This was the best option. My child was able to do the volunteer thing while I was able to stay with her and take photos. I did not have to clean the poop. She loved it. She had her hand on the panda's paw while she fed it. These were great photos and we did not have to pay for the 1800 yuan photo experience where you dress in plastic and sit next to a panda.
After searching through a number of different tours which would allow us to have the panda holding experience we are so glad we came across this one. Panda Base is a little out of the way so having a transfer from our hotel made it very straightforward. Booking the Panda Holding was our number 1 priority for coming to Chengdu and the team at Viator especially Lily were able to make that happen for us even with the short notice we gave. Our driver/tour guide luckily for us spoke English and was fantastic taking us around the grounds at the Panda Base. The Panda Base itself is much quieter than its counterparts making it very serene and well worth the trip out there. You don't get long with the panda for the holding experience but for us it was worth every penny - how many people can say they got to cuddle a real panda?!
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