Enchanted China for Families

Giant Pandas, terracotta warriors, hutongs, bicycles, pedal cabs and the Great Wall
Overview

overview

This 12-day family China trip is guaranteed to impress the whole family by combining China’s must-see sites with the whimsical local attractions beloved by local Chinese families. The tour will take your family from busy Hong Kong Harbor to beautiful Guilin, then onward for a bike tour in Yangshuo and a ride down the River Li. You’ll then explore Chengdu and visit the Giant Panda Research Center to get up close and personal with these amazing creatures. Xian’s Terracotta Warriors and the Forbidden City in Beijing will entertain your family for the next few days until you complete your trip with a visit to China’s most famous monument — the Great Wall. China pulses with energy, defies our stereotypes, and presents the perfect opportunity for family members to be surprised and delighted together.

itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive Hong Kong

    Welcome! Your family won't have to worry about anything upon arrival at the airport. Simply exit customs and someone will be there to meet you. They will even help with check-in at the hotel.

     

    Meals
    None
    Lodging
    Centrally located 4 * hotel
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  • Day 2: Explore Hong Kong
    Hong Kong Views from Victoria Peak

    Today is free to relax or do some exploring with your family; your hotel can arrange for guided tours if you wish or we can arrange for a private tour for just your family (not included in land cost). Consider a Hong Kong Island tour to visit Man Mo Temple, Aberdeen Fishing Village, Stanley Market, Repulse Bay, and see Victoria Peak by tram. Another option is Ocean Park, one of the largest oceanariums in the world, which features aquariums, dolphin shows, rides, a film simulator, and giant pandas — it’s got something fun for everyone in your family. You can also take a cable car ride over the Park. Another option is a tour of the Lantau Islands. Your family can take a ferry out to see Silvermine Bay, Po Lin Monastery, Cheung Sha Beach, and Tai Village, then it’s only a short ride out to the China Sea to see Chinese White Dolphins. It is only a short walk from your hotel, situated on the Kowloon side, to the waterfront, for a spectacular nighttime view of Hong Kong's harbor.

     

     

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Centrally located 4 * hotel
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  • Day 3: Guilin and Yangshuo's Natural Beauty
    Karst formations of Yangshuo

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin, a place of impressive natural beauty. After arriving in Guilin, drive just a few hours away to Yangshuo, which is nestled among imposing limestone karst formations that have inspired poets and painters for centuries. In the evening, watch the incredible Impression Liusanjie light show. The show was designed and directed by Zhang Yimao, the same person who directed the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Centrally located 3-4 * hotel
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  • Day 4: Biking in Yangshuo, Boating in Fuli
    Biking in Yangshuo

    This small town offers a relaxed and intimate alternative from the major cities of China and is an excellent place to explore by bicycle. You and your family can join your local guide and spend a few hours exploring the wonderful scenery in the surrounding countryside, including Moon Hill, a limestone pinnacle with a moon-shaped hole. The kids will love climbing and exploring this unique natural wonder. Your family will also meet some of the inhabitants of the nearby villages. After finishing your bike ride, enjoy a home-cooked lunch at the home of a local family. Afterwards, take a leisurely boat ride down the Li River to the picturesque market town of Fuli, which has stone houses and cobbled lanes. Return to Yangshuo by car for your overnight.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Centrally located 3-4 * hotel
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  • Day 5: Sights and Sounds of Chengdu
    Changing of the Faces show

    Fly to Chengdu, a city which has been influenced by a history of trade built on “cottage industry” handicrafts. Recent changes in Chinese regulations have seen a revival of this private industry tradition and signs of a thriving market are at almost every turn. Afterwards, visit Renmin Park, where there is a bonsai rockery and a kids’ playground. Your family can take a delightful trip around the park's lake in a pedal boat for a fun way to see all that the park has to offer. Across the lake from the teahouse is the entry to an underground museum/funhouse that will be sure to delight all the members of your family. Originally a bomb shelter, the building now houses a Chinese monster show. It also contains models of New York, Sydney, Rome and the Taj Mahal. Time permitting, visit other local sites in Chengdu. In the evening, you will attend the "Changing of the Faces" performance. During the show, the performers change their colorful masks so quickly that a new face appears almost like magic.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Centrally located 4 * hotel
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  • Day 6: Visit the Giant Pandas
    Hold a baby panda!

    One of the highlights of this family trip to China is a visit to the Giant Panda Research Center*. Here, your family will be able to watch the pandas at play, and learn about how pandas survive in the wild. Unlike a zoo, the pandas here are in open enclosures with lots of green space and large play structures, which ensures your family an exciting visit with these playful, happy creatures. The Giant Panda is one of the world's most endangered species and has become an icon for conservation movements everywhere. Though still found in parts of the Sichuan province, they are very difficult to spot in the wild. Seeing these amazing creatures up close is something that kids of all ages are sure to enjoy.  Return to your hotel in Chengdu for your overnight.

    *You must have a reservation if you would like to have your picture taken with a panda. The earlier you book, the better you chances are of getting a reservation. Howerver, we cannot guarantee a photo, particulary if the session is cancelled due to health issues with the panda. Expect to budget about $350 per person for the photo opportunity (prices can change without notice.)

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Centrally located 4 * hotel
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  • Day 7: The Terracotta Warriors of Xian
    A few dozen of Xian's thousands of terracotta warriors

    Fly from Chengdu to Xian, best known for its renowned Terracotta Warriors. These entombed statues are considered one of the most important archaeological finds of the century. Over 6,000 of them were individually sculpted from clay, each having a different costume, height, and even facial expression. They stand in battle formation, facing east to protect the tomb of China's first Emperor, the great Qin Shihuang. Time permitting, visit the Banpo Neolithic Village, named for its early examples of Yangshao culture. Your family will also visit the ancient Imperial Hot Spring Baths, famous for its romantic love story of Emperor Xuangzong and his concubine Yang Guifei during the Tang Dynasty,and the bustling countryside open market. In the evening, there will be a dinner and concert from the restored Tang Dynasty featuring court music and dance.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Centrally located 4 * hotel
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  • Day 8: Explore Xian
    Drum Tower of Xian

    In the 10th century, Xian was thought to be the greatest city on earth. Visit its ancient sites, which include the Bell and Drum Towers, the Wild Goose Pagoda, which was built by Emperor Gao Zong in memory of his deceased mother, and the Ancient City Walls, built on the foundations of the walls of the Tang Forbidden City. If there is time, you will visit the Shanxi Museum, which holds the world's greatest repository of Tang Dynasty ceramics, paintings and imperial artifacts. In the evening, your family will board an overnight train for Beijing.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Overnight train
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  • Day 9: Adventure in the Forbidden City
    Forbidden City entrance

    Morning arrival in Beijing, a city which offers endless opportunities for exploration. After breakfast, you and your family will begin a guided city tour that includes the enormous Forbidden City, built more than 500 years ago and off limits to commoners for almost all that time. Its size might surprise you, but what makes it fascinating is the intense detail with which it was built, ranging from intricately carved walkways to colorfully painted ceilings. The surprises at every turn make it a fun area to explore with your family. The Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven are two other fine examples of extraordinary workmanship. Your family may also have the opportunity to witness a kung-fu performance! In the evening, enjoy dinner and a performance of the unique Beijing Opera. The colorful costumes, bright makeup, and combination of singing, dialogue, dancing, and martial arts makes this show exciting for kids and culturally enlightening for parents.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Centrally located 4 * hotel
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  • Day 10: Hutongs - Experience Traditional Beijing
    Hutong Lanes

    Take your family off the beaten path on a pedal-cab tour to the hutong area. Hutongs are extensive residential neighborhoods of low courtyard houses lining mazes of "streets" that may be only a meter or two wide. By some counts, a quarter of Beijing’s population lives on these very orderly, traditional old lanes. Your kids will be fascinated by life in the hutongs, and the local children will be just as curious as your kids are about them. In the afternoon, visit Milu Yuan (Milu Park), located in the Southern Marshes. Once a site where Yuan, Ming, and Qing emperors would hunt deer, rabbit, and pheasant, it is now an ecological research center. Here the kids can see Pere David’s deer (milu), a creature that became extinct in China toward the end of the Qing dynasty. The Milu Deer you see today are the descendants of 18 animals that were collected in 1898 by Lord Bedford from zoos around Europe. The research center's expansive marshlands also boast migratory birds, other endangered animals, a maze, and an organic vegetable garden - something to entertain everyone in the family! Return to your hotel in Beijing.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Centrally located 4 * hotel
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  • Day 11: The Great Wall
    Uncrowded Simatai section of the Great Wall

    The least visited, largely unrestored, and most beautiful section of the Great Wall is located in Simatai. Standing on this incredible engineering feat and surveying the spectacular surrounding countryside is an unforgettable experience. Your family will have a great time hiking one of the few portions of the Great Wall that has maintained its Ming Dynasty architectural features, and kids will love exploring the many military watchtowers and imagining life as one of China’s great ancient warriors.  The Simatai section of the wall has many fascinating landmarks, such as the Wangjinglou Tower, the Heaven Bridge, and the Fairy Tower. Legend has it that thousands of years ago, an angel lived in the Fairy Tower. In its former life the angel was an antelope who fell in love with a shepherd; since this love was unrequited the antelope was repaid by being reincarnated as an angel. Afterwards, you'll return to your hotel in Beijing, where you can explore with your family for the remainder of the day. There are good shopping opportunities at the Silk Market and Dachilan Market.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Centrally located 4 * hotel
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  • Day 12: Beijing/Onward

    Say goodbye to your guide and to China today as you are transferred to the airport for your flight home.

     

     

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    Breakfast
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Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Jun 22-Jul 3, 2015
Or Privately on Request
Land Cost:
$2,650
- $3,250
$3,250 per adult $2,950 per child under 16 $2,650 per child under 12 Group size 2-5 cost: $3,550 per adult $3,250 per child under 16 $3,000 per child under 12 Local China flights add approx. $700
Single Supplement:
$750
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Need to Know

Need to Know

China is a developing country whose infrastructure, values, customs and standards differ from what you are used to at home. Please bear this in mind as you are traveling in this exciting country and respect the fact that you cannot impose your standards and expectations on the culture there. This difference in standards also means that you might, at times, be inconvenienced by some things are beyond our control, such as train delays (although these are rare). The easiest way to overcome any problems that might occur is to be open-minded.

Duration:
12 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
2
Best available to Western-style 4 * hotels
Group Size:
2-16
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Activity Level:
1
Light walking

Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Included in costs: Meals as noted, each night in double occupancy accommodations, land transfers between components, English speaking guides, park or site entry fees, surface transport, equipment other than personal gear, government tax, airport transfer assistance, in-country ticket reconfirmation and check-in assistance (where permitted), complete pre-departure packet, toll-free pre-departure phone assistance.

Not included in costs: Meals not noted as included, gratuities, beverages (except tea or coffee at meals), international or domestic airfare unless specified, airport departure taxes not included with air tickets, visas, itinerary changes after confirmation, any services not included in itinerary, any costs incurred due to canceled or delayed flights, acts of nature or other happenings beyond our control, or other costs as are more fully described in JOURNEYS Terms & Conditions.

Deposit and payment schedule: $500 per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $800 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure.  Any applicable permit fees required in advance are non-refundable as well.  Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted by fax, mail, or via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website, and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Air fares: JOURNEYS can make complete air arrangements applicable to your trip as noted in this itinerary. If you wish to redeem frequent flyer mileage or arrange flights directly with the airline, you may do so on your own at no penalty. If you do, please consult with us on exact arrival and departure dates and times before having your tickets issued to avoid errors.

Insurance: When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee: There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Trip Extensions

Trip Extensions

Shanghai Excursion

Duration: 3 days

Shanghai is the largest city in China with over 24 million people and the largest city proper in the world.  This is an exciting way to begin or end your China adventure. A highlight will be an exciting high-speed bullet train ride from Beijing.

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