Family adventure in China

Experience the best of the Land of the Dragon during this 9 day family adventure in China itinerary. Discover the country’s fascinating monuments with fun & games and admire out-of-this-world landscapes that will amaze the entire family.

Day 1: Arrival into Beijing

Once you arrive into Beijing, you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel for check-in. You will have some free time to relax or explore the area before making your way to the ‘Flying Acrobatics’ show, one of the most popular evening entertainments in the city. The show is a combination of Chinese acrobatic arts and modern technology and will amaze kids and parents alike.

Stay: Penta Hotel

Day 2: Treasure hunt in the Forbidden City

In the morning, you will be transferred to the Forbidden City to explore one of Beijing’s most stunning architectural wonders. To make the visit fun and interactive for the kids, each of them will be given a phone with WeChat application. Throughout the visit, they will have to search for specific symbols, take pictures and send them to our operation team via WeChat with an explanation of each symbols. At the end of the visit, the family will be rewarded with a gift if they succeed!

In the afternoon, you will visit the famed hutongs – narrow alleys and streets of the city – near Houhai Lake.

Stay: Penta Hotel

Day 3: Excursion to the Great Wall with kite flying

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Great Wall of China for a day long excursion. One of the country’s most recognized symbols, you will step back 2000 years and retrace the steps of the Qin and Ming dynasties. After a 50 minute walk, you will take a break and enjoy a kite activity, one of the Chinese’s most popular activity. You will then take the cable car back down.

Stay: Penta Hotel

Day 4: Summer Palace and boat trip

You will have the morning at leisure to either relax or explore other parts of Beijing

After lunch, you will visit the picturesque Summer Palace, which was completely renovated by Emperor Qianlong during the 18th century and served as a refuge from the sweltering summer heat to the Imperial Court. You will discover the numerous gardens, pavilions and temples that the Summer Palace boasts and embark on a boat trip across the Kunming Lake.

In the late afternoon, you will be transferred to the train station to catch your night train to Xi’an.

Stay: Overnight Train

Day 5: Arrival in Xi’an

Once you have arrived in Xi’an, you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel and then make your way to the city’s most valuable remnants of Chinese civilization: the Terracotta Warriors. Discovered in 1974 by farmers, the Terracotta Warriors were built by Qin Shi Huangdi, who had built a mausoleum to have his immense army of infantrymen, archers, and cavalry riders to protect him in the afterlife.

After this visit, you will take an hour long bike tour through Xi’an.

Stay: Grand Noble Hotel

Day 6: From Xi’an to Guilin

Upon check-out, you will be met by a driver who will transfer you to the airport to catch your onwards flights to Guilin.

Once you have reached Guilin, you will be driven to your hotel and start off your sight-seeing with a visit to Reef Flute Cave. The cave gets its name from the numerous reeds growing at its entrance, which are used in the fabrication of flutes.

Continue on to the Fubo Hill Park which sits on the west bank of Li River and then finish off the day with a Cormorant Fishing Show. Fishing with birds is an old tradition dating back to ancient times in China and cormorants have been tamed and trained to catch and bring back fish to their owners.

Stay: Bravo Hotel

Day 7: Li River cruise to Yangshuo

In the morning, your guide will transport you to the pier to begin the cruise on the Li River which will take you all the way to Yangshuo, 83km away. Along the way, you will come across picturesque hills with whimsical names such as the Elephant Trunk Hill and Folded Brocade Hil.

In the evening, you will enjoy an Impressions Show created by the famous director Zhang Yimou. Here, in the heart of the Karst formation countryside, hundreds of actors including local fisherman, imitate scenes from rural life by dressing up in traditional costumes of the minorities of the region.

Stay: Yangshuo Mountain Retreat

Day 8: Bamboo rafting in Yangshuo

Early in the morning, you will be transferred by your guide and driver to the village of Yangi where you will take a bamboo raft on the river overshadowed by picturesque hills. The bamboo cruise ends at Xingping, an ancient village with over 1000 years of history.

The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Stay: Yangshuo Mountain Retreat

Day 9: Departure

After check-out, you will be met by your driver and be transferred to Guilin Airport in time to catch your flight home.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrival into Beijing Penta Hotel
Day 2: Treasure hunt in the Forbidden City Penta Hotel
Day 3: Excursion to the Great Wall with kite flying Penta Hotel
Day 4: Summer Palace and boat trip Overnight Train
Day 5: Arrival in Xi’an Grand Noble Hotel
Day 6: From Xi’an to Guilin Bravo Hotel
Day 7: Li River cruise to Yangshuo Yangshuo Mountain Retreat
Day 8: Bamboo rafting in Yangshuo Yangshuo Mountain Retreat
Day 9: Departure

Inclusions

Included

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Transfers
  • 24 hour emergency contact
  • Activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide

Not Included

  • International and domestic airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa fees and/or visa authorization
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Other expenses not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (please note that travel insurance is mandatory for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)

Map

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

Price available upon request

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.