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China Heritage Tours

Trips of a Lifetime

CCAI Heritage Tours are dedicated to providing adoptive families and adoptees with authentic, professional, safe, and adoption-centered homeland tour experiences to help support the ever-evolving relationship between birth heritage, home heritage, and adoption identity. Coordinated by The Park, with dedicated staff in the US and China, CCAI Heritage Tours are proud to serve any and all adoptive families, no matter the agency used to facilitate their adoption.

Currently, CCAI Heritage Tours are only operating in China and serving China adoption families and adoptees. We hope to expand our Heritage Tour countries as our community and connections grow. Thank you for trusting CCAI and The Park to facilitate your Heritage Tour. We strive to make every tour a trip of a lifetime.


  • Travelers can add a personal Birth City & Orphanage Visit to any of our tours if orphanage is open to visitors. Be sure to mark “Add an Orphanage Visit” on your tour registration form.
  • Tour prices are based on a 15-person travel group minimum and are subject to increase if travel group is below this number.

Information for 2025 Heritage Tours will be coming soon! Details will be published to our website by the end of September 2024.

$1,739/child   $2,039/adult

$1,739/child   $2,039/adult

Grand Tours

The crowd favorite, our Grand Tours let you experience China’s most renowned world heritage sites in its most famous cities. Visit the Great Wall of China and Temple of Heaven in Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’An, the Giant Panda Reserve in Chengdu, and the Li River in Guilin, while immersing in unique cultural experiences for an unforgettable panoramic view of China’s breathtaking past and present.

Specialty Tours

Specialty Tours take you off the proverbial beaten path and highlight the roads less traveled. Some like to call these tours Grand Tours #2 and we tend to agree. If you have already experienced a Grand Tour but still hope to expand your China travels, a Specialty Tour may be just the ticket!

$1,669/child     $1,799/adult

Get lost in the metropolitan landscape of Shanghai, where Old China meets New and East meets West. Try Shanghai’s famous cuisine and be sure to stop by the Bund before our guide whisks you off on a tour through some of east coast China’s most best-kept-secret getaways. Luckiest of all, this tour brings travelers to the stunning peaks of Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and China’s “most poetic” mountain!

$1,200/child $1,400/adult

$1,360/child $1,460/adult

Booking Deadline: September 13, 2024

$1,370/child $1,500/adult

Booking Deadline: October 18, 2024

$1,400/child $1,500/adult

Province Tours

For those hoping to delve deeper into their Chinese heritage exploration, our Province Tours are 8 days of pure bliss. Visit the most famous sites, familiarize your tastebuds with the local cuisine, tune your ears to the local dialects, and immerse yourself in the breath-taking beauty of your birth province!

Custom Tours

Prefer to travel with your own party? Have a bucket list of experiences you need to check off on one trip? Let us help! We love to work with you to create individualized itineraries that turn your dreams into reality. A trip of a lifetime awaits! Let us help coordinate the perfect trip for you.

Deluxe China Tour

Prices Vary

Travel in style! If you’re looking for 5-star premium luxury throughout your trip, we can work with you to build the itinerary of your dreams, with all the bells and whistles. Your VIP China tour experience is just a phone call away!

Custom Private Tour

Prices vary

We specialize in creating individualized itineraries that are perfect for your needs. Whether you’re planning a special extended family vacation, school immersion trip, or the honeymoon of your dreams, let us help coordinate the perfect trip for you!

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Frequently Asked Questions
Tour Logistics

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Each tour group is divided into smaller travel groups, around 8-12 parties per group (depending on the number of travelers), each with their own tour guide. This tour group and guide will be yours for the entire tour.

We try our best to arrange groups based on the age of the adoptee travelers. Tour groups will have staggered bus departure times, sightseeing schedules, and often different restaurants for group meals.

Yes, of course!

Please make sure to email to make any travel group requests. The earlier that you make requests, the more likely it is that they will be honored. We try our best to honor every request.

Yes, of course! Please make sure to register together under the same profile. The email address provided upon registration will be used for all Heritage Tour correspondence, so be sure to pass information on to your travel companions if they do not have access to that email.

Of course you can! Our Heritage Tour opportunities are for everyone.  Please spread the word! We would love the chance to help make your travel dreams a reality.

Yes, you can, but please understand that unused tours are non-refundable and the cost of the Tour package is a fixed cost.

Please let us know in advance  of your decisions so that we can confirm your preferences with your tour guide.

$3-6 or 20-35 RMB per day per person in your party for each tour guide. It is fine to tip in either USD or RMB currency. You should plan to tip $1-3 or 7-20 RMB per day per person in your party for tour bus drivers. To make tipping easier for your family, you can tip your guide & bus driver at the end of each city on the tour. 

Tour Preparation

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China no longer requires a negative PCR test to enter China.

Wearing a mask is suggested at airports and train stations. In more crowded sight-seeing areas, some people still choose to wear masks, especially elders and kids, but it is not required. 
There are no more public COVID testing stations or daily requirements.

China has no specific immunization requirements for entering their country and the U.S. has no immunization requirements for re-entry. This includes no requirements for COVID immunizations.

We recommend that you ask your personal physician, a travel/immunization clinic, and/or the Center for Disease Control about any vaccinations requirement updates or suggestions.

CDC website for specific recommendations.

Each traveler will need:

  • A valid passport with at least 6 months’ validity from departure date
  • Chinese tourist visa (L visa)
    • Obtain a Chinese tourist visa from a Chinese Embassy/Consulate prior to travel. For more detailed information on travel visas, please view our Visa Information page.

Please check your passport and the passports of each individual in your travel party to verify that all expire at least 6 months after your tour dates.

Due to the unpredictability of international travel, we highly recommend that you purchase international travel and medical emergency insurance. Visit our Tour Resources section for more information.

All of the hotels we will be staying at have in-house clinics for any mild medical needs. For anything more urgent, our guides are able to take you to the nearest hospital, if needed.

For any prescription medication, it is recommended that they be kept in their original containers in case of emergency. Make sure that you pack amounts slightly more than enough for the entire trip and have a plan for the drastic time change. For more information regarding medications in your carry-on or checked bags please visit TSA guidelines.  

Yes, all of our tour guides will try their utmost to help ensure that all meals are safe for any dietary restrictions. However, due to cultural and culinary differences in China, we cannot guarantee anything and suggest taking caution and packing snacks if food allergies are severe.

Please mention any and all food allergies, dietary needs, or health concerns on your registration form. This will help our guides better prepare.

We also have translated cards available for common allergies or physical conditions. Visit our Tour Resources section to find these under “Travel Tips”. If you would like a translated card that is not yet listed, please contact us.

For in-China flights:

  • Checked luggage weight allowance: ≤ 44 lbs
  • Carry-on size restrictions: 14in. x 19in. x 22in.

Plan to bring an additional $50-$100 if you are a heavy packer. You may lock your bag for in-China flights but you must leave your bag unlocked for your international flights.

For bullet train travel:

  • Checked luggage weight allowance: ≤ 110 lbs.
  • Carry-on weight allowance: ≤ 44 lbs.
  • Carry-on size restrictions: 36in. x 36in. x 36in.

Your hotels on the trip will have laundry services available; however, with the quick speed of the trip, it can be challenging to get hotel laundry done in time. Plan on only being able to do laundry when you are staying at least 2 nights in a given city so that your clothes have ample time to dry.

Please keep in mind that hotel laundry services can be very expensive. Be sure to carefully review the laundry form provided by the hotel in regards to the price per item. There may be some opportunities to have your laundry done outside of the hotel in Chengdu and Guilin. These options could be cheaper.  Your guide will be able to notify you if this service is available. 

Cost & Fees

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A $200/traveler deposit is required upon booking. This deposit is applied toward your tour total and is non-refundable except under extenuating circumstances.

Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about this deposit.

Unfortunately, we are no longer able to provide free trip coverage for adoptees traveling on a heritage tour.

Your tour fee does not cover:

  • International airfares
  • Passport and/or China Visa fees
  • Tips or gratuity
    • Suggested tip amount for Guide: $3-6 or 20-40RMB/day/person
    • Suggested tip amount for Driver: $1.5-3 or 10-20RMB/day/person
  • Additional $330 for single room occupancy in hotels
  • Personal expenses, spending money
  • Meals not included on the itinerary
    • Approximately $20-$40/person/day for any lunch & dinner
  • Any optional tour excursions
  • Transfers between the airport and the hotel before or after the main tour itinerary

Click here to view our 2024 Specialty Tour Add-Ons Fee Schedule

Birth City & Orphanage Visit

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*Please keep in mind that orphanage visits are not guaranteed and will be at the discretion of the orphanage.*

For an orphanage visit, you will need:

  • Adoption Registration Certificate
  • Abandonment Certificate (Chinese version)
  • Printed copies of Adoption Registration Certificate, U.S. passport, and Abandonment Certificate to bring with you to China.
  • Orphanage Visit Application Form (completed by CCAI in-China staff)

Yes, to everything except the orphanage visit itself. Pending approval of your Orphanage Visit Application, our guides can contact the orphanage for you, but the go/no go decision is ultimately up to the orphanage. 

Your Orphanage City Tour costs (including hotels, flights/trains, transportation, guide services, etc.) will be calculated specifically for your trip.

Yes! You can take a day trip to visit your/your child’s orphanage in Shanghai, Suzhou, or Hangzhou while the group is traveling in each particular city. The additional cost of this would be approximately $200-$500 per family per orphanage visit.

  • Day 1: Fly into the capital city of your birth province. Get settled and acquainted with the area.
  • Day 2: Drive to birth city/town, visit the orphanage, visit foster parents and finding spot (if information is available), stay overnight in the birth city or travel back to the provincial capital
  • Day 3: Free day or sightseeing before flying either to join the main tour OR to fly back to the U.S.

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Yes, this we are happy to plan a Birth Province & Orphanage Tour itinerary for whatever length you would like! Additional costs will be communicated accordingly.

Yes, this is possible in most cases. Please be sure to note this on your registration form and we will work with you to make sure we understand all of your needs.

  • Although gifts are not required as part of the orphanage visit, if you would like to bring a gift, you can consider bringing small toys or school/art supplies for the children. You may also consider inquiring with the orphanage about any specific needs they may have. If you would like, you can purchase what is needed in China.

    Gifts/donations are strictly optional. 

GiGi Pleet

Adoption Program Specialist

GiGi Pleet joined CCAI in 2014 as our China Applications Specialist. She rejoined the team in 2022 after taking a few years off to spend time with her family.  GiGi and her husband have adopted three beautiful daughters from China who are the joy and purpose of their lives.  GiGi is passionate about adoption and furthering CCAI’s mission to find loving parents and permanent homes for as many children as possible and to continue reaching out to children left behind.  When she is not working, you can find her spending time with her girls in the beautiful mountains of Colorado or on an adventure to a new, faraway place.
Joined CCAI:  Originally 2014 – 2020, rejoined 2022
Bucket List Item:  To see all Seven Wonders of the World 

Contact Information

(303) 850-9998 ext. 300

Emily Straut

The Park Administrative Assistant

Emily was adopted through CCAI in 2002!  Having always admired the ways that the organization continued to support families even after adoption, she began working at The Park last year because she wanted to be more involved in the adoption community and according to her, “It’s been a blast so far!”

Emily is majoring in environmental science at MSU Denver and hopes to help mitigate the causes and effects of climate change. In her free time, she like to practice guitar, play video games, watch movies, and spend time with her friends and family. 

Bucket List: Visit every province in China!

Contact Information

(303) 221-6688 ext. 170

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Ivy Buchanan

The Park Adoptee Program Coordinator

Ivy has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Production Design for Film and Theater with a minor in Studio Art. She had the opportunity to study abroad in London, England and Florence, Italy. After graduating, while visiting an orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal she had a moment of realization and knew she wanted to work in the adoption community. After some prior experience in post-adoption and nonprofit management, she came to The Park and is really enjoying focusing on and being involved with offering lifelong support for adoptees and the adoption community.

Ivy was adopted from Kazakhstan at 18-months old and is proud of her adoptee identity and her adoptive family. She is passionate about sharing the stories of the amazing people in the adoption community and helping adoptees celebrate their identities. Her lifelong best friend was adopted from China through CCAI. 

In her free time, she enjoys making art (she is working on a series of sculptural paintings of poached animal species), trying new food, catching up with friends, reading, and being with family. She loves to travel whenever possible.

Joined CCAI: 2023

Top Bucket List Items:

  • A trail ride through “Middle Earth” in New Zealand
  • Volunteering for a few weeks at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
  • Sleeping in a hammock on a beach

Contact Information

(303) 221-6688 ext. 205

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Colorado Expenses

ExpenseAmountPmt MethodPay ToDue
Application Fee$250Check/ACH WithdrawalCCAIApplication submission
Child Abuse Record Search$35/FamilyCheckCO Dept of Human ServiceApplication submission
IAAME Monitoring & Oversight Fee$500Check/ACH WithdrawalCCAI (Sent to IAAME)After App Approval
First Program Fee (Includes Home Study)$5,700Check/ACH WithdrawalCCAIAfter App Approval
CBI/FBI Fingerprint Search$39.50 per personMoney OrderColorado Bureau of InvestigationAfter App Approval
USCIS Filing & Fingerprinting$775 plus $85/adultCheck/Money OrderUS Dept. of Homeland SecurityUpon I-800A submission
Dossier PreparationApprox. $450-$900Check/Money OrderSecretary of State(s), Chinese Consulate(s)As preparing Dossier
Second Program Fee$5,050Check/ACH WithdrawalCCAIDossier Submission
CCCWA Fee$1,270Check/ACH WithdrawalCCCWA via CCAIDossier Submission
Third Program Fee$5,500Check/ACH WithdrawalCCAIPrior to receiving child match acceptance letter
CCCWA Post Adoption Translation Fee$300Check/ACH WithdrawalCCCWA via CCAIPrior to receiving child match acceptance letter
Court Validation Deposit$200CheckCCAIPrior to receiving child match acceptance letter
Post Adoption Deposit (Refundable)$450Check/ACH WithdrawalCCAIPrior to receiving child match acceptance letter
Visa to enter China$140 (plus courier fee)Check/Credit CardChinese Consulate via a courier/travel agencyApproximately one month before travel to China
US Domestic & International Airfare$1,000 – $2,000 per traveler (adopted child over 2 requires full ticket)Credit CardA travel agency/airline of your choice

Approximately 7-10 days prior to China departure

In China Travel & AccommodationsApprox. $4,000-$4,400 for two adultsACH WithdrawalCCAI (wired to China)Approximately 7-10 days prior to China departure
Adoption Registration and Notarization$800 – $1,000CashLocal government in ChinaIn China
Orphanage Donation(Voluntary)Cash or WireOrphanageIn China
Child’s Passport$100-$150CashLocal passport agencyIn China
Food$700 – $800 per coupleCash/Credit CardHotel(s), restaurant(s)In China
Child Physical & Photo$130-$150CashClinicIn Guangzhou, China
Child U.S. Entry Visa$325Cash or CheckU.S. ConsulateIn China
Court Validation Fee$167CheckCounty CourtAfter U.S. Return
Child’s Colorado Birth Certificate$37.75CheckColorado Vital Statistics OfficeAfter U.S. Return
Lutheran Family Services$250CheckLutheran Family Services via CCAIWhen Home Study is approved by CCAI