Bifengxia ... (BFX) as you will so fondly call it when you leave... In Ya'an. Approximately 180 kilometres South West of Chengdu City or 2 and a half hour local bus ride for 50 Yuan one way. Mini bus 5 Yuan and heaven beyond !
This it's the 2nd of the 3 Giant Panda breeding and Research Bases in the Provence of Chengdu.
It is Not a paradise for the "quick reward" person. But, a truly beautiful part of earth.
Oh my goodness... what a wonderful experience. When I saw the delight on his face I KNEW I had done good!
My husband has loved Pandas from childhood and still has his soft toy in his office at home! I wanted something really special for a wonderful mate and thank goodness I found it.
Once I had read through numerous information on TripAdvisor and made contact with the volunteer department at BFX, everything just fell into place.
Prompt replays from Tom and Joseph. Both these gentlemen made life in the mountains a dream come true. They are fantastic and so caring! They also arranged accommodation for us for the 3 nights. The Wengfeng Hotel is really a "home stay" type accommodation. Not 5 star, but clean and comfortable. The Host, Mr Zhu is a chef and cooks up a storm! Delicious home fresh food you couldn't get better anywhere else.
Web sites with papers which needed "filling" in ..... Volunteering form and Health check form...
An UNBEATABLE price on Expedia for flights and accommodation (6nights) and,
Then a huge rush to the Chinese Consulate in Brisbane for " Rushed " Visas!
We travelled with the locals. Caught a bus from Chengdu to Ya'an, then a mini bus to the mountains. At the main ticketing area for the national park there is a hotel too. Here the staff contacted BFX reserve and Mr. Zhu can and collected us.
The next day, we went for a quick "induction", money exchanged hands ... Yuan ... Cash ... ONLY!!
Please remember this important information as there are NO ATM / CEDIT Card facilities within 1 hours drive! You WILL be disappointed not taking enough with you. Take extra for just-in-case.
We got our volunteering cards and overalls for working with the pandas and then were taken to meet the assigned Panda Keeper. We I must say worked well together and enjoyed learning about and above all observing Shenbin and Fwan. Feeding them of course was the greatest hit too.
My husbands unforgettable moment can on our last day when he got to sit next to a juvenile Panda and had copious photos taken!!
This is an EXTRA cost and is for the Privilege of being able to get up close and personal with these delightful beauties of the wild. It goes a long way towards necessities at BFX.
We returned to Chengdu City, the same why we arrived, but with so much euphoria of a time spent with lovely, caring people with one goal in mind. Care and Protect the Giant Panda for the World!
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