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Our 35 China small group tours with the best deals all year round cater to the individual traveler, couples, seniors and small groups alike, allowing one and all to experience China in all its mystery and to enjoy the vacation of a lifetime.
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Our best small group China tours of 2019/2020 from US, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, India, German, Brazil and many others have attracted participants in a wide range of areas with its affordable prices. Among them travelers from US, UK, Australia and Canada account for about 75% of the total guests who join in our luxury China group tours.
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    FAQs on Small Groups

    Why your prices are quite lower than other China tour operators?

    Here are some facts that we offer excellent services in China small group tours while maintaining lower prices.

    First and foremost, our website has long been in the top three hits on major search engines like Google since we offer comprehensive and useful content, as well as accurate and up-to-date travel information. The organic ranking has saved us huge advertising expense, thus enabling our products more competitive.

    Secondly, we are offering tours directly to clients, not through the third party who builds the price up by 20% higher as customary. In this case, we can avoid the middle-man charge.

    Thirdly, we have been in travel E-business for 20 years, due to the increasing number of travelers with us each year, we have set up good and long-term cooperation with the hotels, airlines and many other direct suppliers, so we could always get the best price.

    With these advantages, we are able to offer the clients top quality China tours with the most favorable prices, and that's exactly what we do right now.

    Do I need a visa to China?

    A visa is needed by most visitors to China (excluding visits to Hong Kong). These are easy to obtain from the local Chinese embassy or consulate in your countries or regions. Usually visitors should apply for tourist visas (L). As your travel agency we are pleased to offer a free invitation letter to help you obtain your visa. The visa application process usually takes 5 to 7 working days. For detailed information about a visa, please consult your local Chinese embassy or consulate.

    What are the main differences between small group and private travel?

    We are a reliable, highly respected and well-reputed China tour operator. We specialize in both escorted group tours and private vacations.

    Our small group China tours are best for those who are eager to see the most popular venues in China. There is a wide choice of discounted itineraries with fixed departure dates in our comprehensive group tour list giving the best deals for the years of 2019 & 2020. We make every effort to make you feel like part of a friendly family and get the utmost enjoyment from your trip. Meeting like-minded people is exciting, but making lifelong friends is a great bonus of group travel.

    A private trip is run exclusively for you, your family with seniors or children, or friends and no other people. You may choose an ideal pre-made private itinerary on our website, or we can customize one in line with your specific wishes. All arrangements are flexible to fit your travel style.

    How many people will there be on a small group?

    Unlike those agencies catering for groups of 25 to 30 clients, our group size is 1 to 18 people. It is our belief these smaller groups ensure that members get maximum enjoyment from their trip and have a more meaningful interaction with the guide. In 2018, our average group size was 14 people.

    What is the average age of people on your group?

    According to our statistics in recent years, the average age of our group travelers is estimated at 45. 60% of our customers are middle-aged and senior people, and 40% are young people. You will never be disappointed with the chat with people at your age, or make some cross-age friends.

    What if I arrive early or late for a small group tour?

    No matter how early or late you arrive, we will arrange your airport pick-up without delay. The only thing you need to do is to give us advance notice of your arrival time.

    If you arrive a few days earlier than our scheduled group package, we can book the extra night hotel accommodation and customize private activities for you before joining the group. Likewise, you can also extend your vacation to any of your interested destination after the end of whole escorted group package. We can take care of everything for you if you need.

    Some people may worry about being late for the trip due to an international flight delay or change. In such circumstances, please keep us informed with the updated flight schedule. We will make all necessary alternative arrangements. Rest assured that, whatever happens, our aim is to give visitors a trouble-free holiday experience.

    Is Wi-Fi available in the hotels?

    Yes, all the hotels we use for 2019 and 2020 group tours have free Wi-Fi connections in the guestrooms and lobbies. However, if your China group tours covers a Yangtze River Cruise, the cruise company usually charges extra fees for using Wi-Fi onboard.

    Can I bring my children and how do you charge for my children?

    Sure, children are always welcome to join our top quality China group tours. We quote prices for children according to their age. A child under 12 years old can enjoy great discount on the adult fare on the land service charge and domestic airfares. Travelers aged 12 and over will be charged as adults.

    For infants under 2 years old, we only charge the necessary infant airfares during the guided China tour. But if your trip includes a Yangtze River cruise, you need to pay an extra percentage of the cruise fee for the baby according to the cruise company's policy.

    What airlines do you use during the trip?

    In the main, we book internal air tickets from the four largest Chinese airlines including Air China, Southern Airlines, Eastern Airlines and Hainan Airlines, all which have good safety records. Their service quality, competitive airfares and world-class aircraft have made them reliable choices.

    Can I book my own hotel if I travel with your group?

    Sorry, this is not going to work. Our small groups are all-inclusive escorted China tours. There will be an experienced English-speaking guide and an experienced driver in each city to serve the whole group, so all group members need to stay in the same hotel to maximize the use of sightseeing time and also benefit from the hotel group room rate.

    What time does your group start and end every day?

    The full day sightseeing visit usually starts at around 08:30 and ends at about 18:00, timing may change slightly according to the season. For days with evening shows included, we may finish the day at around 21:00.
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      4.8191 Reviews
      Wendy Bateson
      Posted on April 22, 2019
      Well, what a fantastic holiday we had in our lifetime! The whole of the holiday was smooth running thanks to Kelly and our wonderful guides. All of the guides were spectacular and very helpful, especially Selina in Beijing, Carol in Xian and Ryan in Shanghai! What a beautiful country China is, so different in many ways to the UK, but similar in other ways. Our experiences of visiting all the excursion sites were fantastic, and we feel like we really did have a good taste of what China is like. So I can thoroughly recommend this travel group. ... More
      Karin and Gerd Cornils
      Posted on April 22, 2019
      Many thanks. The trip was really great, we enjoyed it very much and all guides did a very good job. We appreciate that they take care of everything along the trip, and we wish our guides the best.
      Jane P
      Posted on April 20, 2019
      Booking a tour with TCG is so easy. Thanks for prompt replies and for info on practically everything we need to know before travelling.
      Graham and Gill Buxton
      Posted on April 19, 2019
      GUIDES - professional, friendly and informative. Willingness to share personal stories gave us great insight into daily life in China

      ITINERARY - comprehensive but exhausting. We enjoyed most of the touring and we also enjoyed the opportunity to go into two different homes and to tour the Hutong district in Beijing. The lunches in the restaurants were tasty and enjoyable. The time allowed for the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors was excellent. Some later morning starts would have been good. We would have appreciated more detailed information about times and what was involved each day. The Three Gorges Dam was a waste of time, with unnecessary security, and no opportunity to see how the dam operates - had we known what was involved we would have opted out: no one in our group felt it was worthwhile. The last morning in Xi'an felt like a time-filler before our flight: two hours on the city wall was completely unnecessary. The Yangtze River cruise was great, especially as it gave us time to rest and relax - however what was advertised as a DeLuxe cabin was really quite basic, so most people paid to upgrade; we appreciated the upgrade in the dining area and were told at first we would have to pay for this but then the guide said he had managed to do a deal for us! It would have been nice if we had been consulted about the bullet train from Yichang to Shanghai because of the internal flight changes, particularly as the Three Gorges Dam visit was not satisfactory.

      HOTELS - generally, the hotels were good, especially the Crowne Plaza in Shanghai - but we were less satisfied with the Great Wall Hotel in Beijing:the staff were not very helpful or professional and the standard was not as good as in Shanghai and Xi'an.

      TRAVEL - we enjoyed the internal flights (excellent airlines) and the Shanghai-Beijing bullet train experience, but the arrangements for meeting the guide at 'Even Exit' (of which there are at least four!) were woefully inadequate - if we had not been with another group member with a phone on arrival at the station we would probably have waited much longer than the hour it took us to finally connect with the guide via a phone call to Kelly Wang.

      PERSONAL - we were very grateful for the effort made to celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary in Xi'an: thank you so much for that. We also appreciated Kelly Wang's prompt and helpful responses to all our queries before the commencement of the tour.

      OVERALL - a great trip but more advance details of daily arrangements + omission of some of the visits (as noted above) and some later starts would have been appreciated by everyone.
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      David Sheppard
      Posted on April 19, 2019
      Fantastic 11 Day tour of Beijing, Xi'an, Zhangjiajie and Shanghai

      Travel China Guide provided an excellent tour and itinerary well coordinated with very good accommodation and meals

      The Small group tour was exactly that with less than 12 in each city and in Zhangjiajie national park ( where avatar was filmed) my wife and I had a private tour with a young guide Ru.

      The guides in each city were excellent with good knowledge of their city and sights who all went out of their way to help and assist.

      In Beijing our guide was Maggie she had great knowledge of Beijing and very helpful. Xi'an our guide was Lily experienced and very knowledgeable on the amazing history of Xi'an and the terracotta army. In Shanghai our guide was Ocean he was absolutely fantastic, enthusiastic and extremely good communicator who really new his stuff. Our organiser was Kelly Wang who did a great job of communicating and organising special meals exct.
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      Mohammad Shafi
      Posted on April 19, 2019
      Travel China Guide far exceeded our expectations in every way. All the hotels were good (the hotel in Shanghai is the best. But the hotel in Xian was a bit disappointing. It is definitely not 5 star!) and there were no delays anywhere. The guides were efficient and pleasant and helpful. Everything was on time and very well organized. We had a wonderful time in each city and thoroughly enjoyed the excellent food and beautiful sites. We would not hesitate to recommend this agency to our friends and family and I am sure we would love to go back and do another trip with them - perhaps to another part of this beautiful and vast country.

      Once again thanks for a wonderful China holiday.
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      Rehana Potter
      United States
      Posted on April 18, 2019
      Thank you very much Wendy for a very well organized vacation and thank you for coming to meet us all in Xian. It is good to put a face to a name!

      The time spent at each site was quite adequate and we never felt rushed. The guides did a very good job of explaining everything and also gave us enough time to see things on our own. In some places (such as the Tiananmen Square and Forbidden city) a mid morning coffee break would have been nice as it is quite a long tour.

      The meals were excellent! We never expected a "banquet" of 10 dishes at every meal and we really enjoyed them. As for choosing one meal - I think the best was the home cooked food in Xian. And the least favourite was the dumpling dinner - mainly because the dumplings were already hard and cold by the time they served them. Dumplings should be fresh and soft and warm.

      The other comment I have about meals is that sometimes the lunch and dinner were too close together. In some places we did not have lunch until almost 2 pm and then we were told to be ready at 5:30 pm to have dinner before the evening show. My suggestion would be to give a light and quick lunch as most foreigners do not eat huge meals at lunch time and would be quite happy with a light meal knowing that they will get a large dinner in the evening. This way they would also not mind eating early in the evening.

      All the guides we had were good and their English was also good. In fact we were very impressed with their knowledge and their pride in their city. They were all very helpful and went out of their way to make us comfortable and attended to all our requests. They were also cheerful and seemed to enjoy their job. All the buses were clean and tidy and the drivers were skilled and pleasant.

      Our small group totally had 15 persons from different countries but we all got along very well. Very enjoyable.
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      Simon Aytes
      United States
      Posted on April 18, 2019
      This will be my first time traveling alone to another country and I had many questions. Wendy Lee was quick to respond to all of my inquiries and she answered them clearly, providing all of the necessary information.
      Posted on April 18, 2019
      Very good service
      United States
      Posted on April 17, 2019
      First of all I must mention our Beijing guide Candy, who picked us up at the airport at 4 a.m. with a car waiting to drive us to the hotel. In the dark of morning she took care of everything... and accompanied us until we checked into the hotel. Special thanks to her.

      Jacky, our Xian guide, was terrific! He was knowledgeable, spoke excellent English and was a delight to be with. Xian was an experience! Jacky was quite thorough with his history and the information about the Terracotta Soldiers. He made our short trip to Xian quite exciting. We wanted to do things a little differently such as stopping at a village market to stroll or walking the streets of Xian and even into the department store! So many people!! Jacky was quite flexible and always pleasant!

      Would highly recommend Candy in Beijing and Jacky in Xian! Definitely 5 star services!
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