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10 Days Classic China Family Tour with Panda Fun from $1,690

Encounter with Panda

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Ever wonder that one day you can look at the cute giant panda face to face, and even hold them for a while? Yes, this 10 days classic China tour offers you the opportunity to have a close contact with the chubby lovely panda – the national treasure of China. As the hometown of panda, Chengdu is charming in the way the local people lives – relax, leisure & cozy. Besides that, Beijing, Xian & Shanghai give you a best chance to stroll among numerous historical sites to explore the old history and fantastic culture of China, witness the vital development and prosperity of modern China.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Make close encounters with the chubby panda, enjoy a leisure tea time and experience relax local life in Chengdu.
  • Be awed by the splendid historical sites, like Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Terracotta Warriors…
  • Comprehend Chinese culture and history, and get to know the past, present and future of China by visiting Xian, Beijing & Shanghai.

Basic Trip Information

Travel Route:
Beijing / Xian / Chengdu / Shanghai
Travel Length:
10 Days and 9 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-FTP-10
Group Size:
You & Your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCultureEcologicalPhotograph
Departure:
Any day you want

Your tour - at a glance

Day 1~4 Arrival & Beijing Tour

Two full days and a half day sightseeing covering the grand Tiananmen Square, historical Forbidden City, spectacular Temple of Heaven, manmade wonder Great Wall of China, royal park Summer Palace, traditional Hutong, etc.

Day 5~6 Xian Tour & Flight to Chengdu

One full day to visit the incredible Terracotta Warriors, leisurely bike on the Ancient City Wall and explore the snack street - Muslim Quarter. Before leaving for Chengdu, go to visit a local family and have lunch.

Day 7~8 Chengdu Tour & Flight to Shanghai

One full day and a half day to meet the cute Giant Panda, then enjoy leisure time in Wenshu Temple, Renmin Park and Jinli Old Street. Then take a flight to Shanghai

Day 9~10 Shanghai Tour & Departure

Experience the great contrast of Shanghai by visiting the traditional Yu Garden and Jade Buddha Temple, modern and prosperous Shanghai World Financial Center, Nanjing Road and the Bund, etc.

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

Ni Hao! welcome to Beijing, the iconic city and capital of China! You will be met by our local tour guide at the arrival hall of Beijing Airport and escorted to your downtown hotel by a private comfortable vehicle. The rest of the day is your own to relax. If you want to explore nearby areas, feel free to get some practical suggestions from your tour guide.

Arrival Ideals: At present, there are many international and domestic flights to Beijing. Besides, you can take a high speed train to this capital city from Shanghai (5-6 hrs), Xian (5.5 hrs), Guangzhou (8-9.5 hrs), etc.

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Day 2 Beijing ( B, L )

After breakfast, start to explore the historical face of Beijing with a brief visit to Tiananmen Square, now the largest city plaza in the world. Tiananmen Gate on the northern side of the square was the site where Chairman Mao announced the establishment of the People's Republic of China. Stepping into the Tiananmen, you will see one of the world’s five most important palaces – the Forbidden City, a huge palace complex of more than 9,000 rooms where 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties lived. Pass through various doorways in this magnificent structure to admire the beautiful and well preserved buildings decorated with yellow-glazed tile roofs, white marble bases and splendid colorful paintings.

After lunch, drive to the outskirts of Beijing to spend an enjoyable time in the Summer Palace, the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China. Stroll around ancient pavilions, mansions, temples, bridges and corridors while feasting your eyes on the vast lotus in Kunming Lake and the colorful paintings in the Long Corridor.

Family-friendly activities: 1) leisurely boating on the Kunming Lake of Summer Palace; 2) watching a Chinese Kungfu Show to get a sip of Chinese martial art culture in the evening.

  • Tiananmen Square Magnificent Tiananmen Square in Beijing
  • Beijing Fobidden City Forbidden City
  • Summer Palace Beautiful Kunming Lake in Summer Palace

Day 3 Beijing ( B, L )

After breakfast, drive about 70km to witness one of the Seven Wonders of the World – Great Wall. It is once in a lifetime trip to visit this man-made wonder with your family. Beijing has the best masterpieces of all sections of Great Wall, such as the Badaling, Mutianyu, Jinshanling, Simatai, Jiankouk, etc. The less-crowded Mutianyu, a well-preserved segment of Great Wall built in Ming Dynasty, lives up to all of your nice expectation. Take cable car to set your feet on Great Wall. Then you can take some leisure walking, climb up the rising towers to enjoy scenic views as the wall wriggling along mountain ridges, and take some family-memory photos with the Great Wall. The Toboggan ride from the Mutianyu Great Wall is very popular with both adults and kids. It is an exciting and safe ride from the upper location of Great Wall to the lower place. After the Great Wall visit, drive back to the city for a good rest.

Family-friendly activities: 1) enjoying a leisure walking on the beautiful Mutianyu Great Wall with your family; 2) treat yourselves a great dinner to taste the famous Peking Roasted Duck at Quanjude Restaurant in the downtown Beijing.

  • Great Wall Hiking Taking a leisure hiking on Mutianyu Great Wall
  • Ding Tomb Ding Tomb
  • Water Cube Water Cube

Day 4 Beijing & High Speed train to Xian (B,L)

After breakfast, drive to the imperial site – Temple of Heaven. It was originally used to pay homage to Heaven and pray for harvest, now becomes a bustling place for locals to take part in traditional activities, such as Tai Chi, dancing, kite flying, water calligraphy, etc.

Then, get back to central city to hop on a rickshaw to experience Beijing Hutongs – small alleys made of neighboring quadrangle dwellings. Shuttle among different Hutongs to feel the old Beijing life style, meet various antique shops and small boutiques, feel the historical changes of Beijing. Here in the Hutong, an interesting Chinese Calligraphy Course will be offered for your family to experience this magnificent Chinese traditional art which has lasted for more than thousands of years.

Till now, your Beijing tour is about to end. Your tour guide will see you off at the Beijing West Railway Station for your high speed train to Xian (about 5 hours). Be pick up by your tour guide at Xian North Railway Station, and escorted to your hotel in Xian. The rest of today is on your own to explore this ancient capital of China.

Family-friendly activities: 1) taking an interesting rickshaw tour in the traditional old alleys of Beijing Hutongs; 2) experiencing an interesting Chinese Calligraphy Course.

  • Temple of Heaven The Splendid Temple of Heaven in the Ancient Capital Beijing
  • Hutong Family Hutong

Day 5 Xian ( B, L )

After breakfast, drive about 40km to discover one of the greatest man-made wonders in the world – the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, built by the first emperor of China Qin Shihuang to protect him in his afterlife. Over 8,000 life-size warriors, horses and chariots, buried in 3 pits for more than 2,000 years until uncovered by a local farmer in 1974, form an ancient military army with complete battle units of infantry, cavalry, etc. Standing in front of these figures, one can’t help being amazed not only by the ambition of Emperor Qin Shihuang but also by the fabulous artistic skills of ancient Chinese artisans.

After lunch, return back to Xian take a wonderful stroll on the Ancient City Wall, the largest and best-preserved ancient city wall in China. Enjoy panoramic views of modern Xian while you leisurely examine this well-maintained city wall which is 12 meters high and 18 meters wide with a total circuit of nearly 14 kilometers. This visit is followed by a relaxing wander around bustling and lively Muslim Quarter, a place where you can try different local snacks and explore Muslim culture.

Family-friendly activities: 1) tasting local Xian snacks at Muslim Quarter; 2) enjoying a relaxing biking on the Ancient City Wall.

  • Terra-Cotta Warriors Amazing Terracotta Warriors with 2000 Years History
  • Xian Ancient City Wall Ancient City Wall
  • Muslim Quarter Visit Muslim Quarter to Enjoy Some Snacks

Day 6 Xian & Flight to Chengdu ( B, L )

After breakfast, your family will pay an educational visit to the Shaanxi History Museum where you can ramble in the modern exhibition halls to appreciate precious relics such as porcelains, paintings, and currencies dating from the Zhou to the Tang dynastic periods (1100BC to 907 AD) and learn about the glorious history of ancient China. Next, you will be taken to the home of a local family to check out what is the daily living of a traditional Chinese Family. You will also be taught to make Chinese dumplings under the friendly instruction of the host. Enjoy the unique Dumpling Banquet and delicious Chinese food.

The rest of today is free until you get escorted to catch your flight to Chegndu (about 1hr and 40mins), the hometown of Giant Panda. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by local tour guide, then transferred to your downtown hotel in Chengdu.

Family-friendly activity: visit a local family and learn to make Chinese dumplings.

  • Xian MakeChinese Dumplings Enjoying Making Chinese Dumplings in a Local Family
  • Shaanxi History Museum Shaanxi History Museum

Day 7 Chengdu ( B, L )

This morning you will make a memorable visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.  This facility is not only the most important panda scientific research center in the world, but also the home for more than 100 Giant Pandas. You will walk at leisure through the bamboo-framed paths and closely observe giant pandas of different ages eating bamboos, playing with each other, tumbling, and climbing trees. Be sure to not miss the chance to watch female pandas nursing their cubs in the nursery rooms! There is also a very informative Panda Museum where you can learn more scientific facts about Giant Pandas. Following the visit to this Panda base, you will be taken to a hidden spiritual Buddhist temple in hustling downtown Chengdu, Wenshu Temple, where you will marvel at the exquisite Buddhist architecture, soak in the reverent atmosphere, and wander on the temple’s peaceful paths. (Note: If you are interested in taking a Panda Volunteering Program, please contact our travel consultant to arrange for you. The volunteering program is organized in Dujiangyan Panda Base which is about 60km from Chengdu, and usually takes a half day to finish.)

Chengdu is famous throughout China for its relaxing and leisurely pace and lifestyle, which will be demonstrated by a visit to the City’s Renmin Park. Sit down, order a pot of Chinese tea, have a casual chat with your friends and watch locals indulging themselves in different kinds of folk entertainment – napping, playing mahjong, disco dancing, and giving neck massages! Next will be an impressive visit to the famous Jinli Old Street. Time will steal away as you quietly walk on the lively streets full of delicious local snacks, delicate artifacts, interesting folk shows, and other activities.

Family-friendly activity: visit the most adorable creature in the world - Giant Pandas and learn the facts and other scientific knowledge about Giant Panda.

  • Giant Panda Breeding Research Base Giant Panda Breeding Research Base in Chengdu
  • Renmin Park in Chengdu Renmin Park in Chengdu
  • Jinlin Street Jinli Old Street

Day 8 Chengdu & Flight to Shanghai ( B, L )

After breakfast, you will be escorted to catch a flight to Shanghai (about 2.5hrs). Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by local tour guide, and transferred to your hotel in downtown. The rest of today is free for your family to relax.

Free Time Ideas: generally speaking, if you are seeking for those old alleys of Shanghai, you can go to Tianzifang(田子坊) or Xintiandi(新天地). If you want to follow the trace the colonial period of Shanghai, take a visit to the Former French Concession. You can also take your children to have a fun time at Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, a lovely world to see numerous marine lives. 

  • Shanghai Ocean Aquarium Family Tour Shanghai Ocean Aquarium Family Tour

Day 9 Shanghai ( B, L )

You will take a full day of sightseeing to explore both the past and present of Shanghai. The first stop is the interesting Yu Garden, a shining star among all the ancient Chinese gardens in Jiangnan. This garden fully embodies the traditional design of Chinese architecture with jagged pavilions with elegant decorations, glittering pools with roving fish, and pine trees sprouting to the sky, all designed to refresh your mood and spirit. Adjacent to the garden is the Yuyuan Bazaar where you can savor tasteful local snacks and explore elaborate traditional Chinese handicrafts and art works. Next, you will drive several kilometers to enjoy a panoramic view of the modern face of Shanghai from the 100th floor (474m) of “the Eye of Shanghai” Shanghai World Financial Center

You will then be transferred to another popular landmark of Shanghai, Nanjing Road, a shopping paradise as well as a great place to take a wonderful walk to experience the modern atmosphere of the City. Lastly, you will stop at the Bund, originally a simple towpath for transporting goods but now transformed into a feverish trading district. You will stroll along the Bund, seeing and feeling the perfect fusion of Chinese and Western cultures while at the same time taking in the stunning Shanghai skyline with your own eyes! 

Optional activities: take a relaxing Huangpu River night cruise to see the city’s most significant edifices and streets sparkling under the atmospheric cover of darkness (about 50 minutes).

  • the Bund The Bund in Shanghai
  • Shanghai Yu Garden Shanghai Yu Garden
  • Shanghai World Financial Center Shanghai Full View from Shanghai World Financial Center

Day 10 Shanghai Departure ( B, L )

Have you wondered why Shanghai developed into a modern, vibrant and cosmopolitan city from what was originally a shabby fishing village? This morning’s tour to Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center will answer that question fully while also giving you an overview of the City’s ambitious plans for future. The Center is a fashionably designed modern museum, themed with “City, Citizens, Environment and Development”. Different usages of photography, models and interactive multimedia displays make your visit enjoyable and entertaining. The best features are the old rare photos of landmarks, such as the Bund, Nanjing Road, Yu Garden, during the international settlement, and the large scale model showing the detailed layout of Shanghai.

Next is a wonderful visit to Jade Buddha Temple, the site of the largest jade Buddha in the world and numerous religious artifacts, ancient statues and Buddhist scriptures. This peaceful kingdom of Buddhism hidden among modern blocks and dominating mansions is a great place for a nice break in this very busy city.

In the afternoon, your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight to next destination or home.

  • Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center
  • Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai
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