China Family Adventure

  • Overview
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    15 days


    Level 3


    13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners

    Discover the ancient history, magical landscapes, and indescribable wonder of China on this family vacation! This well-balanced itinerary is designed for active, inquisitive families who love to explore faraway lands, learn ancient history in the places where it happened, and taste the local fare.

    Stand on the Great Wall of China

    Take your kids to one of the most iconic landmarks in the world and walk along its ancient stones, gazing out into the countryside.

    Explore Beijing

    Stop at all of the famous sites in and around Beijing from the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City and ancient hutong neighborhoods.

    Travel the Countryside

    Make stops in Xi’an, Chengdu, Guilin, and Yangshuo to see amazing landscapes like the Gumdrop Mountains and incredible archaeological finds like the Terracotta Warriors.

    Visit a Panda Breeding Center

    Stop by a Panda Breeding Center in Chengdu, home to nearly the entire giant panda population in the world, and learn about the conservation efforts to save this beautiful animal.

    Find Adventure in Shanghai

    Reach the top of the World Financial Center for incredible views of the city below and explore the tranquil Yu Gardens and the Bund waterfront.

  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to China

    Days 2-5


    Tiananmen Square

    Explore Beijing’s city center, Tiananmen Square, sprawling across 109 acres and large enough to accommodate nearly one million people.

    Forbidden City

    Wander through one of the world’s largest and best-preserved palace complexes, the Forbidden City. Comprising 90 palaces and courtyards, 980 buildings, and a grand total of 8,704 rooms, 24 Chinese emperors from the Ming and Qing Dynasties lived here as they ruled China for nearly 500 years (1368–1911).

    Chaoyang Theater Acrobatics Show

    Visit one of the most talked-about theaters in China, Chaoyang Theater, presenting spectacular individual and team acrobatic displays involving bicycles, seesaws, barrels, swings and even catapults.

    Great Wall

    Stand with your kids on the world’s longest manmade construction, the 4,500-mile-long Great Wall, which zigzags its way through deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus! You’ll literally be standing on an unmatched historical feat!

    Temple of Heaven

    Representing both heaven and earth, the Temple of Heaven’s round roof is covered in celestial-blue tiles to symbolize the Chinese notion of Heaven, while the square base represents the then-believed-to-be flat Earth. Walk up the white-marble stairway to the three-tiered, open-air Altar of Heaven, marveling that the number of stones used to build each tier are multiples of threes or nines, representing harmony and perfect balance, or Heaven.

    Peking Duck Dinner

    Taste one of the most well-known meals in Beijing, possibly in all of Asia, Peking duck, an imperial-era dish characterized by thin, crisp meat served in a pancake scallion, cucumber and sweet-bean sauce.

    Days 5-6


    Terracotta Warriors

    Witness the stunning craftsmanship of the Terracotta Warriors, a statue army created around 210 B.C. comprising nearly 2,000 unique life-sized figures including generals, foot soldiers and horses.

    Xi'an City Wall Bike Ride

    Ride bikes through one of the oldest cities in China, Xi’an, known as the city of “westerly peace” located at the eastern end of the renowned Silk Road.

    Friends Across Borders (FAB)

    Kids will get to meet their Chinese pen pals at the Tang Dynasty Arts Museum. We’ll learn simple Chinese calligraphy and some new Chinese words as the guide helps translate between the kids!

    Dumpling Dinner

    Try the house specialty, dumplings, at the famous Defachang Restaurant sampling 18 varieties in a festive dinner that includes a dumpling-making demonstration and the chance to make your own dumplings!

    Big Wild Goose Pagoda

    Tour the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, an ancient holy place for Buddhists. It houses some of the earliest, most important sutras and figurines of the Buddha dating back to the year 652.

    Days 7-8


    Bifengxia Panda Base

    Get face to face with the fascinating giant panda at the Bifengxia Panda Base, internationally renowned for its superb work with these rare, solitary animals.

    Hike Bifengxia Gorge

    Hike through the beautiful Bifengxia Gorge surrounding the Bifengxia Panda Base, enjoying its emerald-green water, springs, waterfalls, green ponds, and cliffs.

    Shu Feng Ya Yun- Face Changing Performance

    Witness a classic Chinese face-changing performance, a 300-year-old dramatic art involving performers in elaborate costumes dancing and changing their brightly-colored masks at lightning fast speeds. We’ll also get to meet some of the performers before the show!

    Days 9-10


    Reed Flute Cave

    Explore the largest and most impressive karst cavern in Guilin, Reed Flute Cave, containing a stunning array of stalactites and stalagmites.

    Elephant Trunk Hill

    Visit one of the most famous natural landmarks in Guilin, Elephant Trunk Hill, which resembles a huge elephant drinking water from the river with its trunk.

    Fubo Hill

    We’ll travel along the western bank of the Li River to Fubo Hill, a single limestone structure that impressively rises out of the water, toward impressive city and river views.

    Seven Star Park

    Visit the largest park in Guilin, Seven Star Park, named for the seven surrounding peaks that resemble the points of the Big Dipper constellation.

    Tea Ceremony Demonstration

    We’ll join a special tea ceremony to taste and learn more about tea, the beverage that’s considered one of the seven necessities of Chinese life.

    Days 11-12


    Li River Cruise

    Cruise upstream on the Lijiang River, keeping an eye out for water buffalo patrolling the fields, fishermen floating on bamboo rafts, and the stunning landscape of karst limestone formations.

    Moon Hill Hike

    See the moon-shaped arch of the mysterious Moon Hill Mountain up close, climbing 800 steps to the top for a bird’s-eye view of the breathtaking surroundings.

    Biking and Yulong River Float Trip

    Explore the Yulong River, first by biking to a pier then cruising via raft, drifting past terraced paddies and dramatic mountain peaks that loom beautifully in the distance.

    Morning T'ai Chi Class

    Get your day started off right with a morning t’ai chi class, which strengthens the cardiovascular and immune systems while achieving a state of physical and mental relaxation.

    Yangshuo "Impression Liu Sanjie" Show

    Witness a Yangshuo “Impression Liu Sanjie” show, which combines local actors with the environment to reenact the area’s unique fishing culture.

    Days 13-14


    Huangpu River Boat Ride

    Relax onboard a riverboat this afternoon as we cruise between the Bund, the heart of colonial Shanghai.

    Jade Buddha Temple

    We’ll visit the Jade Buddha Temple, which houses two fine jade Buddha statues imported from Burma, as well as a large marble reclining Buddha sculpture donated from Singapore.

    Yu Gardens

    Tour the traditional red walls and tile roofs of the tranquil Yu Gardens, a classical garden dating back to the 16th century that offers a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of modern Shanghai.

    Visit World Financial Center

    View Shanghai from the top of the World Financial Center, once the tallest building in the world. You’ll be able to see the city’s clear contrast of old and new.

    Farewell Dinner

    Enjoy one final dinner together with the rest of your fellow travelers to reminisce on your time in China. Say “ta ta for now” to this beautiful country and your new friends over a memorable meal and drinks.

    Day 15

    Depart / Arrive home

  • Dates & Prices

    2018 Dates


    Adult $6790PP
    Teen $6790PP
    Child $6690PP
    Internal Air $1200


    20th Anniversary Special
    Adult $6790PP
    Teen $6790PP
    Child $6690PP
    Internal Air $1200

    Additional Info

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book a trip 9 months ahead of the day that you want to leave and get free flight insurance, free cancellation insurance, and a GoPro Hero Session!

    Triple Discount

    $200 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults


    Traveling in a party of six or more friends or family members? Call us about our large group discounts.

    Alumni Discount 

    If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.

    Price Includes

    All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, area specialists, most meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.

  • Hotels

    China World Hotel, Beijing

    The 584 rooms and suites of China World Hotel offer panoramic views of the city and are equipped with modern amenities. Features free Wi-Fi, indoor swimming pool and gym, several options for dining and laundry services.

    Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel

    Located near the center of Quijang New District near the Dayan Pagoada, the Wyndham features 565 over-sized rooms. There are several dining options available in the hotel. Amenities include a heated indoor pool, sauna, full service spa, free Wi-Fi, and 24 hour service.

    The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu

    Ritz-Carlton hotels are internationally recognized as some of the best and most luxurious in the world, and the Ritz-Carlton in Chengdu is no exception. The gorgeous 353-room property sits right in the middile of Chengdu, providing stunning panoramic views of downtown. Amenities include manicured grounds, an indoor swimming pool with underwater music, a spa with 10 private treatment rooms, several bars and restaurants serving a large variety of top-quality Chinese and international cuisine, currency exchange, laundry service, Wi-Fi throughout, and hairdryers.

    Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin

    Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin, boasts 439 elegantly appointed guestrooms and suites. All accommodations provide beautiful views of the Li River or the hotel’s lush lanscaped gardens. This property has a fully equipped gym with indoor/outdoor swimming pools. In addition, there is a full service spa to rejuvenate the body and mind.

    Green Lotus Yangshuo

    The Green Lotus Yangshuo hotel offers over 300 comfortable rooms with exquisite views of the river and mountains. The hotel features a swimming pool and internet. Note it is a smaller, Chinese run hotel with less of the plus amenities of other accommodations on this itinerary. The Green Lotus is specifically chosen because of the location – it is in the center of town next to the world-famous West Street shopping area and walking distance from most activities in the area.

    Radisson Blu Hotel, Shanghai

    The Shanghai Radisson Blu Hotel is a comfortable and family friendly hotel. Its 520 rooms and suites offer free Wi-Fi, LCD televisions and city or park views. Guest rooms feature either one king or two twin beds. The hotel offers an indoor pool, gym, and full-service spa.

    Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.

  • Why Thomson

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book your trip 9 months in advance and get access to all of the advantages that come with being a smart traveler from free flight insurance and trip cancellation to a brand new GoPro.

    Friends Across Borders

    Your child will have a cultural connection like no other by meeting kids the same age from the country you’re traveling by playing games, throwing a Frisbee, kicking a ball around, or just chatting. Ask us about our pen pal program.

    Guaranteed Departures

    No matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.


    Be accompanied for your entire trip by an expert local in-country guide who will know all of the ins and outs of the adventure and destination.

    Small Groups

    With a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.

    Travel Insurance

    Every Thomson Family Adventures trip comes with travel insurance for your entire family at no extra cost.