China can be a great country for family holidays. There are fun and safe destinations, full of interesting and child-friendly activities to keep your children entertained. Take a photo with a panda cub in Chengdu, enjoy cycling in Yangshuo, experience high-speed trains around Shanghai…
Here are the 7 best places to visit for a family tour:
1. Beijing — the Great Wall, Rickshaws, Food Tours…
Beijing should be the top choice for your family's first trip to China. With its abundance of famous attractions and exciting experiences, Beijing will entertain children and broaden their cultural understanding.
Visit the Great Wall and try an exciting toboggan ride. Take a rickshaw ride through hutongs and find out some hidden snack shops.
If you want your kids to know more about Chinese culture, we could arrange a visit to a local family home to learn calligraphy or other traditional Chinese crafts. We could also arrange a tai chi class for your family.
If you come in winter, skiing and experiencing the Chinese New Year are recommended activities for families. Ski in an Olympic Winter Games venue, go to temple fairs, watch folk art performances, and walk in the streets to feel the atmosphere of the Chinese New Year.
All our tours can be customized based on your interests and requirements. Just contact us.
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First Trip to China
Ethan has been my tour guide for my four day trip to Beijing. He has been knowledgeable, polite, and most helpful. I was uncomfortable coming to China for the first time without speaking any Chinese at all. Ethan gave the tours, arranged for shows and literally took me to my seats. He also accompanied me to the train station to help figure my was around and help me find the correct train and car. I would definitely use China Highlights again in the future.more
Jan 2024, Megan Sandbothe
Beijing trip with Birthday surprise
Had a great time in Beijing with Bruce. On arrival he surprised me with a cake for my 30th Birthday which was a special touch. We toured the Great wall, Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven as well as a few other items. Bruce was really knowledgeable (especially about the symbolism in the Temple of Heaven). He also coordinated gaining entry quickly and moving between locations efficiently. Highly recommend.more
Jan 2024, Sherpa325441
Making Family Memories in China
Our Beijing guide Mark was fantastic! He is so knowledgeable about the history of each place we visited and he was very helpful in getting us to hotels, train stations, restaurants, excursions, etc. He took away all of the travel-related stress that can come with a big trip and we are so thankful to him and China Highlights! My parents are hard to please and they also have been very happy with the hotels and unique activities.more
Jan 2024, rosequarose
Beijing dicembre 2023
Siamo stati 3 giorni a Beijing e grazie a Franco siamo riusciti a vedere e apprezzare questa magnifica città. Lui è sempre stato disponibilissimo, pronto ad aiutarci per ogni nostra necessità. Essendo difficile trovare persone che parlano Inglese ci ha spiegato anche come farci intendere senza problemi. Sempre molto premuroso, attento e preparato. Ci ha spiegato perfettamente tutte le peculiarità della città e ci ha fatto assaggiare ogni giorno piatti nuovi per apprezzare la cucina cinese.more
Jan 2024, Michele Azzoni
Terry the best!
I had an awesome time in Beijing, Terry is the best not only guided us, it felt like I was being invited for a trip for an old family member, he was so caring for our needs as a big family group, learned our habits, likes and dislikes on the first day and accommodated us. I strongly recommend taking the tour with him, you will not regret itmore
Jan 2024, HugoA@732hugoa
Greatest Asian Experience
China Highlights organized the trip of a life time for my family with teens, from Japan, through Thailand to China. They were flexible and accommodating of our preferences, fast to react when there was a glitch, passionate and knowledgeable of everything we were seeing.All local guides, from Lena in Tokyo, Denis in Kyoto, Tom in Bangkok, Kai in Phuket, Martin in Hong Kong, William in Guilin, Linda in Zhangjiajie, to Jessie in Beijing, did their best to make sure everything went smoothly and to adjust to my teens' additional requests.more
Jan 2024, Gadjanov Dian
Viagem dos sonhos com nosso guia Terry
Servi?o impecável! Me baseei nas avalia??es e n?o me arrependi. Transporte pontual e responsável. Todo o processo de compra muito bem conduzido. Muito bem planejado. Perfeito do início ao fim. Por fim, o mais importante: o nosso guia Terry. Absolutamente perfeito. O tempo todo preocupado com o nosso bem estar. Cuidou de tudo, se preocupou com tudo. Talvez o guia mais atencioso q já vimos em nossas viagens, principalmente cuidando da crian?a pequena que nos acompanhava. ele nos proporcionou uma experiência inesquecível. Quem for comprar, n?o hesite, pois foi um sonho de viagem, gra?as a eles.more
Jan 2024, Mr s@k89Rsmrs
Best of the Best
We visited Beijing with guide Mark, Xi’an with Jenny, Guilin with Frank, and Shanghai with guide Kris. Each guide was so unique but they all had in common a passion for their city and a true kindness. They were early for all of the airport and train station pickups and helped us so much checking into hotels and flights. We tried so many different foods special to each region and appreciated the great recommendations from the guides. The activities we did were a combination of “must-see” sites like the Great Wall, Forbidden Palace, Teracotta soldiers, and participating in local arts like shadow puppetry, fan making, and seeing cultural shows.more
Jan 2024, Rose A
Ski trip to Thaiwoo Ski resort & Beijing Tour
Our Beijing Tour guide Terry, who is very experience and able to explain the history of China. We went to forbidden city, Tiananmen and hutong walking area and took us to a very delicious dumpling restaurant. His English is perfect and very kind to kids also.The trip went smoothly and everything was very well organized, good communications. kids had a lot of fun. Highly recommended for China Highlight when travel to China , Terry - Beijing Tour & Ryo at Thaiwoo ski resortmore
Jan 2024, Explorer00356257314
Bejing for 3 days
We spent 3 days in Beijing and our guide, Ethan, was immediately courteous, punctual and full of advice on Chinese customs and habits. When it came to telling us the history of places and monuments, he always gave complete and exhaustive explanations.more
Jan 2024, Matteo Giudici Turati
3 GG a Pechino
Abbiamo visitato con lui e il driver (ottimo anche lui), la città proibita,il tempio del paradiso, piazza tiennamen e la grande muraglia......stra consiglio Ethan come guida.more
Jan 2024, Matgiu
Great experience in cold Beijing
Bruce was excellent in taking us around Beijing. He was very knowledgeable with the history and the details of each attraction. He knew all the ins and outs and didn’t have to queue where everyone had to. He was also patient with us being a bit older and less than fit especially going up the Great Wall. I would highly recommend Bruce to anyone who wants to do a private tour.more
Dec 2023, sgwelly
Ethan was amazing! He showed us all the detailed attraction and gave us all the useful information and also suggest us places to go. He was really supportive and make our trip unforgettable!more
Dec 2023, Alessandra
First private tour with China Highlights.
The tour guides were all knowledgeable and efficient in taking guiding us through many remarkable historical or natural sites.more
Dec 2023, Catherine W
Terry is the best Tour Guide
Our tour guide Terry was absolutely fantastic. His attitude was amazing, he was very patient with us and the best thing he gave us was his wealth of knowledge when it came Chinese History. This knowledge is exactly why we wanted to visit China and through his words we found it very easy to immerse ourselves in the beautiful architecture and scenery we found ourselves in.more
Dec 2023, sajjads@680sajjads
Best tour experience!
We booked a tour with Terry for the forbidden city, Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall of China. Terry went above and beyond in providing us with an amazing experience. He spoke fluent English and educated us on the history of the places we visited and answered every question we could think of. He was extremely helpful and friendly and made an amazing trip even more enjoyable.more
Dec 2023, 598ishamams
4 days in Beijing
Jack was welcoming and warm when we arrived at Beijing airport tired late at night. He was diligent and hardworking taking us around the many historical landmarks in Beijing. Whilst it is cold in winter (and we caught the first snow!), it was very enjoyable visiting Mutianyu because there were no crowds.more
Dec 2023, Catherine Wong
Great places, great food
We visited the Great Wall, The Southern Gong Lane, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace. Amazing places. Our guide, Jeffrey was excellent. The driver was also helpful. The selected halal restaurants are so good with lots of delicious meals to choose.more
Dec 2023, Farid S
Had an awesome trip with Helen as our tour guide in Beijing and Tianjin. She is such a warm personality and highly motivated guide (recommendable!). Also appreciate the little Christmas gift that she gave to us.more
Dec 2023, Ang
5-star experience in Beijing
Kitty spoke good English and was very knowledgeable. She provided great insights on the places we visited and went the extra mile to help us with our requests on shopping, massages and even to arrange a last minute acrobat show.Both Kitty and Mr Ho were very accommodating to the changes we made in our itinerary during the trip, and Kitty was very caring - she gave me a scarf as I had forgotten to bring mine, and even bought me medication when I was feeling under the weather.more
Dec 2023, sharon
2. Guilin — Countryside Cycling, Rice Terraces, Bamboo Rafts…
Traveling in Guilin is mostly about natural beauty and leisure. Guilin has the most famous karst (toothy peaks) in the world, with limpid rivers and lakes, verdant hills, grotesque rocks, and mysterious caves.
Guilin offers colorful outdoor activities for adults and kids. Touring the karst countryside of Yangshuo by bike, hiking Longsheng's rice terraces, cruising along the Li River, and visiting minority villages offer so much breathtaking scenery and new experiences that no kid could be bored! Visiting the local market and learning to cook a Chinese dish is also fun.
In a hot summer, you could have fun with a SUP to enjoy the cool water, explore a wild cave without colored lights, and jump into the natural and crystal pools.
3. Xi'an — a Lifesize Model Army, Ancient Wall Cycling…
Xi'an's most famous attraction is the famous Terracotta Warriors. Although it is a historical spot, it can still be a very interesting experience. You could make a mini terracotta warrior with your kids. It allows children to learn about the history behind the attraction in a more interesting way.
Besides the awesome Terracotta Army, there are lots of fun things for kids in Xi'an, such as enjoying cycling on the Ancient Wall and going on a food-hunting tour in the famous food street in Muslim Quarter.
4. Shanghai — Skyscrapers, Theme Parks, Fast Trains…
Shanghai is also a good city to visit to let children have fun while learning about today's China, not just through the media.
In Shanghai, there are lots of places for the kids to explore, from the top of the Shanghai Tower (the world's 2nd tallest building) to the numerous theme parks like Disneyland and Haichang Ocean Park.
You could also experience the super-fast, magnetically-levitated trains, and the best circus in the world.
- 2-Week Beijing – Xi'an – Chengdu – Yangtze Cruise – Shanghai Tour
- Contact us to create an itinerary based on your requirements
5. Chengdu — Cute Pandas, the Giant Buddha…
Chengdu's biggest star is the giant panda. It's a good city to visit with your kids. You could see the lovely pandas and their cubs and even take part in a panda volunteer program to make panda cakes, clean their enclosures, and watch them being fed at a close distance.
If your family loves nature, a journey out of the city to the fairyland scenery of Jiuzhaigou is recommended. Leshan Giant Buddha is also a popular destination to see the largest Buddha in the world carved into a mountain.
6. Hong Kong — Disneyland, Beaches, Hiking Trails…
Hong Kong is a perfect destination for family tours, with parks, peaks, and nature reserves galore. It's China with Western quality and safety standards!
Children will have fun meeting cartoon characters in Disneyland, taking a boat ride at a fishing village, and riding the tram up Victoria Peak. Hong Kong's beaches and hiking trails are perfect for escaping the bustle of the city.
7. Dengfeng — Kungfu, Yellow River…
You may have seen many movies about Chinese kung fu. Shaolin Kungfu is the most famous type. Shaolin Temple is the cradle of Chinese martial arts. It's the best place for your family to see kungfu displays and even take a kungfu class.
On the way, you could visit Zhengzhou to see the Yellow River, China's "mother river". There's a riverside park where you could appreciate the world's muddiest major river, and you could learn about the area where Chinese civilization began.
The Most Popular Family Tours
China is fun and exciting for families. If you are planning a family tour to China, please see our recommended family tours below for inspiration:
- 11 Days Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin/Yangshuo, Shanghai Family Tour — the most classic family itinerary
- More family tour ideas
Or contact us to tailor-make your dream family tour according to your requirements.