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Volunteer China – Pandas

14 days,Beijing to Shanghai

Volunteer at a school for people with developmental disabilities offering vocational training, come face-to-face with pandas in Chengdu, explore the bustling streets of China's biggest cities, hike along the Great Wall, meet the Terracotta Warriors.


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This unique itinerary introduces the highlights of the Middle Kingdom — from the historic gems of modern Beijing to the ancient walls of Xi'an and cosmopolitan glitter of contemporary Shanghai — while allowing you to give back to the community at the same time. From the palaces and temples of Beijing, venture to the countryside to experience the grandeur of the Great Wall and offer vocational training at a school with people who have developmental disabilities. In Xi'an, witness the world-famous Terracotta Warriors. In Chengdu, indulge in the culinary spice that is Sichuan cuisine, and volunteer at the largest panda reserve in the world to help ensure these distinctly Chinese icons are around for future generations to admire.

What's Included

  • Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour (Beijing). Great Wall visit. Volunteering at a school for people with developmental disabilities. Xi'an orientation walk. Terracotta Warriors excursion. Volunteer stay at Bifengxia Panda Reserve. Shanghai orientation walk.
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners. (Allow USD225-275 for meals not included.)
  • Hotels/guesthouses (11 nts), sleeper trains (2 nts).
  • Train, private bus, public bus, bicycle, walking.
  • English-speaking Chinese Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10
Day 1 Beijing

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Beijing

Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

Days 3-5 Rural Beijing(2B,2L,2D)

In rural Beijing discover the majesty of the Great Wall before settling in for two nights at a school that offers vocational training for people with developmental disabilities.

Days 6-7 Xi'an

Visit the Terracotta Warriors. Opt to cycle the ancient city walls.

Day 8 Chengdu

Enjoy an orientation walk of Chengdu. Optional visit to the Sichuan Opera.

Day 9-11 Bifengxia Panda Center

Volunteer at the Bifengxia Panda Breeding Center.

Day 12-13 Shanghai

Get to know eclectic downtown Shanghai on a walk with your CEO.

Day 14 Shanghai

Depart at any time.