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 12 Days Panda Habitats and World Heritages

12 Days Panda Habitats and World Heritages

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


Giant pandas are loved by people around the world. Sichuan Province is the hometown of these iconic creatures with more than 85% of the world’s captive giant pandas and 75% of total wild pandas. In this itinerary, our expert guides will take you to some of Sichuan’s most beautiful natural places and reserves of giant pandas. First, we will have up-close encounters with pandas at two of China’s best panda bases, then we enter into their last wild habitats. Lots of conservation efforts have been put into panda protection and several wild panda reserves have been built in Sichuan during the last 50 years. These panda habitats have wilderness teeming with an abundance of different animal species, including the Giant Panda, Golden Snub-nosed Monkey, Takin, Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Golden Pheasant, Chinese Monal, etc. This side of China is with little known to the outside world and will give you an unforgettable experience and touching moment. Nevertheless, we have something more to offer. Sichuan is also a land that has unique and irreplaceable World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites. Built in the 3rd century BC, Dujiangyan Irrigation System is a world-famous irrigation project reflecting the high wisdom of ancient Chinese people. Mount Qingcheng is a major Taoist site in China and contributed to the very early progress of Taoism. Jiuzhaigou & Huanglong are on the edge of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, described as “the Heaven on Earth” with phenomenal landscapes. 
Seldom an itinerary will take you to the remote panda habitats and the renowned world heritages together. You will leave no regret after spending 12 valuable days with AbsolutePanda.


● See giant pandas at two most prestigious panda bases, namely Chengdu Panda Base and Wolong Panda Base, and participate in Panda Volunteer Program in Wolong Panda Base.

● Search for wildlife in one of the best-protected nature reserves in China.

● Visit the only functioning ancient irrigation project—Dujiangyan Irrigation System, which was built more than 2200 years ago with the Chinese concept of diverting river water without a dam. Explore Taoism in one of the most important Taoist mountains in China where Taoism was nurtured and prospered.

● Enjoy stunning scenery in two UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites called Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong, known as the "Fairyland on Earth" due to their extreme beauty.

● Drive through different ethnic minority areas including Qiang, Muslim and Tibetan.

Introduction to Trip Destinations:


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.


Wolong Panda Base
Wolong Shenshuping Panda Base (Wolong Panda Base) is a new panda base built with the charity donation from Hong Kong Government after the 2008 Earthquake when the old Wolong Panda Base was damaged by the earthquake. It takes about a 2-hour drive from Chengdu City proper to the base. This base has the best natural temperature for pandas and is an excellent place for people who want to see active panda cubs with fewer crowds. Wolong Nature Reserve where the base is located is one of the most first reserves set up in China to protect giant pandas and their habitats.

Tangjiahe Nature Reserve
Located in the northeastern part of Minshan Mountains, Tangjiahe Nature Reserve is one of the first reserves set up to protect giant pandas, their companion animals and the whole habitat where they live. In the depth of those rugged mountains, we can find world-class attractions, colorful indigenous people, elusive endemic birds, and a great variety of mammals, insects, amphibians, and plants. Though it is not easy to spot a giant panda in the wild, the rewards from paying a visit to this panda habitat are extremely high. With the umbrella protection of Giant Panda, its companion animals like Asiatic Black Bear, Golden Snub-nosed Monkey, Golden Pheasant, Chinese Goral, Takin, Red Panda, Temminck's Tragopan, and Leopard Cat, etc. are all striving here. Spotting those lovely creatures in the wild can bring you lots of fun on this natural journey. A guided walk through this scenic reserve will enable you to gain a panoramic understanding of pandas, a variety of wildlife sharing the same habitat and appreciate the breath-taking beauty of the panda habitat. 

Jiuzhaigou Valley
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.


Huanglong Scenic Area is located in Songpan County of Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province. About 100 kilometers away from Jiuzhaigou Valley, Huanglong is famous for its "Four Wonders," the colorful pool, awesome snow mountain, scenic valley, and virgin forest. In 1992, it was included on the World's Natural Heritage List. The travertine landscapes and colorful pools accumulated in a process of thousands of years make Huanglong stand out as one of the most popular tourist attractions.

Mount Qingcheng
Located near the scenic city of Dujiangyan, Mount Qingcheng is one of the best places to visit to gain a deeper perspective on China’s indigenous religion of Taoism. With a history spanning hundreds of years, Qingcheng is the host to a variety of temples showcasing the elegant architecture of Taoist tradition. Visitors to the mountain can navigate a series of staircases winding up through peaceful forests in search of practitioners and shrines dedicated to notable Taoist deities and figures. The peaceful atmosphere and cultural significance of Mount Qingcheng have even earned it global recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Pingwu Bao'en Temple
Known as 
a small version of the "Forbidden City," Baoen Temple was originally built by a local landlord as his palace that could have the similar beauty and grandeur of the Forbidden City. He turned it into a temple in a hurry when he heard the investigation officer sent by the emperor was on the way. All buildings are in the axis-symmetric arrangement and completely imitates the layout design of the Beijing one. The whole temple is built with all precious Phoebe trees, with a grand scale, harmonious layout, and exquisite architectural design with strong characteristics. It is the only one in China and is praised as a "rare relic structure in the early Ming dynasty" by Chinese and foreign architecture experts.

Dujiangyan Irrigation System
With 2200 years of history, the ancient irrigation system in Dujiangyan is distinct as the only ancient irrigation project of its kind to be functional after so long. This project is credited with having irrigated the vast fertile grasslands near Chengdu turning them into a breadbasket celebrated across all of China. The irrigation system became a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 2000. 

How Can We Make This Trip Special?

a. A Team of Passionate Guides Specializing in Different Fields.

b. Can be Customized to Better Meet Your Travel Style. 

c. 20-plus Years of Working in the Travel Industry and Serving Travelers from All Over the World Enable Us to Know How to Make Great Trip for Travelers of Different Travel Styles

What makes AbsolutePanda excellent?

• We are one of the premier travel companies focusing 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 scenery all over China and explore the authentic local culture.

• Exclusive Quality & Value Guarantee.
We define our quality by well-designed itineraries, stunning destinations, creative interactions, small groups, professional guides, and reasonable prices.

• Explore China in comfort and your style.
Beyond selected accommodations, meals and vehicles, we would like to show you the real China by an authentic experience with incredible wildlife and lovely locals.

• We care and share.
We believe the best way to help wildlife is love and appreciation. By bringing nature lovers to enjoy the beauty of nature in China, we hope that local people can realize the beauty of wildlife and learn how to love and appreciate those beautiful creatures living near their villages.


                  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 
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 
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 
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.

Overnight: Chengdu

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. 

Overnight: 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 Baoen 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.

Overnight: Chengdu

 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.


Dates & Prices

1. Dates

Group A: 10th to 21st May 2021.
Group B: 1st  to 11th Nov. 2021.
Group C: 10th to 21st May 2022.
Group D: 1st to 11th Nov. 2022.

AbsolutePanda can tailor-make this trip according to your time and interest.

2. Prices

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:  

Single supplement:

An extra night in Chengdu:
70USD/per room

The land cost includes:
1. Well-chosen vehicles based on the size of the group for the trip with fuel, tolls, airport pick up and drop off included in the price;
2. An English-speaking guide for the whole trip;
3. A local ranger in Tangjiehe Nature Reserve;
4. Meals listed above as BLD;
5. Bottled water and snacks;
6. Entrance charges and shuttles listed in the itinerary;
7. China Domestic Travel Insurance;
8. Hotels arranged during this trip;
9. Panda Volunteer Program in Wolong;
10. Sichuan Opera Face-changing Show.

The land cost excludes:
1. Alcoholic drinks during the meal;
2. Extra charges due to change of itinerary from client-side or factors beyond the control of AbsolutePanda such as natural disaster and governmental policy change;
3. Discretionary tips to the guide and driver;
4. All personal expenses, such as laundry service or for personal shopping;
5. Train ticket or airfare to or out of Chengdu;
6. Any items not listed in the itinerary as included;
7. Entrance fee, car rental, or meals during your free time trip;
8. Single supplement;
9. Extra nights in Chengdu.

For guests arrive Chengdu earlier or want to stay Chengdu for more days, we take extra night charges listed above.
The prices above are not applicable during any Chinese festivals and holidays. We recommend you to avoid travelling during Chinese festivals and holidays for a better experience.

For travelers who hope to tailor-make the day programs with their specific travel preferences in mind (transportation, hotels, special privileges, and famous local experts), tailor-making a tour is the best way to ensure your desires are met. Please contact us with your specific needs and we will make an itinerary based on your expectations. Once you confirm, we work out the cost and send it to you. Please feel free to ask any questions to learn more.

Please note that guides with specialized knowledge are not always available, especially during our peak tour season (April to October). If you are in the process of planning a trip, please contact us as early as possible so that we will block the date of our expert guide for you.

 When you put your trust in our team, we are certain to help you enjoy an unforgettable travel experience!



AbsolutePanda firmly believes travel is an art. To ensure every trip traveling with us is a great travel art for our client, the AbsolutePanda team does all we can to consider every possible detail. The choice of hotels is an essential part of making a great trip. After many years of running a travel business, we have built up our network of cooperative hotels at different levels. We understand people are different in the choice of hotels when they travel. If you hope to use some specific hotels, please feel free to let us know, we are delighted to book it for you at a competitive price for you to make the hotel choice better meet your taste, budget and travel style. We can either reserve a hotel with competitive price for you or simply include the hotel into your trip cost if possible. You are welcome to contact us and tell us your requests, we will do our best to create the best travel itinerary for your private use.
For this tour, we will use 4-star hotels or hotels with same class facilities and services. In panda reserves like Tangjiahe, we will overnight in the best local hostel.

If you need help with hotel booking in other big cities of China at different styles and luxury levels (International-brand Hotels, Local Brand Hotels, Economical Hotels), please feel free to email our team at info@absolutepanda.com.



1. Where do wild pandas live? What are the current situation of panda habitats?
Giant pandas live in temperate bamboo forests in high mountains of the wild panda habitats. These panda habitats are distributed in 3 provinces, Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu. They are found in five major areas in China, namely, Minshan Mountains,  Qionglai Mountains, Xiangling Mountains, Liangshan Mountains and Qinling Mountains. Giant panda used to live in a much bigger area than it is now. Because of the ice age in the Quaternary period and human activities, now panda habitat has shrunk into much narrower areas, mostly the high mountains and deep valleys in the eastern edge of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau as shown in the map below.

2. Will we have a chance to see wild pandas on this tour?
While Sichuan is famed as a province accommodating the most substantial portion of the wild panda population (75%), it should be noted that spotting a wild panda is quite slim due to the small population and unique lifestyle of pandas mostly living inside the bamboo forest. While panda viewings in Tangjiahe Nature Reserve have been reported almost every year by visitors and rangers, it is really hard to predict for a particular trip. For us, we will do our best to show you all the possible attractions we see inside this panda habitat and make your trip full of wonderful memories. Pandas live in the place we are going to visit, and we just enjoy everything we have blessed to see there.

3. What are the cultures can we expect to encounter on this tour?

As we move into the western and northern reaches of Sichuan, we are certain to be surprised by the sudden shift in the local cultural aesthetic. The Tibetan people in Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong regions maintain their unique cultural traditions, the mysterious primitive religion, the complicated architectural style, the costumes style, and the enthusiastic festivals. Besides, we will have a chance to appreciate different cultures of Qiang, Hui Muslim, and Han.

4. If we want to arrive Chengdu in advance or spend more days here after the tour, can AbsolutePanda arrange that for us?
Yes, absolutely. We are more than happy to help our guest to book services and arrange day tours of Chengdu. Please check our website for more day tour options and send us your requirements. We can tailor-make a suitable tour plan for you.

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We were nervous about finding a company online, and paying for services out of the country. Absolute Panda was completely honest with us. They only required a small deposit beforehand. We paid the rest when we arrived. They were affordable.

We had pretty specific interests. The staff at Absolute Panda helped us through the planning process. They created something perfect for our family! They spent months offering free advice, suggestions, and help. They were flexible with the itinerary. 

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We stayed at beautiful, and clean accommodations, “off the beaten path.” We went to small mountain towns. They were gorgeous.

Our guide, Bella, was exceptional! She was kind, friendly, interesting, reliable, and lots of fun. She spoke very good English. She had an extensive knowledge of local wildlife, as well as history, culture, and everything else we asked. 

Bella was able to identify any bird or creature she saw, by Chinese and English name. She has great eyes. She could spot wildlife in the distance, that were hard to see even with binoculars. She took us on hikes that matched our skill levels. We saw wild monkeys, gorals, muntjacs, and tons of beautiful birds. We were in highly competent hands.

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Videos & Photos


                                                                      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.

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