NC Zoo Society’s Private Project China – Pandas


This unique itinerary introduces the highlights of the Middle Kingdom — from the historic gems of modern Beijing to the ancient walls of Xian 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. In Xian 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.

14 May, 2012 Beijing
Welcome to Beijing.  On arrival the group will be transferred to the hotel.  Enjoy an orientation walk of Beijing.

Accommodation: Tian Rui Hotel or similar.

15 May, 2012 Beijing
Explore some of Beijing’s greatest sites such as Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

Accommodation: Tian Rui Hotel or similar.

16 May, 2012 Da Tong
Today take an afternoon train from Beijing to Da Tong.  Arrive in the evening and overnight.

Accommodation: Hongqi Hotel or similar

17 May, 2012 Datong/Hanging Temple
Enjoy an included tour of the Hanging Temple and Wooden Pagoda.  

Accommodation: Hongqi Hotel or similar

18 May, 2012 Datong/Xian
Morning tour of Yun Gang Grottoes. In the afternoon take an overnight train to Xian.

19-20 May, 2012 Xi’an
Visit one of China’s greatest archaeological treasures—the Terracotta Warriors. Option to cycle the ancient city walls.

Accommodation: HNA Hotel or similar

21 May, 2012 Chengdu
Enjoy an orientation walk of Chengdu. Optional visit to Sichuan Opera.

Accommodation: Jinhe Hotel or similar

22-25 May, 2012 Bifengxia Panda Centre
Volunteer at the Bifengxia Panda Breeding Centre. Special fast overnight train to Shanghai.

Accommodation: local guesthouse

26 May, 2012 Shanghai
Get to know eclectic downtown Shanghai on a walk with your CEO.

Accommodation: Nanjing Hotel or similar

27 May, 2012 Shanghai
Transfer to the airport.  End of services.


Price per person: $2399.00 USD
*Based on Double Occupancy
**Based on Minimum 8 Maximum 15 in Group

We requires a minimum of 8 participants to run this departure.  


Trip to the Great Wall of China, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square Guided Tour, Included tour of the Hanging Temple and Wooden Pagoda, Orientation Walk of Xi’an, Terracotta Warrior Tour, Volunteer stay at Bifengxia Panda Reserve and Orientation Walk of Shanghai.
2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners (Allow USD225-275 for meals not included.)
Hotels/guesthouses (10 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts)
Sleeper trains, private and public bus, bicycle, walking
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides


International air
Applicable Visa’s
Airport taxes
Tips or gratuities
Meals not mentioned above
Optional Tours or optional admissions

Contact Details

Tarah D. Cherry
Adventure Travel Program Coordinator
P-704.569.3600 x10031
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