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It was one year ago today that we left on our fabulous 16 day China trip. We have so many wonderful memories from that 2 weeks. We still talk about all the things we saw, the people we met, the kind, funny guides in each city, and all the food we ate! I wanted to extend another thank you to you and Lotus travel for making it truly a dream trip that we will always remember.
2011--Vietnam--here we come!!
Fondly, Lisa Bara

Guilin Photo Gallery

We had a wonderful time and lots of great family memories. First we have told others that Lotus was excellent and we would go with them again in a heart beat. We've even talked about wanting to take the girls back the summer before their senior year in high school. It is hard to pick all the highlights, but we would all say that one of our favorite parts of the trip was going to Xian, seeing the Terracotta Warriors and bike riding on the city wall. That was a lot of fun. Every place we went had its own uniqueness. The orphanage visits were very special. Hallee did see her "nanny" and was able to eat lunch with her. We are extremely grateful to Lotus Travel for connecting us with her. We brought a photo album for the nanny and got lots of pictures. The same orphanage director was there as was 5 yrs ago and we also were able to feed the babies. There were lots of tears on our part. We also met the two ladies who brought Hallee to the orphanage and we got their pictures. At Julee's orphanage we met up with the same guide we had 7 years ago. We also met one of Julee's teachers. The orphanage had a banner for her with "Welcome back Xianyi". They treated her royally and even presented her with a beautiful porcelain vase. We do want to thank you for helping us make this a very memorable trip for our family. It was such a pleasure to work with both Marie and Sunny at Lotus. While in China we had great accommodations, guides, food and tours. Any glitches were taken care of. We have highly recommended you to our friends. A BIG THANK YOU AGAIN!
- The Zinck Familyl

China Homeland Heritage Tours

In addition to providing premier adoption travel services, Lotus Travel began offering Homeland Heritage tours to families in 2000.  Below are some of the exciting tours we have available to our American families.  As always, if there is a special place you would like to visit that is not listed here, you may contact our Travel Advisors at 1-800-956-8873 or email us at info@lotustours.net.

Scheduled Specific Tours
"Uncle Louie" Summer Heritage Tour June 6th, 2014(Availability); June 27th, 2014 (SOLD);
Duration:12 days/10 nights  Price: $2150 .00
Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Yangshuo,
This trip offers a wonderful group experience for the key cultural experiences; and allows you to design your own private family tour as well! Your family chooses your length of stay; the cities for your child's province visit, and your departure city also. You gain the cost savings and fun of a group and get the privacy and flexibility of a private tour all in one!
Duration:4 days/3 nights  Price: $499 .00
LuoYang Luoning
Come along and "push up your sleeves" and assist staff and Director Pei at the Luoning orphanage. You and your family will help out in such areas as cleaning, painting, helping with English lessons or similar duties. This SWI is used to hosting volunteers and many children speak English quite well. You can also enjoy making some dumplings with staff and help host a party for the children there.
Kung Fu & Volunteer Tour (teens & families) June 6th(Availability), 2014; June 27th, 2014 (SOLD);
Duration:12 days/10 nights  Price: from $2130 .00
Shanghai, Wuzhen, Hangzhou, Luoning, Dengfeng,Luoyang
If you've been to China once before and have seen the major sites -then come back and "give back". It's time to expand your experiences in China. Teens - this itinerary is a great fit for you! Visit your birth country; take Shaolin Kung Fu lessons and volunteer your time at a small SWI that welcomes visitors. You can have a chance to really get acquainted with people as you contribute.
Duration:4 days/3 nights  Price: $799 .00
Guilin Wuzhou
While you're in China, your family can visit at Wuzhou SWI, visit Director Cai before he retires and also volunteer your time in important ways. This is an ideal opportunity to share your time and talent to benefit the children who still reside at the Wuzhou SWI. Director Cai and staff provide good care for the children, but also need some help. You can do this!! Volunteer assignments include assisting in the classroom, and teaching English. You will also be able to visit foster families and learn about how they care for the children as you get acquainted and interact. You will walk away pleased that you've made Director Cai's acquaintance, as he is one of the most caring and thoughtful directors you may ever encounter. You can participate on this trip even if your family adopted from another orphanage - the director is welcoming.
Flex Heritage and Volunteering TourJune 6th, 2014(Availability); June 27th, 2014 (SOLD);
Duration:12 days/10 nights  Price: $1950 .00
Beijing, Xian, Luoning, Luoyang
Join this special tour with Uncle Louie! After you enjoy key cultural sightseeing, you can push up your sleeves and assist staff at the Luoning SWI in Henan province. You and your family will help out in such areas as cleaning, painting, helping with English lessons or similar duties. You can also enjoy making some dumplings with staff and help host a party for the children there. Before the volunteer work takes place however, you will get to relax first while visiting great Beijing sites such as Great Wall, Forbidden City and more. You will also take an overnight sleeper train to Xian to see the Terra Cotta Warriors & Horses Museum in Xian. Then, you will have a chance to visit the Hu County farmers and learn some traditional painting techniques and finish this tour with your own choice of cities to visit! On this tour you will have "Uncle Louie" as your national tour guide leader, so you can relax and know that you are in the "best hands" for this tour. Email louie@lotustours.net to get in on this incredible tour schedule!
Summer "Flex" Heritage Trip May 20th; July 11 and July 25th, 2014
Duration:12 days/10 nights  Price: $2150 .00
Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Yangshuo,
This trip offers a wonderful group experience for the key cultural experiences; and allows you to design your own private family tour as well! Your family chooses your length of stay; the cities for your child's province visit, and your departure city also. You gain the cost savings and fun of a group and get the privacy and flexibility of a private tour all in one!
Duration:12 days/10 nights  Price: $1760 .00
Beijing,Xian,Chengdu,Guilin,Yangshuo
This year, make it a most memorable Christmas!! Take advantage of low season for international airfare and celebrate with your family in China. You can bring gifts or buy them there! You will get to visit a Chinese school; make (and eat of course) dumplings during the home stay in a farmer's home, and experience other golden glimpses of daily life in China. This is all in addition to experiencing the key cultural sites: the Forbidden City; Tiananmen Square; climbing the Great Wall; seeing the 8th Wonder of the Ancient World (Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses museum); taking a cruise down the famous Li River and more! It is great to travel without summer heat; when traffic is minimal and crowds are somewhere else.
China Journey for Teen Girls June 13 2014;June 2015
Duration:14 days/13 nights  Price: $2295 .00
Beijing,Nanjing,Suzhou,Hangzhou,Wuzhen,Shanghai
Want to join Jenni "Fang" Lee of Somewhere Between as she travels to China in June 2014? This is a chance to be "in on the action" traveling in China. Lotus Travel and Jenni "Fang" Lee - two trusted leaders are teaming up to offer a fun, "teen only" cultural highlights journey within China Fang will lead a limited number of teens on a tour that takes in the sights of Beijing; the wonders of Hangzhou and Suzhou, China's wonderful water cities. Then, the trip concludes in the modern mecca of Shanghai exploring the two cultures of modern and ancient within the same city. This tour is designed for 15-18 year old adoptive girls. It's a great way for your teen to get immersed and fall in love with China. 
What better way for your teen to experience China? Lotus coordinates travel and Jenni "Fang" Lee serves as the group leader and "cultural ambassador". This tour offers the best of both worlds that offers unique insights and experience for teens.

Schedule these tours below at anytime


Duration:16 days/15 nights   Price: from $1899 .00
Guangzhou, Guilin, Chengdu, Xian, Beijing
This is a tour specially designed to meet the interests for every member in your family and to ensure a balance of special hands on cultural activities, sightseeing and the leisure time the whole family needs.
Duration:14 days/13 nights  Price: from $2199 .00
Beijing, Xian, NanJing, WuXi, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai
One of the most educational and enriching experiences await your child through our newly established culture camp. With competitive pricing in comparison to other educational camps, this exciting adventure will allow your child to meet life-long friends while they explore their home country's ancient history. We have selected entertaining activities that will inspire the young travelers while they practice martial arts, visit local families, learn Chinese arts and crafts, and experience the rich history at popular tourist destinations. In the two-week program, your child will venture through seven different cities discovering The Forbidden City, The Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, and Eastern China cities. This memorable journey is one that your child will cherish forever.
Duration:18 days/17 nights  Price: from $2499 .00
Beijing, Xian, Mt. WuDang, YiChang, Yangtze River Cruise, Chongqing, Guangzhou
Enjoy the most famous features China has to offer, all in one trip. The Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and Forbidden City in Beijing, precede the famous relics of the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum of Xian. After visiting these significant historic achievements, enjoy a glimpse of China's largest building project since the Great Wall- visit the Three Gorges Dam. You can relax with breathtaking scenery on the luxurious Yangtze River cruise ship.
Duration:18 days/17 nights  Price: from $2599 .00
Beijing, Xian, Wuhan, Guangzhou
Enjoy a family "home-stay", language lessons, and learn traditional Kung Fu as you get off the "beaten path" for a while. This "camp" style tour offers it all!! In a few weeks, you can visit major sites of China, do some "summer camp" activities and spend time living with a middle class Chinese family. On this important return trip you may also choose to visit your child's orphanage or foster family and then end the trip with some relaxation time in luxury while going down memory lane. If you are looking for a lot of value in one trip, this "camp" tour offers it all. Join it today!
Duration:15 days/14 nights  Price: from $1850 .00
Shanghai, Wuhan, Guangzhou
Enjoy a special trip that starts in one of the largest and most modern cities in the world, Shanghai and departs from the bustling city of Guangzhou. In between these gateway cities, you get to step back in time and experience the delights of staying in a local family's home and enjoy the rustic setting of a farmer's home with a chance to feed a water buffalo. This tour also provides a unique opportunity to connect families in a meaningful way with a volunteer arrangement with the Wuhan orphanage. If your family is looking for a comprehensive tour, choose this one to get some realistic glimpses into the varied facets of life in China today.
Duration:14 days/13 nights  Price: from $1550 .00
Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Shanghai
This tour starts and ends in two different cities with claims to the title: "Largest". Beijing has the largest geographical area and Shanghai has the largest population. The trips to your child's province on days 8-10 are customized according to your preferences and price is determined accordingly.
Duration:15 days/14 nights  Price: from $1599 .00
Beijing, Xian, ChengDu, Guangzhou, US
Positive cultural heritage reinforcements often contribute to healthy and happy upbringings of adopted children. Learning and exploring their ethnic backgrounds under the guidance and unconditional supports of their families as they mature often enhance self-confidence and positive adoptive identities. This unique reunion tour is cautiously planned with the intention to assist families in orphanage visitation arrangements and spectacular explorations at their children's finding sites and provinces.
Duration:16 days/15 nights  Price: from $2150 .00
Guangzhou, Guilin, ChengDu, Xian, Beijing
Orphanage visits usually serve as one of the most important components of heritage tours since adopted children could discover their roots by exploring the place they used to stay; reuniting with the orphanage director and important staff members who took care of them prior to their immigrations to foreign countries with their adoptive parents is also critical, but could get emotional and stressful at times. Adoptive families are guaranteed to have smooth and memorable orphanage visitations to reinforce their gratitude toward the provinces where their children used to belong on this reunion tour.
Duration:16 days/15 nights  Price: from $1850 .00
Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Guangzhou
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.

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