Enjoy the most famous features China has to offer, all in one trip. Visit the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and Forbidden City in Beijing, and the famous relics of the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum of Xian. After visiting these significant historic achievements, enjoy a glimpse of China's largest building project since the Great Wall-visit the Three Gorges Dam. You can relax with breathtaking scenery on the luxurious Yangtze River cruise ship. In addition to all these highlights an even more important moment awaits your family, which is your specialized tour and arrangement to visit to your child's orphanage and hometown location. You can end the trip with a stroll down memory lane. All these highlights are here in one trip. It's sure to be memorable and make "history" for your own family.
Tour Code: CHHT-CAKF-OTP
Trip Duration: 18 days/17 nights
Beijing, Xian, Mt. WuDang, YiChang, Yangtze River Cruise, Chongqing, Guangzhou Departure Dates:
Day 1 : Tuesday Depart for Beijing
Depart for Beijing today.
Day 2 : Wednesday Beijing
Arrive at the Beijing International Airport. Your private English-speaking guide and driver will take you to your hotel. Soak in your child's birth country while you adjust to your new time zone and surroundings.
Day 3 : Thursday Beijing
Begin your day with a tour at the Forbidden City. Listed as a world heritage site in 1987, the Forbidden City contains the largest group of intact palace structures in the world. The palace is 720,000 square meters in size and contains 9,999 rooms, numerous pavilions, gardens and courtyards. Then visit the Tiananmen Square. Noted as the largest city square in the world, the square was initially designed for political rallies and important gala events. Today the square is flanked by the Forbidden City in the north, the Great Hall of the People in the west, Mao TseTung's Mausoleum in the south and the Museum of Chinese Revolution and the Museum of Chinese History in the east. After a bowl of fresh hot noodles for lunch, visit the Stadiums - "Bird's Nest" and the National Aquatics Center - "Watercube" and retrace some moments of present day Olympic history.
Day 4 : Friday Beijing
Begin your day with a tour at the Great Wall, constructed more than 2,000 years ago by China's first emperor. The ancient wall is roughly 4,000 miles in length and was originally built to protect China, and eventually helped to unite the country. Create some meaningful family memories with a climb or a stroll on this great cultural and national treasure; and of course, snap some pictures as well! This evening, your family may choose to relax around the hotel pool, or choose an optional Kung Fu or Beijing acrobatic performance. (Optional Program)
Day 5 : Saturday Beijing/Xian
This morning explore the fascinating Hutong neighborhoods. Beijing's oldest Hutongs (alleys) were constructed during the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. Your tour will take you through some of the best-preserved Hutong neighborhoods that represented the history, culture and lifestyle of old Beijing. After a special homemade lunch at a local family residence in the Hutong Lane area, your family can learn to construct your own kites under professional instructions. In the afternoon, visit China's largest temple and altar - the Temple of Heaven, which is often depicted as the most recognizable symbol of China. Then relax and fly your handmade kites with the others at the Temple of Heaven.Early this evening, get onboard a luxury express train for your overnight journey to Xian.Beijing/Xian Soft Sleeper Train T43 (9:36P/8:42A + 1 day)(Your tour guide has tickets)
Day 6 : Sunday Xian
Arrive early this morning in China's ancient capital city of Xian. Known as ChangAn in ancient times, Xian was the capital city of China for 1,062 years (13 dynasties and 73 different emperors). Visit the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum for an in-depth look at China's extensive history with more than 2,000 items on exhibit. Construction began in 1983 on this Tang style museum that opened to the public in 1991. With an area of 55,600 square meters and a collection of 370,000 objects, there is something for anyone interested in the long and culturally rich history of China. In the afternoon, get on top the 950-year-old Xian city wall and ride a bike; be sure to enjoy the panoramic view. Built during the early Ming Dynasty with a core of mud and covered by three layers of bricks, Xian's city wall is the only city wall that remains intact in China today. Enjoy the traditional puppet show in the GaoJia Courtyard and your children can practice with puppets after the show.
Day 7 : Monday Xian
Embark on an amazing historical and cultural adventure today, beginning with an exploration at the Terracotta Warriors and HorsesMuseum, where you will find lifelike terracotta soldiers, horses, chariots and weapons created more than 2,000 years ago to guard thefirst emperor's tomb. Their vibrant painted details have worn away and revealed their original earthy color. Learn to make JiaoZi(traditional Chinese dumplings) in a local restaurant and have a JiaoZi lunch there. Visit a local craft manufacturing facility and see how terracotta warriors are produced with the special earthen clay unique to this region.
Day 8 : Tuesday Xian/Mt. WuDang
After lunch, you will be transferred to the Xian Bus Station for your deluxe air-conditioned bus to the Mt.WuDang (it's around 4 hours drive). Upon your arrival, your private English-speaking guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel.
Day 9 : Wednesday Mt. WuDang
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Mt. WuDang (1.5 hours drive) which has a long history associated with Taoism. Mt. Wudang is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and holds a large number of palaces and temples which exemplify the architectural and artistic achievements of China's Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. It represents the highest standards of Chinese art and architecture over a period of nearly 1,000 years. Wudang Kung Fu is a specialized internal martial arts form in China and enjoys a position parallel to Shaolin Kung Fu in the Chinese Kung Fu field. As a result, there is a popular saying "In the North respects are paid to Shaoling Kung Fu; in the South honor should be given to Wudang Kung Fu." Take cable car up to the top of the Mountain - Golden Hall and visit the Taihe Palace. Enjoy the view from a unique vantage point tonight when you stay in the hotel on Mt. WuDang.
Day 10 : Thursday WuDang/YiChang
This morning, visit the ZiXiao Temple where you can learn Taichi shadow boxing or WuDang Kung Fu. After lunch visit the TaiZiPo Temple and Nanyan Palace, both places of traditional Taoism influence and learn more about these influences in shaping Chinese culture and thought.Then you will be transferred to YiChang for the Yangtze River Cruise.Board your ship before 9:00PM for the 4 nights/5 days Yangtze River Cruise.
Day 11 : Friday Yangtze River Cruise
This morning visit Three Gorges Dam Site - one of the biggest hydropower-complex projects in the world. It is a half mile wide and more than 600 feet high. It will create a reservoir nearly 400 miles long and enable 10,000-ton ocean-going freighters to sail directly into the nation's interior for six months of each year. It is expected to create as much electricity as 18 nuclear power plants and open up a region burgeoning with agricultural and manufactured products. Get on the luxurious Victoria cruise line ship and sail through the 3 Gorges shiplocks & Xiling Gorge.
Day 12 : Saturday Yangtze River Cruise
Enjoy a day excursion to Daning River and experience the excitement and awe of bygone days of river travel in China via pole cane propelled boats during your excursion of this tributary. Or explore Shennong Stream (depending on river conditions) where one may drift on a shallow boat and enjoy not only beautiful scenery but also see groups of monkeys sporting among the trees, shoals of fish swimming in the clear water, as well as ancient coffins in the rocky crevices.
Day 13 : Sunday Yangtze River Cruise
Take an excursion to Shibaozhai town, which was built in 1750 on sheer cliffs and has local cultural and spiritual significance. You can also take a 1.5 hour hike for a great view and with photo opportunities. Or, depending on river conditions, alternate excursions may be allowed such as, Fengdu with its special culture of ghosts and afterlife among natural beauty and historic relics. Or, one may visit the town of Wanzhou, much of which is being rebuilt, due to the new reservoir.
Day 14 : Monday Chongqing/Province
Arrive at ChongQing at 9:00AM.Meet your local English-speaking tour guide and driver at the ship. Depart Chongqing and travel to the capital city of your designated province for an orphanage visit. A Lotus guide will sensitively and carefully assist your family as you embark on this most meaningful portion of your return trip. On this initial day of the city visit, stroll around the area and absorb the city and locale.
Day 15 : Tuesday Province
Your orphanage visitation typically includes a lunch meeting with the orphanage director and staff. If your family wishes to be in touch with the foster family, Lotus can also arrange a time for you to reunite if contact information is available. After lunch, you may explore your child's finding site. Record the day's events in your journal or just relax with your family this evening.
Day 16 : Wednesday Province/Guangzhou
This morning, take some final glimpses around your child's province to capture your special memories. After breakfast, depart your province and travel to Guangzhou.
Day 17 : Thursday Guangzhou
Today you will tour around Shamian Island: stopping at the medical clinic where adoption medical exams are conducted and visiting the photo shop where your child's visa photo was taken. In the afternoon, take another trip down memory lane when you visit the American Consulate. Your guide will then escort you to a local park where you can linger and relax while enjoying a story-time of traditional Chinese folktales to deepen your understanding of the rich cultural heritage of your child. Bring closure to the lifelong memories from the past two weeks and write in your journal or just spend some time relaxing as a family.
Day 18 : Friday Leave Guangzhou
Please meet your private English-speaking tour guide and driver at the hotel lobby and travel to the Guangzhou New Bai Yun Airport for your international flight back home. Cross the International Dateline and arrive home on the same day.
B = Breakfast L = Chinese Lunch D = Chinese Dinner Valid: Dec 01, 2016 - Mar 31, 2018
CA= Air China CZ=China Southern Airline MU=China Eastern Airlines
| ||2-5 Persons ||6-9 Persons ||Hotel Single Supplement |
|Standard Class ||$2490.00 ||$2080.00 ||$570.00 |
Note: child price is 80% of adult price.
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