This classic panda tour will fulfill all your dreams about giant panda. You can not only watch pandas in different panda bases but also work as a volunteer for a day to take care of the lovely giant panda, feeding them, making panda cake and cleaning panda houses under the construction of panda keepers. The panda tour will leave you an unforgettable memory and you’ll learn more about the meaning of panda conservation.
- Start: Chengdu
- Physical Demands: Easy, suitable for all level of fitness
- End: Chengdu
- Best Time to Visit: All year round
- Destination: Chengdu - Chengdu Panda Base - Dujiangyan Irrigation Project - Dujiangyan Panda Base - Wolong Panda Base - Bifengxia Panda Base - Leshan Buddha - Chengdu
- Tour Type: Private tour
- [Chengdu Panda Base] To see pandas eating and playing in their most active time;
- [Dujiangyan Irrigation Project] Visit the oldest and only surviving no-dam irrigation system in the world;
- [Dujiangyan Panda Base Volunteer] Take care of cute pandas as a staff, to learn more about giant panda;
- [Wolong Panda Base] Come across giant pandas in a wide natural reserve;
- [Bifengxia Panda Base] Watch pandas at the largest eco park for pandas in the world;
- [Leshan Giant Buddha] Visit the tallest stone Buddha statue with 71m height in the world, which was carved on the cliff.
The itinerary is just for your reference. You can make your own tour by your schedule, and taste of hotel. You can tell us your tour plan to get more travel inspiration.
Day 1: Chengdu Arrival
After arriving in Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, your guide will welcome you at the airport. A private car will take you from the airport to the reserved hotel. The rest of the day is free to do a little exploration at your leisure.
Stay overnight in Chengdu
Day 2: Chengdu & Dujiangyan Tour: Chengdu Panda Base, Dujiangyan Irrigation Project
Chengdu Panda Base
Dujiangyan Irrigation Project
In the early morning, drive for about half an hour to Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center, the home to giant pandas, where you will catch pandas' feeding time. At present, totally about 150 giant pandas and some red pandas are raised in the base. You can see the cute pandas strolling, eating bamboos, playing with companions, climbing on trees or just falling into fantasy quietly, leaving tourists a shadow figure. Also, you will see some lazy pandas still sleeping. In the baby room, you can see the new-born baby furry pandas out of the glass windows. Remember be quiet and don’t open flashlights when taking photos of them. In Giant Panda Museum, you will learn the history and living habitat about giant pandas.
After lunch, we will drive from Chengdu to Dujiangyan, a county neighboring Chengdu, to see the world famous Dujiangyan Irrigation Project. Dujiangyan is a great engineering paralleled to the Great Wall in the civilization history of China. In 256 B.C., Li Bing, the governor of Shu of Qin State, led the residents to build the weir, which is the only oldest grand water conservancy engineering in the world so far that piloted the water without a dam. Yu Zui, Feishayan and Baoping Estuary are three projects inseparably interconnected, addressing problems of automatic bypass flow, desilting, and water inlet control of the river in a scientific way, turning Chengdu into a land of abundance for thousand years.
Stay overnight in Dujiangyan
Day 3: Dujiangyan Tour: Dujiangyan Panda Base Volunteer
Dujiangyan Panda Base
Feed Pandas in Dujiangyan Panda Base
In this special day, you will get a rare chance to have an intimate contact with giant pandas in Dujiangyan Panda Base as a volunteer.
In the early morning, your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and then drive to the Dujiangyan Panda Base. In the base, you will get a uniform, gloves, and a volunteer’s card. Your guide will introduce you to the professional panda keepers who can speak simple English. Your guide will also be there all the time to help you to translate and take memorable photos with the adorable pandas.
During your work, you need to clean panda enclosures. Panda keepers need to supply fresh bamboos to these national treasures three times each day. The pandas usually eat only 30% of the bamboo, wasting 70% of it. You will need to sweep out the leftovers, replace it with fresh bamboo, and clean out the feces. Besides, you also need to feed pandas, offering them panda cakes, apples, and carrots four times a day. The panda keepers will show you how to feed a panda with your own hands at close proximity.
In the noontime, you will have lunch and take a rest in the base. You will also see a special documentary (40 minutes) about how the shy pandas mate, give birth, grow up, and are returned to the wild.
In the afternoon, you will continue your work to do more cleaning and feeding, and learn to make panda’s cakes. The bamboo you supplied in the morning will have become dry by the afternoon. You should remove and replace it with fresh bamboo and then feed the pandas with some more panda cakes and apples. Having fed the pandas with panda cakes, aren’t you curious as to how they are made? It is time to make some panda cakes with your own hands. The ingredients will be prepared in advance. Get creative about the shapes of the cakes.
At about 4:00pm, your volunteer work will end and you will receive a certificate for this unforgettable day. Say goodbye to the pandas you take care of. Your guide will escort you back to your hotel in Dujiangyan.
Stay overnight in Dujiangyan
Day 4: Wolong Tour: Wolong Panda Base
Wolong National Nature Reserve
Wolong National Reserve Park
In the morning after breakfast, we will leave Dujiangyan to Wolong, about 60km northwest of Dujiangyan. You’ll spend 1 hour 12 min on the way before arrival.
Known as the home to the Giant Panda and a precious bio-gene bank, Wolong National Nature Reserve is a heaven for people who love giant pandas. Among all the panda bases in Sichuan, it has the most amount of panda and was listed in UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve Network. Being different from other regular zoos, Wolong Panda Reserve provides wild natural environment for pandas so that they would never be kept in cages. While touring in the reserve, you may come across cute pandas accidentally. There are several zones in the reserve according to different functions like Baby Panda Zone, Sub-adult Panda Zone, Breeding Zone and Wildness Training Zone. Now, Wolong Panda Reserve is focused on reintroducing pandas to the wild now.
After lunch, we will finish the panda tour in Wolong and drive to Bifengxia in Ya’an. It’s a 2.5 hour drive during which you can have a rest on the car.
Stay overnight in Bifengxia
Day 5: Bifengxia Tour: Bifengxia Panda Base, Bifengxia Gorge
Bifengxia Panda Base
After breakfast, we will begin our tour of Bifengxia Panda Base. The base is right in the beautiful Bifeng Gorge Scenic Area. With dense forest, clear air, humid weather and numerous waterfalls, the Gorge is a heavenly state for giant pandas.
The panda base is divided into three regions, namely the Returnees Panda Area, the Panda Nursery for baby pandas and Baixiongping Area for adult pandas. Tourists can take the eco-bus to each area. In panda kindergarten, you can see how fluffy baby pandas are fed, tended, and taken care of. The base has a vast area for pandas habitation and hence the pandas here are scattered all over the Leopard Mountain, Bi Tang, Bai Xiong Ping, and a lot of constructed indoor areas. In fact, Bifengxia is the largest outpost of Wolong and the largest eco park for pandas in the world.
When you have finished panda sightseeing in the base, we will continue to enjoy the natural scenery of Bifeng Gorge. With ninety percent of its territory covered with forest, this ecological tourist recreational resort is a natural oxygen bar and a nice place to avoid summer heat. It consists of two valleys forming the letter “V”. Wandering around the flagstone path, you can visit numerous waterfalls and ponds like Huanglongxia, Tianxian Bridge, the natural miniascape, the waterfall with thousands of terraces, Bailong Pond and Qinglong Pond, etc. Every waterfall is distinctive in its shape. Some plunges with great momentum while others are delicate in natural shape, streaming out of the rock tunnels gently, forming a fresh water curtain in front of you. The cool and humid climate in the gorge will completely soothe your nerves and make you embrace the nature.
Stay overnight in Ya’an
Day 6: Leshan Tour: Leshan Giant Buddha
Biggest Sitting Buddha Sculpture
Leshan Giant Buddha
After breakfast, we will end the Bifengxia tour and head forward to Leshan Giant Buddha 124 km away. This biggest sitting Buddha sculpture in the world is located in the Lingyun Temple at the confluence of three rivers. The grand Buddha was completed in 803 AD of Tang Dynasty after 90 year's construction, about 71- meter in height, shoulders 28 meters wide, head 14.7 meters long and 10 meters broad, and total of 1051 chignons of hair are clustered on it. Each chignons is as big as a round table. The Buddha was carved on the cliff of Lingyun Mountain in order to suppress the flood. Tour guide will take you to walk along the path built on the cliff face of the hill from the top of Buddha’s head to his toes, or you can choose taking a sightseeing boat from the pier to the water surface in front of Giant Buddha to watch the huge Buddha from the river.
After tour, be transferred back to your hotel in Chengdu downtown.
Stay overnight in Chengdu
Day 7: Chengdu Departure
Today is free for you to have a rest in hotel or explore Chengdu at your leisure until we will transfer you to the airport or train station for your next destination.
Private transportation to the destinations and sites listed in the itinerary; ranging from 4WD land cruiser to bus depending on the group size and trip route; car gasoline, road toll and in-transport refreshments (free bottles of water, air pillow and headscarf) are included;
Meals listed in the itinerary;
- Private experienced English-speaking trip leader;
- Airport/railway station pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour;
- Entrance ticket fees for all the sight spots listed in the itinerary;
- First aid kit;
- A coverage of 300,000RMB Chartis travel insurance;
- International and domestic flight/train to Shanghai (Note: we accept the domestic flight/train tickets booking to Shanghai from other cities in advance, check the updated ticket availibility and cost with your travel consultant);
- Meals that are not specified in the itinerary (Averagely a meal in the 3rdpole region cost 3~10USD per person);
- Tips and gratuities for the trip leader and driver;
- The expense of a personal nature like alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc;
- Optional activities and excursions not specified in the itinerary;
- China Entry visa fees;
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