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Starting from December 1, 2019, Xi'an and Chongqing's 72-hour visa-free transit policy will be expanded to 144 hours. Eligible 144-hour visa-free transit passengers in Chengdu can travel around 10 neighboring cities. Also, the Ningbo Lishe Airport will be added to Shanghai-Jiangsu-Zhejiang 144-hour visa-free transit zone.

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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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      4.8727 Reviews
      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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      Denise Tengson
      Posted on December 11, 2019
      We had a great time in China. The trip was impressive, exceeding our expectations! The service of the TravelChinaGuide was impeccable for the organization of this trip. We were very satisfied with the guides, the itinerary, the scenic spots, cars and hotels!

      The guides were enthusiastic and easy to get along with. Their explanations were lively and interesting. We extremely enjoyed the trip. The itinerary was a little tight but reasonable. We had seen many must-see views. All of them were fascinating and terrific!

      The drivers and vehicles were good, always on time, safe and clean. The hotels were tidy and quiet and the beds were very comfortable! What’s more, there was no shopping stop. The only thing disappointed me was that we had had to queue for a long time, wherever we were and whatever we did… I really hated queuing!!!! In short, our China tour was over with great joy and satisfaction. I would like to recommend it to my friends and let them see the beautiful country!
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      Posted on December 08, 2019
      We enjoyed our arrangements very much, and everything worked very smoothly. My favorite stop was in Xi’an. My daughter and I had the warm greetings from the guide Koko and the local people we met were hospitable and enthusiastic!! This China tour we had visited the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and the Xi'an Museum, Shaanxi History Museum and City Wall in Xi’an. All of them had a profound historical basis and we were shocked by their marvels! We had also learned Tai Chi, watched the splendid Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show. The show was very fantastic! What left me a deep impression was that the guide Carol had a rich knowledge reserve and she was very professional. Her knowledge of history also impressed us a lot! We appreciated Carol for what she had done for us and we loved this trip to China! The China tour was highly recommended! ... More
      Stout Forshaw
      Posted on December 03, 2019
      The best part of our China tour was in Xi’an! The guide Phoebe had explained the history of cultural relics in detail and we were impressed by her profound knowledge and solid profession. We had learned so much on this trip to China! Thanks for the planning!
      Arun Martinez
      Posted on December 01, 2019
      We were pleased with the China tour! Many classic scenic spots were included in our itinerary. We had visited the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. All of them had witnessed the imperial past of the Chinese emperors and we had experienced their magnificence. Well, we had also experienced Tibetan Panchen culture in the Tibet Museum and Potala Palace. They were mysterious and profound with thousands of years in Lhasa...The City Wall and the Drum Tower in Xi’an were also splendid. They impressed me a lot….In short, we were able to get a very broad and interesting tour of the main sights to see. We could not have seen or learned nearly as much if we hadn't taken this 11 days private tour. Thank the guides on the whole tour for their profession and hard work! ... More
      Posted on November 29, 2019
      Perfect organisation of tickets. Administrative processes very reliable. Thank you. Seat on return trip (Beijing - Shanghai) not optimal, no vue at all as seat behind a pillar. Arrival train station for Shanghai not clearly defined on ticket in English, in Chinese only.
      Nigel Schechter
      Posted on November 27, 2019
      I had a great time with my father in China! Before I booked the tour, the customer consultant Doris had given me lots of advice. She had answered my emails very promptly and completely and her service was completely reliable and responsive. She even went out of her way to make sure that I was aware of all aspects of my trip. The itinerary she recommended was cost-effective and affordable! It was so nice of her! Giving my praises to her!!! Well, all our guides were all very helpful and flexible to accommodate any request from us. We thought highly of their service and we enjoyed the China tour! ... More
      Posted on November 26, 2019
      During our one-month long honeymoon across China we booked two tours with TCG.
      The first was a 5-days tour in Zhangjiajie visiting the glass bridge, the national park, Tianmen mountain and the city of Fenghuang. The second was a 4-days tour in Guilin visiting Guilin, Longsheng, the Li River and Yangshuo.
      The service delivered (itinerary, accommodation, vehicles and driver) in both tours met our expectations but the thing that deserves a extra mention are the guides, Amanda and Linda. They were kind, helpful (f.e. avoiding us the long lines during the golden week and reserving great restaurants) spoke a good english and arranged for us unforgettable experiences (f.e. zipline, scooter and hiking).
      In summery if you're planning a trip to China or to particular Chinese rural area I can only recommend TCG.

      During our trip we also used the TCG train booking service and it works flawless.
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      Posted on November 24, 2019
      We were so happy with this China tour! Our 13 days private tour began from the Hutong tour in Beijing. We took a rickshaw to experience the Beijing Hutong culture. It was a good way to know the life and customs of the local people. Every Hutong had its own unique characters. We were impressed by the colorful Hutong stories. The hotels we stayed in were excellent! The meals were plentiful, good and diverse. The waiters had a happy, cheerful attitude. I would like to in particular give my praise to the guides. All of them were very kind and had nice attitudes to guide us to the historical sites and sceneries. The guide Gloria in Beijing even considerately gave us some advice about the souvenirs selling on the street. She also recommended many local specialties. They were yummy! The travel was a great and amazing experience because of the beautiful landscapes and cities! ... More
      Billy NgSH
      Posted on November 23, 2019
      Travel China Guide has been absolutely awesome in arranging my travels and tours. Special mention must be given to Vera Yu, the travel consultant who was with us from day one of our planning from Kuala Lumpur.
      Also the guides arranged for us from Beijing (Kelvin), Xian (Jacky), Huangsan (Louisse), Hangzhou (Clara), Shanghai (William) were all professionals who knew their jobs n information well. Special thanks to Louisse of Huangshan for making sure we get to see the 1300 yrs old "Greeting tree pine" which was not in our initial itinerary.
      We were not impress with one guide from Shanghai who took us to the Zhujiajiao water village and was on his phone most times. However the rest were so good and patient and esp. Kelvin, Beijing guide, had a Nikon camera to take excellent pics for us.
      Overall all our objectives were met.
      We had free days in all the cities and moved around in Taxis and paid by cash with absolutely no problem.
      The subways were easy to use but there were a lot of walking to do.
      We would not hesitate to use TCG again in our next travel in China.
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