10D Kung Fu & Pandas,
Family Adventure in China!
Visit the Giant Panda research centre; Shaolin Kungfu; Kite flying in Tiananmen Square; Shanghai; Walk on remote sections of the Great Wall
The first stop on our adventure is China’s most famous icons – the Giant Panda. It is here in Chengdu that we visit this intriguing beasts at the Giant Panda research and breeding centre. Just outside of Chengdu we venture to the impressive Giant Buddha which stands 71metres high and took 70 years to finish! From this engineering feat to another highlight we travel to Xian and visit the world famous Terracotta Warriors. A great game to play at the warriors is trying to find a face carved the same way. Best of luck as out of the 8000 in existence not two have a similar face.
Traveling north by train, we visit the Longman Grottoes in Luoyang. The following day we travel out to the Shaolin Temple where the Legend of Kung Fu was born, here we witness gifted students in a Kung Fu demonstration. We make our way to the proud capital Beijing where we explore the Forbidden City and do what the local kids do – fly kites in Tiananmen Square. The following day we travel out to the one of the seven wonders of the world – the Great Wall and walk along this mighty fortification, which stretches for miles towards the horizon. On returning to Beijing our journey ends and we can look back at an amazing adventure taking in the highlights of an ancient country.
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- Day 01 / Arrive in Chengdu and transfer to hotel. Welcome dinner.
- Day 02 / Visit Giant Buddha at Leshan.
- Day 03 / Morning visit to the Giant Panda Breeding Centre. Overnight train to Xian.
- Day 04 / Walking tour of Xian with afternoon ion Muslim quarter.
- Day 05 / Visit the Terracotta Warriors.
- Day 06 / Train to Luoyang. Half-day tour to the Longmen Grottoes.
- Day 07 / Shaolin Temple and Kung Fu demonstration. Overnight train to Beijing.
- Day 08 / Fly kites in Tiananmen Square, tour the Forbidden City and explore the sights of Beijing.
- Day 09 / Day trip to Great Wall at Mutianyu. Return to Beijing in the afternoon.
- Day 10 / Trip ends in Beijing this morning.
Trip Itinerary Variation
In some ways China is still a developing country and its infrastructure, values, customs and standards may differ from what you are used to at home. Please bear this in mind as you are travelling in this exciting country and respect the fact that you should not impose your standards and expectations on the culture there. In particular, the habits of drivers in China are something for which you ought to prepare yourself! This is an ‘adventure’ trip and we hope to expose you to all aspects of the local culture.
Designed especially for families with children, these tours include daily activities that are varied and interesting, and tiring travel is kept to a minimum.
- from USD $1,895 Adult
- USD $1,695 Child (06 to 11 years old)
- 19-28 Jan, 2013 US $2,020
- 16-25 Feb, 2013 US $1,895
- 23 Mar – 01 Apr, 2013 US $1,895
- 06-15 Apr, 2013 US $2,020
- 13-22 Apr, 2013 US $2,020
- 11-20 May, 2013 US $2,020
- 18-27 May, 2013 US $2,020
- 01-10 Jun, 2013 US $2,020
- 15-24 Jun, 2013 US $2,020
- 29 Jun – 08 Jul, 2013 US $2,020
- 13-22 Jul, 2013 US $2,020
- 27 Jul – 05 Aug, 2013 US $2,020
- 10-19 Aug, 2013 US $2,020
- 24 Aug – 02 Sep, 2013 US $2,020
- 07-16 Sep, 2013 US $2,020
- 21-30 Sep, 2013 US $2,020
- 05-14 Oct, 2013 US $2,020
- 19-28 Oct, 2013 US $2,020
- 16-25 Nov, 2013 US $1,895
- 14-23 Dec, 2013 US $1,895
- 11-20 Jan, 2014 US $2,020
- 08-17 Feb, 2014 US $1,895
- 08-17 Mar, 2014 US $2,020
- 05-14 Apr, 2014 US $2,020
- 19-28 Apr, 2014 US $2,020
- 03-12 May, 2014 US $2,020
- 17-26 May, 2014 US $2,020
- 31 May – 09 Jun, 2014 US $2,020
- 14-23 Jun, 2014 US $2,020
- 28 Jun – 07 Jul, 2014 US $2,020
- The Child prices are based on an age of 11 years and younger at time of travel for both land and air arrangements.
- Child Minumum Age: 6 years
- Triple rooms may be available on request.
- A compulsory Single Supplement applies for this trip. Please contact us for further details.
- Local tour leader
- Arrival transfer, transport
- 08 nights in comfortable hotels
- 01 night in overnight sleeper train
- Sightseeing and entrance fees
- Meals: 08 Breakfasts, 01 Lunch and 01 Dinner
- Visa costs
- International flights, departure taxes
- Insurance (obligatory on all trips)
- Other meals, drinks
- Any optional additional tours and activities during free time
- Spending of a personal nature such as tips, laundry, drinks, souvenirs.
- Beijing Acrobats – CNY 100 – 180 (USD $15- $25)
The overnight trains are a comfortable way to travel. We travel softsleeper and there are 4 people to a compartment. Your luggage is with you and can be stored overhead or under the bed. Pillows and blankets are supplied. There are both squat and western style toilets. Dinner can be purchased in the dining car or from trolley vendors. A meal will cost at least RMB20; alternatively you can bring your own food onboard. Drinks bought on the train will not be chilled. Hot water for drinking is available – you may wish to bring your own mug.
By employing and training local guides to lead our group holidays, there is a two-fold benefit. Firstly, we provide employment opportunities for the local community. Just as important, however, is the benefit to you, the traveller. Your tour leader’s friendship, humour, passion and intimate knowledge of the region will be key factors in making your holiday a success.
Tipping has become an accepted part of tourism in Southeast Asia. Your tour leader will be able to advise you in this area; however, as a guideline we would recommend 10% in restaurants, and a small tip to hotel bellboys for carrying your bags.
At your pre-tour briefing your tour leader will discuss with you the idea of running a tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then the tour leader pays the tips and keeps a record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour is returned to group members. This is often the easiest way to avoid the hassles of needing small change and knowing what is an appropriate amount to tip.
It is customary to tip your tour leader, at the end of the trip, if you are happy with the service. A minimum tip of US$2 per day, from each member of the group, is the usual amount expected.
Age limits and responsibility for minors
Peregrine family trips are not recommended for children under the age of six. There must be at least one parent/adult guardian for three minors. Parent/adult guardian must be fully responsible for their minors throughout the entire trip. If you have a question regarding age and suitability, please contact us for further advice.
Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders do currently require a visa for China. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent.
Please note if you are travelling from China, into Hong Kong or Kyrgyzstan then back into China, you will need a double entry Chinese visa. Note that on some occasions people transiting through China on way to Hong Kong have been made to go through immigration and had their single entry visa stamped making this invalid. Do not allow your visa to be stamped if you are only going through transit.
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please consult your doctor or a travel health specialist. The choice of vaccinations can depend on a range of issues including the specific destination, the duration of the trip, your personal health and of course what vaccines you have had before.
These days the only compulsory vaccine is for yellow fever, which is required for many countries in Africa and South America. It should be done at least 10 days before travel and must be recorded in an official certificate book. Please note that very often you may not need to show this certificate book when entering these countries, but you will need to produce it to immigration/customs on returning to your home country.
Routine Background Vaccines
We strongly endorse current public health recommendations that all travellers should be up-to-date with their routine vaccines such as tetanus, diphtheria, measles/mumps/rubella, polio and influenza, and paediatric vaccinations for children.
While the food and water-borne diseases such as hepatitis A and typhoid will apply to most of our travellers, other travel vaccines such as hepatitis B, rabies, meningitis, Japanese encephalitis and cholera may apply to select travellers, especially long-term travel. Travel health experts can advise on what is required and also what is not required!
There is no vaccination against malaria, which is transmitted by mosquito bites and is a risk in many less-developed tropical areas, particularly in Central, East and West Africa, Melanesia (especially Papua New Guinea) and the Amazon region. In Asia (particularly India) and Central America it may be a problem in rural areas. Protection against mosquito bites is essential and where the risk is considered high, anti-malarial medications are recommended. Anti-malarial medications should be discussed with experts as there are different medications available and not all medications suit all people or all destinations. We prefer that trekkers to altitude try to avoid the use of mefloquine (Lariam) if possible.
For travellers from Australia and New Zealand, we strongly recommend Travel Doctor-TMVC clinics to obtain the most up-to-date advice on health risks and vaccinations (see www.traveldoctor.com.au for locations and detailed vaccine information or phone 1300 658 844 for an appointment in Australia). Some vaccines require more than one dose, so arrange for your visit at least 4-6 weeks before you travel. Travellers living outside Australia and New Zealand will need to consult a similar organisation in their own country (please ask your travel agent for recommendations), but can still access the following link for information:
Well before travelling, please ensure that you have a current passport, with an accurate photo, that is valid for at least six months after your scheduled return home. Also check that your airline tickets are in exactly the same name as your passport. Some countries may require that you have a return air ticket, or have sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket.
On all our holidays you must have comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. Please take your insurance policy with you when you travel. We are able to recommend a policy for you. You may take other cover, of course, but we require you to be adequately insured before we can allow you to participate in our programmes. Your local leader will need to see and record your policy details at the pre-tour briefing, so please bring a copy along to the meeting. If you arrive without travel insurance your tour leader will require you to purchase a policy before you continue your journey with us.
If you are covered by a policy arranged through your credit card company you will be asked to provide evidence of this cover, as well as a 24-hour emergency contact number. Many credit card companies do not provide an insurance policy number. In this instance, the tour leader will need to record your credit card number, as this is required to activate any request for emergency assistance. You should also bring along the travel insurance information booklet provided by your credit card company. It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet the requirements set out by your credit card company in order to be effectively covered and that the cover offered is of a suitable standard.