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Zhangjiajie VS Guilin, Which is better to Visit

Michelle ( USA ) December 21,2014

Hi. Which should it be Guilin or Zhangjiajie in early December? I read it would be very foggy and cold in Zhangjiajie in December. Is Guilin misty too? We will be having a business trip in Guangzhou and hope to take a side trip. I was thinking of Zhangjiajie and Guilin, but worry about the weather. Could you please tell me where is better to visit?

Sophie Huang( TCT Sales Representative ) December 21,2014

Sophie Huang
Dear Lynne,

Greetings from Sophie, Top China Travel!
Thanks for your questions.

At first, please kindly be advised the best time to visit Zhangjiajie and Guilin as below,

1. Best time to travel in Zhangajiajie: April to October, when it is warm enough. The national forest is green with lush trees in spring and summer, colorful in autumn. Besides, there are more water in Golden Whip Stream as well as some lakes in Zhangjiejia. It is easy to see the beautiful scenery. July and August are rainy season in Zhangjiajie, do not forget to bring an umbrella when you pack for traveling to Zhangjiajie.

2. Best season to visit Guilin: End of March to early November. Guilin’ spring is warm with dizzy sometimes, but it is the best time for Guilin tour as it is easy to see the best Guilin view. June and July are the rainy season in Guilin, but not rain every day. So it is also suitable for traveling to Guilin. September and October is Guilin’s autumn, where tourists could see golden rice terrace in Longsheng, cool and less rain for Guilin and Yangshuo trip.

However, December is the low season for traveling in China as it goes into winter. I went to Zhangjiajie in middle of November before. The view is really not good. It became cold from November. When I visited it, it was foggy on the mountains of Zhangjiajie. At night, it snowed. If you could meet snow, it is also good to visit Zhangjiajie even though it might be very cold, because it will be a quite different experience. The snow view on the mountain is also beautiful.

For Guilin, the average temperature in Guilin in December is about 7 ℃-12 ℃. There are less rain and few tourists in this season. If you visit to Guilin in December, it is ok. Meanwhile, the hotel rate and internal transportation will be cheaper than high and shoulder season. As the location in South China, Guilin is suitable to visit through the whole year if it does not rain for a long time.

Compared to Zhangjiajie, Guilin is better to visit in winter as it is less influenced by weather. Considering the transportation from Guangzhou, Guilin is nearer and has more flights each days. Besides, there is 2 overnight trains from Guangzhou to Guilin every day. From the end of December, the high speed train between Guangzhou and Guilin will open up.

Hope the above is clear and helpful. I am delighted to recommend you some Guilin tour as below for your reference.

More tour of Zhangjiajie and Guilin are below for reference,




4 Days Longji Rice Terraces and Li River Cruise Tour


4 Days Zhangjiajie Highlight Tour












Best regards

Sophie Huang
Top China Travel

Classic China Tour

Karen Blyth ( USA ) December 20,2014

I am interested in your Classic China tour in June 2015 for 3 people and then I want to fly to Xiamen as my daughter was adopted from an orphanage in 1997. Can you add that to my tour as well? Costs?

Sophie Huang( TCT Sales Representative ) December 21,2014

Sophie Huang
Dear Karen Blyth,
 
Greetings from Sophie, Top China Travel!
Thank you very much for your attention with questions.
 
Well noted that you are interested in our classic China tours and hope to add Xiamen. It is possible as our tours are all tailor made tour. It can be customized according to your personal requests.
 
Besides, could you mind telling me more information about your plan?
- Since we have many classic tours on our website, may I know which one you are interested in? Since you have been to China in 1997, I guess you have already been to some places in China, such as some highlight cities, Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai. So I wonder where you hope to visit this time except Xiamen.
-What kind of hotels do you prefer to stay? 3 star economy class hotel, 4 star 1st class hotel or 5 star deluxe hotel?
- About the Xiamen tour, will you hope us to arrange some routine tours for you or you hope to bring your daughter to see where she was born?
 
Hope the above is clear and helpful.
 
I am waiting for you response so that we could tailor make the tour for your family.
 
Best regards
 
Sophie Huang
Top China Travel

Destination for Tour to Rural Area or Semi-Urban Area of China

Shivanand ( India ) December 19,2014

I want to visit rural or semi-urban China under budget tour. Please advise

Sophie Huang( TCT Sales Representative ) December 20,2014

Sophie Huang

Dear Shivanand,

Well noted that you want to take a budget china tour and hope to visit some rural or semi-urban area of China.

Budget tour
I suggest you take some group join-in tours, which cost less than private tour if you do not have special requests on food and do not mind the tour includes some shopping stops. We only have group join-in tours in Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai and Hong Kong. 
Therefore, if you hope to do budget group join-in tour, they are the only choices. 

China tour to rural or semi-urban area
In the above 5 cities, Beijing is a large city, the capital of China. it is famous for Greal Wall, which is worth to visit. 
Xian is a historical city, well-known for Qin Terracotta Warriors.
Guilin is a famous tourism city in China for its pretty nature landscape and countryside view of Yangshuo. 
Shanghai is the largest modern metropolis in China, but it is possible to visit the surrounding area of Shanghai by taking group join-in day tour. 

Hope the above is clear and helpful. 

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact with us.

Best regards

Sophie Huang
Top China Travel
  

 

About what our tour cost includes

Shivanand ( India ) December 19,2014

Whether the cost of the tour mentioned by you includes air fare from India?

Sophie Huang( TCT Sales Representative ) December 20,2014

Sophie Huang
Dear Shivanand,

Greetings from Sophie, Top China Travel!

Thank you very much for your attention.

Please kindly be advised what our tour cost includes,
1. The transfer and English speaking guide service.
2. Entrance fee to the spots mentioned in the itinerary.
3. Hotel accommodation in Chinay
4. Hotel breakfast and Chinese lunches as mentioned in the itinerary
5. Domestic flight or train as mentioned in the itinerary

Therefore, our tour cost does not include any internatioternal air tickets as well as visa fee. It because the airfare from the starting city is better than that from the destination city according to our experience. Generally speaking we often recommend our clients to buy their own international air tickets. Of course, we could offer the international airfare for our clients separately for their reference so that they could compare with the price they got in their own country.

Hope the above is clear and helpful.

Should you have any questions please do not hestiate to contact with us.

Best regards

Sophie Huang
Top China travel

How was the Great Wall of China constructed during the Qin dynasty?

karen ( United States of America ) December 18,2014

How was the Great Wall of China constructed during the Qin dynasty?

Vicky Lu( TCT Sales Representative ) December 18,2014

Vicky Lu
Dear Karen,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel!

Please kikndly find the details at Great Wall of China History

The Great Wall of the Qin Dynasty can be regarded as the first official built Great Wall in China’s history. The Qin Dynasty Great Wall was built by Qin Shihuang to prevent the invasion of the Huns living on the north boundary.

In 221B.C, Emperor Qin Shihuang conquered the other States, unified the states in mainland China and found the Qin Dynasty. Emperor Qin Shihuang was known as the First Empire who established the first multi-ethnic, centralized state in China. The Warring State Period was finally ended by feudal lords.

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Won ton Restaurant in Chengdu

Cheryl ( USA ) December 16,2014

Name and location of won ton fast food restaurant in Chengdu. Not too far from 4 star Sichuan Hotel

Cookie( TCT Sales Representative ) December 16,2014

Cookie
Dear Cheryl,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel

There is one famous restaurant named Longchaoshou (龙抄手) selling Chao shou, Chao Shou is also a local specialty. Commonly known in Canton and the West as "wonton soup", the dumplings bobbing in this light broth are soft, tender and stuffed with delicious ingredients.
And the restaurant is located in No.63 east of Zhongshan Square, Chunxi Road, Jinjiang District (锦江区春熙路中山广场东侧63号).Besides there are various fast food restaurant in the Chunxi Road.

Any further request or question, please feel free to contact with us.

Customized Tour Package in China

Glenda Rossi ( USA ) December 16,2014

hello- do you put together custom packages? we have approximately 100 people traveling in April.

Cookie( TCT Sales Representative ) December 16,2014

Cookie
Dear Glenda Rossi,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel!

Are you looking for customized tour package in China right? We can definately provide you a tailor-made itinerary according to your requirement. And I got that you want to travel in April with approximately 100 people, right? We have received such a big group before so I believe we can satisfy you.  Could you tell me your detailed information about your plan and then we can send you the proposal to your email box for your reference.
1. Which cities do you like to go?
2. How many days would you like to stay?
3. Which kinds of hotels do you prefer? Economy, standard or deluxe?

Any further request or question, please feel free to contact with us.

China Visa for Afghanistan

enaitullah ( afghanistan ) December 15,2014

i have been twoice so i want to get visa from shanghai this time is it possible

Cookie( TCT Sales Representative ) December 16,2014

Cookie
Dear enaitullah,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel
 
I am sorry that we do not deal with visa issue, if you want to apply visa, you could ask embassy first. Here is the website of foreign embassy in China: http://www.topchinatravel.com/chinese-embassy/foreign-embassy-in-china.htm
 
Any further request or question, please feel free to contact with us. 

Differences between Premiun Class and First Class Train from Guangzhou to Hongkong

Albert ( Italy ) December 14,2014

I am planning to go to Hongkong, and what’s the difference between Premium Class and First Class tickets of train service from Guangzhou to Hongkong.

Cookie( TCT Sales Representative ) December 14,2014

Cookie
Dear Albert,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel

They are very similar and not every direct train offers premium class, as I known only the KTT train offers premium class which only provide 3 times a day. KTT train is double decker. First Class is in the downstairs, premium class is in the upstairs equipped with better seat with armrest for both arms. And complimentary snacks and Hong Kong newspapers on Premium class coaches

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Should I Buy Train Tickets in advance during Spring Festical

Dan ( Australia ) December 14,2014

I heard that during the Chinese Spring Festival the train tickets are terribly hard to get, so can I buy the ticket for Feb now?

Cookie( TCT Sales Representative ) December 14,2014

Cookie
Dear Dan,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel

From 6th December 2014, passengers can buy train tickets up to 60 days in advance (previously only 20 days in advance) in order to relieve the pressure of buying tickets during Spring Festival. So you can buy train ticket now from internet or telephone. But one thing to be notice is that, pre-sale period for buying tickets from the counters at the train stations are only 58 days not 60 days prior to the departure date.


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