17 Days China Adoption Return Tour: Beijing Guilin Nanning Yangtze River and Shanghai

This 17-day China Adoption Return Tour introduces you to the Chinese culture and history as well as feasts your eyes with the beautiful natural scenery. It is a great chance for you to get in contact with your homeland again.

Trip Highlights

  • Take a Chinese paper cutting lesson in Hutong area
  • Visit the minority villages and the large fields of rice terrace in Guilin
  • Make the bamboo rice in the local minority family
  • Enjoy the 4-day and 3-night relaxing Yangtze River cruise
  • Indulge yourselves in Disneyland in Shanghai

Customizable Tour Itinerary

Welcome to China for a 17-day tour. To ensure you a hassle-free start, our guide and driver will wait for you at the airport arrival hall with your name sign in advance. You will be transferred to the hotel by private transfer with air-conditioning.

Meals: No meal, advice freely available

  • Hotels: Beijing Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel
Double Happiness CourtyardDouble Happiness Courtyard
Double Happiness CourtyardDouble Happiness Courtyard

Tian’anmen Square is a site where numerous major political and historical events happened. It is also the historical witness of China's rise from decline. Wander around the big maze, the Forbidden City and get to know the stories of the emperors with the introduction of the guide.

After lunch, visit a royal garden, Jingshan Park, where emperors used to appreciate flowers, practicing archery, hold banquet and climb up to the mountain for a view to the city and the Forbidden City.

While the emperors lived in the palace, the locals lived in Hutong area in the past. Get lost in the Hutongs and talk with the locals you encounter on the road. Opera is one of the quintessence of Chinese culture. With the teacher’s guidance, you will make your own opera face mask. You can bring home as a souvenir if you like.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Jindingxuan Dim Sum Restaurant with a la carte menu

Feature Dinner option: Peking Roast Duck (Dadong Peking Duck, Qianmen Quanjude Peking Duck), Fangshan Restaurant, Mei Family Restaurant, Bai Family Restaurant)

Optional evening activity: Kungfu show or Peking opera

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
  • Hotels: Beijing Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel
Tian’anmen SquareTian’anmen Square
Chinese Opera Face Mask PaintingChinese Opera Face Mask Painting

Get up early and learn Taichi with a master in Temple of Heaven, where emperors used to pray for good harvest to the heaven. You are not alone as there are many locals doing morning exercises.

Continue your tour to the highlights among the Highlights, the Great Wall. Mutianyu part is more suitable for family with kids as there are cable cars, chairlift and slide way. Besides, it is less crowded and commercial.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
  • Hotels: Beijing Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel
Mutianyu Great WallMutianyu Great Wall
Taichi LearningTaichi Learning

Summer Palace, as indicated by its name, is a place for the royalty to hide from the summer heat. Take a relaxing boat cruise on Kunming Lake like the royalty before you leave for Guilin by flight. Be met and transferred to your hotel when arrive at Guilin.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
  • Hotels: Guilin Shangri La Hotel
Summer CruiseSummer Cruise
Shangri La GuilinShangri La Guilin

Guilin tour is a relaxing one. Today, wake up with the bird singing. Hiking up to the Folded Brocade Hill as your morning exercises and get more fresh air. Before really immersing into this beautiful city, have a panorama of it on the top of the hill. And then you will be brought to Reed Flute Cave, a palace of art with numerous stalactites in various shapes.

After enjoying the lunch, go to the outskirt of Guilin to visit an ancient fishing town, Daxu Ancient Town. Step on the stone road and watch the antique buildings, you could feel its time honored history.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Mc Found Restaurant with a la carte menu

Feature Dinner option: Xiaonan Guo, Gold Dragon Village Restaurant, Yilu Restaurant, and The Taste-Made Restaurant

Optional evening activity: Night cruise in Two Rivers and Four Lakes Scenic Area

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
  • Hotels: Guilin Shangri La Hotel
Reed Flute CaveReed Flute Cave
Daxu Ancient TownDaxu Ancient Town

After Breakfast, drive about 1.5 hours from the city area to Longji Terraced Rice Field and Minority villages, one of the important agricultural heritages in the world. The Terraced rice fields are like chains, circling the mountain peaks into giant snails. Walk in the minority village and feel their culture and custom. What obviously different are their house, which made from wood and called stilt-houses (Diaojiao Houses). Learn to make the bamboo rice with the locals and have lunch in a local house. You will finally know how it tastes like when the rice combined with the bamboo.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
  • Hotels: Guilin Shangri La Hotel
Cooking in YangshuoCooking in Yangshuo
Rice Terraced FieldsRice Terraced Fields

Guilin scenery is like a vivid scrolling picture. A Li River cruise is able to give you a feel of walking in the picture. The big boat cruise takes about 4 hours from Guilin to Yangshuo. The 4-star boat is not as crowded as the 3-star one. After disembark and a while of walk, you will arrive at the famous West Street.  It is the oldest and most bustling street in Yangshuo with many bars, restaurants, hotels and souvenir shops. Learn to write some simple characters with the brush under the teacher’s instruction.

Meals: Breakfast, Buffet Lunch on the Li River cruise boat

Optional evening activity: Impression Show of Sanjie Liu

Note: Please be on time as the cruise company will not change the departure time for anyone

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
  • Hotels: Yangshuo Mountain Retreat
Li River CruiseLi River Cruise
Li RiverLi River

Explore the countryside in your own way by riding a bike with your family. The moo buffalo, ducks and the laughing kids will add some joy to your biking tour.

After lunch, drive to Yangshuo train station (about 50 minutes) for the train to Nanning or  your homeland that we can arrange for you.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
  • Hotels: Nanning Marriott Hotel
Biking in YangshuoBiking in Yangshuo
Marriott NanningMarriott Nanning
Marriott NanningMarriott Nanning

Your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby. Transfer to visit your child's home orphanage and meet with people related to your child's adoption. If you desire, have lunch at the orphanage or host a lunch or dinner for the orphanage director and staff. Explore the local area with your guide. If needed, locate and visit the place where your child was found or visit your child's former foster family (if applicable and pending special permission). After that, transfer back to hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
  • Hotels: Nanning Marriott Hotel

Proclaimed as 'Giant Lung” of Nanning city, Qingxiu Mountain Scenic Area is renowned for its pleasant climate, culture charm and marvelous green scenery for all four seasons. Get some fresh air and refresh yourselves in the park in the morning.

After lunch, immerse yourselves into the Guangxi ethnic culture by visiting the Anthropology Museum of Guangxi. It covers 33,000 square meters, and holds 35,000 artistic and cultural items, including ancient bronze drums, ethnic clothing, weaved brocade and embroidery, tools for manufacturing and agriculture, folk handicrafts and architectural models.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
  • Hotels: Nanning Marriott Hotel

Explore more about Nanning on your own or just relax in the hotel in the morning. At the confirmed time, the guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the airport for the flight to Chongqing. From there you will board the Yangtze River cruise ship.

  • Meals: Breakfast,
  • Hotels: Century Legend
Yangtze Cruise ShipYangtze Cruise Ship
Yangtze Cruise ShipYangtze Cruise Ship

You will have a free morning to relax yourself on the bed or go to the sundeck for some sightseeing.

In the afternoon, a shore excursion to Shibaozhai is scheduled. Shibaozhai looks like a strangely-shaped pagoda hugging a hill. Walking up from the bottom to the top through the narrow stair, you will get a panorama of the river.

Come back to the ship for the welcoming banquet and dancing party.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,
  • Hotels: Century Legend
Yangtze RiverYangtze River

Today comes to two of three the magnificent gorges, Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Be ready with your camera and find a good point for photography first. In the afternoon, do a shore excursion to Shennong Stream and experience the trackers towing a boat (1:30-5:30pm).

In the evening, you will enjoy the crew's performance and the farewell dinner.

Optional tour to White Emperor City (RMB 280 per person)

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,
  • Hotels: Century Legend
Short CruiseShort Cruise

Check out and get off the ship at 8:00am. Visit the Three Gorges Dam Site, which is the highlight of this cruise and take bus to Yichang Sanxia Tourist Center after that.

Notes: On your departure day from the Yangtze Cruise tour, you need to prepare to check out and disembark in Maoping Port before 8:00am. The cruise company will take care of your luggage transfer from Maoping to the Yichang Sanxia Tourist Center (No. 9 dock, face to Wal-Mart). The cruise company will provide the luggage voucher which you need to show later when you can collect your luggage in Yichang. You will take a bus from Maoping Port to visit the famous Three Gorges Dam Site at 08:00am-10:30am, and then take the bus (90mins) to Yichang Sanxia Tourist Center (No. 9 dock, face to Wal-Mart). Bus fee is included. A direct flight from Yichang to Shanghai is arranged for you. The guide and driver will awaits you at the arrival hall in the airport.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
  • Hotels: The Peninsula Shanghai
Peninsula ShanghaiPeninsula Shanghai
Peninsula ShanghaiPeninsula Shanghai

After breakfast, wander through the corridors and archways in Yuyuan Garden to appreciate the classical Chinese architectures, exquisite sculptures and carvings. Nearby is the City God Temple, a main Taoism Temple in the city that enjoys a high reputation both at home and abroad by its long history and magnificent architecture.

Admire the charm of Old Shanghai at French Concession. You may be tired of the regular sightseeing. Different from other skyscrapers, Shanghai Tower is not just an office block, but also a comprehensive building of hotels, offices, retail shopping districts and restaurants. Go to the top of it, you will enjoy a bird-view of the city.

After that, have a leisure coffee time at Xintiandi. End today’s tour with a walk on the Bund.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Xiangyefu Teahouse Restaurant with a la carte menu

Feature Dinner Option: Nan Xiang Mantou Dian, Green Wave Gallery, Lost Heaven-Yunnan Restaurant Bund Branch

Optional evening activity: Era Time or Shangcheng Acrobatic Show

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
  • Hotels: The Peninsula Shanghai
The BundThe Bund
Jade GardenJade Garden

Leisure free day is left for your own arrangement.

  • Meals: Breakfast,
  • Hotels: The Peninsula Shanghai
Nanjing RoadNanjing Road

Weave your hands to our beautiful country. See you next time. The guide will help you take care of the check-in at the airport. 

  • Meals: Breakfast,
Maglev TrainMaglev Train

Price Includes

  • In-country transportationas noted in the itinerary.
  • Admission fees and activity expenses as noted in the itinerary.
  • Luxury or boutique hotels centrally located.
  • Meals in local restaurants as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water.
  • Your own English-speaking guide service.
  • Your own chauffeur and vehicle service.

Price Excludes

  • International transportation.
  • Chinese tourist visa. (which enquired for most foreign passport holders)
  • Travel and medical insurance.
  • Meals, snacks, alcohol, etc. apart from those included in the itinerary.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Sights, excursions and activities not included in the itinerary.
  • Gratuities to guide and driver.


This tour is tailor-made and we can tailor to meet your reqeusts. Your personal travel consultant will contact you within 24 working hours!


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