4 Days Chengdu Panda and Dujiangyan Volunteer Tour
Chengdu Panda Base
Dujiangyan Panda Base
Tour Outline: Chengdu - Chengdu Panda Base - Dujiangyan Panda Base - Chengdu
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An amazing four-day tour that gives you the best of the Sichuan panda experience, this is one of the best ways to get up-close and personal with these cuddly giant creatures in their own habitats. You will also get to explore one of China’s most popular modern tourist destinations in Chengdu.
The tour begins on your arrival in Chengdu with a tour of the famous city, the location of the ancient capital of the Shu Kingdom, and you will visit the famous Jinsha Site Museum, filled with 3000-year-old relics. Your second day takes you around the other hot spots of the city, from the Wenshu Temple to the Renmin Park, as well as the renowned Chengdu Panda Base, the primary centre for panda breeding in China. Here, you can see these lovable bears in their natural habitats, and learn more about them. After Chengdu’s famous panda center, you will travel northwest to the Dujiangyan Panda Base to get an even closer experience of the Giant Pandas. Here, you will spend the day experiencing the renowned Giant Panda Volunteer Program, where you can become a panda keeper for the day, feeding and caring for the young and baby pandas.
Best Time to Visit
All year round
Easy, suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups (age 12-55)
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive at Chengdu and Visit Jinsha Site Museum
Jinsha Site Museum
Jinsha Site Museum
Upon your arrival at the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, our tour guide will meet and escort you to your hotel in Chengdu downtown. After a short break, we will visit Jinsha Site Museum, the relics of the ancient capital of Shu Kingdom. You will learn how people lived in this land 3000 years ago, and see the Gold Band with Sun and Magic Birds. At night, have a delicious dinner of Sichuan cuisine.
Stay overnight in Chengdu
Day 2: Chengdu Tour: Panda Base, Wenshu Temple, Renmin Park and Jinli Ancient Street
Tai-Chi in Renmin Park
Today after breakfast, we will firstly pay a visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (known as Chengdu Panda Base), where we can explore the daily life of the cute pandas and get close to the lovely creatures. Then move on to Wenshu Temple, a typical ancient monastery of Qing Dynasty in Chengdu downtown.
In the afternoon, we will visit Renmin Park to experience the most authentic Chengdu local life. Having a cup of tea in a traditional teahouse, watching the local old couples dancing. You will enjoy typical leisure lifestyle of Chengdu. Then move on to Jinli Ancient Street, one of the oldest streets to appreciate the local snacks and artifacts. The elegant style of the architectures tells you what Sichuan looks like during the Qing Dynasty.
Stay overnight in Chengdu
Day 3: Chengdu to Dujiangyan Panda Base: Giant Panda Volunteer Program
You may have a chance to feed the panda
Pandas in Dujiangyan Panda Valley
7:00am Picked up by your tour guide
In the early morning, your tour guide & driver will pick you up from your hotel in Chengdu and then drive to the Dujiangyan Panda Base.
8:30am-09:00am Arrive at the Dujiangyan Panda Base and sign up
In the base, you will get a uniform, gloves, and a volunteer’s card with the assistance of your guide. Your guide will introduce you to the professional panda keepers. The panda keepers can speak simple English but your guide will be there for you at all times, helping to translate and taking memorable photos of you with the lovable pandas.
9:00am-10:00am Clean the panda enclosures
Panda keepers need to supply fresh bamboo 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.
10:00am-11:00am Take a break and tour around the Panda Base
Have a relaxing walk in the well-paved base and listen to the legendary stories of these pandas. You will also have a chance to meet four naughty red pandas.
11:00am-11:30am Feed a panda
Pandas are supplied with 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.
11:30am-1:00pm Have lunch and a rest in the base
1:00pm-2:00pm Watch a panda movie that lasts for about 40 minutes
You will see a special documentary about how the shy pandas mate, give birth, grow up, and are returned to the wild.
2:00pm-3:30pm More cleaning and feeding, and making panda’s cakes
The bamboo you supplied in the morning will have become dry by the afternoon. Remove it and replace it with fresh bamboo. 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.
3:30pm-4:00pm Get a certificate, and drive back to Chengdu
The volunteer work ends here and you will receive a certificate for this unforgettable day. Say goodbye to the pandas you take care of.
Your guide and driver will escort you back to your hotel in Chengdu.
Stay overnight at Chengdu
The age restriction of volunteer program is between 12 to 65 years old ( there is no restriction for holding a lovely panda ). Even though the pandas look harmless, they are carnivores. Parents must ensure that they prevent their children from coming into direct contact with the pandas.
If your children are between 2–11 years old, you can still take them with you during the program. Your guide will help to take care of them. If your children are under 2 years old and you take care of them throughout the day.
Day 4: Depart from Chengdu
The guide will transfer you to the airport or train station for your next destination.
Price Details & Guide
- 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;
- Lodging:two nights in Jiuzhaigou local hotel;
- 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;
- Meals listed in the itinerary (2 Breakfasts);
- Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou Flight;
- First aid kit;
- A coverage of 300,000RMB Chartis travel insurance;
- International and domestic flight/train to Chengdu (Note: we accept the domestic flight/train tickets booking to Chengdu 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;
Once we receive your tour deposit, which is followed by signing the contract, your reservation is secured with legitimacy. Our staff will reserve the accommodation, vehicle, site tickets, meals and more, and pay the deposit for our suppliers. So if you want to alter to another itinerary, you need to cover the deposit we've paid, while no service charge is needed if you make some changes on the itinerary you booked.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
If you cancel the tour beacuse of your personal issues, you will be liable to pay cancellation charges that are bounded by 3rdpoletour.com cancellation policy as follows:
1.) If you cancel the tour more than 30 days before the trip starts, you will forfeit 10% of the total land cost per person;
2.) If you cancel the tour 15-30 days prior to your trip start date, 20% of your total land tour cost will be forfeited as a cancellation fee.
3.) If you cancel the tour 7-15 days before the trip starts, you will forfeit 30% of land cost.
4.) If you cancel the tour 7 days prior to your tour start date, you will forfeit 50% of land cost.
5.) If you fail to show up or cancel at your scheduled arrival time without prior notice or later than that, you will forfeit 100% of the land cost.
If the tour has to be cancelled because of the natural disaster or the government restrictions that is beyond both parties control, we will charge only USD50 per person, this is just the service fee and larbor fee during the preparation. This is a rare occurrence!
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