Visiting Dujiangyan Wolong Panda Base Optional Volunteering


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From $145.00

90 reviews   (4.91)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 9 hours

Departs: china, china

TicketType: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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 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!


What's Included

Bottled water

English speaking tour guide

Local Sichuan style buffet lunch

Transportation

What's Not Included

Dinner

Gratuities

Personal expense


Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 3 - 99

Additional Info

  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Group tour size 1-15 people
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • No physical contact like touching or holding pandas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Group tour size 1-15 people
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • No physical contact like touching or holding pandas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Dujiangyan Panda Base
07:20am-08:50am Hotel pick up to Dujiangyan Panda Base

09:00am-10:00am Clean the enclosure

10:00am-11:00am Visit the pandas

11:00am-11:30am Feed the pandas (feed 2 pieces of bamboo shoots/carrots to pandas through the cage, the tour guide will help you to take some pictures, no touching and holding pandas)

11:30am-12:30pm Lunch

01:00pm-01:50pm Watch a documentary video

02:00pm-02:30pm Clean and Feed the pandas (feed 2 pieces of bamboo shoots/carrots to pandas through the cage, the tour guide will help you to take some pictures, no touching and holding pandas)

02:30pm-03:00pm Learn to make panda cakes

03:00pm-04:30pm Drive back to Chengdu

The itinerary is subject to change.

6 hours • Admission Ticket Included


Reviews

10/10 great experience
joannajC4638VR, 12-05-2022
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 ☺️
Panda Heaven
HandOfGuido, 01-02-2022
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!
Bucketlist trip to see pandas
girlya, 30-12-2019
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 viator. 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.
Amazing!
jbucktn, 19-12-2019
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.
Handwork and money to see Pandas!
Adventure394611, 06-01-2020
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.




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