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,...
5 Days • CNY 1,930
This is an itinerary only parents with young children will understand. If you have children who have a nap as part of their daily routine, then this itinerary might be the right fit. We pick you up in the morning according to your schedule, have a morning activity and then return you to your hotel for a nap. Then in mid-afternoon we will pick you up again for another outing on most days. This...
1 day • CNY 650
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.
2 Days • CNY 580
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...
1 day • CNY 640
This tour begins and ends at your hotel in Shanghai. Taking in two of Shanghai's most picturesque water towns, you will see a lot of "old China" in one day outside the modern metropolis of Shanghai. Zhouzhuang is one of the largest and most authentic water towns. While there you will experience a canal cruise, which is a relaxing way to drift along, take in the scenery and snap...
Shanghai → Water Towns → Shanghai
1 day • CNY 350
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,...
4 Days • CNY 1,090
The historic Huizhou villages of Anhui Province are a great, relaxed diversion from Shanghai. Luckily, they are also easily reached by train and make a great short excursion or extension of a longer China trip. This two day trip includes soft-sleeper beds on the overnight train from Shanghai to Huangshan, tours of three historic villages and an overnight at the boutique Pig's Heaven Inn...
Shanghai → Huangshan → Huizhou Villages → Huangshan → Shanghai
This itinerary takes in the best of Chengdu, including city sights, a Sichuan hotpot dinner, visiting a genuine local teahouse, the Giant Buddha of Leshan and a pilgrimage up Emei Shan mountain. We have paced the tour so you are not rushed but see a lot on each day. Hotels can be changed per your taste and budget, we give our recommendation here of nice and fairly priced accommodation. With...
Chengdu → Emei Shan → Chengdu
Qingdao is a great place for families. In the summer, the city becomes a virtual paradise for kids. This 2-day tour has it all: beach, mountains, aquarium, and castles. Great as a weekend trip or as an addition to any China-wide tour, our Qingdao Family Tour offers summertime fun for the whole family. As with all our tours, you can expect experienced guides, quality meals, and great...
Visit the amazing Longmen Grottoes and the White Horse Temple in this one day, private no shopping tour. Take your time and enjoy the Longmen Grottoes.