Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

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One day as Volunteer: Big Panda in Sechuan

1. One day as Volunteer: Big Panda in Sechuan

If you love pandas, what better way to get up close with them and contribute to their welfare than this 1-day volunteer program at Bifengxia Panda Base in Sichuan? An experience you'll never forget, not only will you work alongside members of the Panda Base staff, you'll be visiting them in their home, learning about conservation and helping to conduct behavioral scientific research on giant and red pandas. You'll arrive at the Research Base entrance around 08:30, where you'll be met by conservation education staff who will act as your translator and guide, before they escort you to the panda enclosure to meet the keeper—your teacher for the day. You'll work alongside the keeper who will assign you tasks including cleaning the pandas' enclosures, food preparation or, one of the highlights – feeding the pandas with apples tied to bamboo rods. You may also have the chance to help bathe the pandas and you'll get to observe their behavior at various times throughout the day. After lunch, the staff will meet you and escort you back to the enclosure—the Panda Base is very big and it's easy to get lost in the maze of trails. If you'd like to take pictures with the pandas, your guide will take you there (this is not included in the tour price).

Chengdu to Bifengxia Panda Center Private Transfer by Car

2. Chengdu to Bifengxia Panda Center Private Transfer by Car

Overview The Bifengxia base was established as a safeguard for the captive Giant Panda population at the Wolong Center. This private transfer takes you from Chengdu Airport to Chengdu Hostel and Bifengxia Panda Center. Service for 2 days from Chengdu Hostel. Construction began in October of 2002 on the China Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda, Bifengxia Panda Center at Ya'an City, Sichuan Province. The Center opened in the Fall of 2003. This Giant Panda base is a branch of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda, (CCRCGP) Wolong Nature Center, under the Department of Forestry. Before construction, the Bifengxia base was a maiden forest with no power, no road and no housing. Dr. Tang Chunxiang, Assistant Director and Chief Veterinarian, described the base as a "blank paper, waiting for great events to occur." In Chinese, Bifengxia means Green Peak Canyon and is about 5 miles from Ya'an City in the Bifeng Gorge. The Bifengxia base was established as a safeguard for the captive Giant Panda population at the Wolong Center. The threat of an outbreak of disease or infection was of great concern. If an epidemic was to occur among the captive Giant Pandas at the Wolong Center, it could destroy the entire population. Splitting the captive Giant Pandas of Wolong into two separate populations was planned to prevent this from occurring. In addition, Wolong was becoming crowded and more space was needed for the Giant pandas. Itinerary: Day 01: Pick-up from Chengdu hotel with the private transfer to Bifengxia Panda Center Day 02: Return Bifengxia Panda Centre to Chengdu  

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4.6 / 5

based on 33 reviews

Such an amazing, fun and worthwhile activity

Such a wonderful experience. The pandas are absolutely beautiful and we feel so privileged to have met them. Joseph at the Panda Base was great- so funny, caring and knowledgeable about the Pandas. He took all measures to ensure that we were safe but that we had a great time too! The work we assisted with was quite challenging at times but as we are not adverse to hard work, we relished it. I actually enjoyed being so active as I don't get to do much manual work any more. I would highly recommend this activity to anyone visiting or living in China. For us, it was worth every penny and more (I cried leaving!) Joseph was an absolute pleasure to meet and work with. Our driver Mark was always punctual and very funny to talk with! If booking I would also strongly recommend that you purchase the Panda cub photo opportunity, to me this was the highlight! No touching/cuddling the cubs so totally ethical. We also received two beautiful certificates. A highly rewarding experience! 10/10

The Panda center is located in an amazing environment, where green is the master! Pandas have their own cage and garden, yes they are in captivity, but it seems they are very happy. The volunteer experience was really beautiful and I’m proud have been able to help the center with my work and my money. Daniel my guide, very good English speaking, picked me up and dropped me off at my hotel. He has been by my side the whole day, working with me and take pictures for me. In the center there are many tourists, but not noisy. You can also see red pandas. Beautiful experience.

Great one day experience as a Panda keeper! my personal guide was super helpful and friendly and we had a great day together as the facility :)

Best man was Sean our guide! Very good English and helpful! The tour was amazing! Being so close to the pandas was lovely

Extraordinary experience!

Of the most memorable experiences !!! 100% worth it !!!