Pick up from the hostel and transfer to the Dejingyan Panda Research centre. Take a tour of your home for the next few days.
After breakfast you’ll go straight to the Panda enclosures. First up is helping the rangers to prepare the enclosures before feeding the Pandas themselves. The Pandas like to rest around lunchtime so you can relax, enjoy surroundings and learn more about the animals and how they are looked after. In the afternoon, you’ll help the rangers with their various activities. These include cleaning, feeding Pandas and preparing the Pandas’ evening meals.
Bid a fond farewell to the pandas and be awarded a certificate for your efforts. After lunch, head on over to join your travel group at the hostel. Board the night-train and start your travels around China.
Arrive in Xi’an and explore the city in the afternoon. Cycle the city walls, check out the Muslim Quarter, the spectacularly lit Bell-Drum towers, shop at the markets and enjoy a local dinner.
Another bucket-list destination with a trip to see the infamous Terracotta warriors. In the afternoon, there is a chance to volunteer at a soup kitchen or continue to wander around the city centre.
Travel to Shaolin and have a Kungfu lesson from a master as well as watching a truly incredible Kungfu show in a local children’s home. There’s also a chance to brush up on your Mandarin with a short class.
Visit the Shaolin Temple itself and an amazing hike to Dharma cave with beautiful views of the area’s shrines and temples before heading onto the nation’s capital.
Travel over to the Great Wall via a local farmhouse meal before hiking up to an unrestored section where you’ll pitch camp. Hike, gawp at the view, take in the sunset and prepare yourself for a truly once in a lifetime night, under the stars.
Rise early for an unforgettable sunrise and then return to Beijing. Visit the Olympic Bird Nest’s stadium before an evening of watching a stunning Acrobatic show and Peking Duck dinner.