China Adoption Heritage Tour

China Adoption Heritage Tour

CET-11: 13 Days Guangzhou - Guilin - Xi'an - Beijing Tour

This elaborate tour is designed for you to bring your child back to their motherland of China. You will visit the orphanage where he/she was brought up and the exact spot where he/she was found. You are going to be immersed in China’s ancient history and rich culture. This will be the most educational and enriching experience which your child will cherish forever.

CET Advantages

  • Sophisticated support from beginning to end
  • Luxury hotels with central location
  • Biking on a thousand-year-old City Wall
  • Learn to cook your own Chinese food
  • Play Taichi with local Chinese at the Temple of Heaven
  • Practice Chinese calligraphy and brush-painting


No Shopping Traps

Group Type

Group Type


Tour Focus

Tour Focus

Adoption Heritage


Include Meals

Breakfast:12; Lunch:12




Best Season

Best Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Suit For: Adoptive Family

Full Itinerary

Day 1
Welcome to South China, Guangzhou Arrival

Welcome to China! Your private guide waits for you outside of the luggage claim area at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN). After being transferred to your hotel in your private comfortable van, you can enjoy the rest of the day to walk around the hotel’s neighborhood or just relax in your hotel.

Day 2
Guangzhou City Tour (B,L)

You may start the day a bit later if you are still jetlagged. There is a lot to discover at this international metropolis. Visiting the traditional places of Chen Ancestral house and Xiguan Ancient House will show you the prosperous past of Guangzhou. Stroll around Shamian Island, a beautiful gem in the old quarters of the city. Close to this is Qing Ping Market, which is full of stalls selling all kinds of traditional Chinese medicines. You will find it very interesting to walk through.

chen ancenstral house

Chen Ancestral House, Ornate Roof

Day 3
Guangzhou to Orphanage City (B,L)

Fly to the capital city or nearby city of your child’s orphanage province. Be met by your personal guide and have a half day to tour around the city if time allows.

Day 4
Whole Day Tour to the Orphanage (B,L)

Spend the whole day visiting the orphanage, talk with the orphanage director and staff, visit the place where your child was first found, lived and played. Meet with the people who were related to the adoption. Meet with the foster family if there was one and see the detailed information that was provided. Tour around the local area. This day will be a lifelong memory for your child. Return to the provincial capital city.

Day 5
Fly to Guilin, City Tour of Guilin (B,L)

Fly to Guilin after a leisurely breakfast in your hotel. Your personal guide will be waiting at the airport. After a 45 min drive, you will be in the city center of Guilin, a city surrounded by the Karst Mountains. The tour to the Reed Flute Cave and Fubo Hill will show you how the mountains were formed and the natural beauty of Guilin.

the reed flute cave

The Reed Flute Cave, Wonderful World of Stalactite

Day 6
Longji Rice Terraced Day Trip (B,L)

Longji (Dragon’s Backbone) is about 2 hours driving from downtown Guilin. The terraces were made by local ethnic minority groups after the Yuan Dynasty (AD1271—AD1368). Terraces filled with water in spring, golden rice terraces in autumn and snow terraces in winter, none of this should be missed. Zhuang and Yao minority villages dot the area with their unique wooden architecture. The various minority customs and styles of dress are especially interesting. A good hike is planned for today, so a pair of comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended. Lunch with organic food in one of the local restaurants on the mountain is just delicious. Return to your hotel in Guilin. Following your guide to enjoy a Chinese massage will be a great idea.

spring of the terraced fields in longsheng

spring of the terraced fields in longsheng

Day 7
Guilin to Yangshuo by Li River Cruise (B,L)

Today is one of the highlights of your entire trip. The Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo is the best way to appreciate the breathtaking landscape of Karst Mountains along river side. Natural scenery, farm lands, fishermen, school kids, water buffalos, mountain goats and cormorants are all in the same picture.

li river cruise

Li River Cruise, Cruise in Traditional Chinese Painting

After disembarking in Yangshou, you will stroll through The West Street, to feel the harmonious combination of Chinese and western culture. Hire a mountain bike, your guide will take you to explore the countryside of Yangshuo. Biking on the paved path with rice paddies and beautiful mountains on both sides is such a pleasure. You can visit one of the local houses if you wish to learn about the peasant’s life style. Tonight, you will stay in a very quiet property on the bank of Yulong River.

Day 8
Cooking Class and Fly to Xi'an(B,L)

Enjoy a lovely breakfast with a gorgeous view all around you. Your guide will take you back to Yangshuo to join a Cookery Class. The tour starts with buying the ingredients from the local food market. You will learn about all the types of food that Chinese people eat every day. There will be many things that amaze you in the market. You will learn to prepare three popular dishes with the Chinese cooking style. Then you will taste the fruit of your own labor. After a short break, your guide and driver will escort you from Yangshuo to Guilin Airport for your flight to Xi’an. Upon arrival, meet your guide and go to the hotel for a good rest. Xi’an is a city with rich history and very palatable food.

cooking class

Cooking Class, Cook Your Own Chinese Food

Day 9
Terracotta Warriors and Ancient City Wall (B,L)

The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, listed at World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1987, shouldn’t be missed. It is one of the greatest archeological discoveries on earth. Thousands of clay soldiers, bronze chariots and horses were made 2000 years ago to protect Emperor Qinshihuang’s tomb. From Pit 1 to Pit 3, you will be amazed by the exquisite artwork. Your lunch today will be served in a restaurant near the museum so you can try different types of famous cold dishes and noodles. Then head back to the city to visit The Ancient City Wall. This is the best-preserved city wall in China. You can walk, ride a bike or have a ride on an electric cart on the Wall. Walk for 10 minutes, you will arrive at the Muslim Quarter, a busy and interesting walking street with lots of food stands and souvenir shops. It is where the local Muslim residents live, and a fun place to wander around.

the terracotta worriors

Terracotta Warriors and Horses:Do you know the faces of the terracotta warriors are all different

Day 10
Xi'an City Tour and Take Speed Train to Beijing (B,L)

After breakfast, you will firstly visit Shaanxi History Museum. It takes visitors sequentially through Chinese history, starting with the Paleolithic era through the Qing Dynasty. The breadth and depth of the artifacts and quality of artwork from each time period and dynasty are breathtaking! You will get a well-rounded understanding of the history of the province and China. Enjoy your lunch in a local restaurant nearby and then head to Xi’an North Train Station for a speed train to Beijing. During the 5-hour ride, you will enjoy the view of the rural area of northern China. Your guide in Beijing will be waiting for you with your name sign and take you to your hotel.

collection in shaanxi history museum

Collection in Shaanxi History Museum

Day 11
Practice Tai chi and Visit The Great Wall of China (B,L)

In old China, the emperors prayed for a good harvest every year. That was how the Temple of Heaven was built. Now it has been turned into a public park with the old buildings inside. It is a social place where local people do morning exercises and play board games. A Tai Chi master will teach you some basic movements and the theory of Tai Chi here. It is to balance the “Yin” and “Yang” in your body to make you healthy. With this good exercise, you will be able to climb The Mutianyu Great Wall easily. Located 73km from Beijing downtown, this is the most scenic and well-protected section of The Great Wall. Take a cable car up to the half-way point, from where you can hike east or west. Strolling on this thousand-year-old defense project, you can feel the history and imagine the wars which happened here in the past. Return to your hotel in the city in the late afternoon. Your guide will recommend some good restaurants and shopping malls near your hotel.

the Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven is the centre of imperial ritual ceremony for Ming and Qing Dynasties

Day 12
Beijing City Highlights (B,L)

Your tour of the city highlights starts from Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest city square. You can, however, have an early start to watch the flag raising ceremony along with hundreds of Chinese people. Some important government buildings are located around the square, such as Great Hall of the People, National Museum, Chairman Mao Memorial Hall and Monument of the People's Heroes. Crossing Chang’an Avenue from Tiananmen Square, lies the magnificent Forbidden City. This big palace is a collection of valuable culture relics, ancient Chinese architecture style and royalty’s life. Then enjoy a leisurely rickshaw ride in traditional Hutong Alleys. Beijing people have been living in these quadrangle dwellings for generations. You can stop with a family and talk with the host to learn about their life style.

forbidden city

Forbidden City

Day 13
Immerse in Chinese (B,L)

Today is a more casual day. Spend the whole morning strolling in the Summer Palace, the summer retreat of Empress Dowager Cixi. The landscape, the architecture and the lake, everything is a feast for your eyes. You will enjoy a 20 minute boat ride on the lake. Gaobeidian Village is where you will spend the afternoon. Your child will enjoy visiting a local Kindergarten and playing with the cute little ones. And then, join a Chinese Calligraphy class to learn brush painting. This whole day is for you to get to know more about Chinese culture, language and people. Your guide can take you to Hongqiao Market for some shopping if you wish.

calligraphy lesson

Calligraphy Lesson - Create Your Own Work

Day 14
Farewell China(B)

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, pack your luggage and your guide will take you to the airport for your flight home. Our service will end here.

What's Included

  • 13 nights’ accommodation in 5-star luxury hotels
  • Your own attentive and knowledgeable tour guide
  • Experienced driver with comfortable vehicle
  • Visit permits to the orphanage
  • All meals as listed in authentic Chinese restaurants
  • Entrance fees to all listed places

What Our Customers Say On This Tour


China Educational Tours planned our trip to China beginning on 6/14 - 7/1. They did a superb job! We worked with Carol Guan and found her incredibly knowledgeable, available, detailed, caring and flexible.
We have 2 girls who were adopted from China and wanted to modify the trip so we could visit their orphanages and tour their cities, Guangzhou and ChongXing. Carol arranged the meetings with the orphanage directors, set up the orphanage tours, purchased our gifts to the orphanages so we wouldn't have to cart them from the United States, and lined up the hotels, guides, drivers and tours. In order to visit the orphanages, she had to do a tremendous amount of paper work with the embassy and orphanages to get clearance.

- Madeline
Wonderful Family Heritage Tour

Our family wanted to travel together to visit my daughter's orphanage and finding site as well as experience Chinese people and culture. Carol from China Educational Tours helped us plan our trip from Guangzhou to Beijing providing domestic transportation and city drivers and translator/guides in each city. They proved to be one of the highlights of our trip! They were knowledgeable about their area and its history and able to make recommendations about restaurants. They were also willing to engage with us and talk about their lives so that we could learn more deeply what it means to live in China today. Carol was also able to arrange for us to visit with two families who welcomed us to tea, and provide experiences hiking, biking and taking classes in Chinese cooking and Tai Chi. After spending a day with us, one of our guides recommended a change in our schedule to include a tour that we had not thought of. No problem--arrangements were made and we had a wonderful time.
I highly recommend this agency for their professionalism, knowledge and flexibility.

- Rosemary Cotter