Such a fantastic day, I was traveling by myself and this tour completely made my weekend. My guide so sweet, spoke perfect English and was really knowledgable about the center. Would do this again in a heartbeat.
I had a great time on the tour. Somehow it was just me on the tour. The guide took her time to show me around and had good knowledge of the Pandas. Would recommend the tour. I decided to not do the sitting next to the baby panda thing :(
The tour guide was excellent and personlized the trip for me adding in a nice hike in a local gorge on the way back.
Awesome attraction! The pandas were the main reason of our trip to China and we had a blast at the Panda Breeding Center. Definitely opt in for the holding, it's a once in a lifetime experience!
I enjoyed the tour a lot but the description of the tour is very misleading. You don't actually get to hold the panda. You're only allowed I sit next to him. Also, the interaction and time spent with the panda is very short (under 2 minutes) considering the amount of money you're paying.
I was a bit sceptical at first as the wording on the webpage is not clear but I have to say WOW!!!! What a trip, our guide was exceptional and we were very lucky that the centre closed at 12 with people at breakneck pace to get out. Not us -we stayed and had the pleasure of watching 3 very silly 1 year old panda's playing for over an hour. My only criticism relates to the photo opportunity with the Panda, it was a bit chaotic and we felt rushed to take our pictures - just a little bit more time would have been wonderful but to be honest I could have sat there all day. Fab trip Many Thanks to our guide Coral especially for introducing us to "Country Wine"!
Awesome! Our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke English well. So glad we didn't go it alone.
Very happy with the trip, no complaints at all. The travel agency was very accommodating with a split hotel pick up and our guide Green helped us make the most of the 2 hours we had. The Pandas, of course, were as cute as you thought they'd be... but what was also fascinating was the story about their evolution, behaviors and life cycle.
Chengdu doesnt have many English speakers. This tour made it very easy since everyone involved spoke English. A big 'like' - I'd recommend this to any visitor to Chengdu.
Try to visit in winter and get there early - coz the Pandas like it cool. We saw almost all the pandas active - or as active as a panda gets - outdoors. If you have very limited time, spend it around the young cubs' enclosure - they're much likelier to treat you to a playful panda fight-roll-chase-climb sequence.
Our party of 6 comprised both English speaking and Chinese speaking people and our guide dealt with both admirably. Her knowledge of the site was comprehensive and entertaining. We were picked up at our hotel in a private van and when we expected to be driven to a central site for transfer to a larger bus we were very pleasantly surprised to find out that we were the entire group.
We were fortunate to get there in time to see many pandas eating and playing and all had an excellent experience.
Viator was very communicative prior to the tour ensuring that we would not forget the appointment.
Mary the guide and her driver were really great! And as for the pandas... awesome and so cute! Thanks for a fantastic experience on my first visit to Chengdu (and indeed PRC) - I'll be back!
I had an absolutely wonderful time on this tour despite not opting for the optional baby panda part. Although pick up is early in the morning, it's necessary if you want to beat traffic which might not be pleasant since it takes a half hour to get there anyway. Also, getting there early means you can actually see the pandas, because they are eating breakfast and not too many people are there, meaning you get a solo picture with them. Our tour guide was very sweet and knowledgeable, and she answered all of my "creative" questions... If we hadn't gone with the guide, our time at the Center probably wouldn't have been very efficient, and we would have walked all over the place getting lost and confused. Also, we wouldn't have known about the free documentary showing in the cafe or that there was an informational museum toward the front. I thought the price for this tour was just right, and it was definitely worth it!
there are a few things that were problematic
1) you dont get to keep the overalls (not that i wanted them but that was advertised on 3 different pieced of paper i got on this trip
2) no one spoke english!
3) the tour guide at chendgu... is just a sort of english speaker that works at the hostel, other than that she knows nothing about the city or the sites she took you to! she even called herself a companion not a tour guide!!!
4) the volunteering centre at the panda place is not very organized, and the drivers of the "bus" at the facilty was very very rude!!! i was not told i had to pay extra as a volunteer to ride the bus and was yelled at by the driver of the bus! the ticket was 15rmb!!! which is like 3 bucks! i would have totally paid for it if i was told i needed too!!
other than that the people where very nice, the pandas were amazing... adn the food was good for me but i grew up eating authentic chinese food so nothing really scared me, but i can imagine how some people will have problems with the food esp at the guest house they put you in.
We loved seeing the Pandas in their nature environment, which mean at times you could not see them as the enclosure was so big, but that it a positive.
Be warned the Baby Panda "holding" was not holding it was sit next too, which may not seem like much difference. Be prepared you need to have cameras at the ready and ensure that whoever is taking the photos know to take as many as possible as you will only be sitting with the panda for maybe 2 minutes if you are lucky. Don't get me wrong I understand why but be prepared you do not want to miss the photo.
We were lucky that is was a cooler day so the Pandas were out when we got there, but as soon as it get hot they will retreat into the cool tiled house.
We did lots of walking around the centre which we loved but you may have to pay more if you are not up for the walk.
Our guide was very informative and told as a lot about the Pandas and what they mean to the Chinese.
Be prepared for big crowds of people, the Grand Buddha is very popular. There is more then just the Grand Buddha to see, so ensure that if you want to walk down a path and see where is goes you tell the guide as there are some spots in the scenic area that people do not go to.
We skipped the very long wait in line to walk down the stairs to the foot of the Buddha and opted to take the boat instead which was extra but well worth it.
Very nice tour guide and amazing buddha. We thought it was a real hike but even small children can do these stairs. Don't take the boat, but line up to walk down.
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