Wolong Panda Base
Wolong Panda Base is called China Research and Protection Center of Giant Pandas Wolong Base. It is a new panda base opened in 2016 and serves the same purpose as the Dujiangyan Panda Base after the 2008 earthquake which ruined the original Wolong Panda Sanctuary. At Wolong Panda Base there are in total about 30 pandas kept in the enclosures. Wolong Panda Base locates in the mountains, which is believed to have the most suited natural environment for pandas.
Recommended Time to Spend: 1-2 hours
Business Hour: 09:00-16:00
Highlights of Wolong Panda Base
1. Panda Volunteer Project
Panda Volunteer Project is available at Wolong Panda Base every day. Panda Volunteer Project provides opportunities for travelers to have special experience with pandas. This project allows volunteers to feed the pandas, to clean the panda house and to prepare food for pandas. Panda Volunteer Work is not an actual volunteer work. Volunteer needs to pay a CNY700 to do the work. Booking needs to be done before hand and a health certificate is to be submitted before doing the volunteer work. It has volunteer project every day starting from 9:00 and ending by 14:30. The Volunteer Work is not hard work but rather interesting and enjoyable. It also involves watching panda documentary and making panda bread. It is meaningful and a lot of fun activity. Chengdu Tour Guide is an agent doing bookings for Panda Volunteer Workers.
2. To Hug a Panda (Donation Project)
It is real that you can cuddle a panda in Chengdu. And the other place to do it aside from Dujiangyan Panda Base is Wolong Panda Base. The panda-hugging project is a donation project. Panda huggers need to pay a CNY2200 per person to hug a panda. It is available every day although bookings need to be done before hand. It is the same as the volunteer project that you need to prepare a health certificate. Panda Hugging time is at around 10:30 every morning. You are recommended to arrive at the panda base earlier than the hugging time to do the paper work, etc. Chengdu Tour Guide is an agent doing bookings of Panda Hug Project for travelers.
3. About 30 Pandas
You can also visit this place without doing any volunteer work or donations. There are in total about 30 pandas usually at Wolong Panda Base and planned to have more. All panda enclosures are very close to each other. Walking is good to see the pandas and each place is within walking distance and easy to navigate.
4. The Neighboring Qingcheng Taoist Shrine and Dujiangyan Irrigation System
If you have extra time and wish to see more of Chengdu and its surroundings after your visit at Wolong Panda Base, there 2 places you can consider on your list: Qingchengshan Taoist Shrine and Dujiangyan Irrigation System. Both are world heritage sites and full of cultural significance. Dujiangyan Irrigation System is located 45km southeast to Wolong Panda Base. You can use local bus at Gengda. It takes about 1 hour. But the buses don’t run frequently waiting for the bus should take longer time. Qingchengshan Taoist Shrine (Qingcheng Shan) is 52 km from Wolong Panda Base and 15 km from Dujiangyan Irrigation Park. The local bus Route Dujiangyan 102 can take you there from Dujiangyan Irrigation Park. It takes about 40 minutes.
How to Get to Chengdu Panda Base
Wolong Panda Base is located at Shenshu Ping, Gengda Zhen, Wenchuan Xian, 110km from downtown Chengdu. Address in Chinese language: 四川省阿坝州汶川卧龙自然保护区耿达镇中华大熊猫苑神树坪基地. Wolong Panda Base is located in a small town called Gengda, where you can find basic accommodations and restaurants.
1. Public Bus
Take the bus to Gengda at Chengdu Chadianzi Bus Terminal.
2. Hire a Driver/Car
To hire a car is the most convenient and fast way to get to Wolong Panda Base. Chengdu Tour Guide provides private transfers to Wolong Panda Base from Chengdu.
CNY90 per Person
CNY50 for people who are: (proof required)
Age between 60 and 70;
Students at age of 18 or under (student card required);
Free of charge for people who are: (proof required)
Age 6 or under;
Age 70 and over;
Child with height lower than 1.3m;
Luggage Storage Service: Available
Transfer within the base: CNY20 per person by golf car.