panda keeper program

Panda Intern Program for Panda Enthusiasts

CD-03: 6-day Chengdu Tour

If you would love a chance to interact with pandas up close and personal, you should not miss this tour package. You will take a panda intern program to get to know more about pandas as well as enjoying the highlights of Chengdu city.

CET Advantages:

  • Sipping tea in a local open-air tea house
  • Take care of Pandas as a volunteer
  • Have a close look at the Giant Buddha of Leshan

Full Itinerary

Day 01:Arriving in Chengdu

Welcome to the hometown of pandas! Your tour guide will meet you at the arrival hall of the airport, together you will take the private air-conditioned vehicle back to the hotel.

Day 02:Wuhou Temple, Dufu Cottage, Kuan Zhai Lanes, Local Tea House

Kuan Zhai Lanes Kuan Zhai Lanes

Your full day city tour starts after breakfast. Wuhou Temple was built in 223 BC and it is the only temple to have held both an emperor and several marquises. It is a great place to learn about the history of the Three Kingdoms. You will also visit Dufu Cottage to see the homeof the famous Chinese poet Mr. Dufu. It is now a vast park rebuilt through the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. It now serves as a museum where you can see the cottage and other memorial sites. Hot Pot is strongly suggested as lunch for today. A leisurely walk followsalong Kuan Zhai Lanes;it is made up of Kuan Lane, Zhai Lane and Square Lane which are full of Qing style architecture. Try as many local snacks as you wish or you can take a break while sipping a cup of coffee. Later you will stop by People’s Park to see local people having fun or playing mahjong; take your seats at a local tea house and drink tea as the locals do.

Day 03:Dujiangyan Panda Intern Program Experience

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Did you say that you are a panda enthusiast and want to spend more time with pandas? Sure, we can do that! One hour out of Chengdu, there is a Panda Reserve Center located in Dujiangyan. It is the location where you can interact closely with the pandas. To attend the Panda Intern Program, you need to be aged between 12 and 65 and with no infectious diseases.

Early in the morning around 7:30am, you will be met at the hotel lobby and escorted to the Dujiangyan Panda Reserve Center. Listen to a lecture on pandas for 30-40 minutes to warm up, then you will be assigned to clean the cages for pandas or feed them with apples etc. using a stick. You should not touch the pandas at any time without permission because of safety concerns.

A simple Chinese lunch will be served at the cafeteria of the Reserve Center.

After lunch, you will learn how to make special cakes for the pandas from instructors working at the Center. It is an easy class and you can feel free to talk with the instructor about the pandas’ nutrition plans and eating habits.

When the whole program is finished, you will be met and transferred to your hotel at the foot of Mt. Qingcheng, a famous Taoism mountain. If you feel the need to do some climbing on the Mountain, consult your trip advisor for additional costs and possible arrangements.

Day 04:Dujiangyan Panda Intern Program Experience, driving back to Chengdu

Dujiangyan Panda Intern  Program Dujiangyan Panda Intern Program

We understand that you still want to be with these adorable black and white creatures for a longer time. You will make full use of the morning to help feed the pandas (see how they like the panda cakes you made the previous day) and clean their cages so they won’t get sick. After lunch at the cafeteria, you will help make enough panda cakes before heading back to Chengdu.

* All the fees go to the foundation to support the pandas in the Reserve Center. A plastic shirtand gloves for one-time use will be provided in the package.


Day 05:Leshan Giant Buddha

Leshan Giant Buddha Leshan Giant Buddha

An early breakfast and then it is time to visit the Leshan Giant Buddha which is about 2 hours away from Chengdu. It is a UNESCO Site recognized in 1996. To calm the unrest flows of three rivers, an Emperor in the Tang Dynasty ordered the construction of a sitting Maitreya statue against the Wuyousi Mountain. The whole project took 90 years to finish. The Maitreya stone statue is 71 meters high and the feet are big enough for a hundred people to stand on. You may need to find the right angle to take a picture of it as a whole. After a late lunch, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Chengdu. You may choose to go and try more snacks, or simply rest at your hotel.

Day 06:Leaving Chengdu

Your final day starts with breakfast at the hotel followed by check-out. Your guide and driver will escort you to the airport for your flight to your next destination.

What's Included:

  • 2 days Panda Keeper Program
  • 5 nights selected hotel accommodation
  • All sightseeing & entrance fees as described in the itinerary
  • Local English speaking tour guide
  • Overland transfer with private driver
  • Meals as described in the itinerary
  • China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance

Hotel Options:

Standard Comfortable Deluxe
Huayang Garden City Hotel Tianfu Sunshine Hotel Tibet Hotel Chengdu