Pandas and Warriors: Family Fun through China

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14 Days
June 2nd - 15th, 2024
Min Age : All ages
Max People: 12

Family travel in China has never been so fun! From treasure hunts in the Forbidden City to getting up close with giant pandas, this classic family tour takes in Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin and Yangshuo, before finishing in timeless Shanghai.

About this Journey

Enjoy some cherished family time as you embark on a classic journey through the elegant pagodas and undulating rice terraces of the Middle Kingdom. This fun 14-day trip will see you travel from Beijing to Shanghai, with imperial capital Xi’an, scenic Guilin, and spectacular Yangshuo in between. Learn to write your name in Chinese calligraphy, build your very own miniature Terracotta warrior, float down the remarkably picturesque Li River, and sample Shaanxi pork “hamburgers.”

What we love
  • Making your very own miniature Terracotta warrior
  • Exploring the secret wild caves of Yangshuo
  • Getting up close with giant pandas in an exclusive tour
Where you're going

Day 1 - 2Beijing

Begin your Beijing adventure in style as WildChina’s VIP Service Ambassador will greet you as you exit your flight gate and guide you through the express immigration and customs service • Check in to hotel and take a load off before dinner • Enjoy a sumptuous meal with your fellow travelers as you get to know each other • Explore the imposing Forbidden City, where emperors ruled for 500 years • Hike up jingshan and take in a commanding view over the Forbidden City • Climb up a Bell and Drum Tower of Beijing, once the beating heart of time, for a stunning view • Savor the famous Peking Duck dinner

Day 3Beijing

Hike along the Great Wall at Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved sections of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall, two hours outside of Beijing • Save your strength for the two-hour hike along this stunning segment of wall itself • Return to the hotel and spend the rest of the evening at your leisure

Day 4Beijing

Learn the calming art of taichi in a private lesson at the Temple of Heaven • Drive past the Olympic Park, the site of the 2008 Summer Olympics • Learn the art of noodle pulling and dumpling folding at Black Sesame kitchen • Enjoy your hand-made lunch in the fresh air of the hutong courtyard • Weave your way through Beijing’s ancient, interwoven hutong alleys

Day 5Beijing - Xian

Your WildChina guide will escort you to the train station and assist you with the check-in • Take a 4-hour ride on China’s famous high-speed train to Xi’an • Check in to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure

Day 6Xi'an

Come face-to-face with the proudly unflinching, life-sized Terracotta Warriors • Have a go at creating your own miniature Terracotta Warrior  • Learn about Xi’an’s 1,300 year old Muslim community by visiting the Great Mosque, situated in Xi’an’s bustling Muslim Quarter • Explore the bustling Muslim Quarter on foot • Gaze across Xi’an as you cycle along its ancient city wall

Day 7Xi'an

Get an exclusive tour from a natural science and panda expert around the Louguantai Giant Panda Breeding Center, normally closed to the public • Visit the Stele Forest museum and peruse its vast collection of ancient inscribed tablets and Chinese writings • Brush up on your calligraphy skills with a local master

Day 8Xi'an - Guilin - Longsheng

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin • Arrive in Guilin and meet your private WildChina Guilin guide • Drive about 2 hours to Longsheng • Hike along the verdant, softly undulating Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terrace • Arrive at Li’an Lodge and watch the sunset over the terraces as you tuck in for the night.


Day 9Yangshuo

Take a scenic 3-hour drive across misty mountains to Yangshuo • Embark on a bamboo raft ride down the Yulong River among Yangshuo’s stunning karst mountains • Stroll along the beautiful Yulong river and hike through picturesque forested paths, open fields, and isolated villages.


Day 10Yangshuo

Explore the secret wild cave with peculiarly shaped stalactites and passageways away from the tourist-trodden paths • Meet with a local family and share a cup of tea • Visit Fuli Old Town, famed for its Chinese fans • Learn the art of fan making • Enjoy the spectacle of Impression Liusanjie, choreographed by the mastermind behind the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, in a natural amphitheater. 

Day 11Yangshuo - Shanghai

Upon arriving in Shanghai, meet your WildChina guide • Check in to your hotel and enjoy the evening at your leisure

Day 12Shanghai

Experience the tranquility of Yuyuan Garden, a Ming Dynasty oasis amidst the bustling city • Visit the chic area of Xintiandi • Travel back to Shanghai’s stylish 1930s as you stroll through the tree-lined avenues of the former French Concession • Take a stroll around the Bund area, admiring Shanghai’s signature contrast between old and new

Day 13Shanghai

Explore the old watertown of Tongli, known as the ‘Venice of the East’ for the canals that wind their way between the town’s Ming and Qing era buildings • Celebrate the end of your journey with a memorable group farewell dinner • Enjoy the amazing spectacle of an ERA Acrobatics Performance, which fuses Chinese acrobatics with modern technology

Day 14Depart from Shanghai

Your WildChina guide and private chauffeur will escort you to the airport and help you check in to your flight.

Your Accommodation

Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing

Luxury Boutique

Comfortable & conveniently situated in the heart of the city,  Park Plaza Beijing is in the middle of the famous Wangfujing shopping district and history is only a 10-minute walk away at Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

Sofitel Xi'an on Renmin Square Hotel

5 star

Sofitel Xian combines French luxury with local cuisine, nestled amidst the juxtaposition of modernity and ancient culture in China’s dynamic capital, offering comfortable rooms, a luxurious swimming pool, spa, and tranquil landscaped gardens.

Li-An Lodge, Longsheng

Luxury Boutique

Perched on the Dragon Backbone’s Terraces, Li-an Lodge offers modern amenities, glimpses into traditional culture, and abundant natural beauty.


Banyan Tree Yangshuo Resort

Luxury Boutique

Nestled against the meandering Li River, Banyan Tree Yangshuo effortlessly intertwines traditional Chinese design with luxuriously appointed contemporary comforts.

The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai

5 star

The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai, with its rich history dating back to 1934 and a former haunt of celebrities like Yao Li, seamlessly blends Art Deco charm with contemporary Shanghai chic, offering a prime location near People’s Park and walkable access to major attractions.

Dates for this Journey

June 2nd – June 15, 2024


What’s Included

  • Services of an English-speaking WildChina guide
  • Private chauffeur service to and from airport at start and end of your trip
  • All overland transfers with private chauffeur and in-transport refreshments
  • All admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water
  • Domestic flight (economy class) and domestic trains (1st class)

What’s Excluded

  • International flights
  • Chinese tourist visa, which is required for most foreign passport holders
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Meals, apart from those included in the itinerary, and alcohol
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Excursions and activities not included in the itinerary
  • Discretionary gratuities for guides and drivers

Trip Costs

Adult: $5,954 USD per person
Children under 12 years old: $4,979 USD per person
Children 12 years and above: $5,459 USD per person

Pricing is based on 2 adults and 1 child sharing a room. Two twin beds or one queen bed + an additional rollaway bed or sofa bed and three breakfasts.

For families with 2 or more children, please get in touch for a custom quote.

Next Steps

How do I secure my spot on this tour?

We will continue to work with you until your trip is perfect.

For international bookings: Once you are ready to book, a USD$500 planning fee, per booking, is required to begin reserving your arrangements. This will go towards your trip costs and will be taken off your final balance amount.

For bookings made in China: Once you are ready to book, a RMB1,000 deposit, per person, is required. This will go towards your trip costs and will be taken off your final balance amount.

What is the payment schedule?

1. Deposit:
A deposit is required to secure your reservation. Once your deposit has been received, we will send your confirmation along with a detailed itinerary and all the information you’ll need to prepare for your journey.

2. Full payment:
Full trip payment should be made 60 days prior to departure. If you’re booking within 60 days of your departure, you may be asked to pay make the full payment straight away.

Payments can be made via credit card, bank transfer, WeChat or Alipay

Is this trip guaranteed to run?

This trip will be scheduled to run once we receive bookings from six (6) passengers. Should the journey be cancelled due to lack of sign-ups or government restrictions, WildChina will fully refund any deposits or fees paid.

What is your cancelation policy?

See our full cancellation policy and our  terms and conditions for more information.

Why WildChina

We’re on the ground with you

Our team of advisors will design every detail of the trip with you through close consultation, then orchestrate your entire journey while on the ground. We’re in the same time zone as you, so we can fulfill requests and handle issues without a hitch. With over 40 staff in Beijing and an expansive network of operational partners across the country, we have the manpower to ensure your journey is safe, reliable and comfortable from beginning to end.

Your trip, your way

Flexibility is our highest-ranking compliment. We pull off journeys for pioneers with a 6-hour layover to Hollywood’s elite, and everywhere in between. Our team regularly pulls off unprecedented logistical feats; nearly any time frame or budget is within our realm. No matter how you wish to experience China, we are here to bring that dream to life.

We embody passion

WildChina guides are carefully handpicked for their knowledge and charisma, then meticulously trained to maintain our exceptional service standards. They are expert storytellers and passionate natives of the regions where they guide, having the perfect combination of local insights and service know-how to bring you seamless once-in-a- lifetime moments all across China.

The little things, the big picture

Supporting inspired local economies allows you to experience the soul of the destination, while also protecting and cultivating China’s artisanal culture. From watching artisans hand make shoes in Yunnan, to picking organic vegetables for dinner on a local farm in Fujian, our tours are designed to showcase and protect China’s heritage, both natural and human.

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