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Tour Overview

This 11-day itinerary is a family-friendly journey that takes you through the enchanting karst landscapes and China’s Golden Triangle cities. It begins with exploring the historical wonders of Beijing, such as the Forbidden City and the traditional Hutongs, along with the thrill of of tobogganing down the Great Wall. Next, in Xi’an, discover the fascinating Terracotta Warriors, followed by immersing in the natural beauty of Guilin and marveling at the modernity of Shanghai. This China Family tour combines educational experiences and interactive activities, such as crafting mini Terracotta Warriors and learning calligraphy, ensuring a memorable and captivating journey for the entire family.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Explore the iconic Forbidden City and admire its magnificent palaces and intricate architecture.
2. Experience the thrill of tobogganing down Mutianyu Great Wall after riding a chairlift up.
3. Unlock the beauty and elegance of Chinese calligraphy by trying your hand at this traditional art form.
4. Be amazed by the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses, witnessing the ancient army frozen in time.
5. Channel your creativity and craftsmanship to make your own mini terracotta warrior.
6. Cruise along the breathtaking Li River, surrounded by karst mountains and picturesque landscapes.
7. Get a glimpse into rural life in Gaotian Village and work alongside locals on their farms.
8. Marvel at Shanghai’s modernity and history, from the charming Yu Garden to the vibrant Bund, topped off with panoramic views from Shanghai Tower.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to the capital city of China - Beijing! Upon your arrival, our representatives will give you a warm welcome at the airport. They will assist you with your transfer to your hotel and ensure your trip starts smoothly.

    After checking into your hotel, take some time to relax and recover from your trip. You can explore the nearby area at your own pace.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: Novotel Beijing Peace

  2. After breakfast, your day begins at Tiananmen Square, one of the most iconic landmarks in Beijing and the world's largest public square, covering an area of 440,000 square meters. As you stroll through this vast open space, appreciate the spectacular city gates and learn about its historical and cultural significance. Next, walk to the magnificent Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum. Marvel at its grandeur as you explore its stunning palaces, halls, and courtyards, which were once the exclusive domain of Chinese emperors.

    Tiananmen Square Beijing
    Tiananmen Square

    After lunch, we will take you to experience the charm of Beijing's traditional streets - Hutong. Hop on a traditional rickshaw and take a guided ride through narrow alleys where you can get a glimpse of the local way of life. Meet local people, visit local families and learn more about their daily lives and traditions.

    Optional: If you are interested in Chinese calligraphy, we can arrange for you to visit a local home where you can try your hand at this ancient art form. Learn basic techniques and brushwork under expert guidance.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Novotel Beijing Peace

    Chinese Calligraphy Class
    Take a Chinese Calligraphy Class

  3. Early in the morning, start your day with an energetic Tai Chi class led by a professional instructor. Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese martial art and wellness practice characterized by slow, flowing movements and emphasis on deep breathing. It aims to balance both the internal and external aspects of one's well-being. Under the guidance of a skilled Tai Chi master, you'll explore its principles and movements, fostering balance, flexibility, and inner harmony.

    Tai Chi Class
    Tai Chi Class

    Afterwards, visit the Temple of Heaven, an architectural masterpiece from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a guided to explore its stunning complex of temples, renowned for its iconic Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests and the Circular Mound Altar, where emperors held important ceremonies.

    In the afternoon, embark on a journey to explore the Mutianyu Great Wall, one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall. You can take a cable car up to the wall, where you'll have ample time to stroll along the ancient fortification and immerse yourself in breathtaking views. To add excitement for your children, consider taking a thrilling toboggan ride down the Great Wall, providing a fun and exhilarating way to conclude your Great Wall adventure. However, if you prefer a return cable car journey, we can arrange that as well.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Novotel Beijing Peace

    Mutianyu Toboggan
    Sliding down the toboggan

  4. Spend the morning exploring the enchanting Summer Palace, a masterpiece of Chinese landscape design and a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will wander among beautiful gardens, pavilions, and temples and admire the tranquil Kunming Lake. Your guide will share the history of this imperial retreat and the emperors who once enjoyed the palace away from the bustling city.

    Summer Palace Boat Ride Beijing
    Summer Palace

    In the afternoon, you will be escorted to board a comfortable bullet train to Xi'an, which offers a fast and convenient way to travel between the two cities.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: West Capital International Hotel

  5. After breakfast, start your day with a walk along one of the best-preserved city walls in China - the Ancient City Wall. You can stroll or rent a bike to explore this impressive fortification and enjoy panoramic views of the city.

    Next, we will drive about 1 hour to a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the world-famous Terracotta Warriors, which is one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century. Marvel at the life-size sculptures of the warriors buried with Qin Shi Huang, China's first emperor. Through your knowledgeable tour guide, you will have the opportunity to learn about the history and excavations of this incredible site.

    For a unique experience, you can try your hand at making your terracotta warriors under the guidance of a skilled craftsman. Make a mini version to take home as a personalized souvenir, a truly memorable souvenir.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: West Capital International Hotel

    Make Mini Terracotta Army Xian
    Make Mini Terracotta Army

  6. This morning, you will enjoy a cultural tour to broaden your horizons, especially for your children. First, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a famous Buddhist cultural site from the Tang Dynasty and an outstanding representative of ancient architecture. Towering into the clouds, the pagoda stands at an impressive height of 64.5 meters with seven stories, preserving numerous Buddha statues and murals inside. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and sculptures, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda has a serene environment, offering a wonderful opportunity to experience ancient Chinese culture and history.

    Next, explore the Shaanxi History Museum, which houses a vast collection of artifacts and relics spanning thousands of years of Chinese history. You will admire ancient pottery, bronzes, sculptures, and exquisite artwork that offer insights into the region's rich cultural heritage.

    Shaanxi History Museum in Xian
    Tri-colored glazed potteries of the Tang Dynasty in Shaanxi History Museum

    In the afternoon, take a flight from Xi'an to Guilin, a city renowned for its picturesque landscapes and natural beauty. Relax and prepare for the next journey.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Lijiang Waterfall Hotel

  7. After breakfast at the hotel, your guide will pick you up and take you to the "Palace of Nature and Art", Reed Flute Cave, a unique landscape of karst caves. Here, stunning stalactites, stalagmites, and rock formations are illuminated with colorful lights, creating a magical underground wonder. You will visit the "stone waterfall", "primitive forest", "Crystal Palace" and other landscapes.

    Then, you will be immersed in the art of Chinese landscape painting with pebbles from the Li River. Learn from a skilled artist who will guide you in creating your own unique artwork using this unconventional medium. You will discover the techniques and symbolism behind traditional Chinese painting and take home a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

    Guilin Pebble Painting
    Chinese landscape painting with pebbles

    In the afternoon, visit Daxu Ancient Town, a well-preserved riverside town with a history dating back over 1,000 years. Wander through its narrow streets, admire the traditional architecture, and soak up the charming atmosphere.

    Optional: If you're interested in learning Chinese, we can arrange a private lesson where you'll learn some everyday expressions to enhance your language skills (at an additional cost).

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Lijiang Waterfall Hotel

  8. In the morning, embark on a 4-hour Li River Cruise guided by your tour guide. The Li River is renowned as one of the most beautiful rivers in the world. Relax as the boat leisurely navigates the river, allowing you to appreciate the stunning scenery of the karst mountains, lush greenery, and picturesque villages along the banks. Capture some breathtaking family photos against the backdrop of this serene natural wonder, immersing yourselves in the tranquility of the landscape.

    Guilin Li River Guests
    Li River Cruise

    After the cruise, visit a local family in Gaotian Village to experience rural life in China. Observe how the locals carry out their farm work and get a glimpse into their daily routines. If you want, you and your kids can roll up your sleeves and join them in their activities, such as planting or harvesting crops. Alternatively, you can choose from other options such as Chinese cooking classes, rock climbing, or painting.

    After that, drive to your hotel in Yangshuo and unwind by the swimming pool, taking in the peaceful surroundings and reflecting on the unique experiences of the day.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Yangshuo Mountain Retreat

  9. Today, we arrange an enjoyable countryside riding experience for your family, with a riding distance of about 10 to 15 kilometers. During the ride, you will explore the scenic Yangshuo countryside through charming villages, rice paddies, and along the Li River. You can fully immerse yourself in the tranquility and natural beauty of the region!

    Yangshuo Countryside Cycling Guests
    Yangshuo Countryside Cycling in July 2023

    In the afternoon, you will be transferred back to Guilin and take a flight to Shanghai, a bustling metropolis that blends modernity and tradition. Prepare to be captivated by the vibrant energy and dynamic atmosphere of this cosmopolitan city.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Sunrise On The Bund

  10. After breakfast, start your Shanghai day tour at Yu Garden, a classical Chinese garden dating back to the Ming Dynasty. You can stroll through its elegant pavilions, winding paths, and tranquil ponds. Appreciate the elaborate landscaping and discover the harmony between architecture and nature.

    Next, head to the Bund, a historic waterfront promenade showcasing a blend of architectural styles. You will admire the grandeur of colonial architecture while enjoying panoramic views of the modern skyline across the Huangpu River.

    Shanghai The Bund during the Day
    The Bund during the Day

    Then, you will experience the breathtaking views from the Shanghai Tower, one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world. Ascend the observation deck to overlook the vast cityscape of Shanghai and witness the impressive urban development of Shanghai.

    Enjoy a half-day custom experience in the afternoon. Whether you want to explore the local market, shop in trendy boutiques, or immerse yourself in Shanghai's vibrant art scene such as Tianzifang, your guide will be happy to arrange activities to suit your interests.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Sunrise On The Bund

  11. After breakfast, your tour guide will assist you with the transfer to the Shanghai airport.

    As your unforgettable 11-day China family tour comes to an end, bid farewell with fond memories of its diverse landscapes, rich history and warm hospitality.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $2119 for an adult / $1599 for a child. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.


Price Includes

  • 10 nights' accommodation;
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Private land transportation in an 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;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

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