Best of China

Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, and orphanage city

  • Our exclusive arranged visit to China Center for Adoption Affairs (CCCWA) allows you to meet with staff who reviewed your dossier, matched your child and issued the Travel Notice for your family.
  • Experienced English speaking adoption guides who have traveled with hundreds of adoptive families
  • Explore the old neighborhood of Beijing, chat with locals and experience real Chinese families.
  • Climb the Great Wall at the best section for both children and adults.
  • Specifically selected authentic and traditional meals representing each region’s typical menu. (our exclusive)
  • Early morning walking through local parks and taichi practice with Taichi Master. (our exclusive)
  • Chinese Yo Yo or jump rope break right in the Forbidden City (our exclusive)
  • Specially arranged visit to local elementary school, kids interact and be matched with Chinese pen pals to form a long term friendship!(our exclusive)
  • Attend physical education classes with Chines students, a true and unique experience for children. (our exclusive)
  • Learn and play the gourd flute and Chinese yo-yo with Aaron, Ming’s youngest son (our exclusive)
    • We have a unique way of bringing families and children together to share this wonderful experience. Our friendship remains long after you return home and continues as we get together for reunions year after year!
    • This tour features the following World Heritage sites:
      • The Great Wall of China
      • Temple of Heaven
      • The Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Beijing
      • The Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, Xi’an
      • Giant Panda Protection & Research Center
      • Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area

E. Siderides, CT
“Thank you so much for giving us this gift of your country! Our trip to China was truly amazing and we will never forget-the places we saw, the food we ate, the history we learned, but most important, the wonderful people we met. Xie Xie from the bottom of our heart! Read more…
Day 1: Depart for Beijing. 

Cross the International Date Line to the wonders of China. In-flight meals.

Day 2: Arrive in Beijing.

Meet Ming and CCE’s representative at the Beijing International Airport. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 3: Beijing

After breakfast, visit Tienanmen Square, which at 98 acres is the largest public square in the world and site of many history-making events. Tour the impressive Forbidden City and kids will learn to play Chinese Yoyo right in the Forbidden City. Lunch will be northeastern family style cuisine. Afternoon, skip the tourist crowd and visit to the  Beihai park. Beihai Park,  very often neglected by many visitors, is the oldest imperial garden in the world as well as one of the largest in China. Stroll along the river bank and watch local people playing chess, practicing tai chi or singing Peking opera.  Our group will stop and learn basic taichi forms, relaxed and immerse with local culture! Evening optional acrobatic show. Dinner on your own. (B)

Director of CCAA,
Visit to China Center for Adoption Affairs

Day 4: Beijing  

Morning drive to Birds Nest and Water Cube Olympic venues for pictures. Stop over at a jade factory for a brief educational tour. Lunch at a local farmer’s restaurant. Proceed to the Great Wall in the Mutianyu area. You will take a cable car up to the top of the wall and take a wheeled toboggan ride down from the wall on a winding metal track. Your family will absolutely love this experience! This is the best section of the wall for our kids. Evening is at leisure for your family to explore Beijing on your own. (B. L)

Day 5: Beijing  

After breakfast at hotel, we’ll visit the China Center for Adoption Affairs (CCAA).

Tour CCAA’s reviewing and matching offices and archive department and meet with staff there who reviewed your case and sent out your LOA and TA (tentative, pending confirmation). Then, visit a local family and learn to make dumplings (please bring some gifts). Lunch will be homemade dumplings. Afternoon enjoy a “back alleys” rickshaw Hutong tour of the Beijing old neighborhood. In the evening taking an overnight express train to Xi’an (the “City of Everlasting Peace”), one of the world’s largest and grandest cities. Xi’an was the capital of China for 11 dynasties, its zenith during the Tang Reign (618-917). (B. L)

Making Terra Cotta Warriors

Day 6: Xian  

Morning attend an exclusively arranged educational exchange with Shida Elementary School, Xi’an’s #1 public school and sister school with Parkway Elementary School in Greenwich, CT. For the past 13 years, Ming has played crucial part to strengthen the ties between the two schools and helped set up many exchange programs. Our group will be warmly welcomed. Attend English classes or Physical Education classes with young and enthusiastic students. (Please bring some English books to donate to their library.) Lunch at the school’s cafeteria. Afternoon visit Shanxi Folk Art Museum and take a Chinese calligraphy lesson. Your family will love the experience of walking or bike riding on the Ancient City Wall in the mid-afternoon! Built in the Ming Dynasty, it is the only well-preserved city wall remaining in China. Fly kites on the City Wall. Dinner is on your own tonight. You can stroll around your hotel area, choose places like Subway, Hot Pot or any of the colorful restaurants nearby. If you like, join Ming to have an authentic northeastern style dinner at her relative’s restaurant. Food is excellent! (B. L)

Day 7: Xian  

The highlight of our visit this morning will be the extraordinary 2,300 year-old Terra Cotta Warriors of China’s first emperor, Qinshihuang. Later, visit Shanxi Art and Clay factory to see how the Terra Cotta Warriors were made. Your kids will have the opportunity to make their own warriors! Lunch will be hand-stretched noodles, a typical Shanxi style meal. Afternoon arrive at a typical Chinese village to learn about village life of the majority of China’s people. (B. L)

Day 8: Chengdu 

Morning flight to Chengdu. Chengdu was the capital city of the Kingdom of Shu (221-263). (Three Kingdoms) culture took strong root here. And here still exists some of the richest of the remains of the Three Kingdoms Period. Chengdu is now the capital of China’s most populous province, Sichuan. Pleasantly laid out with broad streets lined by brown and white stucco traditional two-storied houses with balconies of carved wood, this dynamic and colorful city has famously extrovert population. Chengdu has been newly regarded as one of the ten most livable cities in China. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure. (B.)

Day 9: Chengdu

Morning visit Shu Embroidery Institute. Shu Embroidery is one of the four famous embroidery style in China. It is known as the “treasure of Sichuan” since Han Dynasty. Observe the talented workers’ elegant demonstrations and fine artworks. Take a stroll along the Jin Li Street — The First Street of the Shu Kingdom and transfer you back to the ancient time. Enjoy the culture and local specialties. Lunch today is Chengdu specialty food, tried and loved by many families and friends. (B.L.)

Day 10: Chengdu

After breakfast at hotel, drive to Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Base. You will visit Giant Panda Museum, catch pandas’ feeding time and see the lovely tender pandas. You can take pictures with a panda in your arms by donating some money to panda base. After earthquake in 2008, more pandas were sent to here from Wolong. On the way back, don’t miss the red panda! Your kids will love the experience of seeing the rare red panda and get a stuffed red panda bear (seldom to find anywhere in China.) Lunch will be our specially arranged Chengdu delicacies in a home-style restaurant. Mid-afternoon return to hotel for rest or swim. Evening optional Sichuan Opera face changing show.(B.L)

Day 11: Fly home to US or Orphanage visit tour 

Morning flight to Shanghai/Guangzhou for your international flight home or fly to the capital city of your child’s orphanage province (please complete the attached orphanage visit form.) (B)

We will arrange for you to visit the orphanage city or foster family that you child lived in while in China. It’s the most important day during your entire trip. Your child will be able to see the place where she lived before. It will also be a wonderful chance for the caregivers who took care of them to be able to see your child again.

Tour Date(s):

    • April 6, 2019
    • June 21, 2019
    • July 13, 2019

Tour Cost:

  • $2,099 per adult, double occupancy
  • $1,699 per child (0-11)
  • Single supplement: $520
  • Add-on Orphanage Visit

You can add a side trip to your child’s orphanage(s) after the main tour. The additional cost per orphanage tour will be $900-$1250 per adult and $600-$950 per child under 12 for a 3-4 days orphanage tour. The additional tour cost includes the orphanage visitation fee required by the local provincial government.


Special Notes:

  • Price does not include international airfare, passport and visa fees. Optional trip extension, orphanage visit, transportation to/from orphanage, gratuities to guides, driver, hotel personal and airport taxes.
  • Children over 12 years of age are considered adults.
  • Tour fares are subject to change.


Reservation and Payments: A $500 per person deposit is required to secure your reservation. Final payment will be due 90 days before departure. Tour cost is based on current exchange rate and subject to change due to foreign currency fluctuation.

What Is Included in the Tour Cost: Air and Land transportation within China, Expertise of experienced adoption guides who helped hundreds of families completed adoption services, 4 star or local best hotel accommodations, hotel and dining taxes, All accommodations (based on double occupancy), Meals according to itinerary, All sightseeing and visits as noted in each itinerary, Specially arranged visit to a local family, Baggage handling for one bag plus one carry-on bag per person, Airport and hotel transfers.

Cost of Tour Does Not Include: International roundtrip airfare not listed in the “Included Features” section; passport and visa application fee trip cancellation and baggage insurance, personal items and expenses, airport transfers for those not on groups flights, excess baggage; airport taxes gratuities to guides, drivers and tour leader optional programs, panda holding fee trip extension, orphanage visit, transportation to/from orphanage, orphanage approval fee to civil affairs, meals not listed as included, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages or at any other time not mentioned as included. Airline taxes and departure fees, which are subject to change. Tour fares are subject to change.

Passport and Visa: A valid passport for at least six months after the date of return is required. We can apply for the Chinese visa on behalf of tour participants. Please click Visa to China for more information.

Medical Responsibilities: Medical or other unexpected expenses during the trip are the responsibility of the participant. We advised participants to obtain travel insurance. Information about insurance will be send to you upon receipt of deposit. Use of a Chinese medical facility requires prepayment prior to the physician seeing/treating the patient, even in emergency situation. Travel to China can be difficult for hose with disabilities or requiring special medical attention/services. We ask that you consult your physician prior to the tour program and obtain necessary immunization and medications.

Cancellation Policy: Chinese Cultural Exchange (CCE) must strictly adhere to its cancellation policy to offset costs incurred prior to the commencement of the tour, which may include, but are not limited to: advance payments to land operators, communication expenses; development/promotional expenses; and the loss of time that might have permitted resale of reserved space. Cancellation for all or any part of the trip will not be effective until they are received in writing in the office of CCE. Cancellation received after confirmation of booking and up to 90 days before departure, is subject to a $300 per person cancellation fee. No refunds will be given for cancellation within 90 days of departure. We strongly recommend for your protection that you purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance. Cancellation insurance forms can be requested from us.

Basis of Rates: All prices are based on two persons sharing a room. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars. The rates are based on current tariffs and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, if it is necessary to levy a surcharge, we reserve the right to do so, and notification will be given at the time of final invoicing.

Photography: Chinese Cultural Exchange and our partner organizations reserve the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any tour or part thereof and to use the resulting photography for Chinese Cultural Exchange promotional purposes. By making a reservation with Chinese Cultural Exchange, participants agree to allow their images to be used in such photography.

Liabilities Clause: CCE and the sponsoring organization act only as agent for the passenger with respect to travel services. We assumes no responsibility or liability in whole or in part for any injury, damage, loss, delays, delayed or changed departure or arrival, missed carrier connection, weather, strikes, acts of God, circumstances beyond our control, war, quarantine, criminal activity, expense, accident, sickness, injury or death to person or property, or mechanical defect, failure or negligence of any nature howsoever caused in connection with any accommodations, restaurant, transportation or other services or for any substitutions of hotels, or of common carrier equipment beyond our control, with or without notice, or for any additional expenses occasioned thereby. If due to weather, flight schedules or other uncontrollable factors you are required to spend an additional night, you will be responsible for your own hotel, transfers and meal costs. No refund will be made for any unused portion of the tour due to these causes or voluntary cancellations, Baggage and personal effects are the sole responsibility of the participant at all times. The right is reserved to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of these tours at any time. CCE reserves the right to change the itinerary of the tour without prior notice. CCE shall not be liable for any loss whatsoever to passengers by reason of such cancellation, substitution or changes. If the tour is cancelled by CCE for any reason, CCE shall have no liability beyond the refund of all tour participants’ deposits received by it. CCE may increase the tour price in the event of cost increases. The airline tickets when issued shall constitute the sole contract between the air company concerned and the purchaser of these tours and/or passenger. The carriers are not responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time tour participants are not aboard their conveyance. By registering for this tour, tour participant certifies that he or she is mentally and physically capable of full participation in this tour. Upon payment of a deposit, tour participant indicates acceptance of the above terms and conditions.

Please download and fill out the following Tour Registration Form and
 send it back with photo page of your passport for each person.
Orphanage Visit Request Form
Chinese Visa Application Form
Chinese Visa Application Form Instruction

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