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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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      4.8703 Reviews
      Lizzy and Dan
      New Zealand
      Posted on October 06, 2019
      We loved our tour with Travel China Guide and we were very impressed with the service.

      We started our tour in Beijing and then caught the high speed train to Shanghai and Travel China Guide was with us every step of the the way. They picked us up from the airport in Beijing, organised our train tickets, got us to the train station and picked us up at the other end in Shanghai.

      Linda was our guide for Beijing and she was absolutely lovely. She was happy and bubbly and her English was excellent. Linda was super knowledgeable about all the sites we visited. She repeatedly went above and beyond for us taking photos and even rescuing my hat when I lost it on the luge at the Great Wall. Anyone who has Linda as their guide in Beijing should consider themselves very lucky.

      For the Shanghai leg of our tour we had Jeff. Again his English was excellent and again we were super impressed with his wealth of knowledge. I don't think there would be a single person who knows more about modern day Shanghai or the history of the city. Again, Jeff went above and beyond making sure we saw and did everything on our wish list. We asked him to help us buy some tea and we ended up having the most amazing tea tasting experience!!

      Jeff was tasked with collecting us from the Shanghai train station which is absolutely massive. We had a brief hiccough where we were waiting at gate 1 while Jeff was waiting at North gate 1 but he and his driver soon tracked us down. Jeff was straight onto the Travel China Guide office to put a plan in place so this could not happen to future travels which we thought was very proactive and in keeping with the the companies dedication to providing their clients with the best possible travel experience.

      Emily at the office organised our trips for us, all of which was done very last minute and we made lost of changes so it was not the easiest booking to put together. Again, her English was excellent and she helped us sort a number of items by phone along the way. When our flight home was cancelled and we needed to change our airport pick up Travel China Guide was aware of the flight change even before we phoned them. They made it totally hassle free for us to arrange our new airport transfers.

      The hotel in Beijing was nice and central and very clean and tidy. We especially loved our Shanghai hotel - Sunrise on the Bund - and really never wanted to leave. The breakfast at both hotels were excellent. A good mix of both European and Chinese breakfast foods with decent coffee.

      Thank you Travel China Guide - you really contributed to this being a once in a life time trip!!
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      Benjamin Sinclair
      USA
      Posted on October 17, 2019
      Finally, I went to China for a fantastic trip! I had expected to do that for a long time! Thank the guides for their detailed and interesting explanations! We visited the Terracotta Army and Small Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an. These terracotta warriors were so vivid and true to life. It was so amazing that the sculpture could have attained such a high artistic level at that time.

      Every terracotta warrior was unique and you couldn’t find the same one. Of course, we took many photos and I wanted to show the beauty of Xi’an to my friends! Well, it was said that the Small Wild Goose Pagoda was a place to reserve the Buddhist scriptures in the Tang Dynasty. We were deeply impressed by its Buddhism atmosphere! The tour to China was fantastic!! ... More
      Vernon Bryant
      USA
      Posted on October 13, 2019
      We had a great trip to China! In Xi’an, we ate many local special noodles and cakes recommended by our guide Jacky. They were delicious and especially the cakes suited my taste well! We also had Chinese hamburgers. There were meats in it and we loved it! The dumplings also impressed me a lot! I loved China and I loved the Chinese food very much!In the evening, we had a splendid Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show. It was extremely excellent! Xi’an was also beautiful at night! What’s more, the weather was good to have a trip and we enjoyed our trip a lot! The guide was very qualified and his explanations were interesting! We had also taken a cruise on the Huangpu River in Shanghai. The sights along the two sides of the river were very splendid!! ... More
      Maria
      USA
      Posted on October 09, 2019
      We had a very pleasant China tour this time! What impressed me most was the tour in Beijing. We were very satisfied with the schedule, the guide and the driver. The itinerary was reasonable, the guide was kind and the driver was very polite. He always kept the bus clean and comfortable! We also had eaten Peking duck, a famous local dish. It was so delicious and refreshed our taste of traditional roast duck! What’s more, it could be a good gift for our friends! They would be very pleased to receive such a special gift! It was a really fantastic trip! ... More
      Sofia Nave
      New Zealand
      Posted on October 07, 2019
      Our trip to China was full of happiness and joy! It was worth a visit though we were a little tired. Our driver was polite and dutiful and his pick-up and send-off service were timely and punctual. Thank them for their hard work! I worried that there would be a forced shopping stop before the trip. Actually, my worries were unnecessary. The hotels were nice and clean! In general, the Beijing tour was pleasant with the efforts of the good guide. I would like to express my sincere appreciation for her company! We all thought highly of their professional attitude! ... More
      Melissa Gianni
      United Kingdom
      Posted on September 28, 2019
      We were pleased with this China tour! The guide was charming and dedicated! And her enthusiasm had affected all of us! Thank all at TCG for bringing us one of the most wonderful experiences for vacation. We had a great family tour and I would like to choose this tour once more!
      Jessica
      Australia
      Posted on September 28, 2019
      This is a fantastic China tour!The guide Lily in Xi’an was nice and everything worked out smoothly. She was so gentle and I liked her voice. Her explanations were in detail and profound. When we asked her something, she replied to us in a patient and professional way. She was like a native English speaker and we had no problem communicating with each other. Well, our guide and driver worked well together and provided us much convenience. Thank you for making this trip to China so amazing and memorable! ... More
      Mark Mctague
      New Zealand
      Posted on September 25, 2019
      The guide Waldner on the Xi’an tour was fantastic! His scenery explanations were clear and appealing! He deserved five-star praise and he would continue to be my guide on my next trip to China!
      Malcolm
      United Kingdom
      Posted on September 24, 2019
      The guide Carol in Xi’an was very thoughtful and planned a reasonable and scientific itinerary for us to avoid the rush hour. Her explanations were nice and detailed. The trip to China was well planned and I enjoyed it a lot!
      Mark deGaris
      Australia
      Posted on September 19, 2019
      China is a country full of amazing history and wonderful architecture and it is a delight to see this part of the world, not only through our eyes as tourists but through the eyes of people who not only live there but are happy to share their wealth of knowledge and personal stories. Both our guides were excellent. Our sincere thanks go to Sean in Shanghai and Mrs. Wang in Pingyao, and Datong. Both were a delight. We are always grateful for the mixture of highly professional, friendly and reliable service that our guides provide. They are a credit to your company. We appreciated all the efforts that the guides put in to make sure that our trip was as enjoyable as possible. Through honest discussion with Sean, after he had asked us a few questions to get to know us and what we really liked to see, we decided (with his help) to change part of our itinerary and we are so glad that we did. Mrs. Wang was a wealth of information and we would have liked to have been able to spend more time with her. We cannot thank her enough for what she did to make our trip on the train, from Pingyao to Datong, as comfortable as possible. There was a slight mishap with bookings and expectations and she went as far as to give up her own seat so that we could be in more comfort. This was done without fuss or embarrassment. It must be extremely difficult to satisfy the wide differences and needs of tourist from all over the world and our guides make it look so easy and effortless. They are to be congratulated. ... More
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