Giant Panda in Bifengxia Panda Base
To be a Panda Keeper in Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Breeding Center will be a valuabl experience in your life.
Bifengxia is Chinese for “Green Peak Canyon.”
As the program at the Wolong Center continued to grow, not only was the center becoming crowded, but the threat of an outbreak of disease or infection was of great concern. If an epidemic were to occur among the captive Giant Pandas at the Wolong Center, it could destroy the entire population. Splitting the captive Giant Pandas of Wolong into two separate populations was planned to prevent this from occurring.
Construction of the Bifengxia Panda Center at Ya’an City, Sichuan Province began in October of 2002. Before construction, the Bifengxia base was a maiden forest with no power, no road and no housing. Dr. Tang Chunxiang, Assistant Director and Chief Veterinarian, described the base as a “blank paper, waiting for great events to occur.”
Like the Wolong center, the Bifengxia Giant Panda base is a branch of the China Conservation & Research Center for the Giant Panda, (CCRCGP) Wolong Nature Center, under the Department of Forestry. The Bifengxia center was completed in 2003 and covers nearly 400 hectares, which is about 988 acres.
Bifengxia was planned to house mostly sub-adults not yet in the breeding program and senior pandas, too old for breeding. However, a small breeding area was constructed in addition to the hospital.
Since Bifengxia has more land, the Giant Pandas are spread over several different areas: Leopard Mountain, New Leopard Mountain, Bai Xiong Ping, Bi Tang (quarantine area), the Kindergarten and nursery, breeding center, Research Center and Hospital. The enclosures are large with indoor and outdoor areas.
* All entrance fees as per in the itinerary
* All transportation in the itinerary by 7 seats Buick MPV or 17-22 seats mini bus.
* Service of English speaking tour guide during all transfers and sightseeing.
* Hotel accommodation based on twin sharing room with the Breakfast in the hotel.
* Chinese visa and Air tickets or train tickets.
Note: If you need our help to booking domestic air tickets or train tickets in China, please inform us in advance and send us your full name on your passport and passport number through email.
* All meals (lunch and dinner).
Note: Our guide can recommend and arrange restaurant for you. When driver and guide working for you. You should pay for their meals
* All optional programs. Such as variety show of “Face changing” and “Flame Spitting-Out” of Sichuan Opera; Tibetan Singing, Dancing and folk custom Show.
* Travel Insurance.
Note: You’d better buy travel insurance in your country before you come to China.
* Gratuities and Tips to driver and tour guide.
* Personal expenses: telephone, laundry, etc.
Our guide will greet you outside the arrival hall at Chengdu Airport and then transfer to hotel.
Overnight in Chengdu.
Highlights: Du Fu Thatched Cottage, Jinli Old Street, Sanxingdui Museum, Sichuan Opera Show
Sanxingdui Museum in Guanghan (2 hrs): Founded in 1992, this museum occupies an area of 7000 square kilometers, and has a exhibition of the cultural relics excavated from No1 and No2 sacrificial pits of Shang Dynasty (from 16th-11th century B.C.). There are thousands of pieces of invaluable relics such as bronze ware, jade ware, gold ware, pottery, and bone ware on the exhibition, where you can get a closed look and learn more about the ancient China.
Du Fu Thatched Cottage (1.5 hrs): A museum and memorial for Du Fu (712-770 AD), often called China’s greatest poet, surrounded by a large and beautiful garden. Du Fu spent five years in Chengdu, the peak of his creativity, living in a thatched hut on this site.
Jinli Old Street (1 hr): Once the commercial heart of the old kingdoms this ancient street has been fully restored in traditional Sichuan style. Picturesque, bustling, and cheerful, you can sample local arts and craft, traditional Chinese goods, food and delicacies, and even a Starbucks, local style.
Evening,watch Sichuan Opera Show.
Overnight in chengdu.
Highlights: Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Breeding Center
After being picked up from the hotel and it takes about 3 hours to drive to Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Breeding Center. This is the world’s largest giant pandas park and the best place to see pandas in the natural environment they inhabit. Upon arriving, check in at the local hotel and lunch;
visit the Giant Panda Breeding Center. Meet your mentor who is one of the keepers at the center. A work uniform will be issued which allow entry to the garden at anytime. The mentor and guide will give a full introduction of the pandas.
Note: A physical examination is required as part of the application for the Panda Volunteer Program. Our travel advisor has details.
Overnight in Bifengxia.
Highlights: Panda volunteer work
Full day is scheduled for Panda volunteer work experience. With the help and instructions of the mentor, you will clean the pandas living areas, or feed the panda. Work is from 8:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 17:20. Schedule may change in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Pandas have their own behavior and life style. Some of your keeper work may change as not to disturb their peaceful life. Hope you understand it.
Panda volunteer duties may include:
◆Feeding the pandas (fresh bamboo, apple or panda cake).
◆Cleaning the enclosure to give the pandas a clean and comfortable place.
◆Collecting and weighing the feces. (This is the most effective way to determine the health of the panda.)
◆Cleaning bamboo. (It is important to give pandas clean food.)
◆Cleaning the panda. Rinse the panda with cool water and see how much they enjoy it, but just in very hot summer.
◆Weighing fresh bamboo. It is important to know how much is offered to pandas, how much they consume, and the weight of their feces. Proper consumption of bamboo is critical to the health of pandas.
◆Do not make sudden movements or be aggressive towards the pandas.
◆Do not throw anything at the pandas unless it is feeding time and under the keepers instructions.
◆Do not take the photos or videos unless authorized.
Overnight in Bifengxia.
Transfer to Chengdu airport. Hope next time we still have the chance to serve you.
End of service.