PREREQUISITE: Open to students entering grade(s): Grade 5 – 12
Day 1: Arrive Chengdu-Dujiangyan
Meet your tour guide in the airport.
Visit the Museum of Sichuan Cuisine. We especially arrange cooking class for you. You will learn the traditional cuisine.
As a National AAA level scenic spot, Sichuan Cuisine Museum lies in an ancient town of Pi County, about 1.5 hour’s drive from Chengdu city. It is the only interactive museum in the world displaying Sichuan culinary culture.
When you arrive at Sichuan Cuisine Museum, the museum’s bilingual guide will take you to the tourist center. You will start your Sichuan dish experience journey by tasting one of the famous Sichuan snacks and touring a series of tourist areas.
Visit the Classic Collection Hall to learn about the evolution of Sichuan cuisine culture. In the Raw Material and Tools Display Area, enjoy yourself by picking organic vegetables and experience the traditional manufacturing techniques of making PiXian chilli bean paste. Have a look at all kinds of processing tools and make chilli powder using a pestle from the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911).
The professional guide will teach you to how to cook three typical Sichuan dishes, so that you will gain firsthand experience of Sichuan cuisine cutting skills, control of heat, cooking processes, and some secret tips to food presentation.
Enjoy the features of Sichuan food via the senses of sight, smell, taste, and touch. The head chef will make comments on your dishes and show you the correct way to eat authentic Sichuan dishes.
Recommended menu: panda steamed dumplings, kung pao chicken, mapo tofu.
While tasting the dishes you have cooked, you will be served with free fruit, red wine, Chinese herbal alcohol, and tea.
You will receive the “Rookie Master Chef” certificate signed by the chef, and take home with you the “secret” recipes of the dishes you have cooked.
After waving your museum guide goodbye, your tour guide and driver will escort you back to your hotel in Dujiangyan city.
Hotel: Dujiangyan panda hotel.
Day 2: Day trip in Dujiangyan and Qingchengshan
In the morning, firstly visit Dujiangyan Irrigation System, which was built over 2250 years ago to irrigate the Chengdu Basin, and it has been cultivated the whole basin for more than 2000 years already.
After lunch, visit Qingchengshan Taoist Mountain. This is one of the birthplaces of Taoism (Daoism), and its China’s only indigenous religion. It is still a religious center sprinkle with caves and shrines venerated by Taoist. Founded in AD 143 in Qingcheng Mountain, Taoism has developed into an important religion in Southeast Asia, exerting tremendous influence there. For ordinary tourists, Mount Qingcheng is an ideal summer resort. The for-hour trek to its summit, 1,600 meters above sea level, is a pleasant trip.
Overnight in Dujiangyan
Hotel: Dujiangyan panda hotel
Day 3: Dujiangyan (panda base volunteer work) – Chengdu
Full day of the Volunteer work at Panda Base
Arrive at the Dujiangyan Panda Base and sign up with the assistance of your guide. Get a uniform, gloves, and a volunteer’s card. Your guide will introduce you to the professional panda keepers. The panda keepers can speak simple English but your guide will be there for you at all times, helping to translate and taking memorable photos of you with the lovable pandas.
Clean the panda enclosures. Panda keepers need to supply fresh bamboo to these national treasures three times a day. The pandas usually eat only 30% of the bamboo, wasting 70% of it. You will need to sweep out the leftovers and replace it with fresh bamboo, as well as clean out the feces.
Take a break and tour around the panda base. There are about 10 pandas in the base and some of them were born abroad, including the most popular Tai Shan, who arrived from the U.S. in 2010. Have a relaxing walk in the well-paved base and listen to the legendary stories of these pandas. You will also have a chance to meet four naughty red pandas.
Feed a panda! Pandas are supplied with panda cakes, apples, and carrots four times a day. The panda keepers will show you how to feed a panda with your own hands at close proximity.
Have lunch and a rest. A simple Chinese lunch is included in the panda keepers’ canteen. Usually there are two meat dishes and one vegetable dish. Rice and porridge are also provided. It is highly recommended for you to prepare some snacks in case you do not like the food there. After lunch, you can walk around to continue exploring or have a rest in the volunteer office or the resting room, where benches are provided.
Watch a panda movie that lasts for about 40 minutes. You will see a special documentary about how the shy pandas mate, give birth, grows up, and are returned to the wild.
More work with cleaning and feeding. The bamboo you supplied in the morning will have become dry by the afternoon. Remove it and replace it with fresh bamboo. Then feed the pandas with some more panda cakes and apples.
Make panda cakes. Having fed the pandas with panda cakes, aren’t you curious as to how they are made? It is time to make some panda cakes with your own hands. The ingredients will be prepared in advance. Get creative about the shapes of the cakes.
Get a certificate. The volunteer work ends here and you will receive a certificate for this unforgettable day. Say goodbye to the pandas you take care of. Your guide and driver will escort you back to your hotel in Chengdu and you will arrive at around 5:30pm.
GOOD TO KNOW
The program is subject to change without notice and is totally dependent on the program of the day at Dujiangyan Panda Valley. We cannot guarantee that the programs listed above will all be provided. We will make our best efforts to ensure your day is special.
After you finish the volunteer work, drive back to Chengdu visit the wide- and narrow-lane in Chengdu enjoy the changing mask show of the Sichuan Opera in the night.
Hotel: Shengjia Jinke hotel
Day 4: Chengdu – leshan – Huanglongxi Ancient Town – Chengdu
In the morning, after breakfast, drive to Leshan and visit the Grand Buddha statue.
The Great Buddha in Leshan is located to the east of Leshan City, Sichuan Province and on the Lingyun Mountain where Min River, Qingyi River and Dadu River meet. It has been the largest stone carved sitting Buddhist statue in the world so far.
In the afternoon visit the ancient Town Huanglongxi.
Huanglongxi is an ancient town with a history of more than 1,700 years. Situated in Shuangliu County, 30 kilometres southeast from Chengdu, it is greatly admired by visitors for its beautiful natural scenery and ancient Chinese culture.
Seven ancient streets, which were built during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties, are well preserved. They are all paved with stone slabs, and the porch columns on both sides are orderly arrayed. The Gulong Temple, the Zhenjiang Temple and the Chaoyin Temple are three ancient temples in the central street. They, together with the two other temples in the outer area, attract many visitors from home and abroad.
Overnight in Chengdu
Hotel: Shengjia Jinke hotel
Day 5: Chengdu City Tour
Full day explore in Chengdu City to more beauty of this city.
In the morning, visit the Temple of Marquis Wu and Jinli Old Street.
The Temple of Marquis, also named as “Temple of Zhaolie of Han”, is the memorial temple built for Emperor Liu Bei of Shu Kingdom and the minister Zhuge Liang during the Three Kingdoms period, and the most famous one among all sights of interest to commemorate Zhuge Liang in China. In 1961, it was listed among the Cultural Relics of National Importance under the Protection of the State.
In the hustle and bustle Jinli Old Street, you will find a lot of fun from the unique shops and local snacks
In the afternoon, we will especially arrange taste a cup of jasmine
tea at the teahouse of the People’s Park.
Visit the Wenshu monastery, which is such an elegant and peaceful place.
Overnight in Chengdu
Hotel: Shengjia Jinke hotel
Day 6: Chengdu departure
Transfer to the Chengdu Shuangliu international airport in the afternoon
By Air china:
Chengdu-HongKong 27/28Oct Thu/Fri DEP 16:20 ARR 18:45 Flight CA 427 AirChina
Chengdu-HongKong 27/28Oct Thu/Fri DEP 13:55 ARR 16:35 Flight CA 821 Dragonair
- TOTAL OF THE TRIP For ADULT: HKD$ 8,880
- TOTAL OF THE TRIP For CHILD: HKD$ 8,180
- Single Room Supplement: HKD600/p
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