China – Panda Conservation Adventure

Feed Panda Bears at a Panda Rescue Center and learn about the conservation efforts taking place to protect this vulnerable animal. When you’re not working with panda’s, experience the unforgettable Great Wall of China, the Buddha at Leshan statue, and more.

 


The Place and The People

The Panda Bear shares its home with China and has become a symbol of the country as well as conservation efforts around the world. As a result of farming, deforestation, and other development, Giant Pandas are still considered a vulnerable species. According to some researchers, there are approximately 2000 left in the wild. The Dejingyan Panda Research Center, where you will be assisting conservationists, sees travelers and wildlife enthusiasts travel from around the globe to meet this elusive animal.

With a population of 1.3 billion, China is the second largest economy and been the largest contributor to world growth since 2008. However, China still remains a developing country. You will meet locals from the thriving city of Beijing as well as enjoy a meal with a family in more rural neighborhoods. Experience China from two different points of view while visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites – The Great Wall of China and Summer Palace – in between.


What You'll Do

Work directly with Rangers at The Panda Rescue Center and participate in feeding pandas – truly experiencing these precious animals up-close. Learn about the conservation efforts in place to protect the panda and its habitat, and earn a certificate for your efforts in supporting panda conservation in their native land.

For the kids and adults who need to let out some excitement, participate in a Tai Chi lesson in the park, a ritual in the bustling city of Beijing. Get a taste of real Chinese culture and dine with a local family after zipping through the city in a traditional open air rickshaw. Take a step back in time and learn about China’s imperial history as you visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.


What You'll See

Experience the unforgettable Great Wall of China, a wonder of the modern world, as well as two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Buddha at Leshan, the largest stone Buddha in the world, and The Summer Palace, a collection of palaces now said to be one of the most widely-visited sites in Beijing. After marveling at Beijing’s most impressive sites, barter your way through the famous Panjiayuan Fea Market.

While in Chengdu, meander through Tibetan quarter and experience Tibetan shops and cafés. Experience a traditional teahouse, enjoy a Sichuan Opera, and witness a famous Chinese face-changing act.

 

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Itinerary Overview

Start your days preparing bamboo shoots and food for the pandas at the Dejingyan Panda Research Center. On certain days, start your morning at local cafés trying yak dumplings and other local cuisine before heading out to see some of Beijing’s most fantastic sites. Explore The Great Wall of China as it rolls through the hillside before meandering back through the streets of the bustling city of Beijing.

In Chengdu, split your time between panda conservation experiences and a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Buddha at Leshan. In the evening, relax in your 4-star hotel overlooking the quaint and quiet town. Spend most nights on your own to relax and reflect on the unique Panda encounters and unforgettable ancient Chinese palaces and culture you’ve uncovered.

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Where You'll Stay

Stay in a 4-star hotel in the center of Chengdu before moving on to another 4-star hotel in the center of all the action of Beijing. Both hotels offer everything you need to stay comfortable – air conditioning, wifi, TV, lobby and hot water. For those who want to opt-out of any planned activities during the day, both hotels offer a great atmosphere for relaxing and popping to a quick café or bar. Your hotel in Beijing offers breakfast in the morning and fine dining for dinner for those who do not want to venture out to the city after a long day.

Susan G.

San Diego, CA

Traveler's Journal

“This trip was incredible if you have kids who love wildlife. My daughter’s favorite animal was always the panda, and being able to watch her feed them and learn about their history was truly special. She can’t stop talking about this trip to her friends, and my heart is full knowing she was able to have such an unforgettable and unique experience at such a young age. I can’t believe how much interaction we were able to have. Cannot say enough good things!”

Dates and Fees

We offer several Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

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China: Panda Conservation Adventure

Program Cost:

$2,995 (Adult) / $2,495 (Child)*

 

March 25 – April 1, 2018

June 17-24, 2018

July 8-15, 2018

July 29-August 5, 2018

Sept 2-9, 2018

Nov 18-25, 2018

Dec 23-30, 2018

Feb 3-10, 2019

Mar 24-31, 2019

May 26-June 2, 2019

 

  • * Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger sharing a room with an adult
  • Price does not include $100 domestic flight supplement
  • Single Room Supplement = $799
  • Although unlikely, prices, dates, and accommodations subject to change with a 60 day notice from Discover Corps
  • All dates are Family Friendly

What's Included

Our trips are inclusive of all activities, lodging, and transport to make your experience hassle-free.  Here’s a sample of what’s included:

  • 4 nights lodging a 4-star hotel in Chengdu
  • 4 nights lodging a 4-star hotel in Beijing
  • English-speaking local guides that are there to support, inform and guide you throughout the trip
  • Reliable in-country transportation with experienced drivers.
  • All transportation within China including public transportation
  • Admissions and entrance fees to national parks, historic sites and other scheduled events throughout the trip
  • All land and water transportation during the trip
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Trip literature
  • Turnkey customer support

What’s Not Included

  • All meals and alcoholic beverages
  • International airfare
  • $100 supplement fee for domestic flight from Chengdu to Beijing

Alumni & Family Discounts

Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts and special deals.

Customized Private Trips

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* Group occupancy price

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  • Visit the Drum and Bell Tower and the Muslim Quarter Market
  • Experience the breathtaking Teracotta warriors
  • Participate in a calligraphy workshop and bike around the top of Xi’an’s ancient city walls
  • Fly from Xi’an to Shanghai and tour the people’s square
  • Relax on an evening cruise on the Huangpu River

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