Things to Do in Shanghai with Kids

For some parents, visiting a big city causes big worries. I look at it just the opposite. Big cities mean there’s a bigger chance your family will have a great time. An added bonus, regardless of the where, language is rarely a barrier in big cities, making places like Shanghai a great family travel adventure.

When you travel to China from the US, chances are your flight will bring you in or out of Beijing or Shanghai.

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Traveling with kids gets better with experience. The more you do it, the easier it gets. You develop a system, and refine it with every adventure.

When I plan a trip, I have a very distinct routine. It starts with an empty notebook, a guidebook and a few hours on the Internet. Once armed with the basics, I start trying to lay out a rough day to day itinerary. It serves as a guideline for my family. If something doesn’t happen, it’s not the end of the world. Maybe we’ll do it tomorrow.

Exploring Kyoto with Kids

Traveling with children in Japan can be intimidating. All that structure and serenity. I have visions of my children rearranging the rocks of a zen garden or putting their little fists through the traditional rice paper shoji screens that make up the walls of our ryokan.

However, it is also one of the most beautiful, poetic cities in Japan and our children, age 3 ½ and 2, love running up the temple steps and seeing the koi fish swimming in the river along philosopher’s walk.