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15-day Visa-Free Policy Adopted for Cruise Tour Groups to Shanghai
Published: Oct. 20, 2016

To boost cruise tourism, Shanghai has implemented a 15-day visa-free for tourist groups arriving Shanghai and leaving China by cruise. Group members should first ask a local travel agency in China to submit the name list before their arrival. After they get to Shanghai, go through the immigration counter and disembark from the ship to have a tour in the city. Then they should return to the ship and travel to other coastal cities with the ship.

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2016/2017 Small Groups 28 itineraries (2 to 18 persons)
Join one of our authentic Small Group packages and savor the true essence of this vast land at an inclusive price that you can afford. With only 2-18 people to each group, you can meet and travel with like-minded people from USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Germany, Spain, France and many others.
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  • Best China Tours 23 Itineraries

    The most classic private China tours especially selected here are based on our experience and former customers' recommendations, and provide an ideal guidance for your vacation.

  • Yangtze River Cruises 9 Itineraries

    As you enjoy the shipboard comfort of the Yangtze cruise, you will savor the majestic beauty of the world-renowned Three Gorges and see at first-hand the amazing Dam Project.

  • Tibet Tours 51 Itineraries

    Tibet has many outstanding sites - Mt. Everest, the Potala Palace and now the Tibet railway. Why not let us enlighten you by whisking you away to this mysterious land?

  • Great Wall Expeditions 14 Itineraries

    The Great Wall stretches over ten thousand miles in China. Follow our private tours or China hiking routes to admire the wonder from popular sections to the wild ruined portion.

  • Beijing Private Tours 45 Itineraries

    Comprehensive China private tour packages to every corner of Beijing: the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Hutong by rickshaw and the ultra-modern Bird's Nest.

  • Xian Private Tours 36 Itineraries

    Xian is a living history book recording great events from the country's past. The Terracotta Warriors and the ancient City Wall are truly highlights for your vacation.

  • Silk Road Adventure 10 Itineraries

    Enjoy the imposing desert scenery while taking a camel ride, appreciate the ancient and well-preserved Mogao Grottoes and hunt souvenirs in the famous Sunday Bazaar. Truly, it is sure to be the journey of a lifetime!

  • As primary regions where ethnic groups coexist, both Yunnan and Guizhou have unique things to offer. One will be fascinated not only by the splendid ancient towns but also by the minority villages and people's lifestyle.

  • Travel China Guide, a professional tour operator, employs leading experts to design a host of packages to the remarkable 'must-see' destinations and offers the best quality services. Our goal is to be the best China tour company. We warmly invite you to join us to spend a memorable vacation.

  • Independent Travelers (23 Itineraries)

    Are you the sort of person who enjoys the flexibility, challenge and fun of travelling independently? Here we offer 30+ China routes covering the major tourist cities as well as some off-the-beaten-track places, with detailed instructions of how to get around by public transport or taxi. There is sure an itinerary that fits your schedule to discover the real China!

Recommended China Tours for first time travelers
DestinationsSmall GroupsPrivate Tours
Beijing-Xian-Shanghai8 Days $799 Up9 Days $1229 Up
Beijing-Xian-Guilin-Shanghai11 Days $1099 Up11 Days $1619 Up
Beijing-Xian-Yangtze Cruise -Shanghai11 Days $1539 Up12 Days $1869 Up
Beijing-Xian-Chengdu-Shanghai11 Days $1339 Up10 Days $1409 Up
Beijing-Xian-Lhasa-Shanghai11 Days $2199 Up12 Days $2389 Up
Beijing Highlights4 Days $239 Up4 Days $279 Up
Trip Planning FAQ
Q: What to see in China for first time travelers?
A: 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.
Q: For a second time traveler, what are the recommended destinations?
A: 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, we are ready here to customize a private tour route to meet your needs.
Q: How many days are needed for a trip to China?
A: It mainly depends on the destinations of your trip. For a single city 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 tours usually would cover four to five cities. Once you decide on your destinations, we can help you work out a realistic duration.
Q: What is the best time to travel to China?
A: 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 trip in the winter season from December to February.
Q: How much would a trip to China cost?
The prices will range widely depending on the tour 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 USD1500 per person on the basis of a private guided tour for two people with 4-star accommodation and domestic flights in between. If you join in a China small group tour with the similar itinerary, the trip usually costs about USD1050 per person. 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, we are always happy to tailor make an itinerary that best fits your needs. In addition, our early bird promotions can also help you save more.
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