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.
1 day • CNY 330
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 680
Visiting the Terracotta Warriors, Qinshihuang's Tomb, the Huaqing Hotsprings and Banpo Ancient Village you will see a huge amount of archaeology in one day. Our no-shopping tour gives you only time seeing the sights and no surprise side-trips to overpriced factories. We can customize this tour itinerary for you and can add a hotel, train or plane tickets.
3 Days • CNY 4,800
If you have just a few days in port and want to see both Beijing and the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an then this tour is right for you. We include a accommodation and flights to make a complete package. We can change the hotel if you have a preference. Flights are quoted at a discount and the final flight price will depend on the discount available from the airlines when you pay your...
Beijing → Xi'an → Beijing
5 Days • CNY 2,110
An ideal itinerary for families or those who want to see natural beauty and Chinese countryside. We can adjust the active components of this itinerary such as biking, caving and river rafting to your preferences. This itinerary starts and ends at the Guilin airport. It covers all the major sights in Guilin and Yangshuo. We do not include hotels as there are many options and we can add this...
Guilin → Li River Cruise → Yangshuo
Departing and returning Guilin in the same day, you will drive to Ping'an village. On arrival you have a break for lunch with free time to explore the village. You may then hike around the area before returning to Guilin. If you prefer to stay overnight then check our two day Ping'an tour which lets you explore the area at a more leisurely pace.
Guilin → Longsheng Rice Terraces → Guilin
This itinerary follows the classic route through China which with activities suited to families, such as biking, the toy market, shows, pandas, cycle rickshaw ride, river rafting and more. We have done this itinerary with our own children and know it works well. We price this family tour without hotel rooms since there are many options and we can help you find the best solution for your...
Beijing → Xi'an → Guilin → Li River Cruise → Yangshuo → Shanghai
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 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
Visit the Shaolin Temple near Luoyang and have an immersive Kungfu day. We pick you up and return you to your hotel in Luoyang on this private no shopping tour. Your time is maximized at the Shaolin Temple complex, with a tour, Kungfu show and Kungfu lesson.
This two day tour based from Luoyang brings together the best of the tourist sights in a no shopping private tour.