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China for the Family. Waking the Sleeping Giant.

Land of towering mountains, magnificent silks, porcelain, pandas, pageantry, and people. China is an inscrutable country, a place of mystery. Her cities, her Great Wall, her majestic landscapes all beckon families seeking to understand China’s role in today’s world. China is a land in flux; her people have strong ties to a traditional way of life that is being brought into focus against a backdrop of 21st-century changes. R. Crusoe & Son offers a sample journey to help your family unravel it all with a look at Shanghai, Guilin, Xian, and Beijing.


Type:Custom Journeys/Family Journeys


Sample Journey

Day 1: United States
• Overnight flight to China.
Overnight in flight

Day 2: Shanghai, China
• Land in Shanghai, hotel check-in.
Overnight in Shanghai

Day 3: Shanghai
• Shanghai Urban Planning Hall.
• Pudong District.
• People Mover to the Bund for walking tour including Nanshi and Yu Yuan Garden.
Overnight in Shanghai

Day 4: Shanghai
• Day of private car, driver, and guide, with options for a variety of destinations based on the family's interests, including a Shanghainese cooking class, Suzhou, shopping, silk workshop, historic water town, French Concession and Jewish Quarter, M50 art district.
• Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe performance.
Overnight in Shanghai

Day 5: Guilin
• Fly to Guilin, hotel check-in.
• Reed Flute Cave.
• Watch fishermen fish on the Li River using great cormorants.
Overnight in Guilin

Day 6: Guilin
• Li River cruise.
• Bike riding or river rafting options.
• Return to the city.
• "Impressions Sanjie Liu" cultural show.
Overnight in Guilin

Day 7: Guilin, Xian
• Morning at leisure in Guilin.
• Reflexology lesson.
• Fly to Xian, hotel check-in.
Overnight in Xian

Day 8: Xian
• Introduction to the archaeological site of the terracotta warriors of Emperor Qin Shi Huang (UNESCO World Heritage site). Brief opportunity to privately view the figures in the restoration area at the rear of the excavation pit.
• Tang Dynasty Show performance.
Overnight in Xian

Day 9: Xian
• Bike ride along the city's ancient wall, including a visit to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda.
• Hands-on dumpling cooking lesson.
• Muslim Quarter walking tour.
• Shaanxi Provincial Museum to see curator-led look at Tang Dynasty murals.
Overnight in Xian

Day 10: Xian, Beijing
• Staff-member led tour of Han Yangling Museum ceramic miniatures.
• Fly to Beijing, hotel check-in.
Overnight in Beijing

Day 11: Beijing Countryside, Beijing
• Drive past Beijing Olympics sites: the Water Cube and the Bird's Nest.
• Drive to the Great Wall at Mu Tian Yu.
• Ascend to the Wall on foot or by cable car; descend by toboggan. Please ask about option to go helicopter flightseeing over the Wall.
• Return to Beijing.
• Attend a Kung Fu performance.
Overnight in Beijing

Day 12: Beijing
• Beijing Zoo.
• Summer Palace.
Cyclo tour of Hutong, including a home visit.
• Beijing Opera behind-the-scenes tour and performance.
Overnight in Beijing

Day 13: Beijing
• T'ai chi lesson at the Temple of Heaven.
• Tiananmen Square.
• Forbidden City, with option to enter off-limits prince's residence with a staff member.
• Walk up Coal Hill for views.
Overnight in Beijing

Day 14: Beijing; United States
• Fly home.

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Sample Pricing

Per person sharing room for this 14-day China sample family itinerary from $7,980

Internal air per person (estimate) $780

Pricing depends on, among other things, the number of people traveling. The above price is based on the sightseeing, hotels, meals, and number of days included in the sample itinerary. R. Crusoe will create a tour to meet your family's specific needs.

For more information, to book, or to speak to an R. Crusoe & Son tour specialist, please call us at 800-585-8555.

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Pre-Tour & Post-Tour Options

China is a very big place. No single journey there can cover every traveler’s complete wish list. So R. Crusoe offers an easy and seamless way to enhance your China adventure. Consider adding one or two (or more) of these extensions to dig deeper into China.

     Have a look at the following four mini-journeys, and see which suits you and your fellow travelers. Then allow our tour specialists to add them to the main Crusoe China tour you just read about in a way that makes the most sense for you and yours.

Hong Kong, China. 3 Days.

Explore this former über-colony as it finds it way in tomorrow’s landscape. Poke around the city’s commercial heart, and step inside a walled village that preserves local ways of the past. ManMo Temple is one of our favorites in town. See why. Sample Pricing: Per person sharing room from $1,690 for this three-day extension.

Hangzhou. A Thousand Years of Tradition. 4 Days.

Come and see what many consider China’s most beautiful region. Marco Polo gushed about Hangzhou back in the 13th century.Here, China’s finest tea is grown on beautiful mountain terraces. Explore beloved West Lake, and examine the traditional architecture on its shores. Sample Pricing: Per person sharing room from $1,990 for this four-day extension.

Guilin. Poetry in Motion. 4 Days.

Guilin has long been a magnet for China’s writers, artists, and the like. Serene, hilly, and ancient, the region around the city boasts lovely traditional architecture, gorgeous rice terraces, and the pretty Li River. Come see it all for yourself. Sample Pricing: Per person sharing room from $1,490 for this four-day extension.

Have you already seen Shanghai, Beijing, and Xian? Are you ready to dig deeper into China and continue into Tibet? If so, the following two itineraries lead you west, beginning in Yunnan Province and continuing into the Himalayan foothills. From Yunnan, our travels reveal the cultural shift from native Han peoples and Chinese minority peoples to a more heavily Tibetan-influenced way of life. The change is palpable, and it is quite interesting.

     Understand that we are penetrating areas of China that few travelers have the opportunity to visit. Happily, there are good—sometimes even extraordinary—hotels to keep us comfortable along the way.

     These two journeys, by the way, complement one another perfectly. If you’ve got the time, take them together for one grand adventure through western China and Tibet. Speak to an R. Crusoe tour specialist to learn how, and visit our Yunnan Province and Lhasa, Yarlung, & Dunhuang pages on our website for additional information on these journeys.

Yunnan Province & Shangri-La. Reaching for Hidden China.

Meet the minority peoples of China, who live as they have for centuries in their native Yunnan villages. We continue northwest into the lovely and timeless town of Lijiang, where streets are lined with rare examples of ancient Chinese architecture, untouched. Then across the Sino-Tibetan border into Gyalthang, recently rechristened “Shangri-La” by the forward-thinking Chinese government. Sample Pricing: Per person sharing room from $5,980 for this 11-day itinerary.

Head in the Clouds, Feet on the Silk Road. Lhasa, the Yarlung Valley, & Dunhuang.

Begin in Chengdu, home of China’s giant panda breeding center. From here, we fly to Lhasa for a taste of Tibet’s wonderful vibrancy. Then descend into the picturesque Yarlung Valley. Finally, to Dunhuang, important oasis on the Silk Road and home of the outstanding Mogao Caves, where Buddha lives on in many incarnations. Sample Pricing: Per person sharing room from $4,890 for this 10-day itinerary.

Remember that R. Crusoe & Son can create China pre-tour and post-tour itineraries of any length to meet your exact specifications.

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