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Dujiangyan Panda Base Overview

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. This professional panda base also offers the meaningful and love caring giant panda volunteer program for world panda lovers to help taking good care and protect the rare and lovely giant pandas. Therefore, loving people are recommended to go this panda base in Dujiangyan to achieve your dream of pandas! At present, there are more than 30 giant pandas and 5 red pandas living here.

Recommended Dujiangyan Giant Panda Volunteer Tour:

- 1 Day Dujiangyan Panda Volunteer Tour (Dujiangyan)

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Dujiangyan Panda Base 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 feeding, 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.

Tips: Since July to Auguest is the super peak season for doing a panda volunteer program, if you want to enjoy the activity during those months, it is highly advised to book at least 2 months in advance.

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- 1 Day Kung Fu Panda Tour with Mount Qingcheng (Dujiangyan)
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Dujiangyan Panda Holding

To well protect the cuddly but vulnerable pandas, Dujiangyan Panda Holding Program has been suspended since 2018. However, panda fans can still have opportunity to have a sweet date with pandas sitting in front of them and grabbing carrots out of their hands. Join the Dujiangyan Panda Volunteer program, such a panda dream will be realized right now! Check more about Dujiangyan Panda Holding >>

What Requirements & Limitations are Needed?

(1) Age & Number Limitations: The center can accept up to 50 volunteers at any one time and the age should be between 10 and 70.

(2) 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, skin care products, makeups, etc. on the volunteering work/panda hugging day.

(3) 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.)

(4) 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.

(5) 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.

How to Get to Dujiangyan Panda Base

Dujiangyan Panda Base is located in Qingchengshan Town of Dujiangyan City, about 70km northwest of Chengdu downtown. Driving from Chengdu downtown to Dujiangyan Panda Base takes about 1.5 hours by car. Normally, tourists get to Dujiangyan Panda Base from Chengdu by private car, high speed train or coach. Seldom of them choose to travel by taxi, because it charges much more money.

By Private Car (Top Recommended): Taking a licensed private car with the help of a local experienced driver is the most convenient way, because you can get from your hotel to Dujiangyan Panda Base directly, without the hassles to find the right coach station or high speed railway station. As a local travel agency based in Chengdu, we China Discovery also provide convenient local tour guide and driver service to escort and accompany you to Dujiangyan Panda Base from Chengdu airport, train station, hotels or any other locations in Chengdu by licensed private car. If you are interested about such a service, please feel free to contact us for help!

By High Speed Train plus Taxi (Good Alternative Option for Independent Travelers): Ride a bullet train from Xipu Railway Station to Qingchengshan Railway Station needs about half an hour. And after arriving at Qingchengshan Railway Station, it needs 10 minutes around to get to the panda base by taxi. For independent travelers who prefer bullet trains, this way may be a good alternative option.

By Coach (Cheapest but Most Time-consuming): Chengdu Chadianzi Coach Station (茶店子汽车站) and Xinnanmen Coach Station (新南门汽车站) in Chengdu downtown offer long-distance coach service to Dujiangyan Coach Station. Every day, there are about 10 coaches for you to choose. The coach ride takes about 1.5~2 hours. After get off the coach, you can hop on a taxi to Dujiangyan Panda Base.

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Dujiangyan Panda Base Nearby Attractions

Dujiangyan Panda Base is not the only reason that attracted numerous of tourists gathering there. Besides the panda base, Dujiangyan is also famed for its great Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan Irrigation System.

Mount Qingcheng

Mount Qingcheng, or known as Qingchengshan, is the most popular hiking mountain in Chengdu region. Besides, Mount Qingcheng is also known as one of the cradles of Chinese Taoism. Together with Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Mount Qingcheng was added to the World Heritage Site List in 2000.

Dujiangyan Irrigation System

With a history of more than two thousand years, Dujiangyan Irrigation System is a magical Ecological Engineering Feat without the use of any dams! It has played an important role on flood control and irrigation to Chengdu Plain for centuries. Tons of visitors come there to have a glimpse of this masterpiece and show their respects for the sagacious ancients.

Jiezi Ancient Town

Jiezi Ancient Town is not situated in Dujiangyan but in Chongzhou City. However, it is only 7km away from Dujiangyan Panda Base, which takes only 15 minutes around to get there by car. Jiezi Ancient Town is a fantastic place for strolling and history exploring.

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How to Plan a Dujiangyan Panda Base Tour

Take a whole day to be a Panda Keeper and take care of adorable giant pandas up-close is the most popular way to visit Dujiangyan Panda Base. Join in Dujiangyan Panda Base Volunteer Program, and then you can enjoy such a once-in-lifetime experience! During the volunteer day, you will learn how to clean up bamboos, pick up droppings and make cakes for pandas. Besides, you will have opportunities to feed a panda right in front of you! For more details, please check our most popular 1 Day Dujiangyan Panda Volunteer Tour to get inspired!

Before or after the exciting volunteer day, you are suggested to spend another 1~2 days to explore Dujiangyan Irrigation System and Mount Qingcheng like many other visitors do! Want to add more highlights of Chengdu downtown into your tour? Why not leave yourself 1~2 days more to enjoy the unique slow-paced lifestyle and savor the unbeatable food there?

>> 4 Days Dujiangyan Panda Tour with Chengdu

Since Dujiangyan also sits on the popular Western Sichuan Small Tourist Loop, you can also go further west from Dujiangyan to get more Western Sichuan surprises. This region will offer you world-class alpine snow-caped mountains, grasslands, lakes and a strong taste of Tibet without filling for a Tibet Entry Permit!

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Travel Dujiangyan Panda Base with China Discovery

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We China Discovery based in Chengdu have helped thousands and hundreds of tourists coming from the world traveling Chengdu and Dujiangyan. If you need any help of our local guide and driver, please feel free to contact us! The tour can be tailor-made according to your group size, interests, physical condition, time, plan, budget and every special need!

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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.

German passports
If I have a German passport can I do the volunteer?
2019-08-13 19:56
Hello Mariana Lazzeri,

Yes, you can do the volunteer program in the three panda bases. There is no nationality requirement, but you should pay attention to some other requirements. Please check it on our page: https://www.chinadiscovery.com/panda-tours/panda-volunteer-reference.html

If you want to book the panda volunteer, feel free contact us at any time.

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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?
2017-04-18 21:54
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!
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,
2017-03-01 02:26
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,
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?


2016-09-22 10:46
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,
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 14:21
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,
Hi, is this Panda Volunteer & Panda Holding Programme available all times of the year including in Winter?
2016-09-07 13:38
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!
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 ?
2016-08-10 23:55
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!

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