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2 Days Wolong Panda Volunteer at Shenshuping Base

Panda Interaction at Their Real Homeland


According to the China’s Third National Giant Panda Survey, Wolong National Nature Reserve houses about 150 wild individuals of highly endangered giant pandas. Wolong Nature Reserve is the largest and the most complicated in Sichuan, about 130 kilometers from Chengdu.

Highlights of this tour:

    The Shenshuping Panda Base situated in this reserve is the specialized organization to protect giant pandas with more than 30 pandas in captivity. Travelers who can overcome the 2.5 hours’ transfer and want to explore the pandas’ truly habitat, it is highly recommended to visit Shenshuping Base in Wolong. Spend one day volunteering with giant pandas, you will be guided by professional panda keepers, and learn how to take care of lovely pandas. The engaging interaction with pandas will make you a qualified panda caretaker.

    Panda Base Comparison & Selection: For most of panda fans who want a place to do volunteer program, they will choose Dujiangyan Panda Base which is the nearest one from Chengdu, about 1.5 hours’ drive. For panda enthusiasts who have time and energy to explore, trace the primitive environment of giant pandas, Wolong Shenshuping Panda Base is the one to go!

    Please Note: Wolong Shenshuping Panda Base can accept up to 15 volunteers in one day for Panda Volunteer Program and you need to inquire and make the reservation in advance.

Basic Trip Information

from $367
  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Chengdu / Wolong / Chengdu
Travel Length:
2 Days & 1 Night
Tour Code:
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Any day you want

Your tour - at a glance

Day 1 Pick you up, visit Wolong Giant Panda Museum

Your local guide and driver will meet you and transfer you to visit Wolong Giant Panda Museum. Accommodate near Shenshuping Panda Base.

Day 2 08:45~11:30 (in the morning) Make preparation, clean panda houses, visit breeding area of pandas & feed pandas

After your arrival at Shenshuping Panda Base, you will get preparation for your volunteer program, know and sign the safety announcement, put on working clothes and gloves, clean the enclosure of pandas, feed them by your own, and know more about panda and their living habits through close watching.

Day 2 13:00~15:20 (in the afternoon) Watch movie, feed pandas, make panda cake & be awarded a certificate

During the afternoon, you are going to watch interesting movie about pandas, feed pandas and clean their houses again, prepare cakes for pandas, and receive the certificate to keep this good memory to end your volunteer experience.

Full Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1 Chengdu Arrival

Welcome to Chengdu, the hometown of Giant Panda.

Your local guide and driver will meet you at the hotel / airport / Railway station according to your schedule, and escort you to Wolong Town, driving about 2 hours and 20 minutes for about 130 kilometers.

Today, you are going to visit the Wolong Giant Panda Museum (or called Wolong Natural and Earthquake Museum). You will know more about giant pandas, fauna and flora species living in their habitats, culture and history about pandas with a lot of wonderful words introduction, picture and specimen displays and other vivid models. After this visit, your driver will transfer you to the accommodation near Shenshuping Panda Base. (Note: Please try to book flight or train arriving at Chengdu before 13:00, or you may miss the visit of the Panda Museum.)

  • Wolong Giant Panda Museum Visit Wolong Giant Panda Museum
  • Wolong Panda Museum Specimen Enjoy Plant Specimen in Panda Habitat in Wolong Panda Museum

Day 2 Wolong Panda Volunteer (B, L)

After your breakfast, you will be transferred to Shenshuping Panda Base, which locates at a very primitive valley, the real home land for the giant pandas. Now let’s get your one full day’s Wolong panda volunteer program started!

08:45-09:00 Preparation
Arrive at the volunteer center at Wolong Panda Base, know about and sign the safety announcement, get your volunteer passing card, put on the working clothes and gloves, and deal with relative procedures under the help of the staff there.

09:00-10:20 Panda Cleaner
During the more than half an hour time, take the old bamboos out, damp the drops of pandas, know more about the living environment and conditions of pandas through careful observation, and clean their houses, etc.

10:20-11:00 Panda Breeding Area Visit
Visit the breeding area for giant pandas under the company of the staff of the science education center at the base. You can watch pandas playing together, eating bamboos, climbing trees, rolling on the ground, etc. This is a great moment to take pictures of these super stars.

11:00-11:30 Panda Feeding
Feed the giant panda by yourself with carrots, cakes, apples, etc. Watch the appearance while it is eating and know more about the diet features of pandas.

11:40-12:30 Lunch Time
Shenshuping Panda Base prepares nutritious lunch for panda volunteers at the dining hall. Enjoy your meal with the staff there.

12:30-13:00 Free Visit / Relax Time
Visit the panda base on your own freely to see the great living environment of pandas. Also, you can have a break at the panda volunteer center and prepare energy for activities in the afternoon.

13:00-14:00 Panda Theater
Enjoy the interesting movie about the giant pandas. Have a better understanding of the wild training and reintroduction of pandas and know about the great story of people living in harmony with pandas.

14:00-14:40 Panda Cleaner & Panda Feeding
Clean the colony house of giant panda and feed the adorable panda for one more time.

14:50-15:10 Panda Nutritionist
Know about what kinds of ingredients needed for panda cakes, and learn how to do the cakes for giant panda by yourself with the help of the staff.

15:20 End the Volunteer Program
Return the working clothes and passing card to the staff. Receive the panda volunteer’s certificate and other delicate souvenir to end your full day’s volunteer experience.

After that, your local guide and driver will escort you back to Chengdu. Tour ends

  • Shenshuping Base Volunteer Panda Feeding Volunteer Feeding Panda at Shenshuping Base
  • Shenshuping Base Volunteer Panda Cleaner Being Panda Cleaner in Shenshuping Volunteer Activity
  • Shenshuping Base Volunteer Panda Nutritionist Panda Nutritionist Preparing Panda Cakes at Shenshuping Base

Trip Notes

1. The above arrangements will be adjusted according to the specific situations and the volunteer program may be delayed or inaccessible by inevitable requirements, control, and Force Majeure like earthquakes, epidemic...

2. Pre-work Training:
Volunteers are required to participate in the pre-work training before 09:00 a.m. on that very day to better know how to do the volunteer program. Some parts of the activity would be cancelled if you arrive there late, so it is suggested get to the base before 08:30 a.m.

3. Requirements:
(a) Health Examination Form: Being a volunteer, you should apply it a week in advance with your Application Form and Health Examination Form (valid medical certificate and signature which could apply it in your country or in China). Interested people could feel free to contact our travel consultant for more information or let them register for you.
(b) Age & Number Limitations: The center can accept up to 15 volunteers at any one time and the age should be between 12 and 65.
(c) Avoid Using Strong Smell: For pandas have keen sense of smell, volunteers should avoid using perfume or other odorous articles like mosquito repellent liquid, nail polish, skin care products, makeups, etc. on the volunteer work day.
(d) Healthy Bodies: To well protect giant pandas, volunteers 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.
(e) Force Majeure: The panda volunteer 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.

4. Pre-booking & Temporary Cancellation:
Panda volunteers at Shenshuping Panda Base are required to make reservations of the programs in advance, even 1 to 2 months prior to the very program date for volunteers during peak seasons (mainly from May to October). Any temporary cancellation, increase and reduction of participants of those programs are needed to tell us as early as possible (better in advance for at least 10 days excluding the national public holidays and weekends). Thank you for the generous understanding.

5. If you are allergic to any food, please tell us, your local guide, or the base staff in advance.

6. If you have got more questions and ideas, please feel free to contact our professional travel consultants.

  • Shenshuping Base Giant Panda Adorable Giant Panda at Shenshuping Panda Center in Wolong
  • Shenshuping Panda Breeding Area Visiting Visiting Panda Breeding Area at Shenshuping
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