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How to Plan a Family Tour of Beijing

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Beijing, an oriental tourist hot spot combining a long and rich history with modern life, is not only the most popular China tour destination for young and senior travelers, but also for family tours. We at China Highlights here provide some suggestions for Beijing family tour planning.

  • Duration: Usually five days to one week is enough.
  • Best time to go? Autumn (cool and comfortable weather and best fall foliage scenery from September to November)! See our Beijing September, October, and November weather summaries.
  • What to pack? Camera, any necessary medicine, a Beijing subway map, and a Beijing city center attractions and transport map.
  • Weather: If you travel in winter bring thermal clothes, especially for children. Don't stay outside for a long time.
  • Look after your children near roads because the traffic in Beijing is often busy.

Attractions That Children Love

Your children may be interested in parks, museums, historical sites, shopping streets, and authentic snacks and restaurants. Beijing has all these and much more to give you an unforgettable tour.

Beijing Happy Valley

beijing happy valleyBeijing Happy Valley

Various recreation facilities and cartoon characters are in this dreamlike and adventurous fairytale kingdom. The night performances in summer are brilliant.

Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park

Similar to Beijing Happy Valley, Shijingshan Amusement Park is another large theme park in Beijing with many fun rides. It is also a great wonderland for children.

Beijing Zoo and Beijing Ocean Park

Animals are many children's favorite interest. Beijing Zoo has a large number of animals, including pandas, giraffes, and some rare species. The dolphin and other ocean star performances in the ocean park are must-see shows in Beijing Zoo.

Beijing World Park

All the famous world landmarks in Beijing World Park provide you with an interesting introduction to the world. Without traveling to other countries you can get a feeling of taking a round-the-world tour.

Also read Top 8 Water Parks in China.

Skiing in Winter

Ski resorts around Beijing give you a great opportunity to go skiing with your family with professional skiing instruction and equipment. Many children love this activity.

Ski ResortHours from the City CenterLocationSeason
Nanshan Ski Resort1.5 hoursNear the village of Miyun, about 60 kilometers northeast of BeijingDecember – late February
Badaling Ski Resort1.5 hoursThree kilometers from the Great WallDecember – March
Lianhuashan Ski Resort1.5 hoursZhang Sub-district, Shunyi District near Beijing's International AirportDecember – March

Check out more top ski resorts in China.

Apart from going skiing, skating on lakes or rivers is another highlight in Beijing. Beihai Park and the Summer Palace are great places for travelers and local people to have fun.

Interesting Activities for Children

  • In the hutongs: learning to apply facial makeup for Beijing opera and Chinese calligraphy, and making kites, dough figurines, and dumplings
  • In Temple of Heaven Park: flying kites (best time: spring and autumn) and learning tai chi
  • Touring around the city by insider-car: you can take a inside-car (at most two people and a professional driver of the car rent agency) to travel around Beijing city, or some famous attractions (like the Great Wall).

Meals

What if your children don't like Chinese food? Don't worry. There are plenty of children-oriented foreign restaurants and Western restaurants with good English service, such as KFC and McDonald's, which can be easily found on the streets, especially near the attractions and shopping malls. We have listed several recommended Western restaurants in Beijing for you.

The most representative food in Beijing is Beijing duck, and most children and grownups like that! Local snacks can be found in the ancient snack streets.

Please see best food and restaurants in Beijing Hutongs, and top 10 snacks shops in Beijing for more choices.

Accommodation

Some traditional hotels, such as courtyard residences (siheyuans) in the hutongs, have unique characteristics. The Chinese old-style houses retain a quiet charm. If you want to experience the idiomatic Beijing life of the past, choose a siheyuan!

Han Royal Garden Hotel and Red Wall Garden Hotel are two exquisite hotels with rich Chinese ancient-style atmosphere. They are located in Hutongs, where you can really have a great experience of the local life. 

Hotel Reservation

Highly-sought-after hotels in Beijing need reservations especially in the peak season (from late spring to autumn and some important holidays, such as the Labor Day and National Day holidays).

Click here for Beijing Accommodation.

Beijing Family Tours

Choose from our customizable tours below, or contact us for a tailor-made Beijing family tour. China Highlights will provide you with superb service.

Beijing Family Tours

TourCost
4-Day Beijing Family Tour$519
5-Day Beijing Family Tour$609

Other Package Family Tours including Beijing

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Top China Family Vacation Tour9 days$1799Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai
Panda and Yangtze River Cruise Family Tour11 days$2209Beijing, Xi'an, Chongqing, Yangtze River, Yichang, Shanghai
Beijing with Yangtze River and Panda-Keeping Tour12 days$2299Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Yangtze River, Yichang, Shanghai
Beijing to Guilin and Hong Kong Family Tour10 days$2499Beijing, Guilin, Yangshuo, Hong Kong
Ancient China and Natural Wonders Family Tour11 days$2399Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai