Panda Travel Guide

Sichuan homes to the largest population of both wild and bred giant pandas, so it also has the most panda bases built in China. Going to Sichuan is a clear choice when planning a panda tour, but what panda bases to visit is often confusing and hard-to-choose due to lack of information and out-of-date travel guide. Here DiscoverSichuan has sorted out 5 major panda bases in and near Chengdu in the table below, in which you can see each panda base’s basic info including distance and driving time from Chengdu downtown, panda population, entrance fee as well as Pros and Cons concluded by us. We hope this simple and clear table will help you to catch the points very quickly, to make right choice with ease and fun and get an exact panda tour you expect.

No. Name Distance / Driving time Panda Population Entrance fee Pros  &  Cons
1 Chengdu Panda Base 15km / 0.5 hour (around) 176 RMB 58 Close to downtown with the most pandas but crowed and more like a panda zoo, not that natural
2 Wolong Shenshuping Panda Base 103km /1.45 hours (around) 32 RMB 90 Naturally hidden within Wolong Nature Reserve but traffic is a little bit hard at this moment
3 Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Base 153km / 2.5 hours (around) 40 RMB 118 Very nice natural environment & easy traffic access but costs more time and money
4 Dujiangyan Panda Base 65 km / 1.15 hours (around) 35 RMB 60 Good environment with convenient transport to Dujiangyan Irrigation Project & Mt.Qingcheng
5 Dujiangyan Panda Valley 65 km / 1.15 hours (around) 14 RMB 60 Nice environment and big base, but no public transport to access & panda population is small

Note:Panda (Keeper) Volunteer Program so far is only available at Dujiangyan Panda Base & Wolong Shenshuping Panda Base, if you want to experience this panda volunteer program or take a picture by hugging a giant panda personally, you can only choose either of this two panda bases at this moment.

panda keeper volunteer program