Lifetime Memory with Giant Pandas
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!
Your local guide and driver will pick you up at the airport / train station and send you to the hotel.
Spend leisure time exploring the highlighting sites in Chengdu: Jinsha Site Museum, Wenshu Monastery, Renmin Park, and Jinli Ancient Street.
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.
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.
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.
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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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).
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.
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.
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!
1. The above arrangements will be adjusted according to the specific situations.
(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.
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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1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one room, 3-star hotel in lower seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season. Usually higher price in peak seasons, and lower in off seasons.
3. This price is only valid to December 31, 2017.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.80. The USD quote is based on current exchange rate, it may change according the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.
To make your life more colorful and interesting, you could take our best-selected optional activities in the most popular destinations like Chengdu.
You have the final say whether you want it or not. It would be better to decide when you are in the destinations. On one hand, the shows and performances may change according to season and weather. On the other hand, you can check your physical condition, time and discuss with your experienced local guide who may give you useful suggestions. If you are interested, your patient guide will accompany you there and escort you back to your hotel. Please pay attention that extra fee is charged for the optional shows and activities.
You need to pack some personal gears, such as light and comfortable walking shoes, outdoor coat and pants. You'd better also pack sun cream, sun glasses.
1. A valid passport, a valid China visa and Tibet Permits are necessary documents for traveling in Tibet.
2. In Tibet, we suggest you avoid strong activity; do not take shower at the first day; drink more water and avoid of alcohol; better not to take oxygen if your AMS symptoms are mild. Always remember that if you have any problems or feel uncomfortable, please tell your guide immediately or contact our travel consultant.
3. A windbreaker, a pair of durable and comfortable shoes, a down jacket (better with hat), sunscreen cream, sun block, skin cream and lip balm, sunglasses, medicine for urgent use.
For the sake of giant panda, Chengdu Research Base of Panda Breeding is not available for holding a panda at present. If you are interested, please extend to Dujiangyan Panda Base, Wolong Shenshuping Panda Base and Ya'an Bifengxia Panda Base instead.
Taking high speed train to travel around China will be unique and special experience for you. Instead of taking flight, you can take high speed train from Beijing to Xian/Xian to Beijing, Chengdu to Chongqing, Yichang to Shanghai/Shanghai to Yichang, etc. All are within comfortable traveling time to reach the destinations. If you are interested, please feel free to ask our travel consultants to arrange high speed train for you.
Vegetarian food in Chinese cuisine culture is usually divided into 3 categories: the Monastery Vegetarian Food, the Court Vegetarian Food and the Folk Vegetarian Food. And the main ingredients are: soybean, taro powder, mushrooms, fresh vegetables and tofu (bean curd). It will be easier to find the vegetarian restaurants in big cities of china, such as: Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, HK, etc.
We suggest you to list any food or ingredients that you are allergic to and let our travel consultant know. Then your travel consultant will mark them in the guide’s itinerary, so that our guides in different cities can make some preparations and arrangements in advance.
The tour guides and driver will be at the same restaurants with you, but they will only join the meal when you invite. Sometimes the drivers are shy to join as they usually eat fast and could not understand English talk around the table, so the guide will be with you more often.
Yes, you will. There will be some meals excluded in your itinerary as you like, and your private guide will be delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local restaurants, if you are interested in local food tasting. But remember, some local snacks may not match your stomach, so ask your guided for more information before eating.
In China, there are myriads of souvenirs for visitors, and each city has its own specialty.
Some of the best buys are:
Bargains are not acceptable in big supermarkets and department stores. But in some night markets or tourist shops, you can bargain for a lower price, since the vendors always ask for very high price for a certain item. You’d better ask the opinion of the guide first, and then the guide will tell you the real value and quality of the item. Please note that when the bargain is processing, the guide will be hesitate to help as it may annoy the bosses. Just try to let the guides know you will bargain in advance.
If you do not need something from them, just do not ask for price. Some of the venders are very persisted, and if they keep selling things to you, you can simply say “No, thanks.” (Chinese pronunciation: ”Bu, XieXie”). If they do not give up, you just keep silence. Silence is sometimes useful to handle this situation.
Call your guide, or if you can’t find your guide, call your travel consultant or our office immediately. All the phone numbers include in our confirmation letter. Keep the letter with your during your trip.
Note: As our Beijing office is using the different guide arranging system, so we will not be able to provide the Beijing guide information until the day before you arrival, but once we have it, we will email you immediately.
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The restaurants we will take you for lunch or dinner are all designated tourist restaurants approved by local tourist administration bureau. They have very good sanitary conditions and the food is prepared fresh and clean.
There will be some meals excluded in your itinerary as you like, and your private guide will be delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local restaurants to taste like Beijing Roast Duck, Xian Dumpling Dinner, Sichuan Hotpot, etc., if you are interested in local food tasting.
All the dining options will satisfy your stomach!
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