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Trip Details

 3 Days Kung Fu Panda Experience

3 Days Kung Fu Panda Experience

Date: All Year Round

Price: From USD 750/PAX

Trip Focus: Panda + Kung Fu

Status: Open to Booking

Route: Chengdu-Dujiangyan-Qingcheng-Chengdu

Trip Code: P005

Overview



When people think of China, pandas and martial arts come to mind at the first place. It is impossible to imagine this country without its long tradition of Kung Fu and its most iconic animal. In this tour exclusively offered by AbsolutePanda, you will expose yourself to these two staples of the middle kingdom with a slew of activities.

Participating in a day of volunteering with one of Sichuan’s panda bases, you will have the best opportunity to get up close and personal with these charming animals. Besides, a trip to Mount Qingcheng will give you insightful gaze into the history of Chinese martial arts. Not only is Sichuan, the premier destination to view pandas, but it features some of the most influential sites for the indigenous tradition of Taoism and Kung Fu. With the help of our experienced and passionate team, you will have a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience that combines comfort, discovery, and adventure.



Highlights:

 Explore the Taoist temples of Mount Qingcheng, flourishing place of Taoism.

• Get up close and personal with China’s most iconic animal resident, the Giant Panda.

• Participate in the daily care and maintenance of captive pandas.

• Learn the fundamentals of Chinese martial arts from a Taoist instructor.

• Witness the ancient irrigation system in Dujiangyan that functions to this day.

• Relax in comfort from the vantage of a Taoist-inspired hotel in Qingcheng.

• Enjoy the surrounding environment of Dujiangyan and Qingcheng.


Introduction to trip destinations and activities:
 

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 a host to a variety of temples showcasing the elegant architectures of Taoist traditions. Visitors can navigate a series of staircases winding up through peaceful forests in search of practitioners and temples dedicated to notable Taoist deities and figures. The peaceful atmosphere and cultural significance of Mount Qingcheng have even earned its global recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 

Dujiangyan Panda Base
Ran by the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP), the panda base in Dujiangyan is home to a sizable collection of these treasured Chinese icons. The base itself not only provides for the care and husbandry of these rare creatures but also plays a critical role in their conservation, research and breeding efforts. This base provides guests with the special opportunity to participate in the daily care of the park’s captive pandas (Panda Volunteer). Participants will prepare bamboo and carrots to feed to the pandas and clean out their cages. This activity provides the perfect chance for some perfect photos of you with a live panda!
 

Kung Fu Lesson in the Taoist Temple Hotel
With a history spanning back hundreds of years, the iconic martial art style of Kung Fu is closely tied to Chinese history and spirituality. During your tour with AbsolutePanda, you will have a perfect opportunity to learn Kung Fu from a Taoist master (Shifu) in Mount Qingcheng. This is as authentic as it gets!   



 

Dujiangyan Irrigation System
With over 2,200 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 land 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?
 

 Many times of running this itinerary for western panda funs, nature and culture lovers enables us to ensure your trip is enjoyable and comfortable in the hidden area.
 
 A team of passionate guides specializing in panda and wildlife with rich experiences of guiding and solid knowledge about local cultures and places.
 
 This trip can be customized to better meet your travel style by centering on a different focus.
 
 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 trips 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.


 

Map


 
Kung Fu Panda Tour Map 


 

Itinerary



Outline:

Day 1. Chengdu arrival. (D) 

Airport pick-up. City tour. Overnight: Hongtai hotel, Chengdu (Copper Panda)/Shangri-La Chengdu (Gold Panda)

Day 2. Dujiangyan Panda Base Volunteer Program-Mt. Qingcheng. (BLD)
Drive to Dujiangyan Panda Base for Panda Volunteer Program. Overnight: Taoist Temple Hotel (Copper Panda)/Deluxe viewing room in Taoist Temple Hotel (Gold Panda)

Day 3. Daoism and Taiji activity-Dujiangyan Irrigation System-Chengdu. (BLD)
After moring activity of Taiji, we will visit Dujiangyan Irrigation System. Then drive back to Chengdu.



Details:

Day 1. Chengdu Arrival. Meals: D
After your arrival in Chengdu, our guides will escort you from the airport into the city. We will visit the Qingyang Taoist Temple in the city if you have the amount of time. This temple holds the distinction of being one of the largest Taoist temples in Southwestern China.

Overnight: Hongtai Hotel (Copper Panda)/Shangri-La Chengdu (Gold Panda)

Day 2. Dujiangyan Panda Volunteer-Mount Qingcheng. Meals: BLD
07:00-08:30   Depart from Chengdu to Dujiangyan Panda Base.
08:30-09:00   Make preparation for volunteer work at the panda base.
09:00-10:00   Clean the enclosure and prepare bamboo.
10:00-11:00   Free time to visit other giant pandas and red pandas.
11:00-11:30    Feed the panda.
11:30-13:00   Have lunch and drive to Mount Qingcheng.
13:00-17:00   Explore Mount Qingcheng and learn Taoism.

Overnight: Taoist Temple Hotel (Copper Panda)/Deluxe viewing room in Taoist Temple Hotel (Gold Panda)

Day 3. Kung Fu Lesson-Dujiangyan Irrigation System-Chengdu. Meals: BLD
After waking up, we begin a Kung Fu lesson under the instruction of a Taoist who is good at martial arts teaching. Also, this activity will be a perfect opportunity to learn more about the history of Kung fu and Taoism in China. Once we have finished the Kung fu activity, we depart for the Dujiangyan Irrigation System. This ancient project was built more than 2,200 years ago and still functions this day. As a result of its cultural significance in the area, the Dujiangyan irrigation system was designated as a UNESCO world heritage site. Once we have finished touring the site, we will board our transportation and drive back to Chengdu to conclude this scheduled tour.

Notes:
1. If you need help in arranging a flight to Chengdu from other major cities of China such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, or a departure flight from Chengdu, please feel free to contact us, we are more than happy to provide any support we can to facilitate your trip planning.
2. *Transfer to airport or book an extra night in Chengdu through AbsolutePanda.



 

Dates & Prices



1. Dates

This trip is available all year round. 
AbsolutePanda can tailor-make this trip according to your time and interests.


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, we have created a variety of different price options for our trips. These options vary in the guides they use, different vehicles, accommodations, and restaurants. Our trip prices have the following options, please read the explanations about includes and excludes for each price option below: 
These standard prices are made based on a minimum of two travelers. The trip size is 2~10.



Option 1: Copper Panda

For travelers who are looking for a skilled guide who speaks English and show them around. You can choose this price option.

The land cost for a group of 2 to 10 people:
750USD/PAX
 
Single supplement:
98USD/PAX

In this tour, the Copper Panda Price Service includes:
1. A guide with fluent English from AbsolutePanda Tour Team;
2. A private car serving the full duration of this tour;
3. The entrance and shuttle tickets and panda volunteer charges listed in this itinerary;
4. Meals as listed in the itinerary;
5. Hotel listed in the itinerary for Copper Panda;
6. China domestic travel insurance.
The price does not include your discretionary tips to the serving crew (driver and guide) and any other entrance tickets.

Example Guides:
1) Claude: A Sichuan local who is fluent in English, passionate, and is well-versed in general knowledge about popular destinations. He can work as a driver and guide for small groups.
2) Melinda: A detail-oriented guide who is fluent in English. Melinda is knowledgeable about general information of our popular tour locations. 
3) Michael: An American living in Chengdu, Michael is a passionate guide and is adept at interpreting Chengdu from the perspective of a westerner.



Option 2: Gold Panda

For travelers who want to travel in luxury, the gold panda option is the right choice for you. With this level of service, your group will enjoy the best restaurants, hotels, and transportation options available. We will provide the details concerning your trip. Please feel free to ask us any questions concerning this package option.
 

The land cost for a group of 2 to 10 people:
950USD/PAX
 
Single supplement:
169USD/PAX

In this tour, the Gold Panda Price Service includes:
1. An expert guide from AbsolutePanda Tour Team;
2. A nice private car with serving the full duration of this tour;
3. The entrance and shuttle tickets and panda volunteer charges listed in this itinerary;
4. Meals in the best and authentic restaurants at our destinations;
5. Luxury hotels listed in the itinerary for Gold Panda;
6. China domestic travel insurance.
The price does not include your discretionary tips to the serving crew (driver and guide) and any other entrance tickets.

Example Guides:
1) Bella: A fluent English speaker, Bella is a knowledgeable birding expert and is well versed in Chinese food and local culture.
2) Philip: A local guide with fluent English and basic Japanese, Philip is an exceptional photographer and birding guide who has keen interests in Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Chinese cuisine. 

Notes:
1. 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.
2. 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!



 

Accommodations



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 want to use some specific hotels, please feel free to let us know, we are delighted to book it for you at a competitive price 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.

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.


Here below are the default hotel choices for this tour:

 

Chengdu Hongtai Hotel (Copper Panda)
Chengdu Hongtai Hotel is an exquisite boutique hotel featured with Ancient Shu culture as the theme. Located on the bank of Huanhua Creek, it is a rare quiet place in a noisy city with active vegetation coverage, with clean air, and a pleasant environment. Hongtai Hotel is also adjacent to Wuhou temple, Huanhuaxi park, Dufu thatched Cottage, and very close to the Jinsha Site Museum, Qingyang Taoist Temple and Qintai road.



Shangri-La Hotel Chengdu (Gold Panda)
Located in Jinjiang District, just beside one of the Chengdu Landmark- the Anshun bridge, Shangri-La Chengdu offers one of the best hotel services in Chengdu. It served many VIPs and political leaders when they were visiting Chengdu. Shangri-la Hotel Chengdu is also a very good starting point for a city day tour with a 25-minute drive from Chengdu International Airport, and 30 minutes to Chengdu Panda Base.
 

 

Taoist Temple Hotel
Located inside Qingcheng Mountain, the Taoist Temple Hotel is like a hermit waiting for your coming. Within a 400-year old Taoist temple, this hotel can fulfill all your imagination of a perfect escape from the noise and trifles in the city and immerse yourself in inner peace provoked by Taoism and Taiji.

 




 

FAQs



1. Is there an age limitation for the Kung fu Lesson?
Any age demographic is permitted with the exception of children younger than toddlers. 


2. Is there an age limitation for the Panda Volunteer program?
Any guests between the age of 10 and 70 are permitted to participate.


3. How far is Dujiangyan from Chengdu?
The city of Dujiangyan is quite close to Chengdu, approximately an hour and a half drive way.


4. Can guests to the panda base hold a panda?
Unfortunately, Sichuan’s panda bases no longer offer the panda holding activity. We thank you for understanding.


5. Are guests required to receive medical clearance to volunteer with the pandas?
According to the current rules of CCRCGP, you can provide a health certificate signed by your family doctor. The CCRCGP may suspend the volunteering and require further check if their doctors find any volunteer suspicious of carrying a contagious disease. 

 
6. If I do not have any experience with martial arts, in general, will I enjoy the Kung fu lesson?
The Kung fu lesson applies to all skill levels.


7. Besides pandas, what other animals can I expect to see on this tour?
In addition to giant pandas, the panda base in Dujiangyan also has a collection of red pandas. Dujiangyan and Qingcheng are also good spots for birding and plant searching.


8. Are the pandas at the base wild?
The layout of panda base in Dujiangyan is quite elaborate and the animals at this facility are all living in specialty enclosures specifically designed to provide them with a natural environment in a captive setting.


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Testimonials



"What an amazing experience!"
We just returned from a trip to China. Our time with Absolute Panda was the highlight of our trip!
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.
Once in the country, we were treated well. They asked for and supported dietary requests. We got to try a great variety of healthy and delicious food. We had as much bottled water and snacks as we liked. All meals were included in the price. We received small gifts. The company owner checked in, to make sure we were doing ok. We felt like royalty!
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.
While we were in China, Sichuan had (unprecedented) heavy rains. Some roads were closed, due to mudslides and flooding. Despite this, we were able to travel the areas we wished. Absolute Panda kept a close eye on conditions. They changed the travel plan/method multiple times, so we could be safe. They got us there still. The drivers were amazing, and I felt comfortable.
We changed our own plans in China. This was due to unexpected medical issues we had there. Absolute Panda worked with us, even with last minute adjustments. They were supportive, helpful, and flexible. They made sure each member of our family was well cared for. Our safety and well-being mattered to them.
I can’t recommend Absolute Panda highly enough! They gave us the trip of a lifetime!

 --Suzucchini 

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Videos & Photos

                                                                        

 A little Kung Fu Panda.

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Cute panda.



Guests are having fun of preparing bamboos for the panda.



Shanqing Temple of Mt. Qingcheng.



A Kung Fu Lesson in the Taoist Temple Hotel.



 A Taoist in Qingcheng Mountain.



The 2200-year-old Dujiangyan Irrigation System.


 
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