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Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

Daily 7:30am-6pm
1375 Xiongmao Avenue, Chengdu, Southwest China

The Basics

As one of the world’s most successful giant panda breeding centers—credited with more than 100 panda births—Chengdu Research Base provides visitors the opportunity to observe and learn about this threatened species. Inside, you can walk through the forested landscape; watch as giant pandas play, nap, and munch native bamboo; visit the panda nursery, subadult enclosure, and adult compound; and watch informational videos on panda behavior and the challenges of working with and breeding captive pandas.

Many full-day sightseeing tours of Chengdu include a visit to the breeding center, while some combo tours also visit popular Sichuan Province attractions such as the Leshan Grand Buddha or Jinsha Site Museum. For a personalized experience, opt for a private tour.

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Private Half-Day Chengdu Panda Breeding Center Tour with Optional Volunteer
Private Half-Day Chengdu Panda Breeding Center Tour with Optional Volunteer
$87.00 per adult
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A Great Time!
Our tour guide Heather was awesome! She knew the park very well and made sure we had the best experience possible. Transportation direct from our hotel was perfect. The Center is very nice, not like other zoos I've been to. It was very clean and beautifully designed. I would definitely book this and other tours again with Viator!
Wayne_S, Apr 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Chengdu

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Wonderful way to see all of Chengdu in a day
Steven_G, May 2021
1-Day Panda Breeding Center plus Chengdu City Tour
Great Tour by Susan! Seamless entry to the Panda Research base, wonderful hot pot meal, very helpful pointing out details of the wide and narrow alleys and helping locate specific souvenirs and gifts, awesome seats to the opera. Made for a wonderful way to see all of Chengdu in a day!
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Tour of Pandas and much more
kim_k, Apr 2021
Chengdu Private Sightseeing Tour with Panda Breeding Center Visit
Our tour guide Worley was great. She adapted the tour to meet our needs and wants. We never felt rushed or spent too long anywhere. The Panda Breeding Center was sooo much more than I could imagine, and it does my heart well to know that the Great Panda is recovering in the wild because of this program. Kudos to China! Great day tour with seeing sights that interested us, maybe not what others would want. That's because of a great tour guide.
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A wonderful experience not to be missed!
JeffP, Oct 2019
Private Half-Day Chengdu Panda Breeding Center Tour with Optional Volunteer
Tour guide Kate was exceptional: knowledgeable, accommodating and fluent in English. The driver, Mr. Jiang, was excellent at navigating the traffic out to the Panda Base with a clean, modern vehicle. We are world travelers, and this tour is not to be missed. Kate and Mr. Jiang were the "dream team." Thanks!
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Our guide, Rudy, was excellent and...
James H, Nov 2017
Chengdu Private Sightseeing Tour with Panda Breeding Center Visit
Our guide, Rudy, was excellent and had actually worked at the panda reserve for 7 years so he knew exactly where to take us. Saw lots of pandas, both regular and red. The city tour was great and I would recommend the ear cleaning. Had a delicious vegetarian lunch at the Buddhist temple. Had plenty of time for shopping. Rudy explained everthing.
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Excellent tour
Lindsay_V, Jul 2020
Private Half-Day Chengdu Panda Breeding Center Tour with Optional Volunteer
What a great tour! Worley was fantastic as a guide and I highly recommend her! She was well-versed in everything pandas and full of energy. Go early because that’s when the pandas are active and if it’s not not too hot.
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Great way to see both the Pandas and Leshan in 1 day
J L S, Dec 2019
All Inclusive Private Day Trip to Chengdu Giant Panda Base and Leshan Giant Buddha Trip by High-Speed Train
I really loved the trip, it was very well organized and the only trip offering both attractions in 1 day. Sharleen was my guide and she was patient, informative and a pleasure to be around. The bears are terribly cute and a joy to see. Lunch was excellent and seeing the grandness of the Buddha was very memorable. Overall a great day and highly recommend.
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Chengdu Private Tour with Panda Base, Leshan Giant Buddha and Lunch
katrinn2004, Oct 2019
Chengdu Private Tour with panda base,Leshan giant Buddha, and Lunch
I went to Chengdu for a day and this type of excursion was a perfect for me. The driver name was Mr. Van and he was very professional and polite. My tour guide Jason was very knowledgeable and respectful, he helped me during my trip, he knew the best spots to take pictures AND observe the pandas. Jason took me to best restaurant in Leshan where he ordered a local cuisine. I really enjoyed my tour!
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Great day out
holidayqueen10, Jul 2019
Chengdu Highlights Tour of Panda Base and Leshan Giant Buddha
A great day out. Bella was really informative and a great tour guide. Loved seeing the pandas. would definitely recommend this trip.
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Great activity for an afternoon
switch2020, Jan 2020
Private Half-Day Chengdu Panda Breeding Center Tour with Optional Volunteer
This is a great activity that you can easily fit in one afternoon, and the Panda parc is anyway a must do if you go to Chengdu. The tour proposed is very convenient with the hotel pickup and drop off (thx to our driver mr. Pan). A special note for the guide ms. Hayley that was assigned by chance. Perfect english, very friendly, helpful and knowlegable, she made the tour a better experience.
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This tour was amazing. I saw so many...
Terri, Mar 2018
Half-Day Tour at Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Base
This tour was amazing. I saw so many pandas I could not believe my eyes. My tour guide Seven spoke very good English and was very knowledgeable. I could tell she also was very passionate about the pandas. I have recommended this tour to others already.
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My wife, myself and our 2 year old...
Felipe S, May 2018
All Inclusive Private Day Trip to Chengdu Giant Panda Base and Leshan Giant Buddha Trip by High-Speed Train
My wife, myself and our 2 year old son had a fantastic experience visiting the panda base and the Leshan Buddha. Our guide Ivy was very knowledgeable and always ready to help, which just contributed to make that an unforgettable day. We highly recommend Ivy and this tour.
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We had a great time in the full day...
JUAN R, Nov 2017
1-Day Panda Breeding Center plus Chengdu City Tour
We had a great time in the full day service tour with Amy, starting early on at the Panda Center, she helped us avoid the crowds and took us to very good viewing spots, then to the People's park, with clear explanations about daily life activities for the Chengdu city dwellers, nice Sichuan lunch after the Temple visit, and finishing visiting the old picturesque alleys.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The breeding center is a must-see for families with kids and animal lovers.

  • Photography is allowed within the compound, but flash is prohibited.

  • It takes about three hours to walk the entire campus, so remember to wear comfortable shoes.

  • Steep inclines and other obstacles may be difficult to navigate for wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

The research base is located roughly 17 miles (27 kilometers) outside Chengdu’s city center. As such, the easiest way to visit is by taxi or through an organized tour. It’s also possible to take buses 87 or 198 from downtown Chengdu to the Panda Base bus stop.

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When to Get There

The base is open year-round and is most crowded on weekends and Chinese national holidays. Opt for an early morning visit to avoid crowds. Most pandas are born in summer; for a chance to see baby pandas, visit in July or August.

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Other Animals at the Chengdu Panda Base

Giant pandas aren’t the only wild animal residents of the panda base. You can also observe red pandas, lesser pandas, golden monkeys, black-necked cranes, black swans, and other rare animals in enclosures that mimic their natural habitats.

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