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This 4-day tour is the ultimate panda tour specially designed for panda fans with the best combination to see and do panda volunteer program in one trip!!! It means you’ll have twice opportunities to get up close to giant pandas both in Chengdu Panda Base and Dujiangyan Panda Base. You may wonder why cover two panda bases in one go, right? To see as many pandas as possible ranging from different ages - from the newborn tiny panda babies, sub-adult pandas, adult pandas to the elders, Chengdu Panda Base is the ideal one to go! But the panda base in Chengdu cannot provide a volunteer program yet. To have plenty time to volunteer with giant pandas, it is a better choice to head to Dujiangyan Panda Base, the nearest one outside of Chengdu. Here, travelers can join the one-full day program to do the volunteer work to fulfill your panda dream!
Day 1 Chengdu ArrivalFlight / Train to Chengdu
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.
- The Typical Sichuan Cuisine - Chengdu Hotpot
Day 2 Chengdu (B, L)Chengdu Panda Base - Wenshu Temple - Renmin Park - Jinli Old Street
This morning you will make a stirring visit to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding which is not only the most important panda scientific research center, but also dwelling home to more than 100 Giant Pandas. Walk at leisure through the bamboo framed paths, and closely observe giant pandas of different ages eating bamboos, playing with each other, tumbling, climbing trees, etc. Don't miss the chance to visit the most adorable panda cubs in the panda kindergartens. If you are lucky, you may be able to see the precious panda babies in the nursery rooms. There is also a very informative Panda Museum where you can learn more scientific facts about Giant Pandas. Next, 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 People's 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).
- Mama and Baby of Panda
- Buddhist Monk at Wenshu Monastery
- Enjoy A Cup of Tea at Renming Park
Day 3 Chengdu - Dujiangyan Panda Volunteer - Chengdu (B, L)Round Trip to Dujiangyan Panda Base for Full Day Volunteer Program
In the early morning, our guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel in Chengdu around 07:00 am and drive 1.5 hours to Dujiangyan Panda Base to fulfill your once-in-lifetime panda volunteer work.
Arrive at Dujiangyan Panda Base around 08:30 am. Learn the safety announcement and sign the security agreement. Put on work clothes and gloves, wear volunteer pass card before go the work place. You will be led by experienced keepers and told matters needed attention.
09:00am-10:00am Honorable Panda Keeper
Volunteers involve in panda volunteer work, including carrying out old bamboos, picking up droppings, cleaning up panda enclosures, carrying in fresh bamboos leaves and shoots, etc.
10:00am-11:00am Wonderful Panda Tour
Take a visit to other panda enclosures, walk around the panda base for more giant pandas and red pandas. You may see them sitting on the grass, climbing trees, playing together and even fighting. Bring out your camera to take awesome photos and videos about them.
11:00am-11:30am Regardful Panda Feeding
Feed the giant pandas with panda cake or other food, like carrot, bamboo shoot and apple. Know their eating behavior and diet and have very close interaction with the cute bears.
11:30am-13:00pm Lunch & Break Time
Have lunch with the staff and other volunteers in the restaurant and take a short break.
13:00pm-14:00 Watch Panda Documentary
Watch a panda documentary that shows the scientific facts about the endangered species, to understand how humans protect them and how we may live in harmony with them.
14:00pm-14:50pm Panda Feeding
Clean the panda enclosure and feed the panda again.
14:50pm-15:30 Panda Nutritionist
Volunteers can personally prepare food for the pandas and also make the panda cake.
15:30pm-16:00 Finish Volunteer Work
After the full day’s panda volunteer experience, you’ll get the panda volunteer certificate and souvenirs. Before you leave, catch the last moment to say goodbye to the lovely creatures. Later, your guide and driver will escort you to your hotel in Chengdu.
- Clean panda enclosures & carry bamboos
- Clean panda enclosures & observe pandas
Day 4 Chengdu Departure (B)Flight / Train off Chengdu
After breakfast, seize the last moment to explore this leisure city on your own. After that, you'll be driven to Chengdu airport / train stations for your next destination. 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, 2021.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.95. 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.
Thanks Wing, we came back safely and had a great trip overall. We had great tour guide and driver whom we will recommend without doubt and we took the liberty to change the schedule as we toured, depending on the weather and situation, which suited us. I’m actually glad lightning struck, allowing us to spend the last night in XM, as I think 2 days and 1 night in the Tulou is more than sufficient. I’ll leave Chew to comment on your email but you can also take my comments here if you want. Thanks again !
Yesterday just before check out at Xiamen , i had already completed a detailed questionnaire form and handed over to Adam.
(1) How do you like our tour arrangements and are you willing to recommend our service to your friends?
Yes, it was good service from tour coordinator, tour guide and driver. They are all very professional and good people. I will recommend to friends for sure.
(2) Do you have some suggestions for us to improve our service?
The initially proposed 3D2N itinerary is an overkill of Tulou visits. The original plan was such that we visit Chu Xi on Day 3, but Chu Xi is the furthest (3 hours) from Xiamen, so it doesnt make too much sense cos it would be a mad rush if guests are rushing to fly off on Day 3. Our tour guide Adam adapted the itinerary, we cut down the more commercialized tulous and he even included He Keng Tulou which is the place that Hollywood Mulan was filmed in, that was a real treat.
From our experiences, if we fly into Xiamen by 9am, we would have 2 full days of Tulou visits, which is more than sufficient. First nite at HeRongZhuang was a good experience, the staff are very hospitable and room was very nice. Second nite at Prince Hotel there was power failure, and after being in the dark for 4 hours, we decided to check out and drove to Xiamen. We were on the road from 9.30pm to 12 midnight. I think it would be better if the itinerary just have first nite in Tulou and second nite in Xiamen, with Day 3 in Xiamen.
(3) If you want to do travel again in China, would you like to use our service again?
Yes. I would certainly consider
The hotel is beautiful. We took a walk around and end up having dinner in the hotel. It's very nice.
We got back to the hotel a while ago. We enjoyed the trip with Sara very much. She is a lovely woman like you. And once again thank you very much for the lovely souvenirs.
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We were really very happy with the whole trip to Yunnan province. It was very special and we still talk about it a lot.
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The above arrangements will be adjusted according to the specific situations and the volunteer program may be delayed or inaccessible by inevitable requirements, control, and Force Majeure like earthquakes, epidemic...
Being a volunteer, you should apply it at least a week (usually 10 days) in advance with your Application Form and Health Examination Form.
(a) Health Examination Form: To do the panda volunteer program at Dujiangyan Panda Base, you need to have a valid Health Examination Form (valid medical certificate and signature which could be applied in your country or in China). Feel free to contact our travel consultant for more information or let them register for you. (This form is to ensure that you are not carrying the infectious diseases or other illnesses which endanger the health of pandas.)
(b) Age & Number Limitations: The center can accept up to 50 volunteers (aged between 10 and 70) at any one time.
(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) Dressing Code: During the panda volunteer program, you are required to wear comfortable shoes, like sports shoes, that are suitable for the work. Try to avoid sandals, slippers, high-heels, and so on. Besides, wear trousers, avoid shorts and skirts, etc. (during the program, the panda base will provide working jumpsuits in spring and winter, and T-shirts in summer and autumn for you.)
(e) Healthy Bodies: To well protect giant pandas, volunteers 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 do the panda volunteer programs.
Essentially Speaking, the panda volunteer program belongs to panda conservation project designed with different kinds of activities to take care of giant pandas. During the full day volunteering, travelers need to involve in some physical work, like clean up the dirty enclosures, sweep panda droppings, break bamboo to prepare food for pandas, use your hands to make panda cakes...It will be physical demanding and somewhat tiring.
|Panda Base||Volunteer Length||Distance from Chengdu||Features|
|Dujiangyan Panda Base||1 day||62 kilometers (1-1.5 hours)||the closest panda base from Chengdu; over 40 pandas live here.|
|Bifengxia Panda Base||1 day / 3 days or longer||155 kilometers (2.5-3 hours)||awesome site to do volunteer program for 3 days or more; over 40 pandas live here.|
|Shenshuping Panda Base||1 day||100 kilometers (2 hours)||located in Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries in primitive environment; the largest breeding center for giant pandas; over 30 pandas live here.|
|Hetaoping Panda Base||1 day||120 kilometers (2.5 hours)||the only base to attend Red Panda volunteer program.|
(a) For panda lovers who have very limited time in Chengdu, it is recommended to visit Chengdu Panda Base which is located in the northeast of Chengdu suburb with 30 minutes’ drive. Travelers can see nearly 120 giant pandas & baby pandas, as well as 76 red pandas. (PS: No panda volunteer program is provided in this base.)
(b) To experience the one-day volunteering work, you’d better go to Dujiangyan Panda Base which is chosen by 80% - 90% volunteers.
(c) If you want to experience something different in a relatively primitive environment, Shenshuping Panda Base or Bifengxia Panda Base is a good choice to do the volunteer program.
Every year during March to May, the pandas would seek for other pandas to mate by climbing the trees and fighting. In the late summer and autumn, they give birth to baby pandas and travelers can see the little cute being taken care in the Sunshine Nursery. If you want to see the active scene of giant pandas, come in spring. While to see the newborn pink baby pandas, it is recommended to visit Chengdu during August to September.
Keep in mind for traveling: In the panda bases, the keepers will feed the giant pandas twice a day - in the morning and in the afternoon. During the feeding time, pandas will be very active - eating, crawling, climbing trees, playing with partners…It is recommended to arrive early in the morning around 08:00 AM to catch the best time to observe the pandas eating and playing outdoors.
Besides the pandas bases in Sichuan Province, travelers can pay visits to see the adorable giant pandas in Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Guilin, Guangzhou, and more cities of China. No matter is your first-trip to China with a few destinations, or your in-depth visit to see giant pandas, just feel free to tell us your ideas and likes, our professional travel experts will customize the China PANDA tour for you!
Dujiangyang Panda Base, Mount Qingcheng, Dujiangyan Irrigation System
Chengdu / Bifengxia Panda Base / Chengdu
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