About Shandong

Shandong, which has over 91.25 million people in 15, 3000 square km area, is a province located on the eastern coast of the China.

As a province located along the lower reaches of the Yellow River, known as the beginning of Chinese civilization, and birthplace of Confucius, Shangdong has been served the pivotal cultural and religious site for Taoism, Chinese Buddhism, and Confucianism in a long history, such as the Buddhist temples in Jinan city; the most revered mountain of Taoism, Mount Tai; Confucian temple in Qufu etc. Nowadays, as the reform and opening up and fast development in economy, Shandong becomes a most affluent province in China.

The northwestern, western, and southwestern parts of Shandong Province are all the part of the vast North China Plain, while the center of the province is more mountainous, with the Taishan Mountains, Laoshan Mountains and Mengshan Mountains. The east part of the Shangdong province is the hilly Shandong Peninsula extending into the sea, which separates Bohai Sea in the northwest from the Yellow Sea to the east and south. The highest peak of Shandong Province is the 1545-meter-high Jade Emperor Peak of Taishan Mountains.

The Grand Canal of China enters Shandong from the northwest and leaves on the southwest. Weishan Lake is the largest lake of the province. With a 3000-kilometer-long coastline, Shandong Peninsula is rich in a rocky coastline with cliffs, bays, and islands.

Collection of Shandong Orphanages

Based in China, Lead to China works closely with Chinese Government and Social Welfare Institutes throughout China. This section contains detailed information like each orphanage address, photos, travel stories, visit arrangement, and travel tips.

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14 Days Shandong Children Reunion Heritage Tour

Destinations: Guangzhou, Guilin, Chengdu, Xian, Jinan or Qingdao, Beijing

  • We can arrange the visiting to all the orphanages in Shandong
  • Famous places like Great Wall/ Giant Panda/ Terracotta Amy are all covered
  • Private guide/ vehicle and diver offer you valued sevice
  • No forced shopping activities
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Small Groups: 2020 LTC Heritage Tours -A

Beijing-Xian-Chengdu-Guilin-Yangshuo

Spring Schedule: Mar 16th, Apr 06th
Summer Schedule: Jun 8th, Jun 29th
Winter Schedule: Dec 20th

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It is another option for those who want a more flexible time frame to work with as well as independence in where you want to go. We'd be happy to guide you regarding any of our programs. Read more...

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Tips for a China Orphanage Visit

When you plan to have a China return trip, you'd better prepare a gift for other children in the orphanage. You can ask our travel consultant about the details and buy some gifts several days before your trip or you can buy that after your arrival in China if you're inconvenient for the excessive baggage. The guide from LeadtoChina will give you proper suggestions and help you to buy these. If you're confused about what items the SWI need, here are some good examples: snacks, or a basket of fruit, backpack, books or other school supplies. You are also suggested to buy fans and air conditioning in summer in some poor SWI. Most of the SWI will give you a present in return for memory.

Many families care about the donation, and if you want to do this, we suggest you to exchange the donated money for RMB and show this to the director of the SWI. Some SWI will issue a donation certificate to you but not every SWI will do this.

According to the size of the SWI and the frequency of the families' return, the visit can be the most important thing for the staff or a small part of the orphanage's routine work. You can talk to your child about the actual situation you've known to let them make enough preparations. You'd better tell them what will happen and what to do if things are not the same as they expected. They should keep a flexible attitude towards life and enjoy the process instead of following a certain model to start as things are not exactly what we think and this is very important. One more important point which is often ignored is that most of the orphanage children always have various special needs. It is better to consider this before visiting and your child should know that some children in the SWI have physical or mental disability. All these can provide a better atmosphere for the children with special needs in the orphanage during your return visit.

If you'd love to invite the orphanage director to lunch, please don't forget other people in the SWI as they are usually the director's assistants. If you want to invite the caregiver or nanny, you'd better extend the invitation through the director to request the consent out of courtesy. Our guide can help you to do this and convey your invitation accurately and politely. What's more, some of the orphanages will offer you free lunch but many SWI will charge you for about 100 USD as lunch fee. You can inquire about this through your trip consultant before travelling.

At last, some Chinese individuals act turgidly in front of you for not losing face. But most people follow traditional Chinese values, modesty and gentleness. Bearing this in mind can help you deal with problems in different situations successfully during your return visit.