Giant Panda Breeding Research Base - Things to Do in Chengdu
Giant Pandas, one of the rarest animals in the world and known as “living fossil”, are not only extolled as China’s “National Treasure”, but also beloved by people the world over.
Eager to see, feed, and even hug the cute bears? If you are thinking so, Chengdu, of course, is the best choice for you.
Everything about Giant Pandas in Chengdu
Chengdu Panda Base
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, also called Chengdu Panda Base, opened in 1993, is hometown of the “National Treasure” - Giant Panda. 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.
Chengdu Panda Base
Chengdu Panda Base is located no more than 10 kilometers north of Chengdu on the Futou Mountain. You could take a taxi from downtown of Chengdu, with 30-minutes’ drive. It just costs about 60 Yuan.
Best Time to Visit Panda:
Opening hours: 08:00am – 17:30 pm, all year round. It is suggested you start early in the morning from your hotel. And it is good to reach Panda Base before 09:00 am, for the pandas at that time will be active (breakfast time).
Giant Panda with Visitors
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.
Red Panda in Chengdu Panda Base
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.
Hug a Giant Panda:
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). You have to wear gloves, shoe covers and bright blue protective clothing, but if you’re lucky, the panda might even sit on your lap.
Hug a Giant Panda
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.
Public Awareness for Wildlife
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.
Jinli Old Street
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