Panda Tour and Volunteering


The Volunteer Program at Bifengxia Panda Center is currently suspended due to the Distemper Outbreak, which resulted in the death of four pandas at the Shaanxi Panda Center. We hope by September the program will be resumed, but we cannot guarantee you will be able to volunteer at the Bifengxia Center. Therefore we may not run this program in September.


Visit China, the only place on earth where panda lovers can volunteer at the Bifengxia Panda Center and closely interact with these amazing animals.

On this tour, you will also explore Beijing, Xi’an, Sichuan, and Shanghai — visiting the Forbidden City, the Great Wall of China, Temple of Heaven, Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, Jinsha Museum, Chengdu Panda Breeding Center, Shangli Old Village, the Bund, and Shanghai Museum.

Suzanne started the non-profit Pandas International in 1999 to benefit the long-term survival of the endangered Giant Panda.

Her work since the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake has been invaluable in bringing critically needed supplies and expertise to help the relocated pandas. A portion of your tour cost will be donated to Pandas International to further their conservation efforts.

More importantly, with this tour, you will volunteer at the Bifengxia Panda Center and have the opportunity to see Tai Shan of the DC National Zoo and Mei Lan of the Atlanta Zoo in their new homes!

12 Days, September 9-20, 2015

Land Prices: in US dollars based on double occupancy

$2750 USD per person, double occupancy (for 10 or more participants)
$2980 USD per person, double occupancy (for 6-9 participants)
$3290 USD per person, double occupancy (for 2-5 participants)

Download a PDF Itinerary HERE.

Here’s a video of photo shoot with baby panda at the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research centre submitted by our volunteers.


Young Panda - Tai Shan who was born at the D.C. National Zoo

At Access China Tours, all of our China tour packages include all land prices, private accommodation, transportation, expert guides and most meals in China.

Included meals follow the day’s description and accommodation
(B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner).

Scroll down for the tour’s more detailed itinerary. For more information, please see What is Included in ACT’s tours.

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12 Days Panda Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Depart North America
Fly from North America to Beijing, China


Day 2 Beijing
Arrive in Beijing to be met by an ACT guide and transfer to Beijing Penta Hotel in downtown Beijing. Group gathers together and enjoys a Welcome Dinner.
Beijing Penta Hotel (D)


Day 3 Beijing
Visit Tiananmen Square with a photo stop at the “Egg”-National Opera House and tour the Forbidden City. In the afternoon visit the Great Wall at Badaling; enjoy an authentic Peking Duck Dinner.
Beijing Penta Hotel (B-L-D)


Day 4 Xi’an
Get up early this morning and visit to Temple of Heaven to see local residents doing Taichi, Qigong, and other exercises; transfer to train station and take high speed bullet train to Xi’an; met by guide and transfer to hotel; visit Ancient City Wall and the South Gate market; Dumpling Dinner at a local restaurant.
Xi’an Grand New World Hotel (B-D)


Day 5 Chengdu
Excursion to the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum; transfer to airport and fly to Chengdu; upon arrival, greeted by ACT representative and transfer to hotel for check-in; enjoy a Sichuan Cuisine Dinner
Chengdu Buddha Zen Hotel (B-D)


Day 6 Chengdu
Enjoy a full-day sightseeing in Chengdu: early morning go to Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center for a close look at pandas including Mei Lan recently relocated from the Atlanta Zoo; then tour Jinsha Museum, Kuanzhai Lane Pedestrian Street, Wenshu Temple, and a local famous tea house; end the day with dazzling Sichuan face-changing & local show (1st class seats) at Shufengyayun Theater.
Chengdu Buddha Zen Sunshine Hotel (B-L)


Day 7 Bifengxia Panda Center
After breakfast, drive 2.5 hours to Bifengxia Panda Center; make a stop at the traditional Shangli Old Town for a brief tour; arrive in Ya’an City at noon and check in hotel; after lunch, go to Bifengxia for a tour of the panda center and the environs; join the orientation and training at the center; return to Ya’an and enjoy a Local Cuisine Dinner; stay for 3 nights at centrally located Ya’an Moon Star Hotel.
Ya’an Moon Star Hotel (B-L-D)


Here is another video describing the different tasks at the Panda Center.

Picture of pandas hanging out eatingDay 8 Bifengxia Panda Center
Bifengxia volunteering work at Bifengxia Panda Center with round trip transfer. Evening panda conservation talk with Suzanne Braden (for the Fall program only).
Ya’an Moon Star Hotel (B)


Day 9 Bifengxia Panda Center
Bifengxia volunteering work at Bifengxia Panda Center with round trip transfer.
Ya’an Moon Star Hotel (B)


Day 10 Shanghai
After breakfast and checking out of hotel, transfer to Chengdu Airport and fly to Shanghai. Met and transfer to hotel; dinner is at your own leisure.
Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Shanghai (B-L)


Day 11 Shanghai
Visit The Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai Museum, and former French Concession; some free time in the afternoon; enjoy a group farewell Shanghai Cuisine Dinner.
Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Shanghai (B-L-D)


Day 12 Shanghai – Home
Return transfer to the airport and fly home.

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