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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 dinner is in a famous local restaurant. B L D
Day 4 - Today you will fly to Chengdu in southwestern China. Upon arrival drive straight to Bifengxi. B D
Day 5 - After breakfast you will attend a lecture with one of the directors of the center and receive your keeper uniform which is 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. In-between and after your working hours you are free to roam the facility and take pictures. B L D
Day 7 - Morning volunteer work. In the afternoon you will have the special privilege to go into the panda kindergarten to be close several of the young pandas and take pictures of them 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. Then you will bid Bifengxia goodbye and return to Chengdu. After arrival you have free time to sightsee on your own, the attractive river walk in Chengdu is just a few blocks away or you may want to simply rest in your attractive room, perhaps order room service which is surprisingly reasonable or go out on your own to try Sichuan Hot Pot! B L
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. Afterwards pause for lunch before checking into the hotel. The afternoon is then on your own. In the evening a buffet dinner at the hotel is at your leisure. B D
Day 10 - Transfer to the airport for your return flight to USA.
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 Chinese hosts and of Posh
AIR FARE: You can arrange your own air fare or check with us for best available fares.
DEPOSIT TO HOLD A SPOT IS $400 per person - please contact us for a reservation form. Please note a visa is required to enter China.
and Xian + Panda Tour Dates - 2013 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 a picnic before you continue to the former summer retreat of the Ching Dynasty Emperors in Chengde. Chengde is not often visited by American tourists, but is most a most 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 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: $1790.00 per person 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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