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One day as Volunteer: Big Panda in Sechuan

1. One day as Volunteer: Big Panda in Sechuan

If you love pandas, what better way to get up close with them and contribute to their welfare than this 1-day volunteer program at Bifengxia Panda Base in Sichuan? An experience you'll never forget, not only will you work alongside members of the Panda Base staff, you'll be visiting them in their home, learning about conservation and helping to conduct behavioral scientific research on giant and red pandas. You'll arrive at the Research Base entrance around 08:30, where you'll be met by conservation education staff who will act as your translator and guide, before they escort you to the panda enclosure to meet the keeper—your teacher for the day. You'll work alongside the keeper who will assign you tasks including cleaning the pandas' enclosures, food preparation or, one of the highlights – feeding the pandas with apples tied to bamboo rods. You may also have the chance to help bathe the pandas and you'll get to observe their behavior at various times throughout the day. After lunch, the staff will meet you and escort you back to the enclosure—the Panda Base is very big and it's easy to get lost in the maze of trails. If you'd like to take pictures with the pandas, your guide will take you there (this is not included in the tour price).

China (with VPN), Hong Kong and Macau: eSIM Data Plan

2. China (with VPN), Hong Kong and Macau: eSIM Data Plan

Enjoy a high-speed data pack to stay connected with your friends and family on WhatsApp and seamlessly check up on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter throughout your trip to China. Access all these Apps and websites without being restricted by the Chinese firewall or using a VPN, providing you with connectivity if you are going to China, Hong Kong, or Macau. This data plan comes with an eSIM and you don’t have to switch SIM Cards between your devices anymore. Simply scan the eSIM profile then follow the simple steps of installation and you can get connected to the Internet once you arrive. The eSIM data service is only supported on eSIM enabled devices. Please check if your devices have eSIM functions before you place the orders. All iPhone model launched beyond iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after install this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. APN (Access Point Name): ctm-mobile Local operator info: China - China Unicom Hong Kong: csl Macau: CTM

Full-Day Tour of Leshan's Giant Buddha from Chengdu

4. Full-Day Tour of Leshan's Giant Buddha from Chengdu

Experience the Giant Buddha of Leshan, one of Chinese Buddhism's holiest sites, on this amazing full-day tour from Chengdu. Dating from the 8th century, the Giant Buddha of Leshan is the largest carved stone Buddha and the tallest pre-modern statue in the world. It was cut from the cliffs of Lingyun Shan in the hopes of calming the turbulent waters of the three rivers that flow together under its gaze. Stairs are carved into the cliff that connect the area at the Buddha's feet with the land above, allowing you to view this astonishing sight from a range of vantage points. Views are stunning over elbows and knees, taking in the river scene and Leshan's skyline. Upon arrival in Leshan, we have lunch at a restaurant within sight the Giant Buddha. We'll boat along the waters below to admire the view before climbing above. We'll then explore the Giant Buddha and enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding landscape from atop the Buddha's head. Wen then pay a visit to Lingyun Temple and Museum and get a deeper insight into the history of this amazing Buddhist site and learn the story of the carving of the Giant Buddha.

Chengdu to Bifengxia Panda Center Private Transfer by Car

5. Chengdu to Bifengxia Panda Center Private Transfer by Car

Overview The Bifengxia base was established as a safeguard for the captive Giant Panda population at the Wolong Center. This private transfer takes you from Chengdu Airport to Chengdu Hostel and Bifengxia Panda Center. Service for 2 days from Chengdu Hostel. Construction began in October of 2002 on the China Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda, Bifengxia Panda Center at Ya'an City, Sichuan Province. The Center opened in the Fall of 2003. This Giant Panda base is a branch of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda, (CCRCGP) Wolong Nature Center, under the Department of Forestry. Before construction, the Bifengxia base was a maiden forest with no power, no road and no housing. Dr. Tang Chunxiang, Assistant Director and Chief Veterinarian, described the base as a "blank paper, waiting for great events to occur." In Chinese, Bifengxia means Green Peak Canyon and is about 5 miles from Ya'an City in the Bifeng Gorge. The Bifengxia base was established as a safeguard for the captive Giant Panda population at the Wolong Center. The threat of an outbreak of disease or infection was of great concern. If an epidemic was to occur among the captive Giant Pandas at the Wolong Center, it could destroy the entire population. Splitting the captive Giant Pandas of Wolong into two separate populations was planned to prevent this from occurring. In addition, Wolong was becoming crowded and more space was needed for the Giant pandas. Itinerary: Day 01: Pick-up from Chengdu hotel with the private transfer to Bifengxia Panda Center Day 02: Return Bifengxia Panda Centre to Chengdu  

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based on 47 reviews

Excellent tour with a great guide!

The Buddha is a must see and Weaver gave the history of its making in detail as well as local lore and things to see and take note of. I highly recommend this guy as an excellent guide and personable advocate. Top notch!

Great one day experience as a Panda keeper! my personal guide was super helpful and friendly and we had a great day together as the facility :)

Best man was Sean our guide! Very good English and helpful! The tour was amazing! Being so close to the pandas was lovely

Great guide, beautiful Buddha!

We were very happy with our super friendly and communicative guide, Weaver. The Leshan Buddha was absolutely stunning.

Extraordinary experience!

Of the most memorable experiences !!! 100% worth it !!!