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.

  • 50+ 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 2018 Family Tour will be June 24 to July 8 (departure from the U.S. on June 23). 


  • June 24 to July 8 (departure from the U.S. on June 23).
  • 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, Temple of Heaven, 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.

Cost for a 2018 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 2017 the average family's fee for a tour was in the range of $3500 per adult or child aged twelve and older, and about $3100 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 $1,300 off the base fee for EACH adoptee from China joining our 2018 tour! Please see FAQs for more information.