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Our ready-made best tours to China can take you to all classic China cities like Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guilin, Hong Kong. No matter you travel with family or friends, seniors or kids, our experts will find the best out to your liking! Thousands of China tour reviews on TripAdvisor written by our clients are good recognitions to our services!

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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 for all your particular needs.

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For those who travel to China for a second time or more, our recommended China tours with hidden gems will offer you diverse traveling experiences.

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With essential parts to be guided and some open free days, our budget itineraries are particularly designed for clients who are on a limited budget and enjoy some independent travel.

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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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    4.916 Reviews
    United States
    Posted on January 18, 2019
    I am very satisfied with the abilities and attitude of all the office people, guides and drivers of TCG. This company is to be commended for its pursue of excellence. In addition, I believe China is the most interesting country I have visited. There are many lessons the world can learn from the people and culture of family values that has developed here. I will highly recommend TCG and I am sure they have a bright future. I believe it would increase their business dramatically if they highlighted their private itineraries like the one I took. Most people I know are intimidated by a journey to a foreign country like China but do not like group travel. I believe there is an additional market available to them. Very good company, very good service. ... More
    Posted on January 13, 2019
    My comments as to our recent tour as below:

    Overall the meals throughout the trip were good. Both the guides assigned to us at Chongqing and Shanghai were good. I am particularly impressed with Michael from Shanghai. Both guides spoke well and had communicated effectively. They were also very knowledgeable about all the sites we visited. Transportation provided at both Chongqing and Shanghai were acceptable.

    We were particularly impressed at the punctuality and reliability of both guides. The guide in Shanghai (Michael) was one the best I have used in China. He spoke well, had humor, and could anticipate the needs of travelers like us. Overall I am impressed at the service level provided and will certainly use the agency again.
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    Stanley M
    Posted on January 09, 2019
    I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of Bev and myself to thank travelguide team. They have opened our eyes to what a magical place China is, full of wonders beyond belief. Their professionalism and dedication to providing us with a trip to remember was beyond expectations.

    Guides were excellent and professional and very informative in the knowledge of the destinations we went to. We did not have to worry about anything, which made it very relaxing.

    Yes, we will be using their services in the future again and recommending them to friends and family. Keep up the good work.
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    Lam Nhat
    Posted on January 05, 2019
    I am completely pleased with each of the guides who accompanied me during my visit. All three of them speak very clear English, are knowledgeable about the places, and have very pleasant attitude towards their guest. They are all courteous and very helpful. I think the company has very high quality staff in their team. The drivers are also very good and drive safely, though I have very minimum interaction with them.

    I am also very happy with the meals provided, especially the lunch in Shanghai with the live musicians. I don't remember the name of the restaurant, but it's in a hotel. Thanks so much for customizing a very memorable trip.
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    United States
    Posted on January 03, 2019
    I normally do not book any service, but I found that your company was like spending with knowledgeable friends. The dates we had available seemed to be between most available itineraries, but you were able to tailor a wonderful experience to fit in our schedule. My wife and I saw much more of a wonderful country than we could have otherwise. All the accommodations were first class, the food, fabulous, and the total cost lower than anything else we could find. I cannot say enough about your staff, your company, or your attitudes towards pleasing your clients. We thank you for a wonderful experience, and totally recommend your services to couples, families, groups, or special needs persons. We feel you can accommodate any situation, and are so glad to have found you on the web... Bill and Linda ... More
    Chantal Wilson
    Posted on January 02, 2019
    Fabulous 10 day tour with Travel China Guide thanks to Wendy!

    If you’re considering taking a tour with this company, BOOK IT!!! Our experience with them was 100% positive. They were awesome, responsive, flexible, and Wendy was a pleasure to work with. We loved the support we received from her during the several months it took to finalize our private 10 day trip of Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai. She was a model of patience as we exchanged email after email, and her advice was spot on. We highly recommend her.
    Our guides in all three cities were wonderful. Kevin in Beijing and Mary in Shanghai were second to none! Great with kids, knowledgeable, flexible, fun, friendly, pleasant, and when we wanted to go on our own, they gave us great pointers. Both went out of their way to make our stay memorable.
    All drivers were excellent, respectful, on time, and flexible. The vans were very comfortable.
    We upgraded to five star hotels because we traveled with young kids and wanted them to have a swimming pool. We are glad we did: the rooms were very comfortable, the breakfast buffets delicious, and the hotels centrally located.
    We loved every aspect of our trip—the city tours, the visit to the Great Wall, the food, the Panda bears, the bullet train from Beijing to Xian, the night train from Xi’an and Shanghai, the Acrobat show, everything was wonderful. It was flawlessly put together. Every minute of every day was maximized to the fullest, yet we were able to enjoy free time, and never felt overwhelmed.
    Travel China contains extremely valuable information. Their train schedule is particularly helpful.

    Fabulous Travel agency (thank you, Wendy)! Fabulous guides! Fabulous ten day tour!
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    Dan & Helén Larhammar
    Posted on December 28, 2018
    Professional in every respect! Excellent suggestions for our trip and superb guide/driver! Especially the knowledge of local culture and restaurants was appreciated. This was the third time we travelled with TCG and we look forward to doing it again. Our guide/driver Bill Wang was very nice and with good knowledge and provided superb service.
    Jill Fischer
    United States
    Posted on December 28, 2018
    The meals were all excellent and the restaurants were lovely. Our guides were very helpful in providing considerable guidance to us at our request. It is hard to pick just one, but perhaps the best meal was the restaurant that William took us to for lunch in Guilin our second day there.

    The guides were ALL excellent and knowledgeable and did so much for us to make our trip wonderful. The English used was perfectly adequate for our visits. They are ALL very knowledgeable.

    ALL cars were very clean and comfortable and all drivers were very professional. We would particularly like to commend Mr. Gau in Beijing, who was especially personable and pleasant.

    Maggie, our guide in Beijing is a delightful young woman who was able to teach us a great deal about every site that we visited while we were in the Beijing area. Celine, in Xi'an, likewise, is a lovely and intelligent young woman who shared her knowledge of and enthusiasm for her home city. William, in Guilin, is a very experienced and caring man who could not have done more for us while we were in his home city. He, too, taught us so much about Guilin and Yangshuo. We truly enjoyed our time with these guides very much.

    What I would say further is that prior to this trip we did not know anything about Chinese travel agencies and did not know anyone who had ever used one. It seemed an unusual thing for us to do but after research, we decided on TravelChinaGuide because of the attention to high quality meals, tours balanced with seeing the major sights/entertainment opportunities/and cultural experiences. We were not disappointed from our first moments in Beijing until we left Shanghai. All details were thoughtfully taken care of, we had flexibility with every city, and all of our experiences were absolutely wonderful. We will truly never forget our trip and the guides that so carefully and kindly looked after us. Thanks to all the staff at TravelChinaGuide. We will travel with them again in the future.
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    Andrew Duvall
    United States
    Posted on December 26, 2018
    Abbey Cheng has been wonderful. She has always answered our questions in a timely and professional manner. I look forward to telling my friends about her and your service should the need arise. Thanks
    Posted on December 24, 2018
    We enjoyed your arrangement very much, and everything worked very smoothly. We particularly appreciated our guide, Jack. He is very efficient and knowledgeable, and got just the right balance of flexibility and organization. I was also pleased about his excellent knowledge not only of history, but also of wildlife, my own special interest.
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