China Family Adventure

  • Overview
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    15 days

    Activity Level


    Our moderate adventures are similar to our easy adventures, but you’ll spend more time on your feet.
    Minimum Age


    Ideal Age



    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 2-4


    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!

    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.

    Old Beijing pedi-cab tour

    Explore Old Beijing with your family in a pedi-cab, touring the city’s ancient neighborhoods and secret gardens.

    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


    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.

    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!

    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.

    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!

    Days 7-8


    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!

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Cooking Lesson and Lunch

    We’ll learn to make several delicious Chinese dishes and then we’ll enjoy our creations for lunch!

    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.

    Day 15

    Depart / Arrive home

  • Dates & Prices

    2019 Dates


    Adult $6690
    Teen $6690
    Child $6590
    Internal Air $1200

    2020 Dates


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


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

    Additional Info

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book a trip 9 months ahead of the day that you want to leave and get a free GoPro and Travel Protection!

    Triple Discount

    $200 discount for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults

    Single Supplement

    Additional $1,490 for single accommodations

    Large Group Discount

    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.

    Travel Insurance

    We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We’ve received great feedback about Travel Insured – you can learn more about the benefits of travel insurance there.

    Price Includes

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

    Depending on your flight schedule you may return home the following day. 

    Guaranteed departure. Surcharge applied to groups smaller than 4 guests.

  • 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.

    Shangri-La Chengdu

    Shangri-La Hotel consists of 593 guestrooms and suites, each with complimentary broadband internet access, a plasma TV, coffee and tea making facilities, a mini-bar, and safe. The two restaurants offer both traditional Chinese cuisine and more internationally themed dishes, and there is an on-site spa in addition to a fitness center and pool.

    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.

    Amari Yangshuo

    Amari Yangshuo, Guilin is a modern hotel with 73 contemporary guest rooms and stunning views of Guilin. Services include, Amaya Food Gallery and all-day dining restaurant, coffee shop, Breeze Spa, Voyager Lounge, and FIT Centre. Amenities include, free WiFi, luxury bedding, private balcony, ironing facilities, safety box, sitting area, 40-inch LED TV, satellite and cable channels, complimentary toiletries, shaving mirror, hair dryer, bathrobe, slippers. The Amari Yangshuo is a one minute walk to the world-famous West Street shopping area and walking distance to most activities in the area.

    Shanghai Grand Central Hotel

    Shanghai Grand Central Hotel conveniently located a few minutes from The Bund. Its 353 rooms offer free Wi-Fi, televisions, and bath amenities. The hotel offers an indoor pool, gym, billiards room, 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.

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11 days

Activity Level


Our moderate adventures are similar to our easy adventures, but you’ll spend more time on your feet.
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11 days

Activity Level


Active trips revolve around multi-sport activities that keep your family outside and having fun! Your family will spend more time interacting with the elements and exploring than sitting on a beach or inside of a museum. These activities are not always physically demanding but they can be and do require a basic level of fitness.
Starts at



12 days

Activity Level


Your family will spend most of your time relaxing and not expending too much energy. These adventures are easy! Every member of your family will be comfortable and able to take part in this adventure no matter their fitness level.