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China's Railways Totaled 131,000 km (81,400 mi) by 2018
Published: Feb. 19, 2019

In 2018, the newly opened railways in China reached about 4,683 km (2,910 mi) and about 4,100km (2,550 mi) are high speed railways. By then, China's total railways have expanded to 131,000 km (81,400 mi), occupied about 2/3 of the world's railways. The vital high speed rail lines going to open in 2019 include Chengdu - Guiyang, Beijing - Shenyang, Wuhan - Shiyan and Zhengzhou - Wanzhou.

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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 trip to China?
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 guided 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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    4.925 Reviews
    Posted on February 18, 2019

    I am so satisfied with service that have TCG profided from the tours planning to accommodations. And I highly recommended them to my family and friends.

    Ziperovich Ariel
    Posted on February 16, 2019
    We are now in Japan visiting our daughter. Let me say that all the service we received was perfect, first class and we have absolutely no complaints.

    1. We liked all meals, without exception.

    2. All of our guides were conscientious and all demonstrated deep knowledge of their areas. We could communicate with each other easily.

    3. Drivers were careful, courteous and safe without exception. Cars were clean.

    In general, all guides were equally helpful, knowledgeable and eager to fulfill any of our needs. To point out just one of them would not be fair to the rest. We had a memorable experience in our first trip to China and we think it was thanks to the efficiency of the Travel China Guide organization. If in the future we go back to China we will certainly arrange the trip with this company.
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    Vicki C
    Posted on February 13, 2019
    We had an absolutely wonderful time. The whole journey was effortless and all meals superb! Having a driver on call was a fantastic and made getting to places easy. Once we were in each town, we were able to change the itinerary around to suit us (with 5 kids in tow it was important to cut out some of the museums!!) The guides got along really well with the kids and a real bond was made between them. If you are travelling with kids, this type of private tour with a minivan is the only way to go. When in Xian make sure you do the City Wall on bikes (You ride for 14kms ON TOP of the wall and the kids love it!!) Also, if travelling with kids, a boat on the Yangtze with a pool would be good. We stayed on the Yangtze Gold Cruises which was absolutely beautiful. When planning your trip to China allow a day in Beijing and a day in Shanghai where you do NOTHING, just wander the streets on your own without a guide, I wish we had had time to do this!

    All in all the TravelChinaGuide Company exceeded our expectations (I was worried once I sent the money from Australia no one would be at the airport to greet us once we got to China!) and I would gladly recommend them to others.

    Enjoy your trip!
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    Catherine Woodman
    Posted on February 12, 2019
    I have been very satisfied with the development of a personalized tour
    Uma & Kialan
    South Africa
    Posted on February 04, 2019
    I just wanted to say thank you for everything. China was truly fabulous and there were many many highlights. I have to count the entire experience of how TCG handled my booking and actually that of the whole group as also a highlight.. they were truly marvelous.. Dora too.

    I do not think that travellers are lucky enough to have had tour operators like this agency. They were so helpful and patient. They made the experience so pleasant even with the quaratine difficulties... They helped us recover and continue on a marvelous holiday. The experience was unforgettable for both my son and myself. My son has been nagging me to bring him back for another trip!!! Thanks again ... More
    Lynn Wasielewski & Natalie Lee
    Posted on February 02, 2019
    Our guide in Beijing-Miss Candy was very accomodating and went out of her way to meet our needs, especially when we had additional requests. In addition, she made sure that the diatary needs of my friend who was vegetarian were taken care of, plus she was very knowledgeable about the places we visited and the Chinese culture. Excellent guide!
    Carolina L
    Posted on January 23, 2019
    I wanted to thank the whole team for such an amazing experience. What I loved about all the guides is that they allowed me to blend into their culture. Relating with local people in general than approach myself as another tourist. I loved the itinerary, amazing things to discover and see.

    Well, I like to go on crazy quick trips honestly, so, I had 6 days to enjoy Xian, Beijing and Shanghai. I loved that Selina helped me with all the arrangements and what she could possibly suit in my itinerary. The soft train sleeper was such an experience. But, don't be afraid of the language barrier in case you find yourself on doubt. They will give all the specific details for you to follow or get in contact with them.

    I travelled in the beginning of November 2018, which I found it as the perfect weather and an affordable price; and let's not forget about this, it is not too crowded as compare to summer. Go prepared to delight yourself of amazing food. While you normally eat bacon and eggs for breakfast. You will definitely enjoy having a Chinese breakfast!!! Fried rice and dumplings :) Yum!!!

    My best experience here was reaching the Great Wall of China and it started snowing. Lovely sightseeing and adventure. Get ready for a long walk. After all these, you will enjoy amazing and affordable rooms at your designated hotels. Live the experience and enjoy!

    Thanks for giving a prompt response to all my concerns and last minute communications.
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    Posted on January 20, 2019
    We found all our guides worked very hard and provided us with very good service. All of them spoke good English. Our Beijing Guide, Ray, was enthusiastic and full of good humor and he make a very good impression on our group. Although we missed our Hangzhou trip due to flight delay out of Xian, nevertheless, our Hangzhou Guide, Summer, also made a good impression on our group by giving us a cheerful and enthusiastic introduction to Hangzhou between the airport and the hotel.

    We only chose to include 4 meals on our tour. Our favorites were the Tang Dinner and the Dumpling Banquet in Xian. Most of the drivers provided good service and the vehicles to be clean and comfortable.

    This is the second time I used this agency to book a private tour for my friends and relatives. Again, we had another wonderful trip organized. We thank for allowing our friend to join us for dinner in Beijing as well as providing a birthday cake for our birthday girl.
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    David Crandell
    Posted on January 16, 2019
    Great organization, great china tour. We really enjoyed our holiday and thanks for your efforts. Meals served were all ok, the Peking Duck was the best, Forbidden Palace Garden second best. Car and driver were terrific. Working attitudes of the guides Lily were very conscientious, Her English was fine, we can easily understand that. Her knowledge about the historical sights was beyond our expectation. She was great and the entire process through your agency was great. I would recommend the tour to my friends. Thanks and regards! ... More
    Wyndham Albery
    United Kingdom
    Posted on January 13, 2019
    It was great working with Travel China Guide. I always got a prompt clear response to my questions. This was key as we were tailor making our tour to our dates and requests. All input was clear and concise.

    the guides were all excellent and I would be happy to use again.

    I was never pressured to finalise payment, I was never bombarded with promos and never taken to gift shops unless I wanted to go. All very professional.

    I will use again in the future.
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