Day 1 : Oct-13-12 Saturday US/Beijing
Leave your home city for Beijing today.
Day 2 : Oct-14-12 Sunday 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 : Oct-15-12 Monday 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, you will visit the major 2008 Olympic Venues including the National Stadiums - "Bird's Nest" and the National Aquatics Center - "Watercube" in the afternoon."
Day 4 : Oct-16-12 Tuesday 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 approximately 4,000 miles in length. Visit the Peking Duck Restaurant and see how the professional chef roasts Peking duck - Beijing's most famous dish, is traditionally served with Mandarin pancakes, and green onions for brushing on the hoisin sauce. Enjoy your Peking Duck dinner there.
Day 5 : Oct-17-12 Wednesday 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 represent the history, culture and lifestyle of old Beijing. After a special homemade lunch at a local residence in the Hutong Lane area, your family can learn to construct your own kites with professional instruction. 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 Z19(9:24P/8:25A + 1 day)(Your tour guide has tickets)
Day 6 : Oct-18-12 Thursday 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). Meet your local English-speaking tour guide and driver at the Xian Train Station Exit for transfer to the hotel. When you travel on top of the 950-year-old city wall on a bike you will 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. Today you will try Chinese hot pot for your lunch, which is a fun way to eat as well as a wonderful treat. Visit the Tangbo Art Museum where you and your children will learn Chinese calligraphy and enjoy the opportunity to get some hands-on experience.
Day 7 : Oct-19-12 Friday Xian/Hu County
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 how to make terracotta warriors in one local craft factory. Continue your trip to Hu County, which is famous for its peasant farmer artists who create vibrantly colored peasant paintings and intricate paper cutouts. Visit the local elementary school and have a 45-minutes class with the local children (Please remember to bring some gifts to the children for the school visit). Tonight you will have the rare opportunity to stay at a typical farmer's home to learn to make JiaoZi (traditional Chinese dumplings) and enjoy a home-made JiaoZi dinner there. After dinner, tonight you will have a dancing party with local farmers at the village grain-sunning ground.
Day 8 : Oct-20-12 Saturday Hu County/Xian/Chengdu
Enjoy a rare glimpse into China's countryside living through a visit to the workshops and galleries where you can learn about the artist's special techniques, purchase artwork or paper cutouts and even try your hand at creating your own magnificent work of art. Visit the farmer's old village and you will be surprised by the huge difference between the old village and new village where you are staying.You will be transferred to the Xian Airport for your flight to Chengdu at noon.Xian/Chengdu HU7855 (2:15P/3:35P) (Your local guide has tickets)Please meet your local guide and driver at the Chengdu airport exit for transfer to the hotel.
Day 9 : Oct-21-12 Sunday Chengdu
Go on an extraordinary journey to the Panda Breeding Research Base this morning. A professional panda caregiver will give a brief insight into 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 Chengdu old town - JingLi Street, which combines the culture of the Three Kingdoms Period with the folk customs of Sichuan. The tea-houses, 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. Notes: When you tour the Panda Reserve Center, you will receive an introduction to panda research at the reserve followed by the opportunity to meet and hold a baby panda. Please note that the cost of holding the panda and taking a picture with one is an additional fee to the entry fee which is USD208.00/per person for holding a baby panda. Although the Pandas are cute and adorable, they may inflict accidental injuries in their playful nature.
Day 10 : Oct-22-12 Monday Chengdu/Province
Depart Chengdu 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 11 : Oct-23-12 Tuesday Province
Your orphanage visitation typically includes a lunch meeting with the orphanage director and staff. If your family wishes to be 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 12 : Oct-24-12 Wednesday Province/Guangzhou
This morning take some final glimpses around your child's province to capture your special memories. After breakfast, depart for Guangzhou. Meet your local English-speaking tour guide and driver at the Guangzhou New BaiYun International Airport for transfer to the hotel.
Day 13 : Oct-25-12 Thursday Guangzhou
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, spend some time strolling around the YueXiu Park to relax as you recall your family adoption trip. Have a leisurely lunch while you reminisce at key sports in the area. This evening, capture a few last glimpses around Guangzhou and spend some time writing in your journal.
Day 14 : Oct-26-12 Friday Guangzhou/U.S.
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.
$1899.00 per adult & $1519.00 per child