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Wildlife Safari From Fairyland to Tibetan Grassland

   Jiuzhai Valley

There goes a saying: no mountain is worth seeing after Mt. Huangshan and no other waterwill be of interest after Jiuzhai Valley. If there are 'fairylands' in the world, Jiuzhai Valley must be one of them. Stretching over 72,000 hectares in the northern part of Sichuan Province, the Jiuzhai valley reaches a height of more than 4,800 m, thus comprising a series of diverse forest ecosystems. Here lives about 220 bird species as well as a number of endangered animal and plant species, including the giant panda, Sichuan golden monkey, the Sichuan takin and numerous orchids and rhododendrons. Its superb landscapes are particularly interesting for their series of narrow conic karst land forms and spectacular waterfalls. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992; the park joined the Man and Biosphere Conservation Network in 1997 and has also received IUCN and ISO 14,001 accreditations. While wandering in a dreamlike eden, we will explore wildlife lives in the forest valley.

 
Heading north to the Tibetan nomadic area, we will encounter all kinds of wildlife living in the vast grassland in Ruoergai and Tiebu Nature reserves. Ruoergai owns a vast piece of grassland at an elevation of just under 4,000 meters with thousands of birds living there. It is a fairyland for birding. In Ruoergai, we will discover birds inhabit the wetland such as black-necked crane, etc. Here we should find one best of the birds of the tour: Black-necked Crane. Other target birds will include snow finch, golden eagle, Ring-necked Pheasant, Ruddy Shelduck, Ferruginous Duck and many more. Due to the protection by the mountain deity according to the local Animism, the local people never hunt wildlife in this area which made Tiebu a paradise for Sika deer. In Tiebu Nature Reserve, Sichuan, sika deer were reported to forage preferentially in small patches of subalpine shrub and subalpine brush mixed with forest. We will explore these areas to meet sika and other wildlife such as wolf and fox.
 
Highlights
 

 • Track sika deer in the vast grassland;
 • Watch all kinds of alpine birds in the top birding destination in China;
 • Track endemic endangered wildlife such as golden snub-nosed monkey, Sichuan Takin in breath-taking nature scenery.

Better travel with AbsolutePanda
 
1. We are the only travel company who focus on wildlife in China
Absolutepanda has been focusing on wildlife tours since 2003. We have guided thousands of small-group expeditions into Panda’s habitats to explore the beauty of wildlife. Our professional tour leaders and wildlife experts help our guests to gain in-depth understanding about Panda, their companion animals, stunning scenery along with the history of local culture. Your participation will help us to display an exemplary attitude of being responsible and respect our nature to the local people.
 
2. Exclusive Quality & Value Guarantee
We promise that our qualified services will meet (often exceeded) your expectation. We define our quality by unique itineraries, stunning destinations, creative interactions, small group and professional guides. As a responsible travel company, we care about local community and also benefit a lot from working directly with local business. If you can find any other travel company who is able to offer tours of same quality with better price, we are willing to reimburse you with the difference.
 
3. Explore China in comfort and your own style
AbsolutePanda is beyond luxury accommodations, meals and vehicles. We focus on your enjoyment of interacting with nature and local. Our experienced tour guides, who know the resources in the destinations very well, guarantee you a flexible trip tailored to your needs. We provide western breakfast wherever it is possible and necessary. We will also bring you highlights from food, scenery and local ethnical minority, not only from wildlife. We would like to show you the real China by an absolutely authentic experience with incredible wildlife and lovely locals.

 

  Jiuzhai Valley



 Black-necked crane, Ruoergai



  Sichuan Takin cub



 Ruoergai grassland



 Sika deer, Tiebu


 


Day1 Huanglong/Jiuzhaigou 
Our tour guide will greet you at Jiuzhaigou airport. We will arrange the first day trip according to your flight and your request. We either depart to visit Huanglong national park first or check in at the hotel if the flight is too late or you prefer to slow it down in the beginning.
Overnight: Jiuzhaigou

Day2 Jiuzhaigou
Today we will hike in the Jiuzhai Valley national park in search of wildlife such as giant panda, golden snub-nosed monkey, Sichuan Takin and some of the most endangered plants in the area. Rather than spotting those mammals, it is more easily in Jiuzhai Valley to see those pleasant birds of more than 220 species singing in the forest just above your heard. And you will find yourself walking in the dreamlike fairyland along the way.
Overnight:  Jiuzhaigou
 
Day3 Jiuzhaigou/Ruoergai
A six to eight hours’ drive will take us all the way up to the Tibetan grassland---Ruoergai. Ruoergai owns a vast piece of grassland at an elevation of just under 4,000 meters with dozens kinds of plateau wetland birds living there. We will drive along the high way and twisted mountain road in Minshan Mountain range.Our wildlife expert will give you a small lecture about the wildlife and their habitat for better understanding.
Overnight: Ruoergai

Day4 Ruoergai /Tiebu
Today we continue our trip in Ruoergai watching birds and tracking grassland wildlife such as steppe wolf and fox. Here in Ruoergai, it also lives another Tibetan minority groups—Amdo.  Amdo Tibetan minority is a nomadic group who pasture yak and horse on the large grassland for generations. We have chance to visit some Amdo nomadic tents and talk to the locals to learn about their stories. After Ruoergai, we will venture a little bit north to Tiebu nature reserve.
Overnight: Tiebu

Day5 Tiebu /Ruoergai
Tiebu nature reserve is famous for the wild sika deer. Sika deer were reported found and spotted after years of protection by the government. The population of sika deer is more than 1000. There are also civets, serows, wolves and foxes living in the same habitat. We will explore the reserve today and drive back to Ruoergai in the evening. 
Overnight: Ruoergai
 
Day6 Ruoergai/Jiuzhaigou airport
After the stop in Ruoergai, we will drive the same way back to Jiuzhaigou airport from Ruoergai and finish this wildlife safari.

We can customize this trip so as to better meet your timing, budget and interests or arrange a private extension to explore China as you wish. Please contact us for more information.
Date

November

Price


Type 11-12 people 9-10 people 7-8 people 5-6 people 4 people Single Supplyment
Price
(USD/person)
999 1069 1119 1289 1419 208
Price
includes
1. A nice private vehicle and service of skilled driver (17-seats for 4-8person, while  19-seats or 30-seats for 9-12 person) throughout the whole trip;
2. An English-speaking birding guide for the whole trip. We  arrange an assistant  guide for group of 9-10;
3. All meals at local popular restaurants. But when we are in the forest or core area of reserve, we will prepare nice picnic breakfast and/ or lunch;
4. Bottled water and snacks;
5. Service of all logistic support, including the invitation letter for visa application;
6. Entrance charges for the whole trip;
7. China Domestic Travel Insurance;
8. Two guests share one twin room at 4 star hotels in cities and local best hostel/ guest house at remote area;
9. Staff room for local guide and driver.

 
Price
excludes
1. Drinks during the meal;
2. Extra charges due to change of itinerary from client side or factors beyond the control of AbsolutePanda, such as natural disaster and government policy change;
3. Discretionary tips to the guide and driver;
4. All personal expense such as laundry service;
5. Airfare to Jiuzhai Valley;
6. Any program not listed in the itinerary.

 


1. General Questions
2. Pricing Questions
3. Health & Safety Questions
4. Traveling in China, Before Arrival Questions
5. Traveling in China, After Arrival Questions

 

 

1. General Questions

 

a. Why should I choose AbsolutePanda?  

AbsolutePanda is the ONLY travel company in the world focused on pandas and other endangered animals in China, providing eco-friendly trips to gain comprehensive experiences and life-time memories. We are an experienced travel operator and the experts gather from varies field. We help our clients obtain better understanding of native animals, their habitats, and neighboring minority cultures through carefully-planned visits.

b. Can I see examples of past clients whom you have served?

You may visit TripAdvisor,  where we are proud to have 100% positive feedback as “Excellent”. You may also check our “testimonial”, “gallery” and “Videos”. 

c. Does the pandas still exist in the wild?

The Panda is a conservation-reliant endangered species. There are only about 1864 individuals living in the wild. However, we do have opportunities to spot wild pandas in the carefully selected natural sites. Giant Panda Breeding Base also offers a program in which people can interact with a captive panda after paying a certain amount of donation. 

2. Pricing Questions

 

a. How do I complete the reservation?

To make a reservation, a deposit of US$200 per person is required for trips less than 8 days, a deposit of US$500 per person is required for longer trips. Please be aware that the cost of transportation (airplane ticket, railway…) has to add up to the total amount of deposit, either paid by wire transfer or sent by Paypal. Complete payment is required 30 days prior to departure. For trips booked less than 30 days before departure, complete payment is required immediately. Tour prices are made on the basis of per person and double occupancy. If a customer fails to make full payment of the trip as stated above, AbsolutePanda reserves the right to cancel the tour and retain the deposit.  

b. What is included in the tour cost?
The quotation of tour cost can be varied. In general, the quotation includes the following:
• All land costs, as indicated in the itinerary.
• All accommodations on twin-bed room sharing basis.
• All admission fees and activity expenses including charges for special arrangements or permit as noted in the itinerary.
• All meals, as noted in the itinerary, and snack food, fruit, and drinking water.
• Services of a AbsolutePanda guide and complete logistic support
• Domestic flight between major cities.
• Provide continental breakfast in the rural area.
• Provide invitation letter for visa.
• Chinese domestic travel insurance (coverage of 100,000RMB)

 
c. What is excluded from the tour cost?
• International Flight
• Chinese Tourist Visa, which is required for most foreign passport holders.
• International SOS Emergency Evacuation Service Plan
• Meals not included in the itinerary and alcohol.
• Expenses of  a personal nature (e.g. mini bar, personal telecommunications, laundry, etc.)
• Excursions and activities not included in the itinerary.
For specific itineraries, please refer to the pricing tab associated with those trips. 
d. Can I request to buy my own domestic flight tickets?

You may purchase your own domestic flight tickets, but please be aware to avoid restricted discount tickets. Those tickets are typically non-changeable once they are issued, and may result in unforeseen complications.  
e. Is travel insurance needed and accounted for in the AbsolutePanda cost?     
Although AbsolutePanda will buy Chinese domestic insurance for every clients, we strongly suggest all travelers purchase an International SOS Service Plan through AbsolutePanda, which provides for emergency evacuation to the nearest medical facility of international standards.

 

 

3. Health & Safety Questions

a. Can you accommodate allergies and food preferences?

Yes, AbsolutePanda team is very serious about the enjoyment of meals and choice of restaurants, because we take each meal as a chance to show you a unique local cooking culture, and regard it as vital part of our trip quality. All restaurants will be carefully picked and all the allergy information will be properly handled. For people who are allergic to certain items, we will avoid any chance of contacting those items in our arrangement. Generally, we request restaurant chefs to not use MSG to dishes.  For travelers who have severe allergies, please consult their physician prior to traveling. Please inform us if you are allergy to specific food, such as peanuts, fish, or shellfish, so that our guides can be prepared and arrange restaurants ahead of time. 

b. What kinds of altitudes do travelers experience?

The altitudes is under 1000 meters for regular city tours in chengdu. However, to seek endemic animals and attractions away from the city, our tours may experience altitudes above 3,000 meters. Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS) may occurs to some travelers, resulting in fatigue, headache, nausea and loss of appetite. Our itineraries are carefully crafted to ensure travelers have plenty of time to rest and adjust to the altitude. 

4. Traveling in China, Before Arrival Questions

 

a. How do I get a visa? What kind of visa should I get?

Nearly all foreign visitors to China will need a tourist visa. You may contact the Chinese Embassy in your area. Please note that travelers from certain countries, including the U.S., are now required to submit a letter of invitation with their visa application. If needed, AbsolutePanda will be happy to provide this letter after you have completed your booking.

b. What inoculations should I get before visiting China?

You may wish to refer to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which provides a comprehensive list of recommended immunizations prior to traveling in China: http://www.cdc.gov/travel

c. What kinds of toiletries should I bring?

Be aware most of restrooms doesn't provide toilet paper in China. We recommend that you can bring your own toiletries if you favor in particular brand. It is very useful have hand sanitizer during outdoor journey. We will send you a handbook with a suggested packing list in PDF format prior to your departure.  

d. What kinds of medications or medical supplies should I bring?

During the trip, AbsolutePanda will have a general first aid kit. We also recommend that you can bring antibacterial ointment, antihistamines, anti-nausea medication, anti-diarrheal medication (Loperamide), insect repellent containing DEET, hydrocortisone cream for itches, Ibuprofen or other pain-relievers, and sunscreen (30+ protection factor). 

e. Are there baggage weight limits while traveling by air within China?

Yes, the luggage limit is 20 kg (~44 lbs) per person for economy-class flights.

 

 

5. Traveling in China, After Arrival Questions

 

a. What is the state of the restrooms in China?

There are seat-toilets available in most of hotels, but be aware that squat-toilets are very common in public restrooms. You may also want to bring some toilet paper to the areas where hygiene condition are subpar. 

b. How easy is it to change currencies upon arrival?

It is quite easy, you may change the currencies in the international airports, large banks, and hotels. China is still very much a cash-based economy, so major credit cards are only accepted at few locales.

c. Are there any restrictions on photography?

China is a very photogenic country. Most people are very comfortable being photographed. Ask first if you have any doubt, photography could be prohibited in some temples, monasteries, and museums. It is prohibited in all military bases.

d. Is it safe to drink tap water in China?

Tap water is not safe to drink in China. AbsolutePanda provides bottled water throughout the journey, and we allow restaurants to serve only purified water.

“What a treasure!”
 
I wanted to plan a wildlife photography trip in Sichuan, and in Italy nobody have such a plan, so I was so lucky to find Philip He and Absolutepanda on the net. Then we arranged a travel plan together and the first 10 days of this June I was in Sichuan for my trip.
Philip is one of the nicest person I ever met. He know how to take care of you!
The trip was fantastic and when I'll return in China for another trip, for sure it will be with Philip.
A 5star+ for Absolutepanda and his staff.
---guest from US

“Absolute Panda-great service and knowledge leads to great trips”

 
I have taken two trips with Absolute Panda. Philip He and his guides are excellent, and Philip will work with you to tailor a trip to meet your needs and desires. For both trips, one in the Sichuan Tibetan Plateau, and the other in Yunnan Province, we hired a driver, and had a guide who knew both the area and the people.We went places and saw things that most tourists never see, and had the flexibility to change directions when the opportunities presented themselves. Philip lead our second trip, and as photographers, it was great to have another photographer with us since we planned our travels around getting great pictures, whether landscape or people. We are planning on going back to China again and will be working with Philip to put together another great itinerary.
---Steve Z from US
 
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