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10 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English and 1 more


Get the special opportunity to volunteer at one of China's top panda rehabilitation programs, Dujianyan Panda Base, on this 10-hour experience from Chengdu. Under the supervision of the center's staff, make panda food, clean the enclosures, and feed the pandas snacks. Buffet lunch and round-trip transportation from your Chengdu hotel are included.
  • 10-hour day trip to volunteer at the Dujiangyan Panda Base
  • Help the staff clean panda enclosures and prepare food for the pandas
  • Learn about the center's rescue and rehabilitation efforts
  • Buffet lunch
  • Screening of National Geographic documentary on releasing pandas back to the wild
  • Round-trip transportation from Chengdu hotels
Begin your day at the Dujianyan Panda Base with 7:10am pickup at your Chengdu hotel, after which you'll travel about 1.5 hours to Shiquiao Village. 

Once you arrive at the panda base, you'll meet the staff and change into a volunteer outfit. Get an orientation about the facility's history and its mission: the study of disease control and rescue of wild pandas. The base is home to around 40 pandas, including the well-known Tai Shan. 

Spend the day preparing food for the pandas and cleaning their enclosures, cracking bamboo for them, and feeding them snacks. Learn about panda biology and behavior, as well as what you can do to further conservation efforts for this endangered species. Volunteers should come prepared for a full day of work; daily volunteer count is limited to 30 participants, and a certificate of health is required. 

Midday, take a break for a buffet lunch, and then try the Panda tea while learning more about panda.

Around 3:30pm, depart for the return trip to Chengdu and drop-off at your original departure point.


7:10am  Pickup at your Chengdu hotel
7:10am to 8:30am  Head to Dujiangyan Panda Base (1.5 hours ride)
8:30am  Enter Dujianyan Panda Base (admission included)
8:30am to 9am  Change into volunteer outfit and receive briefing from local staff
9am  Start cleaning the enclosure (including cracking the bamboo)
10:30am  Feeding time (snacks for feeding the pandas are made of corn, carrots, and supplemental vitamins)
11:30am to 1pm Lunch hour for volunteers (buffet lunch is included)
1pm to 2pm Try the Panda tea and understand more about panda
2pm to 3pm  Cleaning panda enclosures
3pm to 3:30pm Making panda snacks
3:30pm to 5pm Heading back to your Chengdu hotel (1.5 hours ride)
5pm Arrival in Chengdu hotel where this tour is concluded

*There is a daily quota of 30 volunteers.
*Donation to Dujianyan Panda Center for panda feeding/volunteering at RMB$700 per person (required)
*Donation to Dujianyan Panda Center for panda holding program at RMB$1800 per person (Optional)
*Health certificate is required

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, Dec 2018

Picked up from hotel by guide Andy and spent a great day with him at the Wolong Panda Research Base as "volunteer" Panda keepers. Was able to clean the Panda enclosures, prepare their Panda Bread and feed them by hand up close. Lots of opportunities to observe them in the preserve as well. Included a delicious lunch with the other Panda keepers. A most memorable experience that we will never forget. The tour organized by Alvin through MyPanda Tours is highly recommended. Well-organized, planned and executed.

, Aug 2018

Visiting the Panda Base at Dujiangyan was the highlight of our 2 week visit to China. Seeing this beautiful animals so close its a fascinating experience. By volunteering for a day you become a part of a global effort to to save this endangered species. But most important is a proof that if humanity wants, it can be done!

, May 2018

We had an amazing day with Alvin. From the moment he picked us up, he was incredibly friendly and knowledgable. During the day, when we had down time he took us to see all the other pandas and talked us through some specifics about them. He works with them so regularly that they recognize him and he knows their personalities. It was really fun to volunteer and get right next to the pandas! It was such a fun day and the pandas are just so wonderful! Thank you so much Alvin! We love you!

, May 2018

Make sure Alvin is your guide! He is the founder of My Panda Tour and really gets what people want. He understood that we don't get to see pandas every day and went out of his way to make sure we spent as much time around them as possible. He also focused on the stories of each panda and built emotional connections between them and the other people I volunteered with. Run, do not walk, to sign up for this tour.

, May 2018

I was traveling alone when I signed up this trip and I was a bit of worried before the trip! Yet it turned out to be a fantastic trip. Thanks to Alvin, he was one of the best private tour guides with passion and detail oriented! Very knowledgeable on Pandas! Alvin 服務很棒、既熱心又有服務熱忱,解說也很詳盡喔!

, Apr 2018

This is a great way to see the Pandas and how they live behind the scenes. I would skip the panda holding, but the panda feeding is pretty amazing. This comes with a driver, and in my case an amazing guide. Thanks Alex Xia!

, Dec 2017
This day was a total dream come true! Alvin was the best tour guide I've ever had, and thanks to him this was the most incredible experience ever! At Dujiangyan Panda Base, volunteers get an intimate experience with many of the Giant Pandas while being helpful by cleaning, breaking bamboo, and preparing panda cakes (a special snack the pandas enjoy). Alvin was unbelievably generous, helpful, and informative with the other volunteers and me. At the end of the day, I could not believe it was over, and I was immediately telling my family that we need to all come back and do the tour with Alvin again!
, Dec 2017

This was a really great experience. It's almost a day long but not at all strenuous and you get to do quite a few things - clean the panda enclosures, feed them, help prepare food for them including smashing bamboos, interact with the staff at the base who are really friendly, and watch a video on the panda conservation along with good food. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing and learned a lot about these beautiful and cute animals. I would definitely recommend this to everyone.
My day started with Alvin picking me up at the hotel. I had planned this trip alone and was joined by one more of his guest. He is an amazing guide to have, very knowledgeable and personable, extremely passionate about pandas and a great host and storyteller. He made our 1.5-hour ride to the base feel like 15 min. He also took us to the best Wonton place in town.

Thank you and a loud shout to Alvin and the entire staff at Dujiangyan Panda Base on their efforts for this noble cause

, Mar 2017

This day was everything I had hoped for and more. My guide Alvin was so friendly and knowledgable about pandas. He was great company for the day. All the staff were very welcoming and supportive. I carried out all my panda keeper duties with careful and thorough explanation from the panda keepers. I learnt a great detail but also had a lot of fun. The setting is breathtaking and the centre not commercial at all. I got to spend a lot of time just observing different pandas and was able to take lots of photos. The day went far too quickly. My highlight was being able to meet a panda by making the suggested donation. Even though it is expensive it is brilliantly orchestrated and worth the money totally. The entire day was a complete success and went far too quickly. I highly recommend it and I would love to return. Thank you.

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