Panda Bear Tours
This is the only all-inclusive panda volunteer tour offered. We are the originators of panda volunteer tours, and after 15 years our tours have been perfected to where no other tour can duplicate us. Our Tours are Panda Tours. The pandas are the main attraction on our tours, not a sideline.
Our panda-intensive tour will take volunteers to the Dujiangyan Base, the only panda base at the moment that accepts volunteers. You will be warmly received by Mr. Wei, the former director of the old Wolong Panda Reserve which was destroyed in the earth quake in 2008. Mr. Wei and his staff, some who are old Wolong keepers, will make you feel welcome and treat you as a VIP volunteer.
Best of all, we only have up to 15 participants per tour, we have lowered the tour cost this year, and we have included a special day, which only we are able to include. If you want a great experience with the pandas look no further, you won’t find better.
EACH TOUR IS LIMITED TO 15 PARTICIPANTS
Oct. 11 – Oct. 21, 2017
Day 1 – Depart USA for your flight to Chengdu.
Day 2 – On Arrival in Chengdu you will be met by our guide and taken to the hotel. You have private transfers thus you can arrive at any time. If you can not book a convenient flight to Chengdu you can arrive in Beijing, we will assist you with transfers, hotel accommodation and a connecting flight to Chengdu the next day. D
Day 3 – After breakfast travel by coach to Dujiangyan where you are staying for the next five nights. On arrival in Dujiangyan check into your hotel and have lunch before taking the short ride to the Panda Base, where you will be met by Mr. Wei and have an introductory meeting, familiarizing you with the Panda Center and your work as a Volunteer. After the meeting and receiving your working uniform you are free to explore the base. Later on return hotel in Dujiangyan, a pleasant resort town. In the evening dinner is in a local restaurant near the hotel. B L D
Day 4 – Volunteer work with the pandas. Working hours are from 9:00 a.m until about 11:00 a.m and from 2:30 p.m until about 4:00 p.m. At all other times you are free to take pictures and observe the pandas. B L D each day.
Day 5 – Volunteer work with the pandas. B L D
Day 6 – Today embark on a very special day excursion to a new panda base, designed especially to train pandas that are released back into the wild. After a few month with the mom the panda youngster is moved into another enclosure where there is less human contact and feeding. When the panda has adjusted to being more on his own, he is moved into a third enclosure with even less human care and feeding. This continues until the panda has reached a stage where he is fending for himself. After this stage the panda is released into the wild. The program has showed some positive results. From the first stage to last stage the panda keepers dress in panda costumes to make the panda think that he is living among other pandas and not humans. B L D
Day 7 – Volunteer work in Dujiangyan. B L D
Day 8 – A day excursion taken you to the Bifengxia Base today. Bifengxia is a breeding base where you have the privilege to visit with the panda babies born this year. Because of the close relations our partner in Beijing has with the panda bases, you are the only visitors allowed into this area. No one else, volunteer or tourist is allowed to get into this area. On the return drive we stop in an ancient Chinese village that has little changed over the centuries, a beautiful place to spend an hour or two.
Day 9 – This morning bid Dujiangyan goodby and return to Chengdu stopping en route for a tour through the Moon Bear Sanctuary. Moon bears are black bears with a distinctive yellow crescent across their chests. Over the centuries many of these bears have been captured and locked up in small cages for the extraction of their bile which is priced in Chinese medicine. Although illegal now, it is not strictly enough enforced. Here are a few sentences from Jennifer who has visited the moon bears in March of 2017.
“I have been a zookeeper in the states for over 25 years and a wildlife rehaber for nearly 15. I can honestly say that the Chengdu Moon Bear Sanctuary and rehab center is an outstanding facility. At first it can bring tears to your eyes knowing the unnecessary horrors that these animals had to go through. But after touring the grounds and seeing these happy, enriched, beautiful animals it is obvious that the Moon Bear Sanctuary goes above and beyond the average center. The staff is knowledgeable and caring. It is very clear they do a phenomenal job turning around the lives of these wildlife ambassadors. Hopefully like saving the dolphins, elephants and pandas, thanks to the Chengdu Moon Bear Sanctuary, these bears will put on the map to bring attention to this horrible, barbaric practice that needs to be brought to an end.
Day 10 – Transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. B
Extensions for additional volunteer tours can be arranged, as can travel to any other destination in China. Contact us for details.
LAND TOUR COST: $3290.00 p.p. in a double room
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $460.00
AIR FARE: United and Air China offer non-stop flights from San Francisco to Chengdu
7- nights, 8-days first class hotel accommodations, daily breakfast, lunches, and dinners, transportation in deluxe air conditioned buses, all sightseeing and entry fees as mentioned in the itinerary, private airport transfers, sightseeing excursions as per itinerary, English speaking guide with special knowledge of the areas visited, tips to guides and driver, and the services of our Chinese Hosts and of Posh Journeys.
International air fare, passport and visa fees, alcoholic drinks with meals unless included in a featured meal, and any item not specifically mentioned in this itinerary.
Deposit to hold a spot is $400 per person – please contact us for a reservation form.
Note that a visa is required for entry into China. Your passport must be valid at least 6 months after entering China. We supply visa instructions and visa forms.