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Dujiangyan Panda Base
Dujiangyan Panda Base

Dujiangyan Panda Base

Dujiangyan, Chengdu, Sichuan, Southwest China

The Basics

The sprawling 126-acre site is divided into six separate zones dedicated to various areas of research and care. Choose from among a range of experiences at the Dujiangyan Panda Base, which spans 40 sets of enclosures, a panda hospital, a medical lab, and an educational center with a small auditorium and interactive displays covering the center’s rescue and rehabilitation efforts.

The most popular tour option is to volunteer for a day. After a physical exam to ensure you’re safe to work with the fragile bears, you’ll be outfitted in work garments and work alongside dedicated panda experts to observe and record animal behavior, clean enclosures, prepare food for the pandas, and simply explore the base.

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Private Dujiangyan Panda Base Panda Rescue Center Volunteer for a Day
Private Dujiangyan Panda Base Panda Rescue Center Volunteer for a Day
star-4.5
$307.00 per adult
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Would rate it 6 stars if possible...
Would rate it 6 stars if possible. An amazing experience and one that shouldn't be missed. It isn't some lame just stand around and do nothing experience. You actively participate and it is fulfilling in many ways. This was the best thing my wife and I experienced during our visit.
trlosch, May 2017

Recent reviews from experiences in Chengdu

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Met by Summer and driver at my hotel...
mauve5000, Nov 2017
Private Day Tour: Dujiangyan Panda Base Volunteering from Chengdu
Met by Summer and driver at my hotel right on time. Arrived at the base in time to get quickly dressed for the days adventure. It was so much fun. I loved the day. It was well organized. Enjoyed cleaning out the enclosures, feeding the pandas and making panda cakes. Lots of opportunities to take panda pictures. I took the optional panda picture with a two year old panda. Great memories. If you love pandas as much as me you wont be disappointed.
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This tour is expensive but worth it...
mliu01, Aug 2015
Private Dujiangyan Panda Base Panda Rescue Center Volunteer for a Day
This tour is expensive but worth it! It gave my daughter and I opportunity to get close to the pandas. We had great fun feeding them...even cleaning the poop in the cage.
star-5
Excellent Panda adventure
rlbakalar, Sep 2019
Visiting Dujiangyan Wolong Panda Base Optional Volunteering
Had an awesome volunteer experience with the Giant Pandas from breaking bamboos, creating Panda cakes, sweeping the cages, and ultimately feeding and engaging with the Pandas. Amazing experience that I highly recommend.
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Visit to the Panda Base at Dujiangyan
davidyannette, Aug 2018
Visiting Dujiangyan Wolong Panda Base Optional Volunteering
Visiting the Panda Base at Dujiangyan was the highlight of our 2 week visit to China. Seeing this beautiful animals so close its a fascinating experience. By volunteering for a day you become a part of a global effort to to save this endangered species. But most important is a proof that if humanity wants, it can be done!
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This is an amazing opportunity to be...
Elaine T, Jan 2018
Private Dujiangyan Panda Base Panda Rescue Center Volunteer for a Day
This is an amazing opportunity to be so close to pandas. I couldn't believe I would be face-to-face with a panda, so close that I could feel their breath while feeding them. All the chores we performed were easy and fun. Our super guide, Jenny, was very knowledgeable of the Panda Center as well as Chengdu. Sam, from Samtour, always responded quickly to all of my questions. Thank you Jenny and Sam for making our visit so magical and memorable.
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Volunteer panda day trip
Curious29408131468, Mar 2019
Visiting Dujiangyan Wolong Panda Base Optional Volunteering
Great day out .for people wanting to do more with the pandas and away from the busy local parks. A touch expensive but it’s a one off trip. The guide was amazing her English was superb, her general knowledge about China was great. This trip is for individuals, couples or families.
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We had an amazing day with Alvin...
Amy F, May 2018
Visiting Dujiangyan Wolong Panda Base Optional Volunteering
We had an amazing day with Alvin. From the moment he picked us up, he was incredibly friendly and knowledgable. During the day, when we had down time he took us to see all the other pandas and talked us through some specifics about them. He works with them so regularly that they recognize him and he knows their personalities. It was really fun to volunteer and get right next to the pandas! It was such a fun day and the pandas are just so wonderful! Thank you so much Alvin! We love you!
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Amazing day! Up close and personal...
Wesley Jin Fai I, May 2017
Private Dujiangyan Panda Base Panda Rescue Center Volunteer for a Day
Amazing day! Up close and personal with the pandas! Paying to hold panda was excessive but all the money goes to the sanctuary so it's worth it. Wonderful creatures!
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There are different listings for...
Drew R, Mar 2016
Private Day Tour: Dujiangyan Panda Base Volunteering from Chengdu
There are different listings for panda volunteering on Viator, but this one allowed us to book a Saturday tour with less than 48 hours notice in advance. The operator, Third Pole Tour, contacted me swiftly to ask if my group had recent health certificates, which we did not. Fortunately they were able to make assurances to Dujiangyan and we were allowed to volunteer. Confirmation of the tour was made in less than 2 hours altogether. Our guide Ruby was in the hotel lobby waiting for us at 7am the next morning. Unfortunately one of us thought pickup time was 7:30, so we were late leaving the hotel. We still arrived in comfort at Dujiangyan around 8:30. Ruby escorted us to the volunteer registration and came with us out to the panda enclosures to provide some information and translation for the keepers. The woman running the volunteer program for the base also spoke good English, so between her and Ruby we felt very comfortable. In the morning, my group and another volunteer cleaned 2 panda enclosures and fed one panda. My group also paid extra for the photo with the young panda. Lunch at the canteen was good, followed by some free time until 1pm, then the Pandas 3D movie, an afternoon feeding session, walk through the base past the different panda enclosures, and shaping of panda cakes. On the way back, the guide and driver graciously stopped to let us explore a street market for about 30 minutes. We were back at the hotel around 5pm after a good nap in the car. I definitely recommend the tour and this agency.
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I would give this tour higher rating...
Nancy O, Jul 2017
Private Dujiangyan Panda Base Panda Rescue Center Volunteer for a Day
I would give this tour higher rating if this was possible. The three of us who did the tour together, are still overwhelmed with the experience of working so closely with the pandas. Our guide took excellent pictures of our adventure.
star-5
This was a great experience. You do...
Donna V, Nov 2017
Private Dujiangyan Panda Base Panda Rescue Center Volunteer for a Day
This was a great experience. You do get up close and personal with the pandas and the knowledgeable panda keepers. The buffet lunch is local food and fantastic. The guide and driver made this experience exceptional Thank you Worlay and Mister Pan. I would recommend this to any panda or animal lover and any US residents who want to see Bao Bao she looks great. Thanks Samtour, for a great day.
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I was traveling alone when I signed...
Jenny T, May 2018
Visiting Dujiangyan Wolong Panda Base Optional Volunteering
I was traveling alone when I signed up this trip and I was a bit of worried before the trip! Yet it turned out to be a fantastic trip. Thanks to Alvin, he was one of the best private tour guides with passion and detail oriented! Very knowledgeable on Pandas! Alvin 服務很棒、既熱心又有服務熱忱,解說也很詳盡喔!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The panda base is a must-visit for animal lovers and families with kids.

  • Book tours and activities in advance of arriving; the base allows a daily limit of 30 volunteers.

  • Volunteer experiences at the panda base generally last between 6 and 9 hours.

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How to Get There

The Dujiangyan Panda Base is located about 34 miles (55 km) from Chengdu city center. The best way to get there is to join a guided tour from Chengdu with included round-trip transportation.

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When to Get There

The panda base is open daily from 8:30am to 5pm. Arrive early and book any special experiences in advance to avoid disappointment on the day. If possible avoid visiting on weekends and Chinese national holidays when the base can get particularly busy with domestic tourists.

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The Pandas of Dujiangyan

The animals who live at the Dujiangyan Panda Base are there for a variety of reasons. Most are being cared for as elderly, disabled, sick, injured, or vulnerable wild pandas on the road to recovery, but some may be healthy pandas being held in quarantine before or after they leave the country.

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