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5 Days Bifengxia Panda Volunteer Program with Chengdu Tour

Lifetime Memory with Giant Pandas

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This 5 days panda tour with Chengdu will take you to see the real highlights in Chengdu to explore its thousands-of-year long history, wonderful culture and leisure feature well-known domestically. Also, we will arrange some great time for you to get close to the giant pandas and offer you chances to do respectful contribution to help protect the endangered pandas by joining to be a volunteer in Bifengxia Panda Base. This go will be your unforgettable memory in your lifetime!

Highlights of this tour:

    • Pay a visit to the well-known highlights of Jinsha Site Museum, Wenshu Monastery, Renmin Park and Jinli Ancient Street to savor the profound history, great culture, city leisure and other charm of Chengdu.
    • Watch giant pandas closely at the real home city – Ya’an, and be a panda volunteer to help taking care of pandas to know how to protect them.
    • Visit Bifengxia Valley to get relaxed by the fascinating sceneries and know stories about “Nvwa”, the famous goddess in Chinese mythology.

Basic Trip Information

Travel Route:
Chengdu / Bifengxia / Chengdu
Travel Length:
5 days and 4 nights
Tour Code:
CD-CB-05
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or groups
Experience:
ArchitectureCultureEcologicalHikingPhotographReligious
Departure:
Any day you want

Your tour - at a glance

Day 1 Pick you up in Chengdu

Your local guide and driver will pick you up at the airport / train station and send you to the hotel.

Day 2 Chengdu Tour

Spend leisure time exploring the highlighting sites in Chengdu: Jinsha Site Museum, Wenshu Monastery, Renmin Park, and Jinli Ancient Street.

Day 3 Bifengxia Valley & Pre-work Training of Panda Volunteer

Enjoy the relaxing and gorgeous sightseeing and see various animals in Bifengxia Valley. Then participate in the pre-work training about the panda volunteer activity.

Day 4 One Day Panda Volunteer Program & Back to Chengdu

Join the 1-day panda volunteer program to clean the panda’s enclosure, feed panda, prepared food for panda, watch panda documentary, learn about the protection of giant pandas. Drive back to Chengdu.

Day 5 Chengdu Departure

Your local guide and driver will take you to catch your flight / train at the Airport / training station to your next destination or back home.

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Chengdu Arrival

Ni Hao! Welcome to Chengdu, the hometown of Giant Pandas. Upon arrival, your guide will meet and escort you to your hotel in Chengdu downtown in a private vehicle. The rest of today is free to explore the leisure city on your own.

Optional Activity: In the evening, you can enjoy a delicious dinner of Sichuan cuisine at a local restaurant.

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Day 2 Chengdu ( B, L )

You will take a meaningful visit to Jinsha Site Museum. Constructed on the Jinsha ruin site which reveals the unique bronze civilization of the mysterious ancient Shu Kingdom (approximately 2900 - 3200 years ago), Jinsha Site Museum conserves the original expansive site for sacrifice as well as numerous ivory tusks and gold artifacts, including the symbol of China Culture Heritage – the Gold Sun and Immortal Bird.

Then you will be taken to a hidden spiritual Buddhist temple in hustling downtown Chengdu, Wenshu Temple, where you will marvel at the exquisite Buddhist architecture, soak in the reverent atmosphere, and wander on the temple’s peaceful paths.

Chengdu is famous throughout China for its relaxing and leisurely pace and lifestyle, which will be demonstrated by a visit to the City’s Renmin Park. Sit down, order a pot of Chinese tea, have a casual chat with your friends and watch locals indulging themselves in different kinds of folk entertainment - napping, playing mahjong, disco dancing, and giving neck massages! Next will be an impressive visit to the famous Jinli Old Street. Time will steal away as you quietly walk on the lively streets full of delicious local snacks, delicate artifacts, interesting folk shows, and other activities.

Optional activity: In the evening, watch a wonderful performance of Sichuan Opera which includes folk opera, face changing, fire spitting, rolling lights, and other delightful entertainment (usually performs at 20:00~21:30).

  • Renmin Park in Chengdu Renmin Park in Chengdu
  • Jisha Relic Museum Jisha Site Museum
  • Jinli Old Street Jinli Old Street

Day 3 Chengdu – Bifengxia Valley ( B, L )

Today, you will be driven to Ya’an, known as the “Rain City” for about 2.5 hours. After arrival, your first stop is “The Small Jiuzhaigou” - Bifengxia Valley. If energy permits, have 2-3 hours’ hike along the left gorge. Following along the stone steps in the valley, you’ll walk into a world of waterfalls and experience adventures, grace, wonder, tranquility, and curiosity at over 60 scenes about “Nv-Wa”, such as the “Nv-Wa Lake”. (Note: You could choose to visit Bifengxia Ecological Zoo instead of hiking in Bifengxia Valley.)

After that, you will be transferred to Bifengxia Panda Base to have the pre-work training about your volunteer work. You will know how to do the daily work of the staff at the base, get the volunteer’s suit, gloves, passing card, and go through some relative procedures to get well preparation.

Stay overnight in Ya’an.

  • Waterfall Enjoy the Beautiful Various Waterfalls at Bifengxia Valley
  • Bifengxia Panda Base Bifengxia Panda Base

Day 4 Bifengxia Panda Volunteer - Chengdu ( B, L )

On this day, you will be transferred from your hotel to Bifengxia Panda Base, where you can see giant panda living happily in their real homeland city of Ya’an. Take your rare opportunity to start your meaningful 1 full day giant panda volunteer activity and help protect them by your own contribution.

08:40-12:00 Panda Cleaner & Feed Panda

Clean the enclosures of pandas, take out left-over bamboos, clean panda’s drops, and feed panda with their favorite food like fresh bamboos, carrots, apples personally and complete the task list.

12:00-14:00 Lunch & Panda Documentary

Gather at the volunteer service center and enjoy your lunch together with staff in the dining hall. Then take a break or watch the science documentary about giant pandas.

14:00-15:00 Panda Nutritionist

Know about the recipe of panda cakes and prepare cakes for the giant panda with the help of the staff.

15:00-15:30 Summing-up

Join the summing-up meeting to share some feelings and thoughts about the panda volunteer experience at the service center, and leave your words on the “Love Wall”.

15:30-16:00 Certificate & Souvenir

Hand in the task list, and return your working suit, gloves, and card to the staff. Receive the panda volunteer’s certificate and souvenirs and have a group photo at the base to keep this good moment. Program ends!

Your local guide and driver will send you back to the hotel in Chengdu. Have a good sleep!

  • Volunteer Taking Out Old Bamboos Volunteer Taking Out Old Bamboos at Bifengxia Panda Base
  • Volunteer in Bifengxia Panda Base Volunteer Cleaning Panda Enclosure in Bifengxia Panda Base

Trip Notes

1. The above arrangements will be adjusted according to the specific situations.

2. Requirements:

(a) Health Examination Form: Being a volunteer, you should apply it a week in advance with your Application Form and Health Examination Form (valid medical certificate and signature which could apply it in your country or in China). Interested people could feel free to contact our travel consultant for more information or let them register for you.
(b) Age & Number Limitations: The center can accept up to 40 volunteers at one time (only 20 volunteers once in July and August) and the age should be between 12 and 65 (Children under 12 years who want to join the Bifengxia panda volunteer can contact us for help!). And there are only 10 people at most in the same one day to hold giant pandas.
(c) Avoid Using Strong Smell: For pandas have keen sense of smell, volunteers should avoid using perfume or other odorous articles like mosquito repellent liquid, nail polish, skin care products, makeups, etc. on the volunteer work day.
(d) Healthy Bodies: To well protect giant pandas, volunteers and panda holders are required to be healthy, and people who are suffering from illness, like a cold, fever, influenza, and other infectious diseases are not suitable to have body contact with the giant pandas.
(e) Force Majeure: The panda volunteer and holding program is to be delayed or inaccessible if there is Force Majeure like earthquakes, epidemic... Also, your program may be influenced by the inevitable requirement and control.

3. For panda lovers who want exceptional experience to hold a panda at Bifengxia base, you should pay extra 1800 Yuan which is the donation fee to help and save the endangered pandas.

4. If you have got more questions and ideas, please feel free to contact our professional travel consultants.

  • Volunteer Feeding Giant Panda in Person Volunteer Feeding Giant Panda in Person at Bifengxia Panda Base
  • Volunteers Holding Giant Panda at Bifengxia Volunteers Holding Giant Panda at Bifengxia Panda Base

Day 5 Chengdu Departure ( B )

After breakfast, your local guide and driver will send you to Chengdu airport / train station to catch the flight / train to your next destination or back home. Tour ends!

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