Which Panda Base to go in Chengdu
There are more than one panda bases in Chengdu where visitors can see pandas. When you plan your trip to Chengdu to see the pandas, it is better to also plan on which panda base to visit. Listed below is the most detailed travel information of all the panda bases in and around Chengdu. You will find useful travel information of each panda base and decide which panda base is the best one for you!
How many panda bases are there?
There are in total 5 panda bases in and around Chengdu. They are:
Chengdu Panda Base (Chengdu Giant Panda Research and Breeding Center)
Dujiangyan Panda Base, also known as Dujiangyan Panda Park (China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda Dujiangyan Base/CCRCGP)
Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Base (China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda Bifengxia Base)
Wolong Panda Base (China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda Wolong Base)
Dujiangyan Panda Valley
Which Panda Base should I go? How to choose?
Bases Admission Time-Visit Time-Getting there Available Activities Number of Pandas Park Size Easy Public Transport
Chengdu Panda Base 58 Yuan 2-3 hours 0.5 hour/15km Visit 50+ 67 hectares Yes
Dujiangyan Panda Base 58 Yuan 1-2 hours 1.5hour/70km Visit/Volunteer 30+ 50 hectares No
Bifengxia Panda Base 118 Yuan 2 hours 2.5hours/160km Visit/Volunteer 30+ 400 hectares No
Wolong Panda Base 90 Yuan 1-2 hours 2hours/110km Visit/Volunteer. 50+ 52 hectares No
Dujiangyan Panda Valley 58 Yuan 1 hour 2hour/85km Visit 20+ 65 hectares No
Normally if you want to see a lot of pandas, the one in Chengdu is the best one. It is called Chengdu Panda Base and it has the most pandas in number of all these panda bases. It is close to the city of Chengdu with only 15km. But an issue is it is usually with a lot of visitors.
If you have limited time, Chengdu Panda Base is your best choice. If you wish to see pandas in a more quiet and wild environment, you can consider either Bifengxia Panda Base or Wolong Panda Base, but these two bases are quite far away from the city of Chengdu. If you wish to visit either of these two, you will need a minimum of 1 day’s time.
If you want to do panda volunteer work. You can choose from either one of Dujiangyan Panda Base, Wolong Panda Base or Bifengxia Panda Base. However, we recommend the Dujiangyan Panda Base for volunteers as they have the best English-speaking workers and a more friendly and standard approach to volunteers aside from that Dujiangyan Panda Base is closer to the city of Chengdu than the other two panda bases. In the case of hugging a panda, it is the same situation. Although when there are no available spots for volunteer works at Dujiangyan Panda Base, you can always consider the other two panda bases to do the volunteer work at.
Although when you look at the map, Bifengxia Panda Base is one the way to other further and beautiful places in western Sichuan such as Kangding and Yading, so you can also combine this panda base with your other travel plans in Sichuan to save time. And it is the same as the one in Wolong as it is on the way to Mount Siguniang.