19 Days Best China Landscape Tour

Shanghai, Mt. Huangshan, Hangzhou, Guilin, Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou Valley, Xian, Zhangjiajie, Beijing

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Tour Code: TCT-Scenic-07

Tour Type: Private Tour

Tour Highlights:

Enjoy almost all the natural landscapes in one China tour.

Be astonished by the fantastic Mt. Huangshan, which is regarded as the most beautiful mountain in China.

The picturesque sightseeing in Guilin has its name on the map.

Jiuzhaigou Valley is just like a fairyland on the earth, which is also included in this trip

You will also walk into a real Pandora by visitng Zhangjiajie, where you will see the Hallelujah Mountains.

 

Best Travel Time: Suitable for the whole year, best time is from April to October

Price from $ 3267

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Day 1Arrival Shanghai
Transfer service to hotel

Meals: No Meals
Recommended Hotel: SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund ★★★★

Arrive in Shanghai, the modern city of China. You will be met by TCT tour guide at the airport and transferred to your hotel. After check-in, free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Shanghai City View
Shanghai City View

Day 2Shanghai
Jade Buddha Temple, the exterior of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai Old Street, The Bund

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel:SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund ★★★★

[09:00-09:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Modern city of China.

[09:30-12:30] Visit Jade Buddha Temple, which is famous for the seated Buddha, encrusted with jewels, which is said to weigh 1,000 kg.Then visit the exterior of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, while walking on Riverside Promenade Bingjiang Da Dao.

[12:30-13:30] Lunch time for the local special food, Dim Sum and Steamed Bun

[13:30-16:30] Visit Yuyuan Garden, which is a Chinese classic garden in city downtown, shopping time at Shanghai Old Street and Nanjing Road which is the earliest commercial street in Shanghai, you could look for some special souvenirs there. After that, enjoy a leisure walk along the Bund, famous for groups of buildings known as "a Gallery of world architecture".

[16:30-17:30] Back to the hotel, en route you can plan for the night Acrobatic Show, especially the ERA show, which is one of the most popular evening entertainments in Shanghai.

the Bund
the Bund

Day 3Shanghai - Huangshan
Take high speed train to Huangshan, Chengkan Ancient Village, Tunxi Old Street

Meals: Breakfast& Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Hangshan International Hotel ★★★★

[07:30-08:00] Get up early in the morning. Check-out and be transferred to the train station for 4 hours bullet train to Huangshan city.

[09:30-14:00] You will get on the bullet to Huangshan city. Upon arrival, your local tour guide will meet you up at Huangshan train station and have simple lunch in the station.

[14:00-17:00] Enjoy afternoon tour to Chengkan Ancient Village which is a perfect and typical combination of beautiful natural scenery and Huizhou culture art. It is famous for well-preserved residential architecture of the Ming Dynasty (1368 AD - 1644 AD). The ancient architectures contain elegant pavilions, bridges, houses, ancestral temples, wells, etc. Taste the local snack in the village. You can have a try the flocky bean curd which is very famous.

[17:00-18:00] Drive back to Huangshan city and check in. Enjoy your free time at Tunxi Old Street which is an ancient Western-European architect once visited the old street and said that he had found "The Eastern Ancient Rome.” You can find delicious food there as well.

Chengkan Ancient Village
Chengkan Ancient Village

Day 4Huangshan
Mt. Huangshan: Lion Peak, Shixin Peak, Grand Canyon of Xihai

Meals: Breakfast& Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Beiihai Hotel ★★★★★

[09:00-09:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start today’s exploration on Mt. Huangshan. You can store your luggage in the hotel and travel light.

[09:30-12:30] Enjoy your full day excursion to visit Mt. Huangshan which is one of China's ten best-known scenic spots and also the No. 1 Mountain under heaven.. It is characterized by the four wonders, namely, odd-shaped pines, grotesque rock formation, seas of clouds and crystal-clear hot springs. Yellow Mountain is celebrated for having all the features of mountain scenery. Take cable car up and head for Xihai hotel on the mountain. It is about half an hour hike to the hotel. En route, you will appreciate the Lion Peak and Shixin Peak.

[12:30-13:30] Check-in and have lunch at the hotel’s restaurant. There is less choice for food on mountain and the best option would be in the hotel.

[13:30-18:30] Spend your afternoon and hike on Grand Canyon of Xihai (West Sea). Grand Canyon of Xihai is the highlights of scenic area in Yellow. Covering the most prime scenery of Xihai Scenic Area, it starts at Paiyun Pavilion, linking White Cloud Area at Fairy-walking Bridge and creating a breath-taking sightseeing route. It is a circular footpath for hiking and you will reach the hotel you stay at the end of the tour

Mt. Huangshan
Mt. Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)

Day 5Huangshan - Hangzhou
Mt. Huangshan, Take high speed train to Hangzhou

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Hangzhou Merchant Marco Edgelake Hotel ★★★★

[06:00-12:00] Get up earlier in the morning and go to Danxia Peak or nearby peak to watch the sunrise and sea of clouds. It is under the influence of weather. Try your luck! You might have chance to see colorful sea of clouds which is the top view of Mt. Huangshan. Back to your hotel for short break and take cable car down to the foot of Mt. Huangshan.

[12:00-13:30] Lunch will be arranged at local restaurant in the old town and get your luggage which are stored in the hotel you stayed in Huangshan city. After that ,be transferred to Huangshan train station.

[14:00-18:30] Take 3 hours bullet train to Hangzhou Your Hangzhou tour guide will wait for you at the train station and help you to transfer to the hotel.

Mt. Huangshan
Yellow Mountain

Day 6Hangzhou
West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Six Harmonies Pagoda, Tea Museum, Hefang Street

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Zhejiang International Hotel ★★★★

[09:00-09:30] Guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby early in the morning.

[09:30-12:30] Today is a joyful day with firstly visit the West Lake, reputed for beautiful scenery, a multitude of historical sites, brilliant cultural relics, and a profusion of native products. We will arrange cruise tour on West Lake and it is also highly recommended to walk around. After that, visit the Lingyin Temple a site famous for not only as a Buddhism temple but also an attraction to catch beautiful scenery.

[12:30-13:30] Lunch time at local restaurant for traditional Hangzhou cuisine

[13:30-17:00] Visit Six Harmonies Pagoda, ensure a view of the Qiantang River and a far view towards the misty horizon. After that, visit China Tea Museum you can have close touch with the China tea history and know more about the tea producing process. Shopping time at Hefang Street, which is the most prosperous place in Hangzhou since the ancient time.

[17:00-17:30] Back to the hotel, en route you can plan for the night activities or watch Impression Show of West Lake.

West Lake
West Lake

Day 7Hangzhou - Guilin
Fly to Guilin, Elephant Trunk Hill, Riyue Shuangta Cultural Park

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Bravo Hotel ★★★★

Free day at leisure and be transferred to the airport for flight to Guilin. Fly to Guilin. Your Guilin tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit Elephant Trunk Hill which is the badge of Guilin city. The whole hill looks exactly like a huge elephant stretching its trunk drinking water of the Li River. It is the masterpiece of karst landscape, composed of pure limestone deposited on seabed 360million years ago. You can climb up to the top and take full view of Guilin’s hills and rivers. Walking along the Li River and enjoy a short visit to Riyue Shuangta Cultural Park by walking around Shanhu Lake and viewing the Golden and Silver Twin Pagodas from distance.


Elephant Trunk Hill

Day 8Guilin
Huanglo Yao Village, Ping An Village, Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces, Longji Zhuang Village

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Guilin Bravo Hotel ★★★★

[08:30-09:00]  Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and get ready for today’s excursion to Longji Rice Terraces.

[09:00-13:00] Drive to Longji about 2 hours. It is mountain road and you can see some small terraces scenery outside the window as warm-up. Upon arrival, change for the shuttle bus provided by the scenic spot. Our guide will accompany with you throughout the tour. The shuttle bus will stop at Huanglo Yao Village and you will have chance to watch Long Hair Show and folk dance with an optional cost in the village. Start hiking to Ping An village from there which are all flagstone road and path. Climb up to the mountain about half an hour with breath-taking view on the way

[13:00-14:00] Lunch time at local restaurant in Ping An village and try the typically local food, such as Bamboo Rice, Chinese Bacon and Bamboo shoot

[14:00-16:30] Continue hiking to Longji Zhuang Village via stone trail to Zhuang village about 2.5 hours. It is the classic hiking route in Longji terrace field, smoothly and leisurely. En route, you will appreciate the endless terrace field and gorgeous view on the mountain

[16:30-18:30] Drive back to Guilin city and you can have a traditional foot message at your own cost to allay tiredness.

Longji Rice Terraces
Longji Rice Terraces

Day 9Guilin -
Li River Cruise to Yangshuo, West Street, Countryside Tour, Drive back to Guilin

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Guilin Bravo Hotel ★★★★

[08:00-08:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Li River on Cruise.

[09:30-14:00] Enjoy cruise down the Li River with lunch on board. Deluxe cruise will be arranged with decent facility and good service. Savor the fairy-tale scenery while cruising down the meandering river to Yangshuo. You can go on the sundeck or just sit and appreciate the view from the picture windows.

[14:00-17:00] After disembarking, stroll around the West Street which is the oldest street in Yangshuo with a history of more than 1,400 years. It now becomes a place that mixes the eastern and western culture harmoniously. West Street in Yangshuo has developed into the most prosperous area in Yangshuo. Take a biking tour to enjoy the beauty of countryside of Yangshuo before driving back to Guilin.

[17:00-17:30] Back to the hotel and rest of day at leisure, for evening activities, we suggest you walk by the four lakes or take the night cruise along the city waterway.

Li River Cruise
Li River Cruise

Day 10Guilin - Chengdu
Fly to Chengdu, Free time in Chengdu

Meals: Breakfast
Recommended Hotel: Atour Hotel Chengdu ★★★★

Morning at leisure in the hotel and be transferred to Guilin airport for flight to Chengdu. Your Chengdu tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel. Today is a free day without tours and you will get refreshing and you can just stroll around Kuanzhai Alley which is the famous snack street in the evening.

Chengdu City View
Chengdu City View

Day 11Chengdu
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Renmin Park, Jinli Old Street

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Atour Hotel Chengdu ★★★★

[09:00-09:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Panda hometown.

[09:30-12:30] Enjoy your interesting tour to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding which is a huge institution replicates the natural habitat of the giant panda. Sightseeing shuttle bus is included. You will learn the habits and characteristics of Giant and baby pandas, observe them eating bamboos and playing around. Lunch will be arranged as local food at restaurant nearby.

[12:30-13:30] Typical lunch will be arranged as Hot Pot at Old House restaurant.

[13:30-16:30] In the afternoon, visit Renmin Park and it is the paradise for local people who addict to dancing, playing mahjong, drinking teas. We will arrange tea break in the park and mahjong lesson if you are interested in. After that enjoy shopping time at Jinli Old Street which is the elegant style of the architectures tells you what Sichuan looks like during the Qing Dynasty.

[16:30-17:30] Back to the hotel and the Face Changing show will be a good option or you can just stroll around Kuanzhai Alley which is the famous snack street in the evening.

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

Day 12Chengdu - Jiuzhaigou
Fly to Jiuzhaigou, Huanglong National Park

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: New Jiuzhai Hotel ★★★★

After breakfast, be transferred to the airport for morning flight to Jiuzhaigou. Your Jiuzhaigou tour guide will wait for you at the airport.

[12:00-16:00] Lunch will be served at local restaurant nearby Chuanzhusi Temple. After lunch, visit Huanglong National Park, which is a World Natural Heritage site, and famous for its colorful ponds, snowy mountains, deep valleys, and dense forest. All the colors of the rainbow are here. The landscape studded with waterfalls and terraced, colored limestone ponds of blue, yellow, white and green. We suggest you hike on the mountain to explore the real beauty of Huanglong National Park. There is also cable car service available, and you can take it to the top at your expense for relaxing trip.

[16:00-17:30] Drive to your hotel in Jiuzhaigou about 1.5 hours. Get rest and prepare for tomorrow excursion tour to Jiuzhaigou valley.

Huanglong National Park
Huanglong National Park

Day 13Jiuzhaigou
Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: New Jiuzhai Hotel ★★★★

[08:00-08:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the fairyland and national treasure.

[08:30-12:30] Take full day excursion into Jiuzhaigou Valley with your guide accompanying. Take a shuttle bus from Lantian Station to the Long Lake, then walk around and enjoy the Long lake & the Five-colour Pool. After that, take a shuttle bus from Five-colour Pool to Nuorilang Waterfall.

[12:30-13:30 ] Lunch time will be served at Nuorilang restaurant in the park. You can also choose to have a picnic lunch at stopover site.

[13:30-17:30] Continue your hiking tour in the afternoon and feel relaxed without pushing at all. Walk to the Nuorilang Waterfall  for a visit before taking a shuttle bus from Nuorilang to Shuzheng Lake, visit the Rhino Lake, Tiger Lake, Shuzheng Fall and Princess Lake along the way in the bus . Then walk around and enjoy the Shuzheng Lake, the Shuzheng Valley, Take a shuttle bus  From Shuzheng Lake to Shuanglong Lake for a visit to the Shuanglong Waterfall.

[17:30-18:00] Finally take a shuttle bus back to the Lantian Station, and visit the Reed Lake, Bonsai Shoal and Mirror Cliff along the way in the bus. Relax in the hotel. The Tibetan dancing show will be an optional activity for you in the evening.

 

Jiuzhaigou Valley
Jiuzhaigou Valley

Day 14Jiuzhaigou - Xian
Fly to Xian, Ancient City Wall, Wild Goose Pagoda and north square

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: New Century Hotel Xi'an ★★★★

Be transferred directly to Jiuzhaigou airport for flight to Xian. Upon arrival, be met by your Xian guide and after lunch, visit the Xian City Wall, which represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. Bicycle or sightseeing car will be arranged on the wall to go around. After that visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and you will have chance to watch the North plaza fountain show. Drive back to the hotel and rest of day free at leisure

Xian City Wall
Xian City Wall

Day 15Xian - Zhangjiajie
Terracotta Warriors, Tang Bo Art Museum, Bell Tower, Muslim Quarter, Fly to Zhangjiajie

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Santa Daminga Internatianal Hotel ★★★★

[09:00-09:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Ancient city.

[09:30-12:30] Drive to  Terracotta Warriors and explore one of the world's most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation. Shuttle bus will be arranged for your convenience.

[12:30-14:00] Lunch time at Lanchi Restaurant, professional for buffet and local food, such as dim sum, noodles and Chinese hamburger.

[14:00-17:00] Afternoon visit Tang Bo Art Museum, where gives you brief history and examples of Chinese art. The calligraphy lesson will be arranged and you will be taught how to write a couple of Chinese characters. Then visit the Bell tower, which is the largest bell tower in structure and shape and the best-preserved one in China. Continue to visit Muslim Quarter and enjoy your shopping time there.

Be transferred to the airport for evening flight to Zhangjiajie. Upon arrival, be met by our guide and transferred to the hotel.

Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors

Day 16Zhangjiajie
Wulingyuan Scenic Area, Tianzi Mountain Area, Yuanjiajie Scenic Area

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Santa Daminga Internatianal Hotel ★★★★

[08:30-09:00] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore Wulingyuan Scenic Area

[09:00-12:30] Get your Wulingyuan Scenic Area pass at the ticketing center with our guide help and aboard the shuttle bus directly to Bailong Elevator, the highest and heaviest outdoor elevator in the world. Take Bailong Elevator up to Yuanjiajie Scenic Area. The view from Yuanjiajie is exactly the same as what we see from the movie of Avatar. Standing on the observation platform in Yuanjiajie, thousands of peaks can be caught at the same time. Peaks in various postures just look like countless brave men. Rock pillars with green trees just look like handsome generals. They describe a scene of army. Although these peaks are solid, they let people enter into an imaginary world and present a lively picture in the front of our eyes. You will enjoy your two hours exploration on foot

[12:30-13:30] Simple Chinese lunch will be arranged at restaurant in the rest area of Yuanjiajie. We highly recommend you prepare some fruits and snacks beforehand

[13:30-16:30] Get on shuttle bus from Yuanjiajie to Tianzi Mountain Area and spend the whole afternoon in the scenic area. There is a famous saying that you have no wish to visit any other mountains after viewing the Tianzi Mountain. The landscape here varies in different seasons and also in one day, which makes Tianzi Mountain a very interesting destination. There are four highlights for the breathtaking sceneries: peak forest, cloud sea, sunrise and winter snow. Cloud and mist in Tianzi Mountain enjoys high reputation nationwide, especially just after the rain, which adds much charm to Tianzi Mountain

[16:30-17:30] Take cable car down the Tianzi Mountain and get back to your hotel. A folk show named Amazing Xiangxi is available for your evening activities.

Zhangjiajie View
Zhangjiajie View

Day 17Zhangjiajie - Beijing
Tianmenshan Mountain, Tianmen Cave Fly to Beijing

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Citadines Ritan Service Apartment ★★★★

[08:30-09:00] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore Tianmenshan Mountain which is the highest mountain in Zhangjiajie.

[09:00-12:30] Take cable car up to Tianmenshan Mountain. The cable car lasts for 40 minutes and it is the longest line in Asia. You will see the gorgeous view while seating in the cable car and the mountain seems just in front of you. Hike on the mountain and you will walk on the floating glass plank. The experience is unique and gives you the feeling like just wandering in the clouds.

[12:30-13:30] Simple lunch will be arranged at restaurant on Tianmen Mountain and take cable car down to the halfway.

[13:30-16:30] Change to shuttle bus and get to Tianmen Cave site through the Tongtian Avenue which has 99 turns symbolizing that the Heaven has nine palaces. It is worth the title - wonder of highway in the world. Upon arrival, visit the Tianmen Cave. Tianmen cave the natural mountain-penetrating karst cave with the highest elevation in the world. It is actually a big hole in the mountain but people call it a cave and it has become a major attraction. The cave become the unique sight under heaven and breeds the profound and grand heaven culture of Fairy Mountain in the local area. Before getting to the cave, you have to conquer the 999 steps which is exactly a challenge to reach the cave.

After the tour, be transferred directly to Zhangjiajie airport for flight to Beijing. Upon arrival, your Beijing tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel.

Tianmenshan Mountain
Tianmenshan Mountain

Day 18Beijing
Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Great Wall

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel:SCitadines Ritan Service Apartment ★★★★

[08:00-08:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Great Wall

[08:30-10:00] Firstly visit Temple of Heaven, the World Heritage List in 1998. The temple is China's existing largest structure for sacrifice to heaven and was used to pray for harvest by the emperors. Almost the local resident will do morning exercises in the square and full of vigor. You will have chance to watch Chinese Kongfu, Taichi, square dancing, etc. and get to know the real folk master there.

[10:00-13:30] Drive to Mutianyu Great Wall, which section is more popular among foreign visitors. Lunch time at Xiaolongpu Restaurant, famous for the vegetable food, such as fried vegetables, dry-fried beans, sweet corn cake.

[13:30-15:30] Visit Mutianyu Great Wall, which is one of the best-preserved sections with the largest construction scale and best quality among all sections of Great Wall, and more popular among foreign visitors. You can choose to hike on the Great Wall, or take cable car up and walk around.

[15:30-17:30] Drive back to Beijing city, while you can take a nap in the car. En route you can plan for the night show or the Peking duck dinner with your guide and ask for suggestions.

Mutianyu Great Wall
Great Wall

Day 19Departure Beijing
Tian'anmen Sqaure, Forbidden City, Transfer service to airport

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

In the morning, after a leisure breakfast, check out from hotel and then go to explore the last 2 spots in China like Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City . A lunch is arranged at local restaurant before a transfer to Beijing airport for departure flight.

Tian'anmen Square
Tian'anmen Square

Service Ends

Tour Price (US$ per person)

Hotel Class Group Size Dec. ~ Feb. Mar. ~ Nov.
Economy Hotel
★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $4304 $4562
6 ~ 9 pax $3267 $3525
Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $4525 $4802
6 ~ 9 pax $3488 $3765
Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $4956 $5455
6 ~ 9 pax $3919 $4418
Price includes:

♦ Domestic flight or high-speed train as specified
♦ Private transfer between the airport or railway station, attractions, and hotels
♦ Private licensed English-speaking guide and driver service
♦ Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast on sharing basis
♦ All attraction entrance fees as specified
♦ Meals mentioned in the itinerary, Chinese local food
China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance

Price excludes:

* International Air tickets or Train Tickets to enter or leave China
* Tips to your tour guide and driver on your own discretion
* China Entry Visa Fees
* Personal expenses
* Optional tours, meals, activities and services


Remarks:

※ Prices are valid from Mar 1, 2019 to Feb 29, 2020, except Chinese public holidays, local fairs or events.
※ TCT reserves the right to adjust the price caused by exchange rate
※ No guide on the flight and Yangtze River cruise. 
※ Recommended hotels are subject to change in actual booking
※ Special requirements should be advised to TCT in advance.
※ TCT reserves the right of final explanation for any change due to the reasons beyond our control.

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5.0

ladislavcervenka

5.0

Tom was an amazing tour guide during our stay in Beijing, he was helpful, thoughtful, always on time, very knowledgeable and very flexible when we wanted to make adjustments on our schedule... thanks to him we had an amazing experience in China :-) We never had a better guide than Tom We definitely recommend him and TCT to anybody coming to Beijing and to China Thank you Tom!!!!
tkelly542

5.0

We just returned from a very busy 10 tour of China. Maggie was great to work with in planning our trip. Mary was at the airport to meet us in Shanghai and got our trip off to a wonderful start. She was an absolute joy to be around. Annie met us in Guilin. She was a fun bundle of energy and took us on the Li River Cruise. Lena picked us up in Xian. Lena was so sweet and thoughtful and really made sure we had a great time. Daniel met us in Beijing for the last leg of our trip. Daniel was super knowledgeable and fun to be with. He took us up the Great Wall and made lots of memories for us all. All four drivers were courteous and attentive. They made sure we had water and we never waited for a car. Fantastic service by all. The guides all spoke excellent English and really took the anxiety of the language barrier out of the trip. We had great experiences and would highly recommend Top China Travel!
DEBORAH O

5.0

Thanks to Ms Raylene He we had a wonderful and well organised trip to 5 destinations which all went off without a hitch including being met by guides and drivers in each city and looked after very well. This all included several domestic flights a train trip and permits. I have no qualms in recommending this company to other travellers.
Angus D

5.0

Thank you Top China Travel for a fabulous visit to your wonderful country.
I was apprehensive about visiting China, but thoroughly enjoyed our travels if this beautiful country.
What made the trip was having a guide in 4 of the 5 cities we visited.
Our guides meet us at the airport, took us to our accommodation, picked us up for our daily activities, returned us back to our accommodation and made invaluable recommendations for our evenings. Then made sure we not only got back to the airports, but ensured we had the right terminals, flights and saw is right through to customs.
Having a guide made sure we went to the best sights, at the best times to avoid the queues, getting tickets in advance, making sure we got the best photo opportunities in the best places. And all with informative information about sights and history. 
If we had tried to see what we saw on our own, we would have missed so much and spent a long time trying to find it all.
Thank you to Jeremy in Guilin. It was great to get out into the country side and see the hard working farmers tendering their crops, and witness up close the celebration of families remembering their departed families.
To Linda in Beijing. Your warm manner as you taught us about the history of your country, and accepting the challenges of walking the steepest section of the wall with us. Thank you.
Olivia in Xian, the Terra Cotta soldiers was awesome and your making sure we went to government stores so we we're not ripped off, when we brought a soldier and tea.
And Summer in Zhangjiajie, the glass bridge, the glass pathway on the side of the stairway to heaven and your lovely singing. Thank-you for a wonderful tour.
Our guides made our visit to China, a wonderful holiday, thank you all. We wish you well for your futures.
Kind regards from Leah, Angus, Cameron, Maree and Todd
A TripAdvisor Member

5.0

I booked the 8 day Beijing, Xian and Shanghai tour. Merry was our guide in Beijing. She was great. Met us at airport. Was on time for all transfers and communicated everything to us ahead of time. We let her make the food choices for us after she enquirered what we like. She chose very well. The food was outstanding. She asked what we liked and catered our tour to our liking. We added to one day making it a 12 hour day. She was polite and professional throughout. We stayed at Howard Johnsons Paragon hotel. It wAs a nice hotel and the complimentary breakfasts were great. Off to the next portion of our trip.
Paige S

5.0

For my recent trip to China I used 'Top China Travel' to book and arrange for my private tour of three different cities in China; Shanghai, Xi'an, and Dunhuang. In each place I was met by a guide who spoke English and a driver. The agency booked all the accommodation, fights, and an itinerary which included the best tourist attractions in each city and two meals a day. My guides Larry, Miki, and Caroline not only showed me the cultural sites, they also explained the local customs, food and lifestyles. I stayed in great hotels, in fantastic locations in each city. I loved the food, people and saw some amazing sites. the whole trip seamed effortless for me and on my next trip to China I will use this agency to book my tour, I highly recommend Vicky Lu as your travel agent.
geeta a

5.0

I booked my trip with Top China Travel,extremely professional and prompt.I was guided by the guides Cathy in Xian and Eric in Beijing,very knowledgable,knew the English language very well,knew history,stories,always ready to help with any of my problems that I feel I was travelling with companions.I was very happy and I know you
Hartmut M

5.0

I wanted to visit Tibet, and based on the very positive reviews for this company, I booked with them and was not disappointed.
Our contact was Janet, and she was great both in preparing the trip (including answering immediately to our questions, even when it was midnight in China) and in making sure everything worked out smoothly (including checking at 5:00 am that we indeed got our transport to the airport).
In Tibet, we took the "5 days Lhasa & Yamdrok Lake" tour. On the way to Tibet I had a stopover in Beijing, and took the opportunity to do two days of sightseeing. I asked Janet for recommendations, and she suggested the day tours "Hiking on Jinshanling Great Wall" and "Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, The Temple of Heaven".
I think these tours were indeed the highlights of both Beijing and Tibet for us, and if I would go to Tibet again (e.g. with my wife and son, who could not come with us this time) I would book the same tours.
I usually prefer to organise my travels myself, but it seemed the only realistic possibility to get a Tibet travel permit is to book with an approved travel agency. In general, when booking with an agency, you pay slightly more and have fewer options, but on the other hand, it saves a lot of preparation time and is a lot safer if you don't know much about the country you travel to.

In Beijing, the expertise of the travel agency got our group on the Great Wall at a spot where almost no other tourists were - this spot was (almost) inaccessible due to a construction zone. On my own, I certainly would not have discovered this possibility. The other tour let us see the highlights of Beijing in one efficient and cheap bus tour, but on the other hand, it included a bit of (I guess) sponsored stops at a "Traditional Chinese Medicine" institute and a pearl factory. I would rather have paid a bit more and skipped these promotions, but they were short, and I just relaxed with a drink in the air-conditioned cafeteria. (During the preparation, Janet told me about the "shopping" that was included, and the "Jinshanling Great Wall" tour without shopping, but for the "Forbidden City" tour there was no alternative without shopping.)

In Tibet, the first day was for acclimatisation to the thin air, and indeed I was out of breath from just climbing the stairs to our hotel room. But after basically sleeping the first day, I was OK the next days, and for me the visits to the monasteries and the Potala Palace were absolutely amazing. Individual photos cannot convey the atmosphere of these large buildings with thousands of small and large rooms full of statues, pictures, scriptures, every square inch decorated, and everything with ancient traditions, but still in use today. This was the main reason I wanted to visit Tibet, and I was not disappointed. My daughter also enjoyed the mountain tour a lot, although to me it seemed surprisingly similar to the Alps (we live in Switzerland), just 4000 meters higher, and with cows replaced by yaks :-)
The only little inconvenience was the transport from and to the airport, which is about 50km from Lhasa. When we arrived, the driver was not there yet (it turned out his previous clients, who needed to go to the airport, had been late), and after he arrived, we still had to wait for some hour for the next clients to arrive at the airport (their plane was delayed). Well, that is what you get with cheap transport (included in the package). The opposite thing happened on the way back - the transport that would have been included in the package did not go early enough for the plane that was booked for us, so we had to pay 400 Yuan extra for private transport. But then this was super efficient, picking us up exactly at the promised time and bringing us to the airport at the right time to check in.

Summary: Amazing destination, very well organised tours, would book again with them!
tannedbabe

5.0

We (party of 4) have only positive reviews for our recent Beijing tour (sept 28 to oct 2, 2017) with Top China Travel. We read other travellers' review before choosing top china travel and they were accurate as our trip was seamless, no hiccups and Linda our english tour guide made sure we got to see as much as we could in those 5 days. Linda met us at the airport without a glitch and took us to Howard Johnson paragon, checked us in and made sure we got everything we needed for the evening. The next day Linda arrived promptly at the hotel to start our tour. Linda made sure we understood when she was explaining the history of all the sites. She knows a lot of historical information, quoting dates and names of emperors, etc. For our lunches she made sure she ordered the spicy food we enjoyed tremendously. When we were leaving Linda came inside the airport to make sure we went to the right counter to check in. Our hats off to the driver Mr. Zhao who was always on time in picking us up at all locations, despite the heavy traffic and some impatient drivers on the road. We had a very positive experience with Top china travel and highly recommend them to all travelers..
jonaswe1989

5.0

This is a must to do when you are in Beijing. It's not crowded with tourists. The The food is good but the same of all tours in China. The guide was friendly but his English was very bad, sometimes you couldn't understand a thing what he said. The communication with the company was good.
Ryan S

5.0

We chose TCT for an 11 day/10 night private guided tour trip through Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, Yangshuo, and Shanghai. Janet helped us plan and finalize the itinerary for our trip via email and phone communication and was very accommodating and helpful during the entire process. She also kept in contact with us throughout the trip to make sure that everything went smoothly and to our satisfaction. For the city guides, we had Merry in Beijing, Christina in Xi'an, Ji in Guilin/Yangshuo, and Leo and Sara in Shanghai. Each of our guides were helpful and informative and made sure that our needs were met along the way, and all of them were flexible with any last-minute requests or issues that came up. Special mention also for our driver Mr. Ai in Beijing who always made sure that we had water and that we got to our destinations on time regardless of the traffic situation, and likewise with Ms. Luo in Shanghai. Our trip overall was very action-packed and we were able to see almost everything planned on our schedule including some last-minute inserted locations which was a plus. We had a great time visiting on our first trip to China, and would recommend TCT for anyone looking to looking to plan their own trip there.
Fenilshah123

5.0

We selected TCT to help us with our China trip. They delivered what they promised. They were there at every step. We took their help in Beijing and then again in Guilin. In Guilin, they had a personal trip for us. They really provided value. We are vegetarians and the options they provided were great. Lauren, our guide in Guilin knew every aspect of information and was very honest and the kids enjoyed her candid remarks. We were a family of four with our sons 26 and 24. At times, the four days of trip with someone constantly with you got a little too much as we wanted to have private family time but they were always understanding and accommodated us.
catebeai

5.0

Today we had a great day. We went to the Great Wall. Walked about 1 kilometer of the 8000. We went to a Jade warehouse. We had a great lunch there. We then went to the summer palace and enjoyed the views. We ended our day with a tour of Hutong. We had a fabulous dinner in the home of Mrs. Fan. So far our driver (Mr. Luo)and Dream have been wonderful. Five stars.
rambleglobal

5.0

We used Top China Travel to book our entire 16-day trip through Beijing, Xian, Jiuzhaigou, Chengdu, Leshan, Guilin, Yangshuo, and Shanghai. We had a private guide and driver in each metro area who was always there to pick us up at the airport/train station and drop us off at the airport (and help us check-in for the next flights even). Our guides spoke English well, were very accommodating to our needs, and were fun be around throughout each segment. We were a little hesitant to book with a company based in China, but we combed the internet for reviews and found many that appeared authentic and all were good reviews. While in China, we met multiple people traveling with larger groups than us but paid more money than we did for our custom trip. If you're going to China, you have to at least consider Top China Travel - they were excellent.
Salina W

5.0

My 3 friends and I did a 11 days Beijing, Xian, Shanghai & Chengdu tour. Our tour agent was Joyce at TCT. From day 1 till the very last day everything went very smooth. All was organised very well, we had excellent tour guides, drivers, comfortable vans, they were very pleasant, helpful and flexible. The rooms in Xian and Shanghai were beautiful. I really got to see & experience a lot, got to taste delicious local food, bought nice silk stuff (haven't used it yet). Overall it was a great trip. Thanks to Joyce, Kurt, Helen, Presence and all the drivers for a wonderful, memorable trip.I would highly recommend TCT tours and definitely coordination through Joyce.
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