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Our ready-made best tours to China can take you to any or all China's classic cities like Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guilin, and Chengdu. Whether you are traveling with family or friends, seniors or kids, our experts will find the best tour for you. Thousands of customer reviews for our tours on TripAdvisor prove the quality of our service!

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Our recommended China tours no shopping comprising of all highlight cities are perfect choices for first time travelers. We are ready to customize any of them to cater to your particular needs.

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For those traveling to China for a second or more time, our recommended China tours with hidden gems will offer you many diverse sights and experiences.
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    FAQs on Best Tours to China

    What is a private tour?

    A private tour is one that is specifically designed for you, your own family or friends with no other strangers. We have a wide selection of pre-made cheap tour itineraries of 2019/2020 on our website for you to choose from. Meanwhile we are also gifted in customizing the best China tour itinerary no shopping to cater to your specific interests. Here we outline the key benefits of taking a private tour.

    A. Schedule your trip on any date or for any length that you wish.
    B. Choose travel destinations and scenic spots that interest you.
    C. Decide what kind of hotels to use.
    D. Private guide and driver serve you and your party only.
    E. Travel at your own pace with flexibility to suit your travel style.

    When is the best time to travel to China?

    It is indeed a big concern for most travelers. In simple terms, late March to May in spring, September and October in autumn are relatively pleasant to visit most tourist cities in the country. Some highlight cities, such as Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai, Chengdu and Hong Kong are top travel destinations for first-time visitors at anytime of the year. Those who travel in the low season between December and February are rewarded with lower prices and a hassle free sightseeing experience. Also, it is advisable to avoid the Chinese Golden Week Holiday from Oct 1st to Oct 7th as there are crowds of visitors everywhere.

    What are the major cities to enter China?

    Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Guangzhou are all busy global transport hubs, and they have frequent flights linking almost all parts of the world. At the same time, these cities have long been favored travel destinations boasting prominent attractions and a relaxing atmosphere. Besides, with large numbers of visitors coming to Xian, Chengdu and Kunming every year, the three cities also operate increasing numbers of international flights to the major cities in the world.

    How many days are needed for a trip to China?

    For first time travelers, we usually suggest a two weeks China tour itinerary including the destinations like Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guilin, and Yangtze Cruise. It gives you an overall impression of the country in terms of history, culture, development and natural scenery. If you can only do a one week tour, it is the best to take the classic one week itinerary Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. For travelers who would like to have an in-depth exploration, we also prepare 3 weeks and 4 weeks more private China tour itineraries for you to choose from. Anytime you are planning a trip to China, we are ready to customize the best itinerary for you. 

    How much does it cost for a trip to China?

    It depends on various conditions, such as how many days you will stay, which cities you will travel to, what levels of hotels you will choose to stay, and many others. Let's take an example, if you take our 11 days small group package to Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai, it costs around US$1400 per person during peak season, while if you take a private guided package with the similar itinerary, it costs about US$1800 per person based on 2 to 3 travelers as a private group. It is hard to tell how much money is needed for a trip briefly, but our experienced travel consultants are more than happy to tailor a trip to your budget.

    Will you arrange the visa for us? How far in advance should I have a visa?

    Sorry, we do not arrange the visa, but we are happy to offer a free invitation letter to assist our clients in obtaining the visa.

    You should apply for the tourist visas (L) from your local Chinese Embassy or Consulate, and the process takes about 5 to 7 working days. It is recommended that you apply for it one or two months before your planned travel date. If you apply too early, the visa may expire before your trip is completed. The validity of a single-entry visa is normally 3 months.

    How far ahead of time do I need to book with you?

    Generally, it is advisable to book your holiday at least 30 days prior to the departure date. However, if you are going to travel during the peak season, we suggest you book it the earlier the better to guarantee the hotel and flight reservations as well as our excellent travel guides. In this way, you will have plenty of time to prepare for a wonderful trip. What's more, we also offer early bird discount from time to time for both private and group tours.

    How do I contact you in case of emergency during the trip?

    We usually provide clients with all necessary contact information prior to the trip. You can call either your local guide or travel consultant whenever you encounter any emergency or need help. Our professional travel consultants are available 7 days a week, from 07:00 to 21:00 in the office and also we have 24/7 mobile services.

    Do you offer discount for children?

    Yes, our price for children is quoted based on their ages. A child under 12 years old receives a good discount off the regular adult fare on the land service charge and internal airfares. Those who are aged 12 and over will be charged as adults.

    For infants under 2 years old, only the infant airfares are needed. However, if your trip involves a Yangtze River cruise, there is an extra percentage of the cruise fee required for the baby.

    Is there any specific vaccination for traveling to China?

    At present, China has no serious infectious diseases, so no specific vaccination is required. However, the yellow fever vaccine is mandatory for visitors coming from yellow fever prevalent area. These people need to present a valid vaccine certificate of yellow fever upon entry as well as their other travel documents.

    What is the approximate size of the bed at hotels? Are King-size beds common?

    The hotel guest rooms are basically twin rooms and double rooms. There are two single beds in a twin room. As for a double room, only one large bed is placed in it, and the bed can be King-size or Queen-size varying from hotel to hotel. Generally speaking, most 5 stars and 4 stars hotels have King-size beds available in their guest rooms. Below are explanations of the normal sizes of the above mentioned beds.

    Room Type

    Bed Equipment

    Bed Size

    Metric (cm)

    Imperial (inch)

    Twin room

    Two single beds

    120 x 200(single)

    47 x 78 (single)

    Double room

    One queen size bed

    150 x 200

    59 x 78

    One king size bed

    180 x 200

    70 x 78

    Usually what time would your daily sightseeing start and end? Do I have free time to go shopping?

    It starts at about 08:30 and ends at around 18:00 when there are full day sightseeing activities arranged. The schedule may change slightly with the seasons. Sometimes there are evening shows included, in which case we finish the day at around 21:00. You can do some shopping on your own after the normal daily sightseeing. Alternatively, you may include a free day and go on a shopping spree during your private trip if you want.

    Can I use my mobile phone in China? And can I visit sites such as Facebook and Twitter?

    You can use your mobile phone as long as it is unlocked. If your phone is locked, you can call your carrier to ask for unlocking it. Since the international roaming rates are very expensive, we suggest you buy a prepaid local SIM card. You can easily buy a SIM card as they all have lots of branches and outlets in cities and even airports. Our guide is happy to help you with it.

    Sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, etc. are not available in China. If it's convenient, we suggest you download WeChat - a very popular free mobile messaging & calling app. It is a great way for you to connect with locals during your trip.

    I am interested in meeting and interacting with local people, do I have a chance to make it with your arrangement?

    Yes, there are plenty of opportunities for you to meet and interact with local Chinese people in different cities. You will experience authentic old Beijing life during the exciting Hutong travel. When visiting the Temple of Heaven, you can see and even become involved personally with the Beijingers to do some leisure activities such as playing chess, flying kites, singing, dancing etc. In addition to learning home-cooked dishes, a local family visit in Xian also gives you a real glimpse into typical Chinese way of life. You get to see locals going about their daily lives while cruising down the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo, and exploring the countryside of Yangshuo. It is indeed an interesting experience to have a stop at the 'Marriage Market' in Shanghai People's Square Park. Examples of such activities are too many to list.

    Our private tours are extremely flexible, and to tailor-make a trip that will be to your heart's content is something we are really good at.
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      4.8279 Reviews
      Wendy Tyndall
      Australia
      Posted on May 24, 2019
      We booked a 3 day Xian trip from this website, and tcg arranged the guide, van and hotel for us. Special mention to Jacky who is the best China tour guide (in our mind) going out of his way to even suggest good restaurants to have dinner & activities we might enjoy in the evening. We enjoyed the home visit in Xian however were a little disappointed to be served peanuts...maybe cook put it in out of habit. We decided to drop the Mosque visit in Xian as my husband is a priest & didn't think it appropriate to go. This is no negative reflection on the trip or company as I could have changed that during booking. It was my fault. Again, Jacky was exceptional in his knowledge of history & as my husband is a historian he appreciated that. ... More
      I Komala Widjaja
      Indonesia
      Posted on May 23, 2019
      Cindy is very responsive.
      Cathryn J Azcona
      Australia
      Posted on May 22, 2019
      Below is my feedback of our trip arranged by travelchianguide:

      Meals were fine and our favorite is the Peking Duck in Beijing.
      Guides in each city were excellent. They were very knowledgeable about the area, and we were taken care of everywhere we went and definitely not disappointed.
      Drivers were good and cars were clean.(Especially our driver in Beijing, Mr. Chen)
      Hotel service could be better, but it was okay.
      Overall it is a great experience for us.
      Richie
      Spain
      Posted on May 22, 2019
      We are delighted with the service provided by Travel China Guide. Their website is very friendly and easy to move around.
      Joe D
      USA
      Posted on May 21, 2019
      Our trip is very exciting and educational. Beijing with its Forbidden City, The Great Wall, the Hutongs, being driven on a tricycle, while we are guided with our own private trip riding a bicycle! This is one of the best China tours for us. John, our guide, is very knowledgeable, friendly and always on time patiently waiting for us every morning at our hotel. Mr. Zhao, our driver who always has his smile ready, with two bottles of water, waiting every morning. I can't say enough about these two! Thanks for your help. ... More
      Randy Cronk
      USA
      Posted on May 21, 2019
      I have found my every questions answered promptly and appreciate the service I have received. Looking forward to beginning the tour in a few weeks!!
      Theresa
      USA
      Posted on May 20, 2019
      I only booked train tix, a few transfers and 1 walking tour with travelchina and i am wholly pleased with the train tickets, and transfers. Transfers were on time, and drivers were pleasant and helpful. The train tickets were delivered to our hotel on the first day of our arrival and the agent- kelly- followed my itinerary to the letter, just as we had discussed. The only reason i didnt book everything with them was because of the pricing. The tour in xi'an started uncomfortably though. The guide jackie, mentioned trump, trade wars and how other tour companies wont be as good (after he found out i booked a tour somewhere else for the next day). However, once we were on our way during the tour, everything went well. He would let us stop anytime to buy food or drinks and was very informative. he took us to all the places on the tour itinerary, shared facts and history and patiently waited for me to haggle for scarves when he took us to the muslim quarters. He has good humor and can joke with us as well and made suggestions when asked about shopping or food. ... More
      Vallen
      Australia
      Posted on May 20, 2019
      In any case, our trip was quite a success and we thank Wendy for her help in planning it and arranging all of the things that we wanted to do. It was a long process by email, but worth it. We will surely recommend this company to any friends who would like to make such a trip. And who knows, perhaps we will go again to see Tibet and the Silk Road side. I am just getting back to this two weeks later as I went away on another trip as soon as I returned. I'm settling back into a more routine life now. ... More
      David Rummery
      Usa
      Posted on May 20, 2019
      Very happy with Vera. She has been very helpful.
      Serena Lee
      Malaysia
      Posted on May 19, 2019
      Doris Zhang is very helpful. She is always willing to help and attended to my series of questions and changes.
      She is a dedicated employee of Xian Marco Polo and her employer should take every effort to retain such good employee.
      I wish her all the best in her career.

      Best regards from a happy customer,
      Serena Lee
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