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.
This tour is designed for those seeking an in-depth cultural experience in China. While this trip covers the major sights, we also aim to provide time to relax along the way and try some off-beat activities. Activities are geared towards experiential immersion and allowing quality time with travel partners and new local friends. Note: Tibet is closed to foreign visitors for two months every...
Beijing → Luoyang → Xi'an → Tibet / Lhasa → Chongqing → Yangtze River Cruises → Yichang → Shanghai
3 • CNY 1,460
This tour is especially designed for people passing through China and entering on the three day transit visa, which is issued on arrival to approved countries. If you are on your way around the world and passing by Beijing or Shanghai, its a great opportunity to stop in for a look. For more details on the three day visa issued at the airport see our Visa section.
The most epic of great wall hikes, the Jinshanling to Simatai walk has both restored and unrestored sections. Because Simatai East is currently closed we must end at Simatai West. This is a medium difficulty hike and is appropriate for children from age 8 and up or those who are keen hikers. The hike takes at about 3 to 4 hours, then we will have an excellent lunch in on the way back to...
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 • CNY 810
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...
1 • CNY 480
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
4 • CNY 1,270
We pick you up at the Shanghai airport according to your flight arrival schedule and you are transferred to your hotel. We include a five star hotel located north of the Bund which we think is a good value for money. If you prefer to book your own hotel or select another, just let us know. You can take the tour without the hotel if you wish. Our two day tour covers the highlights of...
Shanghai → Water Towns → Suzhou → Shanghai
If you want to see a more remote and authentic part of the Longsheng Rice Terraces, then a visit to Tiantouzhai village is a good choice. The walk is 45 minutes to an hour and slightly uphill through beautiful rice terrace scenery. The fact that you must walk this far keeps out most tourists and keeps the area more pristine. The hike is relatively easy and great for photography. You stay...
Guilin → Longsheng Rice Terraces → Guilin
On arrival at the Dujiangyan Panda Valley you will receive training and watch a film to orient you in the details of acting as a zookeeper. Your duties include feeding your panda (fresh bamboo, apples, homemade biscuits), cleaning the panda enclosure, weighing the food they are given, the remaining food and their feces, and in hot weather you give them a block of ice. You can also do...
For return visitors to Beijing who want something a little off the beaten path, this tour is the perfect combination of great less-visited sites and cultural experiences. Learn about Chinese tea culture, classical painting, tai chi, Peking opera, and traditional Chinese medicine in a series of classes spread through two days in the capital. This tour is also great for foodies as it includes both...