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Elephant care & protection: 6-day parent-child tour to Yunnan

Updated: 2017-06-27
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The Asian elephant is smaller than the African elephant and has the highest body point on the head. Asian elephants inhabit grasslands, tropical evergreen forests, semi-evergreen forests, moist deciduous forests, dry deciduous forests and dry thorn forests, in addition to cultivated and secondary forests and scrublands. Over this range of habitat types elephants occur from sea level to over 3,000 m (9,800 ft). In the eastern Himalaya in northeast India, they regularly move up above 3,000 m (9,800 ft) in summer at a few sites. In China, Asian elephants survive only in the prefectures of Xishuangbanna, Simao, and Lincang of southern Yunnan.

 

 

Since 1986, E. maximus has been listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as the population has declined by at least 50 percent over the last three generations, estimated to be 60–75 years. The pre-eminent threats to Asian elephants today are loss, degradation and fragmentation of habitat, leading in turn to increasing conflicts between humans and elephants. Poachers are poached for ivory and a variety of other products including meat and leather.

 

 

To have better knowledge of Asian elephants and to show our careness to this lovely species, a tour package was made especially for parent- child. The tour is available for booking from now to September. 

 

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DAY1  Fujian to Kunming


Meals: Not included   
Accommodation: Hotel in Kunming 
Reference hotels: Huade Garden Hotel Kunming or Wang Sui Hotel Kunming

Take a flight to Kunming city. After arriving at the airport, the airport staff will stay with you till the arrival of the commercial vehicles that will take you to the hotel. After checking in, you can travel alone around Kunming city freely and taste the many delicious authentic local street foods there. Kunming, a magnificent city surrounded by mountains and waters, is sometimes called the “city of perpetual spring." The cozy pace of life and the historical marks hiding in every corner of Kunming will provide you a picture of a charming, historic Chinese city.


DAY2  Kunming to Xishuangbanna wild elephant valley, Kunming


Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included  
Accommodation: Hotel in Xishuangbanna  
Reference hotels: Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant Valley tent base and Ramada Plaza Xishuangbanna (Jinghong)

 

 

 Dai village

 

 

After breakfast, take a flight to Xishuangbanna.

09:00 a.m. Take deluxe coaches to the more than five-hundred-year-old primitive Dai village, Wild Elephant Dai Village, which features a beautiful natural ecological environment, a long history, and a unique ethnic culture.


Theme 1 Dai folk custom (傣族习俗): Dai welcome song and dance


12:20 a.m.   Have a special Dai lunch at a local Dai home


Theme 2 Public benefit activity: Experience the ancient culture of the Dai people


01:10 p.m.  Experience the most primitive, oldest, and most characteristic of the Dai nationality handmade papermaking and pottery goods.


02:00 p.m.  Arrive at Jinghong Public Security Bureau to go through the immigration formalities for the following day's Myanmar tour.


04:00 p.m.  Take deluxe coaches to the Asian wild elephant habitat -- Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant Valley.


Theme 3 Wa folk custom (佤族习俗): Wa welcome song and dance


04:00 p.m.  The Hospitable Wa people will perform song and dance to welcome visitors from afar.


Theme 4 Public benefit activities: Protect and sleep with the Asian elephants

 

 

Xishuangbanna wild elephant valley

 


04:40 p.m. Watch a short video and listen to the staff's introduction to the park. Learn about the goals of the volunteer program and what to pay attention to when camping at night; divide all the members into several smaller groups; Go to the lawn and interact with the elephants, watch the live performance "Cao Chong Weighs the Elephant (曹冲称象)"; then listen to an Asian Elephant and Tropical Rainforest-themed lecture made by the Asian elephant conservation group, and listen to the Asian elephant conservation group’s introduction to the Asian elephant and how to identify plants along the way. 


05:00 p.m.  Gather right after dinner. Function packs will be handed out to each group. After preparing for the trip, take deluxe coaches to the northern entrance to Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant Valley.


05:40 p.m. Begin your tour of China’s protected international wildlife area. Previously, this kind of travel was only accessible to scientists, deep wildlife explorers, tourism academics, and private persons with the means to afford high-grade VIP holiday travel.


China’s Protected International Wildlife Themed Travel


-- Part 1: Waiting for the elephants
Every night, the elephants are very likely to appear from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. We will wait patiently at the foot of the hill to see the elephants descending the mountain to drink water.


-- Part 2: Protecting the elephants

After nightfall, we will fall asleep to the sound of nature. Sleeping in the great outdoors, far away from the neon lights and noise of the city, can be intoxicating.


-- Part 3: Construction
After arriving at the Wild Elephant Observatory, we will set up camp for the night. In order to give you a comprehensive understanding of the life of the Asian elephants in the wild, the Xishuangbanna Asian Elephant Conservation expert group members will accompany you along your journey. Below are a few important points:


(1)Please follow the rules set for the Asian elephant observation at Wild Elephant Valley. After entering the valley, you will receive training about the processes to be conducted by the members of the conservation expert group.


(2)When in the wild elephant valley, please make sure to keep quiet and stay where you're supposed to be.


(3)Whenever you encounter an elephant, day or night, you must turn off your camera's flash when taking photos. Please listen carefully to the lectures and to your guides so that you are informed about Asian elephant conservation and its international significance.


(4)If you have any questions while camping, you can ask the protection team members for help. In order to ensure your safety, you must always be in the company of a member of the protection and conservation team.


(5)Because the VIP camp is located in the depths of the tropical rainforest, amenities such as hot water for bathing are not available. Toilets are available. We will offer you mosquito repellent, wet tissues, and outdoor flashlights. 


08:00 p.m. to midnight   Lie in your tent and enjoy the harmonious sounds of nature. It's an unforgettable experience to fall asleep with the wild Asian elephants nearby in the depth of the tropical rainforest.

DAY3  Xishuangbanna to Menghai (勐海), Yunnan


Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included 

Accomdation: Hotel in Menghai  
Reference hotels: Menghai Grand Yi Holiday Manor

 

 

Xishuangbanna Tropical Rainforest

 

07:30 a.m.  Wake up and enjoy a peaceful morning in the tropical rainforest. 09:00 a.m.  Have breakfast. Breakfast includes eggs, cake, milk, and mineral water.

International VIP negative oxygen ion regimen Yoga
-- Part 1: Preparation
-- Part 2: Yoga

Put on a T-shirt with the “protect Asian elephants” logo on it and do yoga in the depths of the tropical rainforest. Breathe the fresh air together in the same natural space as the elephants, to the company of the early morning sunlight and the pleasant sounds of insects and birds. The air is so fresh that it can clean your nose, your lungs, and your spirit.


Part 3: Tracking Prince William’s footsteps
Follow in Prince William's footsteps to the Asian Elephant Breeding Center. Here, you’ll learn about the Asian elephants’ reproduction, mating, lifestyle, rescue, and training. Those topics have been widely discussed and studied internationally by wildlife biologists. After the study session, we'll have a deeper understanding of how precious this species is to mother nature and to us. We'll also have a better understanding of the slogan “when the buying stops, the killing can too."


Note: The Asian Elephant Breeding and Rescue Center is China’s Asian Elephant Research Center. The center serves as both the Asian Elephant Provenance Breeding Research Institute and a healing habitat for rescued Asian elephants wounded in the wild.
(Special note: In this case, you will participate in this public welfare activity as a spokesperson for international animal and plant protection. This event is an international public welfare activity aimed at promoting and advocating the protection of wildlife.)


-- Part 4: Caring for Asian elephants
Help to care for the rescued wild elephants, just as Prince William did under the guidance and company of the group members. View Prince William’s friend “Ranran," a rescued wild elephant. Wild elephants nowadays are confronted with possible extinction. Some of the elephants in the center are orphans; some are suffering from disease.


-- Part 5: Herding the elephants
Experience what it's like to be an Asian elephant protection promotion ambassador. Clean the elephants’ houses and feed and interact with the elephants. When finished, “herd” the elephants. After the “herding," bathe the elephants.


-- Part 6: Paint an elephant
Use whatever color you want to paint an elephant.


-- Part 7: Declaration of protection


Take group photo.


12:00 noon  Take deluxe coaches to Jinghong city to have a Dai king family banquet.


04:00 p.m.   Arrive at Menghai. Begin a new tour from the starting point of the ancient Southern Silk Road and the ancient tea route at Grand Yi manor. The tour will take two hours.


06:30 p.m.
  Dinner.               


07:50 p.m.  Stay at a hotel.


DAY4  Menghai to Daluo Port to Mongla in Myanmar to Jinghong City


Meals: Breakfast and lunch included
Accommodation: Jinghong city
Reference hotel: Sheraton Hotel, InterContinental Hotel, and Blossom Hill Boutique Hotel

 

 

the border between China and Burma

 

07:30 a.m.  Breakfast


08:00 a.m.  Take an hour and a half drive to the border between China and Burma -- Dalou. Along the way, enjoy the view of the daily lives of the Dai, Hani, Lahu, Brown, and other ethnic minorities.


09:30 a.m.  After arriving at Dalou, walk through the China-Burma border market for around three hours and enjoy the beauty of the emeralds on display.


12:30 p.m.  Enter Burma and tour along the China-Burma border.


For those who cannot get a visa to enter Burma, we’ll have staff on hand to take them on a tour featuring original Dai culture. After the day's tour, visitors will gather at an appointed point to return to Jinghong.


02:30 p.m.  Return to Jinghong.


06:00 p.m.  Take part in the biggest bonfire party of the Dai nationality, or take a luxurious cruise ship tour on the Lancang River. The cruise ship tour costs an additional RMB 280 per person.


08:00 p.m.  Stay at a cozy and luxurious local hotel in Jinghong city.


DAY 5 Jinghong to Kunming-Pu'er to Yuxi city to Kunming


Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Accommodation: Kunming
Reference hotels: Weldon Hotel and Huade Garden Hotel Kunming

08:00 a.m.  Breakfast


08:30 a.m.  Visit the Dai Culture Park for around an hour and a half. There are tropical fruits around the Dai village available for purchase.


11:30 a.m.   Lunch   


12:00 noon  Return to Kunming.

DAY 6  Kunming to Fujian


Meals: Breakfast included


After breakfast, visit Yunnan flower market for around 90 minutes. When finished, go to the airport and return home.

 

 

Price: RMB 5,888 for adults, RMB 4,188 for kids
*Price includes:
1. Accommodations: 5 nights at InterContinental hotel, Yunzhuang plantation, and Wild elephant valley camping base
2. Meals: 5 breakfasts, 7 dinners -- RMB 400 to RMB 600 per table, and special meals.
3. Transportation: Round-trip tickets from Fujian to Kunming, 3 flights to destinations between Kunming and Xishaungbanna, deluxe coach.
4. Attractions: Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant Valley, the Grand Buddha Temple, the Asian Elephant Breeding Center, Grand Yi Holiday Manor, Minela, and Shwedagon Pagoda
5. Extras: Handmade paper-making, camping in Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant Valley, wildlife lecture, yoga in a tropical rainforest, Dai dance performance for welcoming visitors from afar, protection of Asia elephant global public welfare Ambassador certificate of honor

Date: Option 1: July 7th, 2017 to July 12th, 2017 (a determined itinerary. If interested, please book at least four days before July 7th)
          Option 2: You can book the itinerary anytime between July 13th and this mid September. (the departure date of this option is undetermined and will be adjusted according to the number of participants)
Number of people: Maximum 20 families per group
Number of days: 6 days, 5 nights

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