Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Located in a northern suburb of Chengdu City, the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base is 15 km away from downtown with a total area of 1000 mu (about 165 acres) and serves as an important site for ex-situ conservation of giant pandas. The Base is a complete simulation of pandas’ natural habitat with lakes, rivers and creeks, bamboo groves and grasses, and so on. The area includes a R&D Building, an Open Research Lab, a Veterinary Hospital, an Enclosure and Exercise Yard for Pandas, a swan Lake, a Giant Panda Museum, a Giant Panda Hospital and a Giant Panda Kitchen. It presents a harmonious view with verdant bamboos, singing birds and fragrant flowers, integrating natural scenery and artificial landscapes. This is an ecological environment suitable for the living and breeding of giant pandas as well as other rare species.
- Chinese name: 成都大熊猫繁育研究基地 Chéng Dū Dà Xióng Māo Fán Yù Yán Jiū Jī Dì
- Built in April, 1978
- Duration: 2-3 hours
- Entrance fee: RMB 58 per person
- Opening hours: 07:30-18:00 all year around
- Opening hours of ticket office: 07:30-17:00
- Address: 1375 North Panda Avenue, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, China
- Best time to visit: All year around. Giant pandas prefer coolness to heat. They are outdoors on the playground when it is cool and indoors for coolness when the temperature is above 26℃. If no giant pandas are found on the outdoor playground, please go to visit the giant panda villa in the base.
- How to get there: Take buses from the city, get off at Dong Wu Yuan Stop, then take Bus 87 or 198, and get off at Xiong Mao Ji Di Stop.
Highlights at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
- Panda Playground: Visitors can closely observe the living conditions of giant pandas in different age groups outdoors. Giant pandas lie or sit on the playground, or play with each other. In the delivery room, visitors can see how giant pandas feed their children, or see the newly-born panda babies through a glass window if lucky. The Playground is taken as the “Best Site to Get Close to China’s National Treasure for Domestic and Foreign Visitors”.
- Giant Panda Museum: There are exhibitions on the distribution, historical records, living habits, scientific research, protection and prospects for the protection of giant pandas here. As a comprehensive museum themed around research, protection and saving of giant pandas, it shows the diversity in Nature and calls on protection of diversity. There is a Post Office of Panda Kingdom, where visitors can send postcards with stamps of pandas.
- There are landscape bamboos including Rhapis excelsa (Lady Palm) and Neosinocalamus affinis, which, after years of cultivation, have developed into a bamboo visit path that harmoniously integrates with the natural environment in the giant panda tourist attraction. In addition, there is rich vegetation with viewing values here, including oriental cherries and Deyeuxia langsdorffii (grasses).
- All-bamboo feast: It is not only a delicious dish but also medicated food helping regulate our bodies. With an appealing appearance, taste and nutrition, it is worth a try.