Family Holiday in China


Close  Old Lijiang town and the Black Dragon Pool Park with Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in distance.

Family Holiday in China

Xi'an, China’s ancient city, is the capital of Shaanxi Province, in central-northwest of the country. Once known as Chang'an, it was the starting point of the Silk Road and home to the Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang dynasties' ruling houses. Xi’an is known for its heritage and archaeological sites, including the famous Bingmayong (Terra Cotta Army); where thousands of life-size models, were discovered buried with China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang.

A family holiday to China is an experience. In Beijing, explore the massive Tiananmen Square, the impressive Forbidden City and stroll in the magnificent grounds of the Summer Palace. One day, walk on the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. In the city of X’ian, see over 6,000 life size terracotta warriors and the impressive the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. In Lijiang, Yunnan, meet Naxi tribes wearing colourful dresses. End tour in Shanghai with cruise on the Huang Pau River.

We Love
  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip
  • The best Beijing duck. Head for the Da Dong Roast Duck restaurant at Nanxincang, northeast of the Forbidden City
  • The best rooftop bar. Yin at the Emperor hotel, located opposite the Forbidden City palace complex with grand views in town hands-down
  • All your tours transfers and transportation with an English-speaking local guide are included
Need to Know
  • Your international airfare is not included. We can book your international and domestic flights.
  • Some of Beijing's prime attractions require extensive walking and even modest climbing. Put on sturdy footwear
  • Most hotels in China accept credit cards and there are ATM machines in the country. However, cash is still king in China and credit cards something of a novelty item
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday

Family Holiday in China For families who want to explore the cities of Beijing and Shanghai with the Yunnan region known for its beautiful views and Naxi culture.
Beijing, Xian, Lijiang, Shanghai
(12 Days. Travel Any Day)

Day 1 – Arrive China
Beijing Meet and greet on arrival at the Beijing International Airport and transfer to your hotel for 3 nights stay. The rest of your day will be scheduled depending on your arrival time and how tired you feel.   
Peninsula Hotel (Nil)

Day 2 – Tour
Beijing We drive outside Beijing, to one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall, the Mutianyu section. Built over 2,000 years ago, the Great Wall stretches 5,000 kilometres from Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west. Take time to walk along the wall and capture the scenery on camera.  

Then visit the Ming Tombs, also known as the “13 Tombs”, burial site of 13 of the 17 Ming Dynasty emperors. The best part of the Ming Tombs is the road there. Walk along the Sacred Path leading to the necropolis and Giant Tortoises, with bizarre, mythical stone monsters standing guard. Return to Beijing in the mid-afternoon.
Peninsula Hotel (B, L)

Day 3 – Tour
Beijing Take a tour of Tiananmen Square, a site of historic significance for the advent of communism in China. Aside from the tragic events here over the last 50 years, Tiananmen is truly a people's square, alive with local kite fliers and wide-eyed tourists. Then visit the impressive Forbidden City, the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties. See the great palace architecture and its treasures and your private guide will tell you the anecdotes about the imperial family and the court. Also visit the sacred and architecturally unique Temple of Heaven that has come to symbolise Beijing.
Peninsula Hotel (B)

Day 4 – Tour
Beijing Visit the sacred and architecturally unique Temple of Heaven that has come to symbolise Beijing as well as locals practising Tai Chi and calligraphy. Then continue to the magnificent grounds of the Summer Palace, once a retreat for emperors to escape the scorching summer heat of Beijing.
Peninsula Hotel (B)

Day 5 – Transfer
Xi’an Take an early morning transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Xi’an. Meet your private guide for your day tour. The city of X’ian is known for the Terra Cotta Army Warriors, the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century. About 6,000 life size terracotta warriors and horses arranged in battle formations are the star features at the museum.

After lunch, drive back to the city and visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Located in the Da Ci'en Temple, it is the best-preserved Buddhist temple complex of the Tang dynasty and the city’s most distinctive and outstanding landmark.
Mercure or Renmen Hotel (B)

Day 6 – Explore
Lijiang The Lijiang region is one of China’s cities of historic and cultural significance. It is famous for ancient towns, magnificent mountains and rivers, and ancient, unsophisticated customs. Yunnan is considered a fairyland blessed with fresh air, clean streams and a beautiful landscape inhabited by friendly people. The ancient town of Lijiang is famous for its magnificent mountain scenery but it is also home to the Naxi tribes, whose Dongba hieroglyphs are among the very few still used in the world.
Crown Plaza Lijian Ancient Hotel (B)
Day 7 – Explore
Lijiang Take an excursion to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and visit the Jade Peak Monastery, once the capital of Naxi Kingdom. The Shigu (Stone Drum) village, overlooking the “first bend” of the Yangtze River, is worth a photo-stop but the Tiger Leaping Gorge is truly heart-stopping.
Crown Plaza Lijian Ancient Hotel (B)

Day 8 – Explore
Lijiang Located at the centre of the Lashihai Watershed Nature Reserve, the Lashi Lake is a haven for migratory birds. We will drive here to see some of the 30,000 birds of around 70 species who come here during the winter, from the end of October to early April every year – a perfect site for twitchers.

A great way to explore the local countryside and visit the Naxi and Yi minority villages is to take a bike tour around the lake. In the afternoon visit the Yuhu village with interesting houses made of a unique stone called “monkey stone” by the locals. Fascinated by the beautiful scenery and local customs, Dr Joseph Rock of the United States lived here for over 27 years, studying the Naxi culture and is known as the “Father of Naxiology”.
Crown Plaza Lijian Ancient Hotel (B)

Day 9 – Transfer
Shanghai Take an early morning flight to Shanghai.  Meet and greet on arrival then transfer to your hotel. After some rest, take a walking tour along the historic riverfront, known as the Bund, set on the banks of the Huang Pau River, which separates old Shanghai from the new area of Pudong. Stroll down buzzing Nanjing Road with views of the Pearl TV Tower. Visit the Old Chinese Quarter to wander through the Yu Yuan Garden and Bazaar.
Pudong Shangri-la Hotel (B)

Day 10 – Explore
Zhujiajiao We head out of Shanghai today to the traditional water canal town of Zhujiajiao, dating back as far as the Ming and Qing dynasties. Visit a local Taoist temple and the Yuanjin Monastery and spend time browsing through the quaint shops of the winding streets. Return to Shanghai this afternoon where the rest of the day is yours.
Pudong Shangri-la Hotel (B)

Day 11 – Tour
Shanghai This morning enjoy a walking tour of the old back streets and the quaint markets and shops of the Chinese Old Quarter. Visit the local bird and flower market, the Dongtai Lu antique street and the Shikumen Museum in the old French Concession area. This evening, enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant after a memorable journey through a remarkable country.
Pudong Shangri-la Hotel (B)

Day 12: Depart
China Today you will be transferred to Shanghai Airport for your onward flight.
Meals: B

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Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There Beijing Capital International Airport, about 12 miles (19 kilometres) northeast of the city centre, is served by numerous international carriers from the UK. Taxis at the airport are plentiful; the ride into town costs about $20 and can take anywhere from half an hour to an hour and a half, depending on traffic. For the adventuresome there's also a train that whisks you in 23 minutes to a fairly central station in Beijing from which you can cab it to your hotel.

When to go The best time to visit China is during autumn (September to early November) when the skies are clear and the weather is at its comfortable best. The days are warm, sunny and dry with clear skies and pleasantly cool evenings. Local Beijingers describe this short season as tiāngāo qìshuǎng (literally ‘the sky is high and the air is fresh’).

The second-best time is spring, late March to mid-May, when winds blow away the pollution but also sometimes bring clouds of scouring sand for a day or two, turning the sky a livid yellow (great for pictures). From May onwards the mercury begins to surge well over 30°C until the rains arrive. The months of July and August are sultry and humid.