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3 Days Bifengxia Panda Volunteer Tour with Ya’an Essence

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!

Highlights of this tour:

  • Being giant panda volunteers to help taking care of pandas and know more about how to protect these chubby and endangered animal species;
  • Exploring the unique ancient culture and antique charm of the well-known Shangli Ancient Town;
  • Inspired by the thousands of years long tea culture in its birthplace - Mount Mengding and enjoying the picturesque sightseeing of the tea plantations.

Basic Trip Information

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  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Chengdu / Ya'an / Chengdu
Travel Length:
3 days & 2 nights
Tour Code:
Group Size:
You, your family, friends of groups
Any day you want
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Your tour - at a glance

Day 1 Pick you up, Shangli Ancient Town & Volunteer Pre-work Training

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.

Day 2 Bifengxia Panda Volunteer Program

Experience your one-day panda volunteer program at Bifengxia: clean panda’s enclosure, watch panda documentary, get certificate and souvenirs.

Day 3 Mengding Mountain Tea Culture Feeling

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.

Full Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1 Chengdu - Shangli - Bifengxia (L)

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.

  • Shangli Ancient Town Shangli Ancient Town - One of the "Top 10 Famous Ancient Towns in Sichuan"
  • Bifengxia Panda Base Bifengxia Panda Base

Day 2 Bifengxia Panda Volunteer (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. activities include:

Clean the enclosures of pandas, take out left-over bamboos, clean panda’s drops, and complete the task list.

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.

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

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.

  • Enjoy Time as A Panda Volunteer Enjoy Time as A Panda Volunteer at 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.
(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.

  • Bifengxia Volunteers Taking Group Photos Bifengxia Volunteers Taking Group Photos
  • Volunteer Taking Out Old Bamboos Volunteer Taking Out Old Bamboos at Bifengxia Panda Base

Day 3 Mount Mengding - Chengdu (B, L)

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!

  • Mengdingshan Tea Culture Feel Mengdingshan Tea Culture at the Tea Plantation
  • Mengdingshan No.1 Tea pot Mengdingshan No.1 Tea pot
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