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, local bottled water and Chinese tea. 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. Having all your meals catered every day can be tiresome. Handling your own dinner allows you to have some control and also strike out on you own. Your guide can give you restaurant suggestions and in big cities you can find lots of options for fine dining, fast food, both western or Chinese. Hotel staff can often make restaurant recommendations within walking distance.
If you get the taste for a burger or pizza after a lot of Chinese food, this is easily found in Beijing, Shanghai and many other cities around China. Many hotel restaurants offer nice food. China also has its share of McDonald's, KFC and Subway sandwich chains if you need a fix.
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 a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.
We pick you up from the Xingang port in Tianjin and return you back there after an overnight trip to see Beijing. As you are on a tight schedule, we take you to the must-see sites. This tour also includes overnight at the excellent Hotel Kapok which is walking distance from the Forbidden City east gate. If you would prefer a 3 star or 5 star hotel, let your agent know. The price gets less...
1 day • CNY 400
Cuandixia is a preserved Ming style village about 2 1/2 hours outside of Beijing. Nestled in the hills you can feel how people lived in the past. It's best to make an overnight trip of it if you have time, then you can linger in the village, stroll in the green hills and not rush back and forth between Beijing. We offer an overnight Cuandixia tour as an option. If you don't have...
1 day • CNY 640
Suzhou is a city of over 2,500 years history located in the Yangtze River Delta region. It is an easy day trip from Shanghai to the canals, stone bridges, pagodas, and meticulously designed gardens that are now UNESCO world heritage sites. The area is also famed for its exquisite silk production. We will give you a taste of all these aspects of Suzhou in one day, picking you up from your...
Shanghai → Suzhou → Shanghai
4 days • CNY 1,450
The historic Huizhou villages of Anhui Province are a great, relaxed diversion from Shanghai. Luckily, they are also easily reached by train and make a great short excursion or extension of a longer China trip. This two day trip includes soft-sleeper beds on the overnight train from Shanghai to Huangshan, tours of three historic villages and an overnight at the boutique Pig's Heaven Inn...
Shanghai → Huangshan → Huizhou Villages → Huangshan → Shanghai
For many visitors to China, these are the two highlights: Beijing & Lhasa. This tour contains the absolute highlights of both cities with a few day trips out of town. In Beijing, visitors will witness the grandeur of classical Chinese history and culture best displayed in the architectural wonders of the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, and Great Wall. In contrast, the second...
Beijing → Tibet / Lhasa → Tsedang → Tibet / Lhasa → Namtso Lake → Tibet / Lhasa
Although usually visited as a day trip from Shanghai, Suzhou is a great place to spend a little more time. This tour includes all the major sites in Suzhou to give a rounded experience of the city's gardens, museums, and old alleys. Suzhou's charm reveals itself in between sites, when visitors take the time to notice the details of life along it's famous cobbled streets and...
Visit China's four most iconic cities in one tour. This trip gives visitors a taste of Chinese history, business, cuisine, and culture. You will be introduced to the legacy of China's dynastic past while also gaining an understanding of the country's transformation into a modern economic and cultural powerhouse. For city lovers, this is the perfect tour. Friendly, interesting...
Beijing → Shanghai → Guangzhou → Hong Kong
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
Hangzhou is a great place to spend a few days relaxing and enjoying the healthy lifestyle so easily adopted by its residents. This two-day tour focuses on the city's tea culture and many outdoor activities. Not your standard Hangzhou tour, we recommend this for active people looking for a trip filled with experiences rather than sights.
Take a step back in time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life as you experience this three day tour in some of China's most picturesque ancient villages nestled in between rivers and mountains. During this tour, you will visit four Huizhou Villages: Tachuan 塔川, Hongcun 宏村, Xidi 西递, and Tangyue 棠樾. We recommend staying overnight in Tachuan Village, which is very...
Huangshan → Huizhou Villages → Huangshan