Family Tour for Yangtze River Cruise and Panda
Explore the modern metropolises of Beijing and Shanghai in an authentic way. Tour around a panda breeding base and meet the lovely creatures up close. Cruise along the picturesque Yangtze River, enjoying the peace and having some quality family time.
from US$2,699 p/p
Apr. to Oct.
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Mi esposo y yo, tuvimos la oportunidad de visitar la hermosa ciudad de Xian, la muralla de la ciudad, los guerreros de terracota, el barrio musulmán, todo esto con la mejor guia del mundo mundial!!! Susana, quien aparte de ser super simpática, tiene un gran conocimiento de la ciudad, la historia de los lugares y monumentos y aparte está siempre al pendiente de cualquier cosa que necesites y va más allá par hacerte tener una experiencia excelente, nos quedamos con ganas de regresar. Gracias x todo!!More
Betty A, Feb 2024
Shanghai is an amazing mix of modern and historical China. Our guide Kris was great and very flexible when it came to completing the itinerary which was helpful considering the poor weather + visibility on the first day when we were supposed to visit Shanghai tower. Walking along the river front (bund) area was a big highlight for us.More
Explore49612084715, Feb 2024
We traveled to Shanghai in Jan/Feb 2024 with China Highlights. Shanghai is an amazing mix of modern and historical China. Our guide Kris was great and very flexible when it came to completing the itinerary which was helpful considering the poor weather + visibility on the first day when we were supposed to visit Shanghai tower. Walking along the river front (bund) area was a big highlight for us.More
Lydia, Feb 2024
Shanghai trip for Mihail
Me and my wife had a trip to China and part of it we spent in Shanghai. Our private tour guide was Kris Lee and I have to say he was very much up for the task. His knowledge of China's history was quite comprehensive and more than I could have expected. If only I could have that kind of memory. His level of English exceeded my expectations and that of course served us very well not only in understanding the Chinese culture, traditions, way of life, etc, but also allowed us to order meals, drinks, make purchases, ask whatever questions coming to mind, making us comfortable to experience the place without the inherent language issues we could have had otherwise. All in all Kris Lee is certainly an asset for any travel agency from ChinaMore
Mihail D, Feb 2024
Mi esposo y yo, tuvimos la oportunidad de visitar la hermosa ciudad de Xian, la muralla de la ciudad, los guerreros de terracota, el barrio musulmán, todo esto con la mejor guia del mundo mundial!!! Susana, quien aparte de ser super simpática, tiene un gran conocimiento de la ciudad, la historia de los lugares y monumentos y aparte está siempre al pendiente de cualquier cosa que necesites y va más allá par hacerte tener una experiencia excelente, nos quedamos con ganas de regresar. Gracias x todo!!
Daisy was our guide for 3 days in Dali. She was the best guide we have had in China. She was very warm. Just like a close friend. She was extremely knowledgeable about the culture and history of the area. She took many pictures of us even without our asking her to.Her English was excellent!More
David, Feb 2024
Daisy was an amazing guide
Daisy was an amazing guide. She took us to the old town, on a boat ride, and to Sha xi. She was very warm. She explained everything in detail and answered all of our questions. She made us feel very welcome.More
文 文, Feb 2024
1 Day in Beijing
Nice views, Not too much people, Jessi (guide ) so friendly and she have a great service & she knows the answer of all your questionsMore
Fernando J, Feb 2024
Zhangjiajie/ Spectacular scenery and great taste of local culture.
Zhangjiajie immediately went to the top of our list of natural attractions in the world. The landscapes are fascinating and unique. We really valued the guidance by China Highlights. Roger was good accommodating to our needs during the planning phase. In the actual trip Linda provided us with knowledgeable and passionate guidance. She was very personable and respectful at the same time. Her advice was critical to be able to see so much - as in every park or area there are multiple buses to move around. She showed us the best spots at the best time.Local restaurant selection was good. One piece of advice- make sure to specify how much spice you enjoy in your food. Local food can be quite spicy.More
Raul C Mexico city, Jan 2024
Private trip in Beijing and Luoyang
We spent 3 days in Beijing with Helen as our guide. We went to TianAnMen, Forbidden City and MuTianYu Great Wall to name a few. Helen took great care of us and is very attentive as I travel with my 60+ years old parents, from asking whether we need restroom breaks to making sure that our lunch were all according to our dietary needsMore
Iriana Iriana, Jan 2024
An excellent day with Linda
Linda (Ling ling)is a great tour guide,provide a lot of knowledge and history of the great wall,and took us to taste very delicious food too,we had a very good time with her!highly recommend her!More
Angeline Lim, Jan 2024
Great time in Beijing with Bruce
We stayed in Beijing for three days altogether. We went to the summer palace. the Tian'an'men square, the Forbidden City,the Temple of heaven and the Great Wall. Our tour guide Bruce is very friendly and speaks English fluently. He explained every scenic spot to us patiently and humorously. my family are very satisfied with his service.More
Mayra C, Jan 2024
Profesional and detail oriented
My last stop was Shanghai. I was greeted by Martin. It is pretty much a 1 day itinerary there. Martin took me to all the stops and introduced me to a cool tea house not on the agenda. With the extra time we had we also stopped Starbuck’s Reserve which is the largest in the world. Martin also helped me make reservations at the Old Jazz Club at the Fairmont Hotel.More
Megan Sandbothe, Jan 2024
We recently spent 4 days with Alvin hosting us throughout Huangshan, Tunxi and Hongcun. The scenery was spectacular, hotels quirky, food excellent and knowledge and passion from Alvin was so invaluable and also fun! Would highly recommend.More
Joanne, Jan 2024
Great couple days in Shanghai. Thanks to my guide Martin for showing me best of Shanghai. Great work by China team - trip very well organised.More
Steve P, Jan 2024
Amazing experience !!!
Great tour! Very flexible and our tour guide Chris was so amazing that he adjusted to our last time request there! I totally recommend this tour !!More
Victor A, Jan 2024
Private trip in Beijing and Luoyang
We spent 3 days in Beijing with Helen as our guide. We went to TianAnMen, Forbidden City and MuTianYu Great Wall to name a few. Helen took great care of us and is very attentive as I travel with my 60+ years old parents, from asking whether we need restroom breaks to making sure that our lunch were all according to our dietary needs. We had great 3 days in Beijing.We also visited Luoyang. Our travel advisor arranged a Business class seat for our high speed train to Luoyang. We were picked up at the station by our guide in Luoyang, Lisa. We then visited Dengfeng to see Songyang academy, shaolin temple, Luoyang grottoes. She also took care of us very well and very knowledgeable about the history.More
, Jan 2024
2 days in the mountains
Alvin was attentive and good company. He went to the extra effort to show us things we were interested in viewing and provided detailed information.More
Robert Fleming, Jan 2024
Amazing trip in China
Guides were Mark in Beijing, Jenny in Xi’an, Frank in Guilin/Yangshuo and Kris and Peter in Shanghai. I can’t say enough how wonderful each of them were to us. They worked very hard to give us a five star tour. The drivers were five star as well. Our hotels were very clean and wonderful with a great breakfast buffet each morning. Our guides would take us to a great locals place for lunch each day and then dinner we were on our own, but each guide would give us fantastic places to go. I know without a doubt our trip was exceptional due to booking with Liberman at China Highlights Tour Company.More
Mary Ann Brady, Jan 2024
China Highlights is Excellent
Jenny was the tour guide in Xian, showed us the terracota warriors found in 1974 by a farmer behind a mountain masoleum, with projected ongoing excavations for next 100 years. Made clay model terracota warriors.Jenny is very enthusiastic and bubbly, helped us all the way, from picking up us from train station to dropping us off at the airport.More
Brahma P, Jan 2024
Datong, China's best kept secret!
I've had multiple guides for different locations with China highlights but Joy was exceptional. She was easy to talk to, super knowledgeable and also amazingly organised. When visiting the Yungang grottoes not only did I get wonderful explanations of the symbolism of the cave carvings and history of the art styles but Joy even prepared a notepad for the commemorative stamps available there so that I had a souvenir to tax home with me.More
Kris, Jan 2024
After arriving at the airport, your guide and driver will escort you to your hotel and assist you with the check-in process, eliminating any potential problems.
Tian'anmen Square was the front court of the imperial palace in ancient times. Now, it has been divided by a main road and is no longer part of the Forbidden City. The palace-like building at the southern end is the Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian'anmen). The Forbidden City is also known as the Palace Museum and you will be amazed by the rich exhibitions hidden in its side courts.
Take a walk around the hutongs, which are traditional Chinese alleyways, and experience old Beijing. While you are visiting a local family, don't be shy in accepting their hospitality — join their dumpling-making group and dine with them. Immerse yourself in a local Beijinger's lifestyle.
Good to Know
1. In addition to making dumplings, you can also choose to experience traditional handicrafts. These include paper cutting and Chinese knot weaving, admiring the fantastic Chinese diabolo technique used by a professional performer, and creating the unique facial makeup of a Beijing opera character.
2. For nighttime activities, you can watch a kung fu show or an acrobatic performance. It is suggested to book the show one day in advance — just check the availability with your guide.
The Mutianyu section is a good choice for your exciting visit to the Great Wall. This is because the Badaling section is much more crowded and has fewer watchtowers to see. Take a cable car ride up to the wall to save your energy, allowing you to have more time to appreciate the beautiful scenery from the top of the wall.
Relax as you head to your private vehicle after having a nice lunch at a local restaurant where world leaders have been served. In the evening, a delicious Beijing roast duck feast will help ease the fatigue of the day. Learn how to enjoy this famous cuisine in an authentic way from your guide.
Good to Know
1. Do you want to have a special experience on the Great Wall? We can prepare a picnic lunch for you! Have a sandwich, a cake, and a cup of coffee amid the beautiful scenery on the Great Wall.
2. If the weather conditions allow, slide down the wall in a toboggan for an unforgettable memory. For your safety, a helmet will be provided and you can control the speed of the toboggan.
Fly to Chengdu in the morning and meet your guide who will show you how to follow the tracks of some pandas. While visiting the only panda-themed post office in the world, you can get different kinds of special panda items, such as stamps, envelopes, toys, and more. Don't forget to send some cute postcards to your friends around the world — you can even mail a postcard to your future self!
After having a satisfying Chinese lunch, take some nice selfies with the largest panda sculpture in China. "I Am Here" is the name of this amazing work, made by the outstanding artist, Lawrence Argent. This wall climbing panda has become a popular landmark and attracts people from different places.
At the end of the day, you will roam around People's Park. Relax among the emerald green trees and colorful flowers, and linger in the traditional pavilions in peace. Blend in with the local people and see their simple way of life at a traditional teahouse nearby.
You will be driven to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in the morning, which is remotely located from Chengdu city center but is a suitable habitat for giant pandas. After visiting the nursery, you will be amazed by the achievements of the panda breeding program. You can watch the adorable pandas playing or resting among the bamboo groves. Their cuteness will intrigue you and you will want to learn more about them at the panda museum.
After having lunch, visit a recently discovered major archaeological site – Jinsha Site Museum – which is located in northwest Chengdu. The secret of the 3,000-year-old Sun and Immortal Bird is waiting for you to discover it.
Can you believe that a commercial street has existed for over 2,000 years? Relax in Jinli Ancient Street where you can try various delicious Sichuan street snacks and buy some souvenirs at the craftsmen's stalls. Wandering among the traditional architecture may give you the illusion of traveling back to ancient times.
Good to Know
Due to the canine distemper virus event that occurred in 2015, all panda bases suspended close contact with pandas to protect the giant pandas' health. In March of the same year, Dujiangyan Panda Base restarted the panda volunteer program, which includes having your photograph taken with a panda by your side. If you are interested, we can arrange a 1-day Dujiangyan Panda Base tour.
Your exciting Yangtze cruise starts on this day. First, have some breakfast and then you will be transferred from your hotel to the train station. Take a 2-hour high-speed train ride to Chongqing where your guide and driver will be expecting you and will escort you to the pier.
Good to Know
It is suggested to take some beverages and snacks with you before boarding as you may find it expensive on the cruise. Your guide will assist you by preparing some food if you prefer.
Embrace the wonderful natural views along the river, breathe in the clean air, and have a refreshing morning. At about 2pm, go ashore and stroll around Shibaozhai, one of the eight most fantastic buildings in the world. Ascend to the top of the hill and appreciate the beauty from a bird's-eye view. If you are keen to understand the mysterious Chinese ghost culture, visit Fengdu Ghost City to satisfy your curiosity (this is optional).
After the day tour, a welcome dinner party awaits you at night. There is no need to dress up, just have fun!
In the morning, be ready to marvel at the uncanny works of nature: Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge. The majestic and steep cliff at Qutang Gorge and the meandering Wu Gorge will never cease to amaze you. It' s a wonderful chance to capture the fabulous scenery with your family.
In the afternoon, appreciate the unusual shapes of rocks and the mysterious ancient coffins hanging on the cliff at Shennong Stream. Later, you can choose to visit another optional spot, White Emperor City.
At night, enjoy the entertaining show that's presented by the crew.
The world's largest water conservancy and power generation project – the Three Gorges Dam – will be the best part of the day. Go up to the dam and be impressed by this spectacular man-made creation. Your Yangtze cruise ends here. A bus arranged by the cruise company will be waiting to drive you to Yichang. Meet your guide there and transfer to Shanghai by air or bullet train. Your Shanghai guide will accompany you to your hotel.
Feel the fusion of both tradition and modernity in Shanghai. First, visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center in the morning to discover the progress of the past few decades and to get a glimpse of the city's future development. Ascend to the highest glass viewing platform in the Shanghai World Financial Center and have a panoramic view of the city. As for lunch, your guide will recommend some nice restaurants for you and you are also free to make your own choices.
After experiencing the modern side to Shanghai, see it from a different aspect when you visit Yu Garden, the hidden jewel among the forest of concrete. This Chinese classical garden has a long history and is filled with abundant themes and ideal conditions. Blend in with the crowds at Yuyuan Market as you try some local snacks and pick out some handicrafts, antiques, and souvenirs for your friends.
Based on the reviews from our previous customers, a free day to explore the city by yourself is strongly recommended. You can go shopping in Nanjing Road or enjoy a leisurely walk around the Bund. Here are some recommended destinations to visit:
Water town day tour: There are over 10 water towns with unique features scattered around Shanghai, Suzhou, and Hangzhou. Rowing a boat with a dark awning on the glittering river, passing under the ancient stone arch bridges with classic Chinese architecture alongside the shore, you are already part of the landscape.
Day tour in Suzhou or Hangzhou: Since ancient times, these two cities have been considered to be paradise on Earth. It only takes an hour to get from Shanghai to Hangzhou by bullet train. Wander around the lake and be enchanted by the fascinating West Lake view. If you are a fan of Chinese gardens, then you won't want to miss Suzhou, which features various gardens that have elegant architectural styles.
Local Interactive Options
In-depth tour of Shanghai's old alleyways (3 hours): Want to experience the authentic way of life for Shanghai's locals? Your guide will reveal the history behind these hidden alleys, which remain in modern society. Visit a local family, dine together, and learn some interesting stories from the past.
Sidecar day tour (2 hours): Care for a ride? Jump into a sidecar and explore this thriving city with a Western driver who has lived for many years in China. As you listen to his words, you will understand Shanghai at a new level.
Enjoy a buffet breakfast in your hotel. Then your guide and driver will ensure that you catch your flight on time. Take all of the wonderful memories from this China tour with you — until next time!
Price from: $2,699 (Tour code: gh-cht-ft-07)
1. Tailoring your tour
This tour is very flexible. You can alter the itinerary, extend or shorten it to suit your price, interest and schedule. Feel free to tell us your requirements, and we are happy to help you arrange with our professional knowledge and experience.
(1) Hotels with a convenient location and swimming pool are recommended. Please note that a swimsuit/trunks and swimming cap are required to enter the swimming pool.
(2) If you prefer other hotel options: economical choices, Chinese-style hotels, home stay, apartment, or would like to book the hotels on your own, please feel free to inform us and we will be happy to adjust the details.
(3) Most hotels in China allow at most three people in one room. If there are more than three people in your group, we will check if there is family room available or do our best to arrange interconnecting rooms or adjoin rooms.
Lunches at popular local restaurants are included for you in order to taste authentic Chinese food. Your guide will assist you with ordering dishes loved by both adults and children. Most families enjoy eating local Chinese food as there is plenty of variety and different flavors, and the food is so much better and different from the Chinese food served back home. Some children may prefer Western food or have some special requirements for meals. Please inform us and we will do our best to cater to your needs
4. Car Seats, Stroller, and Baby Crib
To maximize the safety of your children, we can arrange for car seats to be fitted at your request during the private transfers in Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Guilin, Chengdu, Hangzhou, and Suzhou. A baby stroller can be provided in Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, and Hangzhou. For a baby under two years old, we will inform the 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. First Aid Kit
We all know how active kids can be. In case of some small injury, our guides will take a first aid kit with them during the tour, including alcohol prep pads, sterile gauze sponges, and bandages.
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