China is a vast country, the third largest in the world and geographically spanning five time zones. Thankfully as the entire country works on Beijing time you don’t need to worry about adjusting your watch as you travel through the 22 provinces that make up the country.
There is plenty on offer for families with children of all ages, from the ancient Forbidden City and Summer Palace of Beijing, to hiking along the Great Wall and even the teenagers will love spending time watching the loveable giant pandas chomping on bamboo at the Chengdu Research Centre. China has a rich history and a visit to the Terracotta Warriors, located just outside of Xian, is not to be missed. This expansive site is home to a collection of life size statues created to protect Emperor Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife.
For families craving an active holiday a boat journey though dramatic karst limestone landscapes ends in the small town of Yangshuo. From here you can hire bikes and cycle through rural villages, float along the Li River on bamboo rafts or hike through the ‘Dragons Backbone’, a collection of rice terraces which is home to the Dong and Zhuang minority tribes. The rise and fall of the terraces is said to resemble the legendary dragon. Here you can also try your hand at making, and eating, traditional steamed dumplings at a local cooking school.