hours to Qingdao
The beer capital of China is just a 90-minute flight away. Lao Shan, the sacred Taoist mountain by the sea, is a must-see; ride the cable car to the peak for amazing views, or hike up for a more secluded experience. Nosh on fresh seafood or Bavarian wurst, head to Small Qingdao Island for Southern California-esque beaches, and see the kids squeal with delight when they spot the penguins and bears at Polar Ocean World.
hours to Nanjing
This beautiful former capital of China is perfect for touring a bit of history, heading to the tranquil Mochou Lake and cycling along tree-lined streets. Get up early and head to the Nanjing Massacre Memorial, a moving and informative museum that’s suitable for older children.
hours to Turpan
A four-hour flight to Urumqi in western China, followed by a two-hour car ride brings you to the Silk Road city of Turpan. Think minarets, mosques, and vineyards, all suffused by Uygur culture. Feeling a bit adventurous? Go camping in the desert, or simply head to Flaming Mountain, the hottest place in China.