In 1986, John Craven OBE was among the first western journalists to film Giant Pandas in China as part of his ‘Newsround’ television show. He is now more widely known as host of Countryfile but has always been a passionate supporter of the endangered Giant Panda. In 2013, John was awarded the title of UK Ambassador for Sichuan Giant Pandas.
John has teamed up with Wendy Wu Tours, a multi award-winning touring specialist to the Asia region. Together they have created opportunities to travel to the Sichuan Province for conservation work. Four groups of travellers from all corners of the UK are needed to join John in Chengdu & Bifengxia to undertake important conservation work.
Travel with John on the inaugural journey to “Save the Panda” and get your hands dirty with Panda volunteer in the diverse, beautiful Sichuan province.
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Cost from £2590 pp FULLY INCLUSIVE
Departure Date: 1 September - 10 September 2014
• A special visit to the Chengdu Panda Base, and Bifengxia Panda Reserve
with the UK Panda Ambassador John Craven
• Enjoy an up close encounter with adorable pandas through volunteering
work at Bifengxia
• Wendy Wu Tours will donate £20 to the WWF Panda Guardian Fund
on your behalf
• See the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors & The Grand Buddha
• Includes international flights from the UK
• Fully escorted with National Escorts and local guides
• Includes visa fees for UK and EU passport holders
• Includes all meals, tours, entrance fees and all transportation whilst in China
Stroll through Tiananmen Square, past Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum to the treasure-filled Forbidden City, the largest and best preserved collection of ancient buildings in China. We also visit the unique Temple of Heaven. Our evening meal includes the local delicacy, Peking Duck.
Walk on the Great Wall to appreciate 2,000 years of history whilst admiring the panoramic views. The Great Wall is China’s most iconic attraction and stretches over 4,000 miles across China. Also tour the exquisite Summer Palace and see a fascinating Chinese Acrobat show in the evening.
Fly to Xian, the former ancient capital and visit the Shaanxi Museum which is home to thousands of priceless relics. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Shui Jiao dumpling meal followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
Visit one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century the Terracotta Warriors. The figures were created over 2,000 years ago to accompany Emperor Qin Shi Huang into the afterlife. We also walk along the Ancient City Walls and stroll through the lively Muslim Quarter to explore the Islamic food markets. Later fly to Chengdu.
Explore the extensive Bifengxia Panda Reserve, a beautiful area of forests, river and waterfalls that is home to the most important Giant Panda rescue centre in China.
Whilst here, John will show documentary footage from his original trip to China in 1986 when he first began raising awareness for Panda conservation work.
Enjoy the rare opportunity to spend some time supporting the Panda Conservation Centre’s vital work in protecting these endangered creatures at Bifengxia. Types of volunteering include helping to feed and wash the pandas, and cleaning the enclosure.
Travel to Leshan to visit the Grand Buddha, the world’s largest stone-carved Buddhist statue. We take a short boat trip to view the statue from the river. Return to Chengdu, visiting the old town of Huanglongxi en route. Sample a delicious Sichuan meal in the evening.
Panda volunteering is a great opportunity to take part in conserving the Giant Panda’s natural habitat. As part of your Save the Panda effort, you will have the opportunity to understand the day to day life of the Giant Panda and discover how humans can help protect these animals now and in the future.
Typical volunteering duties include feeding the Pandas throughout the day; cleaning the Panda’s enclosures; assisting Panda keepers in their daily duties; as well as continuously learning about conservation methods and ways of raising Panda protection awareness.
You may also from time to time have the opportunity to assist resident scientists with their data Panda behavioural patterns date collection. Furthermore, you may get the important task of assisting resident veterinarians tend to Pandas that need medical attention.
Take part in Panda volunteering at the Giant Panda Research Base in Chengdu or the Bifengxia Panda Base, both in Sichuan Province. Sichuan Province is one of the major habitats of the Giant Panda and these two research base are at the forefront of Panda conservation and Panda volunteering work.
To get to the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base, you can fly directly to Chengdu from London, UK. The flight duration is roughly 13 hours. From the airport, the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base can be reached by road in 1 hour. Bifengxia is south west of Chengdu and can be reached by road in 3 hours from Chengdu. When coming for volunteer work, it is necessary to stay overnight. There are many hotels of all standards in Chengdu; there are also a number of hotels in Bifengxia.
Wendy Wu Tours will be happy to help you arrange your volunteering trip. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 0844 499 3899