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Tour Overview

Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu and Shanghai, each of these four cities has its own unique charm and historical and cultural heritage. This 10-day China family tour will take you through the heart of this country, from the imperial majesty of Beijing with its Forbidden City to the thrilling adventure of Mutianyu Great Wall. Your children will explore Xian’s cultural treasures, engaging in activities at the Shaanxi History Museum and making dumplings with a local family. In Chengdu, get up close with pandas at the Research Base and savor the relaxed pace of Renmin Park. Finish by ascending iconic landmarks of Shanghai and cruising the Huangpu River, creating lasting memories for the whole family.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Explore Forbidden City & Summer Palace in Beijing to unveil centuries of imperial history amid stunning architecture and picturesque gardens.
2. Conquer Mutianyu Great Wall with your kids by riding a chairlift up and tobogganing down for an unforgettable family adventure.
3. Witness the adorable lifestyle habits of pandas at Chengdu Research Base and indulge in the slow-paced charm of Renmin Park.
4. Engage in hands-on activities at Shaanxi History Museum, make dumplings with a local family, and bike atop Xian Ancient City Wall.
5. Ascend to the top of the Shanghai World Financial Center, cruise the Huangpu River at night, and explore historic landmarks on the Bund.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. So glad to have you on our 10-day China Family Tour! Upon arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport, your guide and driver will warmly welcome you and ensure a smooth transfer to your carefully selected hotel.

    Take advantage of the afternoon to acclimate to this city. You might explore the surroundings, perhaps starting with a leisurely walk through the nearby Wangfujing Street, known for its vibrant atmosphere and diverse culinary offerings.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  2. After breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up at the hotel lobby and we'll drive to the first attraction of the day, Tian'anmen Square, located in the center of Beijing, serving as a symbol of China. The square features prominent structures such as the flagpole, the Monument to the People's Heroes, and the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall. The daily flag-raising ceremony in the early morning attracts numerous tourists.

    A few minutes' walk to the north leads to the Forbidden City, once the residence of emperors and now the Palace Museum. It houses a vast collection of precious artifacts, making it a crucial site for understanding China's ancient history and culture. Here, you will experience the grandeur of ancient royal architecture, learn about the lifestyles of the imperial family, and understand the ceremonial protocols through guided explanations.

    Forbidden City in Beijing
    Forbidden City

    After that, we head to a local restaurant to sample some Beijing specialties.

    In the afternoon, our guide will take you to the Summer Palace, a royal garden filled with historical significance and cultural ambiance. Composed of elements such as lakes, hills, and buildings, the Summer Palace showcases the charm of classical gardens. You can take a stroll along the lakeside. Alternatively, climb Longevity Hill to overlook the entire Summer Palace and its beautiful landscapes. If you're interested, you may consider a tranquil boat journey on Kunming Lake to gain a distinctive perspective.

    In the evening, witness the wonderful Chinese Kungfu Show, an engaging spectacle that unveils the mystique of traditional martial arts for you and your children (at your own expense).

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  3. It's time for an adventure to the Great Wall! This morning, we'll depart from downtown Beijing and drive north to the Mutianyu Great Wall. It's one of the most famous sections of the Great Wall in China, winding and snaking along the mountain ridges with magnificent views. The middle section of this Great Wall is relatively gentle, making it suitable for children to run around and play freely. Your kids can experience the thrill of a chairlift ascent and toboggan descent.

    Mutianyu is the longest stretch of the Great Wall in Beijing, featuring over 20 watchtowers, with a total length of 5.4 kilometers and a height difference of 600 meters. It offers visitors a variety of hiking routes. Known as the most beautiful section in Beijing, Mutianyu boasts a remarkable 90% forest coverage, creating a stunning natural backdrop that changes colors with the seasons. I bet you will undoubtedly leave with unforgettable memories of your day at Mutianyu Great Wall with your children.

    Mutianyu Toboggan
    Sliding down the toboggan

    After the day's sightseeing, we will return to the city for an evening culinary delight - Beijing Roast Duck at a renowned local eatery.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  4. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, and then we'll head to the Temple of Heaven, the largest existing ancient sacrificial complex in China. It stands as an outstanding representation of ancient Chinese garden art, featuring magnificent architecture and profound cultural significance. Here, you can admire famous structures like the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, experiencing the solemnity and mystery of ancient royal sacrificial ceremonies.

    In addition, the Temple of Heaven is surrounded by lush trees and diverse plant species, providing a serene environment for strolls and relaxation. You might even witness locals practicing water calligraphy and Tai Chi against the backdrop of this architectural marvel.

    In the afternoon, transfer to the historic Beijing Hutong where you will experience a traditional rickshaw, gaining insight into the city's ancient alleyways. You will engage in an intimate Chinese Calligraphy Course hosted by a local family.

    Chinese Calligraphy Class
    Take a Chinese Calligraphy Class

    After that, you will be escorted to take a comfortable high-speed train journey to the ancient capital of thirteen dynasties - Xian. Upon arrival, a local driver will meet you at the railway station and escort you to your hotel in the city center.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Xian

  5. This morning, we will focus on the eighth wonder of the world, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. It takes about 1 hour by car from the hotel to the destination. Upon entering the museum, you will see thousands of terracotta figurines, each uniquely crafted and remarkably lifelike. These figurines are arranged in formation, mirroring an ancient army under the command of Qin Shi Huang.

    In addition to the terracotta soldiers, the pits also contain real artifacts such as chariots and weapons, providing a comprehensive display of the military might of the Qin Dynasty. With the guidance of a tour guide, you'll gain insights into the history and culture of the Qin Dynasty, experiencing the brilliance of ancient Chinese civilization.

    Afterward, you will go to a local restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon, your children will experience a hands-on mini clay warrior-making. It will be very interesting. The whole process takes about 1-1.5 hours.

    Xian Make a Terracotta Warrior
    Make a Mini Terracotta Warrior

    Later in the afternoon, we'll drive back to the city center to visit one of Xi'an's iconic landmarks - the Ancient City Wall. It is one of the most complete ancient city walls still standing in China. On the wall, you can see numerous watchtowers and beacon towers, appreciating the wisdom and craftsmanship of ancient military defense. Take a stroll along the wall, enjoying panoramic views of the entire city, or consider an optional bike ride for an extra fee.

    If time permits, your guide will take you to dive into the vibrant atmosphere of the Muslim Quarter, a sensory journey through local flavors and traditions.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Xian

  6. Today your child will experience an educational visit. After breakfast, you will take a guided tour of the Shaanxi History Museum, which is a large, modern museum where visitors can appreciate a wide range of precious artifacts from the Shaanxi region, spanning from ancient times to the present. The exhibits include items such as bronze wares, ceramics, gold and silverware, murals, and more. Not only is the museum's collection extensive, but many of its treasures are designated as national-level cultural relics due to their exceptional quality. Inside the museum, you and your children can delve into the history and culture of the Shaanxi region, experiencing the splendor of ancient Chinese civilization.

    After that, you will have an immersive experience with a local family, learning the art of dumpling making and relishing a meal together.

    Make Dumplings
    Learn to Make Dumplings

    In the afternoon, take a high-speed train to Chengdu.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Chengdu

  7. After a hearty breakfast, spend your morning at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, an educational and heartwarming experience for the entire family. The Panda Base is the world's largest facility for giant panda breeding. It serves not only as a sanctuary for giant pandas but also as an excellent place for visitors to get up close and learn about these fascinating creatures. You will see giant pandas of different age groups, from newly born cubs to fully grown adults. Furthermore, the base includes an educational area where your children can gain knowledge about the ecological behaviors of giant pandas and related topics.

    In the afternoon, you will explore the peaceful Wenshu Temple, providing a cultural contrast to the morning's panda adventure. Wenshu Temple is the most well-preserved Buddhist temple in the city of Chengdu. The halls, pagodas, bridges, and other structures within the temple showcase exquisite ancient architectural craftsmanship and aesthetics. Here, you will encounter a wealth of Buddhist artifacts, including statues, scriptures, murals, and more.

    Chengdu Pandas
    Baby Pandas in Chengdu Giant Panda Base

    After that, enjoy a leisurely time in Renmin Park, where you can sip a cup of tea amidst the serene surroundings. As night falls, Jinli Old Street is illuminated by lights. you can sample local snacks and absorb the vibrant local culture

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Chengdu

  8. After breakfast, you will be transferred to take a morning flight to Shanghai, the modern metropolis. Upon arrival, a local driver will escort you to the hotel. After checking in, you can have a good rest or walk around the neighborhood for lunch.

    The afternoon is yours to explore at your own pace. Consider starting with a visit to the fascinating Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, followed by a stroll through the trendy Xintiandi District.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Shanghai

    Shanghai Ocean Aquarium
    Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

  9. This morning's exploration will take you to the historic Yu Garden, a renowned classical garden in the Jiangnan style. It was originally built during the Ming Dynasty and has a history of more than 460 years. The present-day Yu Garden covers an area of 2 hectares, featuring diverse pavilions, intricate rock formations, and lush greenery. Many foreign political leaders and celebrities have visited Yu Garden, turning it into a cultural symbol of Shanghai. Adjacent to the garden is the Yuyuan Bazaar, where many traditional Chinese buildings are repurposed as commercial shops selling snacks, souvenirs, antiques, and more, making it well worth a visit.

    After that, you will be guided to ascend the Shanghai World Financial Center for a breathtaking panoramic view of the city.

    Shanghai Yu Garden in Winter
    Yu Garden in Winter

    Nanjing Road is one of Shanghai's most famous shopping streets. In the afternoon, you can shop, taste delicious food, and enjoy street performances here. Later, head to The Bund, a symbol of Shanghai. Take a stroll along the waterfront, appreciate the scenery on both sides, and feel the vibrancy and romance of the city. The Bund is particularly dazzling at night, with the light shows from skyscrapers like the Oriental Pearl Tower and Jin Mao Tower creating a stunning visual spectacle.

    Take an evening cruise along the Huangpu River in the evening to admire Shanghai's dazzling skyline

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Shanghai

    Shanghai Huangpu River Night Cruise
    Huangpu River Night Cruise

  10. Your China family trip will conclude today. After breakfast, the guide will take you to visit a historic Buddhist temple, Jade Buddha Temple. This temple houses two precious jade Buddha statues, representing a valuable heritage of Buddhist culture and art. Here, you can experience tranquility and serenity, immersing yourself in a sense of inner peace.

    Following that, you'll head to Tianzifang, a creative industry zone transformed from Shikumen-style architecture. It gathers numerous artists' studios, galleries, and cafes. Strolling through the narrow lanes of Tianzifang, you can enjoy various art exhibitions, handicrafts, and creative decorations, immersing yourself in a rich artistic atmosphere

    Shanghai Tianzifang
    Tianzifang

    At the end of the tour, your private driver will escort you to the airport or train station for your onward journey or return home

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $1639 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 2 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.

Price Includes

  • 9 nights' accommodation in well-selected hotels;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Economy air tickets and second-class train tickets mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets to Beijing / off Shanghai;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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