Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Location: 1375 Panda Avenue, north of Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China
Reason to visit: The most popular place to watch cute China Giant Pandas in Chengdu
Our ratings: ★★★★
Opening Hours: 7:30-18:00
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas and other rare animals. It is located at 1375 Panda Avenue, Chenghua District, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. It is 10 kilometers away from the city center and more than 30 kilometers away from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport. It is a world-famous giant panda migration protection base and research institute.
The base covers an area of 1,500 acres. As the "Giant Panda Ex situ Conservation Ecological Demonstration Project", it is famous for protecting and breeding giant endangered wild animals such as giant pandas and red pandas. Here, the mountains are covered with green, the water is like a mirror, and the birds are humming. It is known as the "natural paradise of the national treasure".
In 1997, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding established the first opening laboratory in the study of Chinese endemic endangered animals under the subsidization of state planning commission, planning commission of Chengdu, and Chengdu panda breeding research foundation for more than 15 million. According to the international first-class scenic spot construction and reception standard, the base in recent years used limited resources to increase tourism environment and infrastructure investment. In 2006 by the national tourism administration, it was formally awarded "national AAAA level scenic spots". As the national, provincial municipal window, the base has received dozens of world leaders and guests since it established.
Based on the six sick and hungry giant pandas rescued in the 1980s, the base has bred 143 babies, 214 babies and 152 (up to 2015) of giant pandas without capturing one panda in the wild. It is the largest captive giant panda artificial breeding population in the world with genetic quality and individual health. Their conditions and behavioral health are all good.
What to See
Giant Pandas: The Panda Base is known as the best tourist destination to get closer to the rare giant panda. You can closely observe the giant pandas of different ages resting, eating and drinking, playing with each other, using enrichment toys, or watch female pandas nursing their cubs in the nursery rooms.
Other Species to See: Besides the Giant Panda, the panda base is also inhabited by other endangered wildlife, including red pandas, swans, peacocks, birds, butterflies and hundreds of insects.
Giant Panda Museum: The Giant Panda Museum is located at the base, and it is the world’s only museum that focuses entirely on the critically endangered giant panda. There are three main halls, namely, the Giant Panda Hall, the Butterfly Hall and the Vertebrate Hall. A variety of information, pictures, models, fossils and samples are displayed here. There are many scientific displays that give visitors a comprehensive education on their characteristics, habitat and distribution in the wild, and China's conservation and breeding efforts. The museum also exhibits books and scientific literature that authors around the world have written about giant pandas throughout history.
Please note: The Panda Base is very large and sometimes you may get lost. It is good to go with an English-speaking tour guide with you.
Shops in Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
"The Home of Panda" Gift Shop
"The Home of Panda" Gift Shop is located on the right side of the entrance to the base gate area. The exterior walls of the Gift Shop are decorated with tan wood materials. The style is naturally blended with the base building, which fully highlights the ecological characteristics of the base. The layout of the store is reasonable, and the containers and goods are neatly arranged and standardized. The business staff is warm and courteous, providing both Chinese and English services, which brings great convenience to domestic and foreign tourists.
Tourists Shopping Service Center
Tourists Shopping Service Center is located in the left of tourist service center which is an open type shopping site. Its size is appropriate, it is functional, the wooden shelves are compactly and reasonably put, and there are Chinese traditional characteristics souvenirs.
The Panda Bookstore
The Panda Bookstore is located next to the Panda Charisma Theatre. The bookstore is small and exquisite. Its layout is clear and the books are neatly arranged. The wooden building looks harmoniously blended with the landscape inside the base, presenting a simple and ecological environment style. It is quite enjoyable reading here.
How to Get to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
1. By Bus: take bus No.1, 49, 53, 63, 64, 69, 71, and 83 to Qinglongchang Bus Center Stop and then transfer to bus No.198 or 87 to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
2. By Taxi: take a taxi from downtown to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding might cost 30 RMB.
3. Subway: take subway line No.3 to Panda Avenue Station.