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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: Upon Request

Trip Focus: Panda+World Heritage

Status: Open to Booking

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

Trip Code: P008

Overview


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 natural 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 2 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.

 

Guides
 

•Cory

The team’s resident botany expert, Cory is an aficionado for all things plant related. Cory is additionally well-versed in English.
 

•Shay

An incredible birder and detail-driven guide, Shay serves clients with a friendly demeanor and close attention to comfort.
 

•Bella

A local to Yunnan province and a fluent English speaker, Bella is an expert in guiding birding trips and has an extensive knowledge of Chengdu
 

•Michael

An American living in Chengdu, Michael loves teaching guests about the local culture in China and leading photography clients.
 

•Philip

An expert guide with proficiency in a wide variety of tour products, Philip excels on birding and photography trips and is knowledgeable in Buddhism, Taoism, cooking and photography.
 

 

Dates & Price

Upon request

Itinerary


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
 
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 Jinsha Museum to discover ancient Shu. Then we will depart to the nearby city of Dujiangyan. 
Overnight: Dujiangyan.
 
Day 3. Dujianyan-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 project are registered as UNESCO world heritage sites. Then head to Wolong.
Overnight: Wolong
 
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

Day 5. Wolong-Jiuzhaigou
After morning wildlife safari we will head to Jiuzhaigou.
Overnight Jiuzhaigou
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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. 

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Accommodation


Chengdu
Dujiangyan
Wolong
Jiuzhaigou
Huanglong
Panda Habitat
 

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