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Group Size: Avg 10-15
Trip code: CHPV
Duration: 13 days
Fancy getting up close to some beautiful Chinese pandas? Join this fantastic group trip, which includes three days of volunteering at a panda research centre, as well as a week of backpacking around China! Begin your experience at the Dujiangyan Panda Research Centre, where you’ll help feed and care for pandas. Then journey through China on an epic group tour. Check out the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, learn the secrets of Kung Fu in Shaolin and even spend a night camping on the Great Wall in Beijing! It’s an unmissable Chinese adventure!
Day 1: Chengdu. Arrive into Chengdu International Airport and make your way to your hostel in the city. There are no activities planned for today, so you can either chill at out your accommodation or head out and explore Chengdu.
Day 2: Dujiangyan. Transfer to the Dujiangyan Panda Research Centre. Get to know the rest of your team and settle into the centre.
Day 3-5: Dujiangyan. Time to get stuck in with some panda action! On a typical day of volunteering you will help the rangers set up the enclosures for the day, feed the pandas, learn about the animals and how they are cared for, and help out with maintaining the Research Centre.
Day 6: Chengdu.Receive a certificate signed by the centre in return for your efforts. Return to your hostel in Chengdu and then board an overnight train up to Xi’an.
Day 7: Xi’an. Arrive into Xi’an and explore this incredible area. Cycle along the impressive city walls, discover the vibrant Muslim Quarter, pick up a bargain at the bustling markets and watch the gorgeous Bell-Drum towers light up after nightfall. A delicious local dinner rounds off the day.
Day 8: Xi’an. Visit the breath-taking Terracotta Warriors. Then, enjoy a uniquely rewarding experience by volunteering at a soup kitchen. Alternatively, you can spend the rest of the day wandering the city centre.
Day 9: Shaolin. Learn to punch and kick with a class led by a Kung Fu master. You’ll also see how it’s done at a Kung Fu show at a local children’s home. Brush up your language skills with an afternoon Mandarin lesson.
Day 10: Shaolin.Visit the Shaolin temple and discover the enchanting Dharma Cave. Drink in the beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and then journey over to the capital of China, Beijing.
Day 11: The Great Wall. Head to a local farm for a meal and then begin a hike along the Great Wall of China. Set up camp on a remote section and watch the sunset/sunrise.
Please note: In the colder months (usually between September and April) you will stay in a comfortable guesthouse near the wall. Don’t worry though – you’ll still walk to the wall to see the sunrise!
Day 12: Beijing. Watch an incredible sunrise over the Great Wall. Visit the Olympic Bird’s Nest Stadium and opt to watch a thrilling acrobatics show before enjoying a final meal with your group. Enjoy your last night in China!
Day 13: Tour ends. This incredible experience of panda volunteering and city exploring has come to an end! Say goodbye to your group and head to the airport. You can depart at any time.
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