“On your second day we will visit Tiananmen Square and the magnificent Forbidden City in the morning.”
Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China. Combining both modern and traditional architecture, Beijing is a megacity rich in history and Chinese cultures. Beijing is China’s political, cultural, and educational center.
The Bell Tower
Xi’an is the capital of Shaanxi province. It was named a world historical city by UNESCO and one of the nine ancient capitals of the world.
Xi’an has a large Muslim community, with 50,000 Hui Muslims. Two thousand years ago, XiAn was the capital of ancient China (Han Dynasty) and served as the starting point of the ancient Silk Road. Different kinds of merchandise traveled along the famous Silk Road which stretched from China through India, Asia Minor (Turkey), up through Mesopotamia to Egypt, on the African continent, to Greece and Rome.
The greatest value of the Silk Road was the exchange of culture, art, religion, language, science, architecture – the basic elements of civilization.
After a leisurely mid-morning, participate in a Chinese cooking class complete with shopping in the local markets and cooking your own group lunch under the guidance of a leading Sichuan chef.
Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province, the hometown of the Panda. It is a famous historical and cultural city with a history spanning over 3,000 years. Archaeological discoveries at the Sanxingdui and Jinsha sites have established that the Chengdu region was inhabited over four thousand years ago and was the center of one of China’s most important early cultures.
Pandas in their own habitat
The reserve, established in 1963, is the leading Panda habitat with nearly 150 wild pandas living in the region.
Wolong Panda Nature Reserve& Research Centre
Wolong National Nature Reserve is a protected area located near the Aba Tibetan and Qiang minority communities in the Sichuan province of China. The reserve was established in 1963 and is the leading Panda habitat with nearly 150 wild pandas living in the region. The nature reserve is also home to other endangered species including snow leopards, red pandas and golden monkeys. In June 1980, the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda was established with joint efforts of WWF and the Chinese government.
You’ll learn the traditional techniques of building trails and how to use the ancient tools from local craftsman. Also you’ll begin to pick up a few simple Tibetan words.
Danba Zhonglu Village
Danba Zhonglu Village where The Freeland Nature Camp is located was created by Dragon Expeditions in 2015. The program is designed to try to achieve a balance between nature and modernity, where traditional peoples share their ancient wisdom with camp visitors, and visitors engage in sustainable environmental development and protection programs.