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Panda Breeding Center

The Breeding center is in the north of town and is worth the 45 minute drive to walk the peaceful bamboo groves, snap shots of the lolling pandas and catch a glimpse of the tiny baby pandas that are born here with startling regularity. For those interested in genetic biology and ecological preservation, the research center here is world class. Try and go early in the morning, when the pandas are most active.


Tickets to the Panda Breeding Center cost 10 yuan per person, or 30 yuan for a golf cart tour.


Address in Chinese: 成都市成华区熊猫大道1375号

Address in English: Chenghua District, Panda Boulevard #1375 (Xiongmao Da Dao)

Hours: 7 am – 6:30 pm everyday

Telephone: 028-8350 5513

Website: Panda Breeding Center Website

Notes: The Panda Breeding Center has wheelchairs, babycarriages and umbrellas on site.

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  1. Gavvie November 25, 2012 at 7:24 am #

    Definitely worth a visit.I posted on the forum a few months back.Would go again. Entrance was 59 Yuan,not 10.

  2. Ashley May 30, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    How far is the panda reserve from the Holiday Inn Express Gulou Chengdu? Is taxi the best way to get there? Thank you!!!

    • Charlie June 3, 2013 at 9:39 am #

      I think taxi is the best way to get there, yeah. It’s about a 40 minute drive, but the fare won’t be too crazy. It’s much faster than taking a bus up there, too.

  3. Rachael October 2, 2013 at 4:14 am #

    I am going there in 2 weeks and want to hold a panda. Has anyone held a panda there? I’ve read that it costs about $250 but I haven’t found any confirmation or instruction on how to make this happen. Any advice?!?!?!

    • Charlie October 8, 2013 at 2:56 am #

      Hi Rachael,

      I haven’t held a panda there but it’s definitely an option. I’m not sure of the exact price, but I think it’s in the range that you mentioned.

  4. Anny February 17, 2014 at 6:40 am #

    I did not hold the panda when in panda base since it is so expensive, up to usd 350.00! But I am regret now!
    Will do that on my next trip! Here are my pictures of Panda,

    • Rachael February 18, 2014 at 3:01 am #

      Hello, I ended up going to the research center and it was amazing! It cost me $325 USD ($2000 yuan) and all went to panda research. I was able to sit next to a panda and they took professional photos but also took pictures with my own camera. Very nice and sweet people. It was an amazing experience.

      • Yvonne May 9, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

        Hi Rachael,

        I am planning to visit there next month, do you remember how much does it cost for the professional photos, can I bring someone with me to take the photo/video? Or can I request them to use my camera for photo taking? Many thanks!

        • admin May 12, 2014 at 5:28 am #

          I think it costs somewhere in the range of 2,000 rmb for the photo. They can use your camera or take the photo for you, that will be no problem.

        • Rachael May 12, 2014 at 7:01 am #

          Hi Yvonne… They were great with photos. You walk away with with a whole goodie bag including a glass picture frame with 2 photos. They take many but you can also give them your camera and a second person will take a ton from your personal camera at the same time. I didn’t know how many minutes I would have with the panda or which lady was taking the photos- it all happened so quickly but I walked away with the framed photos and at least 10 on my camera. It seemed already assumed so you don’t need to bring someone with you. The only people who were extra was a mom to chaperon her two daughters. Also it’s totally worth the money because it goes to panda research!

        • Jade October 17, 2015 at 8:57 pm #

          Hi Rachael, did you get your photos with the panda at Chengdu?

          • Rachael November 20, 2015 at 3:29 am #

            Hi Jade- it was amazing… Now it’s been a year plus since I’ve been but they took photos with their camera but there was a second photographer there to take photos with your own camera. When I left they gave me two printed out photos that came from their camera in a clear picture frame and then of course I had the 20+ she took with my camera.
            100% worth the money.
            It was so mind blowing that he was real! My
            Photo session was a longer time than I expected but went by quickly. I stayed and lingered in the background to take extra photos of the panda while the people took turns so I got some good ones of just the panda.

            Based on Karen’s comment I would plan on bringing the money for it then have your leader or guide help you verify/reserve your spot. When I travelled China I was in a very small travel group, not a tourist group, so we got there right away and our leader showed me where to go. I signed up, paid, then came back about 1 hour later. I ended up being in the first session of the day. I went there hoping I could and it worked out. I don’t know if you can still sign up the Day Of but I would do everything you can to make it happen because snuggling with this amazing animal is definitely a life highlight.

          • jade March 28, 2016 at 12:23 am #

            Hi Rachael, thank you soo much for your reply – your email came through when we were in China! We made it happen and sat with the panda and stroked his head 🙂 xx

          • Rachael D March 28, 2016 at 1:25 am #

            Thats soooooo amazing! I’m so happy for you!

  5. Karen November 20, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

    I was here October 23, 2014. My husband and I did the volunteer bit (in the back with caged pandas and got to feed them apples from a stick). That program I understand has been discontinued. We were among the last to do it because we’d paid so long ago. I also got to snuggle with a panda. No one is allowed to actually hold them any longer. We were told, incorrectly, that we had to make a reservation no more than 24 hours in advance. That almost doomed me since our guide said that the reservation should be made months in advance. You must bring your 2,000 yuan in cash. I confirm that one person is taking photos with a camera and the other will take photos using your camera or cellphone. I was with the panda on the bench for at least two minutes. He is kept calm and occupied with bamboo sticks dipped in honey, one right after the other. Is it worth it? You must decide. I gladly made it my Christmas present.

  6. Rich November 2, 2017 at 11:26 pm #

    Thinking about taking the trip next Oct. 2018. What is the best time of year to visit? How long do you get to interact with the Pandas if you pay the $350? Any thing you can tell me would be great. I am even more excited now that I found this thread.

    • Charlie December 29, 2017 at 9:27 am #

      Best time to visit is Spring or Fall. Go in the early morning. Earlier the better.

      • Rachael M DeCindis December 29, 2017 at 6:57 pm #

        Hi! I was there in Sept and it was perfect weather.
        We went to the center when it first opened which I would highly recommend. The place is one of those like a zoo where kids do field trips and there are tourist coach buses. It wasn’t crowded but I had to sign up when I arrived to do the panda visit so if we hadn’t gotten there first thing I don’t know what the wait would have been.

        I was in a group with about 12-15 people. The group leader took us to a room and talked about the biology of pandas and interesting facts (about 10 min) and then we went to the panda visiting area. It was such a surreal experience that I don’t know how much time I actually had with the panda but it was long enough because you’re just sitting there and the panda is just eating… so a few minutes. They take professional photos but they will also use your camera too so you walk away with a ton of photos!

        As a whole group, we probably had 30 min with the panda. When you were done with your photo you were expected to leave so the group dwindled but I continued to stay to watch the interactions. There were just a few of us left when they brought the second group in so by then I decided to leave. I probably spent about over an hour with the whole experience but that’s only because I hungout in the back to watch other people’s photos. The panda was so cute, I didn’t want to leave. Then, when I left, I got a photo frame where they printed two professional photos and a goody bag with swag. Honestly, I would do it again- it was pretty rad.

        • Charlie January 3, 2018 at 9:21 am #

          Thanks for this comment, very helpful info!

  7. Rachel January 23, 2018 at 9:11 pm #

    Hey Rich – If you want I am going in a month – I can tell you all about it after if you like

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