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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  • Michael Y
    Houston, Texas694 contributions
    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
    85 contributions
    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
    3,491 contributions
    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, China80 contributions
    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 Kingdom366 contributions
    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, Singapore105 contributions
    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, Germany40 contributions
    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
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada2,145 contributions
Oct 2020 • Friends
The base has many areas to view pandas. Do plan to arrive early (might want to Didi right to the gate) as the panda areas can get quite crowded and pushy as the day goes on. There are many opportunities to take photos around the pandas and not all stations are busy so it is easy to avoid the crowds. We did visit all the stations and would recommend bringing good shoes and be prepared for the weather. The start feeding around 7 am so you will see lots of pandas munching on bamboo around this time. Around 9 am most pandas were sleeping and we left the park after 4 hours. Getting in early was ok but leaving was a nightmare with so much congestion on the road that leads to the area. We walked down the street to catch our Didi so we did not have to spend so much time in traffic.

In addition to the pandas there are a few red pandas here that are worth seeing and a museum that contains all kinds of information on conservation, panda facts, weird taxidermy and panda themed art. The souvenirs and beverages inside the park can be on the more expensive side so we would recommend buying snacks before coming and negotiate with the sellers outside to get a good price for panda ears and souvenirs. Outside there is a pavilion where we grabbed lunch and there are some fairly inexpensive options but you do not get the best quality. We also spent some time in the post office areas as there are many options for cards to send home or keep.
Written October 10, 2020
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Lals2017
Lancashire, UK34 contributions
Sep 2019
I visited here was a friend late September and i loved the whole experience. I was worried that it would be too busy and we wouldnt see many pandas but we saw so many and it did get busy but we made sure to arrive very early to avoid most of the crowds.
We planned to go on a week day outside of the school holidays so we went on a Friday.
We got a taxi for less than £10 as you can get a metro and then a bus but the bus doesnt start early enough to get there at opening time. I think you can get a taxi from the metro but we didnt do this. It was very easy to get a taxi on the way back there were plenty lined up down the street. Just make sure they have their meters running.

We arrived at 7:15 in the morning as it opened at 7:30. We had to queue at the ticket office first as we had not pre booked tickets. There was queue forming at the main entrance but it only took minutes to buy tickets and then we joined the main queue and got in straight away. Its best to go earlier as later in the day the pandas are less active and go to sleep.
We did not pay extra to go on the shuttle bus to get around the park as the queues were long and it didnt take long to walk to the main enclosures at the back.
We headed straight to number 2 enclosure at the back which took about 10 minutes to fast walk to. There is a nursery there as well where we saw some baby pandas. You have to go inside and there are baby pandas behind a glass screen and you queue up to go past.
You can go around the park in a couple of hours but i loved it so much that we stayed for 4 hours!
We didnt eat there but there are places to eat.
A fantastic experience I would definitely recommend.
Written January 1, 2020
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rndunn511
New Orleans, LA13 contributions
Oct 2020
My wife and I booked a three day private tour of the Chengdu area. we visited Giant Panda Reserve, Old Chengdu, the Leshan Buddha, and Emei mountain. The Giant Panda tour was amazing. Even though it was during the China Golden week we got into the park quickly and the Panda's were very active. Our guide Lisa was with China Travel Guide and she could not have been better. Lisa was very knowledgeable about the Panda's and could answer all of our silly questions. We then went to the narrow street and alley of old Chengdu. Again Lisa was amazing in her knowledge of the area and local customs. The foods she suggested was very good and us being from New Orleans we loved the spice and heat of the food.

The next day we headed out to Leshan to see the Giant Buddha. It was a beautiful ride out to the town and sights. We were able to purchase ticket for the Boat ride to see the Buddha and we got in line. While in the line for the boats the crowd got very loud and rowdy. Lisa said that she was hearing that there were issues with the boats and the time between when the boats would be back for reloading. The crowd was really getting upset and it was very chaotic. It got to the point that we did not feel safe in the crowd and told Lisa we wanted to leave. Lisa was very professional and lead up out of the crowd. She took us to a point across the river from the Buddha and were able to see the Buddha and could photograph it. It wasn't ideal but at least we got to see it.

We then headed up to Mt. Emei to our hotel and were were going to see Mt. Emei the next day. Well Murphy's Law hit again. The local authorities had closed the road to the town and we could not get to our hotel and they could not give us a time that the road would open. We were going to miss our dinner and China Opera reservations and didn't even know if we could get to the hotel. We decided to forego Mt. Emei and go back to Chengdu that night. I've said this to say that again, Lisa was very professional and said she would get us refunds and that she would put together a great day in Chengdu the next day which she did. Lisa scheduled two additional tours of a monastery and Poet DuFu's cottage.

As a note we should not have booked this trip during a China national holiday but Lisa and China Travel Tours were awesome and amazing to handle these situations on the fly in a calm professional manner. I would definitely recommend the tour company and if you do book in Chengdu you should ask for Lisa.
Written October 15, 2020
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Marg M
Langley City, Canada16 contributions
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, IA4 contributions
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, China11 contributions
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
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), Myanmar31 contributions
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, CA64 contributions
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, Australia154 contributions
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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