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.