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We designed 2020/2021 cheap China tours for travelers who are on a limited budget so they may enjoy the fun of a hassle-free trip that is affordable. In our budget friendly tours, we offer guided tour services to some must-see sights that are not easily accessible in each city, and arrange some free days for you to explore the urban scenic spots at your own pace. Our well-located hotels provide great convenience.

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    Independent Travelers

    With practical advice on places to go and the appropriate means of transport, our China backpacking routes tell you how to take cheap local bus, taxi, subway and even a certain exit of a metro. We are also ready to support you with our service for flight/ train bookings!

    Independent Train Travel

    Traveling in China by train can be the cheapest and the best way to experience the real China with a lower budget.

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    FAQs on Independent Travel

    Is it possible to travel in China without a guide, especially for first-time visitors? Is it safe?

    An independent tour to China is totally workable. With our comprehensive information, hundreds of thousands of independent travelers have successfully taken budget tours to China from US, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, German and many others. You can arrange the itinerary based on your own preferences and the convenient public transport can make your trip easy and efficient. China is one of the safest countries in the world, but you still need to avoid taking private cars or going to undeveloped sites.

    Can you recommend top 3 independent tour itineraries?

    B-101: Beijing - Xian - Shanghai
    B-103: Beijing - Shanghai - Xian - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guangzhou - Hong Kong
    B-106: Beijing - Xian - Lijiang - Kunming - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin

    Are the above routes all self-guided? Can you help me book train tickets or flights?

    You can travel on your own following any of our independent cheap tours to China, and we can book train tickets or flights, and do airport and train station pick-up for you with minimum service fee. If you want guided day trips, you can also feel free to contact us.

    Which is more convenient for intercity travel, train or flight?

    It is suggested you take a high speed train if the travel time is less than 5 or 6 hours, as the trains between major cities are frequently scheduled and the railway stations are usually in the downtown area with easy access. However, for a longer journey, a flight is more convenient to save you from the long-time fatigue you may experience on a train.

    How far in advance should I book the tickets for trains, flights, or buses?

    For train tickets, the answer is 'as early as possible', for there is usually a ticket shortage especially during holidays. If you book with an agency like us, you can submit the reservation once your travel date is decided; even if it is months or a year later. If you want to buy the tickets on your own, note that sales on the official website starts 30 days before the train's departure date, and at the railway stations 28 days before.
    It is suggested that flight tickets are bought one month before when there is usually a discount. Generally, bus tickets are easy to buy at the bus station, so a reservation is not necessary.

    How about the urban public transport? Which is better, subway or bus? Are taxis convenient and affordable?

    Public bus is a common vehicle reaching every corner of the city. In big cities, subway is more convenient to avoid traffic jams and save time. Sometimes when there is no direct bus or subway to your destination, taxi is a wise and affordable choice – CNY8-15 for the first 2 or 3 kilometers and about CNY2 for each extra kilometer.

    Is it easy to find a hotel or should I book in advance?

    It is quite easy to find star-rated hotels, chain hotels, hostels, and inns in most cities. Even in some rural areas, you can find family hostels to spend the night. A reservation is not a must on ordinary days, but you can book one week in advance to ensure a room with satisfactory conditions. An early reservation is terribly necessary during holidays, especially the National Day Holiday from Oct. 1 to 7.

    I cannot speak Chinese. Is it ok? Do Chinese people understand simple English?

    It is ok for non-Chinese speakers. You can see English instructions at airports, train stations, subway stations, road signs, and scenic areas. Most young people in China can speak simple English. You can ask them for help if needed. Some translation apps can also be helpful.

    How much does it cost to travel in China? Where can I exchange money? Is it common to pay by cash or credit card?

    For a budget independent traveler, a daily cost of USD120-150 is needed to cover the expense of sightseeing, dining, transportation, and accommodation. It is suggested you exchange for CNY at Bank of China or airports as attractions, hotels, and restaurants in China don't accept foreign currency. You can withdraw cash either at the bank counters or ATM machines which have the same symbols as your card. Union Pay credit cards are widely used in China. In some large shopping malls in major cities, credit cards of Visa and MasterCard are acceptable.

    Where are the best shopping places, for clothes, electronic devices, and specialties like silk?

    Beside branded products in big department stores, it is also a good choice to go to shopping streets, such as Wangfujing Street in Beijing, and Nanjing Road in Shanghai. Guangzhou is a famous wholesale center for clothes, shoes, and bags; Yiwu has China's largest small commodity market; Shenzhen and Hong Kong are best places to buy electronic products; Hangzhou abounds with traditional Chinese silk products.
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      4.6105 Reviews
      Posted on April 01, 2020
      Every detail of this budget China tour was arranged in place and the guides gave us appropriate introductions. All the drivers in the three cities were enthusiastic and hardworking. TCG did a good job!
      Posted on March 17, 2020
      All the attraction tickets fees were included. No extra cost! TCG was truly a responsible and creditworthy company! They arranged great guest rooms with big view-windows and rich western-style buffets for us. We really enjoyed the time in Beijing with Tina. She was a conscientious and optimistic guide who recommended delicious and affordable restaurants as we asked. Meanwhile, her wonderful shares helped us learn more about the Chinese cultural heritage of human history! The short budget China tour was well worth trying! ... More
      Posted on March 10, 2020
      Professional and informative guides, careful and steady drivers, rich and interesting itinerary! Thoughtful services all the way of our 6 days budget China tour were strongly recommended!
      Posted on March 06, 2020
      I’d definitely like to say how much my wife and I enjoyed our 12-day budget China Tours. Our guides in the four cities (Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin and Shanghai) were all very responsible, competent and knowledgeable. Through their vivid introductions, we had a better understanding of Chinese history and natural beauty! The drivers were also very skillful. We were very pleased with this company. We hope to return soon!
      Posted on February 28, 2020
      We got an amazing budget China tour to Beijing and Shanghai. The wonderful introductions of places of interest in Beijing made us learn more about Chinese culture. A day trip to Shanghai gave us a chance to explore the unique charm of commercial prosperity and natural beauty. This 6 days budget China tour was value for the money.
      Posted on February 18, 2020
      The 10-day budget China tour of Beijing-Xi’an-Guilin-Shanghai went smoothly very much. The guides were considerate and warm-hearted. They worked hard to make sure we had a good travel experience. Sincere thanks to all of you and we really love this China tour!
      Linda Zavier
      Posted on February 14, 2020
      We had friendly guides, skillful drivers and good accommodation. I would like to give my special praise to our consultant Lexi for her patient attitude and elaborate itinerary design! Great China tour!
      Posted on January 13, 2020
      We loved everything that the tour brought to us! We were satisfied with the restaurants, hotels and the itinerary very much! Our trip to China was a success from the beginning to the end! Here I particularly wanted to say something about our guides on the whole China tour! They all organized a lot of activities in a short time. The guide Waldner in Xi’an did a good job in explanations and his explanations were always attracted! Xi’an was indeed a good place to have a visit. Our guide gave us a relaxing trip! We met Effie in Guilin. She was very energetic and considerate. Thank all of you for making this trip so amazing and memorable! ... More
      Posted on December 29, 2019
      We were so lucky to meet a group of interesting and enthusiastic guides! They made our happy tour possible! Thank you for your company and hard work!!!
      Posted on December 15, 2019
      This time the tour I booked was friendly with the old people and children. We all had a wonderful time. Thank the guides for helping us to have such a memorable China experience!
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