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2021 LTC Heritage Tours - C (No Shopping!)

Travel Route: Beijing & Xi'an

Spring Schedule: Apr 05th

Summer Schedule: Jun 07th, Jun 21th, Jul 05th

Winter Schedule:  Dec 20th

Tour Highlights: To offer you a stress-free heritage tour to China, we take care of all the details including transportation, accommodations, most meals and activities. From this tour, adoptive families would experience imperial Beijing and discover Xi'an's 2,000-year-old secrets in 6 days. There are many well-selected activities for you, such as exploring a less-crowded part of the Great Wall, visiting a traditional hutong courtyard house, taking a ride on the Ancient City Wall…If you would like to visit the orphanage(s), our travel experts will help you to make a best trip plan that fits your family's specific situation and desires. Join our heritage tours at the lowest price and enjoy the top-notch services!

Day 1: Beijing Arrival

[ Pick-up Service ]
Arrive at the Beijing International Airport. Your personal guide and driver will meet your family at the airport, and transfer you to the hotel in a non-smoking private van, making sure your holiday gets off to a smooth start. Your guide will help you check-in.
[ Meals ] N/A
[ Accommodation ] Pentahotel Beijing  

Day 2: Beijing

[ Tiananmen Square ]
The Tiananmen Square is the largest city square in the world (440,000 square meters), which was originally designed and built in Beijing in 1651 and enlarged to its present size in 1958. On holidays, the whole square will be covered with fresh flowers.

[ Forbidden City ]
Beijing Forbidden City was the imperial palace for twenty-four emperors during the Ming(1368-1644) and Qing dynasties(1644-1911). Lying to the north of Tiananmen Square it is the world's largest palace complex and covers 74 hectares. Surrounded by a 52-meter-wide moat and a 10-meter-high wall are more than 8,700 rooms. It is the right place to know the China's glorious past and imperial culture.

[ Hutong ]
If you want to know Beijing culture and local history, Hutong tours by rickshaw should not be missed. The visit to a local family, who've lived in the Hutongs for generations, offers a local perspective of history, and is a highlight of the Hutongs for most.

[ Peking Roast Duck ]
The famous Beijing Roast Duck awaits you for dinner, and the guide will show you how to savor it according to Chinese customs. After the dinner, you are suggested to see an acrobatics show (optional) which is a a perfect tourist stop for people of all ages and cultures.

[ Meals ] Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

[ Accommodation ] Pentahotel Beijing  

Day 3: Beijing

[ Mutianyu Great Wall ]
The section is ranked top among all parts of the Great Wall on Trip Advisor for its picturesque scenery, fewer tourists, and beautifully-restored architecture. In order to save your time, we will arrange round-way cable car for you. Or you may take one-way cable car ascend and then take a toboggan to descend, which is an exciting option when the weather is nice.

[ Bird’s Nest ]
On the way back to downtown, we will drive by the Bird's Nest and stop over there for a while so that you can take some photos for this significant building.

[ Summer Palace ]
It is the largest preserved imperial garden and a former summer retreat for emperors. the 726.5 acres' area and three quarters water, Summer Palace is a perfect example of refined craftwork with finest materials, Longevity Hill, Kunming Lake etc with over 3,000 structures: pavilions, towers, bridges, corridors etc. You will enjoy a boat cruise on the lake.

[ Meals] Breakfast & Lunch

[ Accommodation ] Pentahotel Beijing  

Day 4: Beijing-Xian by High Speed Train

[ Temple of Heaven ]
Listed in the World Heritage List in 1998, Temple of Heaven was used to hold a memorial ceremony for the God in Winter Solstice Festival and to pray for harvest in the first month of the lunar year by the emperors in Ming and Qing dynasties. It is China's existing largest structure for sacrifice to heaven. Built in the first half of the AD 15th century, it is located in the royal gardens and surrounded by ancient pines. Here you can find the ancient China's philosophy on the relationship between the heaven and earth, which dominated the whole ancient China's history.

[ Take train to Xian ]
After the lunch, the guide will take you to the Beijing West railway station and help you get the tickets. After a 4-5 hours train trip, you will reach Xian, another capital city in the ancient China.

[ Meals]  Breakfast & Lunch

[ Accommodation ] Grand Mercure on Renmin Square Xian  

Day 5: Xian

[ Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum ]
The Terracotta Warriors were arguably the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century, but to appreciate why they are so important and the historical context in which they were made you need a well researched tour. It was listed by UNESCO in 1987 as one of the World Cultural Heritages and became the landmark on all visitor itineraries.

[ Ride Bicycle on Ancient City Wall ]
With a history of over 600 years, Xian City Wall is one of the most famous wall constructions during China's history. Besides, it is also the best preserved and most complete wall construction, which means it has great value in learning feudal China's city construction, history, military and architectural art. Riding a bicycle on the wall will be an enjoyable and interesting experience.
Note: Bike-riding on the ancient city wall is only allowed for children above 10 years old or taller than 1.4 meters (4.6 feet). If your child is too young to ride a bike, you can have a relaxing walk instead.

[ Muslim Quarter ]
Xian Muslim Quarter is the hub of the Muslim community in Xian City. Here covers several blocks inhabitated over 20,000 Muslims. The world famous Great Mosque locates here. Walking along this twisted, narrow street, you will find numerous artwork stalls and the Muslim men with white hats sit inside it and talk leisurely with each other. Meanwhile, more and more tourists are coming here for the delicious snacks, such as preserved meat, casserole, various noodles, and so on.

[ Meals] Breakfast & Lunch

[ Accommodation ] Grand Mercure on Renmin Square Xian  

Day 6: Xian-Orphanage City/Other Destinations

[ Shaanxi History Museum ]
Xi'an is of inestimable significance in the history of China, having long been a cultural powerhouse and capital of numerous dynasties. The Shaanxi History Museum has exhibited more than 370,000 historical relics which has vividly displayed the traditional culture and arts of ancient China from Neolithic Period to modern society and is the first large-scale modern museum in China.

[ Big Wild Goose Pagoda ]
Located in the southern suburb of Xian City, about 4 kilometers (2.49 miles) from the downtown of the city, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists and the symbol of the old-line Xian. Originally built in 652 during the reign of Emperor Gaozong of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), it functioned to collect Buddhist materials that were taken from India by the hierarch Xuanzang. Have you heard or watched the movie or the handsome Monkey King? Do it, then you will find the meaning of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

After lunch, the group tour service ends. Our travel expert will customize a private tour for you if you want to extend the tour in Xi’an. We can also assist you in scheduling add-on travel to make a visit to the adoptee's province after the group tour. A transfer service to the airport/ railway station is included.

[ Add-on Tour to the Orphanage ]
Birth-province travel costs are not included and will be billed separately. You can add a side trip to your child's/children's orphanage(s) after the group tour. Lead to China is specialized in operating the orphanage visits for adoptive families. Based in China, we work closely with Chinese government and orphanages throughout China which means you will get the lowest possible rate - we guarantee it. If you need relevant arrangements, please inform us the orphanage city, other places you are interested and the preferred gateway city (Guangzhou/Shanghai/Beijing), we will arrange a private package for you.

[ Meals] Breakfast & Lunch

Price

  • 1 adult  + 1 adoptee= US$1,890
  • 2 adults + 1 adoptee= US$3,025
  • 2 adults + 2 adoptees= US$3,725
  • 2 adults + 1 adoptee + 1 child= US$4,020
  • 3 adults + 1 adoptee= US$4,155
  • 2 adults + 2 adoptees + 1 child= US$4,720
  • 2 adults + 1 adoptee + 2 children= US$5,010

Early Booking Savings
4.5% OFF if you book by Feb 29, 2020;
4% OFF if you book by Mar 31, 2020;
3.5% OFF if you book by Apr 30, 2020

Price Inclusions

  • All arrangements and first admission/entrance fees of scenic spots specified in the itinerary.
  • Well-equipped commercial vehicle with excellent private guide and driver accompanied on your tour among airports, train stations, scenic spots and hotels.
  • Selective 4/5 star Hotel based on two persons sharing one room. All hotels as listed in the itinerary serve daily western breakfast.
  • China High Speed Train Ticket of Beijing-Xian.
  • Buffet breakfast in hotel, Chinese lunch or dinner as listed in the itinerary.
  • Travel Agency's Liability Insurance with your tour inside China.
  • Chinese government taxes and the city construction fees on your travel tour.

Price Exclusions

  • Transportation to/from Orphanage City and Orphanage visiting fees are not included.
  • International or domestic airfare or train tickets not included in the itinerary.
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary and extra and alcoholic or beverages during meals.
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • China entry visa fees.
  • Single room supplement (USD360 if needed).
  • Personal expense: e.g. mini bar, personal telecommunications, laundry, excess baggage charges etc.

Important Remarks

  • All prices are quoted in US dollars, per family.
  • The total number of participants in each group will not exceed 25 people.
  • For different scheduled tour and other arrangements, please contact us for a price quote.
  • Guaranteed Departures: We promise that the heritage trips will not be canceled for lack of participation.
  • Considering that the travel departure date is still early, we reserve the right to make appropriate adjustments to the hotel, transportation and related activities to ensure that the itinerary will go smoothly.
  • Adjoining/Interconnecting rooms are available subject to customer’s request. Additional charges may apply due to third party or hotel request.
  • LTC is uniquely qualified to offer a special homeland experience for you and your family. Unlike other travel agencies would arrange shops and factories on the heritage tours, we offer "NO SHOPPING" policy on our 2021 group tour. This allows you more time to enjoy and see sites without the hassles of being forced to go to places where you have no interest. If you ask to go shopping, we're happy to take you to quality local shops, and help you pick a bargain in some interesting local markets.
  • Prior to departing for China, all travelers will need to obtain a China visa in their passport. All passports must have 6 months validity remaining at the time you apply for your China visa. LeadtoChina will offer you our invitation letter to assist in obtaining the tourist visa to China.
  • We suggest that you purchase travel insurance that covers a wide range of unforeseen losses and damages, including baggage damage, flight delays and cancellations.
  • LeadtoChina Tour Company will not be held liable for damage or loss caused by any of the following events: terrorism, war, fire, accidents, strikes, forces of nature, flight delays or other interruptions of services not within our control.

Payment, Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • 10% of total payment for non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration.
  • 50% is due at 3 months before departure, the final balance 40% is due one month before departure.
  • We accept the following forms of payment: PayPal, Credit Card Through Paypal, and Wire Transfer. Each of it will need some extra transfer fee. Click to read more details: http://www.leadtochina.com/travel/online-payments.html
  • Cancellation Policies (for this Heritage Group tour only).

    60 or more days before tour date =10% of total tour cost.
    59-30 days before tour date = 20% of total tour cost.
    29-15 days before tour date = 35% of total tour cost.
    14-7 days before tour date = 50% of total tour cost.
    6-3 days before tour date = 80% of total tour cost.
    Less than 2 days = 100% of total tour cost.
    Additional penalties may be imposed by airlines, train or cruise ships for tickets that have been issued or for deposits that have been paid to hotels.
    Once the tour begins, no refund will be made to the travelers who cut short or change the tour regardless of the portions of the package unused. If a traveler withdraws from the tour due to serious illness, injury or other emergency, a refund will be subject to the consent of the local travel agency.

Note: If you do not want to join the group tour, the Private return trip will help you. Also, you can get a tailored tour from our service. Just tell us where you would like to go, and we will make it happen. Customize now or just send email to service@leadtochina.com. We are the Chinese local company and no one knows China better than LeadtoChina!

One day Volunteer work in Dujiangyan Panda Base

Located about 65km from downtown Chengdu, about 1.5 hours by driving, Dujiangyan Panda Base is now the only place where can do volunteer work and hold panda for photos. By taking this volunteer work, you will be able to take care of panda, be more familiar with Giant Pandas’ habits and lifestyle, and will enjoy the once-in-lifetime experience.

7:00am pick up from hotel
In the early morning at about 7:00am, our guide and driver will pick you up at your Chengdu hotel and drive 1.5 hours to Dujiangyan Panda Base to fulfill your once-in-lifetime panda volunteer work.

08:30am-09:00am Sign up for the program
Arrive at Dujiangyan Panda Base around 08:30 am. Sign up and get work clothes and gloves, wear volunteer pass card before go the work place. You will be led by experienced keepers and told some matters needing attention.

09:00am-10:00am Panda Keeper work
Clean the Panda enclosures, carrying out old bamboos, picking up droppings, carrying in fresh bamboos leaves and shoots, etc.

10:00am-11:00am Break time & Tour the base
Take a break and tour around the panda base. Relax working in the base, you can find more pandas and even have the chance to find the red pandas.

11:00am-11:30am Feed the panda
Feed the panda with cake and other food like carrot, bamboo shoot and apple. You can feed the panda with your own hands!

11:30am-1:00pm Lunch Time
One simple Chinese lunch is included in the canteen. Normally, it’s 3 simple dishes with rice. Remember to bring some snacks if you don’t like the food. Take some rest after the lunch.

1:00pm-2:00pm Watch Panda Documentary
Watch a panda documentary that shows the biological aspects about the Giant Panda: how shy the panda mate, give birth and grow up, etc.

2:00pm-3:00pm Feed the panda
Clean the panda enclosure and feed the panda again.

3:00pm-3:30pm Make panda cakes
Make the panda’s cake by your own hands, the ingredients will be prepared in advance.

3:30pm-4:00pm Finish Volunteer Work
After the day’s panda volunteer experience, you’ll receive the panda volunteer certificate and souvenirs. Then say goodbye to the cuddly creatures. Get back to your Chengdu hotel at about 5:30pm

Beijing Hutong Rickshaw Tour

Hutongs are a type of narrow streets or alleys, commonly associated with northern Chinese cities, most prominently Beijing. In Beijing, hutongs are alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences. Many neighbourhoods were formed by joining one siheyuan to another to form a hutong, and then joining one hutong to another. The word hutong is also used to refer to such neighbourhoods.

Since the mid-20th century, the number of Beijing hutongs has dropped dramatically as they are demolished to make way for new roads and buildings. Nowadays, the well-preserved Hutong zones are located in Dongcheng District, Xicheng District and Qianmen District, all of which are the nice places to feel the Hutongs culture. Some people say Hutong likes an encyclopedia reflecting the history and the social customs of Beijing.

With Lead to China, you are going to tour Hutongs in Gulou Street and Shicha Lake area. Known as "North Watertown", Shicha Lake area is one of the most beautiful sections in old Beijing. as The old Sicha Hai hutongs offer a rare glimpse of old China before modernization took over the country's capital city, and the lake offers a beautiful natural destination for nature lovers. Former residences, palaces of princes, temples, bell tower and drum tower, Silver ingot bridge in that area with plenty of folk activities, such as Playing chess, Doing yangko dance, will give you vivid and impressive Beijingers colorful life.

Not far from the area is the grand Gungwang Fu, a landmark built by He Shen, an imperial official of the Qing Dynasty. Aside from Sicha Lake, the maze of hutongs also leads to two other lakes, the Qian Hai and the Xi Hai.

We are committed to giving all adoptive fammilies an authentic China experience not just something staged for tourists. Read feedbacks written by our customers about their heritage tours in China after they have returned home. These include the ratings and comments on attractions, guides, activities, hotels and food. Read more Lead to China reviews on Trip Advisor now and get to know why we stand out from the crowd.

Additional Orphanage Visit

Optional visit and tour to your child's orphanage is available after the main tour. The cost for the orphanage visit plus the gateway city tour may cost another 4-6 days, the price will vary depending on the city but will average about $700-$1200USD per person. Once we have all of the details for your tours, we will tailor made the additional tour as a private family heritage tour.

For the orphanage visiting, each adoption family needs to provide following information upon registration:
Passports copies of all the travelers
Copy of Adoption Certification or Notarial Certificate of Adoption
There is orphanage application fee for most of the orphanage visiting, the fee ranges from RMB900-RMB 2200, it varies from province to province.

SWI Visiting Arrangements

Generally speaking, you will arrive at the city where the SWI located one day in advance, and have one whole next day to visit SWI, and recall the good time your kid spent here with the nurse and director of the SWI.

[ Here listed below are the details ]

1. Welcome Ceremony
The Director of the SWI will meet you firstly and then have short communication with you on SWI and things you are interested in.

2. Visit SWI
The Director of the SWI will show you around the SWI, such as the children's activity room, library, bedroom, recreation room, dining hall. Your tour guide is your interpreter, and he/she will help you to find out your concerns.

3. Meeting with Your Child's Nurse and China Foster Family
The SWI will inform them your coming and arrange the meeting in SWI if they could find the nurse and the foster family. You know, some left and even moved to other city, so we cannot guarantee that we will find them certainly. It depends on the response from SWI.

4. Chinese Lunch with the Director of SWI
Generally, we will arrange your lunch in SWI dining hall with the director of SWI and you can continue your talk with him/her. However, if he/she is busy and cannot make it with you, or dining hall is not available, we will arrange your lunch in nearby Chinese restaurant with good reputation and hygienic environment. Your tour guide will help you to order dishes to your interests.

5. Vist the Place Where Your Child Was Found
Based on 捡拾弃婴(儿童)情况证明(a file shows where your child was found and who can prove it), your tour guide will accompany you to that area to have a look. Sometimes, life is a miracle and time is the only thing to witness it. One night many years ago, a helpless infant was crying in a little quilt and hoping for a warm embrace from his/her parents, Who would have guessed that the warm embrace comes from a far away country on the opposite side of the continent years later. Thanks God.

6. Take Photos
Drive back to SWI, and say bye bye to people in it. Take photos with people you want to, and give best wishes to people who have been devoted their whole life to look after abandoned children.

[ Special Note: ]

1. It is allowed to check the files of your child in SWI, but should have permission from Provincial Civil Affairs Department firstly.

2. If you want to meet your child's nurse or China's foster family, the SWI will arrange your meeting in SWI. However, some of them did leave for some reasons, so we cannot give you word that we will find them certainly. Anyway, please give best wishes to them.

Hotels

Selecting the right hotel is one of the most important decisions to make when planning a vacation. For example, choose accommodations that offer one- or two-bedroom suites instead of the standard hotel room with two beds. You’ll pay a little more for this convenience, but a good night's sleep is the key ingredient to a successful family trip.

Considering this, we carefully select some hotels suitable for adoptive families. All these hotels include the following 3 or more ingredients: swimming pool, connecting rooms, fine location, good reputation, free Wifi, western-style buffet breakfast, easy transportation and so on.

For the hotels in the orphanage city, normally we will arrange the hotel you once stayed, but if the hotel’s facility conditions are too old, we will recommend other better local hotels for you.

Catering

[ Breakfast ]
We do think having breakfast in your hotel is rather convenient and more hygienic. Besides, most hotels come with breakfast. Generally speaking, 4 or 5-star hotels have good western and Chinese buffet breeakfast. 3-star hotels may only have Chinese breakfast with rice porridge, eggs, Chinese style breads and vegetables.

[ Lunch ]
While on tour, lunch is generally Chinese style. Our guide will help you order to your interests. Dishes are served family style and shared by the guests. The driver and guide may eat on their own or will join you if you invite them. Of course, we do have some fixed restaurants with good reputation and delicious Chinese dishes. Just tell the tour guide your concerns, he/she will find the right dishes for you.

[ Dinner ]
Usually, our clients prefer to relax after a day tour and arrange their own dinner in hotel or somewhere. So your tour guide will give you restaurant suggestions on your needs, which gives you flexibility in time and cuisine. Besides, most cities in China have KFC, McDonald's, Pizza Hut, and some famous world chain restaurants. Just tell your tour guide your idea, he/she will find best solution for you.

[ Drinking Water ]
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Tap water in your room is not suitable for drink but it's ok to wash hands & face.

[ Children and Special Diets ]
If you need some special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance and arrange the suitable diets with nice restaurants for you. If your children are eagering to stop at McDonald's or KFC, you can tell your tour guide who knows where to stop. Halal, vegetarian restaurants, Hindu Meal are definitely possible in big cities, such as Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou and so on, but may not possible in small cities, town or area. Better inform your tour guide in advance.

Vehicles and Drivers used in our China Tours

All our druivers have driving license, several years driving experiences, and they are trained to drive safely and slowly in what is often a chaotic road. It's their job to make you safe and comfortable. Besides, our drivers will adjust the route when traffic jam happens. Normally you will have the same driver and guide in a city. The vehicles will not be completely filled for giving you room to stow your luggage. van will have seat belts for you to use. Some larger buses may not.

There are different types of vans and buses used in various cities around China. The specific type depends on your size of your group. We will give you the one with the right size. However, if you have special requirements on vehicle, don't hesitate to tell us. We will try our best to find best solution for you.

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