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12-Day Panda Habitats and World Heritage Tour

12-Day Panda Habitats and World Heritage Tour

Date: May to Oct

Price: From 2820 USD/PAX

Trip Focus: Panda+World Heritage

Status: Open to Booking

Route: Chengdu-Dujiangyan-Wolong-Jiuzhaigou-Fairy Ponds-Huanglong-Panda Habitat-Chengdu

Trip Code: P008


Sichuan is a home to exquisite natural beauty and wilderness teeming with an abundance of different animal species. As the Chinese province with 80% of the giant panda’s natural habitat, there are considerable conservation efforts to ensure the protection of these iconic creatures. As a result, much of Sichuan’s natural beauty is protected as nature reserves and heritage sites. With the pandas and world heritage tour from AbsolutePanda, our expert guides will take you to some of Sichuan’s most beautiful natural places and into the wild habitat of the panda.

Trip Highlights: 

 Visit captive pandas at breeding and research centers.

Venture into two panda’s natural habitats to search for a variety of native species.

Hike through the panda’s natural habitat.

Visit four world heritage sites

Travel with an expert guide.

Observe the indigenous culture of the Qiang and Tibetan ethnic groups.

How Can We Make This Trip Special?

a. A Team of Passionate Guides Specializing in Different Fields.


Introduction to This Trip’s Destinations:

Jiuzhai Valley

Known as the ‘the Fairyland on earth”, Jiuzhai Valley(Jiuzhaigou) is in Jiuzhai County, Aba Prefecture, Sichuan. With an average altitude between 2000 and 3000 meters and a distance of about 435 kilometers from Chengdu, Jiuzhai Valley is a very popular destination for its mirror-like lakes, magnificent waterfalls, snow peaks, virgin forests, and Tibetan customs.


Huanglong scenic area is located in Songpan County, Aba Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture, Sichuan province,100 kilometers away from Jiuzhaigou and most of its area is 2000 meters above sea level. Huanglong is famous for its "four wonders" of the colorful pool, snow mountain, canyon, and forest. In 1992, it was listed on the world's natural heritage list.

Mt Qingcheng

Located near the scenic city of Dujiangyan, Mount Qingcheng is one of the best places to visit to gain a deeper perspective on China’s indigenous religion of Daoism. With a history spanning hundreds of years, Qingcheng is host to a variety of temples showcasing the elegant architecture of Daoist tradition. Visitors to the mountain can navigate a series of staircases winding up through peaceful forests in search of practitioners and shrines dedicated to notable Daoist deities and figures. The peaceful atmosphere and cultural significance of Mount Qingcheng have even earned it global recognition as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Wolong Panda Base
Once you have seen what Chengdu has to offer, we will hit the road and head north into the Panda’s natural habitat. As we climb in elevation, you will watch as the scenery changes from farmlands to mountainous, temperate bamboo forests. It is in this verdant landscape that we will stop at the world-famous Wolong panda base. This reserve provides the best opportunity to photograph pandas against the backdrop of the misty mountain habitat they call home. Witness as caretakers bring baby pandas stacks of bamboo and milk to gorge themselves on. This park is a must-see for all panda enthusiasts!

Pingwu Baoen Temple

Baoen Temple is also known as the " the small version of Palace Museum", All buildings are in the axis-symmetric arrangement and completely imitates the layout design of the Beijing one. The whole temple is built with all precious Phoebe trees, with a grand scale, harmonious layout and exquisite architectural design with strong characteristics. It is the only one in China and is praised as a "rare relic structure in the early Ming dynasty" by Chinese and foreign architecture experts.

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

Holding the distinction of the world’s largest panda base, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (Chengdu Panda Base) attracts tourists and wildlife enthusiasts from worldwide. Conveniently located a short drive away from downtown, this state of the art research facility comfortably houses more pandas than anywhere else at home and abroad. During your visit, you will see pandas ranging from young cubs to lumbering adults as well as the elusive and adorable red panda. Additionally, the scenic, garden-like atmosphere of the panda base is especially ideal for Urban Birding like Red-billed Leiothrix, Ruddhy Shelduck, Chinese Blackbird, Spotted Dove and so on.

Dujiangyan Irrigation System

With 2300 years of history, the ancient irrigation system in Dujiangyan is distinct as the only ancient irrigation project of its kind to be functional after so long. This project is credited with having irrigated the vast fertile grasslands near Chengdu turning them into a breadbasket celebrated across all of China. The irrigation system became a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 2000.


Dates and Prices

1. Date Availability

This trip is available all year round. 

AbsolutePanda can tailor-make this trip according to your time and interest.


2. About Different Price Options

The AbsolutePanda team works hard to provide the highest quality tour experiences at a fair price. However, after working in the travel industry for more than 20 years, our team knows that no two travelers are alike in terms of their travel style, personal interests, choice of guides and preferences in restaurants and hotels. For AbsolutePanda, our client’s satisfaction is a top priority. To meet the needs of different clients and ensure they enjoy a trip suited to their preferences, we have created a variety of different price options for our trips. These options vary in the guides they use, quality of transportation vehicles, accommodations and restaurants. Our trip price has the following options, please read the explanations about includes and excludes for each price option below:

These standard prices are made on the basis of minimum two travelers. The trip size is 2~10.

Price Categories


Price Quotation

2820 USD/PAX

Single Supplement


Extra Night in Chengdu


  *Note: For guests arrive Chengdu earlier or want to stay Chengdu for more days, we just add the extra night fee to the quota.

In this tour, the service mainly includes:
1.A guide with fluent English from AbsolutePanda Tour Team.
2.A private car serving the full duration of this tour.
3.The entrance and shuttle tickets and panda volunteer charges listed in this itinerary.
4.Meals as listed in the itinerary
5.Hotels listed in the itinerary.
6.China domestic travel insurance.

The price does not include your discretionary tips to the serving crew (driver and guide) and any other entrance tickets not listed.



You just give us your trust, we will do our utmost to make your best travel memory!


Day 1. Arrive Chengdu
Day 2. Chengdu-Dujiangyan
Day 3. Dujianyan-Wolong
Day 4. Wolong Panda Habitat
Day 5. Wolong-Jiuzhaigou
Day 6. Jiuzhaigou
Day 7. Jiuzhaigou-Fairy Ponds-Huanglong
Day 8. Huanglong
Day 9. Huanglong-Panda Habitat
Day 10. Panda Habitat
Day 11. Panda Habitat-Chengdu
Day 12. Chengdu
Day 1. Arrive Chengdu
After arriving in Chengdu, we can enjoy a tour through the city depending on your arrival time. 
Overnight: Chengdu Minshan Anyi Hotel (Ane Grand Hotel)
Day 2. Chengdu-Dujiangyan
After eating an early breakfast at your hotel accommodation, our group will visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. This innovative facility is home to the largest captive panda population in the world. During our stay at the center, you can watch these delightful animals relax in naturalistic enclosures. After lunch, we will pay a visit to the Jinsha Site Museum to discover ancient Shu. Then we will depart to the nearby city of Dujiangyan.
Overnight: Dujiangyan Panda Hotel
Day 3. Dujiangyan-Wolong Panda Habitat
Departing in the morning, we will first visit the Qingcheng Taoist holy Mountain in Dujiangyan. This mountain holds a special distinction of being one of the birthplaces of Taoism and is populated with ornate Taoist temples. After leaving the mountain, we will visit the ancient Dujiangyan irrigation project. This premodern irrigation system was constructed in 265 BC and still functions to this day. Both Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan irrigation projects are registered as UNESCO world heritage sites. Then head to Wolong.
Overnight: Wolong Panda Guardian Hotel
Day 4. Wolong Panda Habitat
In the morning, we will depart from Dujiangyan to venture north into the heart of the panda’s natural habitat. We will visit the Wolong Panda Base of CCRCGP with the option of participating in a panda volunteer program. This base gives guests the perfect opportunity to watch these animals against the backdrop of their natural habitat. Then we will do some hiking in Dengshengou in the afternoon.
Overnight: Wolong 
Panda Guardian Hotel

Day 5. Wolong-Jiuzhaigou
After morning wildlife safari we will head to Jiuzhaigou.
Overnight: Jiuzhaigou Xingyu Hotel
Day 6. Jiuzhaigou
Our exploration of Jiuzhai valley will begin after eating breakfast. We will spend the day touring the natural splendor of this coveted heritage site. The main attraction of the valley is the 3.6-kilometer-long and 30 to 70-meter-wide series of yellow calcareous deposits. At the end of the valley, water from melting snow mixes with limestone water from underground, flowing down the mountain terraces, depositing the calcium carbonate from the limestone water on the rocks, stones, and fallen branches in its path. This natural phenomenon results in the vibrantly colored waters of the park.
Overnight: Jiuzhaigou Xingyu Hotel
Day 7. Jiuzhaigou-Fairy Ponds-Huanglong
In the morning, we will drive to the region’s “fairy lakes”. These large pools feature a variety of beautiful colors ranging from white to pale yellow that result from natural processes of calcification. 
Overnight: Huanglong Seercuo Hotel
Day 8. Huanglong
Starting in the morning, we will spend most of the day visiting Huanglong National Park. This park features picturesque lakes and ponds and is ideal for birding and flower-watching.
Overnight: Huanglong seercuo Hotel
Day 9. Huanglong-Pingwu-Panda Habitat
From Huanglong, we will continue to the Tangjiahe Nature Reserve. Along the way, our team will lead you in searching for wildlife before a brief stop at the Baoen Monastery. After touring the monastery will drive straight to Tangjiahe to rest for the night at the reserve’s hotel.
Overnight: Tangjiahe Grand Hotel
Day 10. Panda Habitat
This entire day will be dedicated to exploring the reserve in search for native animal species. This reserve is home to wild pandas as well as a slew of other species that also benefit from panda conservation efforts. During our stay there is a great likelihood of spotting wild monkeys, pheasants and takin.
Overnight: Tangjiahe Grand Hotel
Day 11. Panda Habitat-Chengdu
After preparing our bags and eating breakfast, we will board our transportation back to Chengdu. Upon arrival, your group has the option to join in a Sichuan opera show and city tour. The art of Sichuan opera is a theater style showcasing attractions like fire breathing performers and actors with face-changing masks.
Overnight: Chengdu Minshan Anyi Hotel (Ane Grand Hotel)
Day 12. Chengdu
On the final day of the itinerary, our team will escort your group to the airport to depart from Chengdu in a timely manner. This concludes the scheduled itinerary.
Please note that this trip can be easily adapted to better accommodate your personal taste, travel dates, budget and travel style. Please feel free to contact us with your specific requests. We will do our utmost to ensure your full enjoyment of the trip. 


Panda Habitats and World Heritage Tour Map


Here are pictures of recommended hotels by AbsolutePanda for this tour

Chengdu Minshan Anyi Hotel (Ane Grand Hotel)

Dujiangyan Panda Hotel

Wolong Panda Guardian Hotel

Jiuzhaigou Xingyu Hotel

Huanglong Seercuo Hotel

Tangjiahe Grand Hotel


Here are some top asked questions from our clients for your reference:

1. Do we need to do a medical check-up or health certificate for volunteering programs?
According to the current rules of CCRCGP, you can either provide a health certificate signed by your family doctor or a liability guarantee by a local cooperative travel agency of CCRCGP like AbsolutePanda. The CCRCGP may suspend the volunteering and require further check if their doctor finds any volunteer suspicious of carrying a contagious disease. (Usually, you should send your recent medical form to us if you are convenient to do so.)  
Email us if you have any questions.
2. Are there other panda interactive programs available?
The CCRCGP provides some special and seasonal interactive programs. These programs normally are only available when panda cubs suitable for that program are available. Please contact us; we will update you with additional information.
3. Are the pandas at the base wild?
The layout Chengdu Panda base is similar to a zoo and the animals at this facility are all living in specialty enclosures specifically designed to provide them with a natural environment in a captive setting.
4. Are guests able to hold pandas at this base?
For the last few years, all panda bases in Sichuan have stopped the practice of allowing guests to pay to hold pandas. This is for the safety and welfare of these animals. For those interested in interacting with a panda, we suggest the panda volunteer program offered by the Panda base.
5. What is the likelihood of seeing a wild panda?
Good question! Pandas are very elusive animals and are widely considered a difficult animal to find in the wild. There are 80 wild pandas in the reserve where we will be staying; maybe you’ll get very lucky!


We believe travel is art and we also know people are different. Each client has a different understanding of art. Our goal is to do our utmost to make travel of art that most suits you. Below are the testimonials that come from the clients who chose the service of AbsolutePanda team.


What an amazing experience!

We just returned from a trip to China. Our time with Absolute Panda was the highlight of our trip! 

We were nervous about finding a company online, and paying for services out of the country. Absolute Panda was completely honest with us. They only required a small deposit beforehand. We paid the rest when we arrived. They were affordable.

We had pretty specific interests. The staff at Absolute Panda helped us through the planning process. They created something perfect for our family! They spent months offering free advice, suggestions, and help. They were flexible with the itinerary. 

Once in the country, we were treated well. They asked for and supported dietary requests. We got to try a great variety of healthy and delicious food. We had as much bottled water and snacks as we liked. All meals were included in the price. We received small gifts. The company owner checked in, to make sure we were doing ok. We felt like royalty!

We stayed at beautiful, and clean accommodations, “off the beaten path.” We went to small mountain towns. They were gorgeous.

Our guide, Bella, was exceptional! She was kind, friendly, interesting, reliable, and lots of fun. She spoke very good English. She had an extensive knowledge of local wildlife, as well as history, culture, and everything else we asked. 

Bella was able to identify any bird or creature she saw, by Chinese and English name. She has great eyes. She could spot wildlife in the distance, that were hard to see even with binoculars. She took us on hikes that matched our skill levels. We saw wild monkeys, gorals, muntjacs, and tons of beautiful birds. We were in highly competent hands.

While we were in China, Sichuan had (unprecedented) heavy rains. Some roads were closed, due to mudslides and flooding. Despite this, we were able to travel the areas we wished. Absolute Panda kept a close eye on conditions. They changed the travel plan/method multiple times, so we could be safe. They got us there still. The drivers were amazing, and I felt comfortable.

We changed our own plans in China. This was due 
to unexpected medical issues we had there. Absolute Panda worked with us, even with last minute adjustments. They were supportive, helpful, and flexible. They made sure each member of our family was well cared for. Our safety and well-being mattered to them.

I can’t recommend Absolute Panda highly enough! They gave us the trip of a lifetime!



Date of experience: July 2018 

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