Intro: Embark on a exciting journey to meet the returned pandas from Washington D.C. – say hello to Mei Xiang, Tian Tian, Tai Shan, Bao Bao, Bei Bei, and Xiao Qi Ji.
Highlights: 1.An opportunity to volunteer with panda care 2.Visit all five panda bases in Sichuan 3.Discover the charming panda elements throughout Chengdu. Departure date: November 21, 2024 Group size: 6-14 Itinerary Day1 Chengdu Airport Arrival Chengdu airport transfers to the hotel. Welcome Dinner. Face-changing show Your guide will meet and greet you at the arrival hall. An experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you to check in. Welcome dinner is served in a local restaurant, it's also ice-breaking for the group members to know each other. Face changing show is a must-see in Chengdu. After dinner, we will enjoy it while sipping a cup of Chinese tea. Overnight Chengdu Courtyard Hotel
Day2 Chengdu City Rest AM/2:00 pm meet up/ Bamboo Park/Taikooli Giant Panda Sculpture After a long flight yesterday, you probably need to have a good rest in the morning. At 2 pm, your guide and driver are ready to meet you in the hotel lobby and drive you to Bamboo Park for a stroll. Afterward, a leisurely city walks in the bustling block to take photos of the Taikooli Giant Panda Sculpture. Overnight Chengdu Courtyard Hotel
Day3 Chengdu Chengdu Panda Base At 7:30 am your guide meet you at the hotel lobby and drive the Chengdu Panda Base. Full-day explore this downtown panda base. More than 80 pandas live there including some cubs rarely seen at other panda bases. Have lunch at the Bamboo Restaurant in the park. Overnight Chengdu Courtyard Hotel
Day4 Chengdu to Wolong (2hrs car drive) Wolong Panda Base In the morning head to Wolong Panda Base, 1300 meters above sea level, with beautiful scenery, and snow in winter. Here in spring and summer, you can see many panda mothers with their babies. Overnight Muyue Qinglan Hotel
Day5 Wolong Wolong Red Panda Volunteering This new program is for red panda lovers. You can choose to be a red panda keeper for a day at Wolong Hetaoping Panda Base. Or you can just stroll in this beautiful base and visit the cute pandas. At about 3 p.m., the tour concludes. Overnight Muyue Qinglan Hotel
Day6 Wolong Wolong Panda Volunteering Immerse yourself in the world of pandas, and observe pandas closely. Option to be a keeper for the cute pandas. At about 3 p.m., the tour concludes. Overnight Muyue Qinglan Hotel
Day7 Wolong - Mt. Siguniang (2hrs car drive) Visit Mt. Siguniang Chengdu is also known for its richness of stunning landscapes. Today you will visit Mt. Siguniang. Along the way, picturesque landscapes and Tibetan villages are waiting for your enjoyment. Shuangqiao Valley is the most popular one of the three valleys of Mt. Siguniang, where you can take a sightseeing bus tour around easily. Overnight Mt.Siguniang Sgura Manor Hotel
Day8 Mt.Siguniang to Dujiangyan (3hrs car drive) Visit Wolong Panda Base Today you will be driven to Dujiangyan. On the way, you will pass by the Wolong Panda Base and you get a chance to pay a visit to it again. Overnight Howard Johnson Conference Resort
Day9 Dujiangyan Dujiangyan Panda Base Volunteering Dujiangyan panda base is a very popular one. There you can also see red pandas and black bears. Visit this panda base leisurely or change into a volunteer outfit and be a keeper for a day. At about 3 p.m., the tour concludes. Overnight Howard Johnson Conference Resort
Day10 Dujiangyan Dujiangyan Panda Valley/ Selfie Panda /Panda Alley/Ancient Town In the morning, you will visit Dujiangyan Panda Valley. In the afternoon, visit the city including Selfie Panda, Panda Alley, and Ancient Town. Sampling the local cuisine is also part of exploring the city. We will arrange the specialty dishes for lunch and dinner. Overnight Howard Johnson Conference Resort
Day11 Dujiangyan to Bifengxia (2.5hrs car drive) Visit Dujiangyan Panda Base In the morning, you will visit the Dujiangyan Panda Base. You can see red pandas and moon bears too. In the afternoon, you will head to Ya’an - the hometown of giant pandas. Explore Ya 'an Shangli ancient town, which is preserved very well. After dinner, enjoy the night view of the Ya'an Corridor Bridge. Overnight Holiday Inn
Day12 Bifengxia Bifengxia Panda Volunteering This panda base covers an area of more than 6,000 mu, a beautiful environment, and a suitable climate, each giant panda has sufficient space for activities. Full-day exploration in this base. Overnight Holiday Inn
Day13 Bifengxia Bifengxia Panda Base There are not only panda kindergartens here but also many overseas returnee stars, such as Japanese returnee panda Xiang Xiang and American returnee panda Bei Bei. The Bifeng Gorges Scenic Resort also provides you with a canyon hike. Overnight Holiday Inn
Day14 Bifengxia to Chengdu (2hrs drive) Spend the morning stroll over the base. We will return to Chengdu in the afternoon. Overnight Chengdu Courtyard Hotel
Day15 Chengdu Teddy Bear Museum AM/ Panda Post Office / Wide and Narrow Alley PM In the morning, visit the Teddy Bear Museum, a very cute place. Then go to the Panda Post Office, you probably want to buy some souvenirs. In the afternoon, get a feel of the folk life in Wide and Narrow Alley. Overnight Chengdu Courtyard Hotel
Day16 Goodbye Your guide and driver will send you off to the airport and say goodbye.
*The itinerary may be subject to change * In case the listed hotels are unavailable, we may substitute with accommodations of a similar or higher grade to ensure your comfort
Price:USD 4500/pp; Single supplement USD1000
Inclusions - Air-conditioned vehicle according to the group size - Hotel listed in the itinerary; - Meals as specified in the itinerary; - English-speaking tour guide; - Entrance ticket fee listed in the itinerary; - Bottled water and snacks; - Insurance
Exclusions - International flight to and out of China; -Panda volunteering USD100/day; - Visa fee; - Single supplement USD1000 - Gratitude to the guide and driver. If you are satisfied with their service, you may tip them at an amount you find suitable. - Personal expenses, like laundry, phone calls, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.
QA Q: Where do we sign up for the November 2024 tour? A: Kindly make a payment of a $1000 deposit to secure your reservations. Please ensure the balance is settled 1 month prior to the tour.
Q:I noticed the bases have a lot of steps. Are there any accommodations for people who can't do the walking or need mobility assistance? A:Yes, we will arrange hotels with rooms located on the 1st floor for easier access. Please keep us informed when signing up for the tour.
Q:During the Chengdu tour, when is the best time to visit pandas? A:October to March
Q:What type of volunteering would we do? A:We would clean for pandas, carry their bamboo, make wowotou, and watch the pandas being hand-fed by keepers within 1-2 meters.
Q:Is there a Discord or a group for people going where we can join to get to know others? A:Yes! We will create a WhatsApp group for people who sign up for the tour. We will have a zoom meeting to go through the preparation of the tour. Approx 1 month before the departure.
Q:Do these places take credit cards? Should we bring cash? A:No, most of the shops don't accept credit cards. You can use ATMs to withdraw cash; most ATMs are in the city. Additionally, there is currency exchange/ATMs at Chengdu airport, and we will use it on the arrival date.
Q:How about traveler's checks? A:No, they're not popular here.
Q:What's the tour guide to visitor ratio? A:1:6
Q:Are masks required? A:No, they're not. We will have them prepared during the trip. You can always use them in crowded places.
Q:Can you tell us about a custom tour? A:We tailor-make your trip to see pandas or China. We quote the details based on the number of travelers, length of travel date, and your preferences.
Q:Do hotels allow CPAP for sleep apnea? A:Yes, they allow using CPAP.
Q:Are you allowed to take photos of pandas together? A:No, it's not allowed. It's okay to take photos of pandas from the public tourist area. It's not allowed to sit next to the pandas and take photos together.
Q:Do the hotels have coffee machines in them? A:City hotels usually offer coffee machines, but those in the countryside don't. We will prepare drip bag coffee in those cases.
Q:How about a visa for someone from Europe? I only know that you have to arrange a visa for each visit to China. Arranging a Visa for 10 years would be wonderful if that's possible for Europe too. A:ONLY if you are a US citizen. Currently, only US citizens residing in the US can apply for it. Please consult with your travel agent again for more information.
Q:Are there age restrictions for the tour or for panda volunteers? A:No age restrictions to join the group. The age restriction for joining the panda volunteer program is 6-80. Please keep me informed if you have any questions.
Q:I’ve read that some areas are not accessible for foreigners in Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous prefecture where the Wolong panda base is also located. I assume that I can visit the Wolong panda base without getting problems. A:Yes, that's correct. This is our classic route for panda fans. It's fine to visit these areas.
Q:What if it is a rainy day? Can you still see the pandas, though? A:Yes, we can still see the pandas on a rainy day. However, some pandas could stay in indoor enclosures (like Tai Shan; he doesn't like rainy days). Some pandas will remain outdoors in the playground.
Q:Which base can we see baby pandas? A:We can see the newborns at the Chengdu Panda Base. We can see the 6-month-old panda at the Wolong Panda Base. We can see the 1-year-old panda at Dujiangyan Panda Base and Bifengxia Panda Base.
Q:Do you need a special adaptor to use the electric outlets in the hotel, like for blow dryers, charging phones, etc.? A:It depends on what types of devices you have. Please find more here.
Q:Can we meet the brown panda, Qi Zai? A: We offer 3-day extension to visit Qi Zai. Please contact us for more info.
Q:What's your cancellation policy? A:The guests enjoy 100% refund of any payments made to My Panda Tours prior to 2 weeks before departure. Click here for more information.