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China for Families
Only in China
- Walk along the Great Wall
- Learn Kung Fu with a Shaolin Temple Master
- Meet pandas and learn about saving the species
✓ Easter and Summer School Holidays
✓ Culture & Education, Adventure & Activity, Wildlife
✓ 8 years+ and Teens
A country where technology is more of a necessity...than a 'nice to have' and a place where change is the only constant, China is certainly a place of extremes and contrasts. Where else do old-world rickshaws and modern high speed trains sit side by side? A culture shock it may be, but boy what an experience. Let A&K introduce you to every face of China, bringing you to the historic, cultural, and fun parts of this amazing country. With its varieties of activities ranging from cultural lessons, to interaction with local people, a Panda Centre visit and a skywalk, it makes a perfect China trip for parents and children.
First stop for any visitor has to be one of the wonders of the world: the ancient, spectacular Great Wall. You won't be expected to walk all 5,500 miles of it, however: a short hike (or cable car ride) up the ramparts at Mutianyu, the quietest and longest fully restored section of the wall, and you'll feel like an emperor surveying his kingdom as you gape at the tantalising views. In a slightly less regal style you'll descend in surprisingly graceful fashion by toboggan around a series of zigzagging bends –hold on tight!
China is renowned for its martial arts and you can practise your Kung Fu moves for real at a Shaolin Temple with a master; kids are at an advantage thanks to a natural agility and flexibility which helps with the more difficult movements. You may not know that Kung Fu inspired the Jedi Knights in Star Wars, but you'll surely have heard of Kung Fu Panda. Make sure you watch it before you jet off, because once you're there you'll be getting face to face with your very own Po! A true highlight for all members of the family is to get a close encounter with one of the most loved species on the planet. Volunteer as a panda keeper and learn the unique habitat of this endangered animal in the Chengdu Breeding & Research Centre. Where better to learn about panda conservation (it's estimated that there are only 1,600 left in the wild) and get up close and personal with China's national treasure.
Away from the big cities, the hard-hitting martial arts and the pulsating technology, there's a host of history to discover and beautiful landscapes to behold. A visit to the Terracotta Warriors will fascinate even the most history averse children. Xian's most famous spectacle, thousands of life-sized ceramic soldiers and horses 'guard' the tomb of China's first emperor. Explore on foot and bike, and learn about the significance of these world-famous warriors from our expert guide and archaeologist. Before you leave you'll have the chance to paint your own warrior to take home –who else can say they have their very own Terracotta Warrior in their bedroom?
Back in the city, finish your holiday by plucking up the courage to skywalk atop the mind-blowing 100th floor of Shanghai World Finance Centre –we hope you're not afraid of heights!
Did you know...
- It took 1,800 years to build the Great Wall of China, which measures 5,500 miles long
- Pandas have six fingers
- Fortune cookies were actually invented in San Francisco in 1900
- China uses 45 billion chopsticks every year!
- Each of the Terracotta Warriors has its own unique facial expression
- Facebook and Twitter have been blocked in China since 2009
The Boring Bit
- Airline routes –London Heathrow direct to Beijing
- Flying time –10+ hours (GMT +8 hours)
- Visas –Are required and must be organised pre travel
- Health considerations –Yellow fever vaccination required if travelling from an endemic area. Please consult your GP
Family itineraries in China
Our preferred family accommodation in China
Four Seasons Hotel Beijing
Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
Sample Itineraries which could be adapted for families
Highlights of China
Nights: 9 | from £3,775
From frenetic cities to romantic landscapes, this trip show-cases the best of China, old and new. Start in Beijing, finish in Shanghai and pack in archaeological treasures, pearl markets, mighty walls and tiny villages in between.
A Taste of China
Nights: 7 | from £2,807
Panda bears, a picture-perfect river and the Paris of the Orient – this chock-full week in China com-bines the lot, mixing relaxing cruising with explo-rations of two modern yet tradition-soaked cities.
Alternative family friendly accommodation in China
Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
WALDORF ASTORIA Shanghai on the Bund
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