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Transport in Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic Area

Sandi Michell ( Australia ) February 04,2016

Is it an easy walk through Jiuzhaigou? Is there transport along the walks. thank you Sandi

Cookie( TCT Sales Representative ) February 04,2016

Cookie
Dear Sandi Michell,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel

It is a little tied to walk through Jiuzhaigou but you will enjoy the beautiful landscape better by walking. Some scenic spots are close to each other, you can choose to walk there. But in some period the plank road is closed, from the early or middle of November and opens in March or April the next year. But the roads near Five-Flower Lake, Pear Shoal, Five Colors Pool and Shuzheng Qunhai are still accessible.

Do you mean the transport inside the Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic Area? If so, then there is  sightseeing bus inside the scenic area. You can buy the ticket at secnic area ticket office. The price of the sightseeing bus is about 90 CNY in high season and 80 CNY in low season. The ticket could only use in the scenic area and is invalid after you get out of the scenic area and enter the scenic area again for the second time. The bus service time of the buses is from 8:00 to 19:00. The sightseeing bus runs circularly between Shuzheng Valley, Rize Valley, Zhechawa Valley. In the main attractions, there is stop for taking bus. In the Norilang Center Stop, you can choose to transfer bus to different direction.

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

Regards,
Cookie

Beijing Xian Guilin Shanghai Guangzhou budget tour

Joyce Jackson ( Australian Born Chinese ) February 02,2016

Interested in TCT-budget-04(Beijing-Xian-Guilin-Shanghai budget tour). Would like to tour Guangchou my parents' birthplace. How would that be planned and the cost?

Vicky Lu( TCT Sales Representative ) February 02,2016

Vicky Lu
Dear Joyce Jackson,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel! Firstly, well noted that you are interested in the TCT-budget-04 on our website. his tour package combines join-in bus group tour in Beijing and Shanghai with private tour in Guilin and Xian. The availability of join-in group tour in Guilin and Xian changes often, so we arrange private tour in the two cities for you. In join-in bus group tour, you have to share the tour guide and driver with other tourists while sightseeing and transferring, and you have to stick to the planned schedule which is controlled by the tour guide. What's more, you have go into one or two shopping shops while doing sightseeing in scenic spots, which may affect the experience of your tour. And the tour guide can not meet the need of every guests on the bus. As a private tour, you have your own private tour guide and driver to take good care of you every day, and you are the key to control where to stay longer or shorter if it is not affect the original tour schedule. So private tour is more flexible and comfortable for you. If you want to take private tour in Beijing and Shanghai, please kindly let us know.

Secondly, we can accommodate your request to add Guangzhou into you itinerary at the end of your tour, as Guangzhou has many international flight into and out of the country. And this is convenient for you to go back to your country. What do you think of this?

Could you please advise some more details of your trip, so that we can work out a tentative detailed itinerary for your consideration?
1) May I know how many of you will there be?
2) Could you please tell me your tentative arrival date in China?
3) What kind of hotel would you prefer to stay in during the trip? 5 star for deluxe hotel? 4 star for first-class comfortable hotel or 3 star for budget hotel?
4) For Guangzhou tour, how many days would you like to stay there? And is there any specific place you want to visit?

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

How to Get to Changsha Bus Station to Zhangjiajie from Changsha Airport

Hedy Tan ( Singapore ) January 28,2016

From Changsha airport, how do I go to the bus station to go to Zhangjiajie

Cookie( TCT Sales Representative ) January 28,2016

Cookie
Dear Hedy Tan,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel!

There are trains, buses and flights to reach Zhangjiajie from Changsha. The recommended way is that visitors can take bus/ coach at Changsha West Bus Station or Changsha East Bus Station to reach Zhangjiajie. Bus here departs every one hour from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm. And the journey takes about 4 hours.

► How to get to Changsha East Bus Station from Changsha Huanghua International Airport
In the Changsha Huanghua Airport, there is bus No.114 which heads to Changsha East Bus Station directly. You can just get off the bus at the Changsha East Bus Station. If you want to take taxi it will be 60 RMB and 30 minutes.

► How to get to Changsha West Bus Station from Changsha Airport
It seems that the airport bus line opened passenger transport line from Airport to Changsha West Bus Station. You can ask the airport staff for confirmation. From Changsha Huanghua Airport to Changsha West Bus Station, it takes around 90 RMB by taxi and about 1 hour. There are 5 alternative ways by public transport from Changsha Airport to Changsha West Bus Station. The shortest route takes about 2 hours:
Starting from Changsha Huanghua International Airport and walking 327 meters to Huanghua International Airport Bus Stop to take airport express and get off at the Aviation Hotel (about 2 stops). Walking 309 meters to Changsha Train Station to take subway line No.2 to Wangchengpo Stop (about 10 stops) and get out from the exit 1B, and then walk for 319 meters to Changsha West Bus Station.

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

Best Regards,
Cookie
Top China Travel

How can we buy the train tickets from Guangzhou to Hong Kong?

Pak Lee ( USA ) January 27,2016

two of us would arrive at Guangzhou by air and would like to take train from Guangzhou to hong kong on Match 20 and return on March 24.. How can we buy the train tickets on the day that we arrive in Guangzhou . Can we buy train ticket on line before we leave USA?

Vicky Lu( TCT Sales Representative ) January 27,2016

Vicky Lu
Dear Pak Lee,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel!

The KCR East Railway travels between Guangzhou East Railway Station and Hong Kong (Hung Hom station in Kowloon). Tickets can be bought in Guangzhou East station or at Hung Hom station in Hong Kong, upon your arrival in the stations by person. You can also buy tickets on line at http://www.it3.mtr.com.hk/b2c/frmIndex.asp?strLang=Eng 14 days in advance from the KCR website.

So you can try book the train tickets online before you depart from your country. Or you can take a taxi to Guangzhou East Railway Station to buy it upon your arrival in Guangzhou Baiyun Airport. (Note: Tickets for Foshan and Zhaoqing to Hung Hom can be bought from ticket sales outlets in the Mainland only.)

The train journey time is generally under 2 hours and there is food and drinks service on the train. Foreign passengers in Guangzhou and Hung Hom station are advised to arrive 45 minutes before departure. And gates close 10 minutes before departure.

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

When is The Best Time to Visit Xinjiang

Jack 50 ( Poland ) January 25,2016

My interest: 5-7 days Xinjiang Tour. Time 12-28 February (what would be the best time?).
我学习汉语, 请你有会说汉语的导游:-) ?

Sophie Huang( TCT Sales Representative ) January 25,2016

Sophie Huang
Hi Jack,

Greetings from Sophie, Top China Travel!
Thank you very much for your question about the tour to Xinjiang as below,

My interest: 5-7 days Xinjiang Tour. Time 12-28 February (what would be the best time?).
我学习汉语, 请你有会说汉语的导游:-) ?


@ Traveling Time

Generally speaking, it is suitable to visit Xinjiang from May to October every year, but the best time should be July, June and September.
If you travel to Xinjiang for beautiful natural view, we suggest you travel in September, which is the best time to visit Kanas, Hemu, Bai Ha Ba, Baisha Lake, Cocotsuo Lake. All the birch trees turn golden and aspen trees turn red, but the sturdy pines keep green. It looks really beautiful and colourful.

If you travel in May and June, it is suitable to visit grassland, where you could see flowers, swans and herdsman.
It is suitable to climb mountains or hiking in July and August.
The grapes are ripe in Turpan in the middle of August. It is the best time to enjoy the fruits in Xinjiang.

Therefore, if you travel to Xinjing at the end of Feb, it will be not a good idea. It is too cold to travel in this area and you will not see the best view.
If possible, I suggest you change a traveling date.

Besides, may I know how many of you will travel together? Since the distance between spots in Xinjiang is a bit far, the car cost will be higher, which will make Xinjiang tour is more expensive than the tours in Beijing, Shanghai. I suggest you travel with at least one or two friends to reduce your traveling cost.

@ Guide service


Please kindly be advised that almost all the English speaking guides in China are local Chinese. Therefore, you do not need to worry about the language. They can speak Chinese (mandarin). When you meet the guide, you could request him or her to communicate with you in Chinese if you want to practice your Chinese.

@ Xinjing Tour Recommendation

Best Xinjiang Tour
Duration: 5 Days
Destination: Urumqi, Turpan


Xinjiang Discovery Tour
Duration: 7 Days
Destination: Urumqi, Turpan, Kashgar

Invitation Letter for Traveling Urumqi China from Netherlands, How to Travel Urumqi from Netherlands, Popular Urumqi Tours from Netherlands

marielle ( netherlands ) January 21,2016

Hello, me and my friend need a letter from a local travel agency and a tourplan of the agency for our visit to urumqi. We will be in urumqi for 2 days in april. Is it possible to connect us with an agency who can make us a travel plan and invitation letter for these 2 days? I would like to hear from you soon.

Cookie( TCT Sales Representative ) January 21,2016

Cookie
Dear marielle,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel

1. About Invitation Letter
Briefly speaking, You are responsible for your own China visa application from your local Chinese Embassy, and Top China Travel could send you a invitation letter for you to apply the China tourist visa if you book the tour with us (including all accommodation, transfer and sightseeing activities through Top China Travel). A China visa invitation letter is a part of your China tour package. The sending of a China visa invitation letter alone is not allowed. Top China Travel will process your invitation letter after we have received the full payment from you.

More information about Invitation Letter please clich here:

2. About Tour
Urumqi can be connected by international flights in countries like Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Russia, Uzbekistan,etc, so will you fly to Urumqi directly or you will first arrive in Beijing or Shanghai in China, then transfer to Urumqi? If you arrive in Beijing or other China cities first, do you also need us to arrange tour? And 2 days is really limited for traveling Urumqi, we have two popular Urumqi Tours, you can check it as following:
► 5 Days Best Xinjiang Tour (Urumqi-Turpan):
► 7 Days Xinjiang Discovery Tour (Urumqi, Turpan, Kashgar):
 
We are very pleasure to be your travel advisor. If you need us to arrange tour, then could you please advise me:
1. When do you like to start your trip and for how long?
2. What kinds of hotels do you prefer? 3,4 or 5 stars?
3. How many people will travel together?

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

Best Regards,
Cookie
Top China Travel

Bus from Pudong Airport to City Center

Grainne ( United Kingdom ) January 19,2016

What bus do I get from Pudong airport to city centre

Cookie( TCT Sales Representative ) January 19,2016

Cookie
Dear Grannie,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel

There are six buses from Pudong Airport to city center, and Bus Line No.7 is to Pudong Dongfang Road. Bus Line No.1 and No.2 will operate until there is no flight, and other lines stop operating at 23:00. Bus Line No.7 stops at 21:40.

The last bus of Pudong Airport (special bus line for flight, as long as there is flight, there is special bus for flight) will drive to: Longyang Road (close to subway station), Dongfang Road Zhangyang Road, East Hospital (Pudong Avenue), Zhejiang Middle Road (Yan’an Road), Shimen No.1 Road (Yan’an Road), Huashan Road (Yan’an Road), Hongxu Road (Yan’an Road), Hongqiao Airport (Only after 23 o 'clock, extended to the last flight to arrive).

SHA-PVG Express Line
Line No.1 from Pudong Airport via the outer ring to the Hongqiao Airport (without a stand)
Line No.2 from Pudong Airport to City Airport Terminal (Jing’an Monastery) (direct line)
Line No.3 Pudong Airport—Zhangjiang—Xujiahui—Zunyi Road
Line No.4 Pudong Airport—Deping Road—Kongjiang Road—Wujiaochang—Dabaishu—Luxun Park
Line No.5 Pudong Airprot—Pudong Avenue (Luoshan Road)—East Hospital—Yan’an Middle Road (Renmin Square)—Shanghai Train Station (Meiyuan Road)
Line No.6 Pudong Airport—Zhangjiang—Zijin Mountain—East Hospital—Jing’an Monastery—Zhongshan Park

More information about How to Get to the City Center from Shanghai Pudong Airport, please click here: http://www.topchinatravel.com/shanghai/how-to-get-to-the-city-center-from-shanghai-pudong-airport.htm

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

Regards,
Cookie

How to Get to Tianjin Railway Station from Tianjin Xingang Port, How to Get to Tanggu Railway Station from Xingang Port

Ian Stevens ( New Zealand ) January 16,2016

I would like a private transfer 24th June from Tianjin Port to either Tanggu or Tianjin rail Station to catch train to Beijing please

Sophie Huang( TCT Sales Representative ) January 16,2016

Sophie Huang
Dear Ian, Greetings from Sophie, Top China Travel! Thank you very much for your enquiry about the transfer from Tianjin Xingang Port to Tanggu Railway Station or Tianjin Railway Station. At first, I should let you know that there are pulic bus from Xingang Port Station to Tanggu Railway Station Stop. That is Bus No 102. But you need to walk out of the port for about 700 meters to the bus station first. If you do hope to Tianjin Railway Station, it is farther. Therefore, you will need take a taxi or book a private transfer in advance. If you hope to book a transfer from us, we need more time to check with local partner next Monday as it is now at the weekend and office is closed.

What is the best Cuisine in Fuzhou, Gutian Fujian Travel Guide, Four Seasons Hotels in China, The Type of Hotel Room in China

PAULINE LAU ( MALAYSIA ) January 14,2016

WHAT ARE THE BEST CUISINE IN FUZHOU?
WHAT TO VISIT IN KUTIEN?
IS FOUR SEASON A GOOD HOTEL?
CAN 3 ADULTS SHARE ONE ROOM? STANDARD OR EXECUTIVE? WHAT IS THE PRICE IN MALAYSIAN DOLLAR?

Cookie( TCT Sales Representative ) January 14,2016

Cookie
Dear Pauline Lau,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel

In the following I will answer your enquiry one by one, please check it below:
 
► 1. WHAT IS THE BEST CUISINE IN FUZHOU?
Fujian cuisine is famous and Fuzhou cuisine is a representative of the Fujian cuisine. Fuzhou people prefer sweet and sour taste. Local delicacies are fish balls, noodles served with soy sauce, Rouyan, shrimp crisp, oyster cake, Kompyang, spring rolls, and fried noodles, etc.
 
The most famous cuisine in Fuzhou is Buddha Jumps Over the Wall, which has a long history. "Buddha Jumps over the Wall" used the dozens of raw materials simmer on a crock, which will have common meat flavor, and maintain their own characteristics. With 18 kinds of main ingredient, 12 kinds of supplementary material, which includes many delicious foods, such as chickens, ducks, upper part of a leg of sheep, pork bellies, tendons of beef, ham, chicken and duck gizzard, shark's lip, shark's fin, sea cucumber, abalone, scallop, pigeon eggs, mushrooms, asparagus, razor clam. Over 30 kinds of raw materials and auxiliary materials processing respectively, stratified into the crock and simmer them all.
 
► 2. WHAT TO VISIT IN GUTIAN COUNTY?
There are a number of scenic areas in Gutian County, like Auspicious Tower (吉祥塔), Xishan Academy of Classical Learning (溪山书院), Linshui Palace (临水宫), The Temple of Paradise (极乐寺), The Green Screen Lake (翠屏湖).
 
► 3. IS FOUR SEASONS HOTEL A GOOD HOTEL?
Four Seasons Hotels, Inc. is a Canadian international luxury, five-star hotel management company. Travel + Leisure magazine and Zagat Survey rank the hotel chain's 98 properties among the top luxury hotels worldwide. But there is no Four Seasons in Fujian province, the Four Seasons are in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hongkong and Macau in China.
 
For more details you can check on the official website: http://www.fourseasons.com/
 
► 4. CAN 3 ADULTS SHARE ONE ROOM? STANDARD OR EXECUTIVE? WHAT IS THE PRICE IN MALAYSIAN DOLLAR?
Generally there are 5 types of rooms in China.
Single Room: A room designed for only one person containing one large bed
Double or King-size Room: A room containing one large double bed
Twin-bed / Standard Room: A room with two single beds
Triple-bed Room: A room containing a double bed and a single bed
Connecting Room: A room made up of two or more separate but adjoining rooms
 
If you want to share a room with 3 people in all, then you can use Triple-bed Room, but it is not easy to find a Triple-bed Room because many of hotels only provide several Triple-bed Room or none. Or you can pay extra money to add a extra bed in the room.
 
We are very pleasure to be your travel advisor. If you need us to send you the tour itinerary and quote for your reference, there is some information we need in below:
1. Are you going to travel Fujian or do you have other places you want to visit?
2. When do you like to start your trip and for how long?
3. What kinds of hotels do you prefer? 3, 4 or 5 stars?
4. How many people will travel together?
 
Any further request or question, please feel free to contact with us.
 
Best Regards,
Cookie

Beijing, Xian, Shanghai and Hong Kong Trip with italian guide in China

Chiara ( Italy ) January 12,2016

Hello, I would ask you if is possible to have a tour with an italian guide in China. We're in two, young people of 30 years old. We would visit Pechino, Xian, Shanghai, Hong Kong (something similar at your China Golden Essence Tour), Thank you so much.

Vicky Lu( TCT Sales Representative ) January 13,2016

Vicky Lu
Dear Chiara,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel

Well noted that you are going to visit Beijing, Xian, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Italian guide service is available in Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, and Hong Kong regarding to your trip. As Italian-speaking tour guide is a kind of scarce resource in China, Italian tour guide serive should be booked in advance and it can not be 100% guaranteed to arrange for you. And the cost of tour packages on Italian-speaking guide service basis is more expensive than the cost on English-speaking guide service basis.

Could you please advise some more details of your trip, so that we can send you tour itinerary with updated price, including Italian-speaking tour guide service?
1) Could you please tell me your tentative arrival date in China?
2) What kind of hotel would you prefer to stay in during the trip? 5 star for deluxe hotel? 4 star for first-class comfortable hotel or 3 star for budget hotel?

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