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Explore China through your lens on this trip designed for photographers, which will take you across stunning natural landscapes, amazing wildlife, history, and culture. We take you to the famed Terracotta Warriors in the ancient capital of Xi’an, and to Sichuan, the home of the unofficial Chinese mascot: the Giant Panda.
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  • Visit the endangered pandas at Bifengxia Panda Reserve
  • Golden monkeys at the Dapingyu Nature Reserve
  • Explore the beautiful Foping Nature Reserve
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage site, Terracotta Army
  • Spend time in antiques market in Ya’an
  • Visit the muslim quarter at Xi’an
Day 1 - Chengdu

Your China Photo Tour begins in Chengdu airport where you will be met by our representative who will assist you in checking in your hotel. Chengdu city located in the Sichuan province is characterised by its cosmopolitan and free-spirited nature, an outcome of its geographical and political remoteness away from Beijing. A fast growing metropolis and a gateway to Tibet, it has a unique cuisine and one of the most interesting cities in China to visit!

After check – in at the hotel you will visit the Sichuan Opera in the evening, which is a Chinese Opera and is more like a play rather than an opera. The colourful costumes and the invigorating music and stunts make it an experience worth watching. You will then have dinner and spend the night at your hotel.

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Buddha Zen Hotel
Day 2 - Chengdu to Ya’an

The best way to experience a destination is to spend time like a local. Go for a morning walk in People’s walk where you can interact with the locals, watch them doing Taichi, singing, dancing and maybe even join them! After a cup of tea you can go on to visit the Songxianqiao Antique market, the second largest antique market in China. You can spend time there till lunch after which you will drive to Ya’an by bus.

On reaching Ya’an you will check into your hotel and if time permits you can visit the Shangli old town. You will spend the night at the hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hongzhu Hotel
Day 3 - Ya’an to Chengdu

Today you will finally meet the Giant Pandas in their home at the Bifengxia Panda Reserve. The Panda conservation centre has gained popularity since the 2008 earthquake displaced the pandas in the Woolong nature reserve.

You will drive for about half hour from Ya’an to reach the Giant Panda base, where you will spend the day with a ranger learning more about the giant docile creatures. You will also engage in different activities in the centre like cleaning the cages, preparing the food for the pandas and monitoring them. This is your best opportunity to photograph the pandas.
You will also take a leisurely one to three hour hike through the stunning Bifengxia Gorge. The gorge is where westerners found the first Giant panda in the 1st century; the Gorge is perfect habitat for the Panda with the bamboo forest. It also provides a breathtaking and beautiful backdrop for the hike with its flowing waterfalls and picturesque views.
After an eventful day you will return to Chengdu for the night, where you will check in to the hotel and rest.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Buddha Zen Hotel
Day 4 - Chengdu to Xi’an

Today you will visit the ancient city of Xi’an. You will be escorted to the airport from where you will take the flight to Xi’an from where you will be received by our representative. Xi’an is a historical city and has been the capital city for several dynasties of Chinese emperors and the home of the treasured Terracotta warriors created during the Qin dynasty.

You will also get to explore the muslim quarter a relic from the ancient times when China was a major trading hub and Xi’an was the capital. Later you could go on a bike ride or take a walk on the city wall (optional).

You will return to your hotel and enjoy a typical dumpling dinner, a speciality of the region.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accomodation: Bell Tower Hotel
Day 5 - Xi’an to Foping Nature Reserve

Today you will pay a visit to the famed Terracotta Army or Terra Cotta Warriors, an army of terracotta statues considered as one of the most remarkable archaeological discoveries of all time. This army created to guard the remains and mausoleum complex of Qin Shihuang (259-210BC) consists of 8,000 life-size soldiers, 100 chariots and 600 horses. The amazing collection is unique as none of the statues are identical, this painstaking artistic masterpiece is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has an aura around it, it seems that one might even expect a command to ring out urging the army to rouse itself from its 2,200 year slumber and march into battle.

You will have lunch after paying a visit to the Terracotta army and then proceed on to the Foping Reserve. After a 4 hour bus ride you will reach Foping and check into a hotel where you will spend the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Local Hotel
Day 6 - Foping Nature Reserve

You are in Foping the home of the Pandas and the golden monkeys! In this region are the two nature reserves Foping Nature Reserve and Dapingyu Nature reserve. The Foping reserve is the ‘home of the panda’ and has the highest panda population density in China. The reserve harbours one of the most biologically rich temperate forests and is surrounded by the Qinling Mountains. In the fringes of the reserve lies the Dapingyu Nature reserve which is the home of the endangered Golden Monkey.

You can spend the day exploring the reserve and photographing the animals. You will also get to capture the rural countryside as there are many villages along the way and you can stop by and take photos and talk to the locals. You will also get to taste the local cuisine at a farmer’s house.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Local Hotel
Day 7 - Foping Nature Reserve to Xi’an

Today is the last day on your Chinese Photo Tour. You will have breakfast and be escorted to the airport for your flight back home.

  • Meals: Breakfast

What's Included

  • Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Ground transportation with an English speaking driver/guide
  • Sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Park or reserve entry fees
  • Game drives /activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Taxes

What's Excluded

  • International airfare
  • Domestic airfare
  • Meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary
  • Gratuities and Tips
  • Visas and Insurance
  • Optional activities (if any)
  • Souvenirs
  • All items of personal nature
  • Any increase in taxes, fuel cost and emergency rescue costs
Moderate - Requires a spirit of adventure and some degree of fitness, as the trip might consist of many activities or long journeys. These adventures involve walking, trekking, hiking, cycling, rafting, sea kayaking, or driving for long hours, at times for up to six to eight hours a day at a steady pace. The maximum altitude is 3000m, so it requires you to be reasonably physically fit. The trips are usually 6 to 12 days in duration.

The ‘Only Tigers’, a 11 day itinerary, is a perfect example of this activity level as it involves long journeys for up to eight hours a day and a bit of walking. Also, ‘Around Spitsbergen - Kvitøya and Beyond ’, a 10 day itinerary is another example of this trip activity level.

You should be reasonably fit because you will be travelling in extreme weather conditions.
Other Activity Levels
Basic - Designed for travellers who enjoy the outdoors, are in good health, and want an interesting yet relaxing wildlife experience. These trips may involve walking, trekking, hiking, cycling, rafting or sea kayaking at a very slow pace. Certain trips involve safari drives for a maximum of five hours a day. Most of these trips are usually a week long in duration.

The ‘Classic Yala Tour’, ‘Kenya Luxury’ and ‘Luxury in Botswana’ itineraries are the best examples of this activity level as you’ll have a relaxed holiday. These trips are mostly about culture and sightseeing. There will be exploring on foot and safaris drives involved as well. Most travellers will find themselves comfortable with the basic activity level trips.
High - Fitness is vital at this level, as the environment traversed may be remote and challenging. These rugged experiences include long walks, trekking, cycling or rafting in isolated areas through variable weather conditions for up to eight to ten hours a day. These trips are usually 13 to 19 days in duration.

The ‘Ultimate Nepal Trekker’, is a good example of this trip activity level as it involves hiking and trekking for up to eight hours a day. Maximum altitude will be 4000m and you need to be very fit in order to withstand the weather conditions. Also, ‘Kilimanjaro Trek- Rongai route’ is another example that applies to this this activity level. Good physical condition is essential and previous hill-walking experience or preparation is advisable.
Advanced - At this level, PlanetWildlife recommends previous experience of the activity involved. These are our most challenging and advanced expeditions. They include long walks, cycling, trekking, hiking or rafting in variable weather conditions for more than ten hours a day. These trips may often be over 3 weeks in duration.

The ‘South Atlantic Odyssey’, a 31-day itinerary, is a perfect example of this trip activity level as it involves sailing for long hours in extreme weather conditions. Also, the ‘Snow Leopard Experience’ itinerary is another example which best suits this activity level. Ascents and descents are over 1000m at altitudes up to 6000m and the climate can be rigorous and challenging. Excellent physical condition and previous mountain trekking experience or appropriate preparation is essential.
This trip can be tailor made to suit your travel dates and preferences. The itinerary is designed to give you an overview of what you can do in this destination and is only a recommendation. All aspects of the trip – such as accommodation, activities etc., can be altered as per your own requirements.

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