• Come and hold a panda
  • Be a panda volunteer
  • Visit pandas and other highlights in China

China Panda Tours

Chubby, fuzzy and playful, this black-and-white bear lives nowhere else in the wild except in China, and is widely accepted as China's national treasure. For many tourists, the chance to see these adorable giant pandas has become one of the primary reasons to visit China. When planning a China panda tour, the following guide will be immensely helpful, containing useful information like popular panda tours, places to see pandas, and many interesting panda facts.
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Best Places to See Pandas
Chengdu Research & Breeding Center
The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, about 40 minutes' drive from Chengdu, was established in March 1987. 20 years of development later, the population of giant pandas has swelled from the original 6 rescued from the wild, to 83 healthy bears.
Dujiangyan Panda Base
Dujiangyan Panda base, nearly one and a half hours' drive from Chengdu, is a newly established conservation and breeding panda center. Featuring an excellent ecological environment with vast bamboo forests and green lawns, it is a pleasant space for China's "national treasures" and their numerous fans.
Other Places to See Pandas
  • Beijing Zoo
  • Shanghai Zoo
  • Chongqing Zoo
  • Guilin Zoo
  • Hongkong Ocean Park
Know more about Giant Pandas
The giant panda is an ancient and noble animal species that is native to mainland China and is regarded as a national treasure. The giant pandas are an endangered species with only about 1864 estimated to live in the wild and only 422 living in captivity. With their distinct and cuddly appearance, they attract lots of fans all over the world.
Look
Adult pandas have black eyes and black and white fur. Newborn pandas are pink, hairless, born blind, and are only 1/900th the size of their mother; which proportionally makes them the smallest baby of any placental mammal.
Size
Adult pandas can weigh up to 300 lbs. or 136 kilograms and they are generally 4 to 5 ft. high or 1.2 to 1.5 meters high.
Eyes
Adult pandas have black eyes, and newborns are all born blind. Adult giant pandas are high myopia that they only see things clearly within several meters. So the world in giant panda's eyes is forever blurry and mysterious.
Fingers
Pandas actually have 5 fingers…and a thumb! They use the extra one to help them grasp bamboo when they eat.
Diet
99% of a panda's diet consists of leaves, stems, and shoots of various bamboo species. Only about 1% of their diet consists of other plants and sometimes meat. So they are still carnivores.
FAQs about Giant Pandas
How close can I get to pandas during panda visit? Giant Pandas are in captivity and when you are visiting in the Base, they are just a fence away. And since they are used to big crowds, they are not afraid of human beings. You can see them eating, playing and running right next to you if you are lucky because they are fond of climbing trees and sleeping so it is possible some lazy ones are on the tree branch dreaming. Though they look gentle which they indeed are, they are still carnivores so visitors have to stay outside their enclosures. Yet holding a panda for photos can be done under guidance of a panda keeper. How to plan a panda tour? Chengdu is for sure the best place to see giant pandas and you are suggested to add Chengdu to your destinations. Once you are in Chengdu, the best panda interaction is to be a Panda Volunteer or to hold a panda for photos in Dujiangyan Panda Base, only 1.5 hrs away from Chengdu. Another option is to go to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and visit the adorable ones and probably the babies in a beautifully simulated ecological environment. If your holiday is short, the top alternative is to go to Beijing Zoo which houses about 8 pandas. How long in advance to book Panda Volunteer Program? Suggested 2 weeks in advance for applying the program due to the quota of a maximum of 30 visitors. And please avoid Chinese New Year Holiday since the program is not available and Labor Day Holiday (May 1st-May 3rd) as well as Chinese National Day Holiday (Oct 1st-Oct 7th) due to big crowds of tourists. You could also contact us to confirm the availability before you book the program.