Exciting family holiday in China

“This tailor made tour of China's best bits could be renamed: ‘how to have a far-flung adventure with your kids in tow and love it’; it’s that well-organised and family-friendly.”

Highlights

Beijing | Tiananmen Square | The Great Wall of China | Jinshanling | Temple of Heaven | Sleeper train to Luoyang | Shaolin Monastery | Shaolin Monk Kung Fu show | Xi'an | Longmen Grottoes | Terracotta Warriors | Yangshuo | Hong Kong

Description of Exciting family holiday in China

China is a wonderful place for a family holiday as there is such a vast amount to see and do. All trips should include a visit to the Great Wall, one of the most incredible places that you will ever visit, stretching for miles and miles through stunningly beautiful scenery. If your children are old enough we highly recommend that you take a day hike along a section of the wall. This will be a real highlight of your trip.

In Beijing itself there are enough sights to keep you going for days, from the massive Forbidden City to the resplendent Temple of Heaven and the tranquil Summer Palace. Popular with children is the park around the Temple of Heaven where the local people congregate in the early morning and at weekends to do Tai Chi, sing opera, fly kites, do a spot of ballroom dancing and play bat and ball. The kids will be entranced and can join in with whatever they like. Whilst in Beijing also make sure that you stop in at our favourite restaurant for a delicious Peking Duck.

Xi'an is another highlight, home to the incredible Terracotta Warriors (or play-do soldiers as our younger visitors sometimes call them.....). This was the ancient capital of China and there are numerous temples to visit as well as lively markets and excellent restaurants - make sure that you try a steaming bowl of noodles or dumplings. Popular with older children are the city walls as you can hire bikes and ride around these, getting great views over the city.

Yangshuo is in Southern China and home to glorious karst scenery - think of steep sided mountains rearing up from meandering rivers and emerald green paddy fields and you get the idea. You can take boat trips, ride bikes, explore caves, hike up mountains, have lunch in a local village and plenty more besides. This is a great place for activities and for getting out into the countryside.

A big hit with the kids are the Giant Pandas who can be seen at an excellent research centre just outside the city of Chengdu in Sichuan province (famous for its spicy food!). The centre has been very successful in breeding pandas and if you are lucky you may get the chance to see young animals (who knew that they are the size and appearance of rats when first born!).

Elsewhere there are giant Buddhas you can visit, kung-fu shows to see, incredible gorges just perfect for a hike, remote deserts where you can take a camel safari, steed sided mountains with rice terraces carved into them, peaceful Taoist temples, misty tea plantations, jagged mountain ranges and, throughout your visit, plate after plate of delicious, mouth wateringly good food!
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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
China is vast – the best trips concentrate on fewer places and explore them in depth.
Trip type:
Tailor made. Choose the itinerary to suit your family.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
Hotels, homestays and unusual – dependent on preference and budget.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available.
Meals:
11 breakfasts. 1 lunch.
Included:
Accommodation, tour leader if requested, listed activities.
Vouchers
Accepted

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Environment

China really battles with environmental problems and sometimes the small steps that we are able to take can seem a little insignificant. However we are firm believers in 'every little helps' and we try to give our travellers as much advice as we can in order to ensure that our tours are run in as environmentally fashion as is possible.
One of the main issues in China is the use of endangered species not only for food but also in the making of Chinese medicine. We ask our guides to be aware of this and to explain some of the issues to our guests. On a practical level the guides will ask guests to avoid restaurants that condone the selling of endangered species.
Where possible we suggest low carbon forms of transport in China, in particular the use of long distance trains rather than flights. Whilst a flight is sometimes necessary, trains can often be an enjoyable, responsible (and economical!) alternative.

Community

Whilst in China our guides are expected to provide travellers with a detailed insight into the way of life in China. This is not only of interest to adults but we also find that children are fascinated and we often try to arrange a visit to a school or village to show our clients the kind of lifestyle enjoyed by children in China.
Our guides are always Chinese and from the local area. This not only ensures that they know the out of the way places that will be of interest to travellers (great local restaurants, smaller hidden temples etc) but also ensures that tourist money is kept 'close to home'.
Similarly, we try wherever possible to use small family run hotels where the welcome is warm and in which employees are generally sourced from nearby towns and villages.
All of our tours in China are run in conjunction with a local partner which is owned and run by local people.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The itinerary planned by our operator worked out beautifully for my family of 8. A couple of the guides, especially Johnnie in Beijing and Susan in chengdu engaged with the children and helped make our time in those cities very
enjoyable. we loved that logistics were taken care of by our guides n drivers. The children loved the ice skating, the time at the Great Wall, learning to cook their own dishes, spending Christmas day at the panda research center, biking in town in the countryside.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Ski pants are not needed in Beijing. More warning taking the rafts on Li river. It may have been better to take the public ferry even though it took 6 hours. We could have been inside and not so cold and miserable on the raft. We had to be on the bus for the extra 4 hours to get to Yangshao.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Gave work to guides and drivers. Our small group was able to use smaller vehicles for transportation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent planned itinerary. I appreciated the time and patience as we worked out the details of the trip. She is very responsive and an excellent communicator. My goal was for my family to enjoy the 10 days we had together and that the grandchildren would have a wonderful time. The trip met all my expectations.

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