Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

  • All meals included Yes
  • Free beverages No
  • Persons per room 2 - 4
  • Wifi in public areas Yes
  • Laundry facilities No
  • Safety box No
  • Lockable rooms Yes
  • Hot shower Yes
  • Private bathroom Yes
  • Bed linen Yes
  • Towels No
  • Air conditioning No
  • Fan Yes
  • Mosquito protection No

Program & Schedule

This conservation program is located in South China Sea, an island named Donghai Island, where you can both take care of turtles and know more about dolphins in one week.

The dolphin conservation is mainly to promote the idea of protecting dolphins in schools, helping the local center to build its dolphin museum, and rebuilding any housing damage from the annual typhoon.

Also you may have the chance to see dolphin by boat if you are lucky enough!!

There are 5 species of turtles that live in the South China Sea. This program breeds and cares after all of these 5 different species i.e. the:

  • Leatherback
  • Loggerhead
  • Hauxville
  • Green
  • and Olive Ridley turtles

There are around 20 disabled turtles living in the centre at one time, and in a separate centre nearby there are several healthy turtles which will be released to the ocean when they recover

At certain times, you may witness the turtle eggs hatching, a beautiful experience, as they are released straight into the ocean when born like nature intended

If you not only love animals but would like to relax with some coastal sunshine and sand, this is the program for you!

Aims & Objectives

  • Get a hands-on approach to help protect China’s injured sea-turtles
  • Create a safe and clean environment for China’s dolphins
  • To educate ourselves and others on the importance of ocean conservation

Schedule

Monday

Donghai Island

  • After breakfast you will transfer to Donghai Island,where you can visit dolphin and turtle conservation program
  • Lunch
  • In the afternoon, the staff in the dolphin conservation will give brief introduction to you about the area
  • Dinner BBQ night in the beach

Tuesday

Donghai Island

  • Breakfast
  • Take a boat to the sea and if you are lucky,you can see dolphins.After that you can take part in some fishing while you are on the boat
  • Lunch in the center
  • In the afternoon, help the local staff to rebuild the house and some construction work for the dolphin museum, and then cleaning dust bins on the beach
  • Dinner

Wednesday

Donghai Island

  • Breakfast
  • Help the local staff to rebuild the house and some construction work for the dolphin museum
  • Lunch
  • In the afternoon, visit the local school and teach them in the class about the knowledge of dolphin and how to protect them in the environment

Thursday

Naozhou Island

  • After breakfast ,you will transfer with public transportation to Naozhou Island
  • Lunch in the island
  • In the afternoon,you will visit the turtle conservation centre and help there

Friday

Naozhou Island

  • Breakfast
  • In the morning, enjoy your time in the island and say goodbye to the turtles
  • After lunch back to Zhanjiang, free time for relaxing
  • City tour in Zhanjiang
  • Dinner (self-organized)
  • Sleepover in Zhanjiang
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                No

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

There are no specific participant requirements for this program.

Living & Location

This quiet, rural island gives you a fresh view of the ocean coastline.

This simple guesthouse offers you all the basics for your stay on this special little island. You’ll be bringing your belongings for this stay.

Food Arrangements

Being on a fishing island, enjoy plenty of seafood! Vegetarian options also available.

Facilities

Although a small island, there is restaurants, ATMs and mini mart nearby. A supermarket is in driving distance too.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

We recommend nearby attractions for you to visit in your spare time like Naozhou Tower, Nayanhai Beach, and a special museum called the Arts of Song Dynasty.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name:                People’s Republic of China

Population:        1.37 billion

Capital:        Beijing

Language:        Standard Chinese

Currency:        Renminbi (Yuan) (CNY)

Time zone:        CST (UTC +8)

Country Information

China covers approximately 9.6 million square kilometers making it the 2nd largest country by land area. It is not only the country with the largest population in the world but it is also one of the largest economies laying claim to being the world’s largest exporter and 2nd largest importer of goods.

It is a country of incredible cultural history boasting one of the earliest ancient civilisations dating back to around 2800 BC. Its landscape is equally rich in diversity, ranging from its forest steppes, its deserts in the north and subtropical forests in the south to its 14,500km long stretch of Pacific Ocean coastline. All of this makes China an incredible and exciting place to be, both in what it has to offer today and the story of its past.

Climate

Due to the vast expanse of land that China covers both in terms of longitude and latitude, the climate varies greatly from place to place. Generally, the climate pattern in China is characterised by dry seasons and wet monsoons. The rainy seasons mainly span from May to september but this pattern is less consistent in the some areas such as the dry northwest.

The difference in season causes a pronounced disparity in temperatures between winter and summer. Whilst the summer offers warm temperatures almost everywhere, the winter can cause temperatures to drop significantly, especially in the northern areas of China.

The Monsoon

The southern provinces start to experience the monsoons first, starting in April and May. The winds start to blow north in June meaning that northern provinces receive the rains around July and August, and the rains start to come to an end in September and are generally completely over in October. The northwest of China is the only area that avoids the monsoon climate.

Culture

China is one of four great ancient civilizations with 3,600 years of written history, and its culture both past and present is incredibly profound. Whilst Chinese cultural identity has many common, unifying elements, it is a country that represents 56 ethnic minority groups, the largest of which is the Han Chinese (900 million people), with other groups including the Tibetans, Mongols, Naxi etc. The significance of this is that each group to an extent creates their own culture and so within the vast expanse of China, depending on where you are, cultural variety is plentiful and there to be explored!

The country is currently ruled by The Chinese Communist Party. It is officially atheist, but is slowly and surely becoming more tolerant towards the practice of religion. The five official religions in China are Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism. Due to the fact that it is only in recent years that tolerance of religion has made any progress, the practice of other religions is not formally recognised, although are often tolerated especially in the case of ancient Chinese beliefs. Currently about a quarter of the population practice Taoism, Confucianism and other traditional religions.

Gastronomy

There are 8 different styles of traditional Chinese cuisine, and traditional food can be found everywhere in China. Other styles adopted into Chinese cuisine and that might be found in China include Singaporean, Malaysian, Indonesian, Indian and American cuisine.

The staple foods used in Chinese cooking include exactly what you would expect: rice, noodles, and vegetables with sauces and seasonings.

The attitude regarding food in China is generally “waste not, want not” meaning that it not just uses a wide variety of both plants and animals, but every part of these plants and animals are used in some way. For westerners this might mean that there are a few things on the menu that you may not be used to and might want to avoid.

Due to the scale of the country, it isn't surprising that each area of China has a unique style of cooking and the ingredients very much depend on the natural agricultural produce of the specific region. For example the south of China uses far more rice than the north, where wheat is its main ingredient, a reason why noodles and dumplings are much more common. Southern food is also typically more spicy than that of the north.

Common Chinese dishes include: Sweet and Sour Pork, Gong Bao Chicken, Ma Po Tofu, Wontons, Dumplings, Chow Mein, Peking Roasted Duck and Spring Rolls