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.
Recommended Age: 10+
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.
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.
Fly to China
Explore Beijing’s city center, Tiananmen Square, sprawling across 109 acres and large enough to accommodate nearly one million people.
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.
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.
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!
Old Beijing pedi-cab tour
Explore Old Beijing with your family in a pedi-cab, touring the city’s ancient neighborhoods and secret gardens.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
Walk Jin Li Street
Join visitors from all over the world along bustling Jin Li Street, an ancient street dating back to 221 B.C. that’s lined with traditional-style buildings and tasty local snacks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cooking Lesson and Lunch
We’ll learn to make several delicious Chinese dishes and then we’ll enjoy our creations for lunch!
Huangpu River Boat Ride
Relax onboard a riverboat this afternoon as we cruise between the Bund, the heart of colonial Shanghai.
Stroll through Xintiandi neighborhood, a fantastic restoration project that combines 1920s Shanghai with today’s most modern galleries, bars, and cafes.
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.
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.
Dates & Prices
06/23-07/07Adult $6790PPTeen $6790PPChild $6690PPInternal Air $1200
07/14-07/28Adult $6790PPTeen $6790PPChild $6690PPInternal Air $1200
06/22-07/06Adult $6790PPTeen $6790PPChild $6690PPInternal Air $1200
07/13-07/27Adult $6790PPTeen $6790PPChild $6690PPInternal Air $1200
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!
$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.
If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.
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.
Depending on your flight schedule you may return home the following day.
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.
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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 DeparturesNo matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.
GuidesBe 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 GroupsWith a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.
Every Thomson Family Adventures trip comes with travel insurance for your entire family at no extra cost.