Wolong Giant Panda Nature Reserve

Wolong Giant Panda Nature Reserve

Wolong Giant Panda Nature Reserve
4.5
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Located at 6,500 feet in the verdant mountains of Sichuan Province, this reserve is one of the last strongholds of the giant panda
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Wolong Town, Wenchuan County 623006 China
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Globe Traveler
Raleigh, NC29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We booked a day trip with a local guide (Alvin) and it was a great experience. Not crowded at all compared to what we were expecting. We paid the extra to have photos taken with a baby panda seated with us. Would love to experience this again in our lifetime
Written 12 February 2022
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Hansheung
Penang Island, Malaysia11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Friends
The panda reserve centre is closed. They never reopen after the earthquake. The park has never been open. It is closed.
Written 7 December 2013
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Hansen
Brisbane, Australia257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
We booked the volunteer program for our family of 4 which was quite expensive at 700RMB per person. However the profits do go back to the panda conservation program. AND you will never in your life get this close to pandas. To see a group of 8 two year old pandas a few metres away chomping happily on bamboo was amazing. To see 3 cubs playing like children surreal. We spent about an hour cleaning a few pens and putting in fresh bamboo. Fairly easy work. It allows you to be very close to the pandas. The staff were great, English was very good and they took many fantastic photos for us whilst we "worked". Then it was off to see the young pandas play and feed. We hand fed an adult panda through its cage. Had lunch. Watched a film and made panda cakes. Lunch was spicy. Bring water as it's not supplied. It is one of the best things I've ever done. 2,200 pandas on the planet and 30 are here.

We hired a driver for the day. It took about 100 minutes each way from Chengdu. The program went from 9am to 2pm.

There are some stalls outside the centre selling touristy things. They were not pushy and were relatively inexpensive so we bought a few items.

Written 3 July 2017
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PerpetualTravelerDC
Washington DC4 contributions
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A visit to the remote Wolong Panda Reserve in the mountains of Sichuan province in China is well worth the visit just for the opportunity to play with a young panda for about 10 minutes. It costs about $200 to play with the pandas, but the money is well spent because there are darn few places where you can have this experience. Make sure you have plenty of film or media cards because you'll want to take a million pictures of these adorable critters.

The reserve is sort of like a zoo with nothing but pandas. If watching the new baby pandas in the nursery doesn't melt your heart, you don't have a heart!

There are opportunities to volunteer at the reserve for a few hours or for days. If you're there for several days, I think you get more chances to get up close and personal with the pandas. Unfortunately our tour operator, Asia Transpacific Journeys, didn't tell us that so we only volunteered for a few hours. Raking and picking up panda poop made a good tale to tell friends, but it didn't give us quality panda time. Try to spend more time volunteering.

Warning, the road from Chengdu, the nearest major city, to Wolong is notorious for being rutted and winding. It's bad during the day, but it's definitely not a road that you should travel at night. Our tour operator sent us on this road after dark while heavy construction was going on and it was a death defying experience. Don't let this happen to you!!
Written 26 June 2007
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sah78Roma
Hong Kong, China13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
You can see approximately 30 panda, of which 8 are baby pandas. The base is very well organised and a nice place where to have a walk. When we visited is was not crowded at all. Pandas are more active in the morning, but also in the afternoon you can see them going about their daily activities. Baby pandas are more active.
In order to reach the place, on a self organised tour, you need to get on a bus from the North Bus Station in Chengdu (Chadianzi). You can take bus directed to Danba or Xiaojin or Genda. Your final stop will be Genda Village, which is an intermediate stop also for the bus directed to Danba and XiaoJin. Early in the morning there is at least one bus every 30min directed to Danba. They all do the same route, which is quite panoramic in the last part. It took us by bus 2 hours to get to Genda. Allow at least 30 minutes to buy the tickets, it is a bit confusing and there is a long queue. Genda is a small village, you can find some old hotel or you can choose to stay in a homestay in the road that from Genda Village brings you to to ticket office of the panda base, or you can take a room in a white building, on the top of the hill at the entrance of the panda base (not the ticket office, really at the entrance of the park, a few km away), which also offers food and beer (great place for lunch too!). From Genda village you can walk to the ticket office (10 minutes, along the river). From there you can either walk up to the entrance (25 minutes) or take on the minibus of the park. The park can be visited leisurely in one day. If you have extra 3 hours, you can go on a trekking path, very well indicated, but only once you get there. To get to the starting point, from the ticket control office of the park, you need to start walking in the paved road that goes up. You will see after 20/30 minutes a toilet in a very good state and some planted trees on the right hand side. Looking on the left hand side of the road you have gone up to, from the toilet viewpoint, you will see the start of a paved trekking path, which is approximately 7 km, a nice way along the river.
Written 28 June 2018
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lucanaturalis
Lucca, Italy37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Couples
If you want to see the Pandas, don't stay only in Chengdu but go where they really belong. Wolong Nature Reserve is the place. I can't describe how amazing is that place. Pandas are in good hands, the staff is working very well and in eco-responsible manner.
From Chengdu to Wolong takes around 4-5 hour drive. It's worth it!
Written 27 November 2012
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Ali671162
Esher, UK110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
If you want to see pandas this is a must. It is a fantastic educational / research facility and it is making a big difference to conservation of Pandas. It is 60kms outside Chengdu and out in the mountains. The scenery on route is interesting. The staff at Wolong were very kind and well informed. Please visit and support their work.
Written 4 October 2017
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JB30
UK208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
My wife and I volunteered for the day and my wife had her photo taken with a Panda. What a day, earning your lunch by cleaning out the enclosures and then feeding and seeing the Panda's from behind the scenes. Just to top it off the centre has very good viewing of many Panda's and at this time the main enclosure had about 7 young adults who were greatly entertaining. The guides were great, spoke good English and made sure we had an enjoyable day. Ditch the busy bases in Chengdu and Panda Ark in Dujiangyan and go to the real Panda habitat over in Wenchuan County.

ps The base is still referred to as Wolong, but this is the new base that is in a town called Gengdaxiang, which is about 20km before you get to Wolong.
Written 13 May 2017
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seussie
san francisco129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
I had spent weeks trying to decide which PaNda center to visit near Chengdu and I settled on this because I read that it was located in the mountains nearest the Pandas’ natural habitat and also is not as busy as the Center in central Chengdu!
It was one of those days in your life you can never forget!!!! I can’t say enough about the beautiful surroundings, the professionals an dedicated care frok the staff and the cuddly magical pandas!
I will also write about my stellar tour guide and company in another review.
Written 21 July 2019
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Malcolm P
Chesterfield, UK234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
having visited other panda base in Chengdu this is by far the best location for scenery. It is in the mountains to the West of Chengdu about 2 hours drive from the city and having been open since May 2016 it is quite new. Worth the effort to go for a list though as the scenery around the base is great. Lots of Pandas to see and worth the effort to go out to see it
Written 7 March 2017
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