I recently returned from a trip I've wanted to take for a while, a visit to China! My sister and I are 3rd generation Chinese - our grandparents emigrated from China in the 1940's and our father was born in the US. I thought this would be a great trip to take with dad; he visited China with his parents when he was around my age, but I've never been.
Since neither of us speak Chinese, and we don't have family there anymore, we opted for a guided tour with Gate1. The itinerary included some of the more common tourist sites (Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Terra Cotta Army, etc.) but we also got to explore on our own and experience the local culture outside the touristy areas. It was a fantastic trip, and it was great to experience the country my ancestors are from. And the visa is valid for 10 years, so I can go back anytime in the next decade!