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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. Experience the incredible sensation of holding a baby panda if you choose to upgrade, and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your Chengdu hotel on this enriching tour.


  • Half-day tour of the Chengdu Panda Breeding Center or Dujiangyan Giant Panda Center
  • See the different stages of a giant panda’s life, from baby to young adult to adult
  • Visit the red panda area to see these quiet but territorial creatures
  • Optional baby panda holding photography session!
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

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What You Can Expect

Half-Day Chengdu Panda Breeding Center Tour with Optional Baby Panda Holding

Sleeping Baby Panda at Panda Breeding Center

Depart from your Chengdu hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and enjoy the scenic surroundings on the way to either Dujiangyan Giant Panda Center or Chengdu Panda breeding Center. Greet your expert guide at one of the non-profit research and breeding facilities and embark on a guided tour of your selected center. 

Gain fascinating insight into the progression of baby pandas to adult pandas and admire the delicate newborns in a special infant panda area. Continue to enrich your knowledge of the majestic mammals by observing adolescent pandas between the age of one and five; listen to the importance of this vital maturity period and capture photographs of these enchanting and endangered creatures as they relax in their natural environment. 

Scour the trees for vibrant red pandas as your tour comes to a conclusion and then climb aboard your comfortable vehicle for the return journey back to your Chengdu hotel. 

Upgrade to hold a baby giant panda:
Make your magical experience even more memorable by upgrading to hold a baby giant panda. Get your photograph taken as you hold an adorable six month-one year old panda in an intimate environment. The money raised by upgrading is donated to the non-profit center to continue vital research into the endangered species. 

Please note: Depending on the condition of the animals or the season of the year, there may be some situations where the facility is unable to guarantee panda holding for your tour date. This is to ensure the panda's remain in a calm and soothing environment. If you are unable to hold a baby panda, prior notice and a full refund is guaranteed.

Customer Reviews

Andrew B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Tour went like clockwork, Worley, our guide, was waiting in the lobby at 7.20 and off we went. Easy trip out in a comfortable, air conditioned car, essential at this time of year, you will melt! Backstage entry into the centre, made it feel special, then on to the Pandas! My wife loved it and had been counting down by the day, it made her trip. Although brief, the Panda cuddle was amazing for her, worth every penny. Worley was an excellent guide, with great English and gave us other Chengdu tips, she loves the Pandas! It was great to have a real conversation with a Chinese resident, she taught us a lot about Chinese life, lovely girl. Once you get your head around the price, this trip is a must, if in Chengdu.

Michael K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fantastic experience visiting both panda research centers. Tour guide picked us promptly, was very knowledgable about the local city, the pandas, and the research centers. Given the distance of the hotel from the park where the holdings take place, I'm glad we had a driver take us there. Would recommend for anyone visiting Chengdu.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a great experience for my daughter and me. It was very interesting and I learned a lot about pandas that I did not know. It was fun watching the young pandas play and run around.

Marina C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The visit met our expectations, although you only get to sit with the panda for 20 seconds. Our guide was knowledgeable and we were taken to the center by private car.

Laura M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We were picked up by a private car with our lovely tour guide who spoke perfect English and told us lots about the pandas and local area. She showed us around the facilities then brought us round each panda area and explained about their personalities, the conservation project, the area etc. We then had over an hours free time to go around ourselves. Then after we were brought round the side of the conservation project, dressed in gowns and gloves and a year old panda was brought out onto a bench where we sat down beside him and put an arm round him for 30 seconds for photos. This was very expensive. If you don't absolutely love pandas then just pay for the tour. However as I am OBSESSED and this was the number 1 item on my bucket list I am more than happy to have paid it :

Patricia P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016


Renee M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was fabulous! Guide and driver arrived at my hotel early so they were ready to go. Smooth ride in a very comfortable air conditioned car. Guide was very friendly and spoke excellent English. Tour and time with the panda were great, the guide handled everything perfectly. Absolute must for this once in a lifetime experience. Highly recommend this tour. The service provider was easy to communicate with and answered emails and questions very quickly.

Marco D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was all perfect, sharp pick up in the morning at the hotel, 90 minutes drive as highlighted on the description, very kind and prepared guide.
We chose the holding panda trip and it lasted 30 seconds but it was worth the money. All the staff also at the Breeding Center was very kind.

Lucio D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was fantastic. The tour guide and driver were superb. I would definitely do it again. Handling the Panda was the highlight of three weeks in China.

Denise A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour! It was a quick trip for me in Chengdu so wanted to see as much as possible. Mars, my tour guide was excellent. Really friendly and informative. The pandas were amazing, especially the babies. Make sure you go early in the morning to see them being fed and awake!

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