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Being the Guardian Angel of Panda


   Dujiangyan Panda Base in a bird-eye-view

What is the best way to serve a giant panda? The answer is short and simple---to be a Panda volunteer! Panda volunteer program is an effective way of learning knowledge about Panda. Except for a small lecture, it provides a great opportunity to observe this amazing creature in such a close distance. Moreover, in our China panda volunteer keeper tour, as a volunteer, you can FEED the giant PANDA by YOURSELF! You can also have other interactions with panda by cleaning their enclosures and cooking for them! And all of these are exclusive in Dujiangyan Panda base.

Your volunteer service and program fee help ensure the survival of this vital species and contribute to the important work of the non-profit research facility — one of three bases that are part of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP).


     Lecture about giant panda by our local guides
     Volunteer work in Panda base
     Feeding giant panda by yourself

This program has limited 20 quotas per day. So a reservation is required. But it is never a problem to us! We have been running this China panda volunteer tour for decades. We maintain good relationship with the panda base for years! Our guests are always welcome to the Dujiangyang panda base. 
Requirements for the volunteer work :

   A health certificate (prepare by yourself)
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   Volunteer Uniform  (provided by panda base)
   Reservation ( booked by AbsolutePanda )

  Volunteer Program in the Panda Base

  Volunteer Program in the Panda Base

Volunteer Program in the Panda Base

Beyond the Panda base

Dujiangyan is also very famous for its irrigation system which has existed over 2000 years. This system still controls the waters of the Minjiang River and distributes it to the fertile farmland of the Chengdu plains.  Together with the Mount Qingcheng, Dujiangyan irrigation system was also recognized as a UNESCO site in 2000. A visit to Dujiangyan irrigation system and a beautiful old town next to it will be arranged after the volunteer work in panda base. China Panda volunteer and UNESCO site day tour offers a perfect nature and culture complement of China.

What makes AbsolutePanda excellent?
We are the only travel company who focus on wildlife in China
Since 2003, our professional tour leaders and wildlife experts have helped thousands of groups to gain in-depth understanding about Panda, their companion animals, stunning scenery in panda habitat along with the history of local culture.
Exclusive Quality & Value Guarantee
We define our quality by unique itineraries, stunning destinations, creative interactions, small group and professional guides. If you can find any other travel company who is able to offer tours of same quality with better price, where you can even appear as a panda volunteer, we are willing to reimburse you with the difference.
Explore China in comfort and your own style
Beyond luxury accommodations, meals and vehicles, we would like to show you the real China by an absolutely authentic experience with incredible wildlife and lovely locals.
We care and share
We believe the best way to help the wildlife is love and appreciation. By bringing nature lovers to enjoy beauty of nature in China, we hope that local people can realize the beauty of wildlife and learn how to love and appreciate those beautiful creatures living near their village.

Video of Panda Feeding 

Here is a video of our volunteer feeding a giant panda with her favorite dessert. See how happy the panda and our volunteer are with enjoying this precious moment. 

Other Panda Interaction Programs you may enjoy

China Panda Photo Tour
In Dujiangyan Panda Base,  a photo program is available  to take photo with panda. Panda base will select healthy and young giant panda for the program.  The staff will take photos for you with panda sitting by your side. Read more>>
China Panda base & cooking class Day tour
This day-trip is designed for those who love Panda and interested in Chinese cooking during your short stop by Chengdu. Visiting the adorable Chinese national treasure—giant panda and tasting Sichuan local food are the must-do in Chengdu.  Read more>>
China Panda Base & Sanxingdui Museum Day-tour
For travelers whom only have 24 hrs in Chengdu, this Panda tour is the must-do list here. Chengdu is  the capital of Panda in China, you should not leave the city before you visit them. While China is one of the cradle of civilization. Read More>>


Schedule of the activities during the day (The time is for your reference only) 

 *The time would be flexible.

We can customize this trip so as to better meet your timing, budget and interests or arrange a private extension to explore China as you wish. Please contact us for more information.


Everyday all year around
(The date of the program also depends on the opening date of Dujiangyan Panda base.)


The price includes the following items:
• A private car throughout the whole day; 
• An English-speaking guide throughout the whole day;
• Lunch 
• Bottled water and snacks; 
• Volunteer program fee charged by Panda base, excluding the donation for other panda interactive program.; 
• Entrance charges and shuttle bus for Panda Ark and Dujiangyan Irrigation system 
The price doesn't include the following: 
• Drinks during the meal;
• Extra charges due to change of itinerary from client side or factors beyond the control of AbsolutePanda such as natural disaster and governmental policy change; 
•Discretionary tips to the guide and driver; 
•Charges for interacting with panda cub such as photo with a panda cub  (You need to make a donation on site to the panda base to get this opportunity. We could help you to reserve this program in advance).
 Dinner and Hotel
• Airfare to and out of Chengdu.  
Date & Price notes
1. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in US Dollars. Fees may be different due to different seasons.
2. The hotel and vehicle could be customized.
3. Dates may change and could also be customized.

1. What is the donation? Is it charged by the Panda breeding center? 
A volunteer program fee will be charged by Panda base. This fee will be used as a donation to the giant pandas.  

2. What exactly can volunteers help in the volunteering program?
Here are some details of the program:
First, there will be a welcome and introduction of this program by a staff member from the base.  Then the volunteer work begins! The duty of the volunteer will be washing the bamboo, cleaning the panda enclosures, making food and feeding the pandas.    In the end, you will get an official certificate for the donation of your time effort and money to giant panda by the panda base.

3. Is there any other panda base that has this volunteer program?
Unfortunately, right now, only Dujiangyan Panda base has this volunteer program. The volunteer program in Bifengxia was suspended. 

4. How long does this volunteer program last? 
It usually lasts 2-3 hours. There are other fantastic attractions in Dujiangyan, such as Dujiangyan Irrigation System and Mount Qingcheng. A one-day trip is perfect!

5. Is there a chance to get a close encounter with giant panda? 
Indeed! Volunteers could get into panda enclosures and even feed pandas by themselves! However, giant pandas are wild animals. For your own safety, volunteers are not allowed to touch panda or get too close to them. The whole program will be supervised by the staff from Panda Base. Participants are obligated to obey the rules of the program, or the Panda base has the right to cancel the program anytime.

6. What other interaction programs can we join?
Other than volunteering program, there is one you could take photos with giant pandas. Upon a handsome donation, you will be allowed to take photos with a giant panda  sitting by your side for 30 seconds. This program in Dujiangyan must also be booked in advance. Read more about this program>>

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“Exceptional Service From Absolute Panda, one of the most caring touring guide!”
The service Absolute Panda provided (Phillip and Lily) was phenomenal, from the first time emailing them for their service to the end of our tour when Phillip dropped us off at the hotel. Traveling with Phillip had us worried free the whole time; he had everything covered for us. Phillip speaks perfect English, has great manners and knows a lot about Pandas, Birds and Chinese Culture/History. We wanted a perfect Panda experience and he gave us one at the Bifengxia Center in Ya’an. Phillip has done so many Panda tours, all the staff at the location knows him…which is good because he was able to provide us the best experience possible. We did the volunteer program, played with pandas and hugged a panda; Phil was alongside with us the whole time for translation and explaining the procedures. After our tour at the Bifengxia, he took us to an ancient town in Shangli for an amazing lunch with the locals. We shopped, took pictures and learned more about the Chinese culture. We couldn’t ask for more from Phillip, he definitely exceeded our expectation. The tour was priced well, the service is great and Phillip will always go out of his way to make the perfect experience for you. If you go to Chengdu, look into booking with Absolute Panda, you will not be disappointed.
      --- guest from US

“Wonderful panda experience with kids!”
We recently visited Chengdu to experience the pandas. I was traveling alone with my two daughters, ages 6 and 11. Lily was very easy to work with in planning the trip, and Philip was a fantastic guide. He even requested our favorite snacks ahead of time and had them available in the car. Philip's English is excellent, he has traveled in the US and can relate to Americans, is great with kids and full of interesting knowledge about the area and pandas. Philip also really knows his way around the Chendu Panda base and was able to get us in early and up close to the babies and young pandas - this was awesome! He also arranged for a delicious meal in Chengdu at a local (and non-crowded) restaurant. Always full of interesting conversation and stories. The next day, we participated in a panda volunteer program at the new Dujiangyan Panda Base - truly, an experience of a lifetime! We traveled in a new SUV which was very nice and clean, but not as comfortable for riding in the back seat as the larger vans we have used in other cities. Our driver, while safe, seemed a little less experienced than we are used to. Other than that, it was a perfect panda experience! Thank you!
  ---Robyne R from Japan

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