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Dujiangyan Panda Base

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Overview
Dujiangyan Panda Base, aka Giant Panda Disease Prevention and Control Center in Wolong National Nature Reserve, was put into construction in 2011, aims to meet the demand of handling major incidents about giant panda protection, settling the rescue works of wild giant pandas and disease prevention & control & research works of captive giant pandas, as well as relieving the management stress of captive populations.

The center was constructed in Shiqiao Village of Qingchengshan Town in Dujiangyan City, and the natural environment and climate here create favorable conditions for pandas to survive. It is located in the convergence zone of Minshan Mountains and Qionglai mountains, in the middle part of Sichuan natural panda habitat and in the triangle center of Wolong, Chengdu and Ya'an Bifengxia panda bases, with a short drive to Chengdu City and Shuangliu International Airport and with developed traffic networks available such as high ways, State roads, provincial roads, railway transportations, etc. Its advantageous geographical location not only provides convenient traffic conditions for the emergent works such as rescue, disease control and prevention of Sichuan wild giant pandas, but also offers opportunities to take advantage of the rich scientific research and medical resources of the capital Chengdu.

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Layout & Function
This project is designed in the style of Western Sichuan folk dwellings, covering a land area of about 760 mu and a construction area of 12,524 square meters. The major construction items include panda hospital, 10 panda care houses, 30 panda houses, panda food making room, breeding and management house, disease control and prevention research center, visitor reception center, office building, power center, staff relocation rooms and staff canteen, etc. The Giant Panda Disease Prevention and Control Center meets the demand of the rescue and convalescence of over 40 pandas as well as the scientific research and breeding of these pandas.

The Giant Panda Disease Prevention and Control Center mainly undertake the research works about the rescue and disease prevention and cure of giant pandas, which is a milestone in the scientific research on panda protection:
Firstly, the Giant Panda Disease Prevention and Control Center is the world's only disease control and prevention center for giant pandas up to now, which is capable of timely dealing with the major emergencies such as sudden natural disasters, accidents, public health events and public health events occurring to pandas, their habitats and captive units, and rapidly transferring and evacuating pandas to ensure the safety of the captive pollutions. 

Secondly, the rescue of wild giant pandas is one of the important auxiliary means to protect pandas, which is of chronicity and conventionality. There are 77% of the panda habitats and 76% of wild pandas in Sichuan. The two bases of Giant Panda Protection and Research Center of China in Wolong, respectively Wolong panda base and Ya'an Bifengxia panda base, undertakes the field rescue works of wild animals across Sichuan, having rescued 122 pandas since 1980. Over the recent years, the risk for pandas to suffer from infectious diseases has gradually increased. Construction of special rescue and disease prevention centers can not only separate the feeding and breeding areas from the disease control and prevention areas of key populations in space and in time to contribute to the safe preservation and development of such populations, but also avoid the potential risks of cross infection between people and animals when the diseased animals are examined and treated in human hospitals. 

Thirdly, the researches on the infectious diseases of giant pandas are limited since giant pandas are special, valuable and rare, and most of the disease sources, pathologies and pathogenesis have not been put into systematic and intensive study. Without safe and reliable vaccine, scientific prevention procedures have not been set up. Therefore, it is necessary to equip special facilities and equipment, to organize scientific and research personnel to develop relevant researches by means of techniques and to establish panda disease monitoring system and prevention and control system to ensure the safety of the panda population.

Information
Location: Huaizhong Road, Shiqiao Community, Qingchengshan Town, Dujiangyan City, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province
Opening time: 08:45-17:00
Ticket Price: CNY58
Time for visiting: 2-3 hours
How to get there:
1) Take direct high speed train from Chengdu train station or Xipu train station to Mt.Qingcheng train station/ Dujiangyan train station, it takes around half an hour. Then you can take the local public transportation once you arrive.
2) The buses are available between Chengdu & Dujiangyan city, you can take bus from Chengdu North Bus Station,  Station, Xinnanmen Bus Station to Dujiangyan bus station. Then, take bus line 102 to Xiongmao Jikong Zhongxin and walk to the Dujiangyan Panda Base.
3) If you want to get rid of the public transportation, you can take Chengdu city taxi or book a private transfer to Dujiangyan Panda Base directly.

Dujiangyan Panda Base FAQS
1. Where is Dujiangyan Panda Base?
Dujiangyan giant panda base (Dujiangyan Panda Paradise) is located in Huaizhong Road, Shiqiao village, Qingchengshan Town, 18km away from Dujiangyan City. Qingcheng Mountain is the holy land of Taoism in the north and Jiezi ancient town in West Sichuan in the south. It has a climate and natural environment suitable for giant pandas.

2. How big is Dujiangyan Panda Base? How Many Public Area?
Dujiangyan base covers a total area of 760 mu. The construction area is about 12542 square meters. At present, it is mainly divided into six areas: Research area for giant panda disease prevention and control, Quarantine and isolation area, Rehabilitation training area, Public education area, Natural landscape area and Office area. The rehabilitation training area, public education area and natural landscape area will be fully open to the public.

3. How to get to Dujiangyan Panda Base from Chengdu?
1) Take direct high speed train from Chengdu train station or Xipu train station to Mt.Qingcheng train station/ Dujiangyan train station, it takes around half an hour. Then you can take the local public transportation once you arrive.
2) The buses are available between Chengdu & Dujiangyan city, you can take bus from Chengdu North Bus Station,  Station, Xinnanmen Bus Station to Dujiangyan bus station. Then, take bus line 102 to Xiongmao Jikong Zhongxin and walk to the Dujiangyan Panda Base.

3) If you want to get rid of the public transportation, you can take Chengdu city taxi or book a private transfer to Dujiangyan Panda Base directly.

4. I heard about Dujiangyan Panda Alley, is there any different from Dujiangyan Panda Base?
Dujiangyan panda Valley is a branch of Dujiangyan panda base, which mainly focuses on the transition training of giant panda wildness. At present, it is open to the tourist, but an appointment must be made. Different from the Dujiangyan panda base, the number of giant pandas in Panda valley will be relatively small, but the activities you can see about giant pandas will be different.

5. What is the travel information about Dujiangyan Panda Alley?
Admission Fee: CNY 58; Free of charge for children under 1.3 meters (4.3 feet).
Opening Hours: 8:30 - 17:00
Tips:Since Feb. 1, 2018, the program of Taking Photos Holding a Panda will be suspended, and it's unclear when it will be resume.

6. What is the travel information about Dujiangyan Panda Base? Opening time, tickets?
Opening time: 08:45-17:00
Ticket Price: CNY58
Time for visiting: 2-3 hours

7. Could we join the Dujiangyan Panda Base Volunteer Program? How it work?
Yes, the Dujiangyan panda base currently provides giant panda volunteer program. You need to make the reservation 1-2 months in advance. The reference price is 2000RMB / person. For more details, please send an email to: info@tripstoshanghai.com

8. What are the schedule of giant panda volunteer program?
08:30 Registration of giant panda volunteers.
Arrive at Dujiangyan panda base on time, register and collect work clothes (about 30 minutes)
09:30 Clean panda dormitory,chop bamboo
Clean the enclosure of Panda House and chop bamboo. (about 30 minutes)
10:30 Feeding Pandas
Feeding Pandas (about 30 minutes)
11:30 Lunch
Lunch in the panda base (about 30 minutes)
12:00 Free on your own
Free on your own to explore other giant pandas in the base. (about 1 hour)
13:00 Watch movies
Watch a giant panda documentary (about 1 hour)
14:00 Clean panda dormitory, feeding pandas
Clean panda dormitory again and feed the panda (about 1 hour)
15:00 Making panda cakes
Making panda cake in the base (about 30 minutes)
16:00 Issue certificates
Panda base presents certificates and presents to volunteers
16:30 Departure
After the tour, return to Chengdu. The tour ends.

9. Do Pandas Safe? Will the pandas bite me when I hold it?
Unable. Giant pandas are very docile animals. It's not aggressive, and it has enough food every day, so it doesn't attack you.

10. What and Where we eat when visit Dujiangyan Panda Base?
There are many kinds of restaurants in the base, including Chinese food and Western food, as well as giant panda themed restaurants. There are also a variety of small supermarkets, you will have a lot of choices.

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