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Travel with children is increasingly popular, and family-oriented China is a great place to take the kids. When planning a trip with children it is important to think carefully about the balance of activities. As well as taking in the sights you want to see, you should also ensure that there are plenty of fun things for the kids to do, and that hotels and restaurants are as kid-friendly as possible. Your biggest challenges will be the long journeys between destinations (certainly if you travel by land) and the lack of familiar foods (unless your children have been brought up with Chinese food).

A few companies organize family trips to China, including: Pacific Delight World Tours (www.pacificdelighttours.com) and Rascals in Paradise (www.rascalsinparadise.com). Pacific runs tours that take in the Three Gorges and the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, while San Francisco-based Rascals offers 14-day tours stretching from Beijing all the way down to Yangshuo.

Children must have their own passport and visa.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.