On 14th, August, Sichuan Airline announced the first flight schedule from Chongqing to Hongyuan had been launched. Chongqing is now the second city connected to Hongyuan by flight after Chengdu. According to the latest news from Sichuan Airline, there is only one flight on Monday and Friday transferring between Chongqing Jiangbei Airport and Hongyuan Airport. Hongyuan Airport, with Jiuzhaigou Huanglong Airport, will serve more tourists who are planning to visit Jiuzhaigou, Hongyuan Prairie, Ruoergai Wetland, Dagu Glacier, etc.
Dagu Glacier Scenic Park will get a huge profit from this new airline. It used to be a desolate destination mostly due to the inconvenient transfer both from Chengdu and Chongqing. Now, tourist only have to take a short driving of 80 minutes from Hongyuan Airport to Dagu Galacier.
So what is the best time to visit Chengdu Panda Base in a year?
The best time to visit the pandas at Chengdu Panda Base is from September to the next June when weather is not hot. Because pandas don’t like hot weather, if visiting in summer time, they will usually stay in the air-conditioned rooms sleeping instead of playing or eating outside in their yards. Traveling in other time of the year, you have more options on choosing when to visit the panda base during a day.
During the whole year visitors will be able to see baby pandas. The babies usually born between August and October, so traveling before summer you will see half year babies and traveling after summer you will see one-year old baby pandas and the newly born pandas as well.
And what is the best time to visit Chengdu Panda Base in a day?
The best time to visit pandas at Chengdu Panda Base are in the early mornings when it is with less visitors and cooler weather especially in summer. If it is inevitable to travel to Chengdu in summer, then you are suggested to visit the base in the early morning by 7:30 or even earlier. In the morning the weather is cool and the pandas are not in the rooms. Besides, summer vacation will expect lots of families to this base, so an early visit of the day is a better idea. Even if you are not traveling to Chengdu in summer, it is still better to arrive at Chengdu Panda Base at an earlier time to avoid the probable crowd of visitors.
End of July to early August have become the busiest time in Dacheng Yading this year. And the busy time is expected to last until mid August. Basic hotel price soars up to over 200 US Dollar for one night here. Visitors driving looking for accommodation hesitated for the high price and came back in 30 minutes and bought the room with 100 US dollar more.
The maximum number of visitors Yading Nature Reserve can accommodate each day is around 5000. On 4th August the number of visitors reached 8000. The busiest time in the park is from 8:00am to 11:00 am when everyone tries to go in. Visitors are suggested to avoid this period of time during these weeks. Tickets will be limited in the future at about 5000 each day. Pre-booking entrance ticket over internet is available now.
For international travelers who don’t speak the language, you are suggested to use a travel agency or at least a guide to save the trouble if you wish to travel to Yading in July and August.