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18-day Panda Volunteer Tour

 

City: Beijing/Chengde(optional)-Xi'an-Chengdu-Yaan/Bifengxia-Chongqing-Yangtze Cruise-Shanghai/Zhujiajiao

 

Special items included in the tour:
1. Panda volunteer administration fee, uniform rental and multiple admission fee;
2. Lecture on Panda Research by the scientist from the Center (available for group of 30);
3. Certificate of volunteer participation.

Optional: Playing with Panda; taking picture with Panda.

 

Day 01: Depart Canada 

Start your tour by boarding an overnight flight to Beijing. Cross the International Date Line.

 

Day 02: Arrival Beijing (D)
Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel. The balance of the day is at your leisure to explore this city once known as Peking to Westerns. (4-star hotel)

 

Day 03: Beijing (BLD)
Beijing once served as the capital for 5 dynasties over 800 years in ancient China. Your first stop is the Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world. From there you enter the Forbidden City through the Tian'anmen Gate to explore the 250-acre complex of palaces, pavilions, courtyards and gardens, containing 9,999 rooms. Your next stop is Summer Palace, the largest ancient preserved imperial garden in China and a summer retreat for the
emperors and the chosen few. A deliciousPeking Duck dinner is arranged to top off your first-day tour.

 

Day 04: Beijing (BLD)
We drive 70 Km north of Beijing to the Great Wall to see the wonder of it. Then visit theMing Tombs and the Sacred Path - 13 of the 16 Ming emperors have their lavish tombs here. Kung Fu Show at night.

 

Day 05: Beijing-Xian by plane (BLD)
Tour the Temple of Heaven and Beijing’s old alleys - Hutong by riding a rickshaw before the
afternoon flight to Xi'an - the first Chinese ancient city to open its door to the world during the Tang Dynasty as the first stop on the Silk Road. Enjoy the Dumpling Banquet dinner and you are entertained with the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show at night. (4-star hotel)

 

Day 06: Xi'an (BLD)
Visit the life-sized Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses - the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century, then theAncient City Wall.

 

Day 07: Xi'an-Chengdu by plane (BLD)

Morning fly to Chengdu, proceed to have one-day excursion to Mt. Leshan to visit the Giant Buddha standing over 200 feet tall and 75 feet wide, that was completed in 90 years from 713 to 803 during the Tang Dynasty, and is now a World Heritage Site. The amazing statue is carved into a mountain side where the Minjiang, Qingyi and Dadu rivers meet facing Emai Mountain on the other side of the river on which we have a boat tour. Late afternoon drive back to Chengdu. (4-star hotel)

 

Day 08: Chengdu-Yaan/Bifengxia by coach: Panda volunteer program (BLD)
This morning we drive to Bifengxia where the Giant Panda Bear Research Center is located. You are arranged to have volunteer service for Panda. (2 or 3-star hotel)


Volunteer Activities:
You will work together with the staffs in the Research Center in their uniform along with their working hours. You can watch the Center staff preparing food for Panda and feeding Panda; you will do some cleaning work for the Panda rooms and surroundings, and will do other daily jobs. (Depending on the different season you visit the Center, you will get a chance to observe Panda in estrus, copulation, body checkup, training, affective feeding, type-B ultrasonic, artificial insemination, childbirth and even participate in same of the scientific research activities.)

 

Day 09: Yaan/Bifengxia: Panda volunteer program (BLD)
Similar activities with the previous day. Optional: you can hold a panda for a picture, and play with the little ones.

 

Day 10: Yaan/Bifengxia: Panda volunteer program (BLD)
Similar activities with the previous day. You will receive your certificate of volunteer participation by the end of the day.More days for volunteer program are available.

 

Day 11: Yaan/Bifengxia–Chengdu by coach (BLD)
Drive back to Chengdu. En route visit the Dujiangyan Dam - a 2000-year old irrigation system. Have city tour. 

 


Day 12: Chengdu-Chongqing by coach or train - Yangtze Cruise (BLD)

Drive to Chongqing and proceed to visit Ciqikou Old Town and People’s Square. Check in for our 3-day downstream Yangtze cruise in the evening. (5-star cruise ship)

 

Day 13: Yangtze Cruise (BLD)
At 6,380km the Yangtze is the longest river in China and the third longest in the world after the Nile and the Amazon. The most impressive section of the Yangtze is the Three Gorges. Today's shore excursion features Shibaozhai(Stone Treasure Fortress), an ancient wooden pagoda built against rock cliffs facing the Yangtze.

 

Day 14: Yangtze Cruise (BLD)
Admire nature's grandeur while sailing through spectacular Qutang Gorge(8km) and Wu Gorge (44km) today. Later this morning we navigate Shennong Stream on a small vessel. Originating in the southern slopes of Shennongjia Nature Reserve, the crystal clear river twists and turns 60 kilometers through forested mountains before emptying into the mighty Yangtze.

 


Day 15: Yichang-Shanghai by plane (BLD

The ship enters the eastern section of Xiling Gorge (66km) in the morning. After lunch, we tour the site of the Three Gorges Dam. Construction of the dam began in 1992 and is scheduled to be completed by 2009. Estimated to cost over $24 billion, the project upon completion will become the largest hydroelectric dam in the world with a reservoir stretching hundreds of kilometers upstream. 
We disembark in Yichang around noon. Fly to Shanghai.Acrobatic Show in the evening.  (4-star hotel)

 

Day 16: Shanghai-Zhujiajiao-Shanghai by coach (BLD)
Shanghai, the largest city of China and the eighth largest in the world, is widely regarded as the citadel of China's modern economy and the city also serves as one of the most important cultural, commercial, financial, industrial and communications centers of China. 
Today's sightseeing includes an excursion to Zhujiajiao – a water town near Shanghai. Afterward, we visit the Yuyuan Garden, the nearby Town-God Temple bazaar, and The Bund.

 

Day 17: Shanghai (B)
A free day today. Exploring China's most dynamic city on your own is easy and fun. Our recommended to-do list includes a visit to glitzy Pudong New District and the popular evening cruise on Huangpu River to enjoy the city's spectacular neon-lit skyline.

 

Day 18: Shanghai-Canada (B)
Free morning for packing up. You are arranged to take a ride aboard the world's only commercially run Maglev train to the airport to board your return flight, and arrive home the same day.

 

Optional tour around Beijing:

 

Day 03: Beijing-Chengde by coach (BLD)
Leave from Beijing to Chengde Via Jinshanling Great Wall Or Shimatai and lunch, Visit Small Potala Palace Temple after arrival Chengde. (4-star hotel)

 

Day 04: Chengde (BLD)
Morning visit the Bishushanzhuang –The Imperial Summer Resort. Afternoon visit Small Kashilumbu Palace & Puning Temple.

 

Day 05: Chengde-Beijing by coach (BLD)
Drive back to Beijing and proceed to the airport to connect the flight to Xi'an.

 

Please call 416-640-0235 or e-mail   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for wholesale quote;
Price is quoted in CAD per person, on basis of double occupancy.

 

Price includes

 

  • All student activities/programs as per itinerary;
  • China internal air flights, airport taxes and fuel surcharge;
  • Hotel accommodation and cruise ship (if applicable) including breakfast;
  • Meals daily as specified. A glass of soft drink per meal (lunch & dinner);
  • Daily guided sightseeing and group admission fees;
  • Air-conditioned tour coach and professional English-speaking tour guide;
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers and luggage handling in each city;
  • Special dinners and cultural shows as specified;
  • A bottle of water per day;

 

Price excludes

  • International round-trip airfare, airport taxes and fuel surcharge (apply to Land Cost Package);
  • Travel insurance;
  • Tips for tour guides, drivers, porters, staff on cruise and tour leader;
  • China Visa fee;
  • Personal natures such as laundry, alcoholic beverages and telephone call;
  • Excess baggage.

 

Remarks:

  • Full package may change along with the adjustment of international airfare, airport tax and fuel surcharge;
  • For traveling with Air Canada, once seat availability is confirmed, clients must have their tickets issued before the deadline set by the airline.