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 640
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 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 410
Zhujiajiao is the closest and most touristed water town near Shanghai. A good choice if you don't have a lot of time. It includes a canal boat ride and you get a chance to stroll the streets of the village. But if you do want to make a longer day of it we would recommend our Tongli Water Town / Suzhou one day tour from Shanghai, or our Two Water Towns in one day tour.
Shanghai → Zhujiajiao → Shanghai
2 Days • CNY 570
This tour receives you on arrival at the Shanghai airport and transfers you to your five star hotel to rest and recover. The next day we give you a full day Shanghai tour with no commission shopping stops and then drop you off at your cruise ship to begin the next leg of your journey. If you are traveling with others and join together then the cost for this tour will be reduced. We can...
Departing and returning Guilin in the same day, you will hike about 45 minutes to Tiantouzhai 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 the Dahzhai parking area and driving back to Guilin. If you prefer to stay overnight then check our two day Tiantouzhai tour which lets you explore the area at...
Guilin → Longsheng Rice Terraces → Guilin
1 day • CNY 340
This tour will give you a look into early 20th century Shanghai. First, you will stroll along historic Duolun Road, home to many of the most famous Chinese writers and revolutionaries of the 1920s and '30s. Next, you will visit the sights of Shanghai's American concession, home to many Jewish refugees during WWII. Spend the afternoon exploring Shanghai's elegant French Concession,...
A trip to Lhasa gives you a view of Chinese and Tibetan culture which is quite unique. Authentic Tibetan culture, cuisine and history can all be experienced in a visit to Lhasa. This itinerary can be part of a longer China journey, please consult one of our agents.
Tibet / Lhasa
See the highlights of Lijiang without cutting corners. We give you free time to explore the pedestrian streets of Shuhe and Lijiang to shop and dine. As there are many interesting and accessible cafes and restaurants in Lijiang, we have not included most meals. Its a chance to try some cuisine according to your taste and budget. The cultural shows of the Naxi people are featured in the...
Cloud-shrouded mountains, tranquil lakes, white-washed canal towns, and China's jewel in the east; this is what visitors dream about China. This tour gives you a little bit of nature, a touch of modernity, and a lot of history and culture. Starting and ending in Shanghai, this tour includes the most popular sights of the city. Second, you will visit Hangzhou, home to the majestic West...
Shanghai → Hangzhou → Suzhou → Huangshan → Shanghai
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.