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Forbidden City Temporary Closure from Sep. 21 to Oct. 1, 2019 due to the National Day Celebration
Published: Sep. 11, 2019

The Forbidden City will be closed from September 21 to October 1, 2019 due to the China's National Day celebration and the parade on the Tian'anmen Square on October 1. A lot of attractions will be closed during the period, while air traffic and subway transportation will be influenced.

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    What to see in China for first time travelers?

    China is a vast land with abundant tourism resources. For first time travelers, the top travel destinations of Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai and the Yangtze Cruise are recommended. As ancient capitals, both Beijing and Xian boast fantastic cultural and historic relics, such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Terracotta Warriors. Guilin is well known for its superb natural beauty, with Li River flowing through an amazing landscape resembling a scroll-painting. A relaxing cruise on the Yangtze River allows people to immerse themselves in the wonder of the natural surroundings. Shanghai, an international metropolis, best shows the country's pulsating modern development as well as its olden-day charms. In the light of the above, you can combine visits to these cities as you wish to create your China holiday tours.

    For a second time traveler, what are the recommended destinations?

    If you wish to go further on your second trip, you may consider visiting some regions with distinctive features. For panda lovers, Chengdu will satisfy your desire to observe these cute creatures in their natural habitat. In addition, it provides easy access to the magical Jiuzhaigou. Tibet is a good option for those who are interested in learning about Tibetan Buddhism and seeking out the mystery of this unique land. Cities in southwestern region like Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la, Guiyang, Kaili, and Zhaoxing are also popular for their rich ethnic minorities' folklore and customs. If you are curious about the Silk Road culture, you can visit Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Kashgar and more cities depending on your trip duration. For those who like mountain sceneries, Zhangjiajie and Mt. Huangshan are indeed visual delights. The above mentioned are only partial lists, our travel consultants are ready here to customize a private China tour package to meet your needs.

    How many days are needed for a China land tour?

    It mainly depends on the destinations of your trip. For a single city vacation package, three to four days are required. If you want to visit two to three cities, basically one week is needed. A 12-day to two weeks China vacation package usually would cover four to five cities. Once you decide on your destinations, we can help you work out a realistic duration.

    What is the best time to travel to China?

    China is a vast country with wide-ranging climatic conditions, so a decision about the best time to visit should be based on the regions you plan to visit and the kind of weather you enjoy. Generally speaking, late March to May in spring, September and October in autumn are the best months to visit most of the cities. Try to avoid travelling during the National Day Holiday from Oct 1st to Oct 7th as all sightseeing spots are very crowded. For visitors who want to save money and enjoy sightseeing without interference by tourist crowds, you can plan your private China tours in the winter season from December to February.

    How much would a trip to China cost?

    The prices will range widely depending on the destinations, durations and your demands for comfort. Let's take one of the most popular itineraries as an example, 8 days Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. It will cost about USD1400 per person on the basis of a private China land tour for two people with 4-star accommodation and domestic flights in between. If you join in a small group tour with the similar itinerary, the trip usually costs about USD999 per person. For travelers who start your 2019/2020 China tours from USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Germany, Spain, France, etc, international flights are not included. 

    Many travelers also take the high speed trains instead of flights to save the cost and enhance the travel experience, which has been proved to be an awesome choice. No matter how much you want to spend on a trip, as the best China tour company we are always happy to tailor make a private tour itinerary that best fits your needs. In addition, our early bird discount can also help you save more.
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      4.8674 Reviews
      Jed
      United States
      Posted on September 11, 2019
      So where to begin..I had a blast in Beijing!!!..For my first time getting back to traveling after several years, my first decision was to go to Beijing, China. For my decision on a tour company to enlist for helping myself with having a good time in a foreign country. The best decision made was looking at Travel China Guide and reaching out to them. Though I was a few months out before my vacation began, the person to assist me with my planning the whole way throughout my travel was Vera. Vera is amazing. Vera tailored my itinerary so well that I was able to see many modern and ancient sites throughout the duration of my stay. The hotel that Vera reserved for me was centrally located in a shopping district and at close proximity to a subway. My tour guide, Kitty, is amazing as well. Kitty stayed with me throughout my time even so much as to trek along with me at the Great Wall especially on a day with a high temperature. Kitty is very knowledgeable and displayed her wealth of information during all of my sightseeing tours. Kitty is very hospitable and is eager to learn about the person/people who she is guiding the tours with. I personally recommend this agency and those who assisted me with the planning and guiding my tours with anyone who is seeking a reliable company. I had a great time! ... More
      Michael & Jose
      United States
      Posted on September 11, 2019
      We did hesitated at first in choosing this organization for our China tour until our friends in China checked out that it was a genuine organization. After having done the tour with TCG, I definitely would recommend TCG to others, especially if you want to do a small tailor-made private tour. Their price was very competitive and we were very happy with the services. It was a very long tour that visited many cities all over China, but everything was so well organized that we felt relaxed and enjoyable. Now without any hesitation, we would like to recommend them to all of you. ... More
      Elise
      France
      Posted on September 10, 2019
      3 months ago, we found this site and contacted other travelers via email addresses on testimonial page to ask more about their experience with this company before deciding to travel with TCG. They made us for sure that this company is the one we would deal with. Actually, all the arrangement made by them was fabulous. It was wonderful to meet our personal trip operator Wendy at our home visit in Xian and thank you Wendy very much for all your assistance putting our trip together. We would have no hesitation in recommending TCG to anyone wishing to visit China. ... More
      Melissa
      Australia
      Posted on September 10, 2019
      We paid a little extra and had a private tour (just the tour of us) so we could move at our own pace, as we only had one day in Xi'an. Our guide, Mr Lucas, was fabulously informative, giving us plenty of historical information as well as cultural and religious outlines of the current day. (relating to the different temples). Absolutely great way to cover a lot of ground in a day. Good insights into modern day China as well as the magnificent Terracotta warriors.
      James
      UK
      Posted on September 10, 2019
      A fantastic tour!
      My guide, Phoebe, was excellent; Super friendly, very very knowledgeable, polite & excellent English. Our driver was also excellent; safe & swift.
      An all round fantastic experience!
      Very well organised & trustworthy.
      Also an excellent price for what was included.
      Very happy!!!
      Anne Michelle
      UK
      Posted on September 09, 2019
      I should first like to thank this organization for all their help. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Both were very good however the Peking Duck restaurant was the best because it was such a beautiful setting, the staff were brilliant and the food was delicious. The guide was very good, extremely knowledgeable offering lots of interesting anecdotes as well as facts as we traveled to each place. She also answered questions intelligently and informatively. Selina was polite, courteous and friendly throughout the whole of the tour as was the driver. The car was always perfectly clean, water was always available. The driver was always cheerful, polite and obviously very an experienced driver. The hotel was lovely, if I did have a slight complaint, the bathroom under the sink splash board and under the sink floor were not as clean as I would have expected. The most awesome moment for both of us was definitely being able to walk on the Great Wall. We were very grateful that the tour was changed to allow us to go to Mutianyu. We also enjoyed the trip to Tiananmen Square and the visit to the Summer Palace was a fitting ending to the tour although we would have liked more time there. We were pleased with such a great experience in China. ... More
      Anita
      USA
      Posted on September 09, 2019
      Dealing with you before the holiday was very easy and your response was always fast and helpful. We were very pleased with your service.
      Bill Shannon
      Germany
      Posted on September 09, 2019
      Thanks for the great service. Our days in China was memorable! In general all guides were excellent. We had excellent drivers and great service. All of our guides spoke good to very good English. We had only one guide in whom we were disappointed; the guide in Guilin seemed to be able to focus her attention only on one person in the group. We addressed this problem with her and things improved but this should not have happened. We were particularly happy with Mohammed in Xinjiang, Nymiel in Tibet, Lily in Xi'an and David in Shanghai. Accommodations were uniformly good. We could have used air conditioner in our room in Gyangtse, but are certain we had the best available. It would be very difficult indeed to choose the most memorable meal we had; virtually all of them were good. We especially enjoyed a meal in Kashgar where we happened to join in at the end of a wedding meal for a local couple and again had the same fortune in Xian. The meal we had in the family house on the road from Shigatse to Lhasa was a special pleasure as was a lunch which was off plan which our guide suggested to us on the road on our way back from and excursion out of Turpan. The food was good to excellent on all in all cases, sometimes the experience was even better. We would not hesitate recommending your company to any of our friends; indeed we are contemplating coming to China again in the near future and would be most interested in knowing if you have affiliates that would provide the same sort of services for onward travel to Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand. ... More
      Judy Rose
      USA
      Posted on September 08, 2019
      We are experienced travelers who have journeyed to many parts of the world. Our relationship with this company began in 2018 when we had arranged a tour to China. Unfortunately, due to a serious medical situation in the family, it was necessary to cancel the trip at the last moment. Finally, this year we were able to accomplish our objective. Throughout the extended contacts with Vera and Kelly, we found them to be patient, cooperative, quickly responsive, fair, adaptive, knowledgeable, flexible and clear in their communications. They were always interested in meeting our needs and were working with us to create a structure which was reasonable and made sense! After the trip, our understanding of this huge country and appreciation of its challenges has increased, along with our sense of how fortunate we have been to have shared some time with our guides Candy, Peter, Nina, Jonathan, Mike and drivers Bai and Mem. Our deepest appreciation is expressed to TravelChinaGuide, Vera Yu, and Kelly Wang. We enthusiastically recommend this organization to anyone wishing to visit this fascinating country! ... More
      Bob
      USA
      Posted on September 08, 2019
      Excellent! We learned and enjoyed the trip with guides. Both guides were excellent, very knowledgeable, very good English and went out of their way to ensure we were happy. Only thing I would say is that I had the impression that they were obliged to strictly adhere to the itinerary and given how capable they were it might be worth giving them a little more freedom to allow them to adjust things if appropriate to even better meet specific clients desires (although I have to say the itinerary was very good). On the second leg we did do some additional things during our 'free' time that were suggested by the guide and this was very much appreciated. As stated above, both guides were really excellent and really worked very hard to ensure we were well looked after. Both guides can get 5 stars. ... More
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