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I want to visit the panda sanctuary in Chengdu. I will be staying in Guangzhou and noticed that its a bit of a trip. What is the best way to get there? Is there a tour with direct bus? Or is there a closer place to have a similar experience?

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Assume you mean the Panda Research Base there?

You can take Bus 902 to the end of the route from the city, or take a taxi from downtown for ¥30.

The best time to visit is in the morning, when pandas are most active. Feeding time is 9:30am. And if you're feeling touristy, you can take a photo holding a baby/young panda for ¥1000.

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"a bit of a trip" is an understatement! It's over 1400 miles and 30 hours on a train to get to Chengdu from Guangzhou. The time by bus will be much longer [I don't know if there is a direct bus]. The train is reasonably comfortable if you go soft sleeper, but for that price you will be in the same price range as a flight.

If you are in Chengdu, and don't feel like travelling independently, any hotel will organize a "tour" for you (private mini bus) to the panda station.

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Not everybody will choose a flight over a train ride on price alone even at these distances (-: –  hippietrail Dec 21 '11 at 8:48
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