Find out why a China tour with us is a unique travel experience
And create beautiful travel memories for a lifetime
If you’ve never taken a China tour, how do you decipher between all the options? With so many China tour operators, it’s difficult for western travelers to know who to trust.
The team at ChinaTours.com totally understands this dilemma. We get that it’s a long way to travel to China. We also appreciate that a China tour is often a once in a lifetime experience and you want your travel adventure to be truly memorable.
That’s why we do everything we can to make your China tour easy and enjoyable for you. From the initial enquiry through to follow up after your China vacation, we pay attention to every detail. Why? Because we’re committed to helping you create beautiful travel memories.
Curious and want to know more about the ChinaTours.com difference? Discover the secrets to creating a perfect China tour.
If there’s one thing you should know before traveling to China is it takes time to move about regardless of where you’re going. Particularly in busy cities like Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai, traveling in traffic can eat into precious tour time. It pays to know that accommodation out of the city will cost you - time, money and an experience of real China.
We understand you didn’t travel to China to spend time sitting in traffic. That’s why we select only four and five star hotels located within the inner city precinct and close to your tour’s sights. And what about after the day’s touring is over? There’s no need to stay locked up in your hotel room. Time to get out and get amongst it!
Traveling to Beijing? Our hotels, located close to Wangfujing, are the China equivalent of New York’s Manhattan precinct. Equally, Nanjing Road in Shanghai offers a similar experience. And it’s the same in all destinations we travel to. Combining ancient China, culture, street food, and contemporary shopping, western travelers have direct and easy access to create their own unique memories while on tour through perfectly located hotels.
ChinaTours.com difference #2:
Sensible flight times mean comfortable, easy travel - and more time to enjoy real China
There’s no doubt China is a big place. Distances between destinations can mean flights are necessary, but it shouldn’t mean you travel at ridiculous times to meet your China tour schedule.
The ChinaTours.com team knows its customers and we understand they really want to enjoy their China adventure.
That's the reason we only schedule comfortable flight times, usually in the afternoon. While there’s a price difference for our flight selection, ChinaTours.com customers don’t suffer through pre-dawn departures or late night sorties that leave them tired and unable to enjoy their China holidays.
We want you to love your time on tour and be smiling in every photo!
ChinaTours.com difference #3:
Modern train travel is a new standard in China tours
Yes, China’s opened up to the world, but China’s opened up domestically too. How? With a growing network of the world’s biggest and best high speed train and station network. Providing the opportunity for international guests to see more of China, we make arrangements for our customers to experience these wonderful new trains while traveling with us. Feel the need for speed? You will when you sit back in first or second class comfort and take in the vast and ever-changing landscape that is China.
And in keeping with our commitment to taking care of every detail, your tour guide will help you navigate the vast train stations. You’ll be accompanied to the platform where your train leaves from, ensuring you board safely and easily. Although this means we must purchase a travel ticket for your guide (who won’t be boarding with you) due to China’s security arrangements, we love looking after our guests this way. We know our service is your travel memory and door-to-door care is just another way we create unique travel experiences for ChinaTours.com customers.
ChinaTours.com difference #4:
Travel with a guide and make a personal connection with real China
There are guides - and there are ChinaTours.com tour guides. For over a decade, we have sourced the very best tour guides in the business. Here’s why. We understand a China tour guide can make - or break - your travel experience with us. We also know there is nobody better than a knowledgeable, experienced, and enthusiastic local to share their city with you. Only a real ‘Beijinger’ can provide a window into the essence of the city. Only a real Shanghaier will be able to share from their experience as a local.
We search out people who genuinely care about and are proud of their city - and we pay extra to keep them as part of the ChinaTours.com team. We figure we must be doing something right because many guides have worked with us for over 10 years. When you travel with ChinaTours.com, you learn from people who love what they do and who want to share that enthusiasm with you.
ChinaTours.com difference #5:
Enjoy comfort and safety in our new coaches and cars
With a commitment to your comfort and safety on tour paramount for us, we carefully select travel partners who align with our values.
When traveling between sights, or to and from hotels, airports, and train stations, we engage the service of quality transport providers. All vehicles meet licensing and regulatory standards, are less than three years old, and we never use secondhand vehicles.
While a price differential is reflected in our vehicle selection, we value the safety and comfort of our customers while they’re traveling with us.
ChinaTours.com difference #6:
Tour itineraries designed with you in mind
The ChinaTours.com travel design team are travelers just like you. They want their tours to be more than a holiday - they want an experience. That’s why we design our tour itineraries with you in mind.
Every aspect of the tour from pick up to sights to when we finally see you off is carefully curated to create a beautiful travel memory.
We really do mean it when we say ChinaTours.com takes care of every detail. It’s our attention to every little thing and the service we provide which makes all the difference.
ChinaTours.com difference #7:
Shop like a local
We totally understand shopping for a memento from your travels is part of the total experience. However, we also understand nobody likes feeling they’re forced to shop in certain locations because it suits the tour guide or driver. We’re proud to say we have no commission-based shopping stops on our tours.
In destinations where shopping can be a unique and special experience, we like to keep it that way for our customers. That’s why we offer our guests the opportunity to explore and discover shopping that makes every city special. Our approach to shopping on tour is perfect for the traveler who values culture, experience, and beautiful travel memories. While touring with ChinaTours.com, you only need to ask your guide for assistance to find your very own travel treasure - and they’ll lead the way. Whether you want to visit the biggest shopping mall, tiniest bespoke artisan’s shop, or local markets, we’ll take you there. When you shop with us, there are no commissions, no cons, and no hidden costs. Just shopping on tour the way it should be.
ChinaTours.com difference #8:
Eat where and when you want
One of travel’s great joys is experiencing and savouring the local cuisine. In China, like it’s people, there is a rich and seemingly endless diversity of food choices. So why would we limit our customers to commission-based restaurant destinations? Especially when they can choose from local street food, your guide’s local favourite, or a five star exclusive restaurant?
Our tour price doesn’t include meals (apart from breakfasts and cruise meals) because we know wonderful, different, and interesting food is the stuff of travel memories. Whether you want to spend 2USD on a bowl of Xian noodles or pay premium prices for Beijing’s best Peking duck, we’ve got you covered. We can help with restaurant choices and menu selection. Your local guide in each tour destination will make it happen – you only need say “Let’s eat!”.
Want to know more about how we make special travel memories?
Our China tour started at the end of December. We began our trip in Beijing, which was a bracing -12C when we arrived. We were met at the airport and would add that all pick-ups were on time each morning for tours, and at all stations or airports as well.
Our first day was free in Beijing, so we explored, following the tip to visit the National Museum which has amazing stuff on display (as did the Xian Shaanxi museum and Shanghai museum later in the trip). We found a great Peking Duck restaurant which was a short walk from the hotel. The queuing system was a case of organised chaos in such a small space, but the meal was well worth waiting for. Best duck ever! Read more
William was our guide in Beijing, and our tour comprised 5 people including us. All the guides were very good, but William takes the star prize. He was interesting and informative, but also a laugh. The usual sights in Beijing were awesome and splendid, but the highlight was the Great Wall, as we expected. When we saw the Temple of Heaven, there is an area where people – or their mothers – have their CVs to find a marriage partner. One of the mothers took a shine to one of our party on behalf of her daughter, and when she discovered he was a lawyer, became very interested. The rest of us found this more amusing than he did!
The bullet train was a nice relaxing journey to Xian. Our party of 5 split on the second day as we went to different locations next, but we all saw the Terracotta Army, which is another “must see”. The wall at Xian is big enough and was getting decorated for the coming spring festival (year of the Rat), but after the Great Wall, was less impressive. We all enjoyed the market and had a lunch in the Muslim area which was great fun, followed by a ridiculously cheap group hotpot that evening involving much use of online translation on our phones!
The next day, Sally took over from Helen, and despite spending only part of a day with her, she was great. Having only two of us going around the Shaanxi museum, she was able to help us with anything we found interesting, going at our pace. We left on another bullet train to Chengdu.
The journey was shorter than before, and we met David, our guide. The next day was an early start to go to the Panda Base. What an amazing day! It was fabulous feeding pandas by hand and cleaning out their enclosures. The park has been designed brilliantly, so we also wandered to see other pandas (including cute red pandas). We were struck how lovely it was to be in a less built up space after our largely city based tours before. David had been to the Panda Base before, so knew what to do, and was a fantastic guide there.
Beijing had had clear blue skies and not at all polluted, contrary to what we had expected, but Xian and Chengdu were more polluted. This was the trade off going in winter, although this also meant that the tourist attractions were far less busy.
The next morning in Chengdu David took us to the Pavilion Park, where we sat drinking tea (green obviously) and learning Mahjong. We also managed to have our ears massaged and shoes cleaned, although the locals were most interested in our newly taught Mahjong prowess. It was a lovely way to while away a couple of hours and contributed to our stay in Chengdu being fondly very remembered. We went to the airport to fly to Shanghai.
Shanghai was about as different as anything could be to Xian, and even much of Beijing. It is as blingy and modern as Xian reflects the ancient part of the country. Our guide Hugo showed us parts of the different concessions in the city as well as the museum, but the Yuyuan Garden was lovely. Later we met up with two of our original tour group for cocktails at the rooftop bar of the Hyatt on the Bund, seeing the spectacular lights. We managed a return trip on the Maglev train which was a marvellous way to bring our China tour to an end.
In summary, the organisation was fantastic. Everything went as planned, and the guides were all very helpful and easy to talk to. The hotels were fine throughout, although in our case, we found the Chengdu hotel – which was the swankiest we stayed in – was less well placed to explore too much for places to eat, particularly as we arrived later in the day and had a long day at the Panda Base. Transportation was fine throughout, too. Bus, car, train and plane were all good.
We originally considered a private tour but went for a small group one at a lower price. This is well worth it in winter, as the group is unlikely to be even close to the 12 maximum. The mix of locations and sights was perfect for us. Prices of meals were similar or lower than we expected, so we spent less than we took with us.
There were so many highlights, so it is difficult to choose which pictures to show, but the attached is a very small sample from what was a truly wonderful holiday.
Date of experience: December 2019
Reviewed 22 January 2020
BEIJING-XIAN-GUILLIN-SHANGHAI PRIVATE TOUR
We are an Australian family who took the private tour from 24 December 2019 to 3 January 2020. China tours Co. had organized a meticulous tour for our family. Apart from the Shanghai stage, other stops were historic and memorable. The key attraction for China is her rich history. It would be very important that the tour guides must learn and comprehend Chinese History, not only PLA, Communist Revolution, or China Modernisation, Silk Road - One Belt - One Road, guests would be much more interested in her ancient history. Just imagine that when Qin Shi Huang connected the Great Wall to protect his newly formed dynasty - Qin, Jesus Christ was not even conceived yet, let alone the development and establishment of many great dynasties before his. Tour guides should treat this issue very carefully because of many tour guests who have studied Chinese History as their majors in High School and in University. They travel with two purposes, to see and to verify the historical records. Read more
To avoid the misunderstanding, that could be interpreted as a deception, in the itinerary of the tour, the program details must be utterly succinct and concise, i.e. Day 1: Receive the tour guests from Airport and deliver guests to the prebooked hotel. Tour guide will briefly explain the tour to the guests. This is the first day of arrival, the tour manager would like to leave the guest a resting time for recovering after a long flight.
While Beijing and Xian stops were very well organized and rich history, the Gullin - Yangshuo and Shanghai stops were shallow. In Gullin - Yangshuo stop, if the tour guide were not as good and friendly, this stage would be very boring. We were very lucky to have Sue as a tour guide, she was so excellent in her English and her deep knowledge of China that shined the tour stop in a very different direction.
In Shanghai stop, I would expect the tour guide would lead us to the Shanghai historical museum where we would learn the bitter lessons of the 1930 - 1945 chaotic period in Chinese history, we were taking to the Parks which we could find them ourselves. Shanghai has so many historical monuments to attract international traveling guests, not the riverside where it showed the newly built highrise skyscrapers, we have seen them enough in New York, Singapore, or even in KL. We would like to know the history of Shanghai club, the details of the day when the Japanese planes dropped bombs over the city's residential areas, etc.
It would be very useful to prepare a china-tour booklet in advance, such that the details of the 2020 tours include detailed programs of the year i.e. how many stops of the tour, cities, historical locations, etc.
Date of experience: December 2019
marioY1797DZ Giaveno, Italy
Reviewed 13 January 2020
Myanmar private Tour
Dear Martha our trip in Myanmar is finished and Isa and me are fully satisfied.
We have seen a lot of places, monuments and peoples.
As usual we give you a little feedback of our trip. Organization
Very good: intensive (4 internal flights) but in this way we save a lot of time and we saw a lot of things. Accomodation
Good and coherent with our request.
Only one remark regarding the Hotel in Bagan where the Hotel was good but with a poor bathroom (not coherent with the standard of the trip).
Viceversa the Hotel on the Inle Lake was spectacular. Guides
All the guides were very kind, helpful and prepared.
Particularly the guides in Bagan and in Mandalay spoke an excellent English and were very cultured in order to give us a complete overview of the local culture. Conclusions
As usual Isa and me were fully satisfied
Date of experience: December 2019
Subscribe Form Popup
Love travel and discovering new destinations?
Then become part of the community who receive our exclusive Explore + Uncover travel magazine, China’s best travel guide.
Select your desired option below to share a direct link to this page