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1 Day Dujiangyan Panda Volunteer Tour

Lifetime Panda Volunteer Experience

Would you like to observe the daily life of giant pandas up close and personal? If so, the Dujiangyan Panda Base offers the best opportunity for volunteering with giant pandas.

The full-day panda volunteer program at the Dujiangyan Panda Base from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM enables you to become an "Honorable Keeper" and "Panda Nutritionist," caring for the cuddly giant pandas. Moreover, as a volunteer, you can closely observe the panda keepers feeding these adorable creatures. Additionally, you can enjoy a fun trip watching pandas climb trees, play together, eat, and sleep. This once-in-a-lifetime experience, even if it's only a few hours, is truly unforgettable.

Please note that to participate in the Panda Volunteering Program, you need to inquire about availability and make a reservation in advance.

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-DPVT-01
  • Price : $208
  • Trip Length : 1D
  • Theme : Panda Volunteer

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Spend a day with the cute pandas at Dujiangyan Panda Base, one of the most beautiful panda bases as well as the closest panda base from Chengdu
  • Get real up close with the adorable white and black pandas with different ages, which will be the warm moments between you and the panda.
  • Accompanied by a professional panda guide who will guide you through the volunteering program. Private round-trip transfers and lunch included.
  • Involve in the meaningful volunteering work and do the daily chores of taking care of the national treasures, and be rewarded with “honorable volunteer certificate”.
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Day 1 Dujiang Panda Volunteer (L)

Round Trip to Dujiangyan Panda Base for Full Day Panda Volunteer Program

In the early morning, our guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel in Chengdu around 07:00 am and drive 1.5 hours to Dujiangyan Panda Base to fulfill your once-in-lifetime panda volunteer work.

08:30am-09:00am Preparation

Arrive at Dujiangyan Panda Base around 08:30 am. Learn the safety announcement and sign the security agreement. Put on work clothes and gloves, wear volunteer pass card before go the work place. You will be led by experienced keepers and told matters needed attention.

09:00am-11:30am Honorable Panda Keeper & Panda Yards Visiting

Volunteers involve in panda volunteer work, including carrying out old bamboos, picking up droppings, cleaning up panda enclosures, carrying in fresh bamboos leaves and shoots, observing and recording pandas' behaviors. You will also be provided a rare chance to watch panda keepers feeding pandas closely.

Take a visit to other panda enclosures, walk around the panda base for more giant pandas and red pandas. You may see them sitting on the grass, climbing trees, playing together and even fighting. Bring out your camera to take awesome photos and videos about them.

11:30am-13:00pm Lunch & Break Time

Have lunch with the staff and other volunteers in the restaurant and take a short break.

12:30pm-13:30 Watch Panda Documentary

Watch a panda documentary that shows the scientific facts about the endangered species, to understand how humans protect them and how we may live in harmony with them.

13:30pm-14:30pm Rescued Panda Care

Prepare special food for rescued pandas and observe how the panda keepers take care of the rescued pandas.

14:30pm-15:00 Panda Nutritionist

Learn to make Wowotou, a nutritive special cake for the pandas.

15:00pm Be Awarded Volunteer Certificate

After finishing the volunteering program, you will be awarded honorable "panda volunteer certificate" and special souvenirs. Later, your guide and driver will escort you to your hotel in Chengdu or Airport / Train Station. (Note: Please book train departing after 18:00 or flight departing after 19:00.

  • Dujiangyan Panda Volunteer Work Clean panda enclosures & carry bamboos
  • Dujiangyan Panda Volunteer Work Clean panda enclosures & observe pandas
  • Dujiangyan Panda Volunteer Work Have lunch with fellows & make panda cake

The quotation for this trip is from $208 Per Person

1. This price is for one person.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2025.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1=RMB 7.00. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.

What's included?

  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide;
  • Fee for Panda Volunteering Program (charged by panda base);
  • Necessary transfers as listed in the itinerary;
  • Lunch in panda base;
  • Our service charge, including tour planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

What's excluded?

  • China visa;
  • Accommodation in Chengdu (we can book hotel for you if you want);
  • Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary;
  • Optional activities;
  • Flights or trains to/off Chengdu (we can book for you if you want);
  • Airport (train station) pick up and drop off;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc;
  • Personal expenses.

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Most Important Notes for Panda Tour & Volunteer

1. Subject to Change

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

2. Apply for Panda Volunteer Program in Advance

Being a volunteer, you should apply for at least a week (usually 10 days) in advance with your Application Form and Health Examination Form.

3. Requirements & Limitations

(a) Health Examination Form: To do the panda volunteer program at Dujiangyan Panda Base, you need to have a valid Health Examination Form (valid medical certificate and signature which could be applied in your country or in China). Feel free to contact our travel consultant for more information or let them register for you. (This form is to ensure that you are not carrying the infectious diseases or other illnesses which endanger the health of pandas.)

(b) Age & Number Limitations: The center can accept up to 50 volunteers (aged between 10 and 70) at any one time.

(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) Dressing Code: During the panda volunteer program, you are required to wear working suites provided by the panda base, usually jumpsuits in cold days and T-shirts in warm and hot days. Shoes are up to you, but avoid avoid sandals, slippers, high-heels, etc.

(e) 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 do the panda volunteer programs.

4. What to Expect for Panda Volunteer Program

Essentially Speaking, the panda volunteer program belongs to panda conservation project designed with different kinds of activities to take care of giant pandas. During the full day volunteering, travelers need to involve in some physical work, like clean up the dirty enclosures, sweep panda droppings, break bamboo to prepare food for pandas, use your hands to make panda cakes...It will be physical demanding and somewhat tiring.

5. How to Choose a Panda Base
Panda Base Volunteer Length Distance from Chengdu Features
Dujiangyan Panda Base 1 day 62 kilometers (1-1.5 hours) the closest panda base from Chengdu; over 40 pandas live here.
Bifengxia Panda Base 1 day / 3 days or longer 155 kilometers (2.5-3 hours) awesome site to do volunteer program for 2 days or more; over 40 pandas live here.
Shenshuping Panda Base 1 day 100 kilometers (2 hours) located in Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries in primitive environment; the largest breeding center for giant pandas; over 30 pandas live here.
Hetaoping Panda Base 1 day 120 kilometers (2.5 hours) the only base to attend Red Panda volunteer program.

(a) For panda lovers who have very limited time in Chengdu, it is recommended to visit Chengdu Panda Base which is located in the northeast of Chengdu suburb with 30 minutes’ drive. Travelers can see nearly 120 giant pandas & baby pandas, as well as 76 red pandas. (PS: No panda volunteer program is provided in this base.)

(b) To experience the one-day volunteering work, you’d better go to Dujiangyan Panda Base which is chosen by 80% - 90% volunteers.

(c) If you want to experience something different in a relatively primitive environment, Shenshuping Panda Base or Bifengxia Panda Base is a good choice to do the volunteer program.

6. Best Time to See Pandas

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. If you want to see the active scene of giant pandas, come in spring. While to see the newborn pink baby pandas, it is recommended to visit Chengdu during August to September.

7. Customize Your Panda Tour

Besides the pandas bases in Sichuan Province, travelers can pay visits to see the adorable giant pandas in Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Guilin, Guangzhou, and more cities of China. No matter is your first-trip to China with a few destinations, or your in-depth visit to see giant pandas, just feel free to tell us your ideas and likes, our professional travel experts will customize the China PANDA tour for you!

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