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How Can I Hold a Panda

Visiting the cute giant pandas in China would be the once in a lifetime experience. BUT, you may wonder which panda base is the best place to see or even hug lovely pandas, and when is the best time to visit the cuddly bears…To help you put all the questions and worries down, Travel Tour China (TTC), the local based travel agency in panda’s hometown, is here glad to give you detailed answers with everything about your China panda tour.

Where are the Best Places to Visit Giant Pandas?

Chengdu Panda

In China, travelers can see giant pandas in some zoos and parks, like Beijing Zoo, Shanghai Zoo, Chongqing Zoo, Chengdu Zoo, Guilin Seven Star Zoo, Shanghai Wildlife Park, Guangzhou Chimelong Safari Park, Hong Kong Ocean Park, Dalian Forest Zoo, Macau Giant Panda Pavilion, etc. These zoos are well located in the downtown area with limited numbers of pandas. It is very suitable for travelers who have short time and a few destinations in China, and they can pay a brief visit to see the fluffy, adorable black and white bears in person.

Moreover, since Chengdu is known as “Hometown of Giant Pandas”, travelers can see giant pandas in and around Chengdu by visiting the well-organized panda bases - Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (short for Chengdu Panda Base), Dujiangyan Panda Base, Wolong Shenshuping Panda Base, and Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Base.

Giant Panda Holding Program (Suspended)

You might have seen pictures of a person holding a panda or having barrier-free contact with an adorable giant panda.

Want to experience this personally?

The bad news is that the Panda Holding Program has been suspended since November 2018 in all panda bases in Chengdu.
This is still the case, as of the latest news update on October 25, 2019. You might be confused when you see many tours including this program on some agencies' websites.
It would be a pity if you are unable to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Baby Panda Holding and Volunteer Program

Don't be upset— a new volunteer program for baby pandas is available in Wolong Panda Center, which will make up for not being able to take part in the original program.
This program offers more activities than the previous one in which you could only hold a panda for 20 seconds.
You will be a baby panda nanny for a whole day and have a hands-on encounter with a group of panda cubs.

You will experience these activities:
Hold the cubs and feed them with milk and bamboo shoots.

Clean the panda cubs’ bedroom.
Make cakes for the pandas.
Tour around the panda base.
Can you imagine how green with envy your friends will be when you do that?

Grasp this rare chance before it is too late and have an intimate experience with the cute baby pandas.

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