Ya'an Bifengxia Panda Keeper & Shangli Old Town 2-Day Experience
Bifengxia Valley of Ya'an City is located 170 km away from Chengdu, covering an area of 25 square kilometers. It is the first scenic area which incorporates an ecological zoo with natural scenery in China. Bifengxia Valley is distinguished into vegetation, gorges, waterfalls and snow. The charm of Bifengxia comes from its primitive, unspoiled landscape which is precipitous, marvelous, elegant, secluded and refined. The scenery here is pleasing to both eye and mind. After the big earthquake happened in May, 2008, most giant pandas formerly living in Wolong Panda Base have been moved into Bifengxia Panda Garden. Panda-lovers can do panda volunteer work that is to feed panda and clean pandas’ cages in this park-like garden. Shangli Old Town is located on the north of Ya'an City with a close distance to Bifengxia Valley. It is a very important post of the ancient Tea Horse Road. Surrounded by mountains, Shangli Old Town is noted for its evergreen trees, delicate hillocks, wooden resident houses, stone-paved streets, towers, ancient archways, caves and historical stone bridges.
*To see many lovely pandas from months old to over 10 years old
*Do volunteer keeper work for pandas, clean their enclosures and even feed the panda with own hands
*Have a leisure walk in Shangli Ancient Town, enjoy the traditional style of life
- Tour code: CPT-PT-02
- Price: from $298 p/p
- Tour type: private tour
- Departure date: flexible
- Travel route: Chengdu
- Trip length: 1 Day
Upon arrival in Bifengxia Nature Reserve, you will be transferred directly to the panda garden. Firstly get registered and sign up under the assistance of your tour guide. There will be a pre-job training taught by staff of Bifengxia panda garden.
After preparation work for the following day's volunteer work, transfer to restaurant for dinner.
Later, transfer to your hotel in Ya'an. Check-in to hotel first, and then free on own to explore Ya'an City.
Shangli Old Town Tour, Bifengxia Panda Garden registration and pre-job training
In the morning, your private tour guide and driver would be greeted at your Chengdu hotel. Transfer to Ya'an via Chengya Expressway. You will arrive at Shangli Old Town of Ya'an City 2.5 hours' driving, then visit Shangli Old Town, which is also named "Wujiakou", literally, the town of five families. Family Han, Family Yang, Family Chen, Family Zhang and Family Xu, those five big families used to live here in ancient times. Main streets in the town are in a layout of the Chinese character "well", flanked with ancient shops, residential houses and courtyards. Most architecture are made of wood with Ming and Qing Dynasties styles. There are eight stone bridges in Shangli Ancient Town, all with long history and are in distinguished styles. Among them, Erxian Bridge is the most famous one. The perfect combination of history, culture and tradition with natural beauty and Tea Horse Culture makes the old town full of interests.
Have lunch in local restaurant of Shangli Old Town, after that, transfer to Bifengxia Nature Reserve.
After lunch, clean panda enclosures and prepare bamboo food for pandas again. Learn to make panda cakes using bamboo flour. End your work at around 3:00p.m., and then get a volunteer certificate through your hard work for pandas.
Transfer back to Chengdu in about 2.5 hours. Return to hotel in the late afternoon.
Ya'an Bifengxia Panda Keeper Experience
In the morning around 8:00 a.m., your private tour guide and driver would be greeted at your hotel in Ya'an. Transfer to Bifengxia Nature Reserve again. You will arrive at Bifengxia Valley after 30 minutes' driving, and then go inside the panda garden directly for keeper's experience. After getting the uniform, gloves, and volunteer’s card, you'll be introduced to the professional panda keepers. You will follow one of them and then work under his/her guidance. Start your work from cleaning panda enclosures and breaking down fresh bamboo for pandas.After that, your tour guide will take you to visit the panda park. Returning to your work place, you might have the chance to feed a panda if it is hungry and in good mood. Feed the panda with panda cakes, apples or carrots on your own hands at close proximity.
At noon you will have lunch in the staff restaurant inside Bifengxia Nature Reserve.
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√ Entrance tickets to listed viewpoints in the itinerary & necessary shuttle bus/cable car/sightseeing bus tickets;
√ Escorted by experienced English-speaking tour guide;
√ Meals mentioned in the itinerary;
√ Private transfers with professional driver between hotel/attraction/airport/railway station/restaurant as listed in the itinerary;
√ Booking of flight/train/cruise tickets per your preferences;
√ Accommodation in each city, hotel level/feature is decided by your choice;
√ Traveler's accidental insurance.
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-- This itinerary can be flexibly adjusted according to your requests. You can change the order, or extend the tour with more cities or days, or even shorten it with deleting any cities or days. Our professional travel consultant will help you revise the itinerary until suiting your schedule.
-- China Panda Tour also provides French/German/Spanish/Russian/Cantonese/Mandarin-speaking tour guide service.
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