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China Panda Volunteer Program Experience Tour

For many travelers, a panda volunteer tour in China is a lifetime experience. Therefore, we come up with this 11 days classic tour itinerary, with which you can maximize your China trip and enjoy an up-close-and-personal access with giant pandas, a unique treasure of China and one of the loveliest creatures on earth. Besides, this luxurious itinerary is a brilliant combination of scenery, culture and relaxation, and showcases many of China’s highlights.

CCT Advantages:

  • 1. Discover the cultural traditions of Shanghai, visiting the ancient town, garden and the Bund, and view Shanghai’s stunning urban landscape from the highest building;
  • 2. Visit the one and only hometown of giant panda bears and become a caring panda keeper at Dujiangyan Panda Base;
  • 3. Soak in the fascinating Chengdu culture, cooking authentic Sichuan dishes at an interesting cuisine museum;
  • 4. Take in the sheer beauty of China South Karst on a luxurious river cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo;
  • 5. Admire one of China’s largest and most spectacular rice terraces and meet friendly local mountain tribes;
  • 6. Explore the highlights of Hong Kong, featuring a mixed culture and bustling atmosphere.

11 Days Shanghai Chengdu Guilin Hong Kong Tour

10 days Beijing Xian Chengdu Shanghai Tour

Day 1, Shanghai Arrival

Meals: No Meals

Nihao, welcome to China! Take your time for landing, luggage claim and meet your guide outside the customs of airport. Be transferred to your luxurious hotel with a comfortable, well-maintained vehicle. Spend the rest of the day free at leisure.

Recommended hotels:

  • - Shanghai luxury hotels: Peace Hotel, Les Suites Orient Bund, Peninsula or similar
  • - Shanghai boutique hotels: Hotel Indigo on the Bund, The Yangtze Boutique or similar
  • 10 days Beijing Xian Chengdu Shanghai Tour

    Day 2, Shanghai City Highlights

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Start Shanghai city tour with a visit of Shanghai Museum, a fabulous ancient Chinese art museum with tens of thousands of precious relics, including bronze ware, ceramics, calligraphy, painting, etc.

    Tour Yu Garden, located right next to the City God Temple. Built in the 16th Century, it is one of the finest examples of China’s traditional gardens with many exquisite and elegant ancient structures. Then roam the old streets of Yuyuan Market, where the old buildings are well-kept and turned into local food and specialty shops.

    Later learn from your guide about Shanghai’s colonial culture when on the Bund, where you can see an array of 19th Century colonial architectures. Across the Hupu River is the ultra-modern Lujiazui Financial District. Stand on the 118th floor observation deck of Shanghai Tower, the highest Observation Deck in the world, to view New China.

    10 days Beijing Xian Chengdu Shanghai Tour

    Day 3, Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, Shanghai to Chengdu

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Discover the style and vibe of traditional Shanghai on a trip to Zhujiajiao that thrived in the 17th Century. Enjoy a boat cruise along the streams to see the ancient bridges, riverside dwellings, temples, tea houses… and experience the unique charm of Jiangnan’s Watertown.

    You will be driven to the airport and board the flight from Shanghai to Chengdu. Soon later you will meet giant pandas in person!

    Recommended hotels:

  • - Chengdu luxury hotels: The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu or similar
  • - Chengdu boutique hotels: BuddhaZen Hotel or similar
  • 10 days Beijing Xian Chengdu Shanghai Tour

    Day 4, One-day Panda Volunteer Program

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Transfer to Dujiangyan Panda Base, where you will participate in a full day panda volunteer program. Dress up and be an honorary keeper – learn knowledge and stories about panda bear that has been living on Earth for at least 8 million years, thus known as a "living fossil”. And take good care of pandas by cleaning their house and feeding them.

    Want to take a photo with giant panda? We can fulfill your dream to hold a panda and take photos (with extra fee).

    10 days Beijing Xian Chengdu Shanghai Tour

    Day 5, Cooking at Sichuan Cuisine Museum of Chengdu

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Have a delightful morning at Chengdu Renmin Park of laidback atmosphere. See local people enjoying their slow-paced life by reading, dancing, playing mahjong, drinking tea, performing Chuan Opera in the park. Travel as a local – you can also sample tea at an elegant teahouse.

    Apart from the pandas, Chengdu is also famous for Sichuan cuisine. Have a visit of Sichuan Cuisine Museum where there are various cooking utensils of different historical periods are on display. Savor delicious local specialties on the food street and learn to cook Chinese dishes in a cooking class.

    10 days Beijing Xian Chengdu Shanghai Tour

    Day 6, Chengdu to Guilin, Guilin City Highlights

    Meals: Breakfast

    Take a flight from Chengdu to Guilin, known as one of the most beautiful places to visit in China.

    Pick up from hotel and later visit Reed Flute Cave, the most spectacular karst cave in Guilin, featuring a grand, mystical underground palace of a series of stalactites and stalagmites, lighted up by gorgeous colorful lights. With sedan chair, even the little kid and senior travelers can tour Reed Flute Cave easily. Later climb up Folded Brocade Hill for a superb panorama of Guilin City, embraced by jagged karst hills.

    Recommended hotels:

  • - Guilin luxury hotels: Shangri La, Sheraton or similar
  • - Guilin boutique hotels: Aroma Tea House, Jolie Vue Boutique Hotel or similar
  • 10 days Beijing Xian Chengdu Shanghai Tour

    Day 7, Long Rice Terraces Tour

    Meals: Breakfast

    Drive for about two and a half hours to get to Longji Rice Terraces, built for hundreds of years on the mountainsides and resembling a dragon's ribs, hence the name Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces.

    Walk up to the viewing deck to obtain breathtaking views of the endless terraced fields. And your guide will lead you to Longji Ancient Zhuang Village to experience Zhuang people’s traditional customs and lifestyle.

    10 days Beijing Xian Chengdu Shanghai Tour

    Day 8, Guilin to Yangshuo by Cruise

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Admire the unique scenery of South China Karst by taking a 4 to 4.5-hour Li River cruise trip. Picture yourself boating on a Chinese landscape painting. If you’re lucky, you may see local fisherman fishing with cormorants.

    Go ashore in Yangshuo. Roam the bustling West Street, time-honor alleyways lined with snack stalls, souvenir shops, cafes, restaurants…

    Thereafter, ride a bicycle or sit on your private vehicle to tour the countryside of Yangshuo. Soak in the amazingly beautiful surroundings of limestone peaks, green vegetation, twisting rivers, vast farmlands stretching to ancient villages…

    Enjoy Impression Liu Sanjie night show, performed in the outdoor with real landscape as the backdrop (optional).

    Recommended hotels:

  • - Yangshuo luxury hotels: Banyan Tree or similar
  • - Yangshuo boutique hotels: Mountain Retreat or similar
  • 10 days Beijing Xian Chengdu Shanghai Tour

    Day 9, Morning Tai Chi Lesson, Guilin to Hong Kong

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Practice Tai Chi boxing, an easy-to-learn Chinese martial art, with a master. Tai Chi absorbs the essence of ancient Chinese philosophy and will benefit to human body and mind.

    Check out and drive from Yangshuo to Guilin railway station. Then ride a high speed train from Guilin to Hong Kong.

    Recommended hotels:

  • Hong Kong luxury hotels: Harbour Grand, The Langham or similar
  • 10 days Beijing Xian Chengdu Shanghai Tour

    Day 10, Half Day Hong Kong Island Private Tour

    Meals: Breakfast

    Enjoy half day classic Hong Kong tour with private guide and vehicle. Take one-way Peak Tram to ascend Victoria Peak, the highest peak in Hong Kong with incredible panoramic view of Victoria Harbor and the city skyline. Then enjoy a sampan ride across Aberdeen, previously a small fishing village, followed with visit to Repulse Bay, known as “the oriental Hawaii” or Stanley Market with various kinds of souvenirs and specialty crafts for sale.

    For the rest the day, you may go shopping in the world’s “shopping paradise”.

    10 days Beijing Xian Chengdu Shanghai Tour

    Day 11, Hong Kong Departure

    Meals: Breakfast

    Enjoy a private transfer service from your hotel to airport – end of your 11 days China tour. Have a safe and pleasant journey back home!

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