Side Trips can be added to the customized portion of your itinerary. Many families would like to include additional adventures while they travel through China, though not everyone might want to choose the same location. We offer flexibility within our tour so that you are able to do this. Keep in mind these are an additional cost. If one of these side trips below aren't exactly what you are looking for, we would be happy to help you plan an alternative.
Guilin, located in the Guangxi Province, is most known for it’s unique scenery. Limestone hills have been eroded by wind and rain into a magical landscape of pointed and rounded peaks as well as a complex maze of caves and hollows.
Enjoy the River Cruise to Yangshuo offering a great viewpoint to take in the picturesque Li River and impressive karst peaks populating the landscape of Guilin.
Explore the Reed Flute Cave, also known as the “Place of Natural Arts”, made of natural limestone, incredible stalagmite and stalactite formations as well as 8th century ink inscriptions.
Visit a local tea garden and participate in a traditional tea ceremony.
Enjoy the stunning views of Shanhu Lake and the waterfall show at the Waterfall Hotel.
A modern marvel of civil engineering, the Yangtze River was famously rerouted to become the world's largest flood-control dam at the Three Gorges site. Sixteen years in the making and a relocation of a million people made it a historic project of epic proportion. The three day river cruise will include daily excursions to visit sites along the route.
Visit Shibaozhai Pagoda, a 12 - story 18th century temple considered to be one of China's architectural gems.
Or Explore Fengdu Ghost Town - located on Mingshan Mountain, brimming with folklore and fascinating structures such as Bridge of Troubled Water and the Tianzi Palace.
Board a smaller vessel to experience the amazing views of 'Lesser Three Gorges' situated along the Daning river.
Or enjoy the Shennong Creek Excursion on a traditional sampans wooden boat with local Tujia ethnic mirnority guides explaining the ancient scenery and customs.
Photo opportunities and a tour of Three Gorges Dam!
Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan Province, is a lively city known for its historical charm. It’s also home to giant pandas. While the city is celebrated for its distinctive Sichuan cuisine and tea houses, the visit to the panda research base is a favorite among the younger crowd. Their program for holding a panda has been temporarily suspended to keep the panda population healthy, but there is a smaller alternative preserve farther outside of town that still allows it for a fee.
Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Experience these national treasures up close without glass barriers.
Stroll through People’s Park; enjoy artful landscaping, an assortment of exhibitions and performances, or a cup of tea with the locals from one the many tea houses scattered throughout the park.
Enjoy a night out at the exciting “face changing” Sichuan Opera.
Savor the world famous Sichuan style cuisine known best for being flavorful and spicy!
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is located in the northwest of Wulingyuan. If you recall the movie Avatar, the setting for this movie was inspired by these natural rocky peaks. It covers an area of 11,880 acres with 97% forest coverage. The forest itself has 98 woody plant families which include 517 species, over twice the total found in Europe. The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park opened to the public at the beginning of the 1980’s. It is known for its unusual peaks, tranquil water, and well preserved forest.
Cruise Lake Baofeng, an alpine lake located on the south side of Suoxiyu Village. Enjoy the scenic Boafeng Waterfall, plank roads along the cliffs, Stockade Village of Eagle's Nest and much more.
Explore the serene valley and pristine waters of the Golden Whip Creek in Wulingyuan.
Take in the sweeping vistas at the YuanJiaJie scenic area as you hike though the TianZi Mountain Nature Reserve.