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The CCRCGP Dujiangyan Panda Base (also Dujiangyan Panda Ark) is located in Qingchengshan Town of Dujiangyan City, 18 kilometers from Dujiangyan downtown. To its north is the Taoist holy mountain – Mount Qingcheng; to its south is an ancient town in west Sichuan, called Jiezi Ancient Town. Dujiangyan Panda Base is a professional organization specializing in giant panda rescue and disease prevention in China.

(Please note: Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Base are under construction yet, please come to Dujiangyan Panda Base to see and experience panda volunteer job. For more latest panda news, please feel free to contact us.)

Giant Panda Giant Panda

Dujiangyan Panda Base Overview

Covering an area of 760 acres, Dujiangyan Panda Base is aimed to improve the panda’s living condition and ecological protection. At present, there are more than 30 giant pandas and 5 red pandas living here.

Dujiangyan Panda Base has seven functional zones, including rescue zone, isolation zone, healing zone, educational zone, scenic zone, etc. Among three of them - the healing, educational and scenic zones with 5000 hectares, are open to public to popularize the knowledge and do the Panda Volunteer Program. The panda researching area near the Base entrance although is not open to the public, visitors could closely hug one giant panda and record that moment by pressing your shutter. Panpan Garden, Shuangnan Garden, Diequan Garden and Linze Garden together form the panda’s garden where you can see the adorable white and black giant pandas as well as red pandas living and having fun there and also appreciate the natural sightseeing in the bamboo forest. The classic panda volunteer program is the one-day volunteer program for travelers to experience in panda rescuing, researching and caring, which you will enjoy in one of the four gardens in Dujiangyan Panda Base.

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Giant Panda Volunteer Program

Joining in the Panda Volunteer Program is the most highlight to do in Dujiangyan Panda Base. Here you can not only have a close look at pandas, but also learn some rescue skills and scientific knowledge about pandas.

During the classic one-day volunteer program, the activities include honorary keepers, science quest, love feeling, panda nutritionist, panda movie, panda class and panda fun trip.

Honorable Keeper: clean up bamboos, pick up droppings, wash the enclosures, observe and understand the panda’s status and living conditions, etc. It takes about 2 hours.

Science Quest: explore the panda rescue exhibition hall to know about stories associated with panda rescues. It takes about 30 minutes.

Love Feeding: personally deliver to the pandas, their delicious “Cake” and fruits. Understand panda’s feeding habits. It takes about 30 minutes.

Panda Cinema: watch a documentary that allows scientific facts about pandas, to understand how humans protect them, and how we may live in harmony with them.

Panda Nutritionist: prepare food for the pandas and also experience the fun of making the “Panda’s Cake”. It takes about 45 minutes.

Panda Class: inviting our experienced panda experts to share their scientific knowledge. It takes about 45 minutes.

Love Garden: Plant bamboos and trees, as well as set up nametags. It takes about 45 minutes.

Fun Trip: after a day’s observing, studying, let panda husbandry learners be quizzed with questions regarding facts about pandas. It takes about 30 minutes.

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After the panda volunteer activities, participants will receive an official certificate from CCRCGP that proves your love for giant pandas, as well as souvenirs, like a panda badge, a panda T-shirt or a panda club magazine.

FYI: The panda volunteer programs in Chengdu Panda Base and Bifengxia Panda Base have been cancelled, so at present you can join in the panda volunteer program only in Dujiangyan Panda Base and Shenshuping Panda Base in Wolong National Nature Reserve.

Honorable Keeper Honorable Keeper
Love Feeding Love Feeding
Outdoor Activities Outdoor Activities

Close Interaction with Panda: Hugging & Photos-taking

This interaction activity should be down within four steps in below:

  • Check-in Part: Finish the registration procedure and signature on the Health Certificate and Donation Authorization Letter;
  • Educational Part: Learn the Panda Science Education by joining in the lecture and visiting the pandas’ villa area;
  • Interaction Part: Hugging one panda aged 1~4 and taking photos together, only after you are disinfected and put on the insulating clothing, shoes covers and gloves;
  • Certificate Issuing Part: After the interaction with giant panda, you will get a donation certificate and souvenirs issued by The Giant Panda Volunteer Service Center.
Panda Holding Panda Holding

What Requirements & Limitations are Needed?

(1) Health Examination Form: Volunteers can hold one panda in Dujiangyan Panda Base and take photos with it, on the condition that you have a valid Health Examination Form, which can be applied in your country or in China. Please ask our tour experts for more details. Interested people could feel free to contact our travel consultant for more information or let them register for you.

(2) Age & Number Limitations: The center can accept up to 30 volunteers at any one time and the age should be between 12 and 65.

(3) Avoid Using Strong Smell: For pandas have keen sense of smell, volunteers should avoid using perfume or other odorous articles like mosquito repellent liquid or nail polish, etc. on the volunteering work day.

(4) Dressing Code: During your panda volunteer program, you are required to wear comfortable shoes, like sports shoes that are suitable for the work, and try to avoid sandals, slippers, high-heels, and so on. Besides, wear trousers, avoid shorts and skirts, etc. (during the volunteer program, the panda base will provide working jumpsuits in spring and winter, and T-shirts in summer and autumn for you.)

(5) Healthy Bodies: To well protect giant pandas, volunteers and panda holders are required to be healthy, and people who are suffering from illness, like a cold, fever, influenza, and other infectious diseases are not suitable to have body contact with the giant pandas.

(6) Force Majeure: The panda volunteer and holding program is to be delayed or inaccessible if there is Force Majeure like earthquakes, epidemic... Also, your program may be influenced by the inevitable requirement and control.

(7) Donation Fee: During this interaction, your any good behavior is appreciated. And the donation fee (1800 RMB) you provided is to help saving this endangered species and create a better environment to them.

How to Get to Dujiangyan Panda Base

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

By High-speed Train + Taxi (Bus)

Take high-speed train from Chengdu North Railway Station and get off at Qingchengshan station for about 50 mins (earliest train at around 6:45 a.m.), then transfer to taxi to Dujiangyan Panda Base. Besides, after you arriving at Qingchengshan Station, you can take the local bus 102 to Xiongmao Jikong Zhongxin Stop and walk to Dujiangyan Panda Base.

By Coach + bus

Take long-distance coach from Chengdu Chadianzi Bus Station to arrive at Dujiangyan Bus Station, which usually costs about 1.5 - 2 hours, then take No. 102 bus and get off at Dujiangyan Panda Base, for about 15 min.

Nearby Attractions

Before or after your Dujiangyan Panda Base visit, the nearby Mt. Qingcheng (Qingchengshan) is a great spot to suck up the Taoism. Also, you can visit the Dujiangyan Irrigation System to appreciate the renowned Chinese ancient water conservancy project and view the nature scenery. And moreover, the ancient Jiezi Ancient Town of only about 5 km away is a wonderful place to enjoy the traditional Chinese buildings, snacks and culture.

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Questions & Discussions

Following are latest questions and answers from our webusers and customers. You can learn many useful information from the discussion and cases. You can also join in the discussions or ask your own question. Our experts will help you ASAP.

Close Interaction with Panda: Holding & Photos-taking
Hello ! I will be in Chengdu with my wife on september 10th and we would like to do this Panda program that include Holding the panda and taking pictures . What will be the price of this program ?
How can i book ?
2016-08-11 07:55
Hello Marco,

Thanks for your message. The Panda Volunteer Program costs 700 RMB per person, and the fee for Panda Holding & Taking is 1800 RMB per person. Both fees are charged by the Panda Base, and not included in our package.

I have delivered your plan to our travel specialist team. One of them will reach you soon with more helpful details.

Best regards!
Availability
Hi, is this Panda Volunteer & Panda Holding Programme available all times of the year including in Winter?
2016-09-07 21:38
Hi Lei,

Yes, Dujiangyan panda volunteer program is available all year round and travelers can hold one of the pandas also in winter (except for the extreme bad weather and special maintenance which happen very rarely).

If you want to do it, it is suggested to plan it early for the base can accept up to 20 volunteers at any one time and the age should be between 12 and 65. And volunteers should apply for Health Examination Form in advance.

I have delivered your plan to our travel consultant team. One of them will reach you soon with more helpful details.

Have a nice day!
Panda Holding Programme
Hi, during which months would I be able to hold the smallest panda babies allowed for holding? I am physically very small-sized myself hence it helps to know to be able to plan appropriately in advance.
2016-09-10 22:21
Hello Lei,

Thanks for your message. I just consulted the staff in the panda base. It is hard to tell which month you can hold the SMALLEST panda for it depends on the real feeding and health condition of pandas(panda infants are usually given births during May to July). But don't worry about the size, you can always hold a young panda (1~2 years old) in each season.

Generally speaking, during summer and autumn seasons you are able to hold the cute smaller panda around one year old, which will be not too small neither too big to hold with your arms (I will send you pictures and you can check the size). If you come in winter, the small pandas will be a little bigger than the one-year-old ones but can be held. You can tell us in advance so that we can send your requirements to the panda base and they can do some preparations.

Best Regards,
Purchasing a gift certificate
Hi I was wondering if it is possible to purchase a gift certificate for my friend to have her photo taken with a panda? Or take part in the volunteer program? What are my options?

Regards

Holly
2016-09-22 18:46
Hi Holly,

Thanks for your message. Do you mean the Certificate of Panda Volunteer(obtain after joining the volunteer program) or the Certificate of Donation(obtain after taking pictures with panda)? Both certificates can not purchased because it is only can be issued by the panda base which is a non-profit organization. The only ways are to join the programs in the panda base which can be arranged by us. Hope my answer is clear and helpful! If you need any help, feel free to leave us messages.

Best wishes,
Health Certificate
Can you tell me if there is a required health certificate that we should bring with us? If so, what should the certificate state? Can you please sen me the Health Examination Form?
Thank you,
Susan
2017-03-01 10:26
Dear Susan,

Thanks for your question. To be a volunteer at Dujiangyan Panda Base, travelers require a valid health certificate to state that you are healthy without any diseases to do panda volunteer program. I will send you the sample Healthy Examination Form and please check your mailbox.

No matter you are interested in half-day, one-day or longer days panda volunteer programs, China Discovery is the local travel agency based in Chengdu to help you fulfill your panda dreams. If you need any service and tour, please feel free to contact our professional travel consultants who are here ready to help!!!

Best Regards,
Panda volunteer and holing program / health certificate
Is a holding picture in the volunteer day-program included and/or can I take pictures while feeding the pandas?
And how can my friend and I get a health certification on the most convenient way (she is US resident and I UAE resident with german passports)? Can we do the health check in Dujiangyan Panda base? If yes, how long would it takes and how much is it?
2017-04-19 05:54
Hi Dina,

Thank you for the good questions! Holding a giant panda and taking a picture with them is not included in the panda volunteer program fee, and you need to pay extra 1800 RMB (as the donation fee to protect and save the endangered pandas) to do that apart from the volunteer program. And during your feeding part, the staff there at the panda base can take photos for you and the pandas, so you can enjoy the feeing moment and watch the pandas closely.
As for the health certification (with valid medical certificate and signature), you and your friends can apply in your own countries or China rather than at the panda bases. And you need to apply for the volunteer program for one week in advance.

Have a nice trip with the pandas!

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