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How to Plan a Family Tour with Kids in China

Once you make up your mind to have a family tour to China, a family travel plan is necessary before your trip in order to get the best experience for your family and your kids. How to plan a family tour with kids in China? What to know before you go to China with your kids? Just read on to know about some tips for travelling with kids in China.


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Best Time to Visit China

Choose the best time to visit is really important for a family trip in China. Generally speaking, for most of kids-friendly cities in China, the best time to visit will be from April to October, but the exact best month varies from different places you plan to visit.

Since your visiting time may be more available during summer vacation, Christmas break and spring break due to the school schedule of your kids, you could choose a suitable time according to your condition. Just noted that July and August in China will be a little bit hot, and also crowded because of the summer vacation for students.


Crowded Season:

  • Late Jan. or early Feb. (Chinese Spring Festival)
  • First week of May (Labor Day);
  • First week of October (National Day)



Better to avoid these periods since the price for hotel and transportation may be higher and it’s crowded everywhere.

Li River in Guilin
Li River in Guilin

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Best Cities to Visit for a Family Tour

Consider kids-friendly cities first while picking family tour destinations in China, no matter for more convenient transportation and facilities, or more fun things to do for kids. The best cities to visit for family with kids listed below may help you to find out an ideal answer for where to visit in China.

Beijing, capital of China, is no wonder a must-visit city for your family tour in China. The long history and rich culture in Beijing may give your family great choices for exploring historical sites, delicious Chinese food and local customs.

The Great Wall
The Great Wall in Beijing

Best Visiting Time: spring and autumn

Kids-friendly Attractions: Mutianyu Great Wall; Summer Palace; Forbidden City; Temple of Heaven; National Stadium Beijing; Beijing National Aquatics Center

Shanghai is a great choice for your family to experience modern China. Regardless of those designable skyscrapers in Shanghai, your kids may also like themed parks in Shanghai. If you have a flexible schedule, choose an ancient town nearby for a visit is also a good idea.

Shanghai City View
Shanghai City View

Best Visiting Time: spring and autumn

Kids-friendly Attractions: Yuyuan Garden; The Bund Shanghai; Shanghai Children Palace; Shanghai Ocean Aquarium; Shanghai Disney Resort; Zhujiajiao Water Town

Chengdu has the most attractive reason for you to pay a visit, which must be the cute Giant Pandas. Meanwhile, Sichuan Cuisine, Sichuan Opera and characteristic souvenirs may also leave your kids unique impressions.

Pandas in Chengdu

Best Visiting Time: March to June, September to November

Kids-friendly Attractions: Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding; Dujiangyan Panda Base; Chengdu People’s Park; Sichuan Cuisine Museum


Hongkong is suitable for your family to relax and have fun, beaches, parks, palatable Dim Sum, really good for a family tour with kids.

Victoria Harbor
Victoria Harbor

Best Visiting Time: September to the next January

Kids-friendly Attractions: Victoria Peak; Ocean Park Hong Kong; Hong Kong Disneyland; Repulse Bay; Hong Kong Temple Street

Guilin is famous for the particular karst landscapes, with the limpid rivers, green mountains, mysterious caves and numerous parks, very suitable to have a scenic tour with your kids.

Yulong River
Yulong River in Yangshuo

Best Visiting Time: April to October

Kids-friendly Attractions: Li River; Reed Flute Cave; Elephant Trunk Hill; Longsheng Longji Rice Terraces; Yangshuo Yulong River

►Xi’an has so many cultural activities that are enjoyable and educational for your kids to do, except for visiting kids-friendly attractions only. You can try to make dumplings with your kids, make your own Terracotta Warrior or learn to make paper-cutting.

Xian City Wall
Xian City Wall

Best Visiting Time: March to November

Kids-friendly Attractions: Terracotta Warriors; Xian City Wall; Mount Huashan; Big Wild Goose Pagoda; Shaanxi History Museum

Guangzhou may not be the first destination spring to your head, but this kids-friendly city attracts amounts of families to visit because of Chimelong Tourist Resort. Come and have fun with your kids in Guangzhou.

Guangzhou Night View
Guangzhou Night View

Best Visiting Time: spring and autumn

Kids-friendly Attractions: Canton Tower; Chimelong Paradise; Chimelong Safari Park; Chimelong Water park; Chimelong International Circus

Harbin is a perfect place for winter vacation if you like snow and ice views. Experience Harbin Ice and Snow Festival and try winter sports with your family will be an great memory in China.

Siberia Tiger Park
Siberia Tiger Park

Best Visiting Time: December to the next February

Kids-friendly Attractions: Harbin Ice and Snow World; Siberia Tiger Park; Yabuli Ski Resort; China Snow Town


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Best Things to Do with Kids in China

A family tour with kids is supposed to be fun, relaxing and educational. There are countless kids-friendly activities for you to choose, check choices below to find out what your kids love the most and add to your family tour plan.

  1. Take a walk on the Great Wall
  2. Interact with cute pandas in panda bases
  3. Go cycling with your kids in Yangshuo
  4. Try sorts of local snacks in different food streets
  5. Join in some cultural activities like Chinese calligraphy and paper-cutting

Forbidden City
Forbidden City


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How to Get to China

Travel by plane is the best way to get to China. Main entry cities in China are Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hongkong, just choose the most convenient flight according to your needs. Book your flight ahead of time to make sure the price is not so expensive and begin your family tour in China.

Transportation in China is really convenient, you can take flight or high-speed train to cities you want to visit, fast and comfortable. You don’t have to worry about inner city transportation, metro is available in most of main cities, and it’s also convenient to take bus and taxi.

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What to Prepare for a Family Tour with Kids

Medical kit. Take some essential medicine for emergency use, especially if your kids have allergies.

Water bottles. Bring water bottle or feeding bottle with you during your trip, drinks will be good.

Snacks for your kids. Prepare some snacks your kids like for refreshments of your day trip.

Comfortable child backpack. Necessary staff for babies needs to be put in a comfortable backpack. Bring some toilet paper and wet wipes since there are no toilet paper inside the toilet in China.

Enough clothes for changing. Get ready for suitable clothes for the changeable weather, and prepare spare shirts in your backpack.

Umbrella. Put umbrellas in your backpack, raincoats are good for your children, especially during rainy season.

Sunscreen and hats. Summer in China will be hot, apply sunscreen and wear hats for the strong sunlight.

Camera. Keep the best sceneries and record your happiness for your family in pictures or videos.

Toys your kids love the most. Kids feel safe and relax with their favorite toys when they get upset.

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Tips for a Family Tour with Kids

Safety Tips

  • Bring passport with visa with you. Kids may need their own visa and passport.
  • China is safe for travelling with kids, but it’s better to ensure you have travel insurance documents for you and your kids with you.
  • Keep eyes on your kids wherever you are in case your kids may get lost in the crowds.
  • Write down the phone number and address of your hotel and bring with you all the time.


Eating Tips

  • Get ready for some snacks for your kids in case they are hungry half the journey.
  • Western restaurants and cafés are easily to find if you don’t like local food.
  • Pay attention to food allergies. Let your guide or the restaurant know as early as you can.
  • Streets food are delicious and safe but better not eat too much.
  • Do not drink tap water in China. Tap water in China is not drinkable. Fill your water bottle in your hotel or buy water in the shops.


Accommodation Tips

  • Choose a suitable hotel with family room and kids-friendly facilities.
  • Location for the hotel is important. Convenient and quiet area will be better.
  • Price will be higher during peak season. Better to book it earlier.


Shopping Tips

  • Shopping malls and commercial streets are easily to get to if you want to buy something.
  • Kids may like panda products, Beijing Opera dolls and other local souvenirs.


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Know Some Basic Chinese

Chinese Pinyin English
你好 Nǐhǎo Hello/Hi
再见 Zàijiàn Bye/See you
谢谢 Xièxie Thank you.
不客气 Búkèqi You’re welcome.
对不起 Duìbùqǐ Sorry
请问卫生间在哪里? Qǐngwènwèishēngjiānzàinǎlǐ? Excuse me, where is the restroom?
多少钱? Duōshǎoqián? How much?

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Create Your Unique Memory with Your Family

You may wonder if you are going to have a group tour or private tour for your family vacation in China. Honestly, a group tour may not give you the best experience for family with kids. A personal family tour will have a more flexible schedule and you could do more fun things with your kids.

Meanwhile, explore China with local experts will be a great choice since they know much more about the best things to do in the city. You can check tours below for your travel plan or you can share your ideas with us and we will customize the best plan for your family.


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