Family China Tour With Panda Volunteer Program

An Active Adventure for Older Kids and Teens: Rafting, Biking, Hiking... And Many of China's Famous Sites

Beijing - Xian - Chengdu - Guilin/Yanghuo - Shanghai - 13 days / 12 nights

Panda Cubs at Bifengxia Panda Center

This is the perfect China Tour for families with older kids and teenagers, with the main highlight being a One Day Panda Keeper Program in Dujiangyan Panda Base.

This tour is also packed with lots of activities like bike riding, rafting, hiking, trying out some kung-fu moves and it also features some of the most famous sites in China, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors.

The tour ends in Shanghai, giving you an all-around perspective of traditional and ultra-modern China.

It has a balance of historical sites, fantastic landscapes, small traditional villages and the mega-cities. This tour is packed to the max covering as much as possible in the limited time. This is NOT a relaxed tour, you will be going non-stop and covering a lot of ground!

As all other tailored family tours, the itinerary can be adapted further to fit your needs to easily add whatever interests you and to your preferred level of comfort.

Here are some guideline tour prices and suggested hotels for this tour.

The tour is privately arranged for you and your family, there are no set departure dates, you choose when to go.

Here are the Day-by-Day Tour details for this fantastic Family China Tour With Panda Volunteer, remember you can add and subtract activities, destinations, extra days, etc.

Day 1: Arrive in Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, you will be met at the airport and escorted to your hotel.

Temple of Heaven in Beijing

Day 2: Beijing and the Great Wall (Meals B,L)

We start our tour in China with one of the country's most iconic sites: The Great Wall. We will be viting the Mutianyu Great Wall and ride the Cable Car up. The way down is of course with the Toboggan!

Great Wall at Mutianyu

Day 3: Beijing (Meals B,L)

Beijing is the nation's capital and home of China's most famous historical sites. Today we visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City... and take a Rickshaw ride along the Hutong Rickshaw Tour, Kungfu Show at Red Theater (Seat at row 1 to row 4)

The Forbidden City in Beijing

...Ride some rickshaws along the Hutongs...

Rickshaw Rides in the Beijing Hutongs

...And end the day at the Red Theater with fantastic premium seats to the first-rate Kungfu Show

Kung Fu Show in Beijing

Day 4: Xian (Meals B,D)

We take an early flight to Xian. That will give us time to explore the city the rest of the day. We visit the Xian City Wall, the Great Mosque and the Muslim Quarter with the lively bazaars with lots of trinket shopping...

Muslim Quarter Trinket Shopping at the Bazaars in Xian

... and end the day with a lovely and dazzling Tang Dynasty Dancing Show at the Grand New World Theatre.

Tang Dynasty Show in Xian

Day 5: Xian Terracotta Army and Flight to Chengdu (B,L)

Today's highlight is another of China's treasures, the Army of Terracotta Warriors...

Terracotta Army Museum

Then we board our plane which will bring us to Chengdu

Day 6: Chengdu Panda Keeper Program(Meals B,L)

Prepare for cuteness overload and an unforgettable day. Today we head out to the Dujiangyan Panda Base where we will spend the day as volunteers on the Panda Keeper Program.

Giant Pandas are endangered and unique to China. We will learn about them and help the carers with their chores, this is a very unique opportunity to get up close to these splendid animals.

Giant Pandas at Dujiangyan Panda Base

What does the volunteer program involve? This is a whole day program that starts with a short orientation and introduction to the staff which you will be assisting with the many tasks to care for the Pandas. The program includes interacting closely with the pandas, films and lectures, lunch with the staff, plenty of time to watch and photograph the pandas, and an optional photo

Some of the duties may include:

  • Cleaning the panda indoor and outdoor enclosures
  • Prepare food for the pandas, cutting apples and carrots, weighing, cleaning and carrying bamboo, making cakes
  • Panda feeding
  • Collect behavioral data


  • In order to volunteer, you should be in generally good health, so we advise you to bring a statement from your Doctor stating that you are in good health.
  • Children must be 12 and older for most of the volunteer activities, although some activities can be performed by younger children, children under 10 are generally not allowed to volunteer
  • Wear sturdy shoes and comfortable clothing

Day 7: Chengdu (Meals B,L)

Today we spend time in the city of Chengdu, visiting Jinli Ancient Street, Kuanzhai Lane, Wenshu Temple rest of the day is free before our evening flight to Guilin.

Giant Pandas at Dujiangyan Panda Base

Day 8: Guilin drive to Longsheng Terraced Fields (Meals B,L)

It is about a 2 and a half hour drive from Guilin to the legendary Longsheng Terraces. Here we will visit the Pingan terraced fields and the Village. Check-in our hotel in Longsheng.

Longsheng Rice Terraces

Day 9: Longsheng - Guilin (Meals B,L)

Today the winding paths of the terraced fields are calling as we do some soft hiking to the Ancient Zhuang Minority Village. On the way, we will enjoy some marvelous vistas of the rural countryside... buffaloes and farmers working the fields...

We drive back to Guilin at the end of the day, stopping at Jiangtou Village of Jiuwu Town on the way.

Soft Hike to the Zhuang Ethnic Minority Village

Day 10: Guilin - Yangshuo (B,L)

Today we drive to Yangshuo, about one-and-a-half hours and prepare to enjoy a great outing in the countryside, as we head out on our bikes and explore for about 2 - 3 hours.

We will bike through rice paddies, farm fields and karst mountains...

Biking in Yangshuo

...Before jumping on a bamboo raft as we glide along the Yulong River, one of the small tributaries of the Li River.

Rafting in the Yulong River

Day 11: Yangshuo (Meals B,L)

The morning will be spent with a visit to a local school in Yangshuo, the Fuli Ancient Town and the local market and to learn some Chinese kung fu moves.

We head back to Guilin Airport for our evening flight to Shanghai.

Fuli Ancient Town

Day 12: Shanghai (Meals B,L)

Shanghai is the nation's business and financial center and one of the world's most vibrant cities. This is truly where East meets West and today we experience the best of both worlds:

Modern Shanghai: Nanjing Road, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower where we go up to top spheres for some fantastic views of the Bund and Pudong...

Giant Pandas at Dujiangyan Panda Base

... and Traditional and Colonial Shanghai: Yuyuan Gardens and Bazaars, the Shanghai Julong Silk Exhibition, the French Concession...

Giant Pandas at Dujiangyan Panda Base

Day 13: Leave Shanghai

We leave Shanghai with such beautiful memories of China... Our tour comes to an end!

You can use the above tour to start tailoring your own adventure, it just gives you an idea of things to enjoy in some of the most popular sites in the country, the big cities, the historical sites, the countryside in what has to be the one of most beautiful and scenic parts of China... There are many more outdoor activities to do with older chidlren and teenagers specially in the Guilin/Yangshuo area. There is rock-climbing, kayaking, caving, longer bike rides and hikes, etc. You go at your own pace and enjoy!

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Below find some sample rates for the above tour. Prices will vary depending on the size of your group. These are estimates for a family group consisting of 2 adults and 1 child

It includes all transfers and meals as specified above, private transportation for you and your group and a private guide throughout.

It does NOT include your airfare to get to China or the China Visa which you must obtain before you arrive in China.

  • Adult (based on double occupancy): US$ 3,263
  • Child (under 12 in parent's room with extra bed): US$ 2,423

Accomodations will be at following or similar: (links will bring you to the corresponding hotel review at TripAdvisor)

Beijing: Beijing Pudi Hotel (formerly the Beijing Marriott Hotel City Wall)

Xian: The Hilton Xian

Chengdu: Sofitel Chengdu Taihe

Guilin: Sheraton Guilin

Longsheng: Longji One Hotel

Yangshuo: Yangshuo Mountain Retreat

Shanghai: Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

To get started, submit an inquiry with your desired dates, number of people, any other requirements by filling out the form here:

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