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Our five nights at Guilin Ming Garden were great as well! It is certainly our favorite place in China. The apartment is remodeled, extremely clean and has a great view; having internet access is a nice touch and there is plenty of room for our entire family. After a long day of fun, it was relaxing to come home to delicious home cooked meals prepared by our nanny Mrs Huang.She made us feel right at home with her traditional Cantonese home cooked dinners: her normal dinner consist of soup, two meat dishes and two vegetable dishes; very much like the meals our Cantonese parents made for us when we were younger and the meals had brought back fond memories.
-Helen Lee

China Homeland Heritage Tour

This is the most convenient tour to take if you plan to visit orphanages that are located in provinces in Southern China, such as, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi Guizhou, Hainan, Hunan or Yunnan. The trips to your child's province on days 12-14 are customized according to your preferences and price is determined accordingly.

Besides bringing back good memories, all travelers will be able to go sightseeing and enjoy hands on cultural activities such as biking and enjoying the great sceneries in Yangshuo, flying kites at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, and visiting Zhu Jia Jiao, an ancient town which retains its traditional Chinese paintings with its quaint buildings, traditional arched bridges and willow lined canals.

This tour intends to help adoptive families and their children to recapture the sweet memories made during their initial contact in China. Little explorers will have the chance to tour around the Shamian Island area.: They will be able to visit important landmarks in the process of completing their adoption: visiting the old American Consulate, the medical clinic where adoption medical exams are conducted, the photo shop where children's photos were taken and many more sites.

Tour Overview
Tour Code: CHDT-10
Trip Duration: 16 days/15 nights
Click below for: Tour Price / Accommodations
Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Guangzhou
Departure Dates: Every Friday
Day 1 : US/Beijing
meals: N/A
Begin your tour to China's most popular historical sites and cities today when you depart from the US gateway city for Beijing.
Day 2 : Beijing
meals: N/A
Arrive at the Beijing International Airport. Your private English-speaking guide and driver will bring you to the hotel upon your arrival. Have a good rest tonight and soak in the arrival to your child's birth country while you adjust to your new time zone and surroundings.
Day 3 : Beijing
meals: B/L
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. This afternoon, stop by at the major 2008 Olympic Venues including the National Stadiums - "Bird's Nest", the National Aquatics Center - "Watercube" on the way to the imperial gardens of the Summer Palace. The palace was originally built in 1750 and was rebuilt in 1886. Located in the western outskirts of the city, the Summer Palace is the leading classical garden in China and a UNESCO world heritage site.
Day 4 : Beijing
meals: B/L
Visit the UNESCO world heritage site today. Begin your day with a tour at the MuTianYu section of the Great Wall. Constructed more than 2,000 years ago by China's first emperor, the ancient wall is the world's longest man-made structure at approximately 4,000 miles in length.
Day 5 : Beijing/Xian
meals: B/L/D
Explore the fascinating Hutong neighborhoods. Beijing's oldest Hutongs were constructed during the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. Your tour will take you through some of the best-preserved Hutong neighborhoods, which 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 how to make your own kites under professional instructions, and then fly your handmade kites with others at the Temple of Heaven which is China's largest temple and altar. It is often regarded as the most recognizable symbol of China. Early this evening, get onboard a luxury express train for your overnight journey to Xian.
Day 6 : Xian
meals: L
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 under the reign of 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. In the afternoon, get on top the 950-year-old city wall and ride a bike; be sure to enjoy the panoramic view of the city. Built during the early Ming Dynasty with a core of mud covered by three layers of bricks, it is the only city wall that remained intact in China today.
Day 7 : Xian
meals: B/L
Embark on an amazing historical and cultural adventure today and begin with an exploration at the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, where you will find lifelike terracotta soldiers, horses, chariots and weapons created more than 2,000 years ago to guard the first emperor's tomb. Their vibrant painted details worn away during weathering, thus revealing their original earthy color. Learn to make JiaoZi (traditional Chinese dumplings) in a local restaurant and have JiaoZi lunch there. This evening, relax and unwind. Enjoy recording your experiences of the day in a journal or just lounging in your fine hotel room.
Day 8 : Xian/Chengdu
meals: B/L
You will fly to Chengdu from Xian today. Visit the SiChuan Embroidery Research Institute in afternoon.
Day 9 : Chengdu
meals: B/L
Embark on an extraordinary journey to the Panda Breeding Research Base this morning. A professional panda caregiver will give you a brief insight of the panda research findings and everyone will have the rare opportunity to hold and hug a baby panda; something everyone in the family is sure to enjoy. After lunch, visit the fascinating SanXingDui Museum. Little is known about the mysterious beliefs of the SanSingDui, yet visitors can gain a sense of the culture through intriguing displays of ancient and rare artifacts used in daily life and religious ceremonies.
Day 10 : Chengdu/Guilin
meals: B/L/D
Your local English-speaking tour guide and driver will meet you at the hotel lobby and bring you to the airport for your flight to Guilin. After lunch, explore the Reed Flute Caves. Enjoy the gorgeous views of beautiful backdrops created by the cool atmosphere and colorful lighting displays inside the caves as you pass by many fanciful shapes (don't forget to look for the Monkey King). Visit Guilin Art Museum where you could learn the basic techniques of Chinese calligraphy and landscape painting; certainly a fun activity for both adults and children. You will also meet 4 -6 years old local children there who spend most their weekends there for art class.Tonight you will stay at the Ming Garden Apartment Suites, which is located within the local Chinese residents' apartment complexes. Each unit is decorated in the Ming Dynasty Style with beautiful Ming furniture, an air-conditioning/heating unit, a private western-style bath, a kitchen equipped with microwave, refrigerator and cooking utensils; free Internet access, television and telephone. The apartment units are rated above five-stars standard and guests can also enjoy free late checkouts until 6:00 p.m. (all hotels request checkouts before 12:00 noon). All guests will have the rare chance to live among local residents within the same apartment complex. We can even arrange an assistant to make traditional Chinese meals for your family.
Day 11 : Guilin/Yangshuo/Guilin
meals: B/L/D
After breakfast, embark on a Li River scenic cruise and enjoy a delicious lunch onboard. The landscape of Guilin is noted as the most gorgeous in China, with sparkling clear waters and magnificent green hills; you will see fishermen fishing with their trained cormorant birds occasionally as well. Your children will be excited to watch water buffalos either grazing along the riverbanks or taking lazy afternoon swims.
Day 12 : Guilin/Province
meals: B
Depart Guilin and travel to the capital city of the designated province for an orphanage visit. Lotus guides 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, one can spend time strolling the area and absorbing a sense of the city and locale.
Day 13 : Province
meals: N/A
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 14 : Province/Guangzhou
meals: N/A
This morning take some final glimpses around your child's province to capture your special memories. After breakfast, depart for Guangzhou.
Day 15 : Guangzhou
meals: B/L
After breakfast, tour around Shamian Island: stop at the medical clinic where adoption medical exams are conducted and visit 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.
Day 16 : Guangzhou/US
meals: B
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 to the United States. Cross the International Dateline and arrive home on the same day.

REMARKS:

    B = Breakfast      L = Chinese Lunch                D = Chinese Dinner
    CA= Air China     CZ=China Southern Airline     MU=China Eastern Airlines
Tour Prices:
Valid: Dec 01, 2016 - Mar 31, 2018
1 Person 2-5 Persons 6-9 Persons 10 Persons Hotel Single Supplement
Standard Class $2750.00 Booking Tour $1960.00 Booking Tour $1730.00 Booking Tour / $360.00
Deluxe Class $3230.00 Booking Tour $2210.00 Booking Tour $1970.00 Booking Tour / $600.00
Superior Class $3690.00 Booking Tour $2430.00 Booking Tour $2199.00 Booking Tour / $820.00
Note: child price is 80% of adult price.


Accommodations:
City Standard Class Deluxe Class Superior Class
Beijing . Home Inn Rujia HePingLi W. St. Novotel Peace Hotel Nikko New Century Hotel Beijing
Xian . Xian Hanguang Joy Hotel Days Hotel & Suites Xinxing, Xi'an Xian Grand Metro Park
Chengdu . Home Inn Rujia Chendu Renming Road Antai Anrong Hotel, Chengdu Chengdu Sheraton Lido Hotel
Guilin . Guilin Hanting Express Hotel(Fuboshan) Guilin Bravo Hotel Guilin Bravo Hotel
Guangzhou . Home Inn Rujia Huadiwan Guangdong Victory Hotel Guangzhou China Hotel

Hotel Information:
Hotel Indoor Pool Outdoor Pool Gym Safe Box Refrigerator Hair Dryer Kitchen
Home Inn Rujia HePingLi W. St.             √
Novotel Peace Hotel   √     √   √   √   √
Nikko New Century Hotel Beijing   √     √   √   √   √
Xian Hanguang Joy Hotel             √
Days Hotel & Suites Xinxing, Xi'an       √   √   √   √
Xian Grand Metro Park       √     √   √
Home Inn Rujia Chendu Renming Road             √
Antai Anrong Hotel, Chengdu         √   √   √
Chengdu Sheraton Lido Hotel   √     √   √   √   √
Guilin Hanting Express Hotel(Fuboshan)             √
Guilin Bravo Hotel   √     √   √   √   √
Guilin Bravo Hotel   √     √   √   √   √
Home Inn Rujia Huadiwan             √
Guangdong Victory Hotel     √   √   √   √   √
Guangzhou China Hotel     √   √   √   √   √

Inclusions

  • Beijing/Xian soft sleeper train tickets
  • Airfare of Xian/Chengdu/Guilin
  • Airport/hotel/airport (or train station) transfer as listed on itinerary
  • Tour price includes hotel accommodations, sightseeing and meals as noted in the itinerary, intra-China airfare, private transfers and ground transportation, and the services of an English- speaking guide and 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

Exclusions

  • US/Beijing, Guangzhou/US international airfare. Please contact us for discount international airfare starting from your city
  • Passport and/or China Visa Fees
  • Some meals
  • Tips to guides and drivers
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Provincial Civil Affair Bureau orphanage visit filing fee
  • Side trips to the designated provinces on Day 12-14 and the airfare of Guilin - province city - Guangzhou which can be arranged with extra cost by us
  • The cost of holding the panda and taking a picture is additional to the entry fee. The costs are USD333.00/per person for holding a baby panda. Although the Pandas are cute and adorable, they may inflict accidental injuries in their playful nature
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