Wildlife Study Abroad in China

China is one of the countries with the greatest diversity of wildlife in the world – with more than 10% of all the vertebrate species on the earth. Wildlife peculiar to China includes such well-known animals as the giant panda, golden-haired monkey, south China tiger, brown-eared pheasant, white-flag dolphin and crested Ibis, totaling more than 100 species. The proposed itinerary for wildlife study tour in   china is designed to provide the participants with a basic understanding of China’s wild animal living situation, wildlife conservation and facing increasing challenges through visiting wildlife rescue and breeding bases and natural reserves. At the same time, participants will have opportunities to track wild animals in the field under the direction of wildlife experts and help of local guides. 

 

Day
Location
Activities
Day 1
Entry Beijing
Upon arrival at Beijing, the local guide will meet you at the airport and accompany you to a hotel. The rest day is at your leisure.
Day 2
Beijing
Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, the abiding symbol of imperial China. Then, tour the Temple of Heaven, one of the finest cultural expressions of the Ming Dynasty.  The Temple of Heaven represents the most advanced principles architecture available at the time and serves as the ritual center of the imperial government.  Enjoy Peking roasted duck dinner in the evening.
Day 3
Beijing
Sightseeing one section of Great Wall and enjoy the astounding views of the wall as it winds over the surrounding hills. Afterwards, visit the Summer Palace - the second largest and most well-preserved royal garden in China. 
Day 4
Beijing/Xian
Fly to Xian – the ancient capital city of China and transfer to the Louguantai National Forest Park. Visit Shaanxi Wild Animal Rescure and Research Center to see giant panda, golden monkey, takin etc. Talk with an expert of the center to learn how they have rescued the sick wild animals.
Day 5
Shaanxi Wild Animal Rescue and Research Centre
Begin the voluntary work at the Panda Garden first. The experienced crew of panda gardener will guide you for the daily job, such as cleaning panda rooms, feeding pandas and look after pandas. Then, go to golden monkey breeding area to help cleaning its hutch.
Day 6
Changqing or Foping National Nature Reserve
Drive to Changqing or Foping National Nature Reserve  and stay at the Huayang reception center. Have bird watching for wild Crested Ibis  around the Huayang village under the direction of bird expert.
Day 7-8
Changqing or Foping National Nature Reserve
Track giant panda in the field in Changqing or Foping Nature Reserve to learn animals’ natural habitats under the lead of local panda expert. Walk through bamboo habitat, enjoying lovely mountain views from a ridge-top.
Day 9-10
Changqing or Foping National Nature Reserve/Xian
Hike in golden takin or golden Monkey habitat area to trace the wonderful animals under the lead of local guide or hike in the Reserve to see magnificent mountain scenery and the primitive forest. Then, back to Xian.
Day 11
Xian
Today’s highlight is the Terracotta Warriors and the Bronze Chariots, designed for the tomb of China’s first emperor–Qinshihuang. Thousands of life size warriors and horses still stand on the original site in military formation of the emperor’s burial complex.  Then, visit Grand Mosque - a large ancient architectural complex featuring the Chinese palace style with a long history, and Muslim quarter.
Day 12
Xian/Chengdu
Fly to Chengdu-the home land of Giant Panda, and transfer to BifengxiaNature Reserve. Visit Shangli ancient town-a beautiful village with traditional Chinese houses, river and bridges.
Day 13
Bifengxia Nature Reserve
Start voluntary work at the Panda Garden. An experienced crew of panda garden will guide you in daily work, such as cleaning the rooms for panda, feeding pandas, etc. The panda feeder will give you his/her real story of raising panda. They will teach you how to cook for panda and how to give panda treatment when they are ill etc. you will have an opportunity discussing with Chinese panda experts about panda conservation, learning how pandas cope with periodic bamboo death and a shrinking environment.
Day 14
Chengdu/Shanghai
Enjoy the beautiful landscape of Bifengxia Valley in the morning. Transfer to Chengdu Shuangliu Airport and Fly to Shanghai in the late afternoon.
Day 15
Shanghai
Visit the Shanghai Museum to view its wonderful collection of Chinese bronzes, jade, pottery and ceramics, paintings and calligraphy, old coins, and furniture, Yuyuan Garden to experience the lovely city center garden, and the Bund-the typical symbol of Shanghai. The rest time is at your leisure to explore Shanghai.
Day 16
Departure
Transfer to the Pudong International Airport and take your flight to your next destination.
Shaanxi Wild Animal Rescue and Research Centre is one of 4 Giant Panda Conservation Bases in China. It’s just at the foot of the Qinling Mountains, with a fantastic natural view. This center has been engaged in rescuing endangered animals from the wild, especially Giant Panda, Golden Monkey, Crested Ibis and Takin since 1980s.
Changqing National Nature Reserve is located in the Qinling Mountains, Shaanxi Province. The reserve, which reaches elevations of over 3000m, is one of the most important ecological areas in China. It provides one of the best and last remaining places where Giant Pandas, Golden Takin, Golden Monkeys and Crested Ibis can be found in the wild. It is also home to 39 other threatened animals and 31 threatened plants.
Foping National Nature Reserve is located in the Qinling Mountains, covering an area of 35,000 hectares. It was established in 1978, for the purpose of protecting giant pandas and their habitat. After over 30 years of protection, the number of pandas in the reserve has reached 110-130. It is the area with the highest density of panda population in China.
Bifengxia Nature Reserve is one base of China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda. CCRCGP has already been evolved into the world’s largest example of the giant panda protection organization, China ecological protection and civilization construction with the strongest comprehensive strength.

This proposed itinerary is tentative and subject to change. Best efforts will be used to plan site visits and academic exchanges as indicated, but not guarantee due to many complex factors. If you need any more information or want to organize such kind of trip, please feel free to contact us: eac@eduabroadchina.com.

Giant Panda

The giant panda is the rarest member of the bear family and among the world’s most threatened animals. It is universally loved, and has a special significance for WWF as it has been the organization's logo since 1961, the year WWF was founded. Today, the giant panda's future remains uncertain. As China's economy continues rapidly developing, this bamboo-eating member of the bear family faces a number of threats. Its forest habitat, in the mountainous areas of southwest China, is increasingly fragmented by roads and railroads. Habitat loss continues to occur outside of protected areas, while poaching remains an ever-present threat. Great strides have been made in recent years to conserve the giant pandas. By 2005, the Chinese government had established over 50 panda reserves, protecting more than 2.5 million acres - over 45 percent of remaining giant panda habitat – protecting more than 60 percent of the population.

Golden Snub-nosed Monkey

The golden snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) is endemic to a small area in temperate, mountainous forests of central and Southwest China. Snow occurs frequently within its range and it can withstand colder average temperatures than any other non-human primates. Its diet varies markedly with the seasons, but it is primarily an herbivore with lichens being its main food source. It is diurnal and largely arboreal, spending some 97% of their time in the canopy. There are three subspecies. Population estimates range from 8,000 to 15,000 and it is threatened by habitat loss.   The distribution range of the golden snub-nosed monkey is limited to the mountains in four provinces in China: Sichuan, Gansu, Shaanxi, and Hubei. This monkey is found at elevations of 1,500-3,400 m. It lives at different elevations and increases or decreases the size of its home range with the change of seasons. The change in home range size and location is dependent upon the availability and distribution of food. The total area covered by its seasonal home ranges is surprisingly large for an arboreal species. It is limited to broadleaf deciduous, broadleaf deciduous-conifer mixed, or conifer forests. At present, there are a total of four species of golden monkey in the world, including the Sichuan golden monkey, the Guizhou golden monkey, the Yunnan golden monkey and the Tonkin golden monkey. Three of these species live only in China, and they are nearly as rare now as the giant panda.

Red Panda

The red panda is endemic to the Himalayas in Bhutan, southern China, India, Laos, Nepal, and Burma. They generally are found in the slopes of the south of the Himalayas and the mountainous forests at altitudes of up to 4,800 meters, and generally do not venture below 1,800 meters. These animals spend most of their lives in trees and even sleep aloft. When foraging, they are most active at night as well as in the gloaming hours of dusk and dawn However, currently the red panda is classified as endangered, with an estimated population of fewer than 2,500 mature individuals. Their population continues to decline because their natural space is shrinking as more and more forests are destroyed by logging and the spread of agriculture.

Crested Ibis

The Crested Ibis - one of “the fifty rarest birds of the world”, like the Chinese Egret, is a species whose ill-fortunes have been closely linked to its extraordinarily beautiful appearance. Throughout much of the last century it was systematically hunted for its long white breeding plumes, which were used to decorate women's hats. As a consequence of this pressure, and the widespread destruction of forest and wetland habitats, the species declined to a population numbered in single figures. Fortunately as the Japanese birds slid towards extinction a previously unknown population of Crested Ibis was discovered in China, in the Qinling Shan, in southern Shansi province, at the very edge of its former range. This population continued to expand until by 1988 there were 34 in the wild and a further six held in captivity. A gradual recovery has continued, although this has been adversely affected by crows and other predators that feed on the bird's eggs.

 

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