Date: 10th May & 1st Nov. 2021, 2022
Price: From 2970USD/PAX
Trip Focus: Panda + World Heritage
Status: Open to Booking
Route: Chengdu-Dujiangyan-Wolong-Jiuzhaigou-Fairy Ponds-Huanglong-Panda Habitat-Chengdu
Trip Code: P008
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Holding the distinction as one of the world’s largest panda base, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (Chengdu Panda Base) attracts tourists and wildlife enthusiasts worldwide. Conveniently located a short drive away from downtown, this state of the art research facility comfortably houses more pandas than anywhere else at home and abroad. During your visit, you will see pandas ranging from young cubs to lumbering adults as well as the elusive and adorable red panda. Additionally, the scenic, garden-like atmosphere of the panda base is especially ideal for urban birding like Red-billed Leiothrix, Ruddy Shelduck, Chinese Blackbird, Spotted Dove, etc.
Wolong Nature ReserveWolong Nature Reserve is among the largest nature reserve in Sichuan with the most complex natural conditions. Rare plants and animals inhabit in those thick virgin forests. More than 50 species of mammals and 300 species of birds have been recorded in the reserve including the Giant Panda, Golden Snub-nosed Monkey, Sichuan Takin, Chinese Monal, Tibetan Snowcock, and Firethroat.
Listed as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage in 1992, Jiuzhaigou is famous for its "Six Wonders," including the crystal water, terraced waterfalls, colorful forests, snow-capped peaks, Tibetan culture, and gem-like lakes. Water is the soul of Jiuzhaigou Valley, and numerous lakes of different sizes put Jiuzhaigou on the top of travel destinations in Asia. The lakes here are crystal clear all year round, and with the changing seasons, the color of the water shifts.
Panda Habitats and World Heritages Tour Map
Day 1. Arrive Chengdu. (D)
After arriving in Chengdu, we can enjoy a tour of the city depending on your arrival time. Overnight: Chengdu
Day 2. Chengdu-Dujiangyan. 64km 2h (BLD)
Visit Chengdu Panda Base and Jinsha Site Museum, then head to Dujiangyan. Overnight: Dujiangyan
Day 3. Dujiangyan-Wolong Panda Habitat. 66km 1.5h (BLD)
Explore Qingcheng Mountain in the morning and discover Dujiangyan Irrigation System after lunch. Drive to Wolong for overnight. Overnight: Wolong (Altitude 2,000m)
Day 4. Wolong Panda Habitat. (BLD)
Panda Volunteer Program at Wolong Panda Base and hiking in natural Panda Habitat. Overnight: Wolong (2,000m)
Day 5. Wolong-Jiuzhaigou. 369km 8h (BLD)
Drive to Jiuzhaigou, enjoy the beautiful scenery along Minjiang Valley and rich the ethnic culture along the way. Overnight: Jiuzhaigou (Attitude 2,000m)
Day 6. Jiuzhaigou. (BLD)
Wonder in the valleys of scenic Jiuzhaigou. Overnight: Jiuzhaigou (2,000m)
Day 7. Jiuzhaigou-Fairy Ponds-Huanglong. 114km 3h (BLD)
Drive to Huanglong via Fairy Ponds. Overnight: Huanglong (Altitude around 3,200m)
Day 8. Huanglong. (BLD)
Spend most of the day visiting Huanglong National Park. Overnight: Huanglong (Around 3,200m)
Day 9. Huanglong-Bao’en Temple-Tangjiahe Nature Reserve. 193km 5h (BLD)
Head to Tangjiahe Nature Reserve from Huanglong via Bao’en Temple. Overnight: Tangjiahe (Attitude 1,400m)
Day 10. Tangjiahe Nature Reserve. (BLD)
Spend a whole day searching for wildlife in this panda habitat. Overnight: Tangjiahe (1,400m)
Day 11. Tangjihe-Chengdu. 350km 6h (BLD)
Return Chengdu and enjoy Sichuan Opera after dinner. Overnight: Chengdu
Day 12. Chengdu departure. (B)
Day 1. Arrive Chengdu. Meals: D
The airport pick up. Based on the time you arrive, we can plan some free city tour programs such as visiting People’s Park to experience the typical laid-back lifestyles of Chengdu or visiting Jinli Street to feel the bustling shopping street with all types of shops selling unique local souvenirs and an array of food stands offering different delicious local take-away food.
Day 2. Chengdu-Dujiangyan. 64km 2h Meals: BLD
After enjoying an early breakfast at your hotel, we will take you to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. This innovative facility is home to the largest captive panda population in the world. During our stay at the center, you can watch these delightful animals relaxing in naturalistic enclosures. After lunch, we will pay a visit to the Jinsha Site Museum to discover a unique civilization created by Shu people more than 3000 years ago. Then we will head to Dujiangyan.
Day 3. Dujianyan-Wolong Panda Habitat. 66km 1.5h Meals: BLD
Departing in the morning, we will first visit the Qingcheng Taoist Mountain. This mountain holds a special distinction of being one of the holy mountains of Taoism and is populated with ornate Taoist temples. After leaving the mountain, we will visit the world-famous Dujiangyan Irrigation System. This premodern irrigation system was constructed in 265 BC and still functions to this day. Both Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan Irrigation System are registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Then we head to Wolong.
Overnight: Wolong (Altitude 2,000m)
Day 4. Wolong Panda Habitat. Meals: BLD
In the morning we will depart from our hotel to venture into the heart of the panda’s natural habitat. We will visit the Wolong Panda Base of CCRCGP(China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Pandas) with the option of participating in a panda volunteer program. This base gives guests a perfect opportunity to watch these animals quietly against the backdrop of their natural habitat. In the afternoon, we drive you to Balang Mountain to see the beautiful scenery or hike in Dengshengou Valley based on the weather conditions.
Overnight: Wolong (2,000m)
Day 5. Wolong-Jiuzhaigou. 369km 8h Meals: BLD
After a morning walk around our hotel to feel the natural charm, we will head on to Jiuzhaigou after breakfast at our hotel. The long drive along the scenic Minjiang Gorge will be a rewarding journey for us since we are going to drive through a corridor of ethnic minorities represented by Qiang, Hui, Han and Tibetan. We can also view the largest earthquake lake called Diexi Lake formed in 1933 Earthquake and see the ancient city wall in Songpan built in 1300 years ago to keep the productive agriculture area from harassment of nomadic tribes. Qiang used to live in the further western part of China, they migrated here hundreds of years ago because of wars among different tribes and settled down here under the protection of steep mountains. Now, this is the only place we can see the Qiang ethnic minority groups in China. As one of the oldest ethnic minorities in China, Qiang is extremely famous for architecture and unique costume. A balance of living and defense can be easily detected in traditional Qiang architectures.
Overnight: Jiuzhaigou (Attitude 2,000m)
Day 6. Jiuzhaigou. Meals: BLD
Our exploration of Jiuzhaigou Valley will begin after enjoying breakfast at our hotel. We will spend the day touring the natural splendor of this coveted heritage site. The main attractions of the valley are the colorful mirror-like lakes and splendid waterfalls. At the end of the valley, water from melting snow mixes with limestone water from underground, flowing down the mountain terraces, depositing the calcium carbonate from the limestone water on the rocks, stones, and fallen branches in its path. This natural phenomenon is the cause of vibrantly colored waters of the park.
Overnight: Jiuzhaigou (2,000m)
Day 7. Jiuzhaigou-Fairy Ponds-Huanglong. 114km 3h Meals: BLD
In the morning, we will drive to another wonderful site called Fairy Ponds. On the way, we will be greeted by yak herds grazing on the small grasslands by the side of the road, hospitable Tibetan people waving toward us with their smiling faces. If we are lucky, we can even encounter flocks of blood pheasants running across the road or hear the loud calls of Blue Eared Pheasant. Fairy Ponds is the miniature of Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong with the beauty of small but exquisite. These pools feature a variety of beautiful colors ranging from white to pale yellow that result from natural processes of calcification. When the sun shines, brilliant light will be reflected and fresh air will rush to your face, straight into the heart. Afterwards, we will have a good rest in Huanglong.
Overnight: Huanglong (Altitude around 3,200m)
Day 8. Huanglong. Meals: BLD
Starting in the morning, we will spend most of the day exploring Huanglong National Park. After breakfast at our hotel, we walk to the cable station and take a cable car to the higher part of the park to see ponds of different shapes and colors in the best morning ray and with fewer crowds. After getting off the cable car, we walk on a wooden walkway made through the virgin forest. Our walk will be accompanied by the chirping of birds. Occasional some cute squirrels may hop up in front of us on the walkway. With some luck, we can also encounter some birds like blood pheasants and eloquent laughingthrushes. From the top, we will enjoy the most beautiful group of ponds named Multicoloured Ponds. A Taoist temple sitting by the side of the ponds shows a blend of culture between Tibetan and Han in the past time. From Multicoloured Ponds, a huge calcified carpet stretches all the way to the bottom like a dragon. That is how Huanglong (literally means yellow dragon in Chinese) got its name. Surrounded by picturesque snow-capped mountain peaks, and with virgin forests on both sides, we will get lots of chances to photograph the golden ponds filled with gem-like water from your preferred angel. The whole park is just like a paradise on earth. And both Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong are panda habitats. As we slowly descend, the scenery changes as if we look through a kaleidoscope. We will prepare a picnic lunch for the day so that we can maximize our time inside this beautiful park. After a walk to the park gate at the bottom of the valley, we go to our hotel and rest.
Overnight: Huanglong (Around 3,200m)
Day 9. Huanglong-Bao’en Temple-Tangjiahe Nature Reserve. 193km 5h Meals: BLD
From Huanglong, we will continue our journey to the Tangjiahe Nature Reserve. Along the way, our team will lead you in searching for wildlife before a brief stop at the Bao’en Temple. Bao’en Temple covers an area of more than 27,800 square meters and has three main halls. The temple is a unique miniature replica of the Forbidden City located in the capital of this country. It has nearly 10,000 dragon totems which are in different style and delightful to watch. After touring this gorgeous temple, we will drive straight to Tangjiahe to rest for the night at the reserve’s hotel.
Overnight: Tangjiahe (Attitude 1,400m)
Day 10. Tangjiahe Nature Reserve. Meals: BLD
This entire day will be dedicated to exploring Tangjiahe Nature Reserve in search of native animal species. This reserve is home to wild pandas as well as a slew of other species that also benefit from panda conservation efforts. As we set our foot on this wild panda habitat, the animal species we may come across based on our knowledge from past trips include Takin, Golden Snub-nosed Monkey, Asiatic Black Bear, Tibetan Macaque, Golden Pheasant, Wild Boar, Chinese Goral, Reeve's Muntjac, Chinese Serow, Masked Palm Civet, Eurasian Otter, Tufted Deer, Yellow-throated Marten, and Rhesus Macaque. It’s a precious experience to be here and know the present conservation status of wild pandas and the efforts for protecting them.
Overnight: Tangjiahe (1,400m)
Day 11. Tangjiahe Nature Reserve-Chengdu 350km 6h Meals: BLD
After preparing our bags and eating breakfast, we will board our transportation back to Chengdu. Upon arrival, you have the option to join in a Sichuan Opera show and city tour. The art of Sichuan Opera is a theater-style showcasing attractions like fire breathing performers and actors with face-changing masks. As an audience member, you can relax and drink tea as costumed actors breathing fire and quickly swap between ornate masks in a blink of an eye. These shows host a variety of acts ranging from life-like puppets and comedy to traditional music instruments and singing. For anyone visiting Chengdu, the visit is not complete until you’ve witnessed Sichuan Opera.
Day 12. Chengdu departure. Meals: B
On the final day of the itinerary, our team will escort you to the airport or train station to depart from Chengdu on time. This concludes the scheduled itinerary.
AbsolutePanda can tailor-make this trip according to your time and interest.
The AbsolutePanda team works hard to provide the highest quality tour experiences at a fair price. However, after working in the travel industry for more than 20 years, our team knows that no two travelers are alike in terms of their travel style, personal interest, choice of guides and preferences in restaurants and hotels. For AbsolutePanda, our client’s satisfaction is a top priority. To meet the needs of different clients and ensure they enjoy a trip suited to their preferences, you are welcome to email with specific requests ranging from trip themes, guides, the quality of vehicles, accommodations, and restaurants. Our group trip price has the following includes and excludes below.
To ensure our guest the best trip, we set our minimum departure number at two and the maximum departure number at ten. That means the group size is 2 to 10 participants.
The land cost for a group of 2 to 10 people:
An extra night in Chengdu:
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Sichuan is the "Kingdom of Giant Panda".
Beautiful background in Wolong Panda Base imitates natural panda habitat.
Colorful ponds at Huanglong.
A waterfall at Jiuzhaigou.
Exquisite carving at Bao'en Temple.
A takin mum and her child in Tangjiahe.