This panda tour is personally-designed for those who would like to know more about pandas.In this expedition,we discover Wanglang Panda Reserve, supported by WWF and it is where around 200 wild giant pandas inhabit. Explore the eco-village of Baima People and Bifengxia Panda Reserve where Wolong’s most of giant pandas are relocated due to the quake, as well as their remarkable beauty.After a visit to Bifengxia Panda Base, we’ll do volunteering in Dujiangyan Panda Base by working as a panda keeper assistant.In each place, we’ll meet panda experts and the director of panda research center. We make sure you’ll learn more behind-the-scene. For the whole trip, we’ll use comfortable or the best availalbe accommodations and local restaurants we choose carefully to make sure all participants have a special experience.
June 9–18, 2017
Day1 Arrive Chengdu, the bustling Queen city and the birth place of famous Sichuan food. Chengdu is also known as the City of Hibiscus because of its several parks and the wonderful flowers which grow even in the downtown area. You will be met by West China Adventures staff .Transfer to the hotel.This evening, celebrate your arrival with a famous Sichuan food dinner.
Day2 This morning, we explore Chengdu Panda Eco-park and learn about pandas’ breeding program accompanied by an excellent park guide. In the afternoon, see Jinsha,an excellent archaeology musuem built on its original site.
Overnight in Chengdu
Day3 Drive to Wanglang Nature Reserve(focusing on protection of wild pandas),via Pingwu and Baima Valley. From Tangjiahe, we’ll continue up the Fujiang River, passing the historic Chinese town of Pingwu. Gaining elevation throughout the day, we’ll stop in the ethnic minority village of Baima for a barbecue lunch.Here the local people consider themselves similar to, but culturally distinct from, the more prevalent Tibetan groups who live nearby.
Up the hill is our destination, a mountain lodge in Wanglang Nature Reserve. Wanglang, with it’s subalpine forest of conifer and birch, is very scenic and ecologically distinct from Tangjiahe.Trees characteristic of these upper elevations include spruce, fir, juniper, and larch with an under story of rhododendron and arrow bamboo. At this elevation(10,000-11,000 feet), it will still be early spring. The rhododendron will be flowering, and if we are fortunate,we will encounter such early season wildflowers as Primula, Anemone, Gentiana and the beautiful buttercup Oxygraphis glacialis. Afternoon and evening, explore Muyangchang(Sheep-herding Ground) area where possibly Chinese grouses and Chinese impeyans can be seen.
Overnight in Wanglang ‘Eco-Lodge
Day4 Morning is the best time for watching birds like sunbirds, thrushes, warblers, flycatchers. Then We have excursions planned to Wanglang’s high meadow areas, Dawuodang or Zhugengcha. We’ll have opportunities to see Tibetan antelopes, takins, blue sheep or boars.
Overnight in Wanglang ‘Eco-Lodge
Day5 Depart for the newest Giant Panda Base located in Bifengxia. This is the only Reserve in the world to release Giant Pandas back into the wild. The Bifengxia Panda Base was originally established as a safeguard for the captive Panda population, as there was great concern regarding an outbreak of disease or infection. If an epidemic was to occur among the Pandas at the Wolong Center, it could destroy the entire population. Splitting the pandas into two separate populations will hopefully prevent this from ever occurring. Just before arriving Bifengxia we’ll stop off to see Shangli, an old town which was covered by the Red Army in the Long March. Still now we can see original slogans written by the Red Army. Check into the hotel late afternoon.
Overnight in Bifengxia
Day6 After breakfast we are met by the Director of the Panda Base and we are escorted on go a guided tour of the Bifengxia Panda Base. We have the heartwarming experience of meeting the Giant Pandas who are getting ready to be released back into the wild. Explore the large, naturalistic Reserve, as we go in search of Giant Pandas who are sleeping peacefully high up in the tree tops.
Afternoon, travel to Dujiangyan. We’ll visit Dujiangyan Irrigation System, UNESCO’s world cultural heritage and built 2,300 years ago, which is still in use.
Overnight in Dujiangyan B.L.
Days7-8 This morning, we’ll be met by a panda expert. Then Do volunteering to take care of giant pandas by working as a panda keeper assistant , with a life-time experience.
Overnight in Dujiangyan
Day9 Head for Huanglongxi,an old town known as Chengdu’s Hollywood.Many movies have used it as their backround. See old residences constructed in the Ming and Qing Dynasties along the slab-paved streets. On the walking tour , observe the daily life of local people. Cruise Luxi River with nice rural views.
Afternoon, return to Chengdu.
Overnight in Chengdu(BLD)
Day 10 Departue.Tour ends.