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Absolute experiences into panda habitats and beyond. —AbsolutePanda
AbsolutePanda is a brand of Sichuan Absolute Wild Travel Co., Ltd (Business License No.: L-SC-A00464). 
Based in Chengdu, the AbsolutePanda team has been focusing on panda and wildlife tours all over China since 2003.
 
Our staff is comprised of panda fans, wildlife enthusiasts, photographers, and nature lovers who are interested in deviating from the beaten trail. With years of practice and experience in the eco-tourism industry, we are happy to appreciate travel as an art. We believe "Travel is an Art" and spare no efforts to arrange the best trips with our professional knowledge and endless passion.

Our vision is to create a harmonious relationship among tourists, the locals, and the natural environment by providing world-class sustainable travel in China. We create responsible Eco Tours for people from all over the world, while we hope local people can benefit from those programs and be aware of protecting our environment and culture. We are proud to make our clients enjoy and appreciate the beauty of nature, wildlife, and culture. 
Our various travel products are certain to have something for everyone. If you want something different, we are glad to realize your plan with a custom itinerary.

 
Our Story and Special Thanks 
 
AbsolutePanda was founded by Philip He and Lily Guo which was started as a mom-and-pop business. AbsolutePanda would have never become what it is now without the generous support from our clients and partners since 2003. We want to express our heartfelt thanks to all those people who have helped us during the past years. While it would be impossible to thank all the friends who have contributed to our growth and success, here are some of them:
 
• Rick Kattelmann: Rick learned about our company through a photography friend of Philip in 2010 and has been with us for at least seven trips since then. Rick has helped us a lot with proof-reading, website structure, and business philosophy.
 
• Steve Ziman: Steve also first traveled with us in 2010 and has joined our trips for several times. He has been instrumental in helping us create a website that is accommodating to our foreign clients. Thanks to his insight that we have been able to reach global travelers.
 
• Bradley Joseph: A persistent and passionate bear expert from Alaska, the US. We got to know Brad from co-working on a trip organized by one of the foremost travel companies in the world. He is the most devoted tour leader we have ever worked with. He has taught us a great deal on how to provide the best services in the wild and how to appreciate nature.
 
• Rod Hamilton: Rod is the owner of a consultant company in the UK who we met during a giant panda tracking trip in Sichuan. Rod imparted the advice that was very crucial to helping us to establish our brand on TripAdvisor. Now people find us from the recommendation of our TripAdvisor page.
 
We could not have done it without the support we’ve received from all of our guests and friends.
We are honor to express our sincere thanks here. Thank you for all.
 
 
Our Services
 
AbsolutePanda provides top quality services and glad to add unforgettable travel memories to your trip. No matter you are an individual, school classes, or corporate clients, AbsolutePanda's one-stop service ensures there is a trip for everyone. As a company, we focus on comfort, safety, and adaptability while taking them as our top priorities. We understand that people with different backgrounds have different tastes, preferences, and expectations for the way they travel. Here is a brief introduction for your reference on creating your perfect trip.
 
1. Itineraries to Choose
AbsolutePanda believes travel is an art, and each traveler is different in pursuing this art. We have designed 7 groups of theme trips namely Panda Tours, Nature Travel, Culture Journeys, Photo Trips, Wildlife Safari, Adventure Tours, and City Tour. The itineraries listed on our website provides rich choices for you to achieve your best travel art with us in China.
 
2. Trip Planning
Our team of travel experts is well versed in China’s premier destinations. They can use their expertise and passion to help you make one-stop and stress-free travel plans. You only need to provide information about your travel interests, goals, budget, and allow us to do the rest.
 
3. Reservations
After working in the travel field for years, we have built a network with local hotels, car rental companies, and scenic areas. Additionally, we have established business relations with first-hand providers and have annual contracts that ensure our clients will enjoy discounted prices. With these established resources, we have become the travel experts in this field. Welcome to contact us for the reservations to facilitate your trip.
 
4. Corporate Event 
With the background and resources in managing high-end outdoor events, we design and provide creative themes and complete logistics management along with unique pre-/post-touring options for corporate clients. No matter these are investment survey trips, cocktail parties, philanthropic travel, or team-building events, our one-stop service will ensure that your events are productive and memorable.
 
5. Camera Renting
If you don’t want to bring your camera and lens but still want to get the best shots, we also provide a camera rental service. Just tell us what camera and lens you hope to use during the trip, we will send you the price and prepare equipment for you in advance.
 
6. Photography
All the photos selected on our website are taken by our team or clients. If you have interests in photography and hope to learn more about photography, we can arrange a photography guide and plan a trip in which you can get the best chance of photographing and practicing photography techniques.
 
7. Special Experiences
Travel can expand your horizons and social experience. Our team prides trips that are impossible to forget. We provide special programs that make your trip one of a kind. The following are some special experiences you may wish to consider. 
 
a. Panda Interaction 
Volunteering at one of Sichuan’s panda bases is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close with these delightful creatures. Working with a panda keeper and experiencing their work can be an exciting memory. In this project, you can get a chance to feed the panda through the bars of their night house. (Currently suspended due to the pandemic.)
 
b. Birding
We have a group of full-time bird experts who know exactly how to lead a wonderful birding tour that will expose you to the wealth of colorful avian species. If you are very interested in birds, we highly recommend that you request a birding experts for your trip to detail out your target bird species.
 
c. Flower-watching
China is home to many alpine flower species such as Meconopsis, Gentianaceae, Primula, and Rhododendron. For example, Western Sichuan is one of 26 global hot spots picked by Conservation International for biodiversity. Our plant expert can help you appreciate those beautiful flowers in the right season and place.
 
d. Mammal-watching
Besides pandas, China is home to a diverse array of spectacular mammal species such as the Golden Snub-nosed Monkey, Sika Deer, Asiatic Black Bear, Przewalski's Gazelle, Tibetan Antelope, Wild Yak, Kiang, Snow Leopard, White-lipped Deer, Tibetan Gazelle, etc. If you have interests in mammals, our wildlife guides can take you into the backwoods of China in search of them.
 
e. Kung Fu & Taiji Lessons
The national treasure of Chinese martial arts is almost mythical in the eye of most westerners. These ancient art forms are not just sets of body movements, it is a combination of Chinese philosophy and exercises. If you have interests in having a lesson in Kung Fu or Taiji lesson from a local instructor, we are skilled in making it happen!
 
f. Cooking Classes
We can provide both family cooking programs and cooking classes in a local school to enrich your travel experiences with taste and flavor!
 
g. Cycling
If you enjoy cycling, we can arrange a cycling trip to help you explore a certain area where you have interests.

As we can’t list all the special experiences here, welcome to contact us if you have any special requests.
 
 
What makes your travel with AbsolutePanda unique? 
 
1. We are one of the premier travel companies who focus on wildlife in China
 Since 2003, our professional tour leaders and wildlife experts have helped thousands of travelers gain an in-depth understanding of Giant Panda and their companion animals, enjoy stunning sceneries all over China, and explore the authentic local cultures.
 
2. Exclusive Quality and Value Guarantee
We define our quality by well-designed itineraries, stunning destinations, creative interactions, small groups, professional guides, and reasonable prices. As a responsible travel company, we care about the local community and also benefit a lot from working directly with the locals. 
 
3. Explore China in comfort and on your style
Beyond selected accommodations, meals, and vehicles, we would like to show you the real China by an authentic experience with incredible wildlife, scenery, culture, and lovely locals. Our experienced tour guide would like to be your friend while showing you the different side of China.
 
4. We care and share
We believe the best way to enjoy a journey is to love and appreciate it. By bringing our clients to the beauty of nature and culture in China, we hope that local people can also discover and realize the marvel of wildlife, their unique culture, and learn how to love and appreciate those beautiful things they have around their villages.
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