A Family Adventure in China

Cultured, vibrant and steeped in traditions and history, China is a fascinating place for families to discover. Offering a whole host of eclectic child-friendly activities – from kite-flying to puppet shows to cycling tours – they’ll forget they even own an iPad and grown-ups can join in too. For fun learning alongside an incredible insight into local life, it doesn’t get any better!

The below itinerary is a sample only. All Lightfoot itineraries are crafted to suit client’s interests, time and budget requirements. Please get in touch to speak to a country specialist and start planning your bespoke journey now. 

For more sample China itineraries, please click HERE.

Day 1: Arrive in Beijing

Upon arrival in Beijing you’ll be met at the airport by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

The day will be spent at your leisure, and in the evening you’ll be escorted to the show “Flying Acrobatics” – one of the most popular evening’s out for adults and children.

Stay: The Opposite House

Day 2: Beijing

Following breakfast we’ll embark on a 2-hour sidecar tour, stopping along the way to see both new and old Beijing.

We’ll explore the Hutongs – the narrow streets and alleys which are home to many traditional courtyard residences, before moving on to the Gulou (Drum Tower), where during the Ming Dynasty marked the hours of the day with the rumbling of drums.

In the afternoon we’ll visit the Forbidden City for a symbol hunting adventure!

Stay: The Opposite House

Day 3: Beijing

In the morning we’ll head to the Temple of Heaven. At this time of the day the temple looks magnificent, and you’ll also see the locals practicing Tai Qi, Kung Fu, meditation, tango, and gymnastics.

Less energetic locals also practice calligraphy with giant brushes on water on the park’s flagstones. This will be your chance to channel your inner artistic streak with a spot of water calligraphy (available April – October).

In the afternoon, we’ll get creative with a private dumpling making class, learning how to knead and roll the dough, whip up fillings and concoct natural dyes from fresh vegetables.

Stay: The Opposite House

Day 4: Beijing

Following breakfast you’ll be driven to The Great Wall of China.

Our wall location will be Mutianyu, where you can walk or take the cable car, retracing your steps back to the Qin Dynasty (over 2000 years ago). Tired legs can stop for a picnic, or to take selfies and admire the scenery.

The outdoor activities will continue into the afternoon with some Chinese Kite Flying – a very typical local game for all the family – followed by a descent of the wall by toboggan. Perhaps the most exciting way to leave such a famous landmark!

Stay: The Opposite House

Day 5: Beijing - Xi'an

After breakfast you’ll be met at the hotel and taken to the train station for your ride to Xi’an.

Upon arrival to the Shaanxi Province, your local guide will escort you to your hotel.

Welcome to the place often considered to be where Chinese civilisation began. The capital of the Empire three times, Xi’an was a hub of commerce, exporting silk and local products to the world.

After relaxing at your hotel we’ll kick off the evening at around 5pm with a private food tour. Nothing but fun will be had as you’re whisked around the city on a private Tuk Tuk, sampling traditional fare and unlimited beer and soda. Your guide will share gastronomic stories as you go, and you’ll complete the tour at a local Brewery.

Stay: Sofitel Xi'an at Renmin Square

Day 6: Xi'an

Today you’ll be taken to see the famous Terra Cotta Warriors, only discovered in 1974 by accident by some local farmers.

One of the greatest archaeological finds in history, it was Emperor Qin Shi’s fear of spirits that led him to build a mausoleum of infantrymen, archers and cavalry riders to protect him in the afterlife. Each of the Terra Cotta Warriors has a different face and statues are separated into three pits

After exploring the site we’ll visit one of the Terra Cotta factories in Xi’an to discover how the Terra Cotta Warriors are made and make your own!

Stay: Sofitel Xi'an at Renmin Square

Day 7: Xi'an - Guilin - Yangshuo

In the morning you’ll be met at the hotel and taken to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Here, your local guide will welcome you and escort you to your hotel.

Guangxi Autonomous Region is famous for its stunning scenery of rock peaks, exciting caves, rice terraces and waterfalls.

Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

Stay: Yangshuo Mountain Retreat

Day 8: Yangshuo

Today you’ll be transferred to the bicycle pick-up point in Yangshuo to meeting your cycling guide.

Depart at 9:00am by bike from Yangshuo towards the village of Baisha, located 10km away, and the famous 400 year old Yulong Bridge. Ride along the river bordered by orchards where orange trees, mandarin trees, chestnut trees and pomelo trees grow. Afterwards, return to Yangshuo or continue towards Moon Hill which offers spectacular views.

After all that exercise we’ll transfer you back to your hotel.

Stay: Yangshuo Mountain Retreat

Day 9: Yangshuo

In the morning you’ll attend a paper-fan painting class in Fuli Old Town. This is an important part of Chinese culture, with over a one-thousand year history, and throughout the class you’ll be given a commentary as you create patterns for your own customised fan.

The afternoon will be spent in the village of Yangdi where you’ll take a bamboo raft on the Li River and witness picturesque hills that inspired poets, painters and photographers.

The raft ends at Xingping, an ancient village known for its old Ming and Qing Dynasty houses and regular market.

Your driver will then return you to the hotel.

Stay: Yangshuo Mountain Retreat

Day 10: Yangshuo - Guilin - Home

You will be met at the hotel and taken to the airport for your flight home.

 

The above itinerary is a sample only. All Lightfoot itineraries are crafted to suit client’s interests, time and budget requirements. Please get in touch to speak to a country specialist and start planning your bespoke journey now. 

For more sample China itineraries, please click HERE.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrive in Beijing The Opposite House
Day 2: Beijing The Opposite House
Day 3: Beijing The Opposite House
Day 4: Beijing The Opposite House
Day 5: Beijing - Xi'an Sofitel Xi'an at Renmin Square
Day 6: Xi'an Sofitel Xi'an at Renmin Square
Day 7: Xi'an - Guilin - Yangshuo Yangshuo Mountain Retreat
Day 8: Yangshuo Yangshuo Mountain Retreat
Day 9: Yangshuo Yangshuo Mountain Retreat
Day 10: Yangshuo - Guilin - Home

Inclusions

Included

  • Accommodation in selected hotels including breakfast
  • Private English speaking guide
  • All excursions as specified in the itinerary
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle (standard type)
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits

 

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Standard visa for China entry
  • Travel Insurance (recommended)
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Drinks/water at included lunches and dinners
  • Accommodation early check in / Late check out
  • Personal expenses

 

Map

1- Beijing 2- Xi’an 3- Guilin 4- Yangshuo

From USD11,150 - USD11,985 for a family of four staying in two double/twin rooms. This price is based on low and peak season price fluctuations.

Notes on our prices

  • This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
  • Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
  • Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
  • This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant