Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

 All activities relating to close contact with giant pandas have been suspended. Visitors could no longer join in the volunteer program or hold a cub to take photos. The restart time remains unknown.
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Located just 10 km (6 miles) away from downtown, the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding has been created and imitated the natural habitat of giant pandas in order that they might have the best possible environment for rearing and breeding. 

The giant pandas are not only a Chinese national treasure but are also beloved by people the world over. They are found only in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces. In total there are fewer than 2,000, of which 70% are distributed within the territory of Sichuan Province. Therefore, when visitors from home and abroad come to Chengdu, Sichuan, one of their main objectives will be to see this lovely animal for themselves.

The base cares also for other rare and endangered wild animals with an area of 560 mus (92 acres), 96% of which is verdure. Giant pandas, lesser pandas, black-necked cranes, white storks as well as over 20 species of rare animals are fed and bred there. Verdant bamboo, bright flowers, fresh air, a natural hill scene and a beautiful artificial view are merged ingeniously at the base.

The necessary facilities have been completed and include a fodder room, sleeping quarters and a medical station. Additionally there is a museum together with research laboratories and a training center.

A great number of plants and as many as ten thousand clumps of bamboos and bushes have been cultivated to provide for the animals' diet and habitat. The base is planned to be expanded by another 3,000 mus (500 acres) of land on which to simulate a natural environment in order to prepare the giant pandas bred for release into the wild.

The Giant Panda Museum was opened in 1993 to further scientific education and to improve public awareness of the protection of both wild creatures and their environment. This is the world's only thematic museum for rare and endangered animal species. The three main exhibitions are in the Giant Panda Hall, the Butterfly Hall and the Vertebrate Hall. The exhibits include all kinds of precious pictures, more than 800 materials and show more than 2,140 different samples gathered in Sichuan. These include examples of animals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and insects as well as fossils and models. The resources held in store at the museum include up to ten thousand samples as well as a library of thousands of books and documents. This excellent and comprehensive museum provides a wonderful venue for all who are interested in seeing something of the propagation and protection of the region's natural bio-diversity.

Giant Pandas Guests in Breeding and Research Center


How to get to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

By bus
1. Take bus 87, 198, 198a, or 655 to Xiongmao Jidi ( Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding) Station.
2. Take bus 9, 18, 25, 32, 64, 64 Express, 70, 85, 87, 99, 146, 150, 156a, 156b, 166, 193, 527, 650, 1030 or 1035 and get off at Dong Wu Yuan (Chengdu Zoo) Bus Station. Then, change to bus 198 or 198a to the base.
3. Take bus 60 or 87, and get off at Longqing Road Shulong Crossing. Then, walk along the Xiongmao Avenue for about 15 minutes to the base. 

By metro
Take Metro Line 3 and get off at Dong Wu Yuan Station. Get out from Exit B and then take bus 198 or 198a direct to the base.
Or you can take the same metro to Panda Avenue, and then take bus d025 to the base.

Panda Keeper Program in ChengduBy taxi
Take taxi from the city proper and it costs CNY 40 or so.
Chengdu Bus / Metro Search

 From Shuangliu Airport:
1. Take airport shuttle bus line 1, get off at Sheng Ti Yu Guan (Sichuan Provincial Stadium) Station. Then take metro line 3 or bus 99 to Dong Wu Yuan Station. From there take bus 198 or 198A to the panda station.
2. Take Metro line 10 at T1 & T2 of the airport, get off at Taipingyuan Station. Then transfer to metro line 3 to Dong Wu Yuan Station. Get out from Exit B and then take bus 198 or 198A direct to the base.

 From Chengdu East Railway Station:
Take Metro Line 7 and transfer to Line 3 at Simaqiao. Then, get off at Panda Avenue and change to bus d025 to the base.

 From Chendu Railway Station:
Take bus 9  to Dong Wu Yuan Bus Station, and then change bus no. 198 or 198A to there.

Entrance Fee CNY 58;
Free for children under 1.3m (4.3ft).
Opening Hours 07:30 to 18:00 (tickets sales closed at 17:00)
Best Time to Visit 09:00-10:00 in the morning for it is active breakfast time

Sightseeing Bus inside the Scenic Area

Ticket Fare CNY10
Timetable Apr. – Oct.: 7:30 – 18:00;
Nov. – Mar.: 8:00 – 17:30.

Travel Tip:

Tourists can take Chengdu Sight-seeing Bus to visit popular tourist sites, such as Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Mount QingchengThatched Cottage of Du Fu and Wuhou Temple.

 Special Notice:
 At present, holding a cub to take photos is not allowed due to the earlier canine distemper accident happened in Xi'an. The restart time depends on when the epidemic ends.
Hereunder is earlier information on holding cubs to take photos for your reference: CNY 2,000 is needed for holding a 8-to-10-month-old cub and taking photos with him / her for one or two minutes. Visitors need to make a reservation by sending an email to or calling at 86-28-83505513. Once the reservation is confirmed, you can have a close contact with the animal on the appointed date. In addition, CNY 2,000 should be paid in cash.   
 Ya'an Bifengxia Base of China Conservation and Research Center of Giant Panda is 150km (93 miles) to the southwest of Chengdu.
 Dujiangyan Panda Base about 56km (34 miles) northwest of Chengdu, is also an ideal choice to see the cute animals. 
 Dujiangyan Panda Valley is 60km (37 miles) away from Chengdu.
 Wolong National Nature Reserve is 130km (80 miles) from Chengdu.

Read more information about Chinese Giant Panda:
 Growing Process

 Top 10 Things to Do in Chengdu
10 Best Places to Visit in Chengdu for First-time Visitors
- Last modified on Apr. 18, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Asked by Lima from INDIA | Oct. 19, 2019 10:58Reply
Chengdu Panda research base
How long would it take me to walk from the entrance to the Moonlight nursery? I am short on time ; less than 2 hours. Which enclosures should I visit and what route should i take?
Answers (1)
Answered by Sally from USA | Oct. 21, 2019 19:52

The distance is around 800m between the entrance gate and moonlight nursery. I think there is the map around the entrance visitors can watch. You can choose the place you are interested in.
Asked by Sandro from UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Oct. 15, 2019 09:42Reply
Chengdu Shuangliu Airport to Panda base and back to airport
My flight lands at CD at 7:45 AM and I have a domestic connection at 1:30 PM. I am planning to visit the Panda base. In order to make it early, I was planning to take a taxi from airport... do I need to negotiate a fare for airport taxis? I understand it will take 40 mins by taxi and about 1.5 hrs by metro.

I plan to leave the base around 11:30 AM in order to reach the airport by 12:30 PM. Is this sufficient time to travel back? Should I take the metro or taxi? Will I get a taxi easily and is there is possibility of getting stuck in traffic?
Answers (4)
Answered by Ethan from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 16, 2019 01:59

No, you don't need to negotiate the price because the official taxis in airport have taximeters.
To be honest, the time is too tight. Generally speaking, you need to go back to the airport at least 2 hours in advance before the departure.
Answered by Sandro from UAE | Oct. 16, 2019 09:06

Thanks for your response. My flight departs at 1:30. So if I leave the panda base at 11:30 it would be 2 hrs before departure. Or do you reckon I leave at 10:30. Would it take me two hours to return back to the airport?
Answered by Gina from CANADA | Oct. 16, 2019 18:13

I mean you should arrive at airport at 11:30.
It takes around 1 hour from panda base to the airport by taxi. So It is suggested to leave at 10:30.
Answered by Sandro from UAE | Oct. 17, 2019 03:56

Thank you Gina.
Is it recommended to take the metro both ways to avoid traffic? I preferred taxi in the morning in order to save time and reach early. Perhaps I can use a taxi from and to the nearest metro station?

I dont think i would need to Check in at the airport. I would get a through and through check-in from my earlier flight.
Asked by tiziana from ITALY | Sep. 11, 2019 07:33Reply
Hi , How I can go from Chengdu airport to research base of Giant ? I will stop for 6 hours .
Is it a right time to go and come back ? ( around 16.00 pm - or around 11.00 am )
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Answered by Gale from DENMARK | Sep. 11, 2019 19:52

Upon landing, take metro line 10 to Taipingyuan Station and transfer to metro line 3 to Panda Avenue Station, Exit A. Then take bus no.198A to the base.
The opening hours are 07:30 to 18:00. Maybe you can go there in the next early morning.
Asked by edna from USA | Sep. 03, 2019 21:32Reply
how far is chengdu reaserch base of giant panda breeding from chengdu airport?
can i buy tickets online
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Answered by Jason from NEW ZEALAND | Sep. 05, 2019 20:35

Take metro line 10 to Taipingyuan station, and take metro line 3 to Panda Avenue (Exit A), then walk around 200m to Panda Avenue bus stop to take panda express line 3 to your destination. It takes around 1.5 hours with CNY9. People can buy the ticket online but it is hard for foreigners.
Asked by EMG from MEXICO | Aug. 03, 2019 17:24Reply
Is it possible to take pictures WITH pandas either ir Chengdu or other panda base?
I would love to have close contact with pandas, take pictures, and help nannies with their duties.
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Answered by Emerson from POLAND | Aug. 07, 2019 01:38

Well, as I know, you can hold Dujiangyan Panda Base. But you'd better to confirm the information before going there.
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