tour is also offered as a private tour from March to November
Day 1 - Depart USA for your flight to Beijing.
Day 2 - Evening arrival in Beijing. You will be met by our Chinese tour host to be transferred to the hotel.
Day 3 - After a leisurely breakfast embark on a city tour of Beijing. In the evening enjoy dinner in a famous local restaurant. B D
Day 4 - Today you will fly to Chengdu in southwestern China. Drive directly to Bifenxia after arrival. B D
Day 5 - After breakfast you will attend a lecture with one of the directors of the center and receive your keepers uniform, your passport to go in and out of the research facility as many times as you please. After the lecture you will start your volunteer work. You will be assigned a "Master" one of the keepers of the center who will assist you and show you what needs to be done. The facility is open to tourists almost all who are Chinese from neighboring provinces, but who are restricted to certain path that lead along the Panda enclosures. However, you will be one of the staff and you are allowed into all restricted areas, getting in close contact with the bears. Some of your chores will be to help sweep the immaculate panda bins, take bamboo to the hillsides behind the bins, and best of all, feed the bears by hand. They are gentle creatures and will take a slice of apple from you without ever touching your hand. After your working sessions and in-between you are free to roam about the facility and take pictures. B L D
Day 6 - Full day of volunteer work at the center, you will work from eight until about eleven and from 2:30 until about four. At all other times you are free to take pictures and observe the pandas. B L D
Day 7 - Volunteer work is is on the itinerary in for the morning. In the afternoon you will have the special privilege to enter the panda kindergarten and to be close to the young pandas and take pictures of them and of yourself and the pandas. Afterwards you have free time to take pictures or just enjoy watching the pandas. At the end of the day you will receive a certificate showing that you have volunteered at the Giant Panda Research Center. B L D
Day 8 - After breakfast you have the morning to take pictures and say goodbye to your panda. After lunch bid Bifengxia goodbye and return to Chengdu. After arrival you may want to relax in your attractive hotel room or take a walk along the river just a short distance from away from the hotel. The evening is on your own to relax, have room service which is surprisingly reasonable, or to go out on your own to try a traditional spicy Hot Pot dinner. B
Day 9 - This morning transfer to the airport to fly to Shanghai, China's largest city with a population of 17 million people. After arrival in Shanghai you will be met by your local guide. After depositing your luggage at the bus take the world's fastest train (up to 430 km an hour) to the city after which you have lunch. The afternoon is on your own. In the evening a buffet dinner at the hotel is at your leisure. B L D
TOUR COST: $2990 per person sharing a double room
EACH TOUR IS LIMITED TO 15 PARTICIPANTS -
in the tour are:
8 night first class hotel
accommodations, daily breakfast, lunches and dinners as per itinerary, transportation in deluxe air
conditioned 28-passenger buses, domestic air fare, all sightseeing and entry fees as
mentioned in the itinerary, private airport transfers, domestic airline
tickets including airport fees, English speaking local guides with special
knowledge of the areas visited, tips to guides and bus drivers, and the
services of our Chines hosts and of Posh
AIR FARE: Both Air China and United have non-stop flight San Francisco/Beijing and non-stop return flights from Shanghai. You can check with us for best available fares or you may do your own air arrangements.
DEPOSIT TO HOLD A SPOT IS $400 per person - please
contact us for a reservation form. Note that a visa is required for entry
and Xian + Panda Tour - 2012 Dates
Day 1 - Arrive in Beijing where your local guide will meet you and transfer you to the hotel.
Day 2 - Relax over breakfast, then set out to see Beijing. Visit the Forbidden City, the former Royal Palace, Tiananmen Square and the imposing Temple of Heaven. In the evening have dinner in a romantic little palace located on the shores of Beihai Lake not far from the Forbidden City. BLD
Day 3 - Depart Beijing after breakfast to drive to a remote section of the Great Wall which you will have mostly to yourself. After a walk along the wall enjoy lunch before you continue to the former summer retreat of the Ching Dynasty Emperors in Chengde. Chengde is not often visited by American tourists, an interesting place with its Royal Summer Garden set in a Forest of Ponte Rosa trees and the Putuo Temple, one of eight temples that surround the huge expanse of the Royal Summer Garden which is a stunning replica of the Portola Palace in Tibet. BLD
Day 4 - Return to Beijing where you can relax over dinner at the hotel tonight. B L D
Day 5 - Fly to Xian. After arrival you will be met by your guide to be transferred to Xian. En route visit the Tiny Terra Cotta Warriors which have been found in recent years in one of the many tombs that cover the Xian plain. They are exceptional and seldom visited by other tours. After a late special lunch the evening is free to pursue your own interest. You may want to attend a performance of the Tang Dynasty show, an exceptional show that rivals any Las Vegas production show. BL
Day 6 - The day will be spend visiting the Terra Cotta Warrior Museum which always exceeds expectations and is an astounding sight, considering that the statues have been buried beneath the museum for more than 2000 years. In the evening enjoy a Xian Dumpling dinner, a specialty of this region of China. BLD
Day 7 - Fly to Chengdu to meet the rest of the panda volunteers, see the itinerary above.
Land Cost per
person: $1790 sharing a double room
INCLUDED in the
price are domestic airline tickets and departure taxes from Beijing to
Xian (the Xian/Chengdu portion is part of the panda tour), 6--nights first class
hotel accommodation (one night in Beijing is part of the panda tour), breakfast lunch and dinner daily, private guides and
drivers, private airport transfers, sightseeing as described, all entry fees for included
attractions, tips to tour guides and drivers.
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