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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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      4.8715 Reviews
      Oxonboy
      UK
      Posted on November 07, 2019
      Travel China Guide (TCG) organised a 16 night private tour for us to Shanghai-Beijing-Pingyao-Xian-Chengdu-Guilin and Yangshuo in October 2019. They arranged for internal travel by high speed train, booked hotels and various guided activities. We arranged our own flights to/from China and extensions to the tour to Hong Kong and Singapore. TCG were good value for money when compared with other Chinese travel agencies and about 40% less than I was quoted by well known UK travel companies for the same itinerary. I would have no hesitation recommending them.

      Their guides were friendly, helpful and generally knowledgable. Most spoke and understood good English. Some went beyond the agreed itinerary and arranged additional activities for us.

      Our travel consultant was Kelly Wang who was first class. I first contacted Kelly in September 2018 with a fairly detailed itinerary and worked with her by email on six iterations of the itinerary before paying a deposit in mid November 2018 for a tour that started in mid October 2019. She was always responsive, no more so than when I had to call her when we were in China to re-arrange our tour when we had a problem at one of the hotels we'd chosen.

      Highlights of our tour were Beijing (Forbidden City, Tianamen Sq) and the Great Wall, Xian (Terracotta Army) and Chengdu (Panda Research Station). They all exceeded our expectations. If i was planning the trip again I'd skip Pingyao (ancient walled city but touristy) and the River LI Cruise we did from Guilin to Yangshuo and spend more time in Shanghai and Beijing.

      I'd also think carefully about staying in anything less than 4* hotels and be cautious about anything described as 'boutique, character or historic'.

      A few other tips. Do use the high speed rail network to get around. It's world beating. Travel first class as its more comfortable (many of the trains we travelled on were very busy) and the extra cost is small by western standards. Watch out for the battery powered scooters in cities. There everywhere and you don't hear them coming, even on the footpaths! Take some cash but don't be surprised to have use your plastic more than you might think. Electronic payment using mobile phones is very widespread, much more than in Europe, even in markets. I've seen reports of Amex and other western credit cards being linked to WeChat Pay soon which will be a real boon. The TCG website is great source of useful information that I used to supplement my research with guides such s the Lonely Planet Guide.

      Finally, do go and visit China. You won't regret it.
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      Gary Gutman
      United Kingdom
      Posted on November 10, 2019
      We were pleased with this 12 days private tour of China! They were luxury tours and we were offered the best service in all respects. The arrangements were considerate, the guides were very professional and the drivers were skillful! We thought highly of guides’ explanations. They were so interesting and appealing!!
      Wanda Steffan
      Posted on November 05, 2019
      Our China tour was a great pleasure! I would like to highly recommend someone to see the Terracotta Army in Xi’an. It was incredibly magnificent! I liked them very much and I had bought some Terracotta Army souvenirs. They were smaller than the Terracotta Army in the museum and convenient to carry. The guide Celine was a fluent English speaker who was friendly and clearly knew a great deal of history about the Terracotta Army. Xi’an really left me a deep impression!
      Roberta
      Australia
      Posted on November 03, 2019
      Here I summarize our great China tour. The guides had nice attitudes and they were very kind, the cars were clean and comfortable. We were safely carried to the attractions and hotels. There was free of any shopping stop. However, the arrangements were tight to some extent and we felt a little tired. Maybe the itineraries need some adjustment. Anyhow, thank you for the hard work!
      Matt
      USA
      Posted on October 31, 2019
      Tours are a great way to get to know China! To go out at night, I'd recommend you to download the Didi China Mainland app, the Chinese Uber, to move around. It's way easier to download while outside China, and use the 50OFF coupon to get ¥50 worth of coupons
      Jessica Wonson
      USA
      Posted on October 30, 2019
      We were very satisfied with the guides in Beijing and Xi’an. Both of them provided the best service for us. The guide Tina in Beijing was nice, patient and thoughtful. She planned a good itinerary for us and we appreciated it so much! We met Jacky in Xi’an. The tour he arranged for us was cost-effective. His high-quality service made us enjoy the trip very much! Their explanations were in detail. Thank them for their excellent work, both before and during our China tour!
      Jamie
      UK
      Posted on October 30, 2019
      If you are looking to travel round China and need a tour operator to help organize transport, excursions or anything else, get in contact with Travel China Guide. I've been thoroughly impressed with their level of service and communication. Travel China Guide made booking on China's bullet trains a cinch and gave a wealth of information on how to collect tickets, navigate through the underground, train stations and what to expect when travelling. Can't recommend this tour operator enough. Will definitely be using them in the future. ... More
      Ruth Leow
      USA
      Posted on October 27, 2019
      We were extremely happy with this summer vacation and we were brought a pleasant China tour. We had climbed the Mutianyu Great Wall to see its magnificence, we had experienced the charm of 13dynasties history of China with the energetic guide Waldner. We also had the firsthand experience of the unique beauty of Reed Flute Cave and the Elephant Trunk Hill in Guilin. It was so great a China tour and I would recommend TCG as the best choice for anyone visiting China!
      Heidi og Aage Henning Ahlgren
      Norway
      Posted on October 27, 2019
      So far we have had a wonderful and comfortable tour in china. First in Bejing with guiden John, and now in xi'an with Susan. We are looking forward to the river cruise and a few days in Shanghai. Everything has gone according to plan. Nice hotel and comfortable car and driver.
      Clifton Liu/Erick Grigoleit
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      Posted on October 24, 2019
      The whole trip was going smoothly and everywhere we go was well prepared by our experienced guide, she, Susan gave her care and attention during the trip, we are very appropriated.
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