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The Wild Side of China: A Nature Odyssey

An Exclusive Far-East Safari to See Pandas and Explore Remote Wildlife Reserves

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Departure Return Notes
03/17/2014 03/17/2014 03/29/2014  
04/01/2014 04/01/2014 04/13/2014  
04/16/2014 04/16/2014 04/28/2014 Special Photo Tour
05/04/2014 05/04/2014 05/16/2014 Special Photo Tour
09/01/2014 09/01/2014 09/13/2014  
09/16/2014 09/16/2014 09/28/2014 Special Photo Tour
03/17/2015 03/17/2015 03/29/2015  
04/01/2015 04/01/2015 04/13/2015  
04/16/2015 04/16/2015 04/28/2015 Special Photo Tour
05/04/2015 05/04/2015 05/16/2015 Special Photo Tour
09/01/2015 09/01/2015 09/13/2015  
09/16/2015 09/16/2015 09/28/2015 Special Photo Tour
Custom Departures
Customized private departures can be arranged for this destination. Please contact us for more information and we'd be happy to assist you.

2014 Fees
Single Supp.: $1,675
Deposit: $500

Special Photo Tour

Single Supp.: $1,675
Deposit: $500

Prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in US Dollars. 2015 dates and fees may change slightly.
Location of Adventure
Group Size Limit
Approximately 12 travelers
A very important feature of our China expedition is the limited group size, as nature expeditions are best experienced with a small groups of travelers.
Our Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
Airport transfers on Day 1 and final day of itinerary (and on day prior to start of trip if you are staying at The Peninsula Beijing), accommodations, land transportation and internal flights, meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on final day, purified drinking water in vehicles, and drinking water and soft drinks at meals, services of an NHA Expedition Leader and local guides, most gratuities, all permits, entrance fees and taxes.
Not Included
Transportation from your home city to Beijing, China, and from Chengdu back to your home city, early arrival airport transfers (other than those described above), late departure airport transfers, passport and visa fees, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, Internet, etc.), alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, airline baggage fees, required medical evacuation insurance and optional travel insurance.
Mandatory Insurance
Since the areas we travel to on this trip are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require medical evacuation insurance for our guests' safety. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat, we request that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We will add the cost of a medical evacuation policy to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, contact number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.
Physical Requirements
Easy to Moderate / Flexible
Note that our days generally start quite early and are very full with activities, including several long drives. Our itinerary involves city walking tours 2-3 hours in duration that involve climbing stairs, as well as a number of medium to longer-length walks/hikes over pavement, boardwalks, and maintained dirt trails that can be slippery and uneven with roots and rocks, which can be more difficult to navigate during inclement weather. Some activities take place at altitudes of over 8,000 feet, and we will drive over and stop on mountain passes that exceed 12,000 feet in elevation. We stress that all activities are optional (except drives), and less strenuous alternative activities will be available throughout the trip where possible.
Important Information About This Trip
China is known more for its history and culture than its natural features, but this trip encompasses all those dimensions. We visit Beijing and the Great Wall while also focusing on the natural wonders most visitors miss, particularly the pandas of Bifengxia and a remote, rarely visited wildlife reserve containing territory where wild giant pandas, as well as a host of other rare animals and birds, live and breed. Our renowned Expedition leader, Brad Josephs, made this comment about our revised itinerary to newly opened reserves: “In this new itinerary we have traded time spent in polluted air, traffic, crowds and airports, with beautiful, pristine mountain country. But we sometimes don’t have 5-star restaurants or services, and English-speaking locals and hotel staff do not exist in many areas. Parts of the trip can be more rustic, but the nature rewards are so, so worth it!”
Getting There & Getting Home
Arrive in Beijing in time to participate in activities starting at 11:30 am on Day 1. You are free to depart Chengdu anytime on the final day. We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as our staff is intimately familiar with the special requirements of these programs and can arrange the most efficient travel. Please call us at 1-800-543-8917. Note that while we offer you the best possible rates available to us on airfare and additional nights' accommodations, you may find special web rates or better fares online.

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