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Why you should take your kids to visit China?
Traveling China with kids is a fun, entertaining and educational trip. The profound culture, great history, amazing natural landscape, unique food and budget shopping make the Middle Kingdom the perfect destination for family travel. Todays’ China has a fabulous blend of the old and new. You can switch from the vibrant modern metropolis to peaceful countryside, from hidden ancient streets to the prosperous shopping mall, which will be a bonding experience the kids will remember for a lifetime.
There are a bunch of places that suit families with children of all ages. Besides, it is safe and easy to travel with family in China because all the destinations are connected by fast flights, train or bus. To visit the iconic tourist sites like the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and Terracotta Warriors is MUST things to do on the list, which is also a great history class for your kids. On the other hand, family-friendly activity is one of the most important parts of family travel. Here in China, you totally don’t have to worry find no things to do for your kids – visiting the cute Giant Panda or even having a volunteering job, leisurely hiking the Great Wall, making new friends with local kids in the custom parks, entertaining in the amusement parks, taking Kungfu class, enjoying acrobatic show… the rest is more.
At the same time, don’t worry about the accommodation, dinning, transportation in China. Comfort, fun, experience… all are acquirable if you plan the trip in advance well.
Attach a great importance on choosing the destinations for your family travel in China is very necessary. A family-friendly destination should have interesting sites to visit, fun activities to take part in, covenient transfer, excellent accommodation. Following are top 8 destinations for your family trip.
The advantages of Beijing are - covenient international arrival, great accommodation and dinning for family. Besides, there are 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites here.
Your will get enjoyable holiday here because people are respectful, streets are clean, facilities are modern. Besides, the attractions and activities are diverse and flexible.
Harbin is the best destination for family winter holiday.The annual International Ice and Snow Festival which is usually held from December to the February of next year.
Explore the slow-pace local life at parks, and taste the spicy hot pot in a busy restaurant. But don’t miss the most important things to do – visit the cute Giant Panda.
Xian is the best place for your kids to learn the history of ancient China. The city used to be the capital city for 13 dynasties. The famous Terracotta Warriors awaits your coming.
Your family will get diverse experience here - discover the hidden tradition, explore local food, adventure in the amusement park, night cruise, etc. Enjoy a comfortable vacation here.
The scenery in Guilin is picturesque like a traditional Chinese paintin. More importantly, you have too many things to do - rafting, boating, cruising, cycling, even the helicopter, etc.
Taking an exciting Shaoling Kung fu class, or watching an interesting Kungfu performance, will be an great memory of your kids. Also take the chance to visit the Longmen Grottoes.
A great family vacation should be well organized. It is not only about visiting a new place, but more about strengthening the family bonding while learning the history, experiencing local culture, attending different family activities with your kids. It must be carefully planned, from the choosing of destinations, hotels, transportation, foods, etc. Safety comes first, and the fun comes next.
It mainly depends on the size of your family, the age of your kids and the themes your family are interested in when planning a family travel in China. The large cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Hong Kong are usually favored by most families because of great condition of food, accommodation and transportation. Some other destinations are recommended for their uniqueness of landscape or culture.
If you travel with infants or young children, you should pack well before your trip, such as infant formulas, diapers, medicines, etc.
It is a BIG thing to travel with kids in China. There are many concerns when planning the vacation, such as how to find family-friendly hotels, what to do if your kids get ill, how to travel safely, etc. Following are some important concerns you should know before your family trip to China.
Dinning is one of the most important parts of the journey. And in China, you and your children will have chance to enjoy the authentic Chinese food. Some of the foods are out of your imagination. But you should pay a great importance to make sure all foods are clean and nourishing.
Where to find clean and safe food?
Most Chinese foods are cooked fresh. Basic foods, such as rice, noodles, fruit, bread and eggs can be obtained anywhere you go. If you are homesick about hometown foods, you can find some western-style café and fast food in most popular tourist cities. The good news is that most Chinese restaurants have kid-friendly choices of foods. Some restaurants even offer nursing service and
facilities for kids, such as game room, room for lactation, etc. Generally, most 4-star and 5-star hotels provide both Chinese food and western buffet.
We also strongly recommend your bring a portable bottles to store purified waters or drinks because the tap water in China is not drinkable in China. You can also buy the mineral water in the supermarkets or shops.
What about the food and drink for the infants?
We recommend parents bring their own infant formula from their country, since the formula your baby likes may not sell in China, and switching brands may cause small tummies. But still there
are some international brands of infant formulasold in China, such as Nestle, Similac and Dnfamil.
You may worry about the diarrhea, which is a common problem everywhere not only in China. Our suggestion is to avoid street food.
A comfortable stay is very important for family travel. Besides, the family-friendly amenities matter much more, such as supervised, planned activities, fun activities like theme parks and attractions nearby, larger or themed rooms that accommodate families, or special rates and meals for kids.
Large city or hot tourist destinations, such as Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guilin, Hong Kong, Chengdu, ensure family-cater accommodation. You may also have flexible choices of hotel’s rates, location, amenities, etc. The number of your children is the vital fact for choosing what kind of room to stay. If your families travel with only 1 kid, adding an extra bed is enough. But a relatively large room should be taken. If your family has 2 or
more kids, an interconnecting room which can accommodate 4 to 5 people is recommended. The actual condition may differ, so you’d better contact the hotels in advance to check the availability of interconnecting room or adding extra bed.
Travelers possibly get ill when traveling in different regions of China under different weather condition, especially the children. So it is very necessary to pack the common medicine and the emergent medicine for some spectacular condition, such as high altitude sickness.
Many pharmacy staples that are easily available in your country may be difficult to find in China. And most medicines are only labelled in Chinese. So you’d better pack your own medical kit. These are medicines recommended to pack: oral hydrating salts or electrolyte solution, an anti-colic product, anti-itch cream, hydrocortisone cream, Benadryl syrup, and children’s sunblock, eye drops, bandages, mosquito repellent, anti-fever medicine,
cough and flu medicines and any other medical essentials.
You are suggested take your kids to consult your pediatrician or travel clinic to check if your kids need to shoot extra vaccines, or pack anti-malaria pills. Furthermore, we strongly recommend shots for rabies and hepatitis A before your trip to China. Also remember to let your travel agency get the emergency contracts for major hospitals in the destinations you are going to visit if you travel with a travel agency. If you travel independently, you can search online or guide book to get the contacts for hospitals in advance.
Flight, train and car are major transfers for family travel in China. It depends on the destinations you are going to. Children can’t bear long-time transfer. So comfort and safety are the priority.
Flying with kids
Firstly, book both the international flights and domestic flights in China in advance. The flight schedule shouldn’t be in the late night. Secondly, pack everything you and your kids might need for the duration of your flight in your personal bag. Thirdly, get to the airport about 2 hours ahead of the flight schedule because the check-in may take longer time for family. Fourthly, arrange the pick-up before your arrival. Meeting any troubles in China, contact your travel agency to help with.
Avoid long-distance train or driving
Most destinations in China can be reached by regular train or high speed train. Don’t plan long-distance train journey if you travel with young kids, because the kids may get bored, and the facilities on the train is basic. The high speed train (bullet train) is recommended as a fresh experience, and much faster than regular trains. But you need to check whether the cities on your list can be reached by high speed train or not. So far, many popular destinations are linked by high speed train, such as Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guilin Chengdu, Luoyang, etc.
Also avoid long-distance driving to some remote areas, such as Tibet, Qinghai, Yunnan, etc. A baby seat is recommended during driving.
Safety comes first, next the travel. You should pay a big attention to take care of both the adults and kids.
You know that traveling has the potential to be both exhilarating and risky. Even if you are fit and healthy, it is still necessary to have travel insurance for your trip. Usually, your travel agency will arrange travel insurance for every member of your family in the trip which covers:
1. Tourists' casualty (injury or death);
2. Related expenses for medical treatment and related transportation fee;
3. Expenses related to the tourists' death and repatriating the body;
4. Expenses that occur when the necessary aid has been provided to tourists.
You can also buy extra international travel insurances on your own in your country.
Don’t visit dangerous places
You should not plan your trip to dangerous places which you may risk from natural disaster, such as landslide, earthquake, and typhoon, etc. Suggestion is to check the weather or safety condition before your trip.
Travel by the safe way
After choosing the safe destinations, you should travel China safely. Don’t arrange too adventurous
activities for your kids, such as rock climbing, hiking snow peaks, drift, etc. Don’t stay outside too late in the evening.
Safe accommodation and dining
Accommodate at hotels which have obtained license from government. 4-star or 5-star hotels are recommended because of safety as well as their family-friendly amenities. Also take meals in the licensed restaurants, and get avoid of street food.
The best time for family travel in China depends on the free days you have, the places you go and other preferences. The holiday schedule of school may differ, but whenever you come to China, there are suitable places for your family to explore. While the Middle Kingdom so vast that the weathers are different in different regions. Some places, such as Jiuzhaigou Valley, Harbin Ice and Snow Amusement World, are recommended to visit in some certain months. Some historical or cultural sites are usually suitable for travel all year around. Some regions, like Tibet, Xinjiang, Gansu, are featured in extreme weather, such as cold, snow, dry or others. You’d better not cover these places on your list if you travel with infants or very young kids.
Famous destinations, such as Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai, are recommended for visiting in all seasons.
Avoid Chinese school recesses and public holidays
The school summer recess usually occurs during July and August when is also the peak season for travel in China. If possible, don’t plan your trip to China during the summer recess. The school winter recess, usually in January and February, is not the hot season for travel because of the winter weather. You can visit china because this period gathers many traditional festivals.
Public holidays, such as the New Year's Day (Jan 1-3), Labor Day (May 1-3), National Day (Oct 1-7) and Spring Festival are the “Golden Travel Weeks” for domestic travelers when most attractions are crowded by travelers. So avoid traveling during the public holidays.
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