17 Days Japan & China Group Tour

Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, Shanghai

Traveler Reviews

Tour Code: TCT-Japan-GT-03

Tour Type: Group Tour

(Fixed departure China group tour from Beijing)

Tour Highlights:

 Classic small group tour covering Japan and China (maximum 8 pax in Japan and 18 pax in China)
 Affordable price and private tour experience
 The exciting experience of hi-speed train trips in China
 Explore the world wonders like Mt. Fuji of Japan, The Great Wall, Qin Terracotta Army  and Guilin Hills and Waters of China
 Go through the cultural differences between Japan and China


From $ 4060

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Day 1Arrival Tokyo
Met by local representative, Transfer to hotel

Hotel: Hotel Metropolitan Ikebukuro or similar


Welcome to Japan! Upon arrival at Narita International Airport, met our local representative with a name board at the airport exit and transfer to your hotel. After check-in, you will be free at leisure on your own.


Please note:

1. Hotel check-in time is from 15:00. If you arrive at the hotel in the morning, luggage can be stored at the hotel when you explore the city on your own.
2. We suggest you fly to Tokyo Narita International Airport. If you fly to Tokyo Haneda Airport, it will cause a separate transfer fee. Please advise us in advance.
3. The airport pick-up will be arranged with only driver service.
4. If you are a solo traveler and can not share the transfer service with other tourists, an airport transfer supplement: US$100 per car per way will be charged.

Tokyo City View
Tokyo City View


Day 2Tokyo
Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace East Garden, Hama-rikyu Garden, enjoy a boat ride on the Sumida River, Asakusa Kannon Temple

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel:  Hotel Metropolitan Ikebukuro or similar 


Today is your time to explore Tokyo City. After your breakfast at the hotel, our local guide will meet you at the hotel to start a full day to explore Tokyo City through the convenient public transportation system. 

The first stop is Tokyo Tower (approx. 30 mins), from which you could enjoy a panorama of Tokyo from the main observation platform. Then we will move to Meiji Shrine. It takes a fine example of Japanese shrine architecture. It is nestled in a peaceful and picturesque area. Passing by the Akasaka Guest House and National Diet Building, we will go to visit Imperial Palace East Garden and enjoy a pleasant walk through the garden, which is a place of historical interest and scenic beauty. 

At noon time, our local driver or guide will advise you of a good place where we will have about 1 hour to enjoy a typical Japanese-style lunch.

In the afternoon, your guide will lead you to visit Hama-rikyu Garden, which is a typical daimyo (Japanese feudal lord) garden in the Edo period with a tidal pond. Then we will enjoy a boat ride on the Sumida River from Hinode Pier to Asakusa to see a harmonious blend of old and new Tokyo. In the Asakusa area, we will visit Asakusa Kannon Temple which is a famous temple in the Asakusa district. 

Tokyo city exploring tour will end by sending you back to the hotel by our local guide.


Note: Lunch is on your own arrangement. Your guide will make recommendations for your preference

Asakusa Kannon Temple
Asakusa Kannon Temple

Day 3Tokyo - Mt.Fuji - Hamanako
Mt. Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi cruise

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Hotel The Hamanako or similar (hot spring ) 


After breakfast in your hotel, please check out and meet your guide at the hotel lobby.

you will start the exciting tour to visit Mt. Fuji & Lake Kawaguchi. The motor-coach rides for about 150 minutes, and we arrive at Mt. Fuji 5th Station, from which we could enjoy a panoramic view for about half an hour and you will be amazed by the spectacular and breathtaking views from above the clouds. 

After lunch, we will ride the Lake Kawaguchi cruise You can enjoy the magnificent Mt. Fuji and the panoramic 360-degree view. Later drive down and coach to Hamanako (2.5hrs duration) for an overnight stay. 

Mt. Fuji
Mt. Fuji


Day 4Hamanako - Kyoto
Nijo-jo Castle, Kinkaku-Ji Temple, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine , Sanjusangen-do Temple, Kiyomizu-Dera Temple

Meals: Breakfast,
Hotel: Hotel Vischio Kyoto by Granvia or similar


After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to Kyoto for 2.5 hours and start a full-day Kyoto tour. The 1st stop is to visit Nijo-jo Castle (50 min), once Kyoto imperial castle with stunning Tamami rooms in which there are many beautiful paintings of the Edo period. Then visit Kinkaku-Ji Temple (45 min), the most well-known temple in Japan, which is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The next stop is Kyoto Imperial Palace (40 min) before a Japanese-style lunch at a local restaurant.


In the afternoon, the guide will escort you to visit Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine (30 min), the head shrine of about 30,000 Inari shrines across Japan, and Sanjusangen-do Temple (30 min) first. Sanjusangendo is a unique and impressive temple in Kyoto. It dates back to 1164 and is famous for its 1001 golden statues of Kannon, goddess of mercy. Before going back to hotel, we will visit Kiyomizu-Dera Temple (70 min), which is the oldest temple in Kyoto, known for the "stage of the Kiyomizu". It was listed as one of the world's cultural heritage sites in 1994.


Finish the tour and drive to the hotel for check-in. Enjoy your free leisure evening exploring this ancient city. 

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine


Day 5Kyoto - Nara - Osaka
Todaiji Temple, Nara Garden, Kasuga Tasha Shrine

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Art Hotel Osaka Bay Tower or similar


Have a leisurely breakfast in the hotel. Today our guide will escort you to explore Nara, which is near Kyoto. Meet at the hotel and take a coach to Nara. The first stop in Nara is the Todaiji Temple through Nara GardenKasuga Tasha Shrine is another highlight in Nara, famous for its lanterns, which have been donated by worshipers. After a stop at Nara Nagomikan (a gift shop), where tourists could buy some souvenirs for their loved ones. 

After that, drive for half an hour to Osaka and overnight there. 


1. Kyoto - Nara: 45km, 45 minutes drive
2. Nara - Osaka: 33km, 34 minutes drive

Nara Deer Park
Nara Deer Park


Day 6Osaka
Enjoy your free leisure day

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Art Hotel Osaka Bay Tower or similar


Enjoy your free leisure day in Osaka today to explore the city on your own. You may walk around for shopping some souvenirs as gifts for family or friends.

Or you can travel to Hiroshima or enjoy a leisure & happy time at Universal Stadio in Japan (NOT INCLUDED. If you are interested in , please tell your travel advisor to advise the price on private basis).


Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle


Day 7Osaka-Beijing
Transfer service to Kansai airport on sharing basis, Fly to Beijing

Meals: No Meals
Accommodation:  4 Star /4+Star Hotel in Beijing ★★★★

After hotel breakfast, free at leisure before transfer to Kansai International Airport on sharing basis for your flight to Beijing, the capital city of China, you will be greeted by our local guide at the airport with a TCT signboard. Then our driver will transfer you to the check-in hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day for you to get over the jet lag.


Please note:

1. We will arrange a transfer for the whole group together to Osaka Kansai Airport together at a certain time. Generally speaking, the transfer time is at 11:00 in the morning, which might be adjusted when we receive and consider all the tourist flights information
2. If you prefer a private transfer or the time is not suitable for your flight timing, please contact us to double-check the separate airport transfer supplement based on different vehicle types.

Beijing City View
Beijing City View


Day 8Beijing
Temple of Heaven, Hutong, Peking opera facial mask painting, Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City

Meals: Hotel Breakfast, A la carte Chinese lunch
Accommodation: 4 Star /4+Star Hotel in Beijing ★★★★

TCT local guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at the appointed time. It will be an exciting day as we will explore the world well-known wonders today. The 1st stop is Temple of Heaven, the existing largest structure for sacrifice to heaven and a place where the emperors prayed for a year of abundance. In the visit of Temple of Heaven, you will be astonished by the exquisite ancient Chinese architectures. Besides, you will see local seniors doing morning exercises in the square and full of vigor. You will have chance to watch Chinese Kongfu, Taichi, square dancing, playing cards, playing chess etc.

Then you will enjoy a Beijing Hutong tour by rickshaw with a local family visit, which will give you a deep impression of the local residents' live.  Then we will have a stop at a Chinese courtyard and take a Chinese culture experience - Peking opera facial mask painting.

A la carte lunch is served at a local restaurant to have a taste of authentic Chinese food at noon time and have a break at the restaurant.

Then continue this Beijing city treasure tour by a visit to Tian'anmen Square, the world's largest city center square, the locality of numerous major political and historical events. It is the witness of Chinese development. It is only a walking distance from Tian'anmen Square to Forbidden City, the world's existing largest and most complete ancient wooden structure buildings. You will explore the glorious palace halls and gardens for more than 2 hours in Forbidden City, learning the legendary story of the emperors and how the royal family lived there. You will be stunned by the numerous old art treasures exhibited in halls. The memorable Beijing city tour for the 1st day ends by dropping off at your hotel lobby. 

Notes:  At night, al ively and dramatic Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theater or the Acrobatic Show can be your optional night entertainment.  
Forbidden City
Forbidden City


Day 9Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with round way cable car, the exterior of Bird Nest and Water Cube

Meals: Hotel Breakfast, A la Carte Lunch
Accommodation: 4 Star /4+Star Hotel in Beijing ★★★★

It will be an exciting day today. In the early morning, the guide will pick you up from your hotel lobby. Today we will visit the must-visit spot in Beijing--- Mutianyu Great Wall, one of the famous sections of China's Great Wall. It takes about 2 hours to drive from downtown of Beijing to Mutianyu Great Wall. Mutianyu Great Wall was first built in the mid-6th century during the Northern Qi, making it older than the Badaling section. (*** Round-way cable cars are included at Mutianyu Great Wall***)

A la carte lunch is arranged at a good restaurant at the foot of Mutianyu. Drive back to downtown Beijing. When we reach Beijing, we will have a photo stop outside the Bird Nest and Water Cube, which were the famous sites constructed for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The tour finishes by dropping you off at your hotel. If you would like to try local specialty tonight, you could ask for some suggestions about Peking Roast Duck Restaurant.
Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall


Day 10Beijing-Xi'an
Summer Palace, High speed train to Xi'an

Meals: Hotel breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: 4 Star /4+Star Hotel in Xian ★★★★

In the morning, check out from the hotel and start to visit the last spot in Beijing --- Summer Palace, the existing largest, best-preserved imperial garden in China. Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake are regarded as representative of Summer Palace. In the park, you could choose to take a boating trip on the lake, enjoying the beautiful royal garden view. Walk along the Long Corridor--- the longest corridor in the world, admiring the extremely rich and prestigious paintings on the beams of the corridor.

A la carte lunch will be arranged at a local restaurant on the way to Beijing West Railway Station to take high-speed train (2nd class seat, duration: about 5-5.5 hours) from Beijing to Xi'an. TCT guide will wait at the exit of Xi'an train station with our signboard and transfer you to check in hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the time.

Summer Palace
Summer Palace


Day 11Xi'an
Ancient City Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Pottery workshop, Bell Tower Square, Muslim Quarter

Meals: Hotel breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: 4 Star /4+Star Hotel in Xian ★★★★

Today we will have a full day to explore this historical and cultural city in China. Pick up from hotel in the morning, and then have a visit to the landmark of Xi'an---Xian City Wall. You could choose to have a bicycle riding on the city wall (***Bicycle riding is optional and excluded from our price***). 

After that, we will drive to the highlights in Xi’an ---the Terracotta Warriors. On the way to Terracotta Warriors, we will have a stop at a cave dwelling pottery workshop, where you will have chance to learn how to make a miniature terracotta warrior and discover the unique ancient housing style in north China.  A la carte lunch is arranged at a local restaurant nearby Terracotta Warriors. In the afternoon, we will have enough time to visit this world wonder --- Terracotta Warriors, one of the world’s most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation.

When you back to downtown, we will walk around Bell Tower Square and walk to the well-known Muslim Quarter, where you could enjoy your shopping time and challenge a variety of local snacks. The tour finishes by dropping-off at the hotel lobby.

Notes: You could ask your local guide for some information about evening entertainment or night show, such as Tang Dynasty Show.

Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors


Day 12Xi'an-Guilin
Gao's Courtyard, Big Wild Goose Pagoda North Plaza, Fly to Guilin

Meals: Hotel breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: 4 Star /4+Star Hotel in Guilin ★★★★

You will have a leisure morning for your to walk around. Then our guide will meet you at hotel and help you with check-out. Continue to visit Gao's Courtyard, which is a wonderful choice for you to appreciate ancient residences and explore the local culture of shadow puppetry. Continue to our trip to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda North Plaza, from which you will have photo stop at this landmark of Xian and enjoy the magnificent and world top music fountain show at the plaza at 12:00 (depends on the availablity).

Take a night flight or late afternoon from Xi'an to Guilin, a small city in Southern China with the best natural beauty of China.

Guilin City View
Guilin City View


Day 13Guilin
Longji Rice Terraces, Ping'an Zhuang Village

Meals: Hotel breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: 4 Star /4+Star Hotel in Guilin ★★★★

We will have an exciting day to visit the ethnic group villages and the stunning rice terraces today. The local tour guide picks you up from the hotel lobby in the morning. It takes about 2 hours to drive from downtown Guilin to Longji Rice Terraces Scenic Area (Dragon's Back). The magnificent terraces are built into the hillsides and look like great steps cut into the slopes as they wind around the mountainsides.

Lunch will be arranged at a local restaurant in Ping'an Zhuang Village, which is just located on the rice terraces. You will have a chance to try the local food cooked in bamboo, such as bamboo rice, chicken, etc. It tastes with the light fragrance of bamboo, quite different from what we eat downtown.

After lunch, you will have enough free time to explore the ethnic villages, where the Yao and Zhuang people have been dwelling for generations in wooden houses. You will understand how the locals' life is, and you will see the locals working in the paddy fields, the women in their national costumes doing needlework by the village path or beneath her roof, ect. We will drive back to downtown of Guilin from Longji at around 15:00 and you may arrive at hotel about 17:00. A Four Lakes Night Cruise is recommended as an optional activity in Guilin.

Longji Rice Terraces
Longji Rice Terraces


Day 14Guilin-Yangshuo-Guilin
Li River Cruise, West Street

Meals: Hotel breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: 4 Star /4+Star Hotel in Guilin ★★★★

In the morning you will be driven to the Zhujiang Pier for the Li River Cruise (about 4 hours from Guilin to Yangshuo). Savour the fairy-tale scenery while cruising down the meandering river to Yangshuo. After disembarkation, you can have a walk along the famous West Street and enjoy the free leisure time there before driving back to overnight in Guilin. If you would like to stay in Yangshuo longer and know more about the night show or evening entertainment, do not hesitate to ask your local guide, who'd be very willing to help you. The Show of Impression Liusanjie is highly recommended as an optional activity in Yangshuo if you are interested in.

Li River Cruise
Li River Cruise


Day 15Guilin-Shanghai
Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Fly to Shanghai

Meals: Hotel Breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: 4 Star /4+Star Hotel in Shanghai ★★★★

After breakfast, start to visit the Elephant Trunk Hill (1 hour) – the symbol of Guilin. After that, have a trip to Reed Flute Cave (1 hour) - the showcase of distinctly-colored stalactites and stalagmites. After a la carte lunch at local restaurant, transfer to airport to catch the flight for Shanghai.

The Shanghai local guide will meet you at Shanghai airport and transfer you to check in the hotel.

Elephant Trunk Hill
Elephant Trunk Hill


Day 16Shanghai
Shikumen, Yuyuan Garden, Chenghuangmiao Old Street, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, City History Museum, the Bund

Meals: Hotel Breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: 4 Star /4+Star Hotel in Shanghai ★★★★

The last day but still an inspiring day to explore the city of Shanghai,the largest and most modern city in mainland China. We will start the tour by walking into Nong Tang, the alleys in Shikumen, where you could witness the locals' relaxing and plain life. You will also find the unique architectural feature of Shanghai.

Then continue the day trip to Yuyuan Garden which is a Chinese classic garden in city downtown. Then continue to explore the Yuyuan Bazaar (Chenghuangmiao Old Street) nearby.

After a la carte lunch is served at a local restaurant, we continue our trip to the foot of The Oriental Pearl TV Tower to visit Shanghai City History Museum(The Former Shanghai Wax Museum), where you will know more about the history and development of Shanghai. Then take the elevator up to the 2nd ball of the TV tower, from which you will have a bird-eye view of Shanghai. Go on driving through Lujiazui, the finance & trade zone in Pudong of Shanghai, where you will find many skyscrapers. We will have a view of the modern skyline of Shanghai.

Then back to the Bund, admire the illuminated buildings lining the Huangpu River. From the Bund, you could see the landmark of Shanghai--- The Oriental Pearl TV Tower as well as other high-rised buildings, just on the opposite of Huangpu River.
The Bund
The Bund


Day 17Departure Shanghai
Transfer to Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Meals: Breakfast

Your China Experience is over soon as you transfer to the airport by our driver and board the homebound international flight, bidding a fond farewell to this ancient land.

Service Ends

Please note: We generally arrange the free hotel-airport transfer on sharing basis according to all the travelers' departure flights. If a separate private transfer is required, it will cause a transfer supplement: US$75 per 5-seat car per way. Independent private transfer service will be required in advance.


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Tour Price (US$ per person)

Arrival Date Departure Date Price Based on Above Listed Hotels Enquire
Double Occupancy Sole Occupancy
2024-08-15 2024-08-31 $4060 $5094 Enquire
2024-09-01 2024-09-17 $4115 $5182 Enquire
2024-10-17 2024-11-02 $4115 $5182 Enquire
2024-08-15 2024-08-31 $4060 Enquire
2024-09-01 2024-09-17 $4115 Enquire
2024-10-17 2024-11-02 $4115 Enquire


  • Prices are valid in 2024, except for Japan public holidays, local fairs or events, Spring Sakura season, and Autumn Maple season.
  • It is a small group tour. The maximum number of the group is 8 pax in Japan and 18 pax in China.
  • Group tour has a fixed itinerary. If you have your own tour interests, please do not hesitate to let us know to customize your own tour.
  • Child rate: Please consult with us separately.
  • The above price is based on US$ per person on twin sharing basis.
  • Children at or over 12 years old will be at the adult's price.
  • The above prices exclude international flights to Japan and from China for departure. If you hope us to include the international air tickets, please inform our travel consultant. 

Price includes:

  • Airport pick-up by local driver service
  • Private door-to-door transfer on the tour days
  • Experienced English-speaking guide service
  • Comfortable hotel accommodation with daily breakfast as specified
  • All attraction entrance fees as specified
  • The internal flights from Osaka to Beijing, Xi'an to Guilin, and Guilin to Shanghai are based on economy class
  • A sharing basis transfer (as a group) from Osaka Hotel to the airport on Day 7  and from Shanghai Hotel to the airport on Day 17.

Price excludes:

  • International flights to Japan and from China departure
  • China and Japan Entry Visa Fees
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal Expenses such as visa costs, insurance, Beverages, Portage
  • Gratuities to tour guide and driver
  • Private transfer service on Day7 and Day17 to the airport if requested
  • Any airport transfer supplement for solo travelers on the 1st day and last day
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal comprehensive travel insurance (suggest buying before departure)

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Great Hotel stay Very Nice Tour guides Convenient planned daily trips Average selection of restaurant for food though


We were looking for a tour in SW China while in the area for work and found this one. While we wouldn't normally get a private tour but surprisingly it was actually cheaper than most of the group tours in the area and was great value. While I would usually rather keep one guide for the whole tour, as you get to know each other and they get to know what you are interested in, we changed guides 5 times during this trip (fortunately we had the same guide in Kunming at the start and end of the tour which was a real bonus as Murphy, our Kunming based guide, was excellent.) In this case changing guides had the advantage of local knowledge at each site so compensated for the change. Of the 4 guides we had 3 excellent and 1 very good with each of them working hard to look after us and make sure we enjoyed our trip. Vicky, our Dali based guide was also extremely good making our time there a highlight. The tour gives you 2 days at each base ie travel in the morning, have the afternoon and the next day touring the area then drive to the next base. We chose the driving tour as we feel it gives you a better experience of the area and you get to see the locals in action. All the drivers we had were great - they went out of their way to look after us and were very safe, which is saying something for driving in China. While all of the guides were very fluent in English none of the drivers could speak English which was a slight disadvantage as you didn't have the guides with you when traveling between bases but the friendliness and helpfulness of the drivers more than made up for this. The tour was very well organised and we knew what we were doing from the time we met our guide on arrival at the Kunming railway station to when we walked through security at the airport on our way out. The tour comes with 4,5 and 6 star accommodation choices and we went for the cheapest 4 star option. While the English at the hotels was limited the guides made sure we were checked in and out and took care of any issues (which were minimal). The 4 star option is largely "Chinese style" hotels ie designed for Chinese visitors with breakfast consisting of what many westeners would consider dinner style food but there was always eggs and toast for the less adventurous. The hotels were all clean and comfortable and generally very well located. The Hotel in Kunming (Jin Jang Inn) was a bonus as it seemed higher than 4 star and we stayed there both on our way in and out. As well as breakfast, lunch came with the tour which was enjoyable as the guides choose the restaurants so we got a variety. I got the feeling that most of the restaurants were owned by friends or family or there was some arrangement with the guide, but as you get to formally review each guide and the meals at the end of each stop they work hard to make sure you enjoy the meal and there was always an abundance of food. We tried a range of local cuisine and there was only one meal we didn't think was up to par. You get your own dinner which also suited us as there is invariably a range of restaurants or for the more adventurous there is the street vendors and you can choose what you want. The vehicles we were driven in were all very good- plenty of space and very comfortable. Being a private tour, while there was a set itinerary, which was diverse and very interesting with something for most people, the guides could tweak it to suit individual interests eg more time at one site and less at another. It is easy to get a bit templed out but overall the itinerary was a good mic of nature and culture. I would thoroughly recommend the tour and the company and we will be looking to the company if/when we go back - Guilin is next on the list as the guides were very happy to discus what they thought we would and wouldn't enjoy based on working with us on this tour,


Excellent guides, flexible and knowledgeable travel agent. They speak good English. Our trip was very well organized. We are 100% happy and I can recommend Top China Travel to everybody.
Wesley O


I contacted Top China travel for a 13 day China vacation (Beijing/Xian/Yangtze River cruise/Shanghai) and right from the start Bonnie provided me with great choices and package options. Throughout the entire planning and even during the trip Bonnie was there for us following up and making sure everything was perfect. Thank you Bonnie for making our China vacation unforgettable.


From the minute I contacted Vicky at Top China Travel to book our holiday, to the time we were taken to Pudong airport for our flight home, the experience was perfect. My wife and I visited Beijing, Xian and Shanghai and all of our tour guides were fluent in English, very knowledgeable and very friendly. Thank you Vicky and all at TCT and I will definitely be in contact when I return to China.


I went on a Top China Travel group tour. Everything was so well organised that I never had to worry about anything. I really liked that the group was small and it felt like we were a big group of old-friends all travelling together, not just a passenger on the bus. Every hotel, guide, driver and restaurant was very well picked. I was very happy with how well-informed each guide was, how flexible they were to ensure we all had a great time, and their English was all very good. At every step of the way, guides had us fill in a Top China Travel feedback form which I am certain the company take very seriously since their service was so good. I will be passing on their details to all my friends and family who want to travel in China.


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.


With forty years of travel to the far corners of our world we have encountered many guides. Like most travelers some have not been very good, some decent and the rare few that are outstanding. During our three weeks in China last month we encountered just such a rare individual. Our guide in Guilin was a young women named Ping (I'll provide her email later). Ping demonstrated knowledge and command of the history, stories and culture all along the way. Beyond that, Ping exuded infectious enthusiasm not only for our touring, but for us personally as well. We had a serious medical issue occur suddenly, in fact one of us went into diabetic shock. It was four in the morning but no matter, after calling Ping she took command and arranged for the hotel to send us, with a car, driver, and assistant to a hospital. Upon our arrival there was Ping who obviously thru on some clothes, got on her motorbike and rushed to meet us. There she not only served as translator but as though a family member, she became invested in our proper care and recovery. Truly remarkable to have such a person supporting you. In small ways she flavored her guiding with a sense of our interests and preferences, like the day we mentioned our love of pomegranates and the next morning there she is smiling and with samples for us as a treat. When we left a jacket behind, once again was on it as Ping arranged for its shipment to out next stop and tracked it until it was in our hands. Beyond that, Ping was in frequent contact to make certain of our full medical recovery and to offer her help where or whenever it might be needed while in China. Amazing! Ping can be contacted at bellakanas@163.com Sheila Hertz, Howard Entin


From the first email to Top China Travel with Joyce to our wonderful Tour Guide Linda and our driver I can not say more happily what a wonderful trip we have had. Linda was very Kind and very informative with all your tours. The vehicle used was at very high standard and the Driver very safe. We had a private Tour for myself and my Husband we would totally recommend this company.


Top China Travel is the the tops! I booked an 21 day tour of China for my husband and I and from the very first contact with Lily Lui I was totally impressed. We communicated via e-mail and Lily was very quick and helpful with her responses. Because this was not our first trip to China, I wanted an itinerary that was different from the norm. Lily's recommendations were top notch. The hotels she used were top shelf as we requested. Our guides and drivers were fantastic. What impressed me the most was that when we were in China, Lily called to speak to me and make sure everything was going well. When I ran into some issues due to altitude sickness, I contacted her and she had the itinerary changes done and finalized within an hour. This was a private tour with guide and driver and I honestly can say there was not one thing I wished we had done differently. Thanks to Top China Travel and Lily our trip to China was perfect. I will definitely be contacting Lily when we return to China for yet another visit.


I am a tour leader from Italy and this was my first cooperation with Janet and how lucky we met her!! We followed the trip with her to remote areas in China including some ethnic group area in Guizhou province and Sanjiang, Longsheng and Guilin, we enjoyed completely throughout the whole trip and some arrangement even out of our surprise, like we went to Janet’s home to learn how to pack Chinese Ravioli, she invited a Taichi teacher and we had a 1 hour Taichi class inside her home community. Everything was fine and our group members are all like her very much. We strongly recommend Janet Chan (janet@topchinatravel.com) as your China trip consultant! She is so considerate and carefully planned each detail of our trip. Guizhou is a very interesting and primitive place for visiting, you should include in your China trip as well! Thank you Janet! You are very professional!!
Salim A


When I planning our private trip to china I have read many trip adviser reviews and I have noticed Janet Chan’s name came up a number of times so i sent her an e-mail asked for the best two weeks private tour in China for 6 persons , whiten two days she replied me recommending 5 cities ( Zhangjiajie, hangzhuo , shanghai, Beijing , Guilin ) we went through the program which she sent to us it was excellent so we asked her to go ahead to arrange our journey . it was a great choice we made, The tour guides were knowledgeable and helpful. The hotels which reserved for us by TCT were excellent We can only say thanks for TCT and especially Janet Chan
Karan J


From the 1st point of contact till the end Joyce was great and helped plan a perfect trip which I was for a short time in Beijing. I was traveling alone and was recommended to join a small group of fellow travelers which was perfect. Great tour guide with a clean bus. Pick up on time and overall a great experience.
Ms Masha B


My husband and I booked a two week private tour of China with Top China Travel. It was an excellent experience. Vicky, a tour consultant, offered us a very good program visiting Beijing, Xian, Zhangjiajie, Shanghai and Nanjing. We really enjoyed every location. The tour guides were knowledgeable and helpful. In Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing me made our own hotel reservation and in Xian an Zhangjiajie TCT made the reservations for us. Lunch was included in the tour and the selection of the restaurants was excellent in most locations (except Xian). Overall great tour!
Chris W


When planning our China trip we read many trip advisor reviews and noticed Janet Chan’s name came up a number of times so we asked for her to arrange our journey across this fascinating land. What a great choice we made, she listened and responded to our questions and arranged all our trip that went off without any problems. We didn’t want shopping nor group travel and she responded brilliantly. Two days hiking on the wall with fabulous guide Miko, in fact all our guides and drivers were just excellent. High speed train meant we saw lots of China’s varied countryside and went to some out of the way places. We can only say great things about TCT and especially Janet Chan if you are planning a trip. Thank you Janet for an exciting and memorable trip! Chris n Jools Winstanley
Raghavan A


We signed up with TCT after reading reviews of Tibet tour agencies. Our trip included 4 days in Lhasa, two in Shigatse and one at the base camp. TCT made all the arrangements including the Tibet permit, hotels, tour guide, car and the driver for the entire trip. The arrangements were superb. The guide and the driver were very accommodating to our needs and made the entire trip very convenient. At the base camp, the guide even arranged for extra oxygen in case we need it. She was also very helpful in advising us as how to get acclimated to the altitude. The entire trip was smooth and enjoyable and we would highly recommend TCT for travel to Tibet.


wonderful visit and wonderful guide Li. Li showed us all the charms of this great city together with our Li river tour. We fell in love with this place and Yangshou. Great place to visit and it was a favourite city in all the cities we visited. great guide
Natasha J


I can't recommend this company enough!! I started talking to Yocky via the chat system on their website, as we wanted to do a 2.5 week trip around China. Our itinerary was: Shenzhen-Beijing-Xian-Kunming-Dongchuan-Chengdu-Guilin-Sanya Here's how things went: 1) She was instant in her replies and responded to subsequent emails within the hour (and trust me, I sent A LOT of emails). She was always so thorough and efficient. 2) She made us a tailor made trip that covered everything we wanted, including some slightly more off the beaten track attractions. 3) She helped us keep to our budget and suggested reasonable things we could cut out when things were too expensive (not something many companies would do as they are trying to make a quick buck). 4) She listened to all of our requests for things such as early morning flights, vegetarian food, and readjusting itineraries. 5) All our drivers and guides were EXCELLENT; they were prompt, kind, spoke excellent English and had a wealth of knowledge about all the sites we saw. All the cars on our private tours were nice and comfortable and had water. 6) Despite asking for 3* hotels, all 7 hotels we stayed in seemed like 4* to us and all included breakfast. 7) With such a large and complicated trip there were bound to be a few hiccups (e.g. there was a marathon in Xian one day which meant a lot of roads were closed, so we couldn't access sites). Yocky was in touch with us the entire time and helped us rearrange our plans quickly and ordered complimentary tickets to a show to make up for the inconvenience. We were so nervous about our first trip to China as we speak no mandarin and are strict vegetarian but honestly this was one of the best trips of our life; this company made it so easy for us and I really can't imagine having been able to do it myself any better!


The views are stunning and the boat that we were on had VIP seating for just our group with a private balcony to view the river.
Candi S


Raylene did a wonderful job organizing our tour to meet our time constraints. She answered all questions very efficiently. Our tour guide Rocco met us at the airport and the Driver was waiting near by. I have specific dietary restrictions and the guide was extremely helpful communicating that with the restaurants. The trip was so easy and we always felt safe. My husband and I are looking forward to booking a more extended trip in the future. There is so much to see and the food is wonderful!

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