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Sichuan homes to more than 80% population of world’s giant pandas. In 2006, the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries-Wolong, Mt.Siguniang and Mt.Jiajin were inscribed into the World Heritage List by the UNESCO. As the hometown of the pandas, it couldn’t be more suitable to set pandas as the tourism ambassador for Sichuan. Ever since 1869 when the first giant panda was discovered and introduced to human by the French missionary and naturalist— Armand David, near the Dengchigou Church in Baoxing County, human’s pursuit of the giant panda has never stopped.

In 1980, the Chinese government and the WWF cooperated to establish the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) at Wolong National Nature Reserve, which is the first research center on Pandas in history. Thereafter, Wolong becomes a must-see site of Sichuan panda tour and later often referred to as the Wolong Panda Nature Reserve worldwide. Unfortunately, the Wolong Panda Reserve was damaged by the earthquake on 12, May, 2008; after that, all the pandas in Wolong were transferred separately to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Base and Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda Dujiangyan Base; and from 1st, Oct, 2014 the Dujiangyan Panda Valley in Dujiangyan opened to visitors, also a new panda base near Wolong named Wolong Shenshuping Panda Basewas also completed in 2014 with 32 pandas living there now, so at present there are 5 major panda bases operating normally in Sichuan. Please see the following introductions to each base and choose the most suitable panda tours.

Chengdu Panda Tours

Wolong Panda Tours

Dujiangyan Panda Tours

Ya'an Panda Tours

Chengdu Panda Base, abbreviated from Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, is the closest panda base from downtown Chengdu, which makes it the mostly visited one in Sichuan, visitors including Michelle Obama, Jackie Chan, Yaoming and etc. If you do have a tight schedule in Sichuan and want to see pandas, this base is the best choice.

Small Group Tour

Half day Chengdu Panda Base Tour

Duration: Half day Departure: Every Tue, Thu, Sat
Highlights:
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (Chengdu Panda Base)
If you visit Sichuan and its pandas but have limited time in Chengdu, the Chengdu Panda Base is surely the best choice as it’s very close to downtown. It’s not the most natural one, but certainly the most convenient and popular one.
Departures 2017
Every
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
at $35 per person
Small Group Tour

One Day Chengdu Panda Base & Leshan Giant Buddha Tour

Duration: One day Departure: Every Tue, Thu, Sat
Highlights:
For years, Chengdu Panda Base & Leshan Giant Buddha stand the top 2 most visited sites in Sichuan by international tourists. If you have only 1 day in Sichuan, this is your best choice; if you have many days in Sichuan, this is your first choice.
Departures 2017
Every
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
at $95 per person

Two Days Chengdu Highlights Express

Duration: Two days Departure: All year around
Highlights:
If Chengdu Panda Base & Leshan Giant Buddha show you how lovely and extraordinary Sichuan looks like presently, then what Sanxingdui Museum unveils you is an unsolved mystery in which Sichuan looks uniquely alien in history.
DAY BY DAY
D1: Chengdu--Guanghan--Chengdu
D2: Chengdu--Leshan--Chengdu
from $138 per person

As the earliest panda research and breeding center in China initiated by WWF, for many years the word “Wolong” literally equals to “giant pandas” until it was devastated by the earthquake in 2008.In 2014, a new one was built in Gengda Village of Wolong, 20km away from its original site. From May, 2016, it has been fully open to tourists; it surely will bloom again like its heyday for its reputation and nice environment. Plus, the Wolong Nature Reserve and Mt. Siguniang in this region are still charming like before and serves as a good complement to a panda tour.

One Day Wolong Shenshuping Panda Base Tour

Duration: One day Departure: All year around
Highlights:
Wolong Shenshuping Panda Base is a new base built near Wolong Town after the 2008 earthquake; the new one is in the beautiful nature reserve and it’s a special choice for those who have affection for Wolong.
DAY BY DAY
D1: Wolong Shenshuping Panda Base
from $75 per person

Two Days Wolong Shenshuping Panda Base & Mt. Siguniang Tour

Duration: Two days Departure: All year around
Highlights:
Wolong Nature Reserve and Mt. Siguniang (2nd highest mountain in Sichuan) are Kingdom of Giant Pandas for their outstanding nature environment; they are only 200km from Chengdu; it’s an ideal escape from bustling metropolis.
DAY BY DAY
D1: Chengdu-Siguniangshan Town
D2: Explore Mt. Siguniang
from $139 per person

Three Days Wolong Panda Nature Reserve & Mt. Siguniang

Duration: Three days Departure: All year around
Highlights:
Known as the Kingdom of Giant Pandas, Wolong together with Mt. Siguniang used to be the most popular area to explore this lovely creature till 2008 when earthquake devastated the road, and now it’s getting back as reconstruction finished.
DAY BY DAY
D1: Chengdu-Siguniangshan Town
D2: Explore Mt. Siguniang
D2: Siguniangshan Town-Chengdu
from $201 per person

Four Days Wolong Panda & Classic Fairyland

Duration: Four days Departure: All year around
Highlights:
Wolong Panda Reserve, Jiuzhaigou Valley and Huanglong Valley are all on World Natural Heritage sites list and belong to the same small prefecture. For this special reason, one should really go and check out how beautiful this region it is.
DAY BY DAY
D1: Chengdu-Songpan
D2: Songpan-Jiuzhaigou
D3: Visit Jiuzhaigou the whole day
D4: Jiuzhaigou Valley-Chengdu
from $365 per person

Dujiangyan city has two shelters for giant pandas, both are newly built and open in recent years. They are not rich in history, but playing significant role in modern panda conservation. One is noted at disease prevention & control; the other aims to train pandas and enable them to regain their ability to survive in the wild. Plus, either one is less than 20 minutes’ drive from the world heritage site of Dujiangyan Irrigation System and Mt. Qingcheng.    

One Day Dujiangyan Panda Tour plus irrigation project

Duration: One day Departure: All year around
Highlights:
Built newly, the panda base and panda valley in Dujiangyan are quiet places to get close to pandas. And a visit to world heritage site Dujiangyan Irrigation Project full of Chinese intelligence and wisdom well compliments this panda tour.
DAY BY DAY
D1: Chengdu-Dujiangyan
from $91 per person

One Day Dujiangyan Panda Tour plus Mt. Qingcheng

Duration: One day Departure: All year around
Highlights:
The panda base and panda valley in Dujiangyan are recently built and open to tourists, it’s not touristy. Mt. Qingcheng is one of birthplaces of Chinese Taoism, and many scenes in famous Hollywood’s Kungfu Panda are created out of Mt. Qingcheng.
DAY BY DAY
D1: Chengdu-Dujiangyan
from $93 per person

Two days Dujiangyan all Highlights Tour

Duration: Two day Departure: All year around
Highlights:
Dujiangyan is the cradle of Sichuan civilization; its irrigation project shaped the land of abundance, its Taoism cradled the earliest Chinese philosophy and now its pandas further complement this Sichuan’s best tourists’ city.
DAY BY DAY
D1: Chengdu-Dujiangyan Irrigation Project
Mt. Qingcheng-Chengdu
from $135 per person

Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Base is currently, without any doubt, the most naturally beautiful base among all the bases in Sichuan. It’s only 2.5 hours away from Chengdu by highway. It fascinates panda fans not only because its natural habitat simulated environment but also its neighboring 2 important historic places for tourists, namely Mt. Mengding and Shangli Ancient Town.

One Day Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Base Tour

Duration: One day Departure: All year around
Highlights:
Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Base, only 2.5 hours’ drive from Chengdu, is truly a cozy place for both pandas and its fans. Bifengxia, the place itself is a forest park and on the list of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage sites as one of pandas’ habitats.
DAY BY DAY
D1: Chengdu-Ya’an
from $95 per person

Two days Ya’an Panda and Tea Discovery

Duration: Two day Departure: All year around
Highlights:
While Bifengxia base is the most beautiful and largest one in Sichuan, its neighbor Mt. Mengding, birthplace of Chinese tea culture, complements this discover by combining the two most representative symbols of Chinese culture together.
DAY BY DAY
D1: Chengdu-Shangli Ancient Town
D2: Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Base-Chengdu
from $142 per person

Three days Ya’an Panda Pilgrimage

Duration: Three day Departure: All year around
Highlights:
This tour is definitely the holiest pilgrimage for panda buff, not only visit the best panda base in China but also pandas’ sanctuary—Dengchigou Church where pandas were firstly scientifically discovered and made known to the rest of world.
DAY BY DAY
D1: Chengdu-Yaoqi Tibetan Village
D2: Yaoji Tibetan Village-Ya’an
D3: Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Base—Chengdu
from $217 per person