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China Homeland & Heritage Tours for Adoptive Families

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A best possible homeland journey to China for adoptive family means much more than simply visiting the orphanage and the home city. China Culture Tour strives to design exclusively for the adoptees the China homeland and heritage tours of a life-time. For years, we have successfully offered special homeland experiences for a number of international adoption families. They did not only visit their hometowns personally such as Nanchang in Jiangxi, Maoming in Guangdong, Qingdao, Nanning in Guangxi, Shihezi in Xinjiang, etc. but also they discover the rich culture and heritage and have much greater connection with China.

We Customize Heritage Tours for Adoptive Families Returning to China

China Culture Tour offers bespoke heritage tours to meet every single family’s travel wishes. With the utmost in flexibility, you can decide when to travel, no matter it is during the summer holiday or over the Christmas, and where to travel, from the orphanage city and the best places to visit in China to the off-the-beaten-path destinations. Besides, the local guides, the actual residents of each destination, know exactly where you’re heading and are flexible to accommodate to your personal requests. So your family’s dream of returning to China is to be fulfilled in a perfect way.

How do the adoptees and the family benefit from a customized heritage tour in China:

  • 1. A heritage trip allows the adoptive family to focus on the orphanage visits - meet up with the orphanage director, staff and children, learn inside story of adoption, wander around the neighborhood and the city and wherever possible they are interested in.

2. Explore several of China’s best cultural and scenic destinations such as Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin and Shanghai. Admire China’s unique heritages (e.g. the Great Wall and Forbidden City) and have great insight into China’s history, culture and customs.

  • 3. Experience the real life in China, in both the megacities and small villages – the adopted children will then obtain their own understanding of China.
  • 4. Participate in cultural immersion lessons and activities, to learn traditional Chinese culture and art, and improve their Chinese language skills. 

Before Taking the Homeland Journey

To plan a heritage tour to China, the adoptive family should have the required documents for orphanage visits, and simultaneously be mentally prepared.

The required documents – Basically, you need only present the valid passports and the adoption certificate. Once you send the request to China Culture Tour, one of our travel consultants, with much experience in assisting adoptive children returning to China, will offer you the step-by-step guide.

The name of the orphanage – With the official name of the orphanage, even without the contact information, we can get you to the right place smoothly. But please advise us if you would like to meet someone special, for instance, your child’s previous nanny or a retired director.

Discuss the returning trip with your child. Is your family ready?

It will be a culture enriching trip, and more importantly, an emotional journey and a root-seeking journey. Make sure your family is ready, especially the child. Help him/her to have a general idea about the adoption, about China and about the places you’re going to visit.

Consider preparing some small gifts for the orphanage kids. You can still expert tens of and even hundreds of infants and children in the orphanage. They will be very grateful and comforted if you could bring some small gifts, such as books, pens and other school supplies. It is voluntary, and definitely not mandatory. 

The Best Places for the Adoptees to Visit and Learn about Birth Country Culture

Here below are the most popular destinations in China that you’re highly recommended to add on your planned itinerary, apart from the home city and orphanage. You will have a series of amazing experiences on your tour in China, and your child will be so proud of Chinese heritages.

Majestic Beijing & Local School Visit

Suggested touring days: 4-5 days
Top things to do in Beijing for adoptive families:
- The Great Wall toboggan & cableway rides
- Witness the cultural and architectural art pieces of Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Place
- Board a vintage rickshaw through hutong, visit the traditional courtyard home, and join in the cultural activities like Chinese paper-cutting, Beijing Opera mask drawing, etc.
- Visit a local (primary or middle) school, interacting with the students

Historical Xian

Suggested touring days: 2-3 days
Top things to do in Xian for adoptive families:
- Visit the Museum of Terracotta Army and make for yourself a mini terracotta warrior
- Watch the Chinese shadow play and puppet show
- Make dumplings, the most popular traditional Chinese food
- Bike on the ancient city wall of Xian, the longest and best kept in China

Cultural Chengdu & Panda Encounter

Suggested touring days: 2-3 days
Top things to do in Chengdu for adoptive families:
- Have an intimate contact with giant pandas, and even join the panda volunteer program
- Visit Sichuan Cuisine Museum, and take a cooking class
- Explore cultural and historical sites: Wenshu Monastery, Wuhou Temple, etc.

Scenic Guilin & Yangshuo

Suggested touring days: 3-5 days
Top things to do in Guilin for adoptive families:
- Take Li River cruise to take in the views of South China Karst

- Explore picturesque Yangshuo countryside by bike, vehicle, on foot or bamboo raft
- There’re various Chinese culture & art classes to take: calligraphy & panting class, Chinese character learning, Tai Chi Kung Fu class, Chinese cooking lesson, etc.

Futuristic Shanghai

Suggested touring days: 2-3 days
Top things to do in Shanghai for adoptive families:
- Wander through the Yuyuan Market and the Bund to visit the old streets, colonial buildings and traditional Yu Garden
- Ascend one of world’s highest buildings to view the thriving New China
- Enjoy the fantastic performance of acrobatics, blending traditional Chinese tricks and modern technology

What our clients say about their adoptive family tour to China

Adoptive Family China Tours" Thank you again for such a wonderful trip to China!! It was everything we hoped it would be, especially the visit to Anna’s orphanage in Shihezi. All of our guides were absolutely great, but Sammy our guide in Urumqi was especially wonderful and her personality, enthusiasm, and ability to translate quickly enhanced our visit to the orphanage..." Read More

Adoptive Family China Tours" We hope you are well. We are back home from our China trip, safe and sound. Thank you so much for everything you were able to arrange for us - we had a wonderful time, and everything went very smoothly. It was nice to be able to meet you in person as well. Rest assured you will get a very positive review from us at TripAdvisor...." Read More

Adoptive Family China Tours" I definitely would recommend you and your company. I have already recommended you. We do want to make another trip to China soon. And I’m glad to speak with your potential customers by email..."Read More

Adoptive Family China Tours" If you are planning to visit China and planning on joining a tour, I highly recommend this one - there’s no shopping agenda and you can travel as a private group. Check the costs, because I found that they are not that different than if you joined a large group tour..."Read More

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