned and executed.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The panda base is a must-visit for animal lovers and families with kids.

  • Book tours and activities in advance of arriving; the base allows a daily limit of 30 volunteers.

  • Volunteer experiences at the panda base generally last between 6 and 9 hours.

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How to Get There

The Dujiangyan Panda Base is located about 34 miles (55 km) from Chengdu city center. The best way to get there is to join a guided tour from Chengdu with included round-trip transportation.

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When to Get There

The panda base is open daily from 8:30am to 5pm. Arrive early and book any special experiences in advance to avoid disappointment on the day. If possible avoid visiting on weekends and Chinese national holidays when the base can get particularly busy with domestic tourists.

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The Pandas of Dujiangyan

The animals who live at the Dujiangyan Panda Base are there for a variety of reasons. Most are being cared for as elderly, disabled, sick, injured, or vulnerable wild pandas on the road to recovery, but some may be healthy pandas being held in quarantine before or after they leave the country.

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