China Heritage Tours – A Reflection on 2014 and Announcements for 2015

We had three extraordinary heritage tours in 2014 with almost 400 travelers!  117 families traveled to Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Guilin and Yangshuo for 10 incredible days while connecting with some of the richest parts of Chinese culture!

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They visited many famous sites including the Great Wall in Beijing, the Terracotta Army in Xi’an, the Giant Panda Reserve in Chengdu, and the Li River in Guilin.  The trip was jam packed with wonderful Chinese cuisine, tea sampling, shows highlighting traditional music and dance, as well as, quality time for the kids to bond and build friendships with each other.

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We received so many heart-warming compliments from families:

  • “The value of the trip far exceeded the cost!”
  • “A trip of a life time! A wonderful gift for the adoptee, worth every cent”
  • “The whole tour was extremely well laid out and planned. We got to see a tremendous amount in a short time. It was tiring but definitely worth it.”
  • “We felt very prepared for the trip. It is a physically challenging trip with lots of changing of places and hotels, but we were prepared. It was wonderful.”
  • “We loved everything about the trip. From the size of the groups, the sites, the activities, etc. We thank everyone for their part in making this trip a reality for us. It exceeded our expectations in so many ways. The only bad part……it’s over!”
  • “Thank you so much for this opportunity. All in all it was a wonderful trip and the highlight for me was the magic of seeing my daughter begin to reconnect with her homeland. This trip helped her recognize the connection she’ll always have between her Chinese roots and her American life. She says she can’t wait to go back again!”

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We are SO glad everyone had such a good time!

As these trips have been such a success this year, we are delighted to be able to announce four more tours for the upcoming year!  As in the past, China adoptees of all ages are FREE for in-China tours!

2015 Heritage Tour Schedule

Spring Schedule:  March 29, 2015 – April 8, 2015

Summer Schedule:  June 14, 2015 – 24, 2015  AND  July 19, 2015 – 29, 2015

Winter Schedule:  December 23, 2015 – January 2, 2016

Some incredible highlights of the 2015 tours will be:

  • Ten days and five spectacular cities: Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Guilin and Yangshuo.
  • Visit the mystical CCCWA (formerly CCAA), climb the Great Wall, tour the Forbidden City, be awed by the Terra Cotta Soldiers, hold a giant panda, cruise the poetic Li River, enjoy wonderful Chinese cuisine, and much more!
  • Includes all in-China air and ground transportation, hotels, park and show tickets, and most meals during the dates mentioned for each tour (Panda hugging in Chengdu costs extra).
  • All of this for $1,899 per non-China adoptee adult (12 or older) and $1,399 for non-China adoptee children.
  • Optional visit and tour to your child’s orphanage is available BEFORE or AFTER the main tour (additional costs apply).

Online registration is available on our website at www.ccaifamily.org/heritagetour for all four tours! 

Note: In order to benefit from the free Chinese adoptee in-China tour package:

  • Adopted Chinese children must travel with their own parent(s).
  • Each adoptive couple (both traveling) can bring up to three Chinese adoptees
  • Each single parent can bring up to two Chinese adoptees

These tours are open to everyone: CCAI families, non-CCAI families, your friends or relatives.  So please spread the word!  If you are a FCC chapter member in your area, please help us get the word out to FCC communities.  Thank you!!! 

For any questions about the upcoming 2015 tours, please feel free to email heritagetour@chinesechildren.org or call 303-850-9998.  We look forward to helping your family plan an amazing trip back to China!

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Spring Heritage Tour

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We have just wrapped up our Spring 2014 Heritage Tour to China! Twenty three families took part in this incredible trip of a lifetime. During their travels, the group was able to tour such famous sites as the Great Wall in Beijing, the Terracotta Army in Xi’an, the Giant Panda Reserve in Chengdu, and the Li River in Guilin. This trip was not only an opportunity for a great family vacation, but also provided the 26 adoptees involved with a chance to connect with some of the richest parts of Chinese culture. Schedules were filled with elaborate meals, tea sampling, concerts highlighting traditional music and dance, as well as, quality time for adoptees to bond and build friendships with each other.

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Families that have chosen to travel to their specific orphanages or hometowns after the main tour are now taking part in their individualized part of Heritage Tour. We believe that this time is memorable and significant for each family and we look forward to hearing all the stories and seeing pictures from those returning soon!

We still have openings for our June and July tours!  To find out more information about either of those tours, visit the main Heritage Tour portion of our website atwww.ccaifamily.org/HeritageTour!

Travel Approvals Received!

We have some wonderful news from the CCAI Travel Department!

We just received travel approvals for families adopting in the Waiting Child & Traditional programs this afternoon! We always get so excited for each family when travel approvals come in!  Can’t wait to start preparing all the travel arrangements for their BIG TRIP!!!

Such a wonderful way to start off the weekend! Happy Friday!

Announcing 2014 Heritage Tour Dates

We are thrilled to announce the 2014 Spring and Summer Heritage Tour schedule! Mark your calendars…

Spring Heritage Tour: March 21 – 31, 2014
Summer Heritage Tours: June 15 – 25, 2014
                                                     AND
                                          July 13 – 23, 2014

That’s right!  We’re holding THREE Heritage Tours in 2014!  Hopefully, this will help you fit an amazing trip back to China into your busy schedules. 🙂

Remember: ALL China adoptees of any age travel FREE for in-China tours! These tours are OPEN TO EVERYONE — CCAI families, non-CCAI families, friends, relatives…everyone! So please spread the word!

For any questions about the upcoming 2014 tours, please email heritagetour@chinesechildren.org or call 303-850-9998.

Happy Labor Day Weekend!!!

Announcing Guangxi Heritage Tour

Dreaming about a heritage tour that is focused on your child’s birth place of Guangxi province and allows you and your child(ren) the opportunity to visit their former orphanage(s)?  This amazing opportunity is finally here!  CCAI is partnering with the Chinese central and provincial government to offer a 10-day Heritage Tour tailored just for Guangxi families! 

  • China adoptees of all ages will receive special discount of $699 for the entire in-China tour!
  • Ten days and four spectacular cities: Beijing, Nanning, Guilin and Yangshuo.
  • Climb the Great Wall, tour the Forbidden City, visit the mysterious CCCWA, travel to your child’s orphanage, interact with the orphanage staff, cruise the poetic Li River, enjoy wonderful Chinese cuisine and much more!
  • Includes airfare from Beijing-Nanning and Guilin-Guangzhou, guide services, ground transportation, hotels, park and show tickets, and meals per itinerary during the dates listed above.
  • All of this for $1,899 per non-China adoptee adult (12 or older) and $1,399 for non-China adoptee children.
  • Optional visits to additional cities and orphanages in other provinces available after the main tour (additional costs apply).

We’d love your family to take advantage of this incredible deal made possible by a special Heritage Tour Grant from the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs!

Note: In order to benefit and take advantage of this incredible trip:

  • Chinese adopted children must travel with their own parents.
  • At least one child must be from Guangxi province.

Registration:

Each family will need to provide the following information upon registration:

  • Full name and number on current/valid passport for each traveler**
  • Adoptee’s Chinese name, orphanage and province
  • Adoption agency name and adoption date

**If you need to renew your passport, or obtain a new passport, you can send in this information at a later date.

These tours are open to everyone: CCAI families, non-CCAI families, your friends or relatives.  So please spread the word!  If you are a FCC chapter member in your area, please help us get the word out to FCC communities.  Thank you!!!

For more information and to register, please visit http://ccaifamily.org/HeritageTour/Guangxi2013-Fall.aspx!

CCAI Spring Heritage Tour

Seventy-five adopted children and parents kicked off their exciting Spring Heritage Tour on March 21st in Beijing. They were welcomed by the Director-General of China Center for Children’s Welfare & Adoption (CCCWA) and got to tour the CCCWA facility, even getting the chance to step into the “Matching Room” where families are formed every day! Children and parents were also able to squeeze in many other unforgettable cultural and sight-seeing activities into their busy schedule — climbing the breathtaking Great Wall, walking the famous Tiananmen Square, experiencing the mesmerizing army of Terra Cotta soldiers, hugging some fluffy giant pandas, cruising down the beautiful Li River, and enjoying a variety of Chinese traditional cuisines. But, arguably the most treasured moment came at the end of the trip, when the travelers had the opportunity to visit their old orphanages and see the place where they once lived before their adoption. (CCCWA)

The weather was kind and the experiences unforgettable.  After 11 days of jam-packed touring, we’ll get to welcome everyone back Stateside this weekend!


In Mid-June, CCAI’s Adopteen will lead their first Adoptees Giving Back service trip to Henan Province to volunteer at several orphanages for two weeks!  Then, in late June and early July, a group of families and children will have to opportunity to attend a week-long Cultural Camp in Beijing, only to be followed in mid-July by another 220 children and parents who will embark on their Summer Heritage Tour!

To put it simply:  There are SO MANY great things going on, both here at CCAI and across the Pacific Ocean. We can barely contain our excitement!

 

2012 Winter Heritage Tour Update

32 families took off on CCAI’s Winter Heritage Tour last week and celebrated Christmas in Beijing!  With clear blue skies and record-breakingly frigid temperatures, the families spent their first day in Beijing visiting Tian’an Men Square and CCCWA.  We’ll try to keep in touch with their travels!

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Another fun piece of news 🙂

This past Saturday, some CCAI families gathered together at the Fortress of Happiness (a.k.a. CCAI) to celebrate their 5-year reunion!  Check out those happy faces!

From L to R (back to front): Bailey, Tatum, Tybee, Madi, John, Taylor

2012 Winter Heritage Tour Registration Begins!

Winter Heritage Tour Registration Begins

Celebrate Holidays in China!

December 23, 2012 – January 2, 2013 

Go to www.ccaifamily.org/heritagetour to register today!

  • China adoptees of all ages are FREE! (Please see note below)
  • Ten days and four spectacular cities: Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, and Guilin.
  • Visit the mystical CCCWA (formerly CCAA), climb the Great Wall, tour the Forbidden City, be awed by the Terra Cotta Soldiers, hold a giant panda, cruise the poetic Li River, enjoy wonderful Chinese cuisine, and much more!
  • Includes all in-China air and ground transportation, hotels, park and show tickets, and most meals during the dates listed above.
  • All of this for $1,899 per non-China adoptee adult (12 or older) and $1,399 for non-China adoptee children. (Panda hugging costs extra)
  • Optional visit and tour to your child’s orphanage is available after the main tour (additional costs apply).

We’d Love Your Family To Take Advantage Of This Incredible Deal Made Possible By A Special Heritage Tour Grant From The Chinese Ministry Of Civil Affairs!

Note:   In order to benefit from the free Chinese adoptee in-China tour packet:
  • Chinese adopted children must travel with their own parents.
  • Each adoptive couple (both traveling) can bring up to three Chinese adoptees
  • Each single parent can bring up to two Chinese adoptees
Each family will need to provide the following information upon registration:
  • Full name and number on current/valid passport for each traveler**
  • Adoptee’s Chinese name, orphanage and province
  • Adoption agency name and adoption date
**If you need to renew your passport, or obtain a new passport, you can send in this information at a later date.

 

Please contact us at travel3@chinesechildren.org  or travel@chinesechildren.org, travel2@chinesechildren.org with any questions.

 

 

Winter Heritage Tour Scheduled

Once again, the China Center for Children Welfare & Adoption (CCCWA) and CCAI are teaming up to offer a ten-day Winter Heritage Tour from December 23, 2012 – January 2, 2013.  This tour is FREE for children adopted from China.  For more information on how your family can join this exciting tour and celebrate Christmas and the New Year holiday in China, please visit our website at  http://www.ccaifamily.org/HeritageTour/Default.aspx or call us at 303-850-9998.

Cooking class, one of the many activities offered on the tour