China Heritage Tours

Adoptive Family Travel






China Ties- Our Flagship Program
June 17 – July 1, 2015
July 1 – July 15, 2015

March 23-April 6, 2016
June 15-29, 2016
June 29-July 13, 2016

China Connections

China Ties Lite
June 17 – June 27, 2015
July 1 – July 11, 2015

March 23-April 2, 2016
June 15-25, 2016
June 29-July 9, 2016

We are delighted to tell you that CCCWA/BLAS is again financially supporting adoptees traveling with China Ties heritage tours. Thanks to their generosity, for families traveling with China Ties 2015, we will deduct $1000 if there is one Chinese adoptee traveling in the family and $1600 if there are two Chinese adoptees traveling in the family.

Private or Semi-Private Travel


Our Flagship Program

  • Offers a comprehensive, meaningful, fun itinerary where all activities are optional so you can do the things important to YOUR family.
  • Is staffed by:
    • A Ties group leader, who creates community, builds bridges and deals with details. This enables you to focus on your family and the profound meaning of the journey
    • An adoption professional who will be available to support your family while you discover the message of the journey, prepare to connect with significant people and places important to your family, and explore how you can weave the experiences into your life story.
    • An English-speaking Chinese guide who will share lifestyle, customs, humor and warmth.
  • Includes our signature “Connect & Chat” for kids and “Talk Times” for parents, both of which are optional. These informal gatherings give you a chance to reflect on the journey as the journey unfolds.
  • Gives you opportunities to visit people and places important to your family, in a supportive environment.
  • Prepares your family logistically and emotionally for the journey.
  • Invites your participation in Project Kindness—China.

China Ties Itinerary

China Ties Adoptive Family Travel

  • Arrive in Beijing, where Ties staff will meet you and provide transportation to the hotel. China Ties families stay in first class to moderate, clean hotels, where after a day out experiencing many new tastes, smells, sights and sounds, families can relax.
  • Gather for an orientation meeting, a chance to connect with the other families, and discuss the journey ahead.
  • Participate in hands-on activities focusing on calligraphy, language, music and food.
  • Visit CCCWA (China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption) where referral documents and post placement reports are maintained.
  • Climb the Great Wall of China, watch artisans at work at a cloisonné factory, take pictures at Beijing’s National Stadium, home of the 2008 Olympics.
  • Explore Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, board a bicycle rickshaw and ride through the Hutongs, eat scrumptious Chinese cuisine, and yes, shop.
  • Consider seeing a performance of Chinese acrobats, visiting Beijing’s zoo and aquarium, or travel to Xi’an to see the Terra Cotta Warriors!
  • For most families, Beijing will be the jumping off point for the “Centerpiece of your Adoption Homeland Journey” as they travel to their child’s province of birth.

While on adoption visits, families will:

      • Travel by airplane, train or car to destination, and be met with driver and English speaking guide
      • Visit your child’s orphanage, meet caregivers and foster families, return to finding sites and re-connect with other people and places important to your family.
      • See sites in province, according to your interests.
      • Bask in the messages of the journey as The Ties Program oversees the travel details including transportation, translators, and hotel arrangements.
      • China Ties Lite families will depart from province for the United States or their home countries.
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    • In Guilin, spend a relaxing day reconnecting and processing your time in province–along with other families.
    • Cruise down the Li River while reveling in the beauty of humped back mountains, reflective waters and lush vegetation before disembarking in the ancient city of Yangshou. Discover how fisherman fish without the use of hooks or nets.
    • Tour the Reed Flute Cave and try your hand at Chinese brush painting.
    • Participate in a cooking class – yum!
    • If you like, extend your stay in China and enjoy an optional tour to Xi’an, Chengdu and the Panda Reserve, Guangzhou or Hong Kong or other places of interest to your family.

Relax. Savor. Reflect.
Enjoy your China heritage tour.



We have decided to discontinue Connections programs. Our goal in offering Connections was to provide a less expensive option for families. To accomplish that, families traveled with an in-country English speaking guide, but not with Ties staff. In our flagship Ties programs, groups travel with both a “logistical genius” and an adoption professional, so that families are really well supported on this important, identity-building journey. It is a “formula” that has served families well for nearly two decades!

But we knew we still needed an alternative.


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So, we put our thinking caps on, and re-thought the options. As we move forward, many of our programs will be offered as traditional Ties Programs, and in some countries (China included), will include a Ties Lite option. It will give you all of the advantages of traveling with a Ties Program, but a shorter stay, lowering your costs. You will receive information on China Ties and China Ties Lite when you request information.



While we believe strongly in the support a group provides, we know there are times when individual family travel is a better fit. We are happy to work with individual families or small groups of families. Please email us your request.

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