China Family Adventure

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Discover China, top to bottom, as a family with this itinerary especially designed for all ages. Great historical and archaeological sites, natural wonders and local interactions – school visits, martial arts demonstrations, family meals, Giant Pandas …

Day 1: Beijing arrival and welcome. Beijing Duck Dinner
Ni Hao! Welcome to Beijing. You will start your trip by meeting with your local guide at 6pm in the hotel lobby. They will welcome you and go over details about your trip including meeting up with your guides in each city. After that, you will enjoy an orientation walk, followed by a Beijing Duck dinner.  

Accommodation:
•Chongwenmen Hotel or similar (3 nights)

Meals Included:
• Peking Duck dinner

Day 2: Beijing Great Wall at Mutianyu
The Great Wall at Mutianyu (approx. 2 hours drive) is one of the best-preserved and restored sections of the Wall so it is easy to climb and walk along, but you can still appreciate the difficulty and extent of the Wall’s construction. A picnic lunch to eat on the Wall is provided.

This afternoon you will visit a local school for a glimpse of school life in China; take part in a class and make some new local friends. Returning to Beijing in late afternoon you have time to relax or explore the local market.

Accommodation:
•Chongwenmen Hotel or similar (3 nights)

Meals Included:
• Breakfast, Lunch
    
Day 3: Beijing – Explore Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Hutongs. Train to Luoyang
Today your guide will take you on an exploration of some of Beijing’s most famous sights. There is quite a bit of walking and you will also use the subway along with the locals.

First stop,Tiananmen Square, one of the world's largest public squares, home to the Monument of the People's Heroes and the Great Hall of the People. From here enter the Forbidden City, built 1406-1420; a ceremonial and political center of the Chinese government for more than 500 years. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 and is listed by UNESCO as the most extensive collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.
Later experience the local lifestyle of Old Beijing with a stroll through the alleys formed by lines of traditional courtyards known as Hutong.
Evening board the overnight train to Luoyang.

Accommodation:
•Overnight on soft sleeper train Beijing/Luoyang (1 night)

Meals Included:
•Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Luoyang – Shaolin Monastery, Luoyang Old Town
From Luoyang station it is 1.5hrs drive to Shaolin Monastery, the birthplace of Chinese Kung Fu. Your local guide will show you around the complex, including the Hall of Heavenly Kings, the Pagoda Forest and the Dharma Cave. You will have a chance to witness the real Kung Fu as performed by Shaolin monks.

Next, visit a nearby Martial arts school. Seeing the little kids learning martial arts is an absolute highlight of the day. 

Returning to Luoyang in the late afternoon explore the old town, starting from the ancient cultural street. It is lively place with residential areas, snack streets, souvenir shops and old buildings. When night falls, thousands of lamps light up the town and you will feel you are back in the Tang Dynasty.

Accommodation:
•Peony Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included:
•Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Longmen Grottoes – train to Xi’an – Xi’an Muslim Quarter
Nearby Luoyang are the World Heritage Longmen Grottoes. Steep limestone cliffs extend for almost a mile and contain approximately 110,000 Buddhist stone statues, 60 stupas and 2,800 inscriptions carved on steles. Most date between the end of the 5th century and the middle of the 8th century—the periods of the Northern Wei (486¬–534 C.E.) through early Tang dynasties (618–907 C.E.). 

Then it is time for the bullet train to Xi’an where you will spend the afternoon exploring the Muslim quarter. Firstly, we will visit one of the best-preserved old residences dating back 400 years. The courtyard was once home to seven generations of the Gao family – notable officials of the royal court and houses period furniture, pottery, porcelain, and paintings. Later, stroll through the narrow streets dotted with small shops, markets and restaurants.

Accommodation:
• Manxin Hotel Bell Tower or similar ( 2 nights)

Meals Included:
• Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Terracotta Warriors, cycle Xi’an City Walls
The Terracotta Warriors were buried for 2,000 years before being discovered by farmers digging a well in 1976. Three of the main pits, containing almost 2,000 of the 6,000+ warriors, archers and chariots, are open to view. Each figure is individually sculpted from clay, each having a different costume, height and even facial expressions – stand in battle formation. 

After marveling at this incredible display, we will enjoy lunch in a local village before returning to the city to spend the late afternoon cycling on the ancient City Wall. This is the most significant and best-preserved city wall extant in China, running over 13 kilometers around Xi’an.

Accommodation:
• Manxin Hotel Bell Tower or similar ( 2 nights)
Meals Included:
• Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Train to Chengdu, Jinli historic Street, Kuanzhai Alley
It is about 4 hours by fast train to Chengdu. On arrival transfer to the hotel then head out to explore Jinli Street. This street is famous for its historic atmosphere, bustling business and, most of all, for its local snacks. Enjoy sticky rice cakes with sesame sauce, spicy chicken on a stick, sweet rice jelly, fried beef pancakes and, for the more adventurous, seasoned rabbits’ heads. 

Later in the afternoon head to Kuanzhai Alley, a landmark of Chengdu. Here we will see the historical remains of the old Chengdu city and experience the leisure lifestyle of Chengdu locals.

Accommodation:
•Joha Forstar Hotel or similar ( 2 nights)

Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 8: Chengdu Panda Center
A morning visit to the Panda Breeding Center, where we can witness the conservation efforts being made to save this endangered species. Here they are bred and protected; and you are able to get quite close, watching them at play, eating, napping, and munching bamboo. 

After the Panda, return to downtown Chengdu. Evening sample a Sichuan hotpot dinner.

Accommodation:
•Joha Forstar Hotel or similar ( 2 nights)

Meals Included:
• Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Chengdu-Guilin flight, Longji Rice Terraces
It is a short flight from Chengdu to Guilin, then about 1.5 hours drive through great scenery to Longji. The Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces are an agricultural spectacle with a history of more than 650 years. The terraces are named for their resemblance to a dragon’s scales whilst the mountain summit looks like the backbone of a dragon. The most eye-catching part of the terrace cluster is the Ping'an Village Rice Terrace, the first to be discovered by tourists and photographers. After settling into your guesthouse, your guide will take you on an orientation walk.

Accommodation:
• Seven Star Resort ( Ping’an Branch) or similar (1 night)

Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 10: Hike through Lonjii Rice Terraces, bus to Yangshuo
Hike through the Longji Valley and its rice terraces, bamboo trees and chestnut forests. Despite some challenging hills, much of the hike is spent walking along stone paths, passing waterfalls and fields.
At the end of the hike our vehicle will meet us for the trip to Yangshou (4 hours). This small village set amid green karst hills and rice fields has become a favorite traveler center of southern China.

Accommodation:
• Floral Hotel Qinghui Villa (2 nights)

Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 11: Bicycle tour through Yangshuo countryside, Moon Hill
Yangshuo offers excellent opportunities for biking and hiking. Today cycle through the surrounding countryside to gain an insight into China’s rural life and marvel at the surroundings. Each turn in the road reveals another picture-postcard view. Stop at Moon Hill, one of the most popular attractions in Yangshuo, is easily recognizable by its crescent-moon-shaped natural arch. Ascend to the summit via a steep and rough path to be rewarded with spectacular vistas. Stop for lunch at the house of our local friends and savor a tasty meal made from locally grown produce.
After a day taking in the natural beauty, return to town and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Accommodation:
• Floral Hotel Qinghui Villa 

Meals Included:
• Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Train Guilin - Hong Kong
Transfer back to Guilin train station for a fast train to Hong Kong. Trip ends.

Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Tour Code
Start
End
Price(US$)
  • CA-CFHD210707

    Sunday

    2021-07-07

    From Beijing

    Thursday

    2021-07-18

    From Beijing

    Over

    US$2387.00

    12
    Days

  • CA-CFHD210811

    Sunday

    2021-08-11

    From Beijing

    Thursday

    2021-08-22

    From Beijing

    Over

    US$2387.00

    12
    Days

  • CA-CFHD210908

    Sunday

    2021-09-08

    From Beijing

    Thursday

    2021-09-19

    From Beijing

    Over

    US$2387.00

    12
    Days

  • CA-CFHD211013

    Sunday

    2021-10-13

    From Beijing

    Thursday

    2021-10-24

    From Beijing

    Over

    US$2387.00

    12
    Days

  • CA-CFHD211110

    Sunday

    2021-11-10

    From Beijing

    Thursday

    2021-11-21

    From Beijing

    Over

    US$2387.00

    12
    Days

  • CA-CFHD211208

    Sunday

    2021-12-08

    From Beijing

    Thursday

    2021-12-19

    From Beijing

    Over

    US$2387.00

    12
    Days

Min Age - 6 years old

Visas - A visa is required for entry into China for all nationalities except Japan, Singapore and Brunei who are allowed visa free stays under 14 days. Travellers holding APEC cards are allowed entrance visa free if their card has already been approved for China.

Under the current guidelines to get a visa you will need to provide the following:

- Letter of Invitation from a Chinese agency

- Copy of Flight tickets

- Hotel booking confirmation

- Travel Insurance (some embassies ask for this document) 

In some cases, you may be required to provide further information or documentation and if this is the case we will notify you as soon as possible.

Booking a Single Room - On this particular tour we are pleased to be able to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room. Due to the variety of accommodation used on this tour, single rooms are available for a majority of the nightstops, however it would still mean sharing on any overnight trains. All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.

Vaccinations and Your Health - We recommend that you contact your primary care physician or a travel doctor for advice on vaccinations and travel health and we advise that you check to see if your tetanus-diphtheria booster is still valid every 10 years. 

Insurance - Travel insurance is compulsory for all our customers. At the start of the trip you must provide us with: the name of your insurance company, your policy number, a 24 hour medical emergency contact number, and the expiry date of the policy. You should ensure that your policy covers you for medical expenses and repatriation. If you are unable to provide all this information at the start of the trip you will not be allowed to join the trip. You can purchase insurance easily online by checking our Travel Insurance page.

Luggage - One main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage – so don’t overload yourself. It is essential that your baggage is lockable; the airline/train authorities insist on this. Please be aware, before boarding a flight in China that the Chinese authorities will only allow bottles onto aircraft if they have been checked in as main luggage. Any bottles in the hand luggage may be confiscated.

What to Expect on Tour

Itinerary Disclaimer – The information in this trip details has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. 

Accommodation -Your accommodation is selected for convenient.



12 Days