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Panda Heritage Tour

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.

Enjoy a scenic Li River Cruise, hug an adorable baby panda and explore the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. Designed exclusively for adoptive families and their travel companions, this tour is carefully crafted to ensure a balance of special hands on cultural activities, sightseeing and free time that the whole family needs. This tour starts in Southern China and concludes in Northern China. The trips to your child's province on days 8-10 are customized according to your preferences and price is determined accordingly.

Tour Overview
Tour Code: PHT-06
Trip Duration: 16 days/15 nights
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Guangzhou, Guilin, Chengdu, Xian, Beijing
Departure Dates: Every Monday
Day 1 : US/Guangzhou
meals: N/A
Depart US for China to begin your Panda Heritage Tour. Get your journal ready to record your weeks of 'once- in-a-lifetime' memories!
Day 2 : Guangzhou
meals: N/A
Arrive at Guangzhou New BaiYun International Airport. Your private English-speaking guide and driver will bring you to the hotel upon your arrival. Have a good rest tonight to adjust to your new time zone and surroundings.
Day 3 : Guangzhou/Guilin
meals: B/L/D
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 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. Take the late afternoon bullet train to Guilin.
Day 4 : Guilin/Yangshuo/Guilin
meals: B/L/D
After breakfast, embark on a scenic cruise along the Li River 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 5 : Guilin
meals: B/L/D
Begin your tour with a visit to the Reed Flute Caves (Ludi Yan). Enjoy the spectacular 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). After lunch, 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.
Day 6 : Guilin/Chengdu
meals: B/L
After breakfast, your local guide and driver will bring you to the airport and arrange for your flight to Chengdu. After your arrival in Chengdu and a tasty lunch, explore the Silk Embroidery Institute and the People's Park with Tea House and Garden.
Day 7 : Chengdu
meals: B/L
Embark on an extraordinary journey to the Panda Breeding Research Base this morning. After lunch, visit the fascinating SanXingDui Museum. Little is known about the mysterious cultural and religious beliefs of the people of SanXingDui, yet visitors will gain a sense of the culture through intriguing displays of ancient and rare artifacts used in daily life and religious ceremonies.
Day 8 : Chengdu/Province
meals: B
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 around the area and absorbing a sense of the city and locale.
Day 9 : Province
meals: N/A
Design the itinerary you wish for the hometown area visit. Most often it includes an orphanage visit and meeting staff in the morning, followed by a lunch meal at a local restaurant. If desired, we have guides are also trained to assist adoptees/families who choose to explore clues for birth family connections. Please let us know your goals and we will customize plans according to your objectives. You may contact iris@lotustours.net to discuss additional questions.
Day 10 : Province/Xian
meals: N/A
Today you will fly from your child's Province to Xian, which is a cultural treasure trove of Chinese history. This evening, just relax and walk around the city, journal about your family's connections and insights regarding the last couple of days or cuddle up in the hotel with some food.
Day 11 : Xian
meals: B/L
Explore the breathtaking Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum today. Discovered by several local farmers in 1974, the 2,000-year-old lifelike warriors are known as the 8th world wonder. Learn to make Chinese traditional JiaoZi (dumplings) in the local restaurant and have a JiaoZi lunch there.
Day 12 : Xian/Beijing
meals: B/L/D
After breakfast, you may visit the Xi'an Museum, where antiques from the Prehistoric era through the Qing Dynasty are on display. In the afternoon, visit Xian's ancient city wall and enjoy the panoramic views of the city. This is the only intact city wall in China. Enjoy walking, exercising and riding a bike as a family. Tonight, have a wonderfully fun excursion as you get onboard an overnight express train to Beijing. While others take care of travel, cozy up in your train berth for a peaceful night's rest.
Day 13 : Beijing
meals: L
Arrive in Beijing this morning. Your local tour guide and driver will meet you at the train station exit; they will bring you to your hotel after breakfast. 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 14 : 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 15 : Beijing
meals: B/L
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.
Day 16 : Beijing/US
meals: B
Please meet your private English-speaking tour guide and driver at the hotel lobby and travel to the Beijing International Airport for your international flight back to the United States. Cross the International Dateline and arrive home on the same day.


    B = Breakfast      L = Chinese Lunch                D = Chinese Dinner
    CA= Air China     CZ=China Southern Airline     MU=China Eastern Airlines
Tour Prices:
Valid: Apr 01, 2024 - Mar 31, 2025
1 Person 2-5 Persons 6-9 Persons 10 Persons Hotel Single Supplement
Standard Class $4790.00 $2820.00 $2160.00 / $500.00
Deluxe Class $5020.00 $2940.00 $2280.00 / $590.00
Superior Class $5490.00 $3170.00 $2515.00 / $770.00
Note: child price is 80% of adult price.

City Standard Class Deluxe Class Superior Class
Guangzhou . Jinjiang Inn(Haizhu Jiangtai Road Metro Station) Guangzhou Ocean Hotel Guangzhou China Hotel
Guilin . Guilin Days Hotel Guilin Exhibition International Hotel Guilin Exhibition International Hotel
Chengdu . Chengdu Ibis Hotel Minshan Lhasa Grand Hotel Chengdu Tibet Hotel
Xian . Tang City Hotel Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an DaJing Castle Hotel
Beijing . Phoenix Palace Hotel Novotel Peace Hotel Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong

Hotel Information:
Hotel Indoor Pool Outdoor Pool Gym Safe Box Refrigerator Hair Dryer Kitchen
Jinjiang Inn(Haizhu Jiangtai Road Metro Station)             √
Guangzhou Ocean Hotel     √   √   √   √   √
Guangzhou China Hotel     √   √   √   √   √
Guilin Days Hotel         √   √   √
Guilin Exhibition International Hotel   √     √   √   √   √
Guilin Exhibition International Hotel   √     √   √   √   √
Chengdu Ibis Hotel       √     √   √
Minshan Lhasa Grand Hotel       √   √   √   √
Chengdu Tibet Hotel       √   √   √   √
Tang City Hotel             √
Grand Noble Hotel       √   √   √   √
Xi'an DaJing Castle Hotel       √   √   √   √
Phoenix Palace Hotel           √   √
Novotel Peace Hotel   √     √   √   √   √
Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong   √       √   √   √


  • Airfare of Guilin/Chengdu
  • Xian/Beijing soft sleeper train tickets, Guangzhou/Guilin soft seat train tickets.
  • 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


  • 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 8-10 and the airfare of Chengdu - province city - Xian which can be arranged with extra cost by us
  • Optional Program.

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  • Airfare:Airfare is due at time of ticket issuance.
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