Visiting Dujiangyan Wolong Panda Base Optional Volunteering - Chengdu

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 9 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    07:20 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up any hotels within the 3rd ring of Chengdu city.
    You will be collected an additional fee RMB100 for the hotel located outside the 3rd ring road.
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  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Dujianyan Panda Base is one of the few bases offer panda volunteer program in China. The full day program include panda food making, panda enclosures cleaning, panda feeding and features of documentary video of releasing panda to the wildness. Accompanied by a professional panda expert who will introduce you the topics of the panda discovery, the history of panda in China, the classification, and panda conservation. Dujiangyan Panda Base is dedicated to the study of disease control and rescue of wild pandas where you will contribute to the conservation of endangered panda bears!

Highlights

  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Excellent value for money
  • Family friendly
  • Buffet lunch included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Know More about this tour

After pickup from your hotel in Chengdu, this full-day experience includes making panda food, cleaning the panda enclosures, and feeding the pandas.

Dujiangyan Panda Base is dedicated to the study of disease control and rescue of wild pandas, and you will contribute to the conservation of endangered panda bears.There are currently about 40 pandas living in Dujiangyan base that are not yet fully accessible to public. Many panda celebrities reside at the base, including "Tai Shan," one of the most well known pandas in the world. You will even get to clean his enclosure if you are lucky. All participants must be ready to roll up their sleeves and put in a full day of work. This is a wonderful educational experience for you to learn everything about the endangered species.

7:10am Pickup at your Chengdu hotel
7:10am to 8:40am Head to Dujiangyan Panda Base (1.5 hours ride)
8:40am Enter Dujianyan Panda Base (admission included)
8:40am to 9am Change into volunteer outfit and receive briefing from local staff
9am Start cleaning the enclosure (including cracking the bamboo)
10:30am Feeding time (snacks for feeding the pandas are made of corn, carrots, and supplemental vitamins)
11:30am to 1pm Lunch hour for volunteers (buffet lunch is included)
1pm to 2pm Either watch the video /visit the base to understand more about panda
2pm to 3pm Cleaning panda enclosures
3pm to 3:30pm Making panda snacks
3:30pm to 5pm Heading back to your Chengdu hotel (1.5 hours ride)
5pm Arrival in Chengdu hotel where this tour is concluded

*There is a daily quota of 30 volunteers.
*Optional photo taking with a panda (RMB$1,800 per person donation to the research fund is required)
*A doctor's noteto prove no communicablediseases and healthy

Inclusions

Bottled water

Lunch - Local Sichuan style buffet lunch

English speaking tour guide

Transportation

Entry/Admission - Dujiangyan Panda Base

Exclusions

Dinner

Personal expense

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

Group tour size 1-15 people

Not wheelchair accessible

Infants must sit on laps

No physical contact like touching or holding pandas

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Face masks provided for travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

*The panda experience program required these: a. A negative COVID-19 test result within 7 daysb. Flu test (done by nasal test or blood withdrawal)*The green health code is required

Traveler Reviews

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  • 12-May-2022

    Nothing more to add, contacted Alvin very last minute, helped me (personally) to finish all tests I need. Punctual pickup, excellent knowledge, very nice company, was very lucky with weather and as was a week day not so much ppl, loooots of pictures HIGHLY RECOMMEND hopefully can do it once again ☺️

  • 01-Feb-2022

    This really exceeded my expectations. Alvin was very helpful with setting up everything through wechat and was very open and honest with pricing and setup. Since we speak Chinese, he even advised us that the tour guide was not necessary as the program includes a guide. Basically you take part in a 6-8 hour tour. The difference in timing depends on when the giant pandas want to eat. You start the morning with some cleanup (exclusive) then tour the complex with a tour guide explaining along the way, then you get to FEED A PANDA! This all happens at a leisurely pace until you reach lunchtime which you have at the canteen with the staff. After lunch, there's a video which you can skip but actually, it's a good time to rest a bit as the morning start is very early. Afterward there may be some more cleanup or you might directly FEED THE PANDA AGAIN! Then you make some panda cakes and call it a day. Extremely worth it!

  • 06-Jan-2020

    Apologies that this review is little bit late. But it is a better experience if you had been to Chengdu panda base before. Nice guide and nice driver to stay with us for whole trip. Again, you are speeding lots of money and whole day time and your hard work to see the panda. If you don't have enough time, Chengdu panda base is another good choice. If you have time, you definitely could try it.

  • 30-Dec-2019

    Apologies that this review is half a year late. Going to on this panda excursion this past june was an experience of a lifetime. We were so excited to finally see these creatures up close and personal. My daughter has been a fan of pandas as early as I can remember so this is high on her bucketlist. We were in chengdu for a wushu competition my son was competing at so I took this opportunity to also fit in a panda visit at chengdu. After doing some research, we decided to book through . We decided to go for the full zookeeper experience. Alvin, the tour manager was super quick to respond after booking and even checked in a few days prior to the date to confirm our plans. He even tried to help me with some questions I had outside of this panda tour booking. I didn't realize that our booking ended up being a private tour with a dedicated tour guide and driver picking us up right at our hotel. I always thought it was a group tour. But perhaps it wasn't peak season because upon our arrival, we were one of very few groups at the facility and the only ones doing the zookeeper experience. The trip to the sanctuary takes 2 hours for chengdu city so I was glad we weren't on a crowded group van. The zookeeper experience was well worth the extra money. Since we aren't able to take pictures with the pandas anymore, being able to feed them was the closest interaction we can have with them. My two kids, though slightly grossed out by cleaning panda poop, really enjoyed the experience. Our tour guide, heather, was super knowledgeable, friendly and great with my kids. She also helped us take so many photos during our tour. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone traveling through this area.

  • 19-Dec-2019

    If you are thinking about this, do it. It is a little pricy, but where lease can you do something so amazing? I would like to break this down into two sections. 1-My Panda Tours and 2- China Conservation and Research Centere for the Giant Panda Dujian-Yan Base (CCRCGPDB). 1 - This is what you are really paying for on this tour. They meet you at your hotel and a guide is with you the entire day to make sure you are at the right place, right time, and they will take pictures for you. Personally, I would not consider attempting to do this alone, as you will not get pictures and will miss a lot. Our guide was Rosa and she was simply amazing. Rosa was obviously very interested in the pandas and knew them by name, their history, and knew the workers at the base. She is a true gem. Rosa speaks English well, but does have a slight accent and only a couple of words were off slightly during the entire day. We did have a slight mix up with the hotel we were at, but I think that TripAdvisor had something to do with it, as when I entered the place, I noticed that the address was not quite the same as where we were staying. Thanks to the excellent communication before the tour, this was worked out beforehand without incident. I would recommend getting a WeChat account before arriving in China, as this is how the country communicated with each other. There is still an issue with paying with WeChat for some credit cards, but they have been working on it and hopefully will resolve soon! I was unable to use (I could bind though) my American credit card to purchase anything. Oh well, have cash. Rosa was nice and tended to all of our needs. She was even thoughtful enough to get an umbrella for us from the hotel desk in the event we needed it. Thank you so much for elevation this experience for us Rosa! 2- The Panda base is nice. This is what the 700 RMB per person is for. You could conceivably do this trip on your own, but if you do not work and try to take pictures when you should be working, they will ask you to leave. What a business model though. Pay to work. Sounds like a Tom Sayer book! Anyway, the work is pretty easy, and does give you a vision into what it takes to care for a panda. Cracking bamboo, cleaning panda poo, sweeping, etc... we enjoyed it as the visitors of the park looked down on us in the pen. The park is very strict with safety and you have a chance to see the panda in a way that you would not otherwise. This was a once in a lifetime experience for us and so worth the money! Rosa took so many pictures for us! Too many maybe? Nooo... why not. You can always delete the ones you don’t want to get that perfect shot! I wish you could still touch the panda, but a few got sick a few years back with some human virus and they do not allow it anymore. Oh well, save the pandas! I saw where someone else was disappointed, but it is for panda health reasons! They are SO cute! As for the lunch, it’s not the best, but is what the workers and security staff eat, so it is what it is. Do not expect a gourmet , but there is plenty to eat and you will not walk away hungry. Think of a school cafeteria. I suppose you could bring your own, but the whole experience is to be a worker for the day and it seems to complete it. The day ends with a certificate and a souvenir that is nice. Thanks again for My Panda Tours and Rosa. What a great tour! - cheers.

  • 17-Dec-2019

    成都は初めてでしたが、このツアーに申し込 んで本当によかったです。 ガイドのMs.Niは、パンダについての知識が大 豊富、そして何よりもパンダ愛にあふれて ました。また、高齢の同行者にも心を配っ いただきました。 前日に確認のメールと電話があり、待ち合わ せも時間通りでした。私たち2名に、朝から 晩までずーっと付き添ってくださり、感謝感 謝です。 近くでパンダを見れて、記帳な体験ができま した。本当に楽しかったです。 ただ、ツアー当日、その2日後の日付で、同 じツアーの確認メールが届いたため、誤って 2回申し込んでしまったのかと少し不安にな りました。

  • 08-Dec-2019

    The Dujiangyan Panda Base is a wonderful place to see pandas. We very much enjoyed the Panda Keeper Volunteer experience as you are able to get quite close to the pandas and feed the adults. Petting and feeding the panda cubs was a once in a lifetime experience for my spouse. My Panda Tour was a great company for this trip. The office was very prompt in responding to questions and arranging the transportation. Our guide Alex did a superb job. He was very knowledgeable about the pandas, a very friendly guide, and good photographer as well.

  • 05-Dec-2019

    We loved our girl, Greenie. She was so helpful when it came to questions we had regarding other thing to do or how to get around. She even got us snacks to watch during the documentary. What a cutie pie! The other cutie pies were the pandas. My goodness, I've never had a smile that stretched so hard plastered all day long on my face. Such sheer joy. The part where you have to clean wasn't exactly our favorite but someone's gotta do it, right ;) Feeding those little munchkins was the best thing ever. Seriously one of the best days of my life. Nothing can come close. I will never forget this experience! I highly recommend it! Lunch was somewhat vegetarian friendly as well :)

  • 27-Nov-2019

    There are just not enough stars….. The folks at MyPandaTour.com were incredible. Rarely does any business exceed my expectations but MyPandaTour.com did and did by a mile. At all times I felt safe, secure and comfortable. My Guide s were phenomenal, Alex was a walking encyclopedia of Panda’s and Jessica knows her history of Xi-an and the terracotta warriors. My Driver Mr. Lee was incredible. I do not know how he was able to drive in such traffic. If you have any desire to see ANY part of China with or without Pandas ( although I highly recommend at least 1 Panda reserve) MyPandaTour.com should be your starting point.

  • 16-Nov-2019

    Our guide Lareina took us to the Dujiangyan center for the full day experience and it was amazing. While the actual panda feeding moments were quite short it was the best way to get up close with the pandas. The guides speak English fluently and are incredibly helpful. I will say that it is expensive for what you get, but it is a full day tour with a round trip from Chengdu and there aren’t many places in the world where you can do this. Worth doing if you want to get up close with the pandas and get insight into what the panda keepers do.

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