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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 lending a hand beside pandas, venture through the countryside to the giant Buddha at Leshan, learn to cook Sichuan dishes & explore the ancient streets of Chengdu.

 


Our Purpose

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, and their future remains dependent on human protection. According to some researchers, there are approximately 2000 left in the wild.

At the Panda Research Center, you’ll lend a hand with some of the conservation superheroes who are turning pandas’ prospects around. To achieve our purpose, feed and care for the animals, shovel panda dung, clean enclosures, and prepare food. There will also be lots of time to engage with Chinese culture and explore the stunning Chengdu landscape.

Volunteer Time = 10 hours (2 half-days)

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What You'll Do

Over the course of two days, volunteer directly alongside the Rangers at the panda research base and participate in feeding pandas – truly experiencing these precious animals up-close (Note: children 11 years old & younger will have an alternative itinerary). 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.

Outside of our time at Dujiangyan, we will uncover the ancient culture and traditions of China. Spend an afternoon with a local family heading to the market to gather ingredients and learn to cook local dishes. Journey into the countryside to an age old tea plantation and take a boat across a lake to view one of China’s largest Buddha statues carved into a mountainside.

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What You'll See

Combine your time learning what it takes to care for pandas with an in-depth cultural experience. Marvel at a traditional Chinese face changing performance one evening and try a savory hotpot at one of Chengdu’s many traditional restaurants the next. Meander through the alleys of Jinli Ancient Street, one of Chengdu’s oldest roads filled with Qing Dynasty architecture and bustling markets. Each night, return home to the comforts of your hotel, hand-picked for traditional aesthetic and located in the midst of some of the area’s must-see sights.

For those that want to continue the journey, extend the trip with a visit to China’s capital city, Beijing. Experience the unforgettable Great Wall of China, a wonder of the modern world, as well as 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.

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Optional Post-Trip Extension

Great Wall of China (4 Days/ 3 Nights)

While our core itinerary focuses on panda conservation, most opt for our post-trip extension to the incredible Great Wall of China. We’ll explore the wall’s Mutianyu section of The Great Wall, where you’ll even have the chance to take an optional Toboggan ride. Next, take a cable car down from the wall before heading to Beijing’s old streets and hopping in a Hutong rickshaw. Dinner brings something truly special as we introduce

 

you to a local family who will invite you into their home for a hearty, homemade Hutong-style family meal. On this extension, visit famous sites including not only The Great Wall of China, but also Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City! Learn more about this 4 Day/3 Night post-trip extension here or by clicking the green button above and requesting an itinerary.

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Where You'll Stay

Your journey to China will take you to two unique, hand-picked hotels – one in the bustling center of Chengdu’s historical district and the other in the countryside. During our time in Chengdu, stay at a charming traditional-style hotel walking distance to Chengdu’s top sites including Kuanzhai Ancient Street and Chengdu’s culture park.

During our time at the Panda Research Center, stay in a leafy 5-star hotel complete with a sauna, indoor & outdoor pools and hiking trails.  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.

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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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6 days / 5 nights

Program Cost:  $2,995 Adult / $2,595 Child*

2019 Dates

May 26-31, 2019

June 2-7, 2019

June 16-21, 2019

July 7-12, 2019

July 28-August 4, 2019 (8-day Program)

August 11-16, 2019

September 8-13, 2019

October 20-25, 2019

November 24-29, 2019

December 22-27, 2019

2020 Dates

February 2-7, 2020

March 22-27, 2020

May 31-June 5, 2020

June 14-19, 2020

July 5-10, 2020

July 26-31, 2020

August 9-14, 2020

August 30-September 4, 2020

November 22-27, 2020

December 27-Jan 1, 2021

 

  • Only children 12 years and older are permitted to interact at the Panda Research Center. There is an alternate itinerary during the panda volunteer days for children under 12. Inquire with us or request an itinerary above to learn more.
  • * Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger sharing a room with an adult
  • Single Room Supplement = $295
  • 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:

  • 3 nights lodging a 4-star hotel in Chengdu
  • 2 nights lodging a 5-star hotel in Dujiangyan
  • All meals during the duration of your trip
  • 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

  • International airfare
  • Visa
  • Alcoholic beverages

Alumni & Family Discounts, Monthly Payment Plans, and More

Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts. Looking for a payment plan to help manage your trip? Learn more here.

Customized Private Trips

Let us create a custom trip for your group. Learn more about custom group travel.

* Group occupancy price

Add a 4 day/3 night post-trip extension to Beijing & The Great Wall of China to any China departure. Request an itinerary above to learn more.

  • Visit the iconic Great Wall of China
  • Uncover Beijing’s Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Take a rickshaw through the traditional alleyways of Beijing’s hutongs
  • Spend the evenings at a Kung Fu show and Chinese acrobatic performance

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