The Mysterious East Where to go in China with the kids

Photo Credit: Yuya Sekiguchi via photopin cc

Photo Credit: Yuya Sekiguchi via photopin cc

You might not consider China as somewhere you can easily visit with the family, especially with little kids in tow, but this is one of life’s great misconceptions! China is packed with not only family friendly activities, but also places of educational and cultural interest, making it somewhere you can easily enjoy in an educational way!

The main destinations for China holidays for families are the major cities, and this is where you will find most in the way of activities to keep little ones occupied and eyes wide open in wonder.

As well as enjoying delicious and traditional Chinese food, there are temples to explore, shopping to be done, and interesting nightlife to experience.

Here are a few suggestions of activities to keep your young ones occupied, depending on which destination you choose.


Fancy climbing a portion of the Great Wall of China? Well, here you can, and you can imagine the envious looks from friends back home! Beijing Ocean Park is a great suggestion, as well as Beijing World Park, where you can travel the world through miniature monuments. Pacific Underwater World will bring you nose to nose with over 30 penguins, and Fundazzle is a full day’s entertainment, with shows, arts classes, and a huge swimming pool. Beijing isn’t just a city!


Shangai is full of theme parks and attractions for young ones, with the view from the top of the Shanghai World Financial Center being one of the main ones. A cruise down the Huangpu River is an attraction with a difference, as well as visiting the Shangai Circus and checking out eye-watering acrobatics. On top of this you also have a choice of Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, Shanghai Zoo, and Shanghai Natural Wild Insect Kingdom. Plenty of choices!

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is probably most famous for housing the Chinese home of Mickey Mouse, and this is certainly a must-visit for families heading to this huge and bustling city. A tram ride to the top of Victoria Peak is a major must do, as well as a day’s chill out at Repulse Bay, which is much prettier than it sounds! For a spot of culture, Lantau Island is where you will find the world’s largest bronze Buddha statue, with a boat ride out to traditional villages, visiting pink dolphins as you go.

Alongside these attractions with a difference, you have the usual city-life activities, such as shopping, restaurants, night-life etc. All this just goes to prove that China is certainly accessible for all, including children on a family holiday.

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