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Something Travelers Should Know as Typhoon Lekima Pounding Shanghai and Zhejiang
Published: Aug. 09, 2019

As the Typhoon Lekima is heading towards Shanghai and Zhejiang Province, the trains and flights going in or out will stop and attractions will be closed on August 10 and 11. Click to read more information and some tips of travelling during the Chinese rainy season.

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    What to see in China for first time travelers?

    China is a vast land with abundant tourism resources. For first time travelers, the top travel destinations of Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai and the Yangtze Cruise are recommended. As ancient capitals, both Beijing and Xian boast fantastic cultural and historic relics, such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Terracotta Warriors. Guilin is well known for its superb natural beauty, with Li River flowing through an amazing landscape resembling a scroll-painting. A relaxing cruise on the Yangtze River allows people to immerse themselves in the wonder of the natural surroundings. Shanghai, an international metropolis, best shows the country's pulsating modern development as well as its olden-day charms. In the light of the above, you can combine visits to these cities as you wish to create your China holiday tours.

    For a second time traveler, what are the recommended destinations?

    If you wish to go further on your second trip, you may consider visiting some regions with distinctive features. For panda lovers, Chengdu will satisfy your desire to observe these cute creatures in their natural habitat. In addition, it provides easy access to the magical Jiuzhaigou. Tibet is a good option for those who are interested in learning about Tibetan Buddhism and seeking out the mystery of this unique land. Cities in southwestern region like Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la, Guiyang, Kaili, and Zhaoxing are also popular for their rich ethnic minorities' folklore and customs. If you are curious about the Silk Road culture, you can visit Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Kashgar and more cities depending on your trip duration. For those who like mountain sceneries, Zhangjiajie and Mt. Huangshan are indeed visual delights. The above mentioned are only partial lists, our travel consultants are ready here to customize a private China tour package to meet your needs.

    How many days are needed for a China land tour?

    It mainly depends on the destinations of your trip. For a single city vacation package, three to four days are required. If you want to visit two to three cities, basically one week is needed. A 12-day to two weeks China vacation package usually would cover four to five cities. Once you decide on your destinations, we can help you work out a realistic duration.

    What is the best time to travel to China?

    China is a vast country with wide-ranging climatic conditions, so a decision about the best time to visit should be based on the regions you plan to visit and the kind of weather you enjoy. Generally speaking, late March to May in spring, September and October in autumn are the best months to visit most of the cities. Try to avoid travelling during the National Day Holiday from Oct 1st to Oct 7th as all sightseeing spots are very crowded. For visitors who want to save money and enjoy sightseeing without interference by tourist crowds, you can plan your private China tours in the winter season from December to February.

    How much would a trip to China cost?

    The prices will range widely depending on the destinations, durations and your demands for comfort. Let's take one of the most popular itineraries as an example, 8 days Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. It will cost about USD1400 per person on the basis of a private China land tour for two people with 4-star accommodation and domestic flights in between. If you join in a small group tour with the similar itinerary, the trip usually costs about USD999 per person. For travelers who start your 2019/2020 China tours from USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Germany, Spain, France, etc, international flights are not included. 

    Many travelers also take the high speed trains instead of flights to save the cost and enhance the travel experience, which has been proved to be an awesome choice. No matter how much you want to spend on a trip, as the best China tour company we are always happy to tailor make a private tour itinerary that best fits your needs. In addition, our early bird discount can also help you save more.
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      Wallis Shupe
      Posted on August 19, 2019
      Travel China Guide put together a great 11 days tour for my sister and me. We had a funny time. Most outstanding for me about this company is the personal touch. Firstly for taking note of my birthday and organizing a special lunch and surprise birthday cake. I also thought it was very lovely to meet Abbey in Xian. I think it is a very nice gesture for the person behind all the emails to come out in person :) I also want to thank-you Abbey for your kind consideration when my plane in Xian to Zhangjiajie was delayed - for offering to make extra arrangements so I wouldn't miss out on any visits because of the delay and not charging me any extra money for the flight change. Good job and thank you again. ... More
      Posted on August 18, 2019
      - TCG's service is excellent.
      - They are also helped with our visa application. They have already a letter prepared for you that you can include in your application.
      - All transfers and connections worked perfectly. We were always welcomed in airports and stations promptly, with a big smile and a big sign.
      - The quality is excellent including the selection of places to visit and the guides.
      - The guides are very friendly and keen to share their knowledge and help you with any other request.
      - The selection of hotels was very good too, but as a customized trip I chose a few of them through TripAdvisor.
      - The lunches and dinners, and the restaurants, were excellent too (we didn't have any stomach issues and I tend to have a sensitive stomach).
      - The guides also provided us with bottles of water daily.
      - The cars have air conditioning and are very comfy. For my surprise, every single driver was a safe driver, and not necessarily because of the slow traffic! We had several journeys out of the cities and never felt unsafe or felt they were rushing to the airport. I was worried about this because I read news about frequent road accidents, but the drivers were excellent.
      - Punctuality and reliability top notch!
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      Ana Laura
      Posted on August 18, 2019
      I would first like to comment about the extraordinary service I received from you Kelly and your office. It seems you are all highly organized, and the best aspect of this is that you deliver exactly what you offer. I am very impressed and feel sure that with this kind of service and attitude your company will ensure great success. Thank you Kelly, I am very much looking forward to planning another trip with you.
      Frank Boyle
      Posted on August 17, 2019
      I have included some comments below:

      In general the meals were excellent, especially when we ate at small local restaurants. There was plenty of food and usually varied, although we did have one dish of chicken, carrots and celery for a few lunches. We preferred the small local restaurants to the large venues that catered for many bus groups. The food at the larger restaurants tended to be less representative of the local specialities. The local guides were all outstanding in their service, language and knowledge of the areas we were visiting. The English of all was excellent. We found them all friendly and easy to travel with. We were particularly appreciative of Lily (in Guilin, Longsheng, Sanijiang, Yangshuo) and Parko (in Lijiang). These two, in particular, were very attentive to our needs and Parko was able to competently modify our itinerary in Lijiang, at our request, which was very much appreciated. All drivers had clean well maintained cars. They were all polite and happy to help. The driver who stayed with us and drove us to Dali, Xizhou, Zhoucheng (with Grace), Lijiang (with Parko) and Shangri La (with Betsy) was outstanding. He was an excellent driver and we felt very safe with him on the longer drives. The hotels in Guangzhou, Guilin and Lijiang were excellent. The service was good and they were in very good locations. The "New Century Hotel" in Yangshuo was in a good location but it was a bit tired. No English channels at all on the TV. The hotel in Dali had an excellent location and character, but the breakfast did not cater well for westerners. The service in all hotels was excellent and the rooms were all clean. The “Impression Liusanjie” show was excellent. Thank you for booking us in the seats at the back. It allowed us to appreciate the scale of the performance. Other people that we have spoken to who sat near the front did not enjoy the show as they could not see the boats etc on the river. Thank you again. ... More
      Righton Michael
      United States
      Posted on August 16, 2019
      I found TCG to be well organized and helpful in all the planning of this wonderful holiday. The price was most competitive and the advantage of being able to adjust our itinerary, the standard of hotel and the size of our group made the whole holiday a wonderful experience. I would not hesitate in recommending other travelers to utilize their services. We had 25 communications between ourselves and the company representatives Wendy Lee and at all times we had an immediate response to our questions. WELL DONE!!! ... More
      Pamela Roth
      United States
      Posted on August 16, 2019
      We had a wonderful trip, and I'll gladly write a testimonial for the website. Here are some impressions:

      Our trip started off being a little difficult due to the heavy rains in Hong Kong and Guilin. Despite the bad weather, the Li River cruise was wonderful, and we enjoyed our guide, Sharon. She has a very nice personality. The hotel in Guilin was nice, but the breakfast was not good; they cooked everything ahead of time so it was not fresh when we went down. The eggs were like rubber! However, every other meal we had in China was excellent: all the lunches and dinners in every city were wonderful. In Xi'an we had a great time riding bikes on the city walls. We enjoyed visiting the terracotta warriors but the museum was very crowded. Maybe that was because it was August. The lunch that the lady cooked for us was delicious. That was a highlight in Xi'an and a very good opportunity that you offer tourists so we can visit a Chinese home and have an excellent, authentic meal. Our guide, Rita, was nice but pretty quiet. I don't think she was having a good time. Our guide in Shanghai, Rebecca, was outstanding. Her English was so fluent that her great sense of humor came through. She also was flexible. My husband's father had lived in Shanghai in the 1930s and Rebecca and the driver took us to see his apartment building and school. We particularly enjoyed visiting the Yu Yuan Garden and the museum. We had beautiful weather in Beijing, with blue skies. Americans often read that Beijing's air is very polluted, but we did not find it so. Our trip to the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs was great fun. The Forbidden City, however, was so crowded that we couldn't enjoy it. Otherwise, Beijing was interesting. Our guide was Candy. She was nice, but her English wasn't very good. All of the drivers were excellent, and all of the guides were nice and informative. Rebecca was the very best. A very nice experience. ... More
      Posted on August 16, 2019
      Thanks for making our trip such a wonderful experience! We have learned so much about China from the very excellent local guides. Our trip has been enjoyable and memorable because of the attentive and personable service they have provided. We will remember our time forever.
      Beth Bondar
      United States
      Posted on August 15, 2019
      We had a memorable tour of China. All of the guides were wonderful. All of the guides spoke English very well - a couple of them well enough to understand the slang we used and to understand the "American" jokes we told. The service attitude was very good. Each guide showed pride in his or her city and genuine interest in helping us during our visit. The guides all offered up information as well as answered the questions we had. We had no disappointment with the guides. All of the drivers were great. That all had a good attitude about the job. The cars were kept nice and clean. We enjoyed all but one of the meals that were arranged for us (one in Beijing on our last night: the restaurant was not as nice as the others for food selection and cleanliness. The service was still good.) The environment and service of the restaurants were excellent. The guides did a great job helping with the menus and the waiters/waitresses and hosts/hostesses at all the restaurants were very nice. Our favorite meal was definitely the restaurant where we ate Peking Duck. The hotels were very nice. The Shanghai hotel was very beautiful and comfortable. The Suzhou hotel was absolutely amazing - what a beautiful resort. The cruise accommodations were great for the boat - we were very happy with the large rooms. The Xi'an hotel felt a little older than the others, but was still very nice. And finally, the Beijing hotel was very nice as well - we really liked the hotel lobby: it was perfect after each day of sightseeing. The service in all of the hotels was exceptional. The rooms and restaurants were very clean and well appointed. Thank you for the wonderful help in preparing such an amazing trip for our family. ... More
      Ilze Kalnins
      Posted on August 15, 2019
      It is with the greatest pleasure that we (my husband, sister-in-law, and myself ages 73-75) recommend TCG for all trip arrangements in China. It truly was a fantastic experience. A heartfelt thank you for all your help. It made our trip really wonderful.
      Lisa Barone
      Posted on August 14, 2019
      I have experienced a fair bit of vacation lately and have relied on organised visit as being my main source of experiencing a new culture. My queries by email have been answered so quickly and were very helpful, I felt very comfortable booking over the internet. The driver of our tour was so courteous and I never felt uncomfortable for a moment, he really was an excellent driver. Our tour operator Yori was a true ambassador for China; his knowledge and sharing it with us was brilliant and his English was perfect, we loved listening to him and interacting, he couldn't have given us anymore than he had and we can't thank him enough for a wonderful, wonderful experience. I will most definitely recommend this company to anyone I know. ... More
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