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Experience a country of contrasts on a family adventure holiday to China, with historic monuments, ancient traditions and quaint rural scenery alongside vast modern cities, soaring skyscrapers and groundbreaking advancements.

  • Meet a giant panda
  • See the iconic Terracotta Warriors
  • Experience a high speed train in Shanghai
  • Walk part of the Great Wall of China
  • Go symbol hunting in the Forbidden City
  • Learn to cook Chinese food

Beginning in Beijing, a city full of myths and legends, enjoy a guided trip to a quiet section of the Great Wall for a taste of this enormous feat which spans 5,500 miles across this vast country. See the 8,000 strong Terracotta Army and native pandas, experience traditional villages, rice fields and explore the waterways of Yangshuo by bicycle and raft. End your family activity holiday in the exhilarating metropolis of Shanghai.

Typical Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

    Depart from London to Beijing on an overnight flight.

  2. Day 2: Arrive Beijing, rest of day free

    Arrive at Beijing International Airport, where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax and explore your surroundings.

  3. Day 3: Watch the sunrise at the Great Wall

    Depart from your hotel to visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, which is slightly less crowded than other sections. Then return to Beijing and in the afternoon visit the Summer Palace.

  4. Day 4: Explore Beijing; overnight train to Xian

    Explore the rest of the sights of this exciting city, including symbol hunting in the Forbidden City, and head by rickshaw into Beijing’s hutongs: famous alleyways found only in Beijing. Then travel to the train station for a night train in a soft sleeper cabin to Xian.

  5. Day 5: Xian: bicycle ride & calligraphy writing

    After time to settle in to your hotel in Xian, take a bike tour along the city walls and see the impressive Xian ramparts built during the Ming Dynasty. Then take part in a calligraphy course and in the evening enjoy a Tang Dynasty show and a delicious dumpling dinner.

  6. Day 6: Visit the Terracotta Warriors

    In the morning drive to the famous Terracotta Warriors. Make your own terracotta souvenir statuette.

  7. Day 7: Train to Chengdu; visit Giant Buddha Statue

    Transfer to the station for an early morning train to Chengdu. Drive to  Leshan, home to the largest Buddha statue in the world, carved into the side of a cliff more than 1,200 years ago. This incredible statue faces the Min River, and you will view it on board a sightseeing boat.

  8. Day 8: Chengdu: visit Panda Breeding Centre

    Today you will visit the Panda Breeding Centre and watch these beautiful giants.

  9. Days 9-11 : Transfer to Yangshuo; bicycle ride, cookery class, rafting & rock climbing

    Your base for the next three nights is the peaceful and green region of Yangshuo. Here you can enjoy a bamboo raft cruise on the Yulong River, a cookery class - including a visit to a local market - and a full day cycle trip. You’ll also have the opportunity to try rock climbing in one of the most scenic spots imaginable.

  10. Day 12: Fly to Shanghai; explore the city

    Leave the lush calm countryside and fly to the metropolis of Shanghai. Then ride the electro-magnetic train to Pudong and admire the city from the highest panoramic terrace in world: the never-ending Shanghai World Financial Centre. Then take the famous Bund Sightseeing Tunnel to cross the Huangpu River to Puxi.

  11. Day 13: Fly back to the UK

    This morning you will be transferred to Shanghai airport. If your flight doesn’t leave until later in the day, we recommend an optionl excursion which takes you to explore the French Concession by sidecar including a walk through Fuxing Park and visit to museums.

  12. Day 14: Arrive UK

You should note: Why not extend your stay with a Hong Kong City Break Extension? Spend time in the world's most vertical city. Continue your holiday with a few days in Hong Kong. The opportunities for things to see and do in the city are endless with markets, theme parks, theatres, museums and other attractions there is always something happening. Be sure to capture the outstanding views of the harbour and skyscrapers from some of the city's viewpoints. Please contact us for prices.

Guide prices

  • Prices from (exc. international flights): £2,499 per adult, £2,399 per child
  • Prices from (inc. flights from/to UK): £3,005 per adult, £2,805 per child

Child prices apply for ages 11 and under at the time of travel.

Other information

  • Duration: 14 days
  • Ideal for ages: 7+
  • Itinerary type: Small group

Departure Guide

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  • Summer
  • Xmas

What’s Included

All prices are per person and include:

  • Accommodation

    The hotels used for this tour are of 3* standard. All rooms have en suite facilities and are booked on a twin-share basis; most are air-conditioned. One night is spent on an overnight sleeper train. China’s air-conditioned trains are comfortable and safe; accommodation is a soft sleeper: spacious 4-berth compartments with two upper & two lower berths by night, converting to two sofas for daytime use. All necessary bedding is provided. The compartment door locks securely, and an attendant looks after each car.
  • Meals

    11 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 1 dinner
  • Activities

    • Climbing

    • Cookery class

    • Cycling

    • Pottery

    • Rafting

    • Scavenger hunt

    • Scenic train

    • Tobogganing

Flights

You can typically expect to pay from £506 for an adult, and from £406 for a child aged 11 and under.

Flight prices are subject to change, and prices tend to be higher during peak periods or when booking late.

For peace of mind, we recommend that you book your flights with us. If you choose your own flights, please ask us to confirm all arrangements first.

Next Steps

Departures

Choose your preferred departure date from the 3 options below, then make a no obligation booking request, or enquire if you would like to ask us a question.

Our small group holidays require a minimum of just four participants to operate. Most of our holidays are also available on a private basis or can be tailored to meet your requirements.

Itinerary dates Prices per person from (exc. flights)
Year Starts Ends Adult price, excluding flights, from Child price, excluding flights, from Holiday Status Options
* Available: this holiday is available to book. ** Guaranteed: this holiday is available to book and has reached a minimum of four participants, so is guaranteed to run.
2018 23 Dec 3 Jan £2,499 £2,399 Available* Book or Enquire
2019 14 Apr 25 Apr £2,659 £2,599 Available* Book or Enquire
2019 10 Aug 21 Aug £2,659 £2,599 Available* Book or Enquire