Wolong Panda Base, or Wolong Panda Nature Reserve, was closed years ago after the earthquake in 2008. Being the ever first panda base in China that dedicated to protect the lovely pandas, it is now a mainly wild training center that is unavailable to visitors at this moment.
Many visitors/ animal lovers want to see pandas in the wild more than in a zoo, or something similar to a zoo will want to see pandas in Wolong. So where do you go now? There is actually a place near Wolong where you have a chance to see pandas in the wild but it will take you up to a week’s time. It is called Huangcaoping in Wenchuan. For any animal observers or animal photographers who want to take photos of these wild pandas and have a trip there, please contact our expert from Sichuan Travel Guide.
Mount Zhaogong, or Zhaogongshan is a good place in Chengdu to do a day hike. Zhaogongshan is one of the mountains located west to Dujiangyan and one of the Taoist mountains around this place. It is 70km’s drive from Chengdu, you can arrive there by only 1.5 hours’ of driving.
The hiking is quite difficult in one day due to it is very steep. Elevation gain is about 1200 meters and will descend the same distance and elevation. Considering this and the steep trails, the walking is quite strenuous. It will normally need about 3-4 hours walking up and about 3 hours walking down. Time to do the hiking is from April to October for it is warmer and without snow on the trial. When there is snow, it is much more difficult to walk. Because it is quite strenuous, this day hike may not be a perfect place to spend one day there walking, but if you are well trained or want to be trained, this is the perfect place for you.
Also this place is one of the natural habitats of wild pandas. On the trial you can see many bamboos growing everywhere. One needs to be really lucky to see a panda in the wild here.
To see the red pandas, one can go to the Giant Panda Breeding Center in Chengdu. It has the most in number of red pandas in captive. There are about 40 red pandas in total at the panda base.
It is easy to navigate to the red panda enclosures at the base as the sighs are all bilingual. The red pandas are not real pandas. They look like raccon but in a brown-orange like color and with long and beautiful tails. And in size they are bigger than racoons. Unlike the giant pandas, red pandas are lessy picky on food. The red pandas eat bamboos, carrots, pumpinks and many other different kinds of food.
What is even cuter than a Panda? A baby Panda! A baby panda is cuter than an adult panda as we can find this same pattern on any other kind of animals. Animal cubs are active, playful and clean.
To see the pandas in China, the best place is come to Sichuan Province, and to see the baby pandas, the best place is to come to Chengdu at Chengdu Panda Base of Panda Breeding center. Among the several panda bases in Sichuan Province include Ya’an Panda Base, Wolong Panda Base, Dujiangyan Panda Valley, Dujiangyan Panda Park and Chengdu Panda Breeding Center, the one in Chengdu is actually No.1 in terms of numbers.
Chengdu Panda Base has a total of about 60 pandas, and among which about 10 babies each year are kept here. Inside the park, the babies are usually kept in the Sunshine Nursery house and the Moonlight Nursery house. Here you can watch the cutest animal in China playing together.
Best time to see the baby pandas are in the morning by around 8:30 to 9:00 o’clock when the majority of the tourists has not arrived and make it like a zoo.
Where is this panda park that I can cuddle a panda?
Dujiangyan Panda Park is located in Dujiangyan, near Qingchenshan by the small town of Daguan. It is about 50 km west to the city of Chengdu. You can use the fast train from Chengdu north railway station and arrive at Qingchengshan Railway Station. And use a local taxi to drive there.
How much does it cost if I want to hold a panda?
It costs 1800 Chinese Yuan (about USD300) to cuddle the panda. Usually you pay the money before you are led to the panda house to cuddle a 2-year old panda.
When do they do this? And what time can you do it? How long can I hold a panda?
Everyday. And normally in the morning it begins by 10:00 to 11:00 and in the afternoon by around 3:00 to 4:00. Your 1800 yuan gives you 20 seconds time with the panda. You can cuddle the panda and you are allowed to touch most parts of the panda except the head.
How does it work? Do I need to reserve?
Yes, you will need to reserve a space before hand. When you arrive they sometimes take you directly to the house to do the cuddling and taking pictures, sometimes you will have to wait for a while to join the others to go to the panda cuddle houses. After you pay the money, you will be guided by the English-speaking workers there to the houses and to cuddle the panda by turns. It is usually done outside and the panda that is cuddled is a 2-year female panda at present (2015).
A suggested plan to do this project is: drive there in the morning and arrive before 10:00 and do the cuddling and a little tour inside the panda park before leave. You can have lunch nearby and tour the Dujiangyan Irrigation system or visit the Taoist Shrine Mount Qingcheng in the afternoon before drive back to Chengdu.
To reserve a space you can contact Mr. Li hai to make reservations for you: email@example.com. And he can also arrange transportations for you as well.
Dujiangyan Panda Park provides panda works for volunteer workers. Its mission is to raise money for panda protection and to give people knowledge about giant pandas to raise the awareness of protecting wild lives and nature. And it also provides opportunities for visitors/workers to have close experience with the lovely pandas.
Where is the Dujiangyan Panda Park?
Dujiang Panda Park is the only panda base in China that has Panda Volunteer project open to the public at present. Dujiangyan is in Sichuan Province 50km west to the capital city Chengdu. The panda park is located 20km south to the town of Dujiang yan near Daguan Village.
Who can do this project? What are the requirements?
Everyone who is able to travel to China can do this volunteer work. There are so far no specific requirements on doing this work.
How much is the volunteer work?
It is actually a project rather than volunteer works. One needs to pay 700 Chinese yuan per person per day to do the work. If you only want to do a half-day work, a full day’s charge is required.
What is the process of this project? Are there any details to be provided?
After you pay, one volunteer worker’s tag and working T-shirt will be given to you. And you need to sigh a contract of this volunteer work you are doing. You will be led by an English-speaking worker in the park to guide you through one day’s work. You are suggested to arrive at the park by 8:30 to 9:00.
The working includes:
A) Feed the panda three times each day at 11:00, 14:00 and 16:00, each feeding takes about 20 minutes. It is very exciting.
B) Clean the panda enclosure one or two times before the feeding, each time takes about 40 minutes. This is very interesting.
How long can I do the volunteer work?
You can basically choose from half day to 4 days. Every day is charged 700 yuan per person.
Other activities you can do in the park between your volunteer work:
Visiting the red panda enclosure, hiking to the tea farm in the park, watching panda documentaries, if there is child involved, you can consider making panda bread or attending a panda lecture.
To join in a Panda Volunteer Work in Dujiangyan Panda Base, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 86-13689094250.
Chengdu Haichang Polar Ocean World is by the south of Tianfu Avenue, Huayang, Chengdu. It is an aquarium and the biggest aquarium in Chengdu. It was opened in 2010 and has features of different ocean animals include polar bear, penguins, dolphins, white whales, sea lions and many other kinds of sea fishes. Polar animal displaying hall, Whales and dolphins performing hall, a theater, ocean life displaying hall compose to the polar park.
An full price ticket costs 130 per person and seniors between 60 to 69, children with height between 1.2 to 1.5 meters only need to pay 70 yuan. And those who are over 70 years old or under the height of 1.2 meters are free to go in. The buses goes to the park include 501, local 4, 819, 805, 817, 501, 828, 815.
Zoo in Chengdu has a collection of different animals range from rhinos and ostriches to pandas and golden monkeys. Chengdu Zoo is located by the north of the city close to Zhaojuesi Bus Station and neighboring the Zhaojue Monastery. It is within the 3rd ring road and easy to go there by buses and taxis from the city.
The south gate of the zoo enters from Zhaojue Monastery and the north gate exits to Zhaojue Bus Station. In the zoo, there are chimpanzees, gibbons, tigers, lions, leopards, wolves, giraffes, elephants, hippos, rhinos, zebras, antelopes, bears, snakes, birds and giant pandas.
It is a good place for kids. The park opens on everyday from 8:00 to 18:00. The ticket costs 16 yuan per person. Child less than 1.2m is free to go in.