Dujiangyan Panda Volunteering Experience with Lunch


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From $299.00

52 reviews   (4.88)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 9 hours

Departs: china, china

TicketType: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

Overview

-Your friendly private guide will take pictures and video during volunteer work
-Work closely with giant panda keepers, see the story behind the stage
-Contribute to conservation efforts of this vulnerable species
-Feed panda face to face, enjoy this intimate and comforting moment
-Hustle free: health certificate and reservation had included in the tour


What's Included

Entrance fee for panda volunteer participant

Friendly private guide service to ensure you a hustle free and informative panda experience

Lunch in canteen for panda volunteer participant

Panda volunteer experience

Panda Volunteer Reservation and application service fee

Private comfortable transportation according to the itinerary

What's Not Included

Entrance fee for non panda volunteer participants

Gratuities

Health certificate for panda volunteer


Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 3
  • CHILD: Age: 4 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Panda Valley
This tour includes the private transportation to/from Chengdu and informative English speaking guide who will show you around Dujiangyan panda base.

Travelers can opt to participate panda volunteer program to work as panda keeper for a day, see pandas behind the stage.

Dujiangyan Panda Volunteer & Feeding program
• 7:10-8:30  
-Hotel pick-up
-Transfer to Dujiangyan Panda Base(Entrance fee is included)
• 8:30-9:00  
-Arrive Dujiangyan panda base at the opening time.
-Check in panda volunteer before other tourists arrive.
-Put on working outfit, sign the volunteer paper, get ready for work!
• 9:00-10:00
-Clean the indoor and outdoor enclosure
-Smash the bamboo for panda
-Shovel the panda pupu :)

(Please follow the staff instruction during volunteer)
• 10:30-11:30
-Feed the panda face to face
-Each participants will feed panda the carrot or panda cake , enjoy this special and intimate moment with the panda.
-After panda feeding, free time on your own to explore the facility before lunch.

(Dujiangyan panda base is much less touristy and crowded compare with Chengdu panda base.)
• 11:30-12:30
- Buffet lunch at the staff canteen (Lunch is included)
-Vegetable,meat,soup, rice and fruit are available
• 12:30-14:00
-Watch the special edition of panda documentary to know more about pandas.
-After the documentary,free time on your own before afternoon work.

14:00-14:30
-Clean the enclosure and refill the bamboo

14:30-15:30
-Feed the panda AGAIN:)
-Make the panda cake which contains corn, egg,vitamine to ensure the health of panda
-Receive the volunteer certificate and souvenirs from panda base
-THANK YOU FOR THE HARD WORK &DONATION

15:30-17:00
-Say good bye to pandas, return Chengdu.
-Drop off can be arranged either at the hotel or the attraction within the downtown area.

Trip Note:

1.There are limited quota for panda volunteer daily

2.Donation of panda volunteer(700rmb/person) please pay cash upon arrival.

9 hours • Admission Ticket Included


Reviews

Glad we booked through West China Go
sandkeeper, 24-07-2019
This is an odd one to review, because there are two aspects: the Panda Volunteering at Dujiangyuan, and West China Go who helped arrange it.

I’ll start with the latter and say this: if you are not Chinese and you’ve decided on the Dujiangyuan panda day, you should absolutely book through West China Go. Lily, who was my contact, was helpful, efficient, easy to correspond with, and I felt like she has a passion for what she’s doing. Most importantly for me, she dealt with the required medical form via email, saving a lot of money, time and hassle of doing this privately in our home country. The West China Go package also included transportation and entrance fees to the panda base, so it was fully inclusive of pretty much everything you need for the day.

Regarding the panda volunteering, you really need to be aware of what you’re getting. If you’re just browsing tours and you have a lot of money to spend to get close to pandas, this isn’t for you. Don’t get me wrong: it *will* cost a lot and you *will* get closer to pandas than your average tourist, including a chance to feed them a few sticks of carrot, but that’s not what the volunteering day is about. You will also spend time smashing bamboo against the ground, making ‘cake’ for the pandas, eating unfamiliar Chinese food in the staff canteen, and sweeping up panda poo. Is it an authentic ‘day-in-the-life’ of a panda keeper? No, it’s way easier than that. But it’s a bit of fun and something different.

Personally, I had a great day. Yes, it was the most expensive thing we did in a two-week tour of China. Yes, it was a long car journey from Chengdu. Yes, the panda feeding time was short. Yes, there is nearly two hours of free time during the day (we used this to see other pandas, plus red pandas and black bears also at the centre). But if seeing pandas is on your “must do” list in China/Chengdu, and you want to devote more to the experience than just going to a zoo, then I highly recommend this as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Just be aware of what’s offered and you won’t be disappointed.
Memorable Experience
verasimog, 18-07-2019
This has been probably one of the best experiences of our lives! This Panda volunteer program is well organised and gives you the chance to learn a lot, to give your contribute to a great project and to spend an entire day among pandas. Westchinago tour, then, is top! Lily is super careful and helped us to choose what best fitted with our needs. We also booked with them a 2 day tour to Emei mountain and Leshan Buddha...OUTSTANDING! We've got no words to say thank you to Westchinago!
A special thank to our super guide, Fifi: a young woman whose kindness and intelligence has made our tours simply perfect! You'll be always in our hearts!
Fantastic Panda Base Volunteer Day!!
annamT3019WX, 09-05-2019
We had a wonderful experience using West China Go for our panda experience! I had great communication with Lily throughout the process and she answered all my questions. They do have a gmail account but it would be easier to use their other email account for inquiries. Lily arranged transport to and from our hotel in Chengdu and the driver was very polite and professional. We arrived to Dujiangyan just before opening and were led past all the lines into a waiting area for volunteers. The free shirts were very good quality and we got ready for our first task. We cleaned panda enclosures and got to be very close to them while working. We then put fresh bamboo down and left to tour part of the park. We had a great English speaking guide from the panda base show us around and tell us about the pandas. A short time later we went back and fed a sweet senior panda some snacks. It was absolutely amazing! We each got to feed him a good amount and get great photos! After the feeding we ate lunch and had some free time to roam the park before starting the movie. It was about an hour long and honestly I really enjoyed all the information on panda conservation and preservation. After this we went back for another panda feeding which was so much fun (again)! We then helped make panda bread by shaping the dough before baking. All in all it was a great experience and I absolutely recommend it!!! There’s a little gift shop where you can buy panda things and an ice-cream sandwich if you choose. Our volunteer day also provided a shirt, certificate and post cards in a thank you bag. Our ride back to Chengdu went well and I would absolutely go again via West China Go!
Panda Volunteer Experience
Dan N, 24-03-2019
Great experience, the contact Lily was quick to communicate and set everything up for my party. They sent a car to pick us up at the hotel and gave us the option to pay in USD. Everything went smoothly and I enjoyed my trip very much. I would highly recommend them if you are visiting the Panda reserve and want the volunteer experience.
Panda Volunteer Program
Zhenhao2541, 11-03-2019
I took my mother who loves pandas to the Dujiangyan for Panda Volunteering. It was an amazing experience. We were able to look after the pandas, feed them bamboo and carrots, and have a delicious lunch with the staff. Our coordinator, Lily, helped arrange everything from the car from Chengdu, the health form, and date of the visit. Much appreciated.




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