1 day Chengdu Panda Tour - Volunteering at Dujiangyan (Wolong) Panda Base

Chengdu
Have a Chengdu Panda Tour and enjoy the panda volunteering experience to get up close to the pride of China. Visit Pandas in China and help care for, enjoy interacting with adult panda, see the pandas' daily life in Chengdu.
Type
Private
Duration
1 day
Theme
Panda Volunteer Program
Trip code
PVT-01
Price
From CN¥ 1,350 per person
CN¥ 1,250
you save CN¥ 100 (8%)
Panda volunteer program involves actively participating in activities and tasks related to the care and conservation of giant pandas at dedicated research and breeding centers in China. Volunteers, guided by experienced professionals, may engage in various tasks such as preparing panda food and snacks, cleaning enclosures, assisting with medical check-ups, and providing enrichment activities for the pandas. This hands-on experience allows volunteers to learn about these iconic endangered animals, contribute to their preservation efforts, and gain a deeper understanding of panda behavior and habitat. It's a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with giant pandas while supporting their conservation.

* Everything that you need to know about the Chengdu Panda Tour & Volunteering Program

Where can you take Panda Volunteer Work?
Near Chengdu in Sichuan Province, China, there are three panda centers that the tourists can take part in the panda volunteering program, which is the Dujiangyan Panda Center, the rebuilt Wolong Panda Center and Bifengxia Panda Center.

For a shorter, one-day experience, we recommend Dujiangyan or Wolong Panda Center. These centers are just a 1-2 hours drive from Chengdu, and you don't need any pre-training to participate in the panda keeper programs within the panda habitat.

You can also enrich your day by combining a visit to the Dujiangyan Irrigation System (or, if you choose Wolong Panda Center, a visit to the Wenchuan Earthquake Museum).

For a more extensive panda tour and a deeper experience, Bifengxia panda base is an excellent choice. This center offers a larger facility, and you can also enjoy family-friendly activities such as hiking in Bifengxia Gorge, exploring several ancient towns along the way, and even add the visits to Mount Emei and the Leshan Buddha.
Day 01 :
Day Trip to Panda Volunteer Program in Dujiangyan or Wolong Panda Center

In the morning, around 7:00 am, you will be met in the lobby of your Chengdu hotel and then transferred to the Dujiangyan (or Wolong) Panda Breeding and Research Center. The travel time is approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.

You will spend approximately 4 to 6 hours with these adorable Chengdu pandas. You'll also interact with the dedicated staff of the panda base who have devoted their lives to caring for Giant Pandas. As part of the experience, you will receive training on how to care for pandas and learn important guidelines for working alongside your panda keeper.

At the conclusion of the program, each participant will receive a certificate as proof of their volunteering work at the base center. You will also have the chance to explore the panda base further, taking your time to observe these delightful creatures. The program typically ends around 3:00 pm.
 

The Panda volunteer work normally includes below experience:

Following a short training/orientation, just as above, the volunteer service might include but not be limited to:

  1. Cleaning panda areas and enclosures.

  2. Preparing food for pandas such as carrots, apples, panda bread, and their nutritional biscuits.

  3. Carrying lots of bamboos.

  4. Sometimes you might be able to help collect behavioral data.

  5. You will also have plenty of time to watch and photograph the pandas.

Please note that the panda volunteer program can range from half a day to as long as one month, allowing for the possibility of repeated volunteer work. Outdoor activities can be adjusted flexibly, and the keeper programs can be customized to accommodate various group sizes, available time, participant preferences and requirements, and other relevant factors.

Incorporating a panda volunteer program into your visit to Chengdu guarantees a unique experience that you won't find elsewhere. It is strongly advised to pre-book the panda volunteer work in advance due to daily participant limits. 

Please be aware that the panda hug experience is no longer available at any of the panda centers.
 

Other available Panda tours in China

  1. If you just want to see pandas, consider a half-day panda tour at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
  2. You can make a day trip to visit both Chengdu Panda Base and Sanxingdui Museum. 
  3. For a longer experience of Panda Volunteer program, we recommend 4 days Panda volunteer work at Bifengxia Panda Base or combine with Mount Emei to make it to 6 days
Period
2 Persons
3 Persons
4-6 Persons
Non-holidays price
Regular price
Sale price
CN¥ 1,728
CN¥ 1,600
CN¥ 1,512
CN¥ 1,400
CN¥ 1,350
CN¥ 1,250
Holidays price
Regular price
Sale price
CN¥ 1,944
CN¥ 1,800
CN¥ 1,674
CN¥ 1,550
CN¥ 1,458
CN¥ 1,350

General inclusions:

All required government taxes and fees.
Meals allowance for your guide and driver.
Volunteering administration and permit fees.
Guide fluent in English, Chinese or Japanese that is certified by the state tourism build and from the local community. (If your native language is not listed please let us know, we are certain we can assist your needs.)
Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
Transportation will we be provided via a comfortable and clean car, minivan or tourist bus depending upon the groups size.

General exclusions:

Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, internet access, fax, telephone calls etc.
Tips for your guide and driver.
Optional Attractions that are not specified in the itinerary.
Panda holding fee at The Chengdu Panda Base.
Meals not specified in the itinerary.

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Comments

Yilan
Yilan
Fri, 12/08/2023

Hi, Could you please send me the details of the panda tours and how much it costs to meet and hold the panda?

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Tagong grassland by July Yuki
Yuki Yi
Tue, 12/12/2023

In reply to by Yilan (not verified)

Hi Yilan,

Thank you for reaching out! Regarding the panda holding with a photo opportunity, unfortunately, this activity is no longer available post-COVID. We are uncertain if the panda centers will reintroduce this activity in the future, and I'll keep you updated.

I have sent additional details via email earlier today. Kindly take a look and feel free to share your comments and thoughts.

Kind regards,
Yuki

Stephanie Gold
Stephanie Gold
Thu, 08/31/2023

Hi. My friend and I will be in Chengdu next week and may be interested in your Panda Volunteer trip, but we have a bunch of questions. 1. We were wondering what the volunteer activities are and if there are choices about what you do. Do you actually have contact with the pandas? 2. Also what time does the trip leave Chengdu? 3. I saw that the price is $171 per person. Does that include meals and all trip expenses? 4. Do you go everyday, and how many days in advance would we need to reserve? Thank you in advance for all your help.

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Anita Fan
Fri, 09/01/2023

In reply to by Stephanie Gold (not verified)

Hi Stephanie,

Thank you for your inquiry. This is Anita from Windhorsetour responding to your questions.

The volunteer activities include: carrying out/in bamboo, washing the panda house, preparing food for the panda, making the panda cake, etc. As the volunteer work starts at 8:30 am, we'd advise leaving Chengdu at 7:00 am. 

I have sent you an email with more details on the program, pricing, service inclusions and reservation. Please take your time go through it and kindly let me know your thoughts on it.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Warm regards,

Anita

Hannah
Hannah
Fri, 11/09/2018

Hi there. Please send me detail information about the panda volunteer tour such as how to pay and who to pay the fees. How much is the extra fee to pay to hold a panda, etc.

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Anita Fan
Mon, 11/12/2018

In reply to by Hannah (not verified)

Hi Hannah,

Thank you for your inquiry. This is Anita from WindhorseTour.
We can accept the payment by bank transfer, credit card or PayPal.
For your information, the extra fee for holding a panda is 1800 CNY per person.
I just sent an email with more details, please kindly go through it and feel free to let me know for any further questions.
Best Regards,
Anita

Alejandra Rodarte
Alejandra Rodarte
Thu, 05/17/2018

Hi I want information for three volunteers going in june 1

Ruanda Oberholzer
Ruanda Oberholzer
Wed, 05/02/2018

Are you still organizing this tour?

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Victoria Zhu
Victoria Zhu
Thu, 05/03/2018

In reply to by Ruanda Oberholzer (not verified)

Dear Ruanda,

Thank you for your inquiry! This is Victoria from WindhorseTour responding to you.
I would love to share that we do organize this tour for our clients. I have drafted out the detailed proposal with quotation and some other related information to you by email, please kindly go through it and feel free to get back to me for any questions you might have. With your replies, we can offer you some further assistance.

Best regards,
Victoria

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Hammy
Hammy
Tue, 07/24/2018

In reply to by Victoria Zhu

We will be there in Chengdu at the end of Aug. for 1 week, please send me the same info as you did Adam. Thanks

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Anita Fan
Wed, 07/25/2018

In reply to by Hammy (not verified)

Hi Hammy,

It's lovely to hear from you. This is Anita from WindhorseTour.
I have just sent an email with same info as Adam, please kindly go through it and let me know if you have any further questions.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Best Regards,
Anita

Charlotte
Charlotte
Fri, 07/07/2017

Hi,

My husband and I will be in Chengdu on 13th and 14th July. Do you still organise volunteering with the Panda? We would like to help out.

Replied by
Victoria Zhu
Victoria Zhu
Mon, 07/10/2017

In reply to by Charlotte (not verified)

Hi Charlotte,

Thanks for your inquiry and sorry for my late response as I was out of office for the weekend.
Based on your information, we have emailed you a proposal with quotation, please go through the details and kindly share me your thoughts and comments. With your replies, we can adjust the proposal meets your needs best.
I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Best regards,
Victoria

adam
adam
Wed, 04/06/2016

hi i am planning on being in chengdu from 11am 5th till 2pm 8th of august. i hope it is possible for me to spend time with the pandas as it is the purpose of my trip.

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Anita Fan
Tue, 04/12/2016

In reply to by adam (not verified)

Hi Adam,

Thank you for your inquiry. This is Anita from WindhorseTour. We can definitely arrange this tour for you.
I have sent you an email with detailed itinerary and quotation, please kindly go through it and get back to me if you have any comments or thoughts.
Look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best Regards,
Anita

CAM
CAM
Thu, 01/28/2016

Is the volunteer program available again at the Chengdu Panda Center? If so, can you take a picture holding the panda there?

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Tagong grassland by July Yuki
Yuki Yi
Thu, 01/28/2016

In reply to by CAM (not verified)

Hello Cam,
Thanks for contacting us!
With much regrets to share you that: The volunteer work at Chengdu Panda Base is not opened to tourists til now. But don't worry, we can arrange you to do volunteering work in Dujiangyan Research Center for Giant Panda Breeding and Releasing.
I've sent you an email with detailed itinerary & quotation, please go through the email and let me know for any questions on it.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Best Regards,
Yuki

Satomi
Satomi
Tue, 07/21/2015

Hi, I'm staying in Shengdu for 1 week end of August.
Is it possible to arrange 1 day volunteer tour on August 23rd?
I'd appreciate if you can send some info to my email.

damree irfaan
damree irfaan
Sun, 07/05/2015

hello there, I'm a medical in student in guangzhou. as from 10th of july ill be in holidays. if possible i would like to volunteer for a month. I'm good in photography and in chinese as well

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Helen Wang
Helen Wang
Mon, 07/13/2015

In reply to by damree irfaan (not verified)

Hell Damree,

Nice to see your inquiry. But regret to tell you that we only provide short term volunteering experience (1 day) at the panda center in Dujiangyan, as other panda centers have stopped this type of activities since last winter.

Cheers
Helen

Tristan Mackay
Tristan Mackay
Mon, 04/27/2015

Hello - My wife and I are interested in joining a half day volunteer session with you.

Do you have availability on May 23rd for 2 people?
What is the cost for this? We will be staying at the Sheraton and would require transportation.

Thanks,

Tristan

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Tracy Dong
Tracy Dong
Mon, 04/27/2015

In reply to by Tristan Mackay (not verified)

Dear Tristan,
Thank you for your inquiry, this is Tracy from Windhorse Tour responding to your email.
I have sent you an email with detailed tour proposal and quotation. Please kindly go through it and feel free to let me know any question you may have.
I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Best regards,
Tracy

Ann-Marie
Ann-Marie
Tue, 04/14/2015

Hi can you please let me know if the half day volunteer program is available yet? I have planned to arrive in Chengdhu pm on 22 June to visit the Panda's on Tuesday 23 June, I was hoping to combine a half day program with a few hours of general sight seeing possible the large Buddha if feasible? I anticipate I will stay at the Airport hotel, can you do pick up from there and return me to the airport asI wil depart to Xian evening of 23 June.

Please advise me of your recommendations and the appropriate cost in AUD if possible. Look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

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Lycoris Yang
Lycoris Yang
Wed, 04/15/2015

In reply to by Ann-Marie (not verified)

Hi Ann-Marie,
Thanks for contacting us!
Yes, we can certainly arrange this volunteer work at Dujiangyan Research Center for Giant Panda Breeding and Releasing for you. I have just sent you an email with the details, please kindly check it.
Will look forward to hearing from you again!
Cheers,
Lycoris

Jude
Jude
Wed, 04/08/2015

Hi
I will be in Chengdu on 26 May. Please can you advise more details on volunteer work and if it is likely I could volunteer on this date?

Thanks
Jude

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Lycoris Yang
Lycoris Yang
Thu, 04/09/2015

In reply to by Jude (not verified)

Hi Jude,
Thanks for contacting us! Sorry to tell you that we can't organize this trip for you at this moment. Because 2 pandas have been infected with canine distemper in Shannxi and unfortunately died in last December. So all the panda bases in and around Chengdu have suspended their close contact with pandas programs, like allowing visitors to take pictures while holding a panda and the panda volunteer program. That date is to be announced.
I have just sent you an email with the details, please kindly check it.
Will look forward to hearing from you again!
Cheers,
Lycoris

Laura
Laura
Mon, 03/23/2015

Hi, im am looking at volunteering with the pandas for a day mayb longer.it might be just me or there mayb about 10 of us. Please could you let me know whats included, how much it costs and if its possible to do more than one dat.
Thanks

Jacqui Shepherd
Jacqui Shepherd
Thu, 10/24/2013

Can you please let me know more information if I want to volunteer at the Chengdu Panda Research Base for one day between December 16th 2013, December 17th 2013, or December 18th 2013? Thank you.

Jacqui

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MurphyF
Murphy Feng
Fri, 10/25/2013

In reply to by Jacqui Shepherd (not verified)

Hi Jacqui,

Thanks for your comments!

I just sent you an email with some details for your reference, also I have some questions for you. Please check it and I'm looking forward to hearing from you again :)

Regards,

Murphy

Ruth
Ruth
Wed, 10/16/2013

I would like more details about the length of the activity and what exactly we'll be doing. Is there any way to guarantee being able to hold the baby panda? Thanks :)

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MurphyF
Murphy Feng
Thu, 10/17/2013

In reply to by Ruth (not verified)

Hi Ruth,

Thanks for contacting us! I just sent you an email with detailed tour arrangements for your reference. Please check it and let me know if you have any further questions about this trip :)

Cheers,

Murphy

Me
Me
Sat, 09/28/2013

Hello!
I would like to know more information about the panda volunteer work: what the experience include, how would we interact with the animal, what would be our tasks there, etc.
Is there any review online?
Thank you very much.

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MurphyF
Murphy Feng
Sun, 09/29/2013

In reply to by Me (not verified)

Hello there, 

Thanks for contacting us! This volunteer project includes various different tasks, I've sent you an email which included more details about it as you requested. Also if you click the 'Feedback' tab on this tour page, you would see the comments from our previous clients on this tour.

Please have a look and I'm looking forward to hearing from you again. 

Cheers,

Murphy

ami
ami
Mon, 09/16/2013

Hi,

I would like to volenteer 1 days, 2 person at 18/19 Sep.

please contact me via E-mail.

regards,

Ami.

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MurphyF
Murphy Feng
Tue, 09/17/2013

In reply to by ami (not verified)

Hi Ami,

Thanks for contacting us. We just checked the availability with Chengdu panda base and I've sent you an email for details. Please check it and let me know if you need any further assistance from my side.

Kind Regards,

Murphy

martha
martha
Mon, 09/16/2013

Trying to plan next summer's trip. Would like to stay longer than one day there. Is it possible to stay longer? How Long? and how much per extra day?

Replied by
MurphyF
Murphy Feng
Tue, 09/17/2013

In reply to by martha (not verified)

Hi Martha,

Thanks for your comments. Yes, it is possible to arrange the panda volunteer work for several days. I've sent you an email with more details and some suggestions. Please check it and I hope that's helpful!

Kind Regards,

Murphy 

Aline
Aline
Fri, 06/28/2013

Hi.
How do I schedule a 1 day volunteer with the pand? I'll be in Cheng do on July 4 and leave in the morning July 5

Helen de jong
Helen de jong
Fri, 03/15/2013

your price of 191 dollar is that per person?

regards helen

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MurphyF
Murphy Feng
Tue, 03/19/2013

In reply to by Helen de jong (not verified)

Hi Helen,

 

Thanks for your comment. Yes, the tour costs listed in this page are per person price, that depends on how many people in your group.

 

I just sent you an email with more details, please check it and I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

 

Kind Regards,

 

Murphy