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3 Days Bilingual Plants and Wildlife Exploration Camp in Labahe NR
Age: 8+ Child with Family, 10+ alone
Date: July 20th-22nd, 2024 Trip Code: WF001
Guide: Philip He
Trip Focus: Wildlife and plants study + Language Learning
Route: Chengdu-Labahe Nature Reserve-Chengdu
As the natural habitat of Giant Pandas in the wild, Labahe Nature Reserve is the best place to search for Red Panda among the nature photographers from home and abroad. It is a paradise for wildlife. Here you have a good chance to find some animal actions, takins licking salt in the river valleys, Sambar Deer playing with each other, monkeys chasing each other in the forest, and pheasants dashing away... It is also a paradise for plant lovers blossoming flowers of Rhododendrons, Berneuxia thibetica, and Pleione Orchid. Here you can also find the Chinese dove tree, Katsura tree, Tetracentron sinense, and maples in the quiet valleys. It is the west China rainy zone of Hengduan Mountains and is the nature gene bank of China for rare wildlife and plants. It is called Labahe Nature Reserve.
▲ Wild Red Panda in Labahe Nature Reserve
Led by senior bilingual ecotour expert and full-time nature guide, we will visit the natural habitat of the Giant Panda and the Red Panda. We may encounter mammals such as Sichuan Takin, Chinese Goral, Sambar Deer, and Lady Amherst's Pheasant during our search for precious endemic plants like Chinese Dove Tree, Katsura Tree, and Tetracentron sinense. From playing interesting nature games, we can learn how to show the beauty of biodiversity in English. That can help us to prepare for future international communication while we enjoy the fun from nature.
▲ China Endemics——Berneuxia thibetica
1. Practical use of bilingual languages：Led by a senior ecotour expert and naturist teacher, you will enjoy the charm of nature and the fun of learning English from exploration in nature;
2. Getting to know the rare and precious wildlife protected by relative laws in China：In the panda habitat, we will look for animal traces left by wildlife such as the Red Panda, Chinese Goral, and Sambar Deer, learn about the typical habitats for pheasants and other birds with the chance to encounter Lady Amherst's Pheasant;
3. Unveil the secrets of plants：Known as the kingdom of plants, Labahe provides us golden chances to find rare and precious plants such as the Chinese Dove Tree. We will learn the surviving skills of various plants and be inspired by their strong surviving wisdom;
4. Learn to be a night-watcher：Under the cover of darkness, there are night animals such as Chinese Goral, Sambar Deer, and White-faced Flying Squirrel. We will learn how to search and observe wildlife at night and experience fun from night-watching;
5. Enjoy a spectacular view of a snowy mountain peak and a sea of clouds：We will get to the highest viewing platform with a sea elevation of nearly 3,800 meters by cable car and hike along the walkway to enjoy a spectacular view of snow mountains and clouds if the weather permits.
▲ Tibetan Macaque
▲ Sea of Clouds at the higher part of Labahe
▲ Tour Map
Day 1：Get to Labahe Nature Reserve(Labahe NR).
In the morning, we will meet in a designated place in Chengdu and go to Labahe by our bus.
In the afternoon, we will have a welcome ceremony in the forest of Labahe. The participants will introduce each other at the ceremony. Bilingual nature games made for the situation will link us with the natural fun from Labahe. Our plant teacher will take us to search for animal traces and identify plants.
In the evening, we will plan Chinese and English games.
At night, we will have a night walk around our hotel looking for Sambar Deer licking for salt, then we will go to our private place to search for Chinese Goral and White-faced Flying Squirrel.
▲ Chinese Goral
▲ Deer licking salt in the river beach at night
Day 2：Natural Experience and Observation in Lesser Panda Habitat.
In the early morning, we will leave for Lesser Panda Habitat. We will spend the whole day in the wild.
In the morning, we will arrange nature games and observation in between the time when we look for animal traces left by mammals such as Lesser Panda and Sambar Deer and study the habitat. We will also study the relation between man and the natural environment and use the actual situation to practice how to introduce in both Chinese and English language.
We will have a picnic lunch in the field and follow the rules of leaving no traces to protect our environment.
In the afternoon, we hike in the reserve along the loop way, learning how to observe plants on the way and observing birds and making notes while searching for the special birds here including Lady Amherst's Pheasant. We will also practice English in groups.
In the evening, we will play nature games both in English and Chinese.
At night, we will enjoy a night walk. We will go to our secret place again to enhance the skills we have learned the previous night and try to see the friends we have seen the previous night.
▲ China endemic plant found in Labahe NR——Pleione bulbocodioides(Franch) Rolfe
▲ Star bird at Labahe NR——Lady Amherst's Pheasant
Day 3：Sea of Clouds at the higher part of Labahe, Chinese and English Explanation.
In the morning, we go to the highest part possible with a sea elevation of 3,800 meters by cable and hike to enjoy the sea of clouds and high mountain peaks in distance if the weather permits. Here we will get to know the surviving strategies of alpine plants. We will have group discussions and presentations with their self-chosen topic. Each group will lecture to all the participants about environmental topics they have chosen. Then we will have Camp Conclusion Ceremony and grant the qualified participants with a certificate. In the afternoon, we return to Chengdu from Labahe NR.
▲ Sea of Clouds at the higher part of Labahe NR
▲ Rhododendron at the higher part of Labahe NR
A trilingual nature guide, photographer and co-founder of ApandaTour
Philip is a nature photographer guiding Chinese, English, and Japanese bird-watching trips, and wildlife safari. With more than 20 years of working experience in the field of ecotours and over 10 years of wildlife photography, Philip is a senior nature guide at ApandaTour. In his guiding career, he has worked with many professional bird-watching trips and photography trips organized by European and American companies. As a native Kangba Tibetan, he is happy to share his well-grounded knowledge and rich working experiences from his deep love and profound understanding of natural and cultural resources in the Tibetan area.
A bilingual nature teacher, culture interpreter, guide for birds and mammals
Being born and nurtured in a Bai family in Dali of Yunnan Province, Bella has shown strong love and curiosity toward nature at a young age thanks to the excellent ecological environment in her hometown. She joined our company after graduation from Sichuan Agriculture University and became a nature guide for ecotour trips, which were planned for nature and wildlife lovers from home and abroad. She is widely respected and loved by her clients because of her fluent English, profound knowledge, and great service. In the past five years, she has traveled to most places in Yungui Plateau, Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, and mountains in southwest China and built up her rich knowledge in the birds, animals, and cultural resources in these areas. She is happy and good at sharing her knowledge. She hopes to help both old and young travelers of ApandaTour to seek fun from nature and enjoy it, reconnect themselves with nature.
Dates：July 20th-22nd, 2024
Target Participants：Family with a child above 8 or only child above 10
Price：450USD/pax, same price for children and adult
The price includes：transportation from Chengdu to Labahe and back to Chengdu, 2-nights stay inside Labahe Reserve(based on twin-bed sharing), meals during the trip, tickets for entrance and local shuttle bus, cable car, service of teachers, materials for the program, and travel insurance
The price does not include：personal expenditure and any items not mentioned as being included in the itinerary
Hotel Stay：Hotel inside Labahe NR(one twin-bed room for one family or one triple room; for children without a parent, we will arrange room-sharing according to the actual situation. In principle, we do not use one room for one single child. If parent hopes to use a single room, the single supplement is 70USD/pax).
Transportation：We use the same bus for all the trip participants during the trip for transportation from Chengdu to Labahe NR and back to Chengdu. Inside the park, we will use the park shuttle bus.
Food：We will have all the meals in the hotel restaurant except the second lunch. The meals will be arranged with balanced choices of meat and vegetable dishes. Purified water will be provided throughout the trip.
1. All around process control and safety check before the start of the trip.
2. Staff with AHA first aid certificate and first aid kit during the whole trip.
3. Detailed rules and reminders for the trip and ensure all the participating parents and children know them.
4. Measures for epidemic prevention: Ｗe will prepare epidemic prevention materials such as surgery masks, pure alcohols, hand sanitizer, and thermometer. We will have a temperature check before the start of our trip activities.
Can we see wildlife in Labahe NR?
Labahe has rich resources of wildlife including Sambar Deer, Tibetan Macaque, and Chinese Goral. They are pretty common in Labahe NR. So normally, we can say that the chances to see Sambar Deer is 100% while the chances to see other mammals might need some luck. The tour leaders for this trip have very rich field experiences and the routes we choose also provide the high possibility to see mammals in Labahe Nature Reserve. We will try our best to ensure you have a great time in the reserve.
Is it safe to observe wildlife at night?
We have checked the route for the night walk many times in the past. It is flat and easy to walk and observe, we can always keep a safe distance from wildlife. During our night walk, we will divide our participants into small groups and do night watch in an orderly way. One thing is for sure, we need to be quiet and not disturb the wildlife any time when we are in the field.
My child does not speak good English(Chinese), is it ok for my child to participate?
First, we need to know English (or Chinese) is a tool, you use it more, and you get to know how to use it better. Practice makes it perfect. On this trip, we use bilingual just to make sure every participant always has a chance to know what is going on and practice the English words and sentences he is familiar with. We will also adjust the difficulty level of English(Chinese) based actual situation. To ensure that every participant is familiar with the words and phrases they will use during the trip, we will provide two weeks of warm-up classes(online class) in which we will share the English(Chinese) names of plants, animals, environment phrases, and words for outdoor activities to help our children enjoy the trip better.