Amazing Experience in Chengdu Panda Base
16 February 2013
We visited Panda base from Changchun To Chengdu in January.It was really great to see so many Pandas and being quite close,This is a great place to go if you love pandas. With it being low season there were not many people.
If you want to see the pandas active, you must get there early in the morning! We were the first visitors in the park at 7.30 am, when the park was just about opening.You can walk around the base, which is very large.It was good to get there at 7:30 am because this is when a lot of the pandas are eating and are more active. We saw the pandas very active – eating, climbing trees and wrestling. The pandas gradually got lazy and inactive, they spend most of their time sleeping,and the visitors who got in after 10 AM, only saw the pandas resting on the trees.
The park entrance charge is just RMB 58. If you want to hold and take photographs with a panda, you have to make a donation of RMB 2000 ! It is very expensive no doubt, but the money is well spent as it goes towards the upkeep of the park. The keepers allow you to hug the panda and take as many snaps as you want with it. You are not allowed to feed the panda,. Depending on the age and weight of the panda, you are also allowed to put the panda on your lap and take photographs. The keeper takes photos with your own camera, they give you a certificate, a grey zip up jumper, photo in frame etc, but I think they would be better to keep the cost lower and forget about all the extras. It was an experience I won't forget but I think the cost is much too expensive now.
Don't forget to see the red pandas. They are a pretty active bunch. There are not too many places in the world that you can see pandas up,So visiting the panda reserve is a must do in Chengdu.