How to Plan a Panda Tour?

Visiting the cute giant pandas in China would be the once in a lifetime experience. BUT, you may wonder which panda base is the best place to see or even hug lovely pandas, and when is the best time to visit the cuddly bears…To help you put all the questions and worries down, China Discovery is here glad to give you detailed answers with everything about your panda tour.

Where is the Best Place to Visit Giant Pandas?

Giant Pandas

In China, travelers can see giant pandas in some zoos and parks, like Beijing Zoo, Shanghai Zoo, Chongqing Zoo, Chengdu Zoo, Guilin Zoo, Shanghai Wildlife Park, Guangzhou Chimelong Safari Park, Hong Kong Ocean Park, Dalian Forest Zoo, Macau Giant Panda Pavilion, etc.

Moreover, since Chengdu is known as “Hometown of Giant Pandas”, travelers can see giant pandas in and around Chengdu by visiting the well-organized panda bases - Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (short for Chengdu Panda Base), Dujiangyan Panda Base, Wolong Shenshuping Panda Base, and Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Base.

Differences between panda bases of Chengdu, Dujiangyan and Bifengxia

Panda Bases Location Number of Pandas Activities Recommended Visiting Time
Chengdu Panda Base 15 km from Chengdu, 30~40 minutes’ transfer Around 80 pandas See and photography 3 hours
Wolong Panda Base 105 km from Chengdu, 2 hours’driving from Chengdu Over 30 pandas See, join in panda volunteer program, hold pandas, do outdoor trekking research about pandas 1-2 days
Dujiangyan Panda Base 18 km from Dujiangyan; 1.5 hours’ transfer from Chengdu Around 40 pandas See, join in panda volunteer program, hold pandas Half day to 1 day
Bifengxia Panda Base In Ya’an city, 150 km from Chengdu with 2.5~3 hours Around 50 pandas See and photography about 1 day

If you have limited time and want to pay a short visit to see the pandas, then zoos and parks are good choices to satisfy your needs. If Chengdu is on your traveling list, you should never miss the panda bases. We suggest you head to Dujiangyan Panda Base which is easy to access from Chengdu.

And if you 1-3 days more besides your Chengdu tour, then Wolong Panda Base and Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Base are good choices to experience the life-time panda volunteer.

When is the Best Time to See Giant Pandas?

Dujiangyan Panda

No matter when you come to China, you can pay a visit to see giant pandas all the year round. Every year during March to May, the pandas would seek for other pandas to mate by climbing the trees and fighting. In the late summer and autumn, they give birth to baby pandas and travelers can see the little cute being taken care in the Sunshine Nursery.

In the panda bases, the keepers will feed the giant pandas twice a day - in the morning and in the afternoon. During the feeding time, pandas will be very active – eating, crawling, climbing trees, playing with partners…It is recommended to arrive early in the morning around 08:00 AM to catch the best time to observe the pandas eating and playing outdoors.

Giant Pandas will take 2~4 hours’ sleep in their cage after eating and they will definitely show you how to sleep - in all kinds of lovely posture. Though they are inactive, you can see their cuteness.

What Kind of Activities Can I Take?

Travelers can see, observe, take pictures and shoot videos in all the zoos, parks and panda bases. Besides these activities, travelers can take panda volunteer program and even hold one of the giant pandas in Dujiangyan Panda Base, Wolong Panda Base and Bifengxia Panda Base. What’s more, if you are a big fan of panda, you can do the outdoor trekking research program of panda’s wild training area at Wolong Panda Base, the world only one base so far to do that activity.

Do Panda Volunteer Work

Panda Volunteer Work

At present, Dujiangyan Panda Base, Wolong Panda Base, and Bifengxia Panda Base are Available to join in the panda volunteer program. 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 feeding, panda nutritionist, panda movie, panda class and panda fun trip. 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.

Check more details about Dujiangyan Panda Volunteer Program.

Check more details about Wolong Panda Volunteer Program.

Hug & Take Photos with Giant Panda

Giant Panda Holding

Great news for all panda lovers: Volunteer between 12 and 65 years old can hold one panda in Dujiangyan Panda Base, Wolong Panda Base, and Bifengxia Panda Baseand 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.

It charges extra fee 1800 Yuan which belongs to the donation fee to help saving this endangered species and create a better environment for them.

Join Hiking Research at Panda Wild Training Area

Panda Trekking Research

For panda lovers, now you have the chance to do the outdoor trekking research program at panda’s wild training area at Wolong Shenshuping Panda Base, which is the only one base providing such new try in the world.

Join this one day program, hike in the primitive living environment of giant pandas, enjoy the really natural sightseeing of the protection zone, observe rare plants in panda's habitat, learn how to use the tools and instruments to collect data of panda habitats, and know what actions to protect pandas and their home. You will be one of the proud contributors to the animal species saving and nature health of our planet earth.

Check more details about Wolong Outdoor Trekking Research about Pandas.

Private Tour with China Discovery

With many years’ experience, China Discovery has taken thousands of travelers to see the giant pandas in China. Local based in Chengdu, we have the advantage to arrange Chengdu Panda Tour and Panda Volunteer Program for you. No matter which panda base you want to head to and what kinds of activities you are interested, we are here trying our best to tailor make your panda tour, helping you fulfill your panda dream.

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If you have got any questions or ideas, please feel free to contact our professional travel consultants, and they are here to help!

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