For Panda lovers everywhere, the Chengdu’s Giant Panda Research Base is the place for you. Observe these beautiful creatures in a somewhat natural habitat and even hold a baby panda (for a fee).
What to expect
As a Panda Research Centre, you can expect vast space of greenery and plants for the Panda’s to wander and relax. There are feeding times throughout the day that shouldn’t be missed! Plus, you can see different types of Panda, like the Red Panda that resembles a fox!
Entrance costs ¥58 for an adult and many guesthouses can run group or private tours to the base. We arranged a private tour with Sam’s Guesthouse; the place we stayed at, and visited the base with a local. Although he spoke very little English, our guide took us around the base the opposite way to most tourists and drove us there for opening time. This meant we could see the different Pandas without the massive groups of tourists and visitors.
Get there for opening time and catch the first feeding of the day: opening hours 8am – 5.30pm
For those who don’t wish to book a tour, you can catch a taxi from the city centre, costing around ¥30 or take bus 87, 198, 198A or 867 for the research base. To save money and time, we advise you to book a tour with a local guesthouse or hostel, head to the Panda base early and from there take a trip to see the Leshan Buddha.
Have you visited the Giant Panda Research Base or is it on your list? Tell us your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!
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