Panda Volunteer & Wild Trekking with Culture Inspiration
This 5 days tour is really a big surprise for panda lovers. You will get the nationally only chance to join the panda volunteer activity at Shenshuping Base and do hiking research about panda at the panda’s wild training area that is full of mysteries about panda habitat and nature. Before and after your panda experience, famous attractions in Chengdu and Dujiangyan will be arranged to offer you a wonderful cultural and historical stay with China Discovery!
Note: This hiking tour is unavailable at present. You can also join the panda volunteeer program to take care of panda closer if you are interested.
Please Note: Wolong Shenshuping Panda Base can accept up to 15 volunteers in one day for Panda Volunteer Program and you need to inquire and make the reservation in advance. The following dates have been fully booked and other dates are still available.
April: 19th~ 30th are all available;
May: 1st~31th are all available.
Your local guide and driver will pick you up and take you to visit the renowned Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan Irrigation System. Drive to Wolong Town and accommodate near the Panda Base.
Visit Shenshuping Panda Base to see giant pandas and enjoy the panda volunteer activity: clean the panda houses, take out old bamboos, prepare panda food, and have a better understanding of pandas and their protection.
Go to Tiantaishan panda’s wild training area to enjoy the outdoor hiking and learn to do research about pandas. Drive back to Chengdu.
Take a relaxing and cultural tour to visit the must-go places: Dufu Thatched Cottage, Wenshu Monastery, Jinli Old Street and Renmin Park in the downtown.
Visit Jinsha Site Museum at Chengdu downtown and know more about its history of about 3,000 years and profound culture. Tour ends.
Welcome to Chengdu, the hometown of Giant Panda.
Your local guide and driver will meet you at your hotel and escort you to Dujiangyan City near Chengdu, driving for about 1 hour for about 65 kilometers (about 40 miles) long.
Upon arrival at Dujiangyan, first you are going to visit the Front Mountain of Mount Qingcheng, the home of Taoism. The famous Taoism temples are all located in the Front Mountain. Hike about half hour to Yuecheng Lake which lying quietly at the middle of the mountain, then take a five minute Buyun cable car up to the mountain. Then, walk to the mountain top and visit the historical Taoism temples along the way, including Shangqing Temple, Laojun Pavilion, etc. and experience the culture of Taoism and enjoy the fresh air and stunning scenery in the mountain. After arriving at the mountain top, go back along the same way you come.
After the Taoist mountain tour, head to the Dujiangyan Irrigation System, which was an irrigation project built in 256BC. The system is still working to irrigate Chengdu plain and it’s the actual reason why Chengdu is called as the “Land of Abundance”. Visit the three main parts of Dujiangyan Irrigation System including Yuzui, Feishayan, Baopingkou, and be amazed by the wisdom of ancient Chinese.
After this tour, drive to Wolong for about 1 hour and 10 minutes covering about 50 kilometers (31 miles). Accommodate near Shenshuping Panda Base.
After your breakfast, you will be transferred to Shenshuping Panda Base, which locates at a very primitive valley, the real home land for the giant pandas. Now let’s start your one full day’s Wolong panda volunteer program which usually includes:
Arrive at the volunteer center at Wolong Panda Base, know about and sign the safety announcement, get your volunteer passing card, put on the working clothes and gloves, and deal with relative procedures under the help of the staff there.
During the more than half an hour time, take the old bamboos out, damp the drops of pandas, know more about the living environment and conditions of pandas through careful observation, and clean their houses, etc.
Visit the breeding area for giant pandas under the company of the staff of the science education center at the base. You can watch pandas playing together, eating bamboos, climbing trees, rolling on the ground, etc. This is a great moment to take pictures of these super stars.
Shenshuping Panda Base prepares nutritious lunch for panda volunteers at the dining hall. Enjoy your meal with the staff there.
Visit the panda base on your own freely to see the great living environment of pandas. Also, you can have a break at the panda volunteer center and prepare energy for activities in the afternoon.
Enjoy the interesting movie about the giant pandas. Have a better understanding of the wild training and reintroduction of pandas and know about the great story of people living in harmony with pandas.
Know about what kinds of ingredients needed for panda cakes, and learn how to do the cakes for giant panda by yourself with the help of the staff.
Return the working clothes and passing card to the staff. Receive the panda volunteer’s certificate and other delicate souvenir to end your full day’s volunteer experience.
After the whole day’s volunteer program experience, you will be driven back to your hotel.
1. The above arrangements will be adjusted according to the specific situations and the volunteer and panda holding program may be delayed or inaccessible by inevitable requirements, control, and Force Majeure like earthquakes, epidemic...
2. Pre-work Training:
Volunteers are required to participate in the pre-work training before 09:00 a.m. on that very day to better know how to do the volunteer program. Some parts of the activity would be cancelled if you arrive there late, so it is suggested get to the base before 08:30 a.m.
(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 15 volunteers at any one time and the age should be between 12 and 65.
(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.
4. Pre-booking & Temporary Cancellation:
Panda volunteers and panda holders at Shenshuping Panda Base are required to make reservations of the programs in advance, even 1 to 2 months prior to the very program date for volunteers and 1 week for holders during peak seasons (mainly from May to October). Any temporary cancellation, increase and reduction of participants of those programs are needed to tell us as early as possible (better in advance for at least 10 days excluding the national public holidays and weekends). Thank you for the generous understanding.
5. For panda lovers who want exceptional experience to hug a panda, you should pay extra 1800 or 3000 Yuan (according to different ages of giant pandas) Yuan which is the donation fee to help and save the endangered pandas.
6. If you are allergic to any food, please tell us, your local guide, or the base staff in advance.
7. If you have got more questions and ideas, please feel free to contact our professional travel consultants.
Today, you are going to do the outdoor trekking research at Tiantaishan panda’s wild training area in Wolong, which is the unique hiking activity about pandas in the world. Panda fans, let’s go!
Arrive at Shenshuping Panda Base and get preparation for the hiking research: put on the hiking clothes, and go through the relevant procudures.
09:00-09:20 Drive to Huangcaoping
Take the vehicle from the base to Huangcaoping Parking Lot with your guide and team.
09:20-10:00 Walk to Tiantaishan Mountain
Walk from the parking lot to Tiantaishan panda’s wild training area.
10:00-10:30 Break Time
Take a break for about 30 minutes.
10:30-11:00 Safety and Research Tools Learning
Have a clear understanding of the safety precautions. Learn about the instruments and tools like wireless trackers used in the field research and how to use them under the professional guidance of the staff.
11:00-12:00 Lunch Time
have your lunch together with the staff and team members at the Tiantaishan wild training area. Get good preparation for the field research in the afternoon.
12:00-14:00 Field Research
conduct your field hiking research of the panda’s wild training area with the company and help of the staff, enjoy the natural view of the protection zone, have more knowledge of the environment and condition of pandas’ living places, come up with any questions about pandas and their habitats to know more about this animal species and how to protect them.
14:00-14:40 Back to Huangcaoping
Walk down to the foot of Tiantaishan Mountain and go back to Huangcaoping parking lot.
14:40-15:00 Drive Back to Shenshuping Panda Base
Take the vehicle and drive back to Shenshuping Panda Base, return the hiking clothes to the staff.
15:00-16:30 Sum Up & Program Ends
Make a conclusion of this one day’s field hiking research at Tiantaishan panda’s wild training area. Activity ends.
After the hiking activity, your local guide and driving will escort you to the hotel in Chengdu. Sleep well!
Optional Activity: In the evening, you can enjoy a delicious dinner of Sichuan cuisine at a local restaurant.
1. The above schedule and arrangements will be adjusted according to the specific situations.
2. On your hiking research day at Tiantaishan Mountain, meals are not provided by the panda base. So you need to prepare your own food, such as bread, sandwich, biscuit, drinks, etc. for lunch and take it with you.
3. During this hiking activity, you will walk in total for about 4 hours with a medium pace. Since road is narrow and not easy for walking in the natural protection zone, watch your steps.
4. Pre-booking & Temporary Cancellation:
Participants of hiking research at Shenshuping Panda Base are required to make a reservation of the program in advance, even 1 to 2 months prior to the very program date during peak seasons (mainly from May to October). Any temporary cancellation, increase and reduction of participants of the program are needed to tell us as early as possible (better in advance for at least 10 days excluding the national public holidays and weekends). Thank you for the generous understanding.
(a) Numbers & Ages: At present, the Base can accept at most 5 visitors (aged between 16 and 58) at once to experience the outdoor trekking program.
(b) Healthy Bodies: Visitors joining the trekking program are required to be in good physical condition and provide your medical examination report of the recent one year. People suffering from cold, influenza, rheumatism, elder hypertension, diabetes, and potential illnesses like cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, infectious diseases, having uncomfortable symptoms like chest distress, headache, dizzy, etc. during slight activities, and doing seldom exercise, etc. are not suitable to join in this program.
After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. Today, you will take a visit to Dufu Thatched Cottage which is a museum and park in honor of Dufu (712-770AD), who was the greatest realist poet and has been famed as the Sage of Poetry. Walk in this tranquil park to explore Hall of Historic Poetry, Gongbu Temple, Shaoling Thatched Cottage Tablet Pavilion, Ruins of Tang Dynasty, and know story of Dufu and history of Tang Dynasty.
After that, visit a hidden spiritual Buddhist temple in the hustling downtown of Chengdu – Wenshu Temple. Marvel at the exquisite Buddhist architecture, soak in the reverent atmosphere, and wander on the peaceful paths.
Chengdu is famous for its relaxing and leisure pace throughout China, which will be proved after a stay in Renmin Park. Sit down, order a pot of Chinese tea, make a casual chat with your friends and watching locals indulging themselves in different kinds of folk entertainment – napping in a lively teahouse, playing mahjong, disco dancing, neck massage, ear cleaning…Next is an impressive trip to the famous Jinli Old Street. Time steals away from you quietly while walking on the lively streets which are full of delicious local snacks, delicate artifacts, interesting folk shows, etc.
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).
On the last day, 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.
After the tour in Chengdu, your local guide and driver will take you to the Chengdu airport / train stations for your flight or train to next destination or home. Service ends.
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1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2023.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.45. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.
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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.
Chengdu Research Base of Panda Breeding is only available to see giant pandas. If you are interested in giant panda volunteer experience, please extend to Dujiangyan Panda Base, Wolong Shenshuping Panda Base or Ya'an Bifengxia Panda Base instead.
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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.
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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.
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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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