Panda Volunteer Project

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Day 1: Arrive Beijing

Arrive Beijing, private transfer to the hotel and check in. An evening group meeting is planned followed by dinner.

·Group Meeting and included Beijing Duck dinner.

Day 2: Beijing

Spend the morning visiting central Beijing's sites with free time in the afternoon. 

·Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City

Day 3: Beijing

Spend the day exploring the impressive Great Wall. Late afternoon we board an overnight soft sleeper train to Xi'an.

·Mutianyu Great Wall Excursion

Day 4: Xi'an

Arrive in the historical Silk Road city of Xi'an and spend the morning visiting the Terracotta Warriors and leaving the afternoon free to wander the old Muslim quarter.

·Terracotta Warriors, The City wall visit and Bell and Drum Tower & Muslim quarter

Day 5: Chengdu

Fly to Chengdu and walking tour of Chengdu.

·Jinli Street and Kuanzhai Alley

Days 6-8: Bifengxia Panda Sanctuary

Fly Spend three days volunteering at the Panda sanctuary learning about the care and feeding of these amazing bears.

·Panda Sanctuary Volunteering

Day 9: Leshan / Chengdu

Travel to Leshan to visit the largest Buddha statue carved out of rock before returning back to Chengdu for an evening hotpot meal.

·Leshan Giant Buddha, Sichuan Hotpot dinner

Day 10: Depart

You are free to depart anytime during the day.


Day 1 Beijing (D)
Beijing is the capital of the P.R. China. The city, located in northern China, is governed as a direct-controlled municipality under the national government with 16 urban, suburban, and rural districts. As a city combining both modern and traditional architecture, Beijing is a megacity rich in history, exemplified in its global influence in politics, economy, education, history, culture, and technology. Upon arrival at the airport, private transfer to your hotel located in the city center. You will have a 6 pm group meeting at your hotel, and there will be more information about the meeting when you arrive at the hotel. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask at reception. Your group meeting will include details about your trip, followed by an orientation walk and included dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:
• Private airport transfer
• Group meeting
Meals Included:
• Peking Duck dinner

Day 2 Beijing (B)
Today we’ll explore famous sights in Beijing. There will be a lot of walking today as well as using public the subway to get around. After breakfast, we will take the metro to Tiananmen Square, one of the world's largest public squares, home to the Monument of the People's Heroes and the Great hall of the People. Then enter the Forbidden City, built from 1406 to 1420, a ceremonial and political center of the Chinese government for more than 500 years. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 and is listed by UNESCO as the most extensive collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. After the Forbidden City, we will stroll in the alleys formed by lines of traditional courtyards known by Hutong and experience the local lifestyle of Old Beijing. You will enjoy a fantastic acrobatic show in the evening.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:  
• Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City
• Walking tour of Hutong area
• Acrobatic show
Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 3 Beijing (B, L)
This morning we’ll take a private bus to visit Great Wall - Mutianyu Section (approx. 2hrs), one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall with 22 towers winding along the mountain ridges. Spend quality time exploring and learning the history of Great Wall of China as well as enjoy the view at Huairou county the suburban area of Beijing. The great idea is to bring a picnic lunch with you to enjoy at the top the wall during a rest break. Then private transfer to the train station board on an overnight train to Xi'an.

Accommodation:
• Overnight Soft sleeper(First Class) train
Included Activities:
• Mutianyu Great Wall Excursion
Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 4 Xi’an (B, L)
Upon arrival private bus to our hotel. Today we will visit the Terracotta Warriors by private bus. You’ll learn all about this incredible archaeological find, discovered in 1976 by farmers digging a well, after being buried for 2,000 years. Three main pits are open for you to view, where just under 2,000 of the total 6,000 warriors – each individually sculpted from clay, each having a different costume, height, and even facial expressions – stand in battle formation. The scale is incredibly impressive. After the tour, we will enjoy a lunch in a local village. The afternoon we will visit the ancient City Wall, the most significant and best-preserved wall extant in China now, running over 13 kilometers around Xian.  Then take a short walking tour of the city, passing by the Bell & Drum Tower, Muslim quarter and lively markets.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:
• Terracotta Warriors Guided tour
• The City wall
• Walking tour - Bell and Drum Tower and Muslim quarter
Meals Included:
• Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 Xi'an/ Chengdu (B)
Transfer to airport and take a morning flight to Chengdu. Today we will visit Jinli Street. This street is famous for its historic atmosphere, bustling businesses and most of all its local snacks. Enjoy sticky rice cakes with sesame sauce, spicy chicken on a stick, sweet rice jelly, fried beef pancakes and, for the more adventurous, seasoned rabbits heads. After that, go to Kuanzhai Alley. Kuanzhai Alley, also known as“Wide and Narrow Alley,”consists of three historic paralleled alleys from Qing dynasty.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:  
• Jinli Street and Kuanzhai Alley
• Flight Xi'an to Chengdu
Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 6-8 Bifengxia Giant Panda Base (B, L)
Private bus to Bifengxia Panda Sanctuary. Bifengxia Giant Panda Base was established at the end of 2003 and has become a paradise for giant pandas, a national treasure, with the function of raising, breeding and rescuing giant pandas. It has over 20 giant pandas. Your three days Unique volunteer programs begin with 30 mins presentation of this program.  The daily schedule includes cleaning and weighing fresh bamboo to feed the pandas, cleaning panda enclosures and bathing the pandas. At the end of the program, each participant will receive a certificate which proves their volunteering at the base. On day 8 we will drive back to Chengdu.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (3 nights)
Included activities:  
• Bifengxia Giant Panda Base volunteer program
Meals Included:
• 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches

Day 9 Chengdu/Leshan/Chengdu (B, D)
Early morning, private transfer to visit Leshan Giant Buddha.The Leshan Giant Buddha is a 71-meter (233 ft) tall stone statue, built between 713 and 803 (during the Tang Dynasty), depicting Maitreya. The stone sculpture faces Mount Emei, with the rivers flowing below its feet. It is the largest and tallest stone Buddha statue in the world, and it is by far the tallest pre-modern statue in the world. The area has listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. Late afternoon private bus back to Chengdu. Tonight, you will enjoy one of the country's most renowned dishes - an authentic Sichuan hotpot.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:  
• Leshan Giant Buddha
Meals Included:
• Breakfast and traditional local hotpot dinner

Day 10 Chengdu-Depart (B)
There are no activities planned for the final day, and you can depart the accommodation at any time.

Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Tour Code
Start
End
Price(US$)
  • CA-PDVP180914

    Friday

    2018-09-14

    From Beijing

    Sunday

    2018-09-23

    From Chengdu

    Over

    US$2862.00

    10
    Days

  • CA-PDVP181012

    Friday

    2018-10-12

    From Beijing

    Sunday

    2018-10-21

    From Chengdu

    Over

    US$2862.00

    10
    Days

  • CA-PDVP190412

    Friday

    2019-04-12

    From Beijing

    Sunday

    2018-04-21

    From Chengdu

    Available

    US$2862.00

    10
    Days

  • CA-PDVP190510

    Friday

    2019-05-10

    From Beijing

    Sunday

    2018-05-19

    From Chengdu

    Available

    US$2862.00

    10
    Days

  • CA-PDVP190607

    Friday

    2019-06-07

    From Beijing

    Sunday

    2018-06-16

    From Chengdu

    Available

    US$2862.00

    10
    Days

  • CA-PDVP190719

    Friday

    2019-07-19

    From Beijing

    Sunday

    2018-07-28

    From Chengdu

    Available

    US$2862.00

    10
    Days

  • CA-PDVP190823

    Friday

    2019-08-23

    From Beijing

    Sunday

    2018-09-01

    From Chengdu

    Available

    US$2862.00

    10
    Days

  • CA-PDVP190913

    Friday

    2019-09-13

    From Beijing

    Sunday

    2018-09-22

    From Chengdu

    Available

    US$2862.00

    10
    Days

  • CA-PDVP191011

    Friday

    2019-10-11

    From Beijing

    Sunday

    2018-10-20

    From Chengdu

    Available

    US$2862.00

    10
    Days

Visas

A visa is required for entry into China for all nationalities except Japan, Singapore and Brunei who are allowed visa free stays under 14 days. Travellers holding APEC cards are allowed entrance visa free if their card has already been approved for China.

In some cases, you may be required to provide further information or documentation and if this is the case we will notify you as soon as possible.

Booking a Single Room

On this particular tour we are pleased to be able to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room. Due to the variety of accommodation used on this tour, single rooms are available for a majority of the nightstops, however it would still mean sharing on any overnight trains. All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.

Vaccinations and Your Health

We recommend that you contact your primary care physician or a travel doctor for advice on vaccinations and travel health and we advise that you check to see if your tetanus-diphtheria booster is still valid every 10 years. 

Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our customers. At the start of the trip you must provide us with: the name of your insurance company, your policy number, a 18 hour medical emergency contact number, and the expiry date of the policy. You should ensure that your policy covers you for medical expenses and repatriation. If you are unable to provide all this information at the start of the trip you will not be allowed to join the trip. You can purchase insurance easily online by checking our Travel Insurance page.

Luggage

One main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage – so don’t overload yourself. It is essential that your baggage is lockable; the airline/train authorities insist on this. Please be aware, before boarding a flight in China that the Chinese authorities will only allow bottles onto aircraft if they have been checked in as main luggage. Any bottles in the hand luggage may be confiscated.

 

What to Expect on Tour

Itinerary Disclaimer

The information in this trip details has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. 

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10 Days