Fascinating Beijing and magnificent Yangshuo
Bustling Beijing and idyllic Yangshuo. China Family vacationMap
China Family Tour to Beijing, the capital of the "Middle Kingdom"
The starting point for your China family journey is the metropolis Beijing. At first glance, the visitor is often overwhelmed by the dimensions of this 21 million city in the north-east of China.
Beijing is a trendy and modern city where you can admire numerous cultural delicacies from the 3000-year history of the city.
The reliable and efficient public transportation makes it easy to travel around the city. Apart from rush hours, the metro is undoubtedly the cheapest way to get from A to B from Beijing. For families, however, the taxi is the more convenient means of transport. More upscale hotels can order you a taxi, or one simply waves on the side of the road as soon as a taxi comes along.
The geographical center of Beijing is the Forbidden City with the Tiananmen Square in front of it. By the way, the name Forbidden City comes from the fact that until the early 1950s it was forbidden for ordinary mortals and people who did not serve at the imperial court to enter the "Forbidden City".
China Trip with Family: Hiking the Great Wall of China!
A trip to Beijing should definitely be complemented by a visit to the Great Wall.
With a length of 6,300 km, the great wall is probably the largest structure ever created by man. The construction of the original wall began 2,000 years ago during the Qin Dynasty under the Emperor Qin Shi Huang Di (259-210 BC).
At tremendous expense, he had the individual pieces of the existing wall, build by the princes as protection against nomadic tribes, be connected. During the Ming Dynasty, the wall was reinforced again and expanded to its present length. The wall served primarily as a protection against horsemen from the north, but also played an important role as a transport route on the Silk Road.
In recent years, the Great Wall has evolved into one of the most important tourist attractions of China. Places such as Mutianyu or Badaling are the parts of the Great Wall that are the easiest to reach from Beijing and, therefore, are accordingly full. Less crowded and more attractive are the parts of the Great Wall that are located slightly further away. A very special experience is the walk on and along the Great Wall. In this area, some sections of the Great Wall have not yet been restored and therefore have a very special charm.
Especially for families, we have designed a wonderful, not too difficult hike on and along the Great Wall. The hike is spread over 2 days and is easy to manage for children at the age of 7.
On this hike you will experience both the not restored, wild part of the wall, as well as the recently renovated wall sections, such as the Badaling or Gubeikou. The length of the hike along the Great Wall can of course be individually adjusted.
China Tour to the fairytale landscapes of Yangshuo, Guangxi Province
From Beijing you fly to Guilin, where you will admire one of the most beautiful and most graceful landscapes of China.
Especially the landscape around the 1.5 hour drive south situated Yangshuo is able to inspire the visitor again and again. Even at of the Central Bank of China in Beijing, the beauty of the landscape got around: The karst landscape around Yangshuo was chosen as the motif for the 20 RMB banknotes in the Chinese currency.
The overnight stay in Yangshuo takes place in an idyllic hotel in a quiet, slightly outside the city. From here, numerous small roads invite to easy cycling tours in the beautiful surroundings.
Not far from the hotel is the Yulong River, where you can float down the river on a bamboo raft, or you climb one of the numerous Karst hills in the area and admire the fascinating landscape!
"...we would like to thank you once again for the China trip, which you organized for us.....we were all especially impressed by the Secret Garden Hotel. The staff was very friendly and understanding..."
Famile Walther from Beijing
"...first we had some doubts about our daughter because of the hike on the Great Wall, but everything worked out wonderfully.....The information before the trip from Colorful China was very helpful..."
Familie Seidl from Germany
Day 1: JOURNEY TO BEIJING
Pick up at your hotel.
Drive to the Tiananmen Square (Tian An Men) as well as the Forbidden City. During an extensive tour you will learn much interesting facts and trivia about the last two dynasties of China, the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), as well as the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912).
After that, you will explore the Hutongs, one of the hallmarks of Beijing, on a rickshaw ride. Hutong is described as the maze of narrow streets and alleys that connects the traditional, single-storied residential houses with a historic courtyard.
Drive back to the hotel. Overnight accommodation is at Beijing.
Day 2: BEIJING – JIANKOU – GUBEIKOU: HIKING THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA
Drive (2.5 hours) northeast to the Jiankou part of the Great Wall. This section of the wall is still quite in an original state and hardly visited by tourists. This part of the wall was built around 1368 and is scenically one of the most impressive parts of the Great Wall.
The construction of the original wall began 2,000 years ago during the Qin Dynasty under the Emperor Qin Shi Huang Di (259-210 BC). During the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the wall was reinforced again and expanded to its present length. The wall served primarily to protect against the northern equestrian tribes, but also played as a transport route on the Silk Road a not insignificant role.
From Jiankou, you first hike straight up to the Great Wall. Then you hike south-east along and on the wall to Mutianyu.
The first part of the wall is in its original condition before you subsequently reach the renovated part of the wall at Mutianyu. The hike leads upwards but mostly downhill and has numerous, partly steep stairs. (Walking time on the wall about 3-4 hours). At Mutianyu you take the cable car down from the wall. Here, the driver will be waiting for you for the ride to Gubeikou (approx. 2 hrs.).
At Gubeikou you will stay in a simple guest house near the wall.
Day 3: FAMILY HIKING OF THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA – JINSHANLING GREAT WALL – SIMATAI – BEIJING
Drive by car to Jinshanling. With the chair lift you drive upwards on the wall. At this time of the day, this wall section almost belongs to you alone. In addition, the light in the morning is ideal for taking beautiful pictures.
From Jinshanling you hike for approx. 3 hours with great views to Kylin Tower.
With its 15 watchtowers of various shapes, this section is undoubtedly the most beautiful part of a hike along the Great Wall.
The constantly changing perspectives are constantly creating new photographic opportunities.
You hike down from the wall and drive back to Beijing. Check-in at the hotel in Beijing.
Day 4: BEIJING – FLIGHT TO GUILIN AND TRAVEL TO YANGSHUO
In the morning transfer to the Beijing airport (with guide) and flight to Guilin at around 10:00 AM.
Pick up at the airport in Guilin by your guide and transfer (2 hrs.) to Yangshuo. The city Yangshuo is located on the Li River in the middle of a magnificent Karst landscape.
Upon arrival you take a tour of Yangshuo. The remaining afternoon is at your own disposal.
Your hotel is located approx. 10km outside of Yangshuo at a very quiet location.
Overnight stay in Yangshuo.
Day 5: YANGSHUO – XINGPING – YANGDI – YANGSHUO
Drive to the Xianggongshan (about 1 hour). A well-maintained footpath takes about 15 minutes to climb Xianggongshan, from where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Li River and the surrounding karst landscape. Afterwards a 2-hour hike through beautiful countryside to Xingping. Subsequently, a 2-hour hike through beautiful scenery to Xingping.
You will make a tour of the old town of Xingping. Many of the old buildings of the former fishing village date back to the late Ming Dynasty.
In Xingping you will board a motorized "Raft" and sail up the river at a leisurely pace through the beautiful Karst landscape. The unique landscape around Xingping even serves as a motif on the 20RMB note. After about 2 hours you will reach Yangdi.
Drive back to your hotel.
Optional for the evening:
In the evening we visit the show "Liu San Jie" by Zhang Yimou, director of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008. The impressive open-air show with over 500 participants and the karst hill landscape as a backdrop is a unique spectacle.
Day 6: TRAVEL TO YANGSHUO, GUANGXI PROVINCE, SOUTH CHINA
Not far from your hotel you will find the idyllic Yulong River or Black Dragon River.
On a bamboo raft, you can drive down the Yulong River through the beautiful Karst landscape.
On the way there are numerous opportunities to take pictures. Your driver will be waiting for you again at the bridge and drive you back to the hotel.
The rest of the day will be free.
Later that day transfer to Guilin Airport or high-speed train station for your departure.