The mechanisms involved in gallbladder cancer metastasis still remain unclear to date. The poor understanding is due, in part, to the lack of ideal cell line and animal model for study. In the present study, 21 cell clones were isolated from the human gallbladder carcinoma cells GBC-SD and the cell clone GBC-SDHi with high invasive phenotype was fished out. The invasive phenotype and metastatic potential of GBC-SDHi were confirmed in a novel surgical orthotopic implantation model of gallbladder cancer in nude mice. Heparanase, an endoglycosidase that degrades heparan sulfate, is a critical mediator of tumor metastasis and angiogenesis. RT-PCR, real time RT-PCR and western blot showed that the expression levels of heparanase were significant difference between GBC-SDHi and its parent cells. After treated with antisense oligodeoxynucleotides, the heparanase mRNA and protein expression in GBC-SDHi cells were significantly decreased and its invasive potential in vitro was inhibited in a dose-dependent manner. The study provides a useful cell clone and a clinically relevant orthotopic tumor model for the metastatic study in human gallbladder cancer. The roles of heparanase in gallbladder cancer are also evaluated.