11-Day China Beijing Xian Guilin and Shanghai Tours

Family Happiness in China

Just put on your backpack, take your passport, and fly to China? This will not happen smoothly when you are travelling with kids! A China tour is an adventure to discover various cultures, lifestyles, and landscapes. But how can you explore China in a family-friendly way? We are happy to customize an itinerary to your interests.

The itinerary below is for your reference. Talk to your travel advisor to tailor-make a unique journey for your family.

Days

11

Price

from US$2,459 p/p

Best For

Family

Best Time

Apr. to Oct.

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Tour Highlights

Explore the classic wonders: the Forbidden City, Great Wall, and Terracotta Army
Explore the classic wonders: the Forbidden City, Great Wall, and Terracotta Army
Family-friendly with kids' activities: toboggan on the Great Wall, small terracotta soldier making, Hanfu experience, farming activities
Family-friendly with kids' activities: toboggan on the Great Wall, small terracotta soldier making, Hanfu experience, farming activities
Escape from the big cities and relax in the beautiful countryside of Yangshuo
Escape from the big cities and relax in the beautiful countryside of Yangshuo
Meet modern Shanghai, the most advanced city in Chinese mainland.
Meet modern Shanghai, the most advanced city in Mainland China.
Flexible itinerary with a comfortable tour pace for all ages
Flexible itinerary with a comfortable tour pace for all ages

Itinerary Details

Day 1
Arrival in Beijing

Your guide and driver will meet you at the airport. Please look for your name sign outside the luggage claim area.

They will transfer you to your hotel and help with check-in. For the rest of the day, you are free to acclimatize from jetlag at your hotel. Or, if you can't wait to self-explore the surroundings, your guide will be happy to make some recommendations.

Day 2
Beijing Historical Marvels and Local Artist

On day 2, you will discover life in Beijing from the royal palace to a siheyuan (traditional courtyard residence) inside a hutong (traditional alleyway area).

As the landmark of Beijing, Tian'anmen Square watches over the big changes in China. It is also the main entrance to the Forbidden City.

Entering the Forbidden City, you will learn how emperors lived, studied, and worked inside the countless halls. Your guide will share interesting explanations of the architecture and vivid stories of its hidden history.

After an à la carte lunch at a local restaurant, you can walk leisurely through the hutongs. Different from the luxury of the palace, you can get close to locals' life there. Visit one of the local families and see the traditional houses. There, your family can do some folk handcrafts with a local artist, such as mask painting for the Peking opera, paper cutting, or Chinese calligraphy.

Return to your hotel after the tour.

Tips to Tailor-Make Your Tour

In Summer (June to October), Water Cube Water Park is quite popular for its water slides.

Day 3
The Great Wall

The Great Wall, the symbol of China, attracts countless tourists to see its great engineering and spectacular scenery, but first warm up with an engineering marvel in the city.

The Temple of Heaven was the most important imperial temple. Besides the mystical architecture, you can meet the locals and join in their morning exercises if you like.

Then you're heading to the highlight, the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Of all the sections of the Wall, it is the most time-friendly, easily-accessible, and highly-reputed. Take a chairlift up to the Great Wall after lunch. Enjoy your free time on the Wall. Hiking or just walking a little bit is fine. To finish, try the exciting toboggan down. A round-way cable car is available if you prefer.

Tips to Tailor-Make Your Tour:

  • A night tour at Simatai Great Wall section is a distinctive experience. You can discover the unique length of Great Wall that's lit up and open at night.
  • We are happy to customize a Great Wall hiking tour based on your time (from hours to days).
Day 4
Beijing to Xi'an the Summer Palace and High-Speed Train

The Summer Palace, the best-preserved royal garden, harmonizes plants and paths, water and land. It served as a retreat for the royal family. Pavilions, The Long Corridor, and Kunming Lake (with a boat trip) are the must-sees.

In the afternoon, get on a speedy bullet train to Xi'an. This 1,075-kilometer (668-mile) journey only takes 4½ hours. The scenery along the railway is also a great bonus. Your Xi'an guide and driver will be waiting for you and take you to your hotel.

Day 5
Xi'an The Ancient City Wall and Terracotta Army

Start your day with a biking tour along the Ancient City Wall. Leisurely walking is a good alternative as well. Get to know how this defense project guarded Xi'an for several centuries.

Seated in the suburban area of Xi'an, the Terracotta Army was built to protect China's First Emperor as afterlife guards. All the soldiers are distinct from each other, with different facial expressions, hair, and clothing.

Even after 2,000+ years, all the soldiers and horses were still lifelike with unfaded colors when they were first discovered. What was the secret to it? Let's go into a local cave-dwelling and make a small terracotta warrior with a local craftsman.

Day 6
Xi'an to Guilin Ancient Pagoda and Han Clothing

Get an insight into Chinese Buddhism when visiting the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Some locals still worship there on certain days.

Then stop at an ancient academy, listen to the stories of China's traditions and try on Hanfu (traditional clothing for Han people). A family photo with Hanfu will be a great souvenir from China. Next, it's lunchtime. Let's knock on the door of a local family and make dumplings with them. Chat with the hosts while you make and taste your own dumplings. What could be better than this?

In the afternoon, fly to Guilin. Upon arrival, just enjoy your free time.

Day 7
Guilin Reed Flute Cave and Handicraft Experience

Stepping into Reed Flute Cave, you will be impressed by the magical underground karst landscape. The colorful lights make every limestone formation more vivid. Please wear your antiskid shoes during your visit.

After lunch, decorate a Chinese landscape painting with Li River pebbles.

Then, you will drive to Daxu Ancient Town, once a prosperous port on the Li River. A native, Uncle Chow, will share his life and stories with you.

Tips to Tailor-Make Your Tour

We are happy to change landscape painting to Chinese learning if you like. You can learn some daily expressions from a 1-to-2-hour class.

Day 8
Guilin to Yangshuo: Li River Cruise and Farming Experience

The stunning scenery of the Li River is a classic theme for poets and artists. The 4-hour cruise will be a feast of karst landscape and rural life. You will see the oddly-shaped peaks, grazing water buffalos, traditional villages.

Arriving at Yangshuo in the early afternoon, your kids will have an opportunity to gain some farming knowledge. Roll up your sleeves and help the local farmers to plow, sow, or harvest. This special experience will bring some inspiration to life. Get back to your hotel after farm work.

Tips to Tailor-Make Your Tour

Instead of farm work, you could choose Chinese calligraphy, painting, a cooking class, a tai chi lesson, or rock climbing.

Day 9
Yangshuo to Shanghai Countryside Biking/Buggying

Escaping from the big cities, you can slow down your pace here. Hop on a bike / electric buggy, go through the villages and markets and stop to say hi to the farmers in the fields.

After lunch, you will be transferred to Guilin airport and fly to Shanghai. Your Shanghai guide and driver will be waiting for you and take you to your hotel.

Tips to Tailor-Make Your Tour:

  • The suggested cycling distance is about 10 to 15 kilometers (7 to 10 miles). This 1-to-2-hour biking trip is suitable for all ages. It's flexibly adjusted to your group's abilities.
  • For families with kids below 10 years old, you can choose an electric buggy (golf cart) or electric scooter, which is typical Asian transport. They are very easy to operate.
Day 10
Shanghai Traditional Garden and Shanghai Tower

Shanghai is famous for skyscrapers and being a cultural hub, and is even regarded as the representation of China's modernity. How does Shanghai stand out from other cities?

You will find out the secrets at Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center. These exhibition halls will show you the changes in Shanghai city over the decades and use some high-tech to display Shanghai's future life.

Discover the busy Yuyuan Market and exquisite Yu Garden. This is the best place to get a glimpse of ancient Shanghai, as reflected in the movies.

Lastly, take the fastest elevator in the world to the observation level of Shanghai Tower (the highest building in China) and take in a panoramic view of the Bund.

We'll drive you back to your hotel, where you can enjoy a free evening.

Tips to Tailor-Make Your Tour

Shanghai Disneyland opened in 2016 and has become a popular choice for family trips. If your time permits, we can help to arrange tickets, private transfers and even a hotel inside the theme park.

Day 11
Shanghai Departure

At the appointed time, your guide and driver will take you to the airport to catch your flight home. They will see you off after airline check-in.

We wish you a great trip!

Price Includes

Price from: $2,459 (Tour code: gh-cht-ft-02)

One-to-one consultancy
One-to-one consultancy
Knowledgeable local guides
Knowledgeable local guides
Private drivers/driver guides and vehicles as listed
Private drivers/driver guides and vehicles as listed
Hand-picked hotels
Hand-picked hotels
Breakfasts and meals as listed
Breakfasts and meals as listed
Entry to all attractions on the itinerary
Entry to all attractions on the itinerary
Transportation as listed
Transportation as listed
A 24/7 helpline while traveling
A 24/7 helpline while traveling

Trip Notes

Every element of the tour above can be tailored. Feel free to tell us your ideas and we will be happy to make adjustments for you.

1. Extend the Tour

  • Luoyang: Add 2–3 days for a Chinese kung fu experience.
  • Chengdu: Add 2–3 days to join a panda keeper program to feed a panda and have your photo taken next to a panda.
  • Hong Kong: Add 2–3 days for Victoria Peak, Hong Kong Disneyland, and a day-tour of Macau.
  • Free days: Yangshuo and Shanghai are popular destinations to add one or more free days to explore on your own.
  • More destinations: Visit Zhangjiajie for its glass bridge, Suzhou for its water towns, and go on a Yangtze River cruise. Inform us of your interests and we will offer you some recommendations.

2. Accommodation

Various types of accommodation are available, including famous 5-star hotel chains, 4-star hotels in the best locations, good value 3-star hotels, or boutique hotels that reflect the style of the region.

Whatever your accommodation preferences are, our travel experts will seek out and find the perfect one for you.

Most hotels in China allow a maximum of three people in one room. If there are more than three people in your group, we will check if there is a family room available or do our best to arrange interconnecting or adjoining rooms.

3. Transportation

China is a huge country so, to make your travel experience more efficient, we usually arrange flights to connect your destinations.

China's high-speed rail network is a fast-paced way to travel. We recommend taking high-speed trains for journeys of less than 6 hours to interested customers — please tell us if you are one of them.

4. Car Seats, Strollers, and Cribs

To maximize the safety of your children, we can arrange for car seats and baby strollers to be provided at your request during the private transfers in big cities.

For infants under 2 years old, we will inform your hotel to arrange a crib for you. No extra cost is needed.

The number of car seats, strollers, and cribs are limited. Please inquire and confirm early to reserve them.

5. Meals

Lunches at popular local restaurants are included for you so you can taste authentic Chinese food. Your guide will assist you with ordering the dishes.

Most families enjoy eating local Chinese food as there is plenty of variety and different flavors. Some children may prefer Western food or have some special requirements for meals.

Western, vegetarian, halal, kosher, Indian, gluten-free… — all dietary requirements can be catered for by our experienced private guides. Let us know if you have any of these dietary requirements during your booking.

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