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14 Days
Spring, Summer, Fall
Beijing
Shanghai

Prepare to laugh, learn and bond with your loved ones on this innovative reboot of the family vacation. A blend of educational travel and cultural discovery, you’ll hunt for treasure in the Forbidden City and hike the mighty Great Wall.

About this Journey

Enjoy an immersive trip with your family on this fun vacation, ideal for those with children between 6-16 years old. This is a hands-on, educational trip that allows all members of the family to learn about Chinese culture and history in a fun and interactive way. Perfect the art of the Chinese yo-yo in a traditional courtyard home, paint opera masks in the imperial Summer Palace, learn the ancient art of Shaolin kung fu from monks, and climb the Great Wall. After the fun activities of the day, you’ll feel right at home at night in family-friendly accommodations.

What we love
  • Going on a special treasure hunt in the Forbidden City to discover the secrets of the imperial palace
  • Climbing the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall and stopping to take in the views of the one of the wonders of the world snaking off into the distance
  • Learn how to shape elegant Chinese characters in a private calligraphy lesson
Where you're going
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Itinerary

Day 1 - 4Beijing

Begin your Beijing adventure in style as WildChina arranges private access to the concept store and gallery of Ma Ke’s fashion house, Wuyong. • Explore the imposing Forbidden City, where emperors ruled for 500 years • Hike up jingshan and take in a commanding view over the Forbidden City • Weave your way through Beijing’s ancient, interwoven hutong alleys • Uncover a treasure trove of Qing Dynasty curios in the Temple Hotel • Peking duck dinner • Enjoy a champagne picnic on the majestic Great Wall, built to protect China’s heartland from invaders • Return to the city to watch either Beijing’s world-renowned acrobatic show or a kung fu show

Day 4 - 5Beijing - Luoyang

Channel your inner Bruce Lee in a private kung fu lesson at the Temple of Heaven • If time permits, visit Beijing Olympic Park • Enjoy a ride on the bullet train to Luoyang • Visit legendary Shaolin Temple to learn kung fu alongside student monks

Day 6 - 7Luoyang - Xi'an

Wander around the awe-inspiring Longmen Grottoes, where Buddhas hewn in stone tower above you • Visit White Horse Temple, reputed to be the first Buddhist temple in China • Travel at high speed on the bullet train to Xi’an • Walk atop Xi’an’s ancient city wall and enjoy a commanding view of the old city • Decipher the inscribed stone tablets in the Stele Forest before composing characters of your own in a private calligraphy lesson • Experience Xi’an with more than just your eyes by sampling some of Xi’an’s famous dumplings • Explore the sights and sounds of Xi’an’s bustling Muslim Quarter, where street vendors hawk local delicacies

Day 8 - 9 Xi'an - Lijiang

View the unflinching, eternally stationed Terracotta Warriors • Enjoy a lunch of hand-pulled noodles and traditional Shaanxi-style pork “hamburgers” • Explore the small paths and canals that weave through Lijiang Old Town before embarking on an “Eye-Spy” treasure hunt game • Either visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain by foot or bike or enjoy the spectacle of Impression Lijiang in a natural amphitheater by the mountain • Traditional Naxi dinner party and music in a local home

Day 10 - 11Dali

En route to Dali, stop in the historical market town of Shaxi • Travel back in time by walking around Dali’s picturesque old town, a mixture of pagodas, red lanterns and mountains • Before honing your cooking skills in a private lesson, pick and choose your fresh ingredients in a local produce market • Enjoy a leisurely bike ride around Erhai Lake, whizzing past rural countryside and minority villages

Day 12 - 14Shanghai

Enjoy VIP seating an ERA Acrobatics Performance • Wander the maze of pavilions and arched bridges of Yu Garden, the most celebrated classical garden in Shanghai • Learn the art of eating soup-filled xiaolongbao • Take in Shanghai’s famous skyline from atop a Pudong skyscraper • Spend the rest of the afternoon at your leisure or amble down the elegant tree-lined streets of the French Concession • Partake in a resplendent Shanghainese farewell dinner

Hotels

Indigo Lijiang

5 star

The Indigo, located in Lijiang’s old town, has tastefully decorated rooms infused with local Naxi elements.

The Temple Hotel Beijing

Luxury Boutique

Located in an old Ming Dynasty temple compound, the Temple Hotel’s rooms will transport you back to ancient China.

Details

Recommended seasons

Spring

Summer

Fall

What’s Included

  • All overland transfers with private chauffeur and in-transport refreshments
  • All admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary
  • All meals as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water
  • Ground transportation, including airport transfers
  • Services of an English-speaking WildChina guide
  • Private chauffeur service to and from airport at start and end of your trip

What’s Excluded

  • International and domestic flights, domestic trains, plus relevant taxes
  • 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
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.