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Dujiangyan Panda Valley — the Gentle Panda's Paradise

Do you happen to be in Chengdu Province, China? Then you shouldn't miss visiting Dujiangyan Panda Valley! The Panda Valley is also known as the Chengdu Field Research Center for Giant Panda under Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is the home of China’s most famous animal where they are bred and trained to be released in the wild. It is located in Baima Village, Yutang Town, Dujiangyan City which is approximately one (1) hour away from Chengdu capital. The Dujiangyan Panda Valley is a beautiful place with streams flowing through a lush forest of green bamboos and hundreds of species of plants making the valley a perfect home for giant pandas.

What Should I Do in Dujiangyan Panda Valley?

The Panda Valley facility opened in 2014 for tourists at 9 USD entrance fee to see giant pandas gradually trained in three stages, the experimental, semi-wild reintroduction, and reintroduction areas. In specified areas, you can fully behold these gentle giants nibbling bamboo shoots, lazily lounging in the shade, climbing in the trees, or playfully annoying workers. One of the giant pandas named Gong Zai was the inspiration for the character of ‘Po’ in Kung Fu Panda animated movie.

Can’t contain their cuteness? The Panda Valley offers visitors with a chance to take pictures with a panda cub. This will cost you around 280 USD including the provision of protective clothing. It is better to book this in advance and to avail of this package, you need not to pay the entrance fee anymore. No flash photography since it might scare them. Be careful during the activity since panda babies are sensitive and quite clumsy!

The valley is also the home of the red-cat panda that looks like a reddish-brown raccoon. Their size is comparable to a domestic house cat. The red-cat panda is as interesting as their giant relatives since they share the same mischievous and passive characteristics.

panda on the tree

How Should I Get There?

If you are coming from Chengdu capital and want to enjoy the scenery of the countryside, ride the high-speed train – C and alight in Dujiangyan Railway Station or take a bus in North City Bus station. This will take 30-40 minutes and ticket prices at 30 USD for the train while 20 USD for the bus. After arriving in Dujiangyan City, hail a taxi cab going to the Panda Valley. Taxi fares range from 20-30 USD.

You can opt to take a taxi directly from Chengdu to Dujiangyan Panda Valley with fares ranging from 90-100 USD. For hassle-free travel, tour packages are offered by private agencies to take you straight to the valley and other nearby destinations.

When Should I Visit?

Dujiangyan Panda Valley is open every day from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM. To avoid long lines, it is advisable that you get there even 2 hours before opening time. Larger crowds are expected during holidays and weekends so plan your visit ahead of time.

Do You Have Any Panda Valley Travel Tips?

  1. It is best to visit in the morning to enjoy seeing the giant pandas while they are being fed.
  2. Many visitors complain that they could not enjoy the pandas since they stayed inside. Well, it's true that Giant pandas tend to stay inside their hideout if it’s too hot. This is why it is better to visit during mild and cool weather.
  3. Avoid shouting inside the valley as to not disturb the animals.
  4. Prepare a printed copy of Chinese names of places or stations so you can confirm with locals if you are in the right direction.
  5. We have heard visitors' stories where they complain about how the experience is not worth it if you go there just to see the pandas and we’re not surprised. You can take a side trip to nearby destinations to make the most of your day.

After Panda Valley, What’s Next?

The Panda Valley has a sister facility nearby which is called the Dujiangyan Panda Base. This is the breeding and rescue center of pandas. This is where you will see a nursery filled with cute and squeaky panda babies. It is open from 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM. The Panda Base is located 13 kilometers away from the Panda Valley in the town of Qingchengshan.

Dujiangyan Irrigation System is just 10 minutes away from the Panda Valley. It has a rich historical background dating back two thousand years ago.

Dujiangyan Confucius Temple is only a few miles from the irrigation system. It is the largest countryside Confucius temple in the Sichuan province.

Mount Qingcheng houses Taoism temples and boasts tranquil mountain sceneries. It is 16 kilometers from the Dujiangyan city center.

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