China Heritage Tour

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Supporting adoptee identity means much more than simply providing opportunities to learn about birth country culture. Holt was the first agency to pioneer the concept of heritage tours for international adoptees in the 1970s. With adult adoptees in leadership positions and on our staff and board, and with years of experience working with children in orphanages all over China, Holt is uniquely qualified to offer a special homeland experience for you and your family.

  • 60+ years of unparalleled history and expertise on adoption
  • Strong ties with the Chinese Government and Social Welfare Institutes throughout China
  • Direct involvement of adult Adoptee(s) on our tours
  • Highly capable resident staff in China to assist with foster family and finding site search


The 2020 Family Tour has been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.


  • June 20 to July 5 (departure from the U.S. on June 20).
  • Open to families with adoptees 9 years old and older.*
  • Each party limited to three adults per adoptee.
  • Co-escorted by an adult Adoptee.
  • Facilitated by bilingual guides from Bridge of Love Adoptive Service in China.
  • Visit famous sites in Beijing – like the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City – the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, the world-renowned natural scenery of Guilin & Yangshuo, a relaxing cruise down the Li River, home province with orphanage/finding site/foster family visit (where possible) and much more!


Tour and volunteer at the Dujiangyan Panda Reserve in Chengdu with an opportunity to pet a live baby panda (an additional fee will apply)

Note: A trip to visit a second orphanage after the main tour may be added in addition to either add-on option above.

Tours will be open to families of children adopted from any province and through any agency; families will separate mid-tour to visit orphanages, and reconnect with the main group in Guilin.

*We strongly recommend that all children participating are at least 9 years old at the time of travel. Our tours are developed with an older Adoptee in mind and include presentations and discussions about abandonment and adoption in China, birth families, finding sites, foster families, and other such heavy topics. Historically adoptees on the tour have ranged in age from 9-25 years old. Families are separated into traveling groups based on adoptee's age.

Cost for a 2020 Family Tour to China: Your exact tour cost will vary, depending upon your child's home province and other personal choices. However, as an example, in 2019 the average family's fee for a tour was in the range of $3600 per adult or child aged twelve and older, and about $3200 per child under twelve. This cost did not include international airfare between the U.S. and China, any additional travel arrangements before or after the main tour, or additional travel and lodging expenses outside capital cities of Adoptees' home provinces. * After negotiations with our generous partners at Bridge of Love Adoption Service, we were able to secure a gift of $1,200 off the base fee for EACH adoptee from China joining our 2020 tour! Please see FAQs for more information.



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