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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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    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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      4.8525 Reviews
      Carl Compton
      Canada /Taiwan
      Posted on August 12, 2019
      There were three distinct phases to our tour, each with different tour guides, drivers and vehicles.

      Xi'an - Susan was personable and knowledgeable about the sites we visited and worked hard to ensure we got the most out of our short tour. The driver drove safely at all times.

      Lhasa to Gyrong - Purbuh and Lahkde (spelling may be incorrect) were also great companions throughout the tour. Purbuh really knows his stuff and is passionate about the history and culture of his country. At all times, he demonstrated great flexibility in altering the itinerary to accommodate our needs and interests. He was very kind to our children as well. When our daughter expressed that she really liked butter tea, he personally bought her a box of tea to take home. This kind of personal touch will always be remembered. The driver was professional and safe and the vehicle was clean at all times.

      Nepal border to Kathmandu - the drive from the border to Kathmandu is extremely challenging but we always felt we were in good hands with Rez (spelling?). We are grateful to him for keeping our lives safe. Definitely an expert driver able to conquer the most hazardous of driving conditions safely. Our guide, Subash, was at all times accommodating and willing to adjust the itinerary in a moment's notice to accommodate our interests and needs. He also is passionate about his country's culture and history and is an expert, able to explain all the marvelous sites we visited. He added many personal touches to our experience that we will always appreciate.

      There are aspects to this kind of tour that can be arduous and challenging - but that's to be expected. The tour however is designed to ameliorate when possible the hardships: accommodations were always well selected and the meals provided in clean and authentic establishments. All aspects of the tour were well thought out. My family extends thanks to all the members of the team who made our exciting tour - Xi'an, Lhasa, overland across the Himalayas. Kathmandu - safe, successful and memorable.
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      Paula Emmerich
      United Kingdom
      Posted on August 20, 2019
      We are a couple in our 40s who wanted to visit China but were not convinced about having a standard and crowded tour. We wanted something slower paced and with lots of free time to explore places on our own. I found TCG through Tripadvisor. I sent an enquiry via email and from that moment my experience with TCG has been excellent. Abbey was so efficient and kind in answering all our queries promptly, accommodating our requests, and advising us. We ended up with a fantastic trip of 20 days visiting Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Chengdu, Chongqing, and Shanghai, including a cruise on the Yangtze River, just for us! You would expect this to be overly expensive, but it was not, to our surprise. It was just a bit more expensive than a standard one, but as we did things more than 90 days in advice we got also discount. We were so pleased! ... More
      Posted on August 19, 2019
      I traveled to Beijing for 4 days. My guide Linda was WONDERFUL. She had a friendly and giving attitude, spoke excellent English and was able to give me fun facts and observations on the local customs and culture. She was assertive in offering relevant information and answered any questions I had. Once she understood my interests, she made observations that suited my tastes. I was not disappointed at all. Her English was excellent and when she didn't understand one of the words I used (because it was "scrumptious", an admittedly difficult English word), she looked up the word on her phone and offered a more appropriate English word! I thought that was very smart of her to use technology to help bridge the communication gap. And she was correct. She made my experience one of the best I have ever had while on vacation and I would recommend her services to everyone. The meals were all very good. No one place stood out in my mind but they were all well prepared and the environment in both restaurants was great. My drive Mr. Wang was wonderful. His car was always clean. Because I get car sick sitting in the back, he let me sit in front and always had water available if I needed it. When I forgot my phone had a panoramic camera and wanted to take pictures of Tiananmen Square, he drove by it again so I could. Both Linda and Mr. Wang are warm-hearted and friendly, I would certainly recommend their services. ... More
      Andrew Poon
      United Kingdom
      Posted on August 17, 2019
      It was easy to communicate with this company. They were responsive to all our questions, and everything during the trip went very smoothly. The meals were overall pretty good. Thanks for accommodating my vegetarian needs. The thing that could be improved the most would be to visit more local places. Eating in hotels and resorts is just not our style. A simpler and smaller meal would have sufficed. Also in regards to breakfast at the hotels there was a hotel in Guilin that offered an American breakfast and a Chinese breakfast. It would have been nice to see these two combined. Our favorite meal was the dumpling one in Xian. The dumplings were amazing and the show was great. All of our guides were very attentive and great in their service. They gave us a lot of very detailed and great information and answered all of our questions. Thanks to Sandy, Sarah, and Lily for their wonderful service. Yangshuo ended up being our favorite part of the trip given its beautiful scenery, great guide, and atmosphere. It was a great change from all the huge cities. All of the drivers did a great job of driving us where we needed to go and were helpful with our luggage. The hotels in all the cities were great. Service and cleanliness was great Thanks for a wonderful trip! ... More
      Rodrigo Porto
      Posted on August 17, 2019
      Here it goes! Thanks for the fantastic time in Beijing!
      Meals: Definitely, the restaurants were amazing. It was our first time eating real Chinese Food and we really loved. The quality of the restaurants was awesome. Both restaurants were really good and we loved the roasted duck!
      Guide: Very good English indeed! The best guide I ever had. He was really dedicated all the time in providing the important information during the Tour. Everything was perfect.
      Driver & Car: No problem at all! Everything was just fine!
      Hotel: Very nice hotel, very nice breakfast, very clean! We loved it!
      Tks so much for the nice time I had there!
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      Florence Wang
      Posted on August 17, 2019
      My sincerest thanks for providing a most enjoyable and memorable smooth tour for us.
      Lucas Ng
      Posted on August 16, 2019
      "Ni hao" from Aruba. Thank you Vera for your prompt email responses from our first contact to our final communication, patience, advice and for assisting us to build the best China tour itinerary possible. It was a very tight schedule, but worth it. The step by step itinerary was our second guide, it really helped us. In one word the tour was perfectly organized and everything went as planned. Wonderful! No complaints at all!
      Pat J
      Posted on August 16, 2019
      Thanks so much for organizing such a wonderful trip for us to southern China. We could not have been happier with the skill and knowledge of the local guides, the pace of the tour and how smoothly everything ran. We would have no hesitation in recommending tcg to any of our friends who wish to travel in China.
      Richard Monk
      United Kingdom
      Posted on August 16, 2019
      We want to thank all our guides and drivers for making out trip a wonderful experience: Brian in Beijing, Jacky in Xian, Sherry in Guilin, Susan in Chengdu, Lee and Edward in our transfers to connect Chongqing/Cruise/Shanghai, and finally Riley in Shanghai. And thanks to all our drivers. We want to give thanks to Sherry who rearranged dinner for us, without us asking, after we declined to have lunch as we were not hungry at all! Thanks to Susan who insisted to stay with us until our train departure and ended up running up and down along the train to sort out our seats which were missing! Thanks Riley for sorting out tickets to the Shanghai circus and accommodate other changes. Brian we had a great time with you in Beijing.
      Our recommendations to TCG:
      - Please offer the Shanghai Circus to all your customers. It's the most amazing experience ever. It's a must see stop!
      - Many days had lunch included but we were not hungry at all. (The hotels have fantastic breakfasts). So it's much better if you offer the option of lunch or early dinner to your customers.
      - You need to have a clear tip policy and explain this as early as possible. We received a message just a few days before traveling suggesting that "tips" were at our discretion, but the advice was vague. At the end we were happy to provide a tip because the service was great, but it was not clear what the expectation was.

      Thanks to TCG we had an amazing trip. I have already recommended the agency to friends and family!
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      Ann-Marie Larsson Glandin
      Posted on August 15, 2019
      I would like to thank you very much for your arrangements. Especially thankful for the attitude and service when we wanted to change the schedule. We were all very thankful for everything. We were 17 individuals, and all very pleased with your help. Here I'd like to give some specific comments: 1. The meals. They were very good and the service at the restaurants also very good. No complaints what so ever from our side. Also our guide, Snow, made sure we had everything we wanted. 2. The guide in Luoyang - Snow. She was absolutely wonderful. We all loved her. She had a very good knowledge of English, and had very thorough knowledge of Chinese history. Further she made very professional impression when relating the history. We all really enjoyed her information. We now have a much better knowledge of Chinese history. Also she was so good at making the children feel welcome. If we ever come to Luoyang again as a group, we will ask for Snow to be our guide. 3. Driver and car. Very good indeed. Our driver was a safe driver, the bus was always clean and the temperature was good. Also the size of the bus was good. As I did not take part in the arrangements in Xian, I can only say that the others expressed their appreciation of the arrangements. Finally I would like to express my thanks to TravelChinaGuide for arranging the visit to the Luoyang children's welfare institute. As this was the main purpose of the visit to Luoyang, we all appreciated your help on this matter. ... More
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