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As a parent, I’ve travelled all over the world. I’ve been to places like Japan and Mexico with my daughter, who is now 14 years old but was once my baby. My wife and I have taken her on many family vacations when she was younger, and those trips taught me a lot about travelling with infants. Now that we’re expecting another child soon (a boy), we’re gearing up for another family vacation overseas—and this time it’s going to be in China! So what did we learn from our experience? Well, let me tell you…

Happy mother carrying a smiling baby on her back in a baby carrier outdoors

10 babies acting like young children who are still learning about the world.

Babies are curious about the world. They’re learning about the people around them and what they eat, but also about their environment. They want to know what it feels like to walk on dirt or concrete instead of carpet, how big a tree actually is, and why it’s so hot outside. In China, we could answer these questions for our children by exploring farms, markets and temples together with them in tow (and yes – you can take your baby to temples here!).

We learned that while travelling with an infant may seem overwhelming, there are still many ways that you can have fun while letting your baby explore his or her surroundings at the same time!

The days and nights in China are 24-hour days.

Exterior view of lit temple tower by nighttime

The days and nights in China are 24-hour days.

The days are longer than the nights, but not by much. We flew from San Francisco to Hong Kong on a red-eye, arriving at 6:45 am and getting home to our house at 10 am. We were sleeping all day much of the time! If you’re travelling with little people who nap during the day, this is great news for you; otherwise, it can lead to some serious exhaustion.

Hong Kong is a food lover’s paradise.

Hong Kong is a food lover’s paradise, and for good reason: it has a rich culinary history. Known for its street food, Hong Kong is a great place to eat. The city has a large variety of food and many restaurants that serve it. Restaurants are everywhere in Hong Kong, so you’re never far from one!

Food, food, and more food.

Food, food, and more food.

Asian food. Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisine

Food is important in China. It’s everywhere, and it’s cheap. The Chinese love their food and they love to eat out—and they really enjoy the company of others while they do so. While we saw some restaurants that were empty, most restaurants had lots of people eating or drinking tea (which you can easily get at any street corner for about 20 cents). We loved being able to go into restaurants with our kids because it was a great way for us all to get acquainted with locals who wanted nothing more than to practice speaking English with foreigners! And don’t worry if you don’t know how to order: everyone will try their best to help you find what you’re looking for!

Chinese take their pets very seriously.

Happy Child Sitting on Yellow Sofa With Pets

Chinese people take their pets very seriously.

The Chinese love their pets and treat them like family members. In China, it’s not rare to see a dog riding in a car with its owner or one being carried by hand on the subway. If you’re travelling in China with your pet, expect to see other travellers with theirs as well—and don’t be surprised if they look like they might be your neighbour!

Take a tour, but be careful what you put into your body when travelling.

  • Pickpockets, thieves, and con artists often targeted tourists.
  • Take a tour of all the touristy spots before you go on your own.
  • Don’t be shy about asking for help if you need it.

Travelling with babies can be difficult, but we had an amazing experience that taught us a lot about travelling with kids and China in particular.

Travelling with babies can be difficult. Travelling anywhere with kids can be difficult. And travelling anywhere in China, as an American family, is especially challenging.

China is a foreign country and we didn’t know what to expect from our experience there. We also had two young children to consider: one who was just a few months old, and the other who was only three years old at the time of our journey.

We were determined to make the most of our time in China while also knowing that this would not be easy; after all, babies cry and kids can get sick easily when they’re on vacation or visiting unfamiliar places—and that’s before even mentioning jet lag and cultural differences!

Having a family vacation is important for everyone who has family issues or those who want to travel without having any drama when they cross borders

If you’re a parent, it’s important to take time for yourself. Having a family vacation is a great way to get away from the stress of everyday life and spend quality time with your loved ones. Whether you’re planning on travelling abroad or just driving across country, there are some important things to keep in mind when taking your infant with you on vacation.

  • Make sure that everyone is prepared: If any members of your family have special needs or medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, make sure they are properly stocked up on supplies before leaving home.
  • Prepare meals ahead of time (if possible): Many people love eating out but when travelling overseas it can be difficult because many restaurants don’t have English menus or may not even speak any English at all! So if possible, try making meals ahead of time so they’re easy to eat while travelling too! That way, no one will get hungry during the day either!


If you have questions about travelling with babies or want to know what else we learned on our trip, please feel free to contact us. We’d love to hear from you!