In Pursuit of Pandas – China

In Pursuit of Pandas - China


Journey from the imperial treasures of Beijing through atmospheric Xian with its enigmatic legions of Terracotta Warriors to reach the charming city of Chengdu, where you will meet its most famous residents – the captivating Giant Pandas.

Tour Highlights

Our In Pursuit of Pandas tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

The Great Wall

Walk along this incredible wall, one of the modern wonders of the world


Step back into China’s dynastic past at the Imperial Forbidden City


Come face to face with the Terracotta Warriors

Giant Pandas

Visit the world famous Panda Conservation Centre in Chengdu

Authentic Experiences

Our In Pursuit of Pandas Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

  • Visit the Temple of Heaven Park

    Visit the serene Temple of Heaven park for an afternoon with the locals who congregate there for a game of cards, to practice Tai Chi or simply for a chat – we will be more than welcome to join in the activities!

  • Visit Dujiangyan Panda Base

    At the heart of Sichuan’s province, the native land of the giant panda, visit the excellent Dujiangyan Panda Base where you’ll learn all about China’s iconic bear, the conservation projects in action to increase their numbers and, of course, see these beautiful animals for yourself.

  • See a Chinese Acrobatics Show

    One of Beijing’s must-see shows, enjoy a Chinese acrobatic spectacular featuring many forms of dramatic arts such as contortionism, juggling and plate spinning and full of edge-of-your-seat action.

Fly overnight to Beijing - Days 1 & 2

Fly overnight to Beijing, China's historical capital. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

Imperial Beijing - Day 3

Begin in Beijing's symbolic heart with a stroll across Tiananmen Square, towards the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. A monument to dynasties past, enter through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, into a complex of a thousand rooms and many imperial treasures. Later, soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape, where you can watch, or participate in a dance class and mingle with the locals. This evening, sit down to a traditional dinner of Peking duck before deciding on an option to enjoy a kung fu show.

The Great Wall - Day 4

This morning is dedicated to China's most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Stretching thousands of miles from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert, over all sorts of dramatic landscapes, it is one of the world's most impressive feats of engineering. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the wall itself and the magnificent scenery that it crosses. Drive back to Beijing and enjoy a relaxed afternoon in the idyllic gardens of the Summer Palace. Also included is a visit to a jade factory. A Chinese acrobatic show rounds off the day.

Xian City Walls - Day 5

Fly to Xian. An illustrious and age-old city, Xian is one of the four great ancient capitals of China. It is also the capital of Shaanxi province and the starting point of the fabled Silk Road with a history spanning 3,100 years. Take a leisurely stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls that enclose Xian's old town. Tonight, enjoy a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.

Terracotta Warriors - Day 6

After their fortuitous discovery by local farmers in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of life-like warriors and horses who stand in their original formations at the exact location they were excavated. Visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate terracotta warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Watch the skilled production process and perhaps buy a souvenir warrior to take home. Later, take a bullet train to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province.

Dujiangyuan Panda Base - Day 7

This morning visit Dujiangyan Panda Base for your first panda encounter! Located 1.5 hours outside of Chengdu, this centre is dedicated to the study of disease control and the rescue of wild pandas – the perfect place to gain insight into the hard work that goes into caring for and boosting the population of this endangered species. Later, enjoy the atmosphere of Jinli Street – a lively street lined with antique shops and restaurants before sampling a delicious Sichuanese meal.

Chengdu Panda Reserve - Day 8

Your second panda experience will take place at Chengdu's famous Panda Conservation Centre, located right in the city. An education centre and breeding facility, here you'll see both pandas and red pandas up close as they chomp through piles of bamboo, sleep and play, and learn all about their physiology and conservation. Back in Chengdu, enjoy a hot beverage in a traditional teahouse before visiting Matchmaker's Corner where parents search for worthy suitors for their children.

Fly Chengdu to UK - Day 9

Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.

Group Tour includes

  • International flights and current taxes
  • 4* accommodation
  • Domestic transportation
  • Touring with guides and entrance fees
  • All meals
  • Visa fees for UK & Irish passport holders
  • We allow children 8 years and over on this tour, although we recommend families with younger children take advantage of our Private version of this tour

Additional Price Information

  • Based on London Heathrow departures
  • Land only tours available (Beijing – Chengdu)
  • Regional UK departures available
  • Single room supplement
  • Flight upgrades available on request
  • Tipping payable locally

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