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CHINA

Few destinations rank as high as China in interest for family travel.

With the country’s ever-developing dominant economy and amazing history and culture,

China is a must for many families wanting their children to understand the past,

present and future of this Asian giant. Icons like the Great Wall and the Forbidden City are complemented by adorable Pandas and incredible national treasures and traditions.

Each of our itineraries has unique offerings allowing for cultural engagement and community give-back. Here are some of the things that will make your trip to China special:

HIGHLIGHTS FOR FAMILIES

WITH TEENAGERS

 

Special Activity:

SHOOT PHOTOS AT PEKING

OPERA TRAINING SCHOOL

 

Peking Opera combines stylized acting with singing, dancing, musical dialogue, martial arts, colorful facial make up and fantastic costumes. Female roles are called dan, male roles are sheng, clowns are chou. Each role, according to their sex, age and disposition, is characterized by different designs of facial make-up. In Peking Opera Training School you will see how young students are trained to become professional Peking Opera actors/actresses. You are welcome to take promotional photos with your phone and camera about Peking Opera and the school, helping to promote this cultural heritage and art form from China to the rest of the world.

  • Bird’s Nest National Stadium and Water
    Cube National Aquatic Centre, Beijing
  • Volunteer Opportunity to Love & Clean
    the Great Wall, Beijing
  • Volunteer Opportunity to Shoot Promotional Photos at the Peking Opera Training School
  • Cycling on Ancient City Wall, Xi’an
  • Terracotta Warriors Reproduction Factory, Xi’an
  • Martial Art Training School and Private
    Kung Fu Class, Shanghai
  • Volunteer Opportunity to Visit Elderly
    Center, Shanghai
  • Volunteer Opportunity to Be a Panda
    Keeper, Chengdu (Tour Extension)
  • Mount Qingcheng, Chengdu (Tour Extension)
  • Private Class at Martial Art School,
    Chengdu (Tour Extension)
  • Climb up Mount Qingcheng one of the most sacred of Daoist mountains

HIGHLIGHTS FOR

ADULT ONLY TRAVELERS

Special Activity:

VISIT THE FOREST OF

STELAE MUSEUM

 

The Forest of Stelae Museum collects above 1000 stone tablets, along with other artifacts. The history of the museum is nearly 1000 years. Some exhibits are classified as national treasures. One one hand, the museum is a library about the Chinese civilization and history, which is called "documented on the stone". One the other hand, it's the museum of calligraphy and sculpture made of stones.

 

  • Tai Chi Class in Temple of Heaven, Beijing
  • Volunteer Opportunity to Love & Clean the Great Wall, Beijing
  • Volunteer Opportunity to Teach English to Pedicab Drivers or Hostesses in “Hutong”, Beijing
  • Muslim Quarter, Great Mosque and Meet with the Son of Imam, Xi’an
  • Beilin, “The Forest of Stone Stele”, Xi’an
  • Martial Art Training School and Private Kung Fu Class, Shanghai
  • Volunteer Opportunity to Visit Elderly Center, Shanghai
  • Volunteer Opportunity to Be a Panda Keeper, Chengdu (Tour Extension)
  • Private Cooking Class of Sichuan Cuisine, Chengdu (Tour Extension)
  • Sanxingdui Musuem and Poet Dufu’s Cottage, Chengdu (Tour Extension)

HIGHLIGHTS FOR FAMILIES

WITH CHILDREN UNDER 12

Special Activity:

BE A PANDA KEEPER

FOR A DAY

 

Prepare “cake” for pandas and witness the feeding at very close distance. (For younger children)

 

Volunteer as a panda keeper and take pictures with panda (only for kids above 6 years old). You can clean and weigh fresh bamboo, feed pandas through the cage bars, clean panda enclosures, also collect and weigh the pandas’ feces which is one of the most effective ways of monitoring the pandas' health.

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  • Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City, Beijing
  • Take Pedicab Ride and Make Dumplings in Traditional Residential ¨Hutong¨, Beijing
  • Volunteer Opportunity to Visit Elderly Center and Contribute Your Talents, Beijing
  • Volunteer Opportunity to Love & Clean the Great Wall with Expert William Lindesay, Beijing
  • Visit Shaolin Kung Fu School and Learn Basic Moves from Kung Fu Master, Beijing
  • Muslim Quarter, Great Mosque and Meet with the Son of Imam, Xi’an
  • Make Your Own Mini Terracotta Warriors in Reproduction Factory, Xi’an
  • Treasure Hunt in Zhujiajiao Water Town, Shanghai
  • Visit Contemporary Art Zone and Artists´ Workshops in M50, Shanghai
  • Volunteer Opportunity to Be a Panda Keeper, Chengdu (Tour Extension)
  • Workshop of Painting a Panda Bag, Chengdu (Tour Extension)
  • Haichang Polar Ocean World, Chengdu (Tour Extension)

 

GLOBAL COMMUNITY GIVE-BACK

 

ONE — Beijing: Love & Clean the Great Wall with the Great Wall Expert William Lindesay (for all age groups) Rising from the wash of waves along China’s Bohai Gulf in the east, riding the crest of rugged forest-mantled mountains in north China and running across the grassy steppe and desert waste of the far northwest, The Great Wall is the ultimate expression of China’s past.  Imposing and almost defying possibilities this stunning structure literally defined a border between worlds far removed from each other. Its towering ramparts threw up a defense against the incursions marauding nomad hordes while within its walls flourished the light of East Asian civilization – imperial China. The Great Wall does not belong to China only, it is a wonder of our civilization and a treasure for all human kind. William Lindsay, a British gentleman and geology expert who has had a life-long bond with the Great Wall, founded the International Friends of the Great Wall (IFGW) in 2001 to protect the Great Wall and the wilderness around it. Join hands with William Lindsay, love the Great Wall, remove trash left behind by inconsiderate visitors, and promote the conservational value shared by all who love our shared heritage like you do.  About William Lindesay: Since 1986 William has spent around 27 years out of the last 30 years in China. He has authored five books on the Great Wall and presented his own Great Wall documentary on National Geographic Channel. In China William has curated The Great Wall Revisited exhibition at two premier Beijing venues and is recognized worldwide and within China as  the leading non-Chinese expert in Great Wall Studies. In recognition of his pioneering and perseverent conservation work , he’s recently been dubbed ‘Guardian of the Great Wall’ by the Chinese media. He has received many prestigious awards for his work, not only for conservation but also for presenting the Great Wall to the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TWO — Beijing: Go International - Teach English to Pedicab Drivers or Local Hostesses in “Hutong” (recommended for adults) When the Mongols swept through China in the 13th century, they built their capital at Beijing (calling it Dadu) and left some residual influences that continue to be felt to this day.  Among the most lasting of the Mongol legacy was the “hutong”, the winding alleyways that linked the city through a network of diverse neighborhoods, each area being spun like a web of interconnecting lanes that became the lifeblood of old Beijing. Meaning, “water well” in Mongolian, the hutong once numbered in the thousands. In “hutong” lives the most traditional local neighborhoods in Beijing where also boomed tourism. As “hutong” getting popular among international visitors, the pedicab drivers and local hostesses have a strong drive for learning English. Teach practical English to Pedicab drivers or local hostess, especially about what you need and want as an international visitor which they care most.

THREE — Beijing: Tour & Care in “Hutong” – Visit the Elderly Home (for all age groups, recommended for kids) Hop into a traditional pedicab and explore a traditional Beijing neighborhood. Far removed from the glitz of Beijing’s high-rise department stores and office towers, the quiet sounds of the neighborhood bring to life a Beijing that flourished under the omnipotent rule of dynasties past. When the Mongols swept through China in the 13th century, they built their capital at Beijing (calling it Dadu) and left some residual influences that continue to be felt to this day.  Among the most lasting of the Mongol legacy was the “hutong”, the winding alleyways that linked the city through a network of diverse neighborhoods, each area being spun like a web of interconnecting lanes that became the lifeblood of old Beijing.  Meaning, “water well” in Mongolian, the hutong once numbered in the thousands. In Hutong lives the most traditional local neighborhoods in Beijing, where also lives some elderly residents who don’t have a family or their children are unable to keep them company. Your visit to the center can bring them happiness and love by giving music performance, practice some basic Chinese, or lead a physical exercise for the elderly.

FOUR — Shanghai: Urbanization and Elderly Care – Elderly Centre Visit at Cao Yang Home (for all age groups) Urbanization has greatly transformed the Chinese family structures especially the way how Chinese take care of the elderly. From traditional multi-generational family under one-roof where the elderly care is home-cased, to increased mobility of young workers leaving the elderly lonely at home or at elderly centres.   Visit Cao Yang Home for the Elderly, you can bring them happiness and love by giving music performance, practise some basic Chinese or lead a physical exercise. You will learn at first hand the progress and situation of China’s urbanization in China’s industrial frontier Shanghai.

 

FIVE — Beijing: Shoot Promotional Photos at the Peking Opera Training School. (for teenagers and adults, recommended for teenagers) Peking Opera combines stylized acting with singing, dancing, musical dialogue, martial arts, colorful facial make up and fantastic costumes. Female roles are called dan, male roles are sheng, clowns are chou. Each role, according to their sex, age and disposition, is characterized by different designs of facial make-up. In Peking Opera Training School you will see how young students are trained to become professional Peking Opera actors/actresses. You are welcome to take promotional photos with your phone and camera about Peking Opera and the school, helping to promote this cultural heritage and art form from China to the rest of the world.

 

SIX — Chengdu: Be a Panda Keeper at Dujiangyan Panda Base - Tour Extension (for all age groups) Giant panda, Chinese national treasure, is one of the rarest animal species in the world. It covers 605,968 square yards (506,666 square metres) and subdivides into 6 zones including: rescuing and quarantining area, disease prevention and control research area, recovering and training area, reception and education area, vegetation area, and service area. The base offers plentiful supply of bamboos as staple food for this treasured animal.  Prepare “cake” for pandas (kids 0-6 years old). Except for bamboos, cakes are also pandas’ favorite. The panda cake is made of rice, egg, corn and soybeans. You will make the cake under guidance and witness the feeding at very close distance. Volunteer as a panda keeper and take pictures with panda (above 6 years old). You can clean and weigh fresh bamboo, feed pandas through the cage bars, clean panda enclosures, also collect and weigh the pandas’ feces which is one of the most effective ways of monitoring the pandas' health.