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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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    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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      4.8399 Reviews
      Sean & Patricia
      Posted on July 13, 2019
      All of us thought it was a VERY nice act to toast wine at the Great Wall with that wine of the same name that Rose brought. Very nice treat!!!!! The meals were GREAT!! I don't think I could narrow it down to one meal! I thought every place was very good :) Our guides were all very good. JJ had very clear speech especially. Drivers never really spoke to us so I have no comment. HOWEVER, the nice man who went with Rose to get us from the airport was SO nice and I did not have my money exchanged yet so I did not get to tip him. :( I would like to suggest that if at all possible, perhaps there could be a little time for shopping? I would have really liked that. Sean & Patricia ... More
      thomas meagher
      Posted on July 12, 2019
      final review should await completion of the trip.
      Posted on July 11, 2019
      The best China tour firm with outstanding services! Our trip was made all the more enjoyable by the quality, knowledge and friendliness of our guides. We always felt safe and our transportation was timely and first rate. The a la carte lunch they provided in Xi'an, where the guide can help make the meal at the home of a local, also made the trip unique. We would highly recommend the services of Travel China Guide to others visiting the orient.
      Colin Peckham
      Posted on July 10, 2019
      Everything was just fantastic. Meals were very good. I can't remember the name of our most favorite meal but it was in Beijing and it had photos of Jackie Chan on the wall. Our guides were both excellent. We were really happy as they were both very friendly. They were also very well informed about history in China and we were happy that they answered all of our questions. They also told us very interesting details about every day life in China. Kevin and Lily were both very nice. Lily was really lovely and she made our trip extra special. She was always happy and smiling and we enjoyed our tour around Xian with her. Kevin was also very good and told us lots of interesting stories about Chinese life. The drivers were both good. The driver in Beijing was excellent as he opened the door for us and his car was especially clean and luxurious. We loved the hotels. The food was great. The staff in Beijing were very friendly. Both hotels had excellent service and rooms were very clean. Choose Travelchinaguide for your holiday. You won't be disappointed! ... More
      Posted on July 10, 2019
      Hi, the staff is very kindly and they answer to the email very quickly. It seems a very good service.
      Posted on July 08, 2019
      Everything went off without a hitch exactly as we asked - the flights, the cruise and the arrangements to transfer the money. We even visited their office and met their friendly staff in Xian to pay by credit card due to a change of plan. The cruise was the highlight of our trip and trouble free from the minute we stepped on board. I'm happy to use their service again should I go back to China.
      Jose M
      United States
      Posted on July 08, 2019
      Here are the detailed comments:

      Generally speaking the meals were quite enjoyable and in all cases the environment and services were quite nice. The one meal that truly stands out was the a la carte lunch that we had in Beijing after visiting the Forbidden City. Each of the guides was very friendly and went out of their way to make sure we were having a good trip. They were all very knowledgeable. No disappointment at all...they were great. The drivers were pleasant (even though they didn't speak English), were excellent drivers (the traffic is really crazy in china) and they kept their vehicles very clean. The hotels and breakfasts were beyond what we expected. We were members of some of the hotels so on occasion our room was upgraded so we don't know what the difference in the rooms might have been. The only comment I might make was that I was surprised that there was no top sheet, just a blanket, on the bed at the hotel in Guilin. One suggestion with regard to the interchina flights. These were fine; however, we wish you had asked for our frequent flyer numbers, as we likely would have been able to earn mileage points. All in all TCG is a great company and I will tell my friends to use your services. ... More
      Posted on July 08, 2019
      Great response time & very clear!
      Posted on July 07, 2019
      We appreciated all of our guides throughout the trip. All were extremely knowledgeable and anxious to please us. They were concerned about our welfare and were happy to meet any of our requests. It would be difficult to say that any one particular guide was exceptionally helpful, as all of them were perfect! Each of our guides contributed to our trip in their own style and with their own personality, which, when combined, created a wonderful, total view of the country, like a beautiful mosaic. (The whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts!) We feel fortunate to have had the guides the company selected for us. Each offered his or her own perspective, which enriched our experience! ... More
      Posted on July 07, 2019
      We have experienced the extreme beauty of China, through the kind guidance of our guides and drivers; and through the variety of our excursions, we have gained knowledge and insights into this wonderful, mysterious country, that could not have been gained in any other way. We will let T.C.G organize trip to other parts of China if we have chance to come back next year.
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