We consider experiencing good Chinese cuisine to be an important part of the tour experience. When on a tour, lunch is generally Chinese style and normally included in the price. Our guides will help you order according to your taste. Mild, spicy, meat, vegetables, rice and/or noodles. Dishes are served family style and shared by the guests. The driver may eat on his own but the guide will join you if you like.
Food in Beijing is quite good quality and we take our guests to genuine local restaurants, not tourist traps. We consider it distasteful to ask you for small amounts of money during the tour, so we offer unlimited standard drinks including Coke, Sprite, bottled water, Chinese tea and local beers. You also won't leave the table hungry, if you need more to eat just let your guide know.
We don't have fixed restaurants we must use, it depends on where you are at the time you are hungry. When traveling around China we normally have the same arrangements outside Beijing but this may vary depending on your exact itinerary.
Unless there is a special activity planned or you prefer to have all your meals catered, guests often prefer to relax after a day tour and arrange their own dinner. This gives you flexibility in time and cuisine. Handling your own dinner allows you to have some control and also the chance to strike out on you own. Your guide can give you restaurant suggestions and in big cities you can find lots of options for both Western and Chinese fine dining and fast food. Most 4 and 5 star hotels will have their own restaurants, but the hotel front desk can also make restaurant recommendations.
While Chinese food has a lot of variety, you may find yourself craving pizza, pasta, or something more familiar from back home. Luckily, most of the major tourist destinations like Beijing, Shanghai, and Yangshuo offer many Western dining options from small cafes to international fast food chains where you can get reasonably priced food.
Most hotels come with breakfast, or if not it can be added at a cost. Four and five star hotels will generally offer a good western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Three star hotels may only have a Chinese breakfast, or a Chinese interpretation of a western breakfast. Anyway a Chinese breakfast is not bad - rice porridge, eggs, Chinese style breads and vegetables.
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If your children are hankering to stop at McDonald's or KFC, your guide can do this on the go.
Chinese cuisine can be great for vegetarians, but very difficult for vegans. If meat or fish is not used in a dish, usually eggs are. Beijing and Shanghai have a greater number of specifically vegetarian restaurants where it is easier for vegetarians and vegans to order what they like.
As China has a number of Muslim ethnic groups, there are many halal options in almost every city in China. If you require halal food, we can easily accommodate. Kosher eating is more limited, but Beijing and Shanghai offer some options.
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This is an itinerary only parents with young children will understand. If you have children who have a nap as part of their daily routine, then this itinerary might be the right fit. We pick you up in the morning according to your schedule, have a morning activity and then return you to your hotel for a nap. Then in mid-afternoon we will pick you up again for another outing on most days. This...
This tour goes around the major destinations of the Yangtze River delta. The tour starts and ends at Shanghai's Pudong airport and even includes a ride on the fastest train in the world, the Maglev train connecting the airport to the city. If Pudong airport is not part of your plans we can alter the itinerary. After seeing the major sights of Shanghai you will also see Suzhou,...
Shanghai → Hangzhou → Suzhou → Water Towns → Shanghai
Beijing is one of the most exciting places in the world in terms of art. There are over 10 art districts (converted use space, many old factories or testing facilities) within the city that are brimming with some of the most thought provoking and beautiful works of art produced in the contemporary world. While many of these districts beam with eclectic glamor lined with amazing galleries and...
Pamper yourself with this Great Wall and hot spring tour. Not far from the city, Mutianyu is one of the most easily accessible sections of the Wall that is not overrun with tourists. Spend a morning marveling at the vistas of the Wall followed by a delicious fresh trout lunch before heading to Chunhuiyuan Hot Spring Resort. This elegant resort offers an all-out luxury spa experience complete with...
This itinerary takes in the best of Chengdu, including city sights, a Sichuan hotpot dinner, visiting a genuine local teahouse, the Giant Buddha of Leshan and a pilgrimage up Emei Shan mountain. We have paced the tour so you are not rushed but see a lot on each day. Hotels can be changed per your taste and budget, we give our recommendation here of nice and fairly priced accommodation. With...
Chengdu → Emei Shan → Chengdu
Combining the best of north central China, this tour takes you through Beijing, Hohhot, and Datong with a visit to the Xilamuren Grasslands just outside of Hohhot. This is a great tour for those who would like to see some of China's most famous sights (in Beijing) and also have a chance to get off the beaten track. As with all our tours, you can expect experienced guides, quality meals,...
Beijing → Hohhot → Datong → Beijing
This tour takes an incredible pilgrimage through Tibet, visiting the most important historic and cultural sights along the way. Starting in Lhasa you will visit the Potala Palace, several monasteries and walk the Barkhor with Tibetans on their own holy pilgrimage. On your road trip around Tibet you will visit Samye Monastery, then the cities of Gyantse and Shigatse. Next a trip to Namtso...
Beijing → Tibet / Lhasa → Tsedang → Gyantse → Shigatse → Namtso Lake → Tibet / Lhasa
This itinerary combines the best activities in Lijiang together with a challenging trek in Tiger Leaping Gorge. During the trek in Tiger Leaping Gorge our guide will escort you, however the walking is a challenge and you must be prepared to do some up and downhill trail walking. We can also organize a horse for you or your baggage if you prefer, just let us know in advance. If hiking is more...
Lijiang → Tiger Leaping Gorge → Lijiang
This tour takes you to all the highlights of Guangzhou. In two days, you will explore some of Guangzhou's most important historical sites, including ancient sites such as the Nanyue King Mausoleum. You will learn about Guagnzhou's role as one of the regions most important trading hubs while exploring the Guangzhou City History Museum and the Western-style trading settlement on Shamian...
For history buffs, Qufu makes for an excellent day trip from Beijing. The bullet train takes about two hours leaving you most of the day to explore the three major city sites: the Confucius Temple, Confucius Mansion, and Confucius Forest.
Beijing → Qufu → Beijing