Address: Bifeng Gorges Scenic Resort, Yucheng District, Ya'an 625000, China
Bifengxia Panda Base is located in Bifengxia Scenic Area, Yucheng District, Ya'an, and it is the middle of Sichuan province, the southwest of Chengdu, and the northwest of Leshan. It is 18 kilometers (11 miles) from Ya'an City, and 150 kilometers (93 miles) from Chengdu, and 133 kilometers(83 miles) from Leshang in Sichuan Province. Ya'an is the place where the panda was first found in China. Bifengxia Base is first built in 2002, and the first eight pandas moved to here from Wolong base in 2003. Since the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, many pandas have been moved to Bifengxia from Wolong and other places.
Option 1: By Bus
From Chengdu Xinnanmen Bus Station to Bifengxia Base
Tourists and visitors can take the Tourists Express "Chengdu - Bifengxia" from Chengdu Xinnanmen Bus Station to Bifengxia base. The bus travels in a distance of 168 kilometers, takes about 2 hours, and cost 48 yuan for a ticket. It starts at 07:00, then every half an hour and ends at 19:30 leave every 35 minutes from 07:00 am to 7:30 pm every day. And the journey takes about 2 hours.
Chengdu Xinnanmen Bus Station is in the city downtown. There are lots of buses passing though Chengdu Xinnanmen Bus Station, like No. 6, No. 21, No.28, No. 49 No. 35, No. 55 and No. 237 public bus. If you are in Chengdu Railway Station, you could take No. 55 and No. 28 public bus, get off at Xinnanmen metro station and walk about 200 meters to this bus station, and ticket fare of pubic bus is 2 yuan. Or you could take metro Line 7 or Line 1, then transfer to metro Line 3, and get off at Xinnanmen station, and the ticket fare is 4 yuan. If you are in Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, you could take No. 805 pubic bus and then transfer to No. 63 public bus at Shiyangchang bus stop, and get off at Huaxiba bus stop, or you could take No. 805 public bus and then transfer to No. 28 pubic bus at Renhe street bus stop, and get of at Xinnanmen Bus Station, and the ticket fare is four yuan.
From Shiyangchang Bus Station to Ya’an to Bifengxia Base
Buses are available from Shiyangchang Bus Station to Ya’an Ximen Bus Station or Ya’an Tourist Bus Station. The bus travels in a distance of 151 kilometers and takes about 1.5 hours, with a ticket of 47 yuan. Then you take a bus from Ya’an Tourist Bus Station to Bifengxia Base, which costs about 5 yuan.
From Chengdu Airport Bus Station to Ya’an to Bifengxia Base
There are buses available from Chengdu airport to Ya’an. The bus travels in a distance of 141 kilometers and takes less than 2 hours, with a ticket of 47 yuan. From the airport to Ya’an, it only starts 11:20, 13:35 and 16:20. After you get off at Yan’an Ximen Bus Station, take a taxi to the Tourist Bus Station, and buy a ticket to Bifengxia, which would take about 10 yuan in total.
Option 2: By Taxi or Car Rental
From Chengdu to Bifengxia Base, you could take a taxi which costs a lot, about 500 yuan. Car rental is available for you, and you could rent a car from a car rental company or a travel agency. Travel agency offers a car with an experienced driver and if you like, you could also pay for a tour guide, which is the most expensive option. TopChinaTravel can offer this transfer service to tourists from Chengdu to Bifengxia.