11 Days Best of China Family Tour from $1942

Full of Family-Friendly Activities

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More outdoor activities are added on this tour! Desides the classic visit to Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, your family will also enjoy the picturesque Guilin during the days in China. Cruising the Li River, biking in the Yangshuo county... get very close to the most beautiful part of China together!

Highlights of this tour:

  • Guide your kids to learn about the best Chinese culture and history in Beijing and Xian;
  • Two enjoyable biking experience covered - one on Xian Ancient City Wall, and another in Yangshuo Countryside;
  • Enjoy an exciting day at the Shanghai Disney Resort.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
from $1942
  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Beijing / Xian / Guilin / Shanghai
Travel Length:
11 Days and 10 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-FT-08B
Group Size:
You & Your family
Experience:
ArchitectureCulturePhotograph
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 Guilin

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 Guilin, go to visit a local family and have lunch.

Day 7~8 Guilin Tour & Flight to Shanghai

One full day and a half day to explore Guilin and Yangshuo, take 4-hour Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo, then wander along West Street, go biking outside of Yangshuo Town to enjoy countryside scenery. Then take a flight to Shanghai.

Day 9~10 Shanghai Tour & Departure

Experience the great contrast of Shanghai by visiting the traditional Yu Garden, modern and prosperous Shanghai World Financial Center, Nanjing Road and the Bund, etc. And take an interesting family trip to beautiful Zhujiajiao Water Town.

Full Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1 Arrive in Beijing

Ni Hao, welcome to Beijing, the iconic city as well as the capital of China!

You will be met by local tour guide at the arrival hall of Beijing Airport and escorted to check in your hotel in downtown by a private comfortable vehicle. The rest of today is on your own to relax. If you want to explore nearby, feel free to get some practical suggestions from your tour guide.

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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.

  • Beijing Fobidden City Forbidden City
  • Tiananmen Square Family Tour Tiananmen Square Family Tour

Day 3 Beijing ( B,L,D )

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.

  • Harmony families hiking on the Great Wall Harmony families hiking on the Great Wall

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.

  • Beijing Hutong Rickshaw Taking a leisure rickshaw in Beijing Hutongs
  • Temple of Heaven The Splendid Temple of Heaven in the Ancient Capital Beijing

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 to take a wonderful biking 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.

  • Family Terracotta Horses Warriors Family Terracotta Horses Warriors

Day 6 Xian & Flight to Guilin ( 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 for you until get escorted to catch flight to Guilin (about 2hrs), the darling of tourists. You will be welcomed by local tour guide at airport, then be escorted to your hotel in Guilin City. The rest of today is at your leisure to have fun.

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

  • Xian MakeChinese Dumplings Enjoying Making Chinese Dumplings in a Local Family

Day 7 Guilin-Yangshuo

As the declaration in Chinese textbook "Guilin’s landscape is the best under heaven", today you will explore this best landscape starting with a relaxing sightseeing cruise along the Li River from Mopanshan Pier to Yangshuo Town. Along the 84-kilometer cruise, dazzling scenery overwhelms your eyes like a vast endless Chinese painting of winding river, green limestone karst mountains, fascinating countryside views.

After about 4 hours’ cruise, disembark in Yangshuo Town, and check in your hotel. Take a short break, throw yourself into the stunning countryside views and relaxed atmosphere. Be enthralled by the patches of paddy fields nestling under green hills and near the mirror-like river, with farmers cultivating the soil with their water buffalos.

This evening is for you to walk leisurely on the ancient West Street to witness how the western culture and Chinese culture perfectly and peacefully coexist here. Whether you want to enjoy a cup of drink in bar, taste some local food, or just experience the relaxing atmosphere, you get it here.

Family-friendly activity: cruise leisurely along the picturesque Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo Town.

  • Li river cruise Scenery Enjoy the Glamorous Beauty by Cruising
  • Panoramic Views of Beautiful Li River at Xianggong Hill Panoramic Views of Beautiful Li River at Xianggong Hill

Day 8 Yangshuo - Guilin ( B,L )

In the morning, you will go to explore beautiful countryside views of Yangshuo - serene pastoral view, fantastic limestone mountains, peaceful farming villages, and roaming water buffaloes...Firstly take an enjoyable biking to the delicate Moon Hill, and climb 20 minutes up to the top to get the breathtaking view of the limestone peaks, farmland, etc. Then keep cycling along the beautiful Yulong River all the way upstream to Jiuxian Village from where you may see some traditional Chinese building. Lastly, you will be taken to visit a local family's home. The rest time is free at your leisure until your tour guide escorts you back to Guilin City.

Family-friendly activities: 1) biking to enjoy the pleasant countryside sceneries of Yangshuo Town; 2) visiting a local family's home in Yangshuo Countryside.

  • Relaxing Biking at Yangshuo Town Relaxing Biking at Yangshuo Town

Day 9 Guilin & Flight to Shanghai ( B )

After breakfast, transfer to make a visit to the symbol of Guilin landscape - Elephant Trunk Hill. A giant rock hill vividly shapes like an elephant which is drinking water. Besides, there are many historical sites here for you to explore, such as stone carving, Buddhist temple, relic exhibition, etc. Then, drive about 7 kilometers to next attraction - Reed Flute Cave, a majestic underground palace with sparkling different colors. The magical Mother Nature condenses millions years of natural efforts to form the incredible stalactite, stalagmite, stone shield and stone waterfall of different sizes and shapes.

Lastly, your tour guide will take you to airport to catch your flight to Shanghai, the most flourishing metropolis in China. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be escorted by local tour guide to check in your downtown hotel. The rest of today is free for you to explore this cosmopolitan.

  • Guilin Reed Flute Cave Reed Flute Cave
  • Elephant Trunk Hill in Guilin Elephant Trunk Hill in Guilin

Day 10 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).

  • Yu Garden Yu Garden: The Classical Garden Built in 16th Century

Day 11 Zhujiajiao Water Town & Shanghai Departure ( B,L )

After breakfast, an hour’s drive will take you away from the city’s hustle and bustle and you’ll visit Zhujiajiao Water Town which is known as the “Venice of Shanghai”.  

Zhujiajiao has a history of 1,700 years and is a well-preserved waterside ancient town. You’ll stroll along Hundred-year-old North Street, take some awesome pictures on the Fangsheng Bridge, have a panoramic view of Zhujiao by climbing up to Yuanjin Buddhist Temple, enjoy some leisure time cruising along the canals and see the old residences, shops and bridges which are filled with classic architectural style in Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 AD - 1911 AD).

After the water town tour, your guide and driver will escort you to the airport, railway station or port to catch your flight/train/ship to your next destination or home. Tour ends.

Family-friendly activity: 1) enjoy a leisure cruise on the canals in the Zhujiajiao Water Town.

  • Cruise Zhujiajiao Water Town Cruise Zhujiajiao Water Town
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