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

From $ 3488

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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

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Tour Price (US$ per person)

Hotel Class Group Size Dec. ~ Feb. Mar. ~ Nov.
Economy Hotel
★★★
2 ~ 5 pax

$ 4621

$ 4846

6 ~ 9 pax

$ 3488

$ 3712

Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax

$ 4933

$ 5175

6 ~ 9 pax

$ 3799

$ 4041

Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax

$ 5353

$ 5850

6 ~ 9 pax

$ 4219

$ 4717

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, 2021 to Feb 28, 2023, 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.

Traveler Reviews Feedbacks & Photos >>Feedbacks

5.0

PunkNelson

5.0

Great Hotel stay Very Nice Tour guides Convenient planned daily trips Average selection of restaurant for food though
Kiwimac53

5.0

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,
N2265ZIinfo

5.0

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

5.0

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.
Johnf8958

5.0

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.
lakazdi

5.0

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.
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.
EBTraveler

5.0

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
ourview_11

5.0

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.
Geonannie

5.0

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.
Allessandr0

5.0

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

5.0

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

5.0

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

5.0

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

5.0

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

5.0

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.
karenilena

5.0

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

5.0

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!
JrnyJunkie

5.0

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

5.0

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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