Temples without Tantrums: How to make it interesting for kids

Temples without Tantrums - sounds unrealistic, right? If you’re going anywhere in Asia, then you are going to come across a temple or two that you’d like to visit. But after Temple #1 (and let’s face it, minute 8 of Temple #1) how do you keep their imagination fired? Here's our guide to a few little tricks that have worked for us throughout the years. Most temples have no issues with you taking photos but there are usually some areas which are sacrosanct. In these areas, taking photos ...

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Travelling with kids – How Is It Possible? (Advice Clinic)

Travelling with kids - how is it possible?  That's the question I'm most frequently asked when people are considering if they can jet off to far flung places. And my answer is 'why wouldn't you be able to?' Ok, so you can't just shove your life's belongings on the roof-rack of your vintage VW Beetle and see how far it takes you. Those days are in your past and maybe in your future too, but they're not for right now. Right now you need to pack the Calpol, get the Guinea Pigs looked after ...

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Kid’s-eye view of going to China on holiday

This is my Kid's-eye view of going to china on holiday written by a kid, for kids.   Hello, my name is Miss GMT2 and I'm 8 years old. I'm not actually called that but Mum won't let me write my name on the internet. We recently went on a 15 or 16 day trip to China and visited a lot of places and did a lot of things. So Mum asked me to do a report on China so that other kids could read it. I'm also going to do a gallery of my favourite photos. So, my Five Favourite Things: ...

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China With Kids – Best 2 Week Trip Guide

Thinking of Doing China With Kids? Read on for our overview of the 15 day trip (self-organised as ever) and for top tips ... For your kids - they can read a kids' version by clicking here. Scale: There is only one way to understand the sheer scale of China and that is to travel around. We only did two weeks. You could do two years - two decades even - and not cover this vast, vast nation. 'The Regime' and Average Day-to-Day Life Travelling around China with kids might seem daunting, ...

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China – Day One: Shanghai

Shanghai Travel Kids? We're on it, baby!  - Apr 8 2017 Cannot believe how lucky we have been with the weather today, given yesterday's weather (severe rain). Oh, and also tomorrow's weather ...more severe rain.  We arrived fresh off the overnight flight from Heathrow and into the world's second largest megacity. Just 28 million inhabitants. And us. We always try to see the city on the way in and the 400kmph Maglev train wouldn't have allowed us that luxury. So we hired a guide for ...

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China – Day Two: Child Friendly Shanghai Walking Tour

Our vision of a child friendly Shanghai walking tour after a rather drizzly day spent inside at the markets and museums was a little overwhelming. But what followed was in fact a spectacular evening and dry weather (if a little blinking freezing!). We opted for a child friendly Shanghai walking tour at night so that we could really get under the hood of this city and see places so often missed when you tour by other means. All Over The Place First of all, our guide took us to several ...

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China – Day Three: Temples With Kids?

Is It Mad To Tour Temples With Kids? Not at all. You couldn't hope to find a nation more tolerant of children. Unbelievably to Mr and Mrs GMT, they even adored our two! So first of all today, we ventured to Longhua Temple. It's a stunning Taoist Temple which we loved in spite of the weather. Beautiful examples of Bell and Drum Towers, heaps of history and Taoist monks aplenty in residence. As with most 'temples' in China, it's not one but a myriad of different temples to pray to different ...

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China – Day Four: Karst Climbing Kids

Yangshuo, Xingping and the Karst Framed Li River - a UNESCO World Heritage site. In this area of China over fifty percent of days in all seasons are so misty, you see no view at all. And no, it’s not pollution - it’s just the way the land filters the thermals. Rafty Fun Today has not been a classically beautiful ‘bright blue skies and sunshine’ day. However, we feel honoured to have had the opportunity to see the karst laden landscape without much mist. We did a 2 hour river-raft ...

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China – Night Four, Guilin: A Chinese City at Night with Kids

I tried to Google and research what a provincial Chinese city at night with kids was like. There were no really definitive answers. I'm therefore posting this in the hope that it helps someone who may have the same questions as I did. Is it safe?  First of all, they are all quite different but there are some definite similarities between a lot of them and that's what I'm going to focus on, by using Guilin as a good example. Guilin is a fun city, with beautiful Sun and Moon Pagodas lit ...

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China – Day Five: Longji Kids – Rice Rice Baby

Wow, yippeee and wow again. Today, there was non-stop sunshine and it's time for Longji kids! He Feng Zhai First stop, He Feng Zhai - a small mountain village with mainly new buildings, wrapped around some older ones. The village is an ideal stopping place to stretch your legs, but don't expect any amenities because there are none. Very interesting to see village life though. It was washing day and the local women were out washing laundry in the passing stream. Chickens were running riot with ...

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