About the Giant Panda

Discover all you need to know about the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, China.

When one thinks of China, one of the first things to come to people’s minds is the giant panda; the cuddly looking black and white bear that has been pulled back from the brink of extinction.

The giant panda is native to a small area of China across Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu Provinces. Due to population growth, the panda has been pushed out of its natural mountain habitat with around 2,000 thought to be left in the wild.

Thankfully as its numbers continue to slowly increase, the panda has been upgraded from “endangered” to vulnerable” thanks in part to the work done at the panda base in Chengdu.


About the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

The panda base is a recreation of the animal’s natural habitat with abundant bamboo forest; the primary diet of these lovable creatures. Here breeding is encouraged with the eventual aim of the bears being released back into the wild.

“a world-class research facility, conservation education center, and international educational tourism destination.”

The stated goal of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

The panda base, which was formed in 1987, is a non-profit organisation that conducts research and conservation efforts.

The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is also home to the red panda; another endangered creature native to the Himalayas and south-west China. The red panda is a distant cousin of the giant panda, but more closely resembles a raccoon or skunk.

The panda base is set in over 92 acres of land which includes bamboo forest, lakes and grassland which is home to a host of other rare wildlife and birdlife. There is also a museum detailing the work that has been carried out at the base over the years.


How to get to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

Getting to Chengdu

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport has international connections to Europe, Japan Russia and South East Asia.

There are domestic flights from all China’s major cities including Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Xian. A flight from Beijing takes 3 hours and costs from ¥600 ($92.50).

Chengdu is easily reachable by train from anywhere in China. Beijing to Chengdu takes 7.5 hours by fast train and costs ¥778.50 ($120) for a second class seat. Xian to Chengdu takes just 4 hours and costs ¥263 ($40.50).


Getting to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

Sleeping Panda
Taking a nap

From the Airport: Take metro line 10 from Terminal 1 or 2 to 4 or 5 stops to Taipingyuan Station. Transfer to line 3 and go 15 stops to Panda Avenue. From panda avenue take the shuttle bus direct to the base.

From Chengdu North Railway Station: Take line 7 1 stop to Simaqiao and change to line 3. Take line 3 3 stops to Panda Avenue. From panda avenue take the shuttle bus direct to the base.

From Chengdu East Railway Station: Take line 7 7 stops to Simaqiao and change to line 3. Take line 3 3 stops to Panda Avenue. From panda avenue take the shuttle bus direct to the base.

From Chengdu south Railway Station: Take line 1 3 stops to Sicuhuan Gymnasium. Transfer to line 3. Take line 3 11 stops to Panda Avenue. From panda avenue take the shuttle bus direct to the base.

From Chengdu West Railway Station: Take line 4 9 stops to 2nd People’s Hospital. Transfer to line 3. Take line 3 7 stops to Panda Avenue. From panda avenue take the shuttle bus direct to the base.

Buses: Buses 87, 198, 198A and 655 go direct to the panda base.

Taxi: A taxi from central Chengdu takes around 40 minutes from the city centra and should cost no more than ¥50 ($7.70).


Tickets for Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

  • Adult: ¥60 ($9.30)
  • Children under 1.3m: free

What’s included?

Entry includes access to the giant panda enclosure, baby panda enclosure, red panda enclosure, museum, parkland and lake.

If you want to see the pandas being fed breakfast, go between 09:00 and 10:00.

Due to the corona virus pandemic, it is no longer possible to hold a baby panda.

Chengdu Reserach Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Chengdu Reserach Base of Giant Panda Breeding

Opening Hours of the Chengdu Panda Base

  • Daily: 07:30 – 18:00

Facilities at the Panda Base

  • The museum has clean toilets (western and squat).
  • Signage is in both Mandarin and English.
  • Cafes, restuarants and a gift shop are located within the base.

Address of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

1375 Xiongmao Avenue, Chenghua District, Chengdu, Sichuan, 610016

Official website of the Chengdu Panda Research Base.


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Steve Rohan

About this author: Steve Rohan has lived in China for six years. He has lived in the frozen city of Harbin, ancient capital of Luoyang and tropical paradise that is Sanya.

After teaching English for a number of years, he now blogs full time for this site and adventure travel blog thetripgoeson.com.