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 email@example.com.
Duration:12 days/10 nights Price: $1760 .00
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.
Duration:10 days/9 nights Price: $1599.00
Visit the sites of Chengdu (hug pandas!?); explore the Terra Cotta Warriors and ride a bicycle on the city wall of Xian; browse the beautifully grand sites of Beijing such as the Great Wall, Summer Palace, and much more! Of course, we arrange for you to not just to "visit" China, but experience it too!
Duration:10 days/9 nights Price: $1599.00
Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou
Ever wanted to experience China during the wonderful season of Chinese New Year? Here is your chance!
You can explore the East Coast of China when you stroll the canal-lined streets of Suzhou and visit the wonderful water gardens of Shanghai. You get to celebrate Chinese New Year Fair with local people at Guyi Garden in Shanghai. Here families do many riddle games; watch lion and dragon dances or lantern shows while eating snacks and spend time together. If you've already traveled to China before, this culture trip is a perfect return trip to delve deeper in to regular life in China, as you visit during this time of celebration. A trip to explore the wonderful water cities of Shanghai, Hangzhou and Wuzhen is a great opportunity to visit some lesser known sites. Since you are there during the CNY holiday, you will get to walk under the lantern displays, hear the CNY firework explosions and "drink in" all the moments of celebrating this coming new year in China.
Duration:12 days/10 nights Price: $1576.00
Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Yangshuo,
Start with the spectacular sites of Beijing and then take the train to experience the treasure trove of history in Xian and experience the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. Hug a panda in Chengdu and take in the local face-changing show; you and your companions will spend time trying to figure out the secret to this magical ancient art. The lively and low key schedule allows your kids that important "down time" as well with the hotel swimming pools and western amenities. You and your kids will have time to kick back, but still experience many cultural highlights on this tour!
Duration:12 days/10 nights Price: $2295 .00
Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Yangshuo,
This trip offers a great group experiences for key cultural sites, and allows you to design your own private family tour! In addition to the "must see" Great Wall and Forbidden City; you will visit Tiananmen Square; get to see and "hug" a panda; study the amazing Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses exhibit; stay overnight at a farmer's home; visit a local elementary school and cruise among one of the most beautiful and recognizable landscapes in all of China along the Li River. Then you can follow your own family's path, as you design it. You choose the length of your stay; the cities for your child's province visit, and your departure city. 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
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.
Duration:10 days/ 9 nights Price: $2750 .00
Chengdu,JiuZhaiGou,Mt. Leshan, Mt. EMei,Xian,Mt. Hua Shan
This is an ideal trip if you want to explore natural beauty of mountains and valleys while visiting key sites of the Buddhism. First you will get to absorb the amazing beauty of Jiuzhaigou, which is considered a "cousin" to Yellowstone Park in America. Jiuzhaigou means "valley of nine lakes". It is a wonderful place in between mountains, known for its many multi-level waterfalls, colorful lakes and snow peaks with breathtaking beauty.
Duration:12 days / 11 nights Price: $1750 .00
Chengdu,JiuZhaiGou,Mt. Leshan, Mt. EMei,Xian,Mt. Hua Shan
You will be fascinated by the flower bridges, architecture and unique customs of the Dong people. As you travel into a variety of minority ethnic regions, you will delve into and diverse social customs of these amazing minority groups, some of which have been left almost untouched by modern life. While traveling around these villages, you may find cafes or teahouses, which often carry local flare and are great places to learn more about the village and life in the area.
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Duration:10 days/9 nights Price: from $1870 .00
This tour captures several avenues for exploring life within one of the most beautiful regions of China. You will get to stay at a luxury hotel at the top of the amazing Huangshan Mountain, with its grand vistas and sunrise observation deck. This tour also takes you to explore "China's most beautiful village" of Wuyuan, which offers stunning landscapes, deep caves set among the majestic mountains with crystal clear rivers.
Duration:16 days/15 nights Price: from $1980 .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 $2299 .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 $2599 .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 $2699 .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!
Dration:12 days/10 nights Price: from $2215 .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:15 days/14 nights Price: from $2079 .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 $1610 .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 $1660 .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 $2240 .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 $1925 .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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