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5 Days Bifengxia Panda Volunteer & Mount Emei

Situated 150 kilometers from Chengdu, Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Base was opened in 2003 as the world’s largest giant panda eco-park. Following the May 2008 Sichuan earthquake which caused significant damage to Wolong, most of the Wolong pandas were moved to Bifengxia. Since then, it has become the world's biggest panda sanctuary.

Bifengxia Panda Base is arguably the best place to see pandas in the natural scenery they inhabit. Extending to about 60 square kilometres, Bifengxia has been long famous for its forest coverage, waterfalls, river and breathtaking landscapes. Now that it is China's latest giant panda protection base, Bifengxia has a new role to play in altering the destiny of the endangered species.

In our trip we will not only visit this breathtaking Bifengxia nature reserve but also Mount Emei (Emeishan, 峨眉山, 3099m), one of China's most famous as well as the highest of China's 4 sacred Buddhist mountains.  We'll also visit the 71m-high Le-shan Giant Buddha, probably the most famous Buddha stone statue in the world.

This tour offers one the amazing experience of participating as a volunteer in Bifengxia panda base. We will follow the crew at the Base to do their daily work. Under their guidance, we will clean the panda rooms, prepare their feed, wash bamboo for pandas, etc. It will be a close encounter of the intimate kind with this lovely creature.

Highlights

  • Work with giant pandas in a reserve surrounded by their natural environment
  • Visit Mount Emei and Leshan Giant Buddha
Included
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All accommodations: In Shangli during volunteer, guesthouse in a traditional Chinese architecture. Chengdu in 4 star hotel.
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Full transport arrangement & airport transfers in both mini-bus / van with driver
* Meals as indicated (breakfasts in hotels, lunch & dinner in local restaurants)
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English speaking guide service
* Sightseeing tours as indicated
* All travel/tour arrangements (Panda Volunteer work placement arrangement, 2-way Emei cable car tickets, etc.)
Excluded
* International airfares between Singapore & Chengdu & taxes/surcharges
* China Entry Visa: only required of Singaporeans for trips of 15 days or more. For all other nationals, entry visas are likely requirements.
* Meals not indicated
* Donation/contributions to cuddle and take pictures with the pandas
* Tipping & gratuities to guide & local staff
* Extra hotel expense such as laundry, IDD calls, drinks in the room, etc
* Extra expenses and/or additional days caused due to unexpected events (delays, porterage because of landslides and other natural events.)
* All optional activities
* All expenses of a personal nature
* Personal travel insurance & pre-trip medical immunizations

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Best Season: Mar-May; Sep-Oct

Duration: 5 days
Dates : Upon request
   
Maximum Altitude: 3099m Mount Emei
 
Group Size : Land Price
2 - 3 persons S$1255
4 - 5 persons S$1000
6 - 9 persons S$900
10-12 persons S$865
Child (8-12 years) S$50 less
  • Minimum 2 persons
  • Child minimum age 8 years old
  • Return international airfare to Chengdu can be arranged on behalf
  • Chartis Travel Guard is offered at a discount
Optional Extension Activities:
2D Emei & Leshan fr $450
2D Siguiniang Mountains see 7D program


Day 1 Arrive Chengdu.  Overnight in Hotel.
Day 2
Drive 3 hours to Bifengxia Nature Reserve. Registration & administration at Panda Base. Take a 3-hour easy hike in the beautiful Bifengxia valley where you can see waterfalls and other natural sights.  Then we'll visit the Shangli ancient town before checking into our hotel for the night. (B/L/D)
Day 3 Guided by the keepers, we will do our voluntary work at Bifengxia Panda Base in the morning.  In the late afternooh, drive to Emeishan.  Overnight Emeishan. (B/L/D)
Day 4 Full day tour of Emeishan.  We'll take a bus ride and then a short hike to the cable car station for our ride up to high up on the mountain.  At the top station, it's a short walk to the Golden Summit of Emei where there's a towering Golden Buddha statue with 8 faces. After lunch descend the mountain and transfer to Leshan to visit the impressive 71m Giant Buddha on a river cruise.  Transfer back to Chengdu for the night. (B/L)
Day 5 In the early morning, visit Wuhou Marquis Temple and explore Jinli ancient street where we can taste some local delights.  Transfer to airport for flight home with lovely memories of your trip. (B)
 

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What will you do as a volunteer?
Volunteers will assist at the Base and work 3-4 hours a day depending on the time of year.

Volunteer service might include but is not limited to:

  • cleaning panda areas and enclosures
  • preparing food for the pandas such as carrots, apples, panda bread and their nutritional biscuits,
  • participating in feeding
  • carrying lots of bamboo
  • and assisting vets at the panda hospital located at the Base.

Individuals may also work to collect data, assist with research studies and panda behavior observation. During their stay, in addition to these activities, volunteers have the chance to play with and hold panda cubs and hike the beautiful mountains surrounding the Bifengxia Nature Reserve.

Safety:
For safety reasons each volunteer will also be shadowed by a local staff member at all times.  Volunteer must be covered by a comprehensive travel insurance plan for the entire duration of this trip.

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