11-day Panda Volunteering Tour | Chengdu - Beijing | The Dragon Trip

11-day Panda Volunteering Tour | Chengdu – Beijing

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11 days - from £1,295

There is no animal on earth quite like the panda. Endangered, massive and incredibly cute! This China trip enables you to get up close and personal with these amazing animals and make a genuine difference to their lives. After your time with the pandas- there are more highlights in store with 6 days on The Dragon Trip. In this time, you’ll see the terracotta warriors, learn kung fu in Shaolin and camp under the stars on the Great Wall of China. If you have any questions or just want to find out more visit our contact us page! 🐼



Day 1: Chengdu

Transfer from your Chengdu hostel to the Dujiangyan Panda Research Centre. Meet the team and begin your panda volunteering orientation!


Day 2-4: Dujiangyan

Now the fun really begins! For the next couple of days you will get the opportunity to work closely with the famous Giant Panda. Prepare food, tend to and feed these magnificent and endangered creatures.


Day 5: Dujiangyan / Chengdu

Say goodbye to the pandas and collect your certifcate from the reserve in recognition of your efforts. After lunch, head to Chengdu to meet the rest of your group.


Day 6-7: Xi'an

Arrive in China’s ancient ‘frontier’ city. Stroll the Muslim quarter, barter for souvenirs, cycle the huge, old city walls, and try local delicacies.


Day 8-9: Shaolin

An unforgettable time at the Shaolin temple. Learn about Kungfu from a monk and really get to know the locals as you hike and discover this tranquil, ancient place.


Day 10-11: Beijing

Camp out under the stars on a remote section of the Great Wall. After an unforgettable sunrise, head back to the city for more history, culture and food.

Day 1:

Pick up from the hostel and transfer to the Dujiangyan Panda Research centre. Take a tour of your home for the next few days.

Day 2-4:

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.

Day 5:

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.

Day 6:

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.

Day 7:

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.

Day 8:

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.

Day 9:

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.

Day 10:

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.

Day 11:

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.

Departures 2017/2018

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Guest information

  • Project Start Date: Selected Thursdays and Saturday
  •  Project Location: Dujiangyan City (approx. 40 miles from Chengdu)
  • Getting There: Pick-up from Mrs Panda Hostel in Chengdu, transfer to project and transport throughout included
  • Accommodation: Single room or twin room accommodation at Panda Centre (4 nts), hostels & guesthouses (4 nts), tent on Great Wall (1 nt), sleeping berth on overnight train (1 nt)
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts
  • Notes: All bedding, sleeping bags and mats provided during Great Wall camping

Price includes:

  • Bilingual Adventure Leaders
  • Accommodation (hostels, guest houses, camping (1 night))
  • Transport within China
  • Loads of fantastic, activities, camping under the stars on a remote section of the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors and much more.
Please note: Accommodation is single rooms as a standard. Upgrade options to twin rooms are available for the same price per person- please contact us for more information. All our hostels have WIFI.


  • A deposit is required to make a reservation, with the balance due one month prior to departure (unless booking with one of our promotions, for which specific balance due dates may apply). The deposit is £200 GBP / $300 USD / $300 AUD / €300 EUR.
  • For customers making payment from the UK: please note that when you are making a payment into our US dollar account you must request your bank to send the money directly to our US dollar account at HSBC UK. Otherwise they may use an intermediary bank resulting in an added wiring fee charged to you of $25.00.
  • Late booking customers must understand that they may be sat separately from the rest of the group on trains, and may have to be booked into a separate dorm room. No bookings can be accepted within 18 days of a trip departure date.

Upgrades & Extras

  • Need hostels booked for after your trip ends? We are more than happy to help - just let us know what you need!
  • If you would like to alter your trip itinerary from the one provided to you by us then please let us know more than 30 days before your trip departs so that we can make your trip the perfect one for you! When you let us know that means we can relay all information to our on the ground staff and make the appropriate arrangements. Some such requests from previous Dragon Trippers are: I would like to skip Macau and go directly to Hong Kong from Fujian, I don’t need accommodation in Shanghai because I am staying with a friend, I would not like to camp on the wall and instead want to stay in regular accommodation, I would like to take a flight instead of a train for certain legs of the trip. Please let us know more than 30 days in advance. If you do not let us know in advance The Dragon Trip will not be responsible for assisting you, or for providing reimbursement for accommodations or transportation not used.
  • Room and train upgrades for this route are available. Room upgrade requests must be communicated to the Dragon Trip before the start of the trip. Customers wishing to upgrade once the trip has started must do so independently. Train upgrades are unavailable once train tickets have been booked.
  • The Dragon Trip provides, upon request, airport transfers. The price is GBP 30 for a pick up and GBP 30 for a drop-off. This will be in private transportation (up to 4 PAX). This service is available from and to the following airport locations: Guilin, Chengdu, Xian, Beijing, and Shanghai.


  • All train tickets in China must be purchased through a central booking centre which means there is always a small chance that you may not be seated together with the person that you have booked the tour together with. If you or your PAX has a seat that is not next to the group’s our Adventure Leaders have a process to help you switch your tickets, so that you are seated next to the group. (In some train stations, the Adventure Leader will be able to board the train even when they won’t be travelling themselves. In this case, they will switch you or your PAXs tickets with a local so that Dragon Trippers can sit together. Every group travels with a Dragon Trip emergency phone. In the case that our Adventure Leader cannot board the train, they will be able to explain in Mandarin over the phone to a conductor, or directly to a local passenger to help switch seats so that Dragon Trippers may be seated together.)

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