That said you can come across some primitive situations. You should carry tissues with you as free toilet paper is not the norm outside five star hotels. When you are on the road if you can ask your guide to keep a lookout for good toilets then they can usually find you a good option. Many public toilets have western style as well as squat style.
Chinese toilets are normally the squat style, which do take some getting used to but on the other hand you don't touch anything, so generally I don't mind them. Hotels all have western toilets now so you can rest assured in your own private room you will have a throne to relax on.
You will want to know how to recognize which toilet is for your sex and how to read the characters "public toilet". You don't have to be able to read Chinese - it is pattern recognition. Stare at the male and female a while, or copy them repeatedly on paper. Carry them with you and look at them while waiting in a line.
"Gong cuo" literally translates as "public toilet". You might see it on a sign post at an intersection or the side of a bathroom looking building. There are actually plenty of public toilets in Beijing if you keep your eyes open.
It also helps to be able to ask
Toilets in China vary greatly, which is probably why the government has started rating them with stars and handing out awards. I've never seen any awarded less than 3 stars - one and two star toilets don't seem to get labeled.
This tour is designed for those seeking an intimate trip to oriental China as a couple or with friends / family. While this trip does cover the major sights, we also aim to give you time to relax along the way and try some alternative activities. We choose superior class hotels and give you some time to relax and enjoy them. Activities are geared for quality time together.
Beijing → Luoyang → Xi'an → Tibet / Lhasa → Chongqing → Yangtze River Cruises → Yichang → Shanghai
1 day • CNY 400
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
3 Days • CNY 1,880
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
1 day • CNY 660
Hong Kong is a unique Chinese city, part of the British empire for 99 years and then handed back to China like a gift in 1997. While officially part of China, it is still "one country, two systems" which helps preserve its unique culture. Our one day tour is arrange to show you the most of Hong Kong you can see in a single day. If there are other sites you would like to see we can add a...
This tour takes you from the country's economic seat in the east, Shanghai, to the ceiling of the world in the west, Lhasa. You will start with a few days in Shanghai seeing the major sites and experiencing the modernity of China. Then you will travel to the center of the country, Xi'an, where you will be introduced to China's ancient history. Finally, you will fly to Lhasa, a city...
Shanghai → Xi'an → Tibet / Lhasa → Shanghai
A day of high altitude sport, start the day by playing 18 holes of golf on the highest golf course in the world. The air is so thin you can drive the ball further than normal, which is good because there is a par 5 hole over 800 yards long. After your round of golf you can get lunch in the golf club. We don't include it in the price, you can order and pay for your drinks and meal...
Combining the best of north central China, this tour takes you through Beijing, Hohhot, and Datong with a visit to the Xilamuren Grasslands just outside of Hohhot. This is a great tour for those who would like to see some of China's most famous sights (in Beijing) and also have a chance to get off the beaten track. As with all our tours, you can expect experienced guides, quality meals,...
Beijing → Hohhot → Datong → Beijing
Visit the Shaolin Temple near Luoyang and have an immersive Kungfu day. We pick you up and return you to your hotel in Luoyang on this private no shopping tour. Your time is maximized at the Shaolin Temple complex, with a tour, Kungfu show and Kungfu lesson.
See Datong's famous sights including the Yungang Grottos and the Hanging Temple in a two day tour beginning and ending in Beijing. With an early morning flight over and an early evening flight back you will have two full days to take in all the sights.
Beijing → Datong → Beijing
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