Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding Tours

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Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is considered a Chinese national treasure. Opened in 1987 to care for rescued wild pandas, the 165-acre (67-hectare), open-air sanctuary is now one of southern China’s most popular destinations due to its focus on breeding, conservation, and introducing new pandas into wild populations.

The Basics
As one of the world’s most successful giant panda breeding centers—credited with more than 100 panda births—Chengdu Research Base provides visitors the opportunity to observe and learn about this threatened species. Inside, you can walk through the forested landscape; watch as giant pandas play, nap, and munch native bamboo; visit the panda nursery, subadult enclosure, and adult compound; and watch informational videos on panda behavior and the challenges of working with and breeding captive pandas. 

Many full-day sightseeing tours of Chengdu include a visit to the breeding center, while some combo tours also visit popular Sichuan Province attractions such as the Leshan Grand Buddha or Jinsha Site Museum. For a personalized experience, opt for a private tour. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The breeding center is a must-see for families with kids and animal lovers.
  • Photography is allowed within the compound, but flash is prohibited.
  • It takes about three hours to walk the entire campus, so remember to wear comfortable shoes.
  • Steep inclines and other obstacles may be difficult to navigate for wheelchair users.

How to Get There
The research base is located roughly 17 miles (27 kilometers) outside Chengdu’s city center. As such, the easiest way to visit is by taxi or through an organized tour. It’s also possible to take buses 87 or 198 from downtown Chengdu to the Panda Base bus stop. 

When to Get There
The base is open year-round and is most crowded on weekends and Chinese national holidays. Opt for an early morning visit to avoid crowds. Most pandas are born in summer; for a chance to see baby pandas, visit in July or August. 

Other Animals at the Chengdu Panda Base
Giant pandas aren’t the only wild animal residents of the panda base. You can also observe red pandas, lesser pandas, golden monkeys, black-necked cranes, black swans, and other rare animals in enclosures that mimic their natural habitats.
Location
Address: 1375 Xiongmao Avenue, Chengdu, Southwest China, China
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Hours: Daily 7:30am-6pm
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Admission: RMB 58
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1-Day Panda Breeding Center plus Chengdu City Tour

Gain an overview of the city of Chengdu on this guided 8-hour tour of the city featuring its major historical and contemporary attractions. This tour is ideal for first-time visitors wanting to learn about the city’s ancient history and modern life from a knowledgeable and experienced guide, and includes a visit to the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
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Private Tour: Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center Tour

Even if you get the changes right, the bus trip to Chengdu’s Giant Panda Breeding Research Base can take an hour and a half—a long time for anyone, and an infinity with kids. Save time and hassle on this private trip, which whisks you from your door to the pandas and back again, leaving the afternoon free.
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Day Tour: Chengdu Panda Breeding Base and Leshan Giant Buddha

Combine visits to Chengdu Tianfu Square, the Leshan Giant Buddha, and the Chengdu Panda Breeding Base in one full-day tour from Chengdu. Pickup and drop-off at select Chengdu hotels included.
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Private Day Tour: Chengdu Panda and Leshan Buddha

Get up close to Chinese wildlife and ancient culture on a full-day tour from Chengdu. You have the option to take a private tour or join up with a group. Regardless, you relax in comfortable round trip transportation from your hotel.  Entrance is included to both the Leshan Grand Buddha and Chengdu Panda Base, where you also enjoy engaging tours with your guide.
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Private Half-Day Chengdu Panda Base Tour

Enjoy personalized attention and a flexible schedule during this 3.5-hour private tour of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Learn about the conservation and rehabilitation efforts pioneered here and watch pandas in all stages of life going about their daily business. Admission to the museum, documentary screening, and round-trip private transportation from Chengdu hotels provided.
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Half-Day Tour at Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Base

This is the perfect tour for animal lovers. Enjoy the ultimate stress-free day with round-trip transportation to Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Base included. The research base can be a popular attraction, but you won’t have to worry about waiting in long visitor lines as entrance tickets are included. Enjoy having plenty of time to leisurely walk around the bamboo garden where roughly 80-100 pandas live.
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Chengdu Private Tour Of Giant Panda Breeding Research Base and City Highlights With Lunch

Visit the world-famous Chengdu Panda Research Base and some of Chengdu’s highlights on an 8-hour private tour. View the giant pandas at the parkland base and send a postcard post-marked with a panda stamp. After lunch, take a walking tour of Chengdu’s Renmin Park and the quaint Qing-dynasty lanes of the Wide and Narrow Alleys, recalling the city's traditional life and culture. Your tour includes entrance fees, plus central hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Chengdu Private Day Tour to Panda Base Wenshu Monastery and People’s Park

Cross Chengdu’s must-see attractions off your list with this private 8-hour tour that takes you to the Panda Breeding Center, Wenshu Monastery, and People’s Park. Learn about each attraction from your guide as you travel with the ease of personal transportation.
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Private Tour: Giant Panda Research Center and Leshan Giant Buddha Day Trip from Chengdu Including Bullet Train

See giant pandas and the Giant Buddha of Leshan, and ride a bullet train on this private 12-hour trip from Chengdu. Visit the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base to view these rare animals, and learn about the center’s conservation work. Plus, take a high-speed train to Leshan to see its immense 8th-century Buddha statue carved into a riverside cliff. Train tickets, entrance fees, private Chengdu round-trip transfers, and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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One-Way Airport Transfer with Giant Panda Bear Research Center in Chengdu

Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province, the natural habitat of the famous and endangered giant pandas. Your day will begin with a pickup from the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport. Afterwards, pay a visit the Giant Panda Bear Research Center, then end your day with a transfer to your Chengdu accommodations. You are also welcome to use this service as a departure transfer as well.
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Chengdu Full-Day Tour: Panda Breeding Center and Sanxingdui Museum

Combine two of Chengdu’s most visited attractions on this full-day tour, including hotel pick-up. Get up close to giant pandas, red pandas and adorable panda cubs with a visit to the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center. After a typical Chinese lunch (included), enjoy a fascinating insight into China’s ancient history as you tour the Sanxingdui Museum and view artifacts dating back to the Bronze Age. 
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Chengdu Highlights Small-Group Day Tour of the Panda Research Base and the Leshan Giant Buddha

Avoid the noise and distraction of large tour groups and visit two of Chengdu’s popular highlights in a small, intimate tour group on this full-day tour. Meet Chengdu’s famous giant pandas, then head south to the imposing Leshan Giant Buddha, a 233 foot (71 meter) sculpture carved from a red sandstone cliff. Both attractions are on the outskirts of Chengdu and difficult to get to on public transport; this tour makes it significantly easier to visit both in the same day.
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Highlight of Chengdu Private Day Trip: Chengdu Panda Base and Cooking Class in Sichuan Cuisine Museum

An early-morning visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is your best bet for seeing the namesake giant pandas without the crowds, and this tour provides the prompt hotel pickup needed to make it happen. After seeing the pandas, head to the Sichuan Cuisine Museum to spice up your afternoon with a hands-on cooking class (and lunch, of course), and then take a spin around a local market with your guide around to answer any questions about unfamiliar items.
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Private Tour: Day Trip to Panda Highlights In and Around Chengdu

Discover the giant pandas and other treasures of Chengdu on a 6-hour tour with a knowledgeable guide. Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to learn about giant pandas and conservation efforts for China’s panda population. Mail a postcard in the Panda Post, then discover the combination of traditional Sichuan architecture and modern shops around the historic Wide and Narrow Alleys district (aka Kuan-Zhai Lane). Wrap up with a look at the Chunxi Road shopping district and the world’s largest panda sculpture.
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All-Inclusive Chengdu Highlight Panda Trip and Customizable Sites

Discover Chengdu in your way on this customizable private day tour including comfortable transportation, English-speaking tour guide, entrance fee and lunch served in local restaurant, see loving Giant Pandas at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda in the morning and choose optional afternoon sightseeing you are interested.
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Day Tour: Chengdu Giant Panda Bear Research Center and Leshan Grand Buddha

Combine visits to the Leshan Grand Buddha and the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding during this 8-hour trip from Chengdu. See the impressive 230-foot (70-meter) Grand Buddha and its surrounding temples. Learn about panda conservation and care during a visit to the research center. Round-trip hotel transportation and lunch are included.
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Traditional Chengdu Lifestyle Guided Day Tour including the Panda Research Center, the Wide and Narrow Street and a Hot Pot Dinner

Embark on a guided day tour and experience the traditional Chengdu lifestyle which includes a visit to the Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center, Factory Memory Park, the Wide and Narrow Street, the Bamboo Garden in Wangianglou Park and the Culture Revolution restaurant to enjoy a hot pot dinner. Enjoy the leisure life of Chengdu locals by seeing a cute panda in the Panda Garden, going back to the old industrial times through the memory of Factory Memory Park, walking on the ancient street of the Wide and Narrow Street and drinking tea and playing mahjong in the Bamboo Gardens in Wangianglou Park. A special hot pot will be arranged for dinner.
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Chengdu Highlights: Panda Base, Wuhou Temple, Jinli Street, Hot Pot, and Sichuan Opera

Squeeze all the highlights of Chengdu, the Sichuan capital, into a 9-hour guided tour. This tour includes the chance to watch a traditional Sichuan opera in a classic Chinese teahouse, take a walk down bustling Jinli Street, and learn about panda conservation at the Panda Base. Hot pot lunch and round-trip hotel transportation included.
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Half-Day Chengdu Panda Breeding Center Tour with Optional Baby Panda Holding

Spend a morning with some of China’s most majestic mammals during a 3-hour tour of either the Dujiangyan Giant Panda Center or the Chengdu Panda Breeding Center from Chengdu. Accompanied by a professional panda keeper, stroll through the baby and adult panda areas and gain fascinating insight into the behavior, mating habits and physiology of the creatures. Upgrade available to have your photo taken while holding a baby panda if conditions are favorable. Round-trip transportation from your Chengdu included.
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Private Day Tour: Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Center and Leshan Giant Buddha

Spend the day visiting two of the Chengdu area’s top locations on this full-day private tour. First, head to the Giant Panda breeding center for a closer look at these gentle giants. See them playing, take photos, and learn more about the conservation efforts from China. Then, head to the UNESCO-listed Leshan Giant Buddha to admire the tranquility of the area and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.
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Giant Panda and Leshan Buddha Day Trip from Chengdu

Enjoy a full-day guided tour from Chengdu that combines giant panda bears with the Leshan Buddha and Wuyou Temple. Get great photo ops of China’s furry ambassadors at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base while watching the adorable pandas. Then savor a lunch that features Xiba tofu (bean curd), a regional specialty. Afterward, take a scenic drive to Leshan to see the Grand Buddha, the largest stone Buddha sculpture in the world. You also stop at Wuyou Temple and can choose an optional river cruise (own expense).
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One-Day Private Country Biking and Panda Tour Around Qingcheng Mountain

Skip the cramped tourist buses and discover Chengdu by bike on a private full-day tour. Set at a comfortable pace, you’re able to truly enjoy the outdoor journey between attractions. The picturesque route takes you to Mount Qingcheng, Dujiangyan, and the Panda Base. After lunch at a local restaurant, taste green tea at a plantation. Comfortable transportation takes you to a local temple before drop-off at your hotel.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Private Tour: Chengdu Sightseeing with Panda Breeding Center Visit

Discover the cultural and historical highlights of Chengdu on an enriching full-day tour of the spectacular city. On this private tour, venture to the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to spend several hours observing adorable pandas, and then absorb the sacred ambience of the Zen Buddhist monastery during a leisurely lunch. Sip refreshing tea at a traditional teahouse in the picturesque park, and then meander through the narrow alleys of Kuan and Zhai Lane for dinner. Upgrade to immerse yourself in the melodious magic of the Sichuan opera.
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Private Tour: Chengdu Panda Base and Leshan Grand Buddha

Keep your camera to hand as you visit two of Chengdu’s most photo-worthy sites on this full-day tour – the UNESCO-listed Grand Buddha in Leshan and the Chengdu Panda Base.  Start your day getting close to China’s adorable native pandas, with the chance to spot Giant Pandas, Red Pandas and baby pandas. After lunch at a local restaurant (included), make the most of your private guide as you explore the Great Buddha temple and stand in awe before the world’s largest stone Buddha.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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