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Published: Apr. 23, 2019

The big fire on the famous Notre Dame Cathedral de Paris on April 15, 2019 caused a serious damage on the roof and some internal buildings have also been affected. The fire is a warning for fire protection on historical relics and the Forbidden City has set a comprehensive mechanism for fire safety.

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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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      Leo Cairns
      Australia
      Posted on May 21, 2019
      Our guides (Echo, Ko Ko and Sonny) were very friendly and knowledgeable and looked after us very well, our kids loved their company. They (the guides) made the trip even better than we expected, we have already told and recommended this company to many of our friends.
      Matt
      USA
      Posted on May 20, 2019
      The service has been great, Abbey has been very responsive to all of my questions. We are very excited for the trip!
      Luis
      US
      Posted on May 20, 2019
      Both I and my wife thoroughly enjoyed our whole trip which was very professionally organised and we felt supported throughout the whole two week trip including all the city changeovers. The service provided was complete - from picking up at the airport right up to dropping off at airport including help with check in. Thank you to all at the TCG team.
      Steve & Suzanne
      USA
      Posted on May 19, 2019
      I am happy to report that Steve and I had a wonderful time and certainly Travel China Guide organized everything very well and this is part of what made it so enjoyable. We will continue to use their service for our next travel.
      Becke Lillemoen
      Denmark
      Posted on May 19, 2019
      Wendy, thank you so much for the very good advices, support, service, well organized and lovely escorted China tours. Wish you all my best and a wonderful day.
      Ollie
      USA
      Posted on May 19, 2019
      It was excellent that we could tailor the trip to our own wishes through this website. Especially the visit to the top of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and to the White Water River in Lijiang were terrific. We can recommend it to be standard visits. If we should point out something that was below average, then it was the breakfast at the hotel in Dali. The room was fine and it doesn't change our overall positive view of the vacation. Overall it is a good experience for us.
      Cherry
      Philippines
      Posted on May 19, 2019
      TCG is awesome. They made my trip in Chongqing a memorable one. I travelled alone unyet I never felt lonely during my 5 days stay in Chongqing. I was so amazed of the beauty of Wulong County. The landscapes, karts and caves are so amazingly beautiful. It will surely take your breath away. When I was in the city, I was also taken by the magnificent beauty of Eling Park, Hongyadong and Hong'en temple. Of course, I surely did not miss out Ciqikou. I was able to watched a live performance in a restaurant of a man changing the mask in a blink of an eye. Seriously, how can you change a mask without people noticing it.

      But all of these were made possible because of the people behind TCG. I am so thankful for Lexi Yang, my travel consultant. She made all the arrangement of my Chongqing-Wulong trip. She was so patient with me tailoring my 5-day itinerary. We had a lot of exchange emails. It started with my inquiry up to finalizing everything. Then, there's my tour guide, Portia Zhang. She speaks English very well. She's very knowledgeable of the City. She will tell you everything she knew about Chongqing. It's quite a learning experience on my end too. Portia and the driver really took good care of me when I was there. They're very nice and friendly. I just hope that someday, I'll still be able to see them. Again, thank you very much for everything. I wouldn't change it on how I celebrated by 40th birthday. I love it so much that I don't mind doing it alone.
      Till my next travel TCG. Xie xie!
      Jia you!
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      Kathleen Menezes
      Austria
      Posted on May 18, 2019
      I have nothing to say but thank you to our excellent guides and Abbey (our personal counselor). The guides were all fantastic - Candy, Yudi, Koko, Selena, Alice and Shirley. Each one demonstrated a level of professionalism that is sometimes rare to find these days. There were a couple of unexpected events such as flight delays into Beijing and Yichang and also flight cancellation from Guilin to Shanghai. Each of these setbacks was met by equal professionalism and considering of the travelers' needs. In case of flight delays the guides waited till the flight arrived even though it was inconvenient for them. And in case of the flight cancellation, Abbey had organised a replacement train booking immediately so as to minimize any inconvenience. I was very touched by the consideration given to us and for the quick response from the guides in any situation. I would like to personally thank Candy, Yudi, Koko, Selena, Alice and Shirley for making our trip such a wonderful experience. And a special thank you to Abbey for helping us to put it all together and for being there for us when we had the flight cancellation. ... More
      Veronica
      Argentina
      Posted on May 18, 2019
      The fast response from Wendy and John ( our Beijing guide ) were wonderful. Both friendly, attentive, caring. The organization of the tour was very well done as well. Which was the Beijing small group tour in English.
      Added to this we took a private tour of Shanghai.
      We asked for first class train tickets but found out we got an “ intermediate “ type. They did charge us the correct amount, but we would have liked the true first class trains like the one we took to Hangzhou.
      The private Spanish speaking guide organized the tour poorly. She seemed distracted and not well informed to be a guide. Neither on history, or opening times of museums ( we should have gone to the shanghai museum that day but found out it was closed when she picked us up, like every Monday !) her Spanish was barely understandable as well. Of course we didn’t expect it to be perfect, but the communication was very difficult. this, along with other circumstances didn’t sum up to an excellent experience and that’s why the rating is average.
      Wendy did manage to quickly solve a few issues on the way so to her and John and the group tour I would give 5 stars! Just suggest a better choice on Spanish speaking guides for next time.
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      Galvin K
      UK
      Posted on May 17, 2019
      My 16 days tour of China has left me a good memory. I must admit that it owes to travelChina's thoughtful arrangements. All the guides demonstrated complete knowledge of their cities and gave us a description of the history of the region we were visiting including all the dynasties. They all had an intimate knowledge of what they were showing us and demonstrated a level of enthusiasm that made it even more interesting. The cars were all clean and the drivers provide mineral water each day as promised on the website. The accommodations in each city were good. Thanks for a memorable trip. ... More
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