Explore the Real Home of Giant Pandas
Start from Chengdu, you will explore the famous “Rain City” – Ya’an. You will not miss the highlights of Shangli Ancient Town that is reputed as one of the “Top 10 Famous Ancient Towns in Sichuan”, Mengding Mountain that is the cradle of the tea culture of the world. What’s more exciting, you will take the fabulous chance to get close to giant pandas and help finish the daily works of panda volunteers. Panda lovers, no more waiting, go!
Your local guide and driver will pick you up and then take you to visit the famous Shangli Ancient town and transfer to Bifengxia Panda Base to get the pre-work training before your volunteer program.
Experience your one day panda volunteer program at Bifengxia: clean panda’s enclosure, feed pandas, watch panda documentary, get certificate and souvenirs.
Visit Mengding Mountain to know more the original history and culture of tea and have fun in the tea plantation. Then drive back to Chengdu.
In this morning, your local travel guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel in Chengdu, and then escort you for about 2.5 hours to the Rain City – Ya’an.
Your first stop of today is Shangli Ancient Town. Ranked as one of the “Top 10 Ancient Towns” in Sichuan, it is a little town which has a mix of reconstructed and original ancient architecture. Enjoy a stroll through the shop-lined alley between beautiful old-style buildings where, if it’s not raining, bamboo shoots are laid out on big straw mats to dry. Find a quite spot by the river to relax and sip on a cup of tea or try some local snacks.
After that, you will be driven for about half an hour to Bifengxia Panda Base to join in the pre-work training about your panda volunteer program. 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.
09:00-11:30 Panda Cleaner
Clean the enclosures of pandas, take out left-over bamboos, clean panda’s drops, and complete the task list.
11:30-12:00 Feed Panda
Feed panda with their favorite food like panda cakes, bamboo shoots and fruits personally.
12:00-13:30 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.
13:30-14:00 Feed Panda
Feed panda with their favorite food like panda cakes, bamboo shoots and fruits personally.
14:00-15:30 Panda Nutritionist
Know about the recipe of panda cakes and prepare cakes for the giant panda with the help of the staff.
15:30-16:00 Summing-up & Certificate
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 drive you back to your hotel.
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 are not able to experience the panda feeding items.)
(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 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 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. If you have got more questions and ideas, please feel free to contact our professional travel consultants.
After breakfast, you’ll head to Mengding Mountain by driving for about 40 minutes. Mengding Mountain is the world holy mountain of tea for it is the cradle of tea civilization and tea culture of the whole world. As the saying goes “The Yangtze River tops the waters, the Mengding tea is best of its kind.” It has a history of more than 1,000 years in tea planting, tea making and tea tasting art.
You will first see the No.1 Teapot in the world, then proceed to the Tea Culture Museum, take the cable car to the mid-mountain, enjoy tea break at Tiangai Temple, and appreciate Poem Steles related to tea, walk in Mengdingshan Royal Tea Garden. You’ll surely get some general ideas about the profound tea culture along the way.
After tea culture exploration, you’ll continue to visit tea factory, pick tea in the plantation, and see the whole process about how Mengding tea is made. (Tips: The tea picking activity and performance are offered during late March to June. If you go there away from the tea-picking period, you can visit Bifengxia Valley instead to get relaxed by the eye-pleasing natural sceneries or directly return to Chengdu. For detailed info, please contact our travel consultants.)
After the happy cultural time in Mengdingshan, drive back to Chengdu. Tour 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.
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.
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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.
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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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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.
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