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Travel With Children

China is a great place to travel with children. The Chinese love children and are very friendly towards foreigners. Sometimes a bit too much attention is heaped on children, but generally it’s a lot of fun being told how good looking your children are and the amazement expressed when they find out you have more than one child in a land of mainly single child families.

There is plenty for kids to do while on tour, including: walking or sleeping on the Great Wall; riding a toboggan down the Great Wall; driving electric boats on historic lakes; enjoying amusements in local parks; riding a cycle rickshaw through the old town; making dumplings in a Chinese home; visiting a kindergarten or school; seeing a cricket show; making kites; and attending a kungfu show (and that’s just naming a few!).

You may find times when your children can play with Chinese children. Chinese parents will often encourage their little children to play with foreigners. These short encounters along the way are part of the fun for kids.

children on the Great Wall

When traveling with children the hotel situation needs to be considered. A suite in a three-star or four-star hotel can be a good option as you can get a separate living room and bedroom. Apartment style hotels while not the cheapest option can work well too, with a kitchen, modern laundry machine and one or two bathrooms and one, two or three separate bedrooms.

Connecting rooms in hotels are not common in China so if you book two standard hotel rooms be aware of this. In China, tourist sights and attractions base child discounts on a child's height, not their age. Normally children under 1.0, 1.2 or 1.4 meters receive a discount depending on the situation.

In China, tourist sights and attractions base child discounts on a child's height, not their age. Normally children under 1.0, 1.2 or 1.4 meters receive a discount depending on the situation.

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