Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi)

Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi)

Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi)
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7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • Michael Y
    Houston, Texas664 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see when in Chengdu
    This is a MUST DO activity when in Chengdu. Bring your passport if you are a foreigner. Try to go early in the day if possible. On the weekend at 8am, there are already significant crowds and lines. But it is amazing how many pandas you can see, and how close you can get to them.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 12, 2023
  • e42027
    125 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top spot to see in Chengdu
    Visited as part of the World University Games that was held in Chengdu. The tour was great - got to see pandas inside and saw art museum. The gift shop had great souvenirs at reasonable prices. Fair amount of walking so bring some water. Go to do several crafts that were included in the admission. Mask painting / bamboo ring making.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 20, 2023
  • dyhx
    5,936 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You've not been to Chengdu if you didn't go here
    Started with the Kindergarden zone where the famous 花花 (荷花) and her less famous bro 荷叶 lives. 花花 shot to fame after a video of her went viral on Douyin and since then hoards of citizens / local tourists queue for hours to take photos/videos of her. Apparently any video of her is guaranteed viewership/interactions on social media. The queue on a non-peak day like today was 2.5 hrs, crazy. Follow the path to see the baby pandas at the Sun and Moon Delivery Houses (太阳/月亮产房). End the walk at the Red Panda (小熊猫) enclosure. These are not pandas per se, their faces look a little like them, with black patches round the eyes, but they are smaller in size, with long tails and move faster than a normal panda. They live together with pandas in the wild, a distant cousin of sorts. Fall-Winter are the best seasons to visit. Being the preferred weather by the pandas, they are more active, hence we have more to see too. Go in the morning too, as they tend to laze around after they've had their fill of bamboo.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 24, 2023
  • Narendra G
    Chengdu, China88 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing panda experience.
    This is an awesome experience visiting the panda sanctuary. Being a week day, it was packed with tons of people. The queues were crazy at some places. If you spend an additional 30 Yuan and visit the new section, it's absolutely awesome. Less crowded and better for viewing the pandabears. Loads of family fun when visiting. A must visit when in Chengdu.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 3, 2023
  • ClaireLouise
    Derbyshire, United Kingdom326 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge place, very well organised and well cared for Pandas. 100% recommend
    We visited on an overnight stop over in Chengdu. The place was easy to get to by metro (getting off at panda ave) then caught a tourist bus for 2CNY to the entrance . Very well organised. Reasonable entrance fee (ticket brought in advance online). Although busy we did get to see many Pandas and took many photos. The place was huge. We walked through from the south to west entrance. I 100% recommend.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 5, 2023
  • tjlovetotravel
    Singapore, Singapore149 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Avoid going with tour group as time spend is very limited
    I joined a tour group that included the museum and the time spend at panda park was so short and we were passing by the various areas within 5 mins so it was not a pleasant tour. I do highly recommend you go straight to the new Sun Hills Area because there are around 8 panda in each enclosure and you can view them from the cafe as well. Away from the crowd.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 25, 2023
  • Borisbonbon
    Freudenstadt, Germany57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lazy is the new cool
    Must visit when you are in China. You won't find this anywhere else in the world. I am a big fan of the small Pandas and they run around everywhere. Not sure if it is still possible, but like 15 years ago you even could do an internship here Pandas are just amazing! Lazy is the new cool
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 20, 2024
  • Natz
    London, United Kingdom51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place
    Absolutely recommend a visit and a must do while in China. The Panda's are well cared for, obviously very happy and have a huge amount of space to wonder around, play and eat. 1000% better than the panda's in Beijing zoo. Have to visit in the morning as this is when they are most active. We were told by our guide it is better when cooler as the panda's prefer it to heat.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 27, 2024
  • Michael C
    Singapore, Singapore2,235 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go Early and Pay for the buggy
    I came with the purpose of getting photo shots of the pandas. I did not regret and really enjoyed the time. This is China and with a population of 1 billion people expect to be crowded from their local tourists. Can by pushy and noisy, so be warned. You can buy your tickets online but you may need your hotel staff to assist as tickets are bought through an apps and passport or ID is required for each ticket holder. Worst case, go to the park ticket booth but bring along your passport to purchase the tickets. Alternatively, ask for assistance from the park staff at the entry point and you have to reimburse the ticket purchase with cash. Go to the park at 7.30am and you will see much more activity but park gets crowded even at that hour. There is a Macdonald’s and other restaurants inside and outside the park. We took a taxi (30rmb) ride from downtown to the park, safe the trouble of a metro ride and bus ride to the park entrance. Pay 30 rmb for the buggy ride, ticket is bought inside the park (this is a huge park and the pandas are scatter at various corners), and don’t bother to walk because the park gets crowded. Head straight for the Sun and Moon nursery. The other sites can wait. You can walk the park after you have done the key sites. Panda base 6 - is the most crowded as it’s the local star celebrity panda. Go in the afternoon (after 11am), if u want to see the pandas sleeping. Go after 3pm and there is no crowd. The best season to see cubs is in the summer months from July onwards. Hope the above helps in your planning.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 1, 2024
  • Pioneer545726
    Coventry, United Kingdom38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fantastic experience
    This was a great morning out! We saw so many pandas!!! We arrived by taxi from our hotel just after 8am. We booked our tickets through Travel China - we just needed our passports to get in. There were no queues - we went straight in. The research base is wonderful - it is huge and you can soon find space away from larger groups! The panda enclosures are spacious and well managed. We saw lots of giant pandas and red pandas too! It is best to go in the morning when the pandas are eating and active. There are lots of places to eat and some lovely souvenirs to purchase. Overall, a fantastic experience! It is easy to travel back into the city by bus and subway.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 22, 2024
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Marg M
Langley City, Canada32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
We had only two hours to spend at the breeding centre which was really not enough time. The area is huge and beautiful to walk around. The enclosures for the pandas are divided into an adult area, a juvenile section and then the breeding centre with the tiny babies.
We were told that the adults were not very active, and for the most part this was true. However on adult male spent quite a bit of time walking about his enclosure, and climbing up onto the 'sleeping rock', then down and once more around the enclosure, passing by all the delighted onlookers. I have some amazing photos of this panda.
We next visited the juvenile area where the pandas were indeed more active, and it was lots of fun to watch them interact with each other and their environment.

As we walked to the building where the tiny babies were kept, we saw some out door enclosures were all the pandas were hight up in the tree branches. This was fun as they looked so natural climbing about in the trees - and more great photos.
Our last formal visit was to the breeding centre building. There was a great deal of information on the breeding program and many photos of the baby pandas, but we didn't get to see any of the babies. We then had free time to wander about the whole sight. The grounds are wonderful, and included paths, fountains, trees and many flowers about the outdoor enclosures. We saw some of the smaller brown and black and white relatives to the Giant Pandas. They are much more active and moved about their enclosure quite quickly.
My husband and I love to learn about history and geography and nature so we read every sign and information board that we found. This means that it took us longer to get around the centre so perhaps two hours, while short for us, is enough time for more casual observers. We really enjoyed our tour to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre, which would have been perfect if we could have seen some baby pandas.
Written February 18, 2020
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Suzanne H
Ames, IA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
We went on this tour today and had a great experience. Our tour guide, Hayley, was very knowledgeable and fun to talk to. She expertly guided us through the park and helped us get the best pictures possible all while sharing a lot of information about the pandas and expertly answering all our questions. Highly recommend!
Written January 4, 2020
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chris d
Shenzhen, China40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
Go early we arrived at 7:10am, start queuing until 7:30am when the gates open, foreigners need their passport, foreigners buy the ticket onsite just outside the gate (queue first) once in take the golf kart to the first stop 10(rmb) To see the pandas outside temp needs to be below 20° so try and choose a colder day if possible. The baby pandas are viable at 10:30am there was only one on the day we are there, born 1.5 months ago, in my opinion not worth waiting. On the day we went there are lot of pandas to be seen out eating, moving slowly and sleeping. I recommend it, allow 2-3 hours
Written September 8, 2021
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Beatrix F
Berlin, Germany9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We went in June, after the Dragon Boat Festival. While our expectation first was lowered when we saw the outside of the location and expected it to less urban, we quickly understood that in the beginning, Chengdu city was of course far away but with the growth the urban dwelling grew closer. Anyway, after quickly buying the tickets at the counter without a queue we entered the center and walked up following the good signage. We loved it. Various sites, no too many people (when in China, there are always people) and a lot of pandas. The several big pits with lots of trees, plants and constructions for the animals to play and be entertained were in good condition and all had signage to state name, age and personality of the panda shown. The area for the red pandas (smaller) was more a walk-through with many animals running around or sleeping in the trees. We were lucky enough to be there at feeding times for both species. Plus the weather was very agreeable for both, animals and humans. A little rain did not matter. Overall, for the little entrance fee of 55 RMB per person, we couldn't expect more. A great 4 hours with lots of walking (!) and active giant and red pandas. It is recommended to
1. Come early and avoid weekends and holidays if possible, 2. Chinese citizens can book tickets online, foreigners cannot. 3. Foreigners need to show passport and at best the entrance date to China, or at least have it memorised. 4. Have good shoes for walking and rather a rain jacket than an umbrella. We got there with a private driver. Since I speak Chinese, all communication was easy and very polite. The venue has lots of restrooms and you can buy snacks and water but can bring it as well on your own. Not sure if you still can book to get close to a panda or even touch it. But was not of importance to us.
We went the next day to another giant panda station, at Wulong. Different experience but can there ever be sufficient panda? I liked the Chengdu-one a bit better for the environment as the pits are bigger and appear more natural.
Written June 19, 2021
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Yann S
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Huge area and beautiful calm park. You have to go in early at 7h30 to get a chance having some moments alone facing some pandas or you will face the classic Chinese crowd. I suggest you get a look at the map before going there in order not to be a bit "lost" and confused while walking through. At the end lets enjoy a coffee at Panda Coffee (near the exit) to relax the legs and enjoy a nice design (even in the coffee cup)
Written April 15, 2021
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gtpamlin1
San Francisco, CA62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
A MUST DO in Chengdu and one of my top 2 reasons for visiting this city (second to eating). As it is summer, going in morning is better suited weather wise for both humans and pandas. You can spend all day walking among the different areas and watch pandas feast on bamboo, climb around and we even got to see a 3 day old panda in the nursery. Make sure to visit the donation center, donate to the research base and take home a stuffed panda among other smaller donation gifts. Better way for your dollars to go than the gift shop.
Written July 8, 2020
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Darren M
Perth, Australia150 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
If you want to experience more people in one spot than you ever have before then this is the place. We visited here as part of a day spent with a local guide who was very helpful in navigating the grounds, especially with prams and kids in tow. There was a very large crowd waiting outside to get in, fortunately our guide got us in quickly. Once inside the crowds were just as hectic. Although there was plenty of space for people to get a view of many of the pandas, there was still constant jostling for positions. We were recommended to go early to be able to see the pandas when they are most active, everyone else must have got the same advice. For all the negatives of a big crowd, the park was nice to see, there were plenty of active pandas, and although the whole of Chengdu visited when we were there, the crowds were reasonably orderly. I would deffinately recommend this spot to visit in Chengdu
Written June 29, 2020
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Michael C
Singapore, Singapore2,235 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I came with the purpose of getting photo shots of the pandas. I did not regret and really enjoyed the time.

This is China and with a population of 1 billion people expect to be crowded from their local tourists. Can by pushy and noisy, so be warned.

You can buy your tickets online but you may need your hotel staff to assist as tickets are bought through an apps and passport or ID is required for each ticket holder. Worst case, go to the park ticket booth but bring along your passport to purchase the tickets. Alternatively, ask for assistance from the park staff at the entry point and you have to reimburse the ticket purchase with cash.

Go to the park at 7.30am and you will see much more activity but park gets crowded even at that hour. There is a Macdonald’s and other restaurants inside and outside the park.

We took a taxi (30rmb) ride from downtown to the park, safe the trouble of a metro ride and bus ride to the park entrance.

Pay 30 rmb for the buggy ride, ticket is bought inside the park (this is a huge park and the pandas are scatter at various corners), and don’t bother to walk because the park gets crowded. Head straight for the Sun and Moon nursery. The other sites can wait. You can walk the park after you have done the key sites. Panda base 6 - is the most crowded as it’s the local star celebrity panda.

Go in the afternoon (after 11am), if u want to see the pandas sleeping. Go after 3pm and there is no crowd.

The best season to see cubs is in the summer months from July onwards.

Hope the above helps in your planning.
Written April 1, 2024
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dkinsman
Kunming, China69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
What a wonderful experience it is to visit the Giant Panda Research and Breeding base in Chengdu. It's located just outside the city and is easily served by taxis or busses. Being able to see Pandas in this wonderful park like reserve is a life altering experience and one you'll remember for a lifetime.
The park itself is really beautiful with so many comfortable rest areas and walking trails. Its very scenic and extremely well maintained by the park staff. There are lots of eating venues and drink stands, so there's no need to bring anything with you. The park is huge and it takes at least half a day of more to cover all areas. Its best to start very early, we got there at 8am, as the Pandas are active in the mornings but sleep in afternoon.
Seeing Pandas like this is a moving experience. You can get quite close to these wonderful animals and they seem very happy coping with the enormous crowds who flock to the park each day.
This is a lifetime experience and one you can only have in Chengdu in China. If you are planning to visit China at anytime this is a must see, equal to if not more important that the Great Wall etc.
Importantly, you need to go early, and be prepared for large crowds, this is one of Chinas most popular attractions. We visited during the pandemic and it was very crowded but luckily most people are fully masked.
Written September 11, 2021
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Dominique S
Loftus, Australia3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It is a must do when visiting Chengdu! We caught a 'DiDi' straight from our hotel in the morning. From reviews we got there about 8:30am. We bought tickets at the ticket office out the front. Upon entering we did not realise how large it was. We walked all the way to the back of the 'zoo' and made our way through looking at all of the different enclosures. We saw Giant Pandas of all ages, babies, cubs and adults. They were quite active as they were being fed. As it was winter there were not as many people, however at the main enclosures you had to wait to get a good photo.
Written January 21, 2020
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