Our guide will pick up 9am from Mrs Panda Hostel (75 2nd Ring Road North, Chengdu Tel: +86 028 8662 8336) and transfer to Dejingyan Panda Research Center. Take your time to unpack your things as you will be staying here for a few more days. The guide will wait at hotel hall when you ready and show you facilities around and give you a brief introduction about the surroundings. You will not do too much work on your first day here. Feel free to wander around and get to know the area.
Each day after breakfast, you will make your way to the Panda enclosures. First thing is a general cleaning of the enclosures, next is feeding the Pandas. This usually happens from 8:40 am until 11 am. Pandas do not like to move too much, especially during summer, so they are given a rest from 11 am until 2 pm. During this time, you can have your lunch provided by the centre, look at the videos about Pandas and take a rest, or further explore your surroundings.
Afternoons are spent helping the Rangers with whatever they need doing like cleaning, feeding Pandas and making Panda’s food. Normally the volunteering section finishes around 3:00-3:30 pm, after that you will have free time exploring the surrounding beautiful scenic sights. Don`t worry, none of the work is too labour intensive! Note the dinners are not included.
No volunteering on your final day but you can choose to go back in and say one last `Hey` to the Pandas. The surrounding countryside also has many walking tracks that, if you haven’t already, you may like to explore. Before leaving you will be rewarded with a certificate in recognition of your efforts at the Panda Reserve. After lunch you will be taken to meet the rest of your group to continue your travels in China at Ms. Panda’s hostel in Chengdu, you can join your group to visit Jinli & People’s park by public transportation. In the evening, you will take the bullet train from Chengdu to Xi’an and meet your next Adventure Leader in Xi’an.
Today, after a beautiful free morning, you can join the group for an optional bike tour around the ancient city walls of the former dynastic capital (100RMB). A great way to get your bearings. In the late afternoon you can explore Xi’an’s fascinating Muslim Quarter, where you’ll see unique Chinese mosques and sample the delights of Hui Muslim street food carts. The lamb skewers are a must!
Afterwards you´ve got the opportunity to visit the Silk Road market nearby. Next morning we visit the jewel in Xi’an’s crown: the Terracotta Warriors (free entry), a full-sized stone army designed to protect Emperor Qin in the afterlife. Then it’s time for a change of gear with a Chinese-style night of fun: to visit the famous Big Goose Pagoda and see the music & light show there.
In the morning, take a private minivan and afterwards a bus to Deng-Feng, the closest village to the Shaolin Temple. After your arrival, you’ll have the chance to put your strength and flexibility to the test in a Kung Fu lesson and then watch a show at a local children´s home run by the Shaolin temple (150RMB - all proceeds go directly to the orphanage). In the evening your second mandarin lesson starts - good luck/Yiqiè shùnlì!
Rise early if you wish to visit the flagship of Kung Fu - the Shaolin Temple (120RMB)! In the beautiful temple courtyards you’ll see masterful displays and physically impossible feats from these Kung Fu masters. Had enough of temples or kung-fu? Visit the Longmen Grottoes, a UNESCO world heritage site with over 100,000 carved Buddha’s (transportation + 90RMB entry fee). Afterwards the group hikes together to Dharma Cave, a spiritual spot for Buddhist pilgrims. You will be rewarded with beautiful views of both the shrines and the surrounding landscapes. In the evening you depart to Zhengzhou to board your night train to Beijing.
In the morning, we head off to our next unmissable attraction, The Great Wall of China! We go to a deserted section of the Wall, where we will have the place to ourselves! Hike along thist wonder of the world as the sun sets, before pitching up your tent for a night camping.
Wake up the next morning for what will be one of the most memorable sunrises of your life. Afterwards return to Beijing where you can visit the Temple of Heaven (40RMB) fake good market nearby or enjoy in the afternoon the incredible Beijing Acrobatics Show (140RMB). For dinner you’ve got the opportunity to taste one of Beijing´s signature dishes: famous Peking Roast Duck (around 70RMB).
After a morning spent relaxing in the hostel in Beijing and our third Mandarin lesson, it’s off to see the Tiananmen Square (free), the Forbidden City (60RMB) and a night market where you can try dog, snake, cat, scorpion and a host of other “mouth-watering delicacies”. In the late afternoon of the day, you could wander around Beijin’s ancient streets and alleyways and visit Nanluo district, Beijing’s one of the best-preserved historical area, before saying goodbye to your group and Adventure Leader.
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Trip Name: Volunteer China Pandas
Duration: 12 Days
From Price: ₤1,373
Supplier Tour ID: PEKPAN/250664
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