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Destinations

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Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Mid Range

Tour Overview

For wildlife lovers and back country trekkers, this is a fantastic route and the very best safari to see China’s remarkable giant pandas and stunning scenery. Set out from Xi’an, an old city full of historical charm, where we see the terracotta warriors and horses, walk in the Muslim Quarter and taste the local food. Continue to Golden Monkey Nature Reserve to see golden snub-nosed monkeys up close and Wild Panda Nature Reserve, a 100,000-acre sanctuary encompassing a densely forested ecosystem that is among the most diverse and intact in Asia. It’s home to some of the world’s most endangered and vulnerable wildlife, including at least 60 giant pandas.

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Day 02 Panda In Chengdu

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Family Safari, Guided Safari, Primate Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Xi’an, Foping, Guangyuan, Chengdu, Dujiangyan, Siguniangshan National Park
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Golden Snub-nosed Monkey, Giant Panda, Red Panda, Takin, Tibetan Macaque, Rhesus Macaque, Musk Deer, Muntjac, Serow, Wild Boar, Moon Bear, Clouded Leopard, Leopard Cat, Civet, Hog-nosed Badger
  • Activities:
    Game Viewing, Walking Safari, Trekking, Nature Walk
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle, Train
  • Start/end:
    Start in Xi'an, end in Chengdu
  • Minimum age:
    3

Rates – Per Person USD

From USD 6,047 per person


NB Ask about our offer if you book three or more people

What's Included

  • Entrance Fees: to scenic spots as listed in the itinerary
  • All the activities fee mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private transfers: transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing during the trip by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver
  • Meals: All meals as indicated in the itinerary (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner).
  • Guide: as outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. A new guide and a new driver will meet you at each city on your tour, to provide you with the best local knowledge available
  • Hotel: hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin-bed. All hotels as listed in the itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast
  • Arrangements: the tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges
  • Travel Agency Liability insurance

What's Excluded

  • International airfare or train tickets to enter or leave China
  • China entry visa fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Personal expenses: expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary, personal medicine
  • Meals: any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary
  • Single room supplement
  • Please notice that the price will be much higher during the festival of Labors’ Day, National Day, spring festival
  • Tips to tour guide and driver (recommended USD10-15/guest/day)
  • Tourist accident insurance – it is strongly recommended that you buy travel and health insurance before you start out from your home country

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘China Adventure Tours
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • China Adventure Tours‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

Arrive in Xi’an. One of China’s earliest regions to be settled, Xi’an is where its first emperor united the disparate warring tribes of the vast realm in the 3rd century B.C. to launch one of the world’s most extraordinary civilizations. The capital of 13 dynasties, Xi’an’s walled city and narrow streets hark back to a time when it served as a center for cultural, religious and economic interactions between East and West at the eastern end of the Silk Road. As we drive through the city, we’ll see well-preserved remnants of the ancient wall and views of the Bell Tower. After dinner, you may wish to wander through the Muslim Quarter, settled by Persian and Arab traders who traveled the Silk Road 1,300 years ago.

Dinner included

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Depart early this morning for Xi’an’s most famous sight, the Terracotta Warriors. Unearthed in 1974 in the suburbs outside the walled city, the stone army is one of the most remarkable archaeological discoveries in history. Consisting of 8,000 life-size soldiers, 100 chariots and 600 horses, none of which is identical, the army was built to guard the massive mausoleum complex of Qin Shihuang (259–210 BC), the pivotal leader who became China’s first emperor.

After lunch, we take the bullet train to Foping to reach the Golden Monkey Nature Reserve. From the station, we drive about 30 minutes to our hotel located in a forested mountain area. If time permits, we may take a short nature walk with our Expedition Leader before dinner.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Just beyond our secluded hotel is China’s best place to see golden snub-nosed monkeys up close. We’ll walk uphill for about 30 minutes on a trail leading into the nature reserve where the monkeys reside, with rest stops en route. The reserve’s wild terrain contains exceptional biodiversity, including 52 nationally protected animal species. It is also the most northerly habitat for giant pandas in China, though we will not be in an area to look for them. We’ll expect to get excellent views of endangered golden monkeys, however, which have been habituated to humans and are unfazed by our presence. The monkeys live in highly social bands, and their interactions delight us. Covered with a mantle of long, shaggy fur, they are hardy creatures, tolerating winter snow and colder temperatures more than any other non-human primate.

We board the train to Guangyuan where we’ll have lunch on arrival, then drive to the Wild Panda Nature Reserve deep in the Minshan Mountains. Along the way, we stop in the Gansu Muslim village of Qing Xi, with time to wander and absorb scenes of relaxed street life amid the 300-year-old wooden buildings that date from the Qing dynasty. Just beyond the village lies a secret slice of Chinese wilderness, a chain of protected reserves little known to outsiders and visited by a mere handful of Westerners. As dusk falls, we drive up a narrow river valley to enter one of the parks, looking for nocturnal wildlife en route. Reaching our hotel on the banks of a rushing river, we head into the dining room for a late dinner.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Our focus for two full days is a 100,000-acre sanctuary encompassing a densely forested ecosystem that is among the most diverse and intact in Asia. This national reserve, rated Grade I by WWF as a global biodiversity hotspot, is home to healthy populations of some of the world’s most endangered and vulnerable wildlife, including at least 60 giant pandas. The reserve also harbors more than 1,200 takin among its 430 different mammal species, as well as more than 2,400 different kinds of plants.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Look for animals on morning and evening excursions, stopping to enjoy nature trails and stunning vistas of waterfalls, boulder-strewn gorges and mist-shrouded limestone peaks. This is prime panda habitat, and although sightings of this famously elusive animal are extremely rare, our exclusive permits allow us into the core areas of the reserve where they freely live and breed, affording us the best possible opportunity to see signs of them in the wild. Even though we are unlikely to spot them in the heavy bamboo understory, just knowing we are in their midst is exhilarating. We may also see Tibetan and rhesus macaques, golden and Sichuan takin, musk deer, muntjac, serow, wild boar, Chinese goral, and, more rarely, endangered moon bears and red pandas.

Bird watching opportunities are superb with more than 150 species in the reserve—the elegant golden pheasant is a prize. Night walks may reveal nocturnal creatures such as leopard cat, civet and hog-nosed badger.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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As we depart the reserve this morning, scour the hillsides for wildlife along the way. A scenic drive is in store as we make the full-day journey south from Tangjiahe to Chengdu. As we travel through this mountainous region, we pause periodically along our route to admire dramatic landscapes lush with verdant foliage and dotted with rural villages and Buddhist temples. Along the way we pass through Mianyang, known as Fujun in ancient times, with a 2,200-year history that spans the Qin and Han dynasties.

Arrive at Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province and the hometown of pandas, transfer to enjoy the leisure at the Broad Lane and Narrow Lane (Kuan Xiangzi and Zhai Xiangzi). It consists 3 alleys: Kuan Alley, Zhai Alley, and Jing Alley. Experience the typical lifestyle – old Chengdu, leisure life, slow life and new life at each alley. After that, move to the People’s Park (Renmin Gongyuan) which has elegant mountains, broad lake, colorful flowers and flourish woods. Have a seat in the teahouse and learn Mahjong, enjoy your covered-bowl tea in the center of the city, experience the local leisure life and have a chat with your friends.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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This morning we visit Chengdu’s renowned Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a world-class research facility, conservation center and international educational tourism destination. The base is home to approximately 100 pandas that live in a man-made environment built to reflect elements of their natural habitat. We’ll learn about their diet and mating habits and how they have survived despite increasing threats to their existence. The park’s lush environs also include habitat for red pandas, which we’ll have a good chance to see.

Then drive to Dujiangyan to visit the Irrigation System, which was built around 250 BC by Li Bin, a governor of Shu Prefecture in Qin State. The great project still works well today after more than two thousand year’s function, which not only puts an end of the water disaster to the local people but also makes Chengdu Plain ―the land of abundance‖. While visiting the water conservation work, you may find that the methods of harnessing the river the ancient people used are so simple but useful. In 2000, Dujiangyan became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

The new Gengda Wolong Panda Center in the Wolong Nature Reserve is our destination this morning. Rebuilt following the devastating 2008 earthquake, the base integrates scientific research, captive breeding and reintroduction of pandas into the wild. More than 30 pandas reside at the center, which includes a 680-acre bamboo forest. We’ll have excellent chances for close-up views of giant pandas in this natural habitat. And while never guaranteed, if conditions permit we may have a chance to take a photo with a panda for an additional fee, which goes toward panda conservation efforts.

Continuing west, we reach Rilong, an ethnic Tibetan village best known as a base camp for climbing 20,505-foot Mount Siguniang. Its name means “Four Sisters Mountain,” and this imposing massif encompasses four separate peaks often referred to as the Chinese Alps. In Rilong village we are immersed in Tibetan culture, surrounded by traditional architecture and perhaps having a chance to taste yak butter tea sold by local vendors. This high-altitude village, more than 10,000 feet above sea level, is the center of the Jiarong Tibetan culture, found only in this region of Sichuan Province. The rural Jiarong people are known for their beautiful embroidered costumes and agricultural lifestyle.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Early risers may see the sunrise over the peaks in Rilong, a vista touted for its singular beauty. Then, we spend the entire day exploring the dramatic scenery of Siguniangshan National Park. Entering the 25-mile-long Shuangqiao Valley, there are snow-capped peaks visible in every direction, with Four Sisters Mountain towering above. We set out to explore the colorful geological features and mirror-like lakes of this high-altitude landscape, following boardwalk trails that weave among occasional pagodas and prayer flags. Highlights of our visit include the Yin-Yang Valley, Willow Bridge, Sun-Moon Mirror Mountain and Five-Colored Mountain with rocks that glow red, yellow, green, blue and white. Deeper into the valley, we reach the Ginsenguo flatland, with a viewing deck over highland swamps and snowy peaks, and Jiujia Lake, which is actually a group of four seasonal lakes and nine perennial ones – the legendary bathing pools for the four sisters. Return to Rilong to spend a second night.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Today we will go trekking at Changping Valley. We can pass through many beautiful valleys on the way. It is also a popular destination with more serious climbers and mountaineers who attempt to ascend the faces of the mountains. On the hike, you find yourself in the thick forest which is very beautiful, passing many little bridges over the river, with the cleanest mountain spring water. Once the sun has risen over the mountains, the light makes everything seem more magical and made the amber trees stand out. There is also much wildlife to see in the valley, such as birds of prey, wild horses, yaks and also small weasels. As the mountains sit within the Mount Siguniang National Park, it is home to many other species which we didn’t see included the Sichuan golden monkey, clouded leopard and occasionally, the giant panda.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Today is primarily devoted to a scenic drive back to Chengdu. As we leave Rilong, we stop for a classic view of Four Sister Mountain for spectacular photographs. En route, Balang Mountain is an inviting stop to admire scenery and abundant bird life, if the weather is fair. This evening, celebrate our discoveries and adventures at a festive farewell dinner.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport to meet departing flights.

Breakfast included

 

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