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Free Time Budget Tour

"Uncle Louie" Summer Heritage Tour

This schedule allows your family the experience of a lifetime with a lower budget – you can opt in or out of activities and enjoy the time traveling with your family. Experience four-star hotels on a budget and relish your time in China. See the key sites in Beijing including climbing the Great Wall, Forbidden City and more! Experience the overnight train excursion to Xian, as most Chinese travelers do and while there take in the famed Terra Cotta Warriors before traveling to Chengdu and experiencing the charm of the Panda Reserve there as well as delving into the unique local culture while you explore ancient Jingli street and more. On this tour your family can have free time and explore or have down time, or take in optional suggested exploration activities with support of a guide. Let us help you finalize this great trip schedule by contacting us to arrange a hometown area visit to your child(ren)’s province if desired and your departure city, such as Shanghai or Guangzhou. Let’s get the summer plan started for your family’s fantastic trip! Email info@lotustours.net to get started.

Tour Overview
Tour Code: LY-BHHT20-0620
Trip Duration: 9 days/8 nights
Click below for: Tour Price / Accommodations
Beijing, Xian, Chengdu
Departure Dates: June 20th, 2020
Jun-20-20 Saturday North America/Beijing
meals: N/A
Leave your home city for Beijing today.
Jun-21-20 Sunday Beijing
meals: B
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.
Jun-22-20 Monday Beijing
meals: B/L
Enjoy your ½ day 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 and get a sense of the largest open square in the world, which is the center of much of symbolism and China history.
Today’s Suggested Optional Tours: Temple of Heaven: USD35.00/per person Hutong Lane Tour: USD35.00/per person (includes lesson of paper cut & making dumplings with your lunch included.)
Jun-23-20 Tuesday Beijing
meals: B/L
Begin your day with a tour at the JuyongGuan Section of the Great Wall and visit the Jade Museum. Constructed more than 2,000 years ago by China’s first emperor, the ancient wall is 6,350 km or about 4,000 miles in length. Then enjoy foot massage after climbing the Great Wall.
Suggested optional evening : Acrobatics Show (VIP Seat) or Kung Fu Show:USD45.00/per person
Jun-24-20 Wednesday Beijing/Xian
meals: B/D
You have free time this morning, unless you take optional am activity. Meet your private English-speaking tour guide and private bus driver in the hotel lobby at 12:00N for visiting Xiushui market & the pearl shop in afternoon. After the included dinner, you will be transferred to the Beijing Xi Train Station for a luxury express train for your overnight journey to Xian. Beijing/Xian Soft Sleeper Train Z19 (9:24P/8:25A + 1 day) (Your tour guide has tickets)
Morning’s Suggested Optional Tour: Summer Palace: USD39.00/per person
Jun-25-20 Thursday Xian
meals: N/A
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). You can opt for free time on your own in Xian to experience optional biking on the largest intact city wall in China and exploring art experiences.
Today’s Suggested Optional Tours: Biking on the City Wall, Visiting Tangbo Art Museum: USD40.00/per person
Jun-26-20 Friday Xian
meals: B/L
Embark on an amazing historical and cultural adventure today beginning with the exploration of the Terracotta Warriors & Horses Museum, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1987. Created 2,000 years ago to guard the tomb of China’s first Emperor QinShiHuang, time and the elements have gradually worn away the vibrant painted details from the soldiers and horses to reveal their original earthy terracotta color. Learn making terracotta warriors in one local craft factory.
Jun-27-20 Saturday Xian/Chengdu
meals: B
Free time in morning.
Suggested Morning Optional Tours: Big Wild Goose Pagoda & Tang Culture Street: USD20.00/per person
Meet your local English-speaking tour guide and bus driver at the hotel lobby at 12:00N for transfer to the train station for the trip to Xian by bullet train. Or, if you take the optional am experience you will get to see the most famous ancient pagoda in China, built more than 1300 years ago and was considered a bright pearl on the ancient Silk road. Xian/Chengdu Bullet Train D1937(2:00P/5:43P) (Your local guide has tickets) Arrive at the Chengdu Dong (East) Train Station. Please meet your local guide and driver at the station exit for your guided transfer to the hotel.
Jun-28-20 Sunday Chengdu/Next City
meals: B/L
Go on an extraordinary journey to the Panda Breeding Research Base this morning. There are 176 giant pandas here, it is such a unique location, with pandas of all kinds: toddler pandas, baby pandas, pandas hanging out as a family or just napping under bamboo. You can see them in a quite natural habitat and get quite close to them or see them napping (eating is such hard work for them! You can also see red pandas here as well. After lunch, visit the Chengdu old town – JingLi Street, which combines the culture of the Three Kingdoms Period with the folk customs of Sichuan. The teahouses, stores and hotels are modeled on the architectural style of a traditional old town in western Sichuan Province from the Qing (1644-1911) Dynasty. As you stroll down the narrow streets, you will find local artisan Shu Embroidery, lacquer products, calligraphy work and other local handicrafts. Visiting stores on this street, one feels like you have catapulted back in time and you will appreciate the relaxing and local unique flavor of this ancient street. Later this afternoon, you will be transferred to either airport or train station, or bus station for traveling to the next destination city.
Please give us your traveling information including orphanage city and your preferred international gateway city (Guangzhou, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, etc.). We will create remainder of the trip as a private family tour. You may choose timing for your visit to the orphanage, your child’s hometown city visits and more. This customized portion of the trip is determined according to your specifications and is not included in the base tour cost.


    B = Breakfast      L = Chinese Lunch                D = Chinese Dinner
    CA= Air China     CZ=China Southern Airline     MU=China Eastern Airlines
Tour Prices:
USD999.00/per person & USD899.00/per child

City Hotel Deluxe Class Superior Class
Beijing .

Beijing Guoce Int’l Conference and Exhibition Center

Xian .

Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda

Chengdu .

Holiday Inn Express Chengdu Gulou Hotel


Hotel Information:
Hotel Indoor Pool Outdoor Pool Gym Safe Box Refrigerator Hair Dryer Kitchen
Beijing Guoce Int’l Conference and Exhibition Center   √     √   √   √   √
Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda     √   √   √   √
Holiday Inn Express Chengdu Gulou Hotel       √  


  • Soft sleeper train ticket of Beijing/Xian;
  • Bullet train fare of Xian/Chengdu; 
  • Airport/hotel/airport (or train station) transfer as listed on itinerary. 
  • All listed sightseeing and tour programs with private English-speaking tour guide and private van or bus with driver.
  • Hotels and meals as stipulated on itinerary. 
  • All prices are quoted in US Dollars and are subject to change without notice. Please check at time of booking. 
  • All prices are quoted per person based on two people sharing a room (double occupancy). Single supplement applies for single travelers.


  • N. America/China/N. America int’l airfare. Please contact us for discount international airfare starting from your city.
  • Passport and/or China Visa Fees
  • Optional tours or evening entertainments
  • Some meals
  • Tips to guides and drivers
  • Expenses of a personal nature;
  • Extending trip to orphanage city or other destination cities after Guilin which can be arranged with extra cost by us;

Important Remarks:

  • For different scheduled tour, please contact us for a price quote
  • A child has to be less than 12 years old to receive a discount.
  • Twin beds in China hotels, about 40 – 50 inches wide, are closer in width to the 54" double size beds in the U.S., and much wider than the 39 inches wide twin beds found in U.S. homes.
  • If your itinerary states "free time" or "free day", no activities would be planned for you and your English-speaking tour guide and driver would not be present.
  • Lotus Travel highly recommends clients to purchase travel insurance. The Travel Plus Plan offered by the Travelex Insurance Company has excellent travel benefits and children 15 and under are free of charge when traveling with an adult.
  • You need to apply for your Chinese visa 3 months before the trip. Please visit our website at http://www.lotustours.net/visas/china.shtml for detailed visa information and contact our visa agent – Apple at apple@lotustours.net for any visa questions
  • Lotus Travel offers a very affordable cell phone rental package to help you stay in touch with families while in China. Please contact our cell phone rental specialist Theresa for more details.
  • A $500.00 per person non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration.
  • Balance is due 60 days before departure.
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