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11 Days Luxury China Adventure for Families

Traveling with your family is a vacation. Moreover, it can be a unique, once-in-a-lifetime adventure. You can expect endless surprise and excitement, plus rare magic moments if taking this 11 days luxurious family adventure of China.

The itinerary is exclusively designed and can be customized, with plenty of activities and programs to keep both the parents and young explorers amused. From ancient wonders discovery, culture immersion experiences to relaxing cruises, active outdoor activities and family-friendly luxury accommodations, we make sure everything is perfectly crafted to suit your family.

CCT Advantages:

  • 1. Stay at the foot of the Great Wall, and watch the sunrise, enjoying the precious and peaceful moment with family, also with opportunity to view the Great Wall from helicopter;
  • 2. Ride an old-school pedicab through hutong alleyways of Beijing and learn to paint a Peking Opera mask;
  • 3. Enter Summer Place directly from your hotel to skip lines, later explore the mighty Forbidden City with knowledge expert;
  • 4. Have a close encounter with Terracotta Warriors and make a mini warrior with your own hands;
  • 5. Unwind by cruising and bamboo rafting through China’s most beautiful countryside, here you also ride a helicopter for sightseeing and attend a fun-filled cooking class;
  • 6. Ride a cool motorcycle sidecar through Shanghai’s skyscrapers, old streets, secret corners… and enjoy the best acrobatic performance;

11 Days Beijing Xian Guilin Shanghai Family Tour

11 Days Luxury China Adventure Tour for Families

Day 1, Arrive Beijing

Meals: No Meals

Nihao, welcome to China! Arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport where you are met by your private CCT tour guide and driver, and transferred to Dhawa Jinshanling Hotel at the foot of the Great wall with fantastic views. Free at leisure at hotel and enjoy a quiet, exhilarating night.

Recommended hotels:

  • Great Wall luxury hotels: Dhawa Jinshanling
11 Days Luxury China Adventure Tour for Families

Day 2, the Great Wall Sunrise, Hutong Pedicab Tour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After a sound sleep, get up very early and get in Jinshanling Great Wall on the mountaintop. Watch the sun rise slowly on this enormous ancient fortification structure, without being disturbed by anyone else. Just you and your family enjoy the tranquil and magic moment. Then you walk for a while on the wall to view the world emerging from the clouds and mist.

Get down and later be driven to the downtown Beijing. This afternoon, you ride a pedicab, a public vehicle widely used in Beijing in the early 19th Century, to tour hutong, where the old Beijing can still be found. Visit a quadrangle courtyard and meet a local artist to learn playing diabolo. It is a very traditional trick that Chinese acrobats perform and a fun game for kids. (Other activities such as Chinese paper-cutting and Peking Opera mask painting can also be learned and experienced)

Enjoy Beijing Roasted Duck for dinner, and your guide will explain to you the dinning etiquette (optional).

Want to view the Great Wall from the air? We can also arrange you the Badaling or Mutianyu Great Wall helicopter tour (10 to 30 minutes), which offers a majestic panorama view. And you can have those aerial pictures of the Great Wall.

Recommended hotels:

  • Beijing luxury hotels: Aman Summer Palace
11 Days Luxury China Adventure Tour for Families

Day 3, Summer Palace with Cruise, Forbidden City

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Your hotel is located right next to Summer Palace, with a secret VIP access to this royal garden of ancient China. It blends the royal dignity with the delicate and graceful design of classical garden. A boat cruise on Kunming Lake inside Summer Palace is sure to relax you and the children, and allows you to view Summer Palace from another angle.

Walking Tiananmen Square is like traveling through time. Here, in world’s biggest city square, China experienced great changes in history and began its new era since 1949. It also connects Forbidden City that allows you to travel back to the past between the 15th and 19th Century. 

Learn China’s ancient imperial history when touring Forbidden City. Here the world’s best-kept ancient wooden royal palace complex was home to 24 emperors and their concubines, and is now converted to a big, bewitching ancient Chinese culture and art museum, named Palace Museum, with numerous precious collections and relics. 

If you prefer, your guide will lead you to watch a fabulous Shaolin Kung Fu Show at night (optional).

11 Days Luxury China Adventure Tour for Families

Day 4, Taiji Practice at Temple of Heaven, Beijing to Xian

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Visit Temple of Heaven, a best example of ancient Chinese religious architecture. The once royal altar where the emperors worshiped gods is now a public park and a wonderful place for local dancing and Taiji enthusiasts. Your family will take a private Taiji boxing lesson from a master in front of the Temple of Heaven.

Fly from Beijing to Xian, one of China’s premier historic capitals, with many sites of the Silk Road.

Recommended hotels:

  • Xian luxury hotels: Wyndham Grand Xian South, Gran Meliá Xian, Sofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel or similar
  • Xian boutique hotels: Grand Mercure Xi'an on Renmin Square or similar
11 Days Luxury China Adventure Tour for Families

Day 5, Museum of Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Xian City Wall Biking

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today, you are going to visit one of world’s most legendary ancient tombs – the tomb of Terracotta Army – grand, mysterious and interesting. You will meet thousands of life-sized Terracotta warriors, along with their horses and chariots. The entire army was built over 2000 years ago to protect Emperor Qinshihuang after he died.

You may feel that you have crossed the time to return to the 3rd century BC of ancient China’s Qin Dynasty. And then at a traditional dwelling house, you exercise your hands to make a mini terracotta warrior yourself. The entire making process keeps the children focused, and finally they get themselves the unique Chinese souvenir.

Biking on the Old City Wall of Xian – the longest and most massive of its kind in China – is a very special experience and a fun activity in the outdoors. Bike through the ancient gate towers and view Xian’s modern urban landscape.   

Important notes: the family-friendly activities in Xian including mini terracotta warrior making and City Wall biking are not available in winter.

11 Days Luxury China Adventure Tour for Families

Day 6, Chinese Shadow Play and Puppet Show, Xian to Guilin

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, enjoy a brisk walk on Muslim Quarter, the center of Xian’s Muslim community and known as one of the most famous food streets in China. Enjoy its lively atmosphere as well as the hundreds of varieties of foods and snacks.

Later tour Small Wild Goose Pagoda dating to 707, an iconic structure in Xian that was built due to the spread of Buddhism via the great Silk Road. Enjoy watching the interesting traditional Shadow Play and Puppet Show. The skilled artists control the colorful silhouette figures and wooden dolls carefully behind the theatrical stage, with the help of lamp and music, to tell your family Chinese myths and legends.

Want to experience the typical Chinese family life? Go visit a local family and join the friendly hosts to make dumplings, the most popular Chinese food. With the willful imagination, the kids can make various shapes of dumplings.  

Fly from Xian to Guilin.

Recommended hotels:

  • Guilin luxury hotels: Shangri La, Sheraton or similar
  • Guilin boutique hotels: Aroma Tea House, Jolie Vue Boutique Hotel or similar
11 Days Luxury China Adventure Tour for Families

Day 7, Guilin to Yangshuo Luxury Cruise, Traditional Chinese Art Lesson

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today, cruise Li River to view the dramatic Karst scenery. This is the best section of Li River, surrounded with picturesque scenery that has inspired numerous painters and poets to create artist works ever since the ancient times. You and your kids can try to figure out what the limestone peaks on the shore look like, maybe a “horse” or “fingers”.  

Join the locals to walk through the West Street, the town center of Yangshuo from the past till the date. It is especially favored by international travelers, thus named “Foreigners’ Street”.

This afternoon, delve into traditional Chinese art by taking a calligraphy class or a painting class or both. Learn to use brush and inkstick and the way to apply on paper. Appreciate the artistic beauty of Chinese characters and write them down yourself. Or get inspired by the mountainous beauty to create a Chinese landscape painting.  

Enjoy Impression Liu Sanjie night show (optional). 

Recommended hotels:

  • Yangshuo luxury hotels: Banyan Tree or similar
  • Yangshuo boutique hotels: Mountain Retreat or similar
11 Days Luxury China Adventure Tour for Families

Day 8, Yanghuo Helicopter Tour, Yulong River Bamboo Rafting

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, you’re going to be thrilled with a super cool helicopter tour (about 10 to 30 minutes depending on your preference). View a surreal world dotted with karst pinnacles, silky rivers and small villages, which takes your breath away – definitely one of the memorable ones.

Taking a bamboo rafting on Yulong River is a fun and relaxing experience for family. Yulong River is regarded as the epitome of Yangshuo’s Karst landscape and a paradise on earth. Sitting on the bamboo raft, you can take in unparalleled idyllic scenery. (Countryside biking is also available if it is not a perfect season for bamboo rafting.)

11 Days Luxury China Adventure Tour for Families

Day 9, Bike Yangshuo Countryside, Yangshuo to Guilin to Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Further explore Yangshuo by bike and venture to the heart of countryside. Find yourself to be embraced by endless rural farmlands, orchards and limestone peaks. And bike on the small paths to visit the traditional villages and knock at a local family’s door, then you’ll be invited in and shared with the local genuine way of living. 

Wave goodbye to China’s countryside life and fly from Guilin to Shanghai.

Recommended hotels:

  • Shanghai luxury hotels: Peace Hotel, Les Suites Orient Bund, Peninsula or similar
  • Shanghai boutique hotels: Hotel Indigo on the Bund, The Yangtze Boutique or similar
11 Days Luxury China Adventure Tour for Families

Day 10, Shanghai Highlights Tour with Sidecar Ride

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today, experience both Shanghai’s charming traditional vibe and amazing modern spectacles. Visit Yu Garden, a classical Chinese garden with outstanding design and refined layout.

Ride a vintage sidecar zigging through the old streets and corners of Shanghai, where the locals still retain the traditional Shanghainese lifestyle. Continue the ride and come to the Bund to see the historical colonial architectures and the futuristic Pudong skyline form into a seamless, perfect whole.

Later feel amazed at the artistic world of M50 Creative Park, where there are various bold, peculiar and bizarre contraptions created by artists around the world.

Enjoy the best Shanghai acrobatics show with VIP seat (optional). 

11 Days Luxury China Adventure Tour for Families

Day 11, Depart Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast

Relax at hotel, until your guide and driver pick you up, and transfer you to Shanghai Pudong International Airport for your flight back home. It is the end of your 11 days China family adventure tour.

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