China is a country of contrasts; the new and the old stand side-by-side as the most populated country in the world strives for modernization, as evidenced by the 2008 Olympics, yet remains grounded in ancient history. First time visitors to China with kids usually take a tour that hits the highlights. The Great Wall is a must-see and the most popular section is only 50 miles from Beijing where you’ll also discover The Forbidden City, the best preserved group of ancient buildings in China and the Summer Palace where a dragon boat rides awaits the kids. Other tourist highlights are the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, a cruise on the Li River, caves to explore in Guilin and pedaling through rice fields in nearby Yangshuo. The Beijing International airport (PEK) is 20 miles from the city center.
Family hotels in China vary widely from very basic accommodations to modern, upscale high rises in the main cities.