Travelling in China with kids

What does Responsible Travel recommend?

Travelling in China with kids is certainly a more adventurous holiday option and you’ll need to be an adventurous family to enjoy it. The only constant in China is change and it’s likely kids, with their sponge-like brains and boundless energy, will cope better as the country flips between modernity and tradition than their parents.
Will your toddler remember the Great Wall? Doubtful. But they’ll have a blast sliding down the toboggan. Will they eat all the food? Probably not. But there’s always fried rice. Top of your packing list? An open mind. Remember that and the kids will love it.
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Activities for families in China

What to do with little ones

Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre
A trip to Chengdu is a chance for your kids to ooh and ahh at the cute bears without your conscience having to worry about how they’re treated. Besides watching the adorable creatures lumber about, the museum at the centre is an opportunity to engage your kids’ enquiring minds about the benefits of conservation.
Yangshuo Caves
What kid doesn’t like caves? Especially when mud is thrown into the mix. The Longmen Cave at Yangshuo can be accessed via boat on an underground stream and, if the mood takes you, you can jump in the mud baths there before washing off in the waterfall.
Luoyang Kung Fu School
Long before the likes of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan joined in, China’s Shaolin monks have been known for their dedication to the study of Kung Fu for centuries. Once you’ve learned about the history behind the discipline, you can join the monks at their mountainside monastery for a lesson.
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Travelling in China with kids

Responsible Travel asks the experts

Olly Pemberton from our holiday specialists Exodus shares his tips things to do in China with kids: “China is definitely a family destination. As a trip, it’s very different to what a family would normally consider in that it’s not a beach break, but it’s an exciting destination for a family to travel to and there really is something for everyone. There’s a Kung Fu school, for instance, at Luoyang’s Shaolin Temple, where kids can have a Kung Fu lesson. This ties in perfectly with the incredible ancient history that parents and older children will enjoy exploring there. You can’t do an interesting and unique Chinese activity without the history, so they go hand in hand.”
Liddy Pleasants, from our holiday partners Stubborn Mule, shares her tips on travelling in China with kids: “China is ideal for families as there is such an incredible variety of experiences and activities. You might be learning to stir-fry in the morning and floating on a bamboo raft in the afternoon. There is always something going on, whether it is exploring markets, sampling weird and wonderful foods (fried scorpion anyone?), joining in with morning tai chi, walking on the Great Wall or heading into the backstreets by cycle rickshaw. China is suitable as a destination for children of any age as long as the itinerary is carefully planned. Younger children will enjoy having a few days in the same place and travelling at a slower pace, whilst older children will want a range of activities and a bit more 'action'. The thing to remember is that you can't see the whole of China in one visit. It is a vast country and the best trips are those where visitors concentrate on fewer places and explore them in depth.”
Photo credits: [toboggan: Joshin Yamada] [Panda sanctuary: Paul Wolneykien] [Yangshuo caves: SarahDepper] [Kung fu: Kevin Poh] [Rafting: Christopher]

Written by Polly Humphris
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