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.
3 Days • CNY 1,210
Ask about child discounts, it depends on their age and height. This is an example of a Beijing family tour which can be further modified to suite your needs. We can add airport transfers and family friendly hotels. Our guides are experienced at working with families and will be flexible and helpful. Other interesting attractions for families include the Railway Museum, Kungfu Show, Chaoyang Park,...
1 day • CNY 330
A great day out with kids in Beijing, these activities are things we regularly do with our own children living in Beijing. The zoo is a spacious green park with fun exhibitions and even a children's playground. Its a good chance to see panda bears up close without going all the way to Chengdu. All kids love the Toy Market which is next to the Hongqiao Pearl Market so you can see both at...
1 day • CNY 620
This tour begins and ends at your hotel in Shanghai. Tongli is one of the most authentic and picturesque water towns outside Shanghai. It is a little over 1 hour to drive there. After walking through the narrow lanes and having a canal cruise you continue on to Suzhou. In Suzhou you will see the Humble Administrator's Garden, one of the most famous there. Suzhou is also famous for its...
Shanghai → Water Towns → Suzhou → Shanghai
1 day • CNY 750
This private one day tour takes you from your hotel in Shanghai and shows you Hangzhou's major sights and then back to your Shanghai hotel all in one day. Famed for its natural scenery, Hangzhou and its West Lake have been subject matter for countless poets and artists. Hangzhou was the capital of the Southern Song Dynasty from 1127 until 1276 when the Mongol invasion occured. The...
Shanghai → Hangzhou → Shanghai
5 Days • CNY 2,010
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
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,...
The Great Wall is one of the highlights of a trip to China and is one of the "Seven Wonders of the World". Built starting in the 7th century, the Great Wall has UNESCO World Heritage status. If you are looking to do something unique, then camp on it for a night! “When I took my friends up here to camp we could feel the history associated with this almost mystical landmark. Lying in my...
1 day • CNY 790
Our one day Chongqing tour includes the municipality's most famous sights. Our guide and driver will pick you up in the morning and take you the Dazu Grottoes, one of China's four ancient Buddhist cave art sites. For lunch, you will enjoy an excellent Chongqing hot pot meal. The afternoon will be spent visiting the new Three Gorges Museum and the ancient town of Ciqikou. We...
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
Travel from Beijing to Luoyang and back in first class on the new high speed train line, surpassing 300 kph. Much more fun, spacious and reliable than flying. On arrival we take you straight to check into your theme suite at Christian's hotel. We can discuss the options for your itinerary, hotel and meals. Have a look at some of the hotel room photos by clicking on the hotel name.
Beijing → Luoyang → Beijing