11 China trips to take with your kids this summer

Explore a new side of China as a family this summer

Gorge hike with Country Holidays
There's so much that your family can explore in China, so if you're only staying in the country for a few years you better start planning!

We asked China's top tour companies (those that create respectful and sustainable travel experiences) for top trips for expat families with kids. From the Silk Road to luxury camping, pandas to the Yunnan Golden Monkey, your children will have adventures they'll treasure forever.


Explore the Silk Road


7 Days Silk Road – From Kashgar to Dunhuang

The Silk Road, which took tradesmen and monks from Europe to Asia, evokes exotic images of long caravan lines stretching across vast sand dunes and dusty travellers relaxing in the shade of a desert oasis. Ride a camel in the Gobi desert, be awed by the impressive grottos at Dunhuang, and stop by Kashgar to catch the biggest farm market in central Asia.


Travel company? Country Holidays

How much? 16,990RMB per adult and 14,180RMB per child for seven days including flights.




Volunteer with giant pandas


3 Days Face to Face with Panda

Volunteer at the Ya’an Bifengxia Reserve in Sichuan Province for a close encounter with giant pandas and help clean up their living quarters! You can also take a boat trip to Leshan Buddha, the largest Buddha statue in the world.


Travel company? Country Holidays

How much? 7,890RMB per adult and 4,780RMB per child for three days including flights.

Trek an ancient forest

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Tucked away in Yunnan Province, the ancient town of Heijing and the Yuanmou forest are non-touristy choices for a tranquil holiday. Kids can run around the forest, home to dinosaurs millions of years ago, and pretend to be princes and princesses living among the strangely shaped sandstone sculptures. Heijing is a sleepy town where you can wander along cobbled streets or head out to the hills to visit temples.


Travel company? China Minority Travel

How much? 9,860RMB in total for 3-4 people, including accommodation, private car and English-speaking guide.


Observe Golden Monkies


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Deep in the remote forests of southwestern China lives the Yunnan Golden (or snub-nosed) Monkey, whose human-like features have made them the subject of legends in China. and yet they’re one of the world’s most endangered primates, with less than 2,000 remaining in their native China. Head out to the Unesco World Heritage sites where they live, observe the monkeys in their natural habitat and work with local ethnic minorities to raise awareness about their plight.


Travel company? EcoAction

How much? 10,000-12,000RMB per person for 8-10 days, which covers most costs except flights.


Sleep in a yurt on the grasslands

5 Days Inner Mongolia - Grassland Desert & Manchu Culture

A region known for its vast grasslands, Inner Mongolia celebrates Naadam Festival in the summer. Witness nomadic culture with singing, dancing, wrestling, horse races and archery. Get your kids up early to go horse riding and see the sunrise in the grasslands, or stay up late to ride camels into the desert to enjoy the sunset.


Travel company? Country Holidays
How much? 7,380RMB per adult and 5,730RMB per child for five days including flights.


Go glamping in Gansu


The Norden Camp Tents


Maybe your mini urbanites aren't prepared for a full-on camping experience. Escape the summer heat and head to Gansu, where you can experience sustainable luxury glamping (glam camping) at Norden Camp, founded and staffed by local nomads. Go stargazing or horseback riding, hike through the surrounding countryside or visit a local nomad family.


Travel company? WildChina

How much? Starting from US$1,340 per person for a family of four, including accommodation and breakfast, English-speaking guide, local transportation, snacks and drinking water, admission fees and activity expenses. This is a four-day tour, titled 'Tibetan Camping Retreat (Norden Camp)'.



Scale high peaks


Huangshan


The dramatic rocky peaks of Huangshan (yellow mountain) in Anhui Province are now easier to reach than ever, with the new bullet train connecting the area to Beijing. Step onto the set of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as you wander through sleepy Hui villages and lush green bamboo forests. Go on a hike and marvel at the ever-changing sea of clouds weaving in and out of towering peaks, or get tough in kung fu classes.


Travel company? WildChina

How much? Starting from US$1,075 per person for a family of four, including accommodation and breakfast, English-speaking guide, local transportation, snacks and drinking water, admission fees and activity expenses. This is a 4-day tour, titled 'The Yellow Mountain (Huangshan)'.



Visit village guesthouses

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Guizhou, a mountainous province in southwest China, is dotted with villages of the Buyi, Miao and Gejia people, many of whom still live in traditional wooden houses. Some of these have been converted into guesthouses that visitors can stay at – a great experience for families. Kids can swim in the river, explore caves and see how colourful paper or tofu is made.


Travel company? China Minority Travel

How much? 5,000RMB per person for five days, including private car, guide and accommodation.


Explore nature reserves


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Go deep into Hainan province and visit Yinggeling, one of the best nature reserves in China. stay with the villagers and help with their farming, and listen to expert local guides who will introduce your kids to ethnic minority culture, tropical forest species and local cuisine.


Travel company? EcoAction

How much? 10,000-12,000RMB per person for 8-10 days, which covers most costs except flights.


Go for a gorge hike


6 Days Lijiang – The Naxi Heartland with Tiger Leaping Gorge


Lijiang is the heart of the Naxi minority. Explore ancient old towns, well-preserved houses and Naxi women selling their trade. The highlight is the Tiger Leaping Gorge hike – tramp through lovely terraces along precipitous gorges with the snow-capped Jade Dragon Mountain in constant sight.


Travel company? Country Holidays

How much? 11,970RMB per adult and 10,350RMB per child for six days including flights.


Immerse yourself in Tibetan culture


Songtsam Tacheng Building and Valley


Head to the southeastern tip of the Tibetan Plateau to discover dramatic landscapes - from towering gorges and fertile valleys to Yunnan’s highest and holiest summit. Immerse yourself in rich Tibetan culture as you relax in secluded, Tibetan-style lodges. Visit the locals in their homes for dinner and chant sutras with a monastery Lama. Kids will love tracking the snub-nosed monkeys at the national reserve, or trying out the complimentary activities such as painting and yoga available at the lodges.


Travel company? WildChina

How much? Starting from US$2,225 per person for a family of four, including accommodation and breakfast, English-speaking guide, local transportation, snacks and drinking water, admission fees and activity expenses. This is an 8-day tour, titled 'The Songtsam Circuit'.


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