9 Days Chinese New Year Tour

Beijing, Xian, Shanghai

Traveler Reviews


Tour Code: TCT-Cultural-06

Tour Type: Private Tour

Tour Highlights:

  Personally experience the tranditional Chinese New Year (Spring Festival)
  Have a chance to enjoy a reunion meal with a Chinese family as a quite unique experience
  Join in the crowded temple fair to have a glimpse of how Chinese celebrate this traditional festival
  Fine designed China tour covering the most famous travel destinations in China Beijing, Xian and Shanghai
 

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Day 1Jan 22nd, 2020 Arrival Beijing
Transfer service to hotel

Meals: No Meals
Recommended Hotel: Citadines Ritan Service Apartment ★★★★

Come to China for the Chinese Spring Festival in Lunar New Year.  Upon arrival at Beijing airport, be met and greeted by our guide and transferred to your hotel. Soak up the atmosphere of Chinese New Year in advance while hanging out during the rest of day.


Beijing City View of New Year

Day 2Jan 23rd, 2020 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City

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

Today will be a big day for people who head for their hometown. To avoid the New Year rush, we will arrange morning tour to Mutianyu Great Wall. You can choose to hike on the Great Wall or take cable car up and walk around. Enjoy your peaceful time there till lunch time. Drive back to Beijing downtown in the afternoon. Visit Forbidden City which is the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. You could image how busy it would be during the old time when the Emperor prepares for the New Year.


Mutianyu Great Wall in winter

Day 3Jan 24th, 2020 Beijing
Temple of Heaven, Hutong Tour with family visit, Enjoy the Chinese culture for Chinese New Year Celebrition

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

Today is Chinese New Year Eve! The busy city of Beijing will show you another side. You will visit Temple of Heaven, in the morning. After that, walk into the Hutong and be a real Beijinger to celebrate the Chinese New Year. You will see the clean alley, red lantern, spring couplets, and meet people who express their New Year greetings to everyone. We will arrange a special lunch at the local family’s house and enjoy your happy time with them for the New Year Eve. Don’t forget to give red envelopes and your best wishes to them.


Beijing Hutong

Day 4Jan 25th, 2020 Beijing
Free day, Ditan Park Temple Fair- a good suggestion for you

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

Give your guide and drive a day off and enjoy your free time for the New Year's Day. You could explore the temple fairs and shopping streets on a walking tour of the city. We suggest you visit the temple fair held at Ditan Park with more than 30-year history. Going to temple fair during Chinese New Year is a must-do activity for Beijingers. During temple fair, you will have chance to watch traditional performance and traditional handicrafts. You can also try many local snacks. You will have our New Year coupon of ¥100 per person for taxi fee.


Beijing Temple Fairs

Day 5Jan 26th, 2020 Beijing - Xian
Fly to Xian, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall

Meals: Breakfast
Recommended Hotel:Atour Hotel Xian Nanmen ★★★★

Say goodbye to Beijing and take morning flight to Xian. Upon arrival, be met by our tour guide and visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda and North Square. Appreciate the Music Fountain Show in the afternoon at the largest square in Asia. After that, visit Ancient City Wall which represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. You will also enjoy the special lantern show at night during Chinese New Year Festival.


Xian Ancient City Wall

Day 6Jan 27th, 2020 Xian
Terracotta Warriors,Tang Bo Art Museum,?Muslim Quarter

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Atour Hotel Xian Nanmen ★★★★

In the morning, 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. In the afternoon, visit TangBo 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 and design your own spring couplets. And then, visit the Bell tower, the largest bell tower in structure and shape and best-preserved one in China. Continue to visit Muslim Quarter where is the best place to experience Chinese New Year in Xian.


TangBo Art Museum handicraft for New Year

Day 7Jan 28th, 2020 Xian - Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai, Shanghai Alley, Shikumen, Old Street, Nanjing Road, The Bund

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Sunrise On The Bund Hotel ★★★★

Morning will be at leisure on your own and take fly to Shanghai. Upon arrival, be met by our guide and enjoy your afternoon tour to Shanghai Alley and Shikumen, which is the most typical buildings reflecting the old Shanghai. After that, stroll around Shanghai Old Street and Nanjing Road for free shopping.  In the evening, have orientation walk on the Bund and celebrate the New Year Festival with local people while playing fireworks.


Shanghai Firwork at the Bund

Day 8Jan 29th, 2020 Shanghai
Tongli Water Town, Lingering Garden

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel:Sunrise on the Bund Hotel ★★★★

In the morning, drive to Tongli Water town, famous for the traditional residences including gardens, houses and temples, built in the Ming and Qing Dynasty. You will also experience Tongli Canal wooden boat through the waterways. The water town will be well decorated during Chinese New Year and you will enjoy the unique water town only once a year. In the afternoon, drive to Suzhou city and stroll around the Pingjiang Ancient Street, an ancient cultural road which has been preserved for more than 800 years. Continue visit to Lingering Garden, one of the great four gardens in China. Get back to the Shanghai after the tour.


Tongli Water Town in New Year

Day 9Jan 30th, 2020 Departure Shanghai
Transfer service to airport

Meals: Breakfast

Chinese New Year Festival is till on but it is time to leave. Be transferred to the airport for  your departure flight.

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Tour Price (US$ per person)

Notice:
Due to the uncertainties of this tour, such as special local conditions , the changes of accommodation rate, etc, the tour has to be tailor-made and its price is on request. Please tell us in advance your group information inclusive of departure date, number of pax, and other individual needs, which will be helpful to work out a fit program and the right price.

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5.0

Jose F.P. C

5.0

The 6 day Guilin tour had been very well designed with the help of M/s Raylene He, adviser of TCT. All the time had been fully filled and extremely enjoyable, visiting special, beautiful and interesting cultural, historical and scenic places. The tour general service had been very good, specially with the professionalism of the English speaking tourist guide M/s Tang Yong Hong. I would express my appreciation for these two excellent professionals for the good time provided with this tour.
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!
andyanne2017

5.0

We recently returned from a 16 day tour of China. Our holiday was organised by Rebecca Wei who was a pleasure to deal with. We arrived in Beijing and departed from Shanghai. There was lots to organise as we had two internal flights and three train journeys as well as three nights on a boat cruising the Yangtze river. All the arrangments fell into place like clockwork, our guides were excellent, spoke very good english and had a good knowledge of the places we visited. We saw some fantastic sights but some of the highlights for us were The Great Wall, The Yungang Grottoes, The Hanging Temple Datong, The terrracotta warriors and the muslim quarter in Xiang and the cruise on the Yangtze. We travelled in September so the temperatures were around 28C [ fine for us as we live in Durban] it is also a good time as the lines to get enterance to some places were very short. There was a lot of walking involved so comfortable walking shoes are a must as well as a sun hat. We stayed in a couple of "traditional" hotels which we loved and then some very upmarket hotels. The exception was the hotel in Xiang which scored 100% on location but had some very unfriendly staff a poor restaurant as well as putting us in an unrenovated room for the first night. We moved to the renovated floors for the other night which was much better. I should add here that this was a mistake by the hotel not TCT] My one regret is that we should have stayed a night in Wuzhen Water Town but that really was not practical as we had to leave our hotel in Shanghai at 4 in the morning to catch the flight home. We have some wondefull memories so thank you Rebecca and TCT for organizing a really interesting holiday Andrew and Anne B, DurbanSouth Africa
MadonnaUpstate_ny

5.0

Tour developer Yocky and tour guide Leo did a great job introducing me to these 2 cities. I loved the Acrobatic Show and also the night boat ride on the Huangpu. The skyline of Shanghai is a riot of color and movement at night! And the gardens! Leo's English was very clear and easy to understand. I also appreciated his willingness to "open up" and tell me a little bit about his family, his life,his history, his routine. I would recommend a private tour with a guide and driver and if you're in Shanghai ask for Leo to be your guide!
ralphrarb

5.0

I highly recommend Top China Travel (TCT) in particular Janet Chan for her excellent professional services in organising our recent tour in China. My wife and I did not want a group tour because we wanted greater flexibility so Janet put together a tour that took in all the major sight seeing cities. It was very well organised, the accommodation was great e.g. excellent locations, English speaking and delicious buffet breakfasts and close to all the major sights that will leave us with lasting memories. Her choice of guides was very good, they also spoke excellent English and had good personalities and were all very knowledgeable, the drivers were also very good and drove safely. In summary we believe that TCT provided a quality value added service and would recommend TCT to anyone looking for a reliable Chinese agency for organising their travels. Ralph Arbon Brisbane, Australia
RamonaG3

5.0

I have been to Xi'an before with a larger group so this time booking with only 3 friends made it very enjoyable and a more personable experience for each of us. The cost was reasonable and made the whole time worry free.The restaurant that was recommended by our tour guide Maggie was of excellent quality and fair price. Maggie's english was very good, and knowledge of sites we visited was also very good. The booking agent Janet took care of the logistics of every detail of the trip; she was available to assist us outside of regular working hours and became our translator at the train station when we were having difficulty communicating what we needed.
Michael B

5.0

Top China Travel provided a superb trip (11 days) to China. I am not all that easy to please, but TCT was perfect in every respect. The guides were knowledgeable and spoke clear English. They were flexible and accommodated every request. The hotels were all excellent and the food, in the hotels and the lunches, was first rate. I plan to return to China and will certainly book through TCT. Many thanks to the entire TCT staff!!!
ULDan

5.0

We organised and booked our China tour (for myself and my wife) with Janet Chan from Top China Travel. We included Beijing , Xi'an and Shanghai. Janet is the best travel consultant we ever met. She is very professional, honest and always prompt in correspondence. All her suggestions proved really good and we achieved in our 8 days in China much more than we thought possible , way above our expectations, and absolutely stress free. Janet helped us promptly whenever necessary and all bookings (hotel, historical attractions, restaurants, intercity travels) maximized the available time and also allowed us to immerse not just in China's millennial history but also a bit in the local, normal people's life. All our guides were very good and helpful, and we felt treated like friends, not just customers, especially by Sisi (Beijing) and Vicky (Shanghai). We already plan our return to China for a longer holiday, and we will certainly book with Janet - Top China Travel again. Overall, a very satisfying experience.
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-SanyaHere'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!
Christine G

5.0

We arranged our 21 day personalised itinerary of China and Tibet with Janet Chan of Top China Tours , a company in Guilin.Janet made the process from us enquiring to the end of the trip very easy for us. The tour was fantastic, the Guides were very knowledgeable, the Driver's very experienced, the Hotels were very central, the Tours arranged for each area we visited were great, leaving us with a very rememberable trip,many thanks to Janet. Christine-Australia
0808joe00

5.0

My extended family of 11, ages from 14 to 82, visited Shanghai, Xi'an and Beijing. Lilly was instrumental in helping us planning the family trip. She was always prompt, helpful, and pleasant responding to our endless inquiries. We had Vicky in Shanghai as our guide. She was caring and sincere. Even though dinner was not included in our itinerary, Vicky accompanied us to restaurants so that we wouldn't get lost. When we left Shanghai, all of us missed having Vicky as our guide. Sally in Xi'an was professional. Cathy in Beijing was energetic, funny and caring, and we bonded with her instantly. At the end of our tour, she even took us for shopping after her service was officially over. At the airport, as we hugged each other to bid farewells, I felt as if I was parting with a longtime friend. All 3 guides were extremely accomodating my 82-year-old mother-in-law and assited in hiring a wheelchair for her at each sightseeing site. Because of each member of TCT with their mpeccable service, our family trip was a memorable one. I highly recommend TCT to anyone who is planning a trip to China. Thank you Lilly, Vicky and Chathy. You guys are awesome!!!
cornbreadjenkins34

5.0

First of all I was a little nervous about planning my trip to China, I hate dealing with alot of paper work and all the excessive planning that goes into things. Joyce from TCT made the process extremely simple and easy so planning things was a breeze! I can really say I view Joyce as a true friend who helped make my trip unforgettable. All the people I dealt with on my trip to China- our guides-Ann in Beijing, David in Xi'an,Annie in Guilin treated us  more like family than customers and they were very thoughtful towards what the group wanted to do! Joyce even met us at our hotel in Guilin with gifts and took us around a little bit of Guilin on her own time, she even paid for the scorpion I tried (lol) This company's care towards people is something special and an honor to their beautiful country. I loved my trip to China and the best part was the people I met and friends I made a long the way! I definitely plan to return to China in the near future and would happily use Top China Travel again! Just sad we can only give them 5 stars- they deserve more!
A TripAdvisor Member

5.0

My wife and I spent the beginning of a 11 day China trip in Beijing. Our trip was through Top China Travel and our travel advisor was Janet Chan. This phase of our trip went very well. Jim our guide and Mr Wong our driver were wonderful hosts. Mr Wong was punctual, safe, helpful, and friendly. Jim was very knowledgeable, informative, and friendly. If the rest of the trip goes this well we will be happy travelers.
World_lover4

5.0

TCT was very helpful in our Guilin trip. We are vegetarians and they made sure we were well fed. We had a private tour with TCT and my only regret was that I wish it had included a Li river cruise to Ghanshou. Make sure you ask for one instead of going by road.
spenceralain1201

5.0

We had a fantastic 6 day trip. The guide and driver were very friendly and kind to us. Everything was well organised, Yangshuo is definitely the highlights of Guilin. We hope we could spend longer time there. We did everything fun, Bamboo rafting on Yulong River, Xingping Old Town.The cycling was amazing , we really enjoyed the ride in stunning the scenery. Guilin is also a nice city with nature, we climbed the Diecai hill to see the whole city. Very impressive. Good job, good arrangement.
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