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Overview of Chengdu Panda Base

Located in the north suburb of Chengdu and is 10km from the city center, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, also called Chengdu Panda Base. Opened in 1993, it’s the hometown of the “National Treasure” – Giant Panda. Chengdu Panda Base is the main research base of Chinese government to conduct the protection product of the endangered wildlife which mainly refers to the giant panda. The base imitates the wild ecological environment of giant panda to build the suitable ecological environment which is suitable for the living of giant panda and other rare wild animals. The green coverage rate of the base is 96%, and besides that, the base has also built scientific research building, veterinary hospital, animal house, activity field for giant panda, giant panda museum, giant panda kitchen, etc. There are large open areas for the giant pandas to roam free, to eat their meals, to play with each other. It is an absolutely delightful experience for visitors to watch them romp in their large open air enclosures. At present, there are over 100 giant pandas, and other rare wild animals, like red panda, black-necked crane and white crane can also be seen in here.

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What to See in Chengdu Panda Base

Giant Pandas: The Panda Base is known as the best tourist destination to get closer to the rare giant panda. You can closely observe the giant pandas of different ages resting, eating and drinking, playing with each other, using enrichment toys, or watch female pandas nursing their cubs in the nursery rooms.

Other Species to See: Besides the Giant Panda, the panda base is also inhabited by other endangered wildlife, including red pandas, swans, peacocks, birds, butterflies and hundreds of insects.

Giant Panda Museum: The Giant Panda Museum is located at the base, and it is the world’s only museum that focuses entirely on the critically endangered giant panda.

There are three main halls, namely, the Giant Panda Hall, the Butterfly Hall and the Vertebrate Hall. A variety of information, pictures, models, fossils and samples are displayed here. There are many scientific displays that give visitors a comprehensive education on their characteristics, habitat and distribution in the wild, and China’s conservation and breeding efforts. The museum also exhibits books and scientific literature that authors around the world have written about giant pandas throughout history.

Please note: The Panda Base is very large and sometimes you may get lost. It is good to go with an English-speaking tour guide with you.

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Hug a Giant Panda

Great news, Chengdu Panda Base offers panda-lovers the opportunity to give one of its pandas a quick squeeze for a hefty “donation” of about $330 (2000 Yuan). This is the great chance to make a close contact with the cute giant panda. You’d better think what posture you will pose when you take picture with the lovely creature, for many people are so excited when they see the panda and forget what to pose. Of course, you will have to wear gloves, shoe covers and bright blue protective clothing when you hug them. So you don’t need to worry about what to wear to match the panda, because everyone has to wear that blue dress. Most people are just hugging the panda, however, if you’re lucky, the panda may sit on your lap, isn’t that beautiful?

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How to Get to Chengdu Panda Base

As the local travel agency, China Discovery provides the local tour guide and driver service to escort you to Chengdu Panda Base from Chengdu airport/train station or other locations in Chengdu by booking an Chengdu Tour with us. Or you can take your own way to get to Chengdu Panda Base, which is time-consuming.

Chengdu Panda Base is located no more than 10 kilometers north of Chengdu on the Futou Mountain. Here is some useful transportation information for your reference.

By Flight: from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, there is not direct bus line to get there, and travelers will need to transfer once in the way and this will take about 2 hours and 20 minutes (the distance between them is about 37km). So if you want to get there from the airport, it’s suggested to take a taxi which will take about ¥100 regardless of traffic jam, which will only take about 40 minutes.

By Train: Chengdu North Railway Station is only 11km from the panda base; however, there is no direct bus line to the panda base, too. And if take public bus, the trip will take one hour. If you take taxi, which will take about ¥30 regardless of traffic jam, the trip will be shortened to 25 minutes.

From Chengdu Downtown: normally, taxi from Chengdu Downtown to Chengdu Panda Base will cost you about ¥50 regardless of traffic jam, and it will take about 50 minutes.

Please Note: the taxi fare is provided for your reference only.

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Public Awareness

Bear in mind that we visitors should promote public awareness for wildlife and environmental conservation. The research center also offers volunteer programs where participants can learn more about giant pandas and help take care of them. There are giant panda reservation donation project in the base, therefore, visitors can adopt their loved panda or offer donation to their scientific items about panda here.

One Day Chengdu Trip including Panda Visit:

Seek for the best panda tour? This one day Chengdu panda tour will delight you to the fullest.

First, have a visit to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, where you can explore the daily life of the cute pandas, and get close to the lovely creatures.

After visiting the panda, you could visit Wenshu Temple, a typical ancient monastery of Qing Dynasty in downtown Chengdu, where you can see local prayers worshiping and lighting incense. Then, visit Renmin Park to experience the most authentic Chengdu local life. Having a cup of tea in a traditional teahouse, watching the local old couples dancing, joining in the locals to play mahjong or cards in a teahouse...You will enjoy typical leisurely lifestyle of Chengdu. Later, move on to Jinli Old Street, one of the oldest streets to appreciate the local snacks and artifacts. For photographers, visit here in the evening will be the best time to get better photos with all the red lanterns lit up in the dusk.

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1. Best Time to Visit Panda

Chengdu Panda Base is open from 7:30 to 18:00 (and it will stop selling entrance ticket at 17:00). The best time in a day to see the giant panda is in the morning, and it’s suggested to get to the Panda Base before 09:00 am for the pandas will be fed during 09:00 ~ 11:00. Giant panda are not afraid of cold, but can’t stand summer heat, so if the weather is too hot, they often stay indoors and enjoy the cool air from the air conditioner. Though summer is not a good time to see the giant panda in outdoor, summer (especially in July and August) is the good time to see baby panda in the panda baby room.

2. Sightseeing car

The whole base covers an area of 67 hectares, and it will take about more than 3 hours to walk through the whole journey. So, the base provides sightseeing battery car for tourists, and take battery car will spend about 1 ~ 2 hours to finish the tour. The running time of the battery car is 08:00 ~ 17:30 (from April to October), and 08:00 ~ 17:00 (from November to next March), and the ticket is ¥10/person.

3. Tour guide service

To get to know the giant panda and the research center better, tourists can hire a tour guide at the entrance. At present, they provide professional guide service in both Chinese and English.
The price for Chinese guide: 1 ~ 4 people, ¥50; 5 ~ 19 people, ¥100; above 20 people, ¥5 for each people
The price for English guide: 1 ~ 10 people, ¥100; above 11 people, ¥10 for each people

4. Important Notice

Do not shout in the panda base, in case you will disturb the giant panda; when you take photo of the giant panda, do not use the flash light, especially to the baby panda for their eyes are sensitive to the light; do not feed the giant panda with your own food for your food may not be suitable.

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