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 650
This tour takes you to three major sights outside of Beijing. The Sacred Way is walk down a central corridor featuring carved statues of animals and emperors. Mutianyu is one of the less touristy and busy sections, at least in comparison with Badaling. We include the cable car up, and you can go down by cable car or toboggan sled, it's your choice and no extra cost. We make two...
1 day • CNY 580
Hike from Jinshanling to Erqu on a partially restored and partially wild section of the Great Wall. This hike takes 2 to 5 hours depending on your speed. We suggest you take your time, enjoy the views and take lots of photographs. We can optionally do a longer hike between Jinshanling and Gubeikou. This is a 5 to 8 hour hike and is more difficult. The Gubeikou section of the wall is more wild and...
1 day • CNY 600
This tour covers a lot of ground outside of Xi'an, visiting the Terracotta Warriors, Huaqing Hotspring and stopping at a countryside cave dwelling for a home cooked lunch. We can customize this tour itinerary for you and can add a hotel, train or plane tickets. The countryside cave option can be changed for lunch in a Chinese restaurant if you prefer.
1 day • CNY 680
A visit to the Terracotta Warriors combined with a trip to the Fuping Ceramic Village give a complete picture of how important pottery is to the history of this region of China. In Fuping village you will have the chance to view the works of visiting international artists and to sink your hands into some clay in the experimental lab. Fuping's museums started by inviting ceramic...
3 Days • CNY 3,960
This 3-day Hangzhou tour gives you a taste of one of the most popular travel destinations in China along with a unique Ayurvedic Spa experience. You will stoll the old streets of the city and the famed tea plantations just outside of town. Afterwards, visit the West Lake, one of China's most treasured UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Explore the area by bike before late-afternoon boating on the...
3 Days • CNY 1,860
Pingyao is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its walled city remains completely intact and is an oasis of history in the countryside. It can be reached from Beijing by fast train to Taiyuan, then its another two hour drive to the old town of Pingyao. Inside the walled city much of the area is pedestrianized, so it is pleasant to stroll the old style streets. All the accommodation is in nice,...
Beijing → Taiyuan → Pingyao → Taiyuan → Beijing
This tour goes to some of China's most iconic locations, the highlight being the Yangtze river cruise. We offer the Century cruise line in this itinerary, a five star ship we feel offers great quality at a reasonable price. Depending on your travel schedule and preferences we can adjust the ship selection, please work with our agent to finalize the best choice for you. We do not include...
Hong Kong → Guilin → Li River Cruise → Yangshuo → Chongqing → Yangtze River Cruises → Yichang → Shanghai → Beijing
This classic and popular China tour can be a great experience when well done. We give you our guides who are vetted by our American staff and don't surprise you with unscheduled shopping stops taking time out of your day and expecting to make an extra buck in commissions. If you are asking why our price is not the lowest then you should consider the extra expenses you might find in our...
Beijing → Xi'an → Shanghai
For those who need a serious break from the city, this hiking and hot spring tour is just what the doctor ordered. Spend the day hiking at Jinshanling Great Wall, followed by an relaxing evening at the 5-star Chunhuiyuan Hot Spring Resort. Sample the diverse array of pools at Chunhuiyuan late into the night before returning to the city the next morning.
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Beijing → Guilin → Yangshuo → Guilin → Yangshuo → Longsheng Rice Terraces → Guilin → Hangzhou → Suzhou → Water Towns → Shanghai → Zhengzhou → Luoyang → Xi'an → Beijing