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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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    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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      4.992 Reviews
      Garry Ehman
      Canada
      Posted on March 20, 2019
      We would like to thank you for our outstanding China trips. Overall we were very pleased with all of the arrangements made for us. We were always met as we expected. Our guides were all very good and most were excellent. We were very fond of Lily in Beijing. She was very professional and she always made us laugh. Rocky in Lijiang and Ivan in Shanghai were very different and both outstanding. Rocky was very gentle and sensitive and Ivan was very "yuppie". We really appreciated both of them. Elanna in Datong and area was another favorite. ... More
      Peter wong
      USA
      Posted on March 19, 2019
      Ms Sally Si has been extremely helpful in making my tour completely. She is very professional and attentive in details. I feel very comfortable in dealing with her.
      Her communication skill is very good and deserves an A+.
      She is responsive in providing answers to ease my concerns promptly.
      I have nothing but praise her.
      I am glad that she is my personal travel consultant.
      Clare Fisher
      Australia
      Posted on March 19, 2019
      Thank you for helping organise a very successful trip during what is often thought of a very stressful time to travel! The meals arranged for us were excellent, good quality food, and plenty of it. The meals that we had were of equal quality, and we would recommend either to our friends or family. The car was kept clean, and the attitude of the driver was good.

      As our tour was short we only had one guide, however we thought the service she provided was above excellent, she was enthusiastic, accommodating, conscientious and a pleasure to spend our time with. We were extremely impressed with her skills, she combined good English with excellent knowledge of the places we visited and the Chinese history behind them. We cannot state enough how much we enjoyed having her as our guide. ... More
      Sara Zavala
      USA/Perú
      Posted on March 19, 2019
      Excellent service in general, we really enjoy our tour guides in every city that we visited,they were very professional and caring. We were happy with everything that Travel China Guide choose for our trip, places to visit, hotels, meals, transportation, etc. etc. Our experience in China has been so good and most of it was because our tour guides and drivers.

      Thank you so much Travel China Guide for such a wonderful experience!!!!
      James Eu
      Australia
      Posted on March 19, 2019
      Our journey was well planned and we had a great time. The service provided by TCG was very good which leaves me with little to say that would improve their service. Well done!
      Marco Gastão
      Brasil
      Posted on March 18, 2019
      I am very satisfied with my travel consultant. I asked several times to change the private tour and she was always attentive, helpful. Gave me suggestions of the itinerary and so on. Gongratulations
      Tim
      Australia
      Posted on March 18, 2019
      Our trip to China was enhanced by the help from TCG. Wendy’s help in making all of the arrangements for flights, hotels, guides, and tickets for venues was handled very well. Using TCG eliminated hours of research and the hassle of making all of the arrangements for our trip. Having a guide meet us at airports, train stations, and each place we visited saved us hours of time, allowing us to enjoy the trip. This was particularly important with our inadequate Chinese language skills and our limited time. We very quickly came to like our guides who became travel friends. Most valuable was the flexibility of tailoring the trips to be exactly what and when we wanted them. Accommodating our schedule was extremely helpful, making the trip exactly the way we wanted it, at a very reasonable price. I would strongly recommend using TCG and will certainly use this group for future travels in China. ... More
      norman c hansen
      usa
      Posted on March 16, 2019
      Our overall impression of this organization was excellent. Whatever the guide's attitude, or their language and knowledgeable. I enjoy our tour in China, it was great successful. Thanks for all the staff in offering us such a wonderful trip.
      pora
      Posted on March 15, 2019
      We would be happy to recommend Travel Guide, based on our experience, to anyone. It was recommended to us by friends and we were not only not disappointed but delighted with our experience. If we are ever able to come to China again... they will be the first one we contact so we can see the country through the eyes of someone who lives there.
      Barry P Swedlow
      USA
      Posted on March 15, 2019
      Thank you for such a great trip! All of the meals were EXCELLENT! We felt "VIP" at every restaurant and enjoyed both trying new things and enjoying the perfection of familiar dishes. I would have to say the dumpling banquet, just because it was a unique experience. I thought it was so great that they accommodated my father in law's special diet needs. It was a nice touch to an already amazing night. It is very hard to choose one meal. All of our guides were very attentive and accommodating to our requests. Each one seemed to embrace their city with pride and we thoroughly enjoyed every one. We hope to keep in touch with all of them. Everyone knew their cities very well and had a wonderful sense of pride. I can't believe how they remember all of those dates!! Everyone was so wonderful. Marcus has a great sense of humor and a lot of patience with us "Crazy Americans". Rebecca was very fast paced and a great ball of energy (Very much like Shanghai!). Jamie was adorable. I loved her sense of humor. Carol was so much fun! She taught us some very useful Chinese. And last but not least, Julie was so great! Her great attitude was so refreshing. She talked to us like she was talking to her best friends. The cars were always clean and comfortable. The drivers were great! I loved them all!! ... More
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