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Budget China Tours

We design 2018/2019 cheap China tours for travelers who are on a limited budget to enjoy the fun of a hassle free trip and still being 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 will bring you much convenience.

Cheap China Tours for Budget Travelers

China In-depth Budget Tours

Budget Group Day Trips

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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!
Tour CodeDestinations
B-101A9 Days China Tour from San Francisco USA to Beijing - Xian - Shanghai
B-101B12 Days China Tours from Los Angeles USA to Beijing - Xian - Shanghai
B-101D14 Days from New York US to Beijing - Xian - Shanghai
B-102A12 Days from London UK to Beijing - Xian - Guilin - Shanghai
B-102B13 Days from Washington US to Beijing - Xian - Guilin - Shanghai
B-102C14 Days from Sydney Australia to Beijing - Xian - Guilin - Shanghai
B-103A14 Days from Toronto Canada to Beijing - Shanghai - Xian - Guilin - Hong Kong
B-10517 Days from Auckland New Zealand to Hong Kong - Guilin - Xian - Shanghai - Beijing
B-10612 Days from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia to Beijing - Xian - Lijiang - Kunming - Guilin
B-107A11 Days from Paris France to Shanghai - Huangshan - Suzhou - Hangzhou
B-108A13 Days from Bangkok Thailand to Beijing - Datong - Pingyao - Xian - Guilin - Longsheng
B-109A9 Days from Singapore to Kunming - Dali - Lijiang - Chengdu
B-70314 Days from Berlin Germany via Beijing to Guiyang - Kaili - Zhaoxing - Sanjiang - Guilin
B-KM0211 Days from Oslo Norway via Bangkok to Kunming - Dali - Lijiang - Shangri-La - Kunming
B-KM0313 Days from Paris to Kunming - Jianshui - Yuanyang - Hekou - Sapa - Hanoi
B-1108 Days from Frankfurt Germany via Beijing to Guangzhou - Zhangjiajie - Fenghuang
B-11113 Days from Delhi India to Guangzhou - Huangshan - Hangzhou - Wuzhen - Shanghai
B-11217 Days from Chile via New York to Beijing/ Lanzhou - Xiahe - Jiuzhaigou - Chengdu - Mt. Emei
B-1139 Days from Berlin Germany to Beijing/ Tai'an - Qufu - Jinan - Qingdao
B-11411 Days from Manila Philippines to Xiamen - Mt. Wuyi - Fuzhou - Quanzhou - Xiamen
B-601A10 Days from Helsinki Finland to Xian - Dunhuang - Turpan - Urumqi - Kashgar - Urumqi
B-40115 Days from Mexico City to Shanghai - Yangtze Cruise - Xian - Beijing
B-4028 Days from Melbourne AU via Guangzhou to Chengdu - Yangtze Cruise

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.
Questions & Answers
Asked by Peter Tan from HONG KONG | Nov. 19, 2018 21:50Reply
Can I watch the sunset of Danxi Geological Park?
I will arrive in Zhangye at around 12:00 in March 19, 2019. Can I watch the sunset of Danxi Geological Park?
Answers (1)
Answered by William | Nov. 19, 2018 22:51

If weather permits, you can watch the sunset. In March,the sunset will start at around 7:00pm. And I would like to remind you that Danxia Geological Park closes at around 9:00pm.
Asked by Lim Woo from INDONESIA | Oct. 10, 2018 20:10Reply
Can we buy train tickets online and request lower bunks?
Next month we will be in Xi'an, and then we plan to go to Dunhuang. We want to take an overnight hard sleeper train. Can we buy the train tickets on our own online? And we want lower bunks. Thanks.
Answers (1)
Answered by Johnny | Oct. 10, 2018 20:47

You can buy the train tickets on the official website (12306), but it does not support the seat chosen service. However, I suggest you to buy the tickets at the ticket office at the railway station on arrival at Xi'an so that you can choose your preferred bunks.
Asked by Jaz from UNITED STATES | Sep. 06, 2018 16:01Reply
Where can I find an accordion in China?
Hi there! I'm planning to visit both Guangzhou and Beijing sometime next year and I would love to buy an accordion for my grandpa. Any good places to get them here in China?
Answers (2)
Answered by Hailie from CANADA | Sep. 06, 2018 18:54

Hi, there is a Weiliang Accordion Store located in No. 104 Beichizi Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing.
Answered by Jaz from UNITED STATES | Sep. 06, 2018 19:03

Thank you!
Asked by Mia from ARGENTINA | Aug. 08, 2018 13:02Reply
Hi, I have a ticket San Francisco - Shanghai (stay 18 days) - San Francisco.
Of course, this is not eligible for the 144 h visa exention. So what I plan to do is San Francisco - SH (144 h) - Bangkok (stay 6 days) and then Bangkok - Hangzhou and SH (arrive in Hangzhou and train to SH, 144 h in total) - flight to San Francisco. Is this possible? Thanks!
Answers (1)
Answered by Bonnie from CANADA | Aug. 08, 2018 19:06

Yes, it is.
Asked by Ang from SINGAPORE | Jul. 09, 2018 21:17Reply
how to go from Gutian to nearest airport?
will travel from Quanzhou to Jinjiang - Jinjiang to Gutian - Gutian to Singapore.
Answers (1)
Answered by Clara | Jul. 10, 2018 01:51

I have checked online that the nearest airport from Gutian Village is Fuzhou Changle International Airport.

Firstly, you can take a high-speed train from Gutian North Railway Station and get off at Fuzhou South Railway Station. Then walk to the pedestrian bridge on your right hand and take the Airport Shuttle Bus to get to the airport.

Or you can take the shuttle bus from Gutian East Bus Station to Fuzhou Changle International Airport which departs at 13:30 each day and spends around 3 hours on the way.
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