Dujiangyan Giant Panda Center, also called Dujiangyan Panda Valley, is a new giant panda breeding base near Chengdu and is part of the efforts to reintroduce pandas into the wild.
The night prior to the tour, your guide will call your hotel between 5-9pm to confirm the pick-up time. Get picked up by the driver and tour guide from your hotel in Chengdu around 7am and embark on a 1.5-hour drive. Arrive at this non-profit panda base and commence the program.
Receive a uniform and meet the panda keepers who will introduce you to the procedures of the program. In the morning session, feed the pandas, clean their enclosures and make panda cakes for them.
Enjoy a simple lunch at noon, arranged in the canteen. If you don't want to eat a meal in the canteen, you can be escorted to a local restaurant run by farmers near the center, but you must pay for the meal at your own expense. Rest for an hour from 1-2pm and relax with a panda movie.
During the afternoon session, continue working with the adorable pandas. This work will include cleaning bamboo, weighing pandas’ feces (an important way to monitor their health condition) and attending a panda lecture to learn about progression of pandas from infancy to adulthood.
After the afternoon session and the pandas’ second feeding, have a break and walk around the panda base for leisure and fun. The program finishes at around 4pm and you will receive a panda volunteer certificate to commemorate this meaningful day. Your guide and driver will then escort you back to your hotel in Chengdu.
Taking a photo with a panda sitting next to you can be done with an additional fee.
Dujiangyan Panda Base and Center for Disease Control