Recent News for Panda Hugging: To well protect the fluffy, adorable and vulnerable giant pandas and prevent spreading disease to any of them, the panda holding program has been suspended since November 2018. For travelers who are planning a panda hugging tour in 2021, you are suggested to adjust your arrangement slightly that you’d better participate in the panda volunteer program for real up close interaction with the lovely treasures!
Before November 2018, numerous panda lovers came to Sichuan Province, the panda mecca of the world, to experience panda volunteer program and hold a panda in their arms. Whether you can hug a panda or not in the future, we do think we have the same goal - wish the black and white bear a healthy life and pass more happiness to travelers around the world.
Still have a panda dream? Wonder how to fulfill? Don’t worry! We have carefully selected some best places to see pandas and even take part in the meaningful volunteering work with giant pandas. Take your time to select!
Every traveler to Chengdu will go to see giant pandas! The most popular place to visit is Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Simply called Chengdu Panda Base, it is the closest panda facility to Chengdu, which is about 16 kilometers northeast of Chengdu suburb with 30 minutes’ drive.
Chengdu Panda Base has more than 120 giant pandas and as well as 76 red pandas in total. It is such a wonderful place to see pandas in different ages from newborn pandas to old pandas. Catch the precious chance at Sunshine Nursery House to get a close look at the cubs - pink fur which look like so different from giant pandas. This base is so large and designed with many activities - travelers can learn the history and facts about giant pandas at the museum, watch documentary at the panda cinema and get some basic knowledge about how to protect them, wander through the bamboo forest to have photo with the lovely animals and if you like, take some time to encounter with the red pandas, the friendly neighbor of giant pandas! Sightseeing buses are available at the base. To save time and energy, you can use it when needed.
For further reading and know how to get to Chengdu Panda Base, please go ahead to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
Your goal is more than seeing pandas, right? If your time and energy permits, panda volunteer program should definitely add into your travel bucket list. Dujiangyan Panda Base, also known as Dujiangyan Panda Ark, is the nearest facility to do panda volunteer work. It is about 62 kilometers away from Chengdu downtown area with 1~1.5 hours’ drive. Also, high speed trains are available from Chengdu to Dujiangyan.
There are more than 30 giant pandas and 5 red pandas living in Dujiangyan Panda Base. Travelers who participate in the volunteering program, you should arrive at the base around 08:00 and you will start your work at 08:30. On this day, you’ll experience how to be an honorable panda keeper to carry out the old bamboo and prepare the fresh bamboo, clean the panda house and enclosures, and you will be the special nutritionist to make panda cake and feed the unique food to the panda bears. Catch the time to watch a panda documentary which shows the scientific facts about pandas and get to understand how to protect them out of danger. Of course, before leave the panda base, have a nice walk to view pandas as many as possible and receive the memorable certificate and souvenirs prepared by the Dujiangyan Panda Base. Your 7-hour meaningful panda volunteer program finishes with best memory!
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There are many other panda bases and zoos in China with many giant pandas, if you are interested, you can feel free to tell us your ideas and we can tailor make a unique panda tour based on your likes.
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