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Ancient. Intriguing. Exquisitely beautiful. And mind-boggling. China is a travel adventure like no other and a chance for your family to experience a nation bursting with future possibility, while discovering its fascinating millennia-old history.
You’ll travel in the company of personable local guides who reveal the subtleties of authentic Chinese culture. And our well-balanced itinerary is designed for active, inquisitive families who love to explore and learn—with all five senses. Witness an entire army of clay, 7,000 individually sculpted soldiers strong. Listen to the story-songs sung by hundreds of villagers against a backdrop of mountains and evening sky. Watch as performers change masks so quickly you won’t believe your eyes. And feel your spirit soar as you walk tall atop the Great Wall.
From walking across Beijing’s vast Tiananmen Square to exploring its narrow labyrinth of alleyways by pedi-cab... From a bike ride on the ramparts of Xi’an to meeting your pen pal, smile to smile... From sailing a bamboo raft through Yangshuo’s magical scenery to taking in the dazzling views of Shanghai from one of the world’s highest observation decks on the Pearl Tower... China promises a journey of delight and wonder, and a family vacation of memory-making moments to last a lifetime.
10 or more
6 to 9
2 to 5
|06/28 - 07/12||$5,190||$5,790||$6,190||$1,100|
Welcome to China— one of the most ancient civilizations on Earth! With its rich and fascinating culture, beautiful landscapes, and timeless traditions, this exotic land offers a truly once-in-a-lifetime family adventure.
The capital of China and its second largest city after Shanghai, Beijing has been the political and spiritual center of the Middle Kingdom for more than 500 years. Today its population tops 14 million. Our three days in the city are packed with awe-inspiring exploration, from Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City, from the Great Wall to the Olympic National Stadium.
- Visit Tiananmen Square
- The Forbidden City
- Chinese acrobatics show
- Peking Duck dinner
- Walk the Great Wall
- Olympic Village photo stop
- Temple of Heaven
- Pedi-cab tour of Old Beijing
Xi’an—“westerly peace”—is one of the oldest cities in China. This was the eastern end of the renowned Silk Road, connecting with such far-flung places as Constantinople, Rome and Venice. Because of its extensive history, Xi’an is home to some of the most important archeological sites in China.
- Friends Across Borders Meeting (pen pals)
- Dumpling dinner
- View the Terra Cotta Warriors
- Tang Dynasty Arts Museum painting lesson
- Xi'an city wall bike ride
- Visit the Han Tomb
Sichuan Province is home to nearly all of China’s giant pandas and its rapidly growing city of Chengdu is also home to the Giant Panda Breeding Center. Since 1978, the Center boasts one of the best panda mating rates in the world—especially impressive since pandas only mate once a year and are extremely picky in their choice of partner! During our visit here, your family’s personal encounters with the amazing pandas are a thrilling—and photographic— highlight.
- Wenshu Monastery
- Sanxingdui Museum
- Shu Feng Ya Yun—face-changing performance
- Visit Bifengxia Panda Base
- Hike Bifengxia Gorge
- Explore Chengdu’s Old China lanes
Because of the unique geography of Guangxi Province and its sublime location on the Li River, many travelers have called the area around Yangshuo the most picturesque landscape in the world. Thomson family adventurers are always awestruck as we cruise past the remarkable “Gumdrop Mountains.” A climb to the top of Moon Hill is challenging, but worth every step!
- Biking and Yulong River float trip
- Hike Moon Hill, with its amazing natural stone arch
- Cormorant fishing
- Visit the ancient town of Fuli
- “Impression Liu Sanjie” show in Yangshuo
- Morning T'ai chi class
- Explore stalagmites and more at Silver Cave
A morning flight brings us to big, brash Shanghai. Boasting one of the world’s boldest urban skylines, the city is famous for its Bund, the Huangpu River waterfront area fronted by more than 50 buildings built in every architectural style imaginable. During our time here, you’ll have the chance to explore the city’s many and multi-faceted delights, both by boat and on foot.
- Huangpu riverboat ride
- Xintiandi Stroll
- Shanghai city tour
- Farewell dinner
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your international flight home. Cross the International Date Line and arrive back the same day.
The modern, comfortable Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel is located downtown near the famous Central Business District. The hotel features 482 contemporary rooms. Amenities include air-conditioning, hair dryers, indoor pool, bottled water, and internet.
Set within the ancient city wall of Xi'an, the Hilton Xi'an hotel combines contemporary design and Tang Dynasty artwork and is just a short walk from major cultural and entertainment attractions. With its convenient downtown location and range of amenities, this hotel in Xi'an is perfect for family travelers.All of the spacious guest rooms and suites have generous work surfaces, luxurious Hilton Serenity Beds, in-room safes, and wireless internet access. The hotel features three restaurants that includes a fine dining venue, an all-day dining area, and a specialty Chinese restaurant, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center, an indoor pool, and a luxury spa.
Ritz-Carlton hotels are internationally recognized as some of the best and most luxurious in the world, and the Ritz-Carlton in Chengdu is no exception. The gorgeous 353-room property sits right in the middile of Chengdu, providing stunning panoramic views of downtown. The grounds are impeccably manicured and include an indoor swimming pool with underwater music, a soothing spa with 10 private treatment rooms, and several bars and restaurants serving a large variety of top-quality Chinese and international cuisine.
The Green Lotus Yangshuo hotel is situated in the center of scenic Yangshuo Town, next to the world-famous West Street. The hotel offers over 300 comfortable rooms with exquisite views of the river and mountains. Highlights of the hotel include a swimming pool, sauna, 2 restaurants and bars and high-speed internet access.
Located downtown near the famous Yu Garden and just minutes from the Bund, Xintiandi and Old Town. The hotel features 341 contemporary rooms offering views across the Shanghai City skyline.
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