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The Wild Side of China Photo Adventure

Photograph Giant Pandas, Serene Landscapes and Abundant Wildlife in Remote Reserves
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Departure Return Notes
09/16/2014 09/16/2014 09/28/2014  
04/04/2015 04/04/2015 04/15/2015  
04/18/2015 04/18/2015 04/29/2015  
05/05/2015 05/05/2015 05/16/2015  
04/04/2016 04/04/2016 04/15/2016  
04/18/2016 04/18/2016 04/29/2016  
05/05/2016 05/05/2016 05/16/2015  
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.

Other Departure Options: Click here for non-photo tour departures.
Pricing
2014 Fees (mouse over departure dates to view specific trip prices)
$9,995
Single Supp.: $1,675
Deposit: $500

2015 Fees (mouse over departure dates to view specific trip prices)
$9,895 - $9,995
Single Supp.: $1,365 
Deposit: $500

Dates & Pricing Notes

Prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in US Dollars. 2016 fees may change slightly. Dates for 2016 are tentative and will be allocated to guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests who reserve their space prior to final pricing confirmation will receive the lowest rate within the range offered.
Location of Adventure
China
Group Size Limit
Approximately 12 Travelers
Small groups are the best way to experience nature travel, and this is especially true for our photographic adventures. With no more than 12 travelers, you’re assured plenty of space and personalized attention when you need it. As a small group, we maintain the flexibility to adapt to changing conditions in a way that maximizes the photo opportunities—we'll depart early in the morning to chase the best light, remain at a site of specific photographic interest to fully explore the potential, or move to a new destination when desired. Our expert naturalist and accomplished photographer is always available to answer your questions, provide tips and techniques, and to help you better understand and photograph this remarkable region of the world.
Our Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
 
Our Private Leaders
 
Included
Airport transfers on Day 1 and final day of itinerary (and prior to start of trip if you have booked the Shangri-La Hotel through NHA), accommodations, land transportation and internal flights, meals from dinner 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
Round-trip transportation to and from the start and end points of the trip (Chengdu, China), 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
Moderate
Our days in China generally start quite early and are very full with activities, including several long drives. You must be able to walk unassisted a minimum of 2 miles, as well as be active at altitudes exceeding 8,000 feet above sea level, in order to participate in this trip. Our itinerary involves daily medium to longer-length walks/hikes over pavement, boardwalks and unpaved forest trails that can be muddy, slippery and uneven with roots and rocks (note that all walks can be be more difficult to navigate during inclement weather). Longer and more strenuous hikes (5-6 miles in length) may be available in some areas for those who choose. Two days of excursions in Jiuzhaigou National Park include climbing a number of stairs, many without handrails. Some walking 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.
Important Information About This Trip
China is known more for its history and culture than its natural features. But we focus on the natural wonders that 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
2014 TRIPS: Arrive in Beijing in time to participate in activities starting at 11:30 am on Day 1. 2015 TRIPS: Arrive in Chengdu in time for at 6:30 pm welcome dinner 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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