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Identify History of China Travel Agencies

Identifying the history of China travel agencies should be one of the most efficient methods for you to choose a reliable and experienced China tour operator. Just as Rome was not built in one day, an agency's good fame should also not be risen overnight. However, we would like to remind you that there are some unfaithful travel agencies that cheat visitors on their histories. Cheating is the easiest way to get ahead, but can you imagine the misery of the tour service if an agency cheats you on its history and experience.

Here we share with visitors some practical tips on how to identify the history of a China travel agency, in the hope of helping you avoid the trap.

 How long is the history of China tourism industry?
 Answer: It is necessary to learn some facts on the history of China tourism. Actually there is no inbound tourism in the country before the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949. After 1949, the country gradually set up some foreign affairs offices to handle the official diplomatic visits. Only some foreign officials had the chance to the country at that time. The real and independent tourism industry did not exist at all until 1978, when the well-known opening door policy was carried out by Deng Xiaoping. From this year, the so-called travel agencies have been granted by the National Tourism Administration of the People's Republic of China. After 1980s, some agencies started to get the qualifications to deal with the unofficial inbound tours.

Benefiting from the quick development of internet, the online tourism service has come true in China in 1996. Now a number of travel agencies have created their own websites to offer visitors worldwide with various kinds of China tours. TravelChinaGuide.com should be the flagship website which has started since 1998.

Knowing these facts, we strongly suggest you beware of a travel agency claiming that it was set up before 1978. It is absolutely cheating!

 Where to learn the history of China travel agencies?
 Answer: The quick way is reading the self-introduction on its website, in which all its basic info should be included. There is no excuse for any reliable travel agency to hide its development history. However, is the info offered on the website reliable? It is quite right to verify the info on your own via other methods.

You could ask the travel agency to offer its 'Business Travel Permit' and 'Business License'. From them, you could get the full name of the company, its registration number, address, foundation date and validation period clearly. If you can’t read Chinese, you’d better ask a friend knowing Chinese for help since the documents are shown in Chinese.

Furthermore, you could check the authenticity of the info via the websites of local Administration for Industry and Commerce, most of which are uniformly named 'Hongdun' in Chinese. For example, you could visit the website of Shaanxi Administration for Industry and Commerce (http://www.snhd.com.cn/) and type the company's full-name and registration number of TravelChinaGuide.com to view its officially registered information.

 Chinese Websites of Administration for Industry and Commerce:

Beijing

http://www.baic.gov.cn/

Jiangxi

http://www.jxaic.gov.cn/jx/index.html

Shanghai

http://www.sgs.gov.cn/shaic/

Jilin

http://www.jlgs.gov.cn/

Anhui

http://www.ahaic.gov.cn/

Liaoning

http://www.lngs.gov.cn/

Chongqing

http://www.cqgs12315.cn/#

Ningxia

http://www.ngsh.gov.cn/

Fujian

http://www.fjaic.gov.cn/

Qinghai

http://www.qhaic.gov.cn/

Gansu

http://www.gsaic.gov.cn

Shaanxi

http://www.snaic.gov.cn/

Guangdong

http://www.gdgs.gov.cn/

Shandong

http://www.sdaic.gov.cn/

Guangxi

http://www.gxhd.com.cn/

Shanxi

http://www.sxaic.gov.cn/

Guizhou

http://www.gzaic.org.cn/html/

Sichuan

http://www.scaic.gov.cn/

Hainan

http://aic.hainan.gov.cn

Tianjin

http://www.tjaic.gov.cn/

Hebei

http://www.hegs.gov.cn/yw/yp/s-index.asp

Xinjiang

http://www.xjaic.gov.cn/

Heilongjiang

http://www.hljaic.gov.cn/

Yunnan

http://www.ynaic.gov.cn/

Henan

http://www.haaic.gov.cn/index.html

Zhejiang

http://gsj.zj.gov.cn/zjaic/

Hubei

http://www.egs.gov.cn/structure/

Jiangsu

http://www.jsgsj.gov.cn/baweb/show/sj/
index.jsp

Hunan

http://www.hnaic.net.cn/

Inner Mongolia

http://www.nmgs.gov.cn/

Travel Agents Registry of 
Hong Kong

http://www.tar.gov.hk/cgi-bin/tar/licence.pl (English)

Macau Travel
 Agencies

http://en.macautourism.gov.mo/plan/
travelagencies.php (English)

Nakchu, Tibet

http://zbaic.com/

* The above websites are mainly in Chinese except a few specified ones. It is recommended to have a friend who knows Chinese to help you.