China Family Adventure

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Overview

China is that rare place that looks to the future while embracing its past. Come see where it’s been and where it’s headed on this incredible 14-day adventure through times both ancient and modern. Starting in Beijing, you’ll stop in at the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall before departing to Xi’an for a summit with the Terracotta Warriors. Later, enjoy three days in the rugged beauty of rural Yangshuo before winding it all up in bustling Hong Kong. In China, the future – and the past – is now.

Itinerary

Day 1: Beijing

Arrive at any time. Enjoy a Peking duck dinner with the group.

Arrive in Beijing at any time today as there are no planned activities. The group will meet at 6pm. Please check for a notice from your Tour Leader. Following the meeting, we head out into the city to eat some delicious Beijing delights with your new group. Our dinner tonight is the traditional specialty, as we enjoy some delicious Peking Duck.

If you'd like to fill your evening up, opt to pre-book the Beijing Acrobatics Performance Tour on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour.

Includes: Dinner

Day 2: Beijing

Explore ancient Beijing, including visits to the Forbidden City, winding streets of a hutong, and the Temple of Heaven.

Day 2 takes us exploring the Forbidden City and its corridors and buildings. Stand in the heart of Tiananmen square, and find out about the significance of these places to modern day Chinese. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Heaven, which is a refuge for Chinese retirees who practice water calligraphy, tai chi, or walk pet crickets here. Tour the temple itself and learn the history of this intricate structure, historically used only twice a year.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Beijing

Enjoy an included visit to the Great Wall.

Head out of town to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Spend time wandering around, taking photos, and picking up souvenirs.

Opt to pre-book the Beijing Kung Fu Show and/or the Beijing Acrobatics Performance on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 4: Beijing/Xi'an

After a free morning in Beijing, board a comfortable overnight sleeper that arrives into Xi'an early the following morning.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 5: Xi'an

Cycle the ancient city walls of Xian, later walk through the bustling food and artist stalls in the Muslim Quarter.

Arrive into Xi'an in the morning, and after taking time to refresh in the hotel, rent bikes and head out onto the city walls. Xi'an is surrounded by well-preserved walls, and because these are flat, its easy to cycle around them. After our trip, walk around the Muslim Quarter, packed with stalls and shops.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Xi'an

Take a guided tour to visit the famous Terracotta Warriors, made up of more than 8,000 clay soldiers and hundreds of replica horses and chariots.

Visit the famous Terracotta Warriors, built over 2,000 yrs ago to protect the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, approximately 1 hr from town. Over 6,000 life-size warriors have been discovered. Spend half a day exploring this archaeological wonder before we return to Xi'an for the evening.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Xi'an/Chengdu

After a free morning in Xi'an, then take bullet train to Chengdu. Enjoy a dinner of Sichuan hotpot.

Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, is a city of almost 12 million people, which still manages to retain some of its older characteristics and traditions.

One of these traditions is the Sichuan Opera. The singing, comedy, puppetry, and incredible 'changing faces' act performed as part of the opera are a feast for the eyes.

Hotpot is a very local way to have a meal. We sit around a table with a pot built in the middle – the pot is divided into 2 halves (spicy vs. non-spicy usually). The restaurants flavoured soup is added and brought to a boil, then we can start adding our food in the pot to cook ( including vegetable, meat or fish). The table also offers various sorts of herbs, spices, oil etc so you can make your own soup to taste.

Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Chengdu

Watch the noble giant panda at the Giant Panda Breeding Center and check out the historic town of Huanglongxi.

In the morning, visit the Giant Panda Breeding Center. In the afternoon, explore the historic town of Huanglongxi. The Qing dynasty buildings in the town have been preserved in their original style, and it retains the charm and style of years passed. Wandering around Huanglongxi can make you feel that you have gone back in time.

Feeling hungry? Pre-book the Evening Foodie tour by Tuk-Tuk on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Chengdu/Yangshuo

Enjoy a free morning to explore Chengdu. Fly to Guilin and transfer to Yangshuo.

Enjoy a free morning in Chengdu before we fly to the city of Guilin. From the airport, transfer 2 hrs to the village town of Yangshuo. This will undoubtedly rate as one of your favorite spots in China. The scenery is spectacular, surrounded by limestone karsts with a river running through the rice fields.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 10: Yangshuo

Take a cruise along the stunning Li River. Later, enjoy a traditional dinner at a G Adventures supported restaurant where rural women are working to create new opportunities for their families.

Enjoy a cruise along the Li River, which snakes its way through the region. The unique landscape, with karst peaks towering over the river and poking through the mist, makes for a beautiful ride. Along the way, keep a lookout for local fishermen, who use coromrants to catch fish.

Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Yangshuo

Enjoy a free day to explore Yangshuo and the surrounding area. There are plenty of activities available for all the family here.

There is lots of free time in Yangshuo as there are a wide variety of activities that you and your family might want to do.

During free time do tai chi by the river, learn calligraphy and painting, shop in the local markets, walk along the river, swim, or just spend time soaking up the scenery in one of the many tempting cafes around town.

If you want a bit more active option, take a cycle ride through the fields with a local guide, and be rewarded by a delicious local lunch. Try beer fish, garlic fried water spinach, and stuffed aubergine!

Try your hand at cooking local fare at a boutique cooking school and pre-book the Central Chinese Cooking Class by adding it to your checkout page, or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 12: Yangshuo/Hong Kong

After a free morning in Yangshuo, transfer to Guilin and catch the train to Hong Kong. Enjoy an orientation walk of the city.

Relax in Yangshuo before transferring to Guilin and across the border to Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, enjoy an orientation walk around town.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 13: Hong Kong

Climb Victoria Peak and admire the spectacular views over the whole city. In the evening, head down to the harbour front to watch the incredible light show illuminate the entire skyline of Kowloon.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 14: Hong Kong

Depart at any time.

Includes: Breakfast

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