The First "Absolutely No Shopping"
China Tour Operator
No Shops. No Factories. No Detours.
A better China tour has arrived — gone are the days of itineraries with built in souvenir shops, factory outlets, detours and other commission earners that you wouldn't pick yourself.
All our private tours are shop, factory and detour free.
China Highlights was the first China tour company to limit shopping trips and guarantee No Forced Shopping. You could opt out of shops on our itineraries, with the guarantee that if guides took you anywhere not consented to on your tour we would refund the guide cost for that city.
Now we are going further, we are the first China travel agency to offer ABSOLUTELY NO SHOPPING on all tour itineraries, backed by the same guarantee!
With our ‘No shopping, no factories no detours’ policy, this allows you more time to enjoy and see sites, go to places where you want to go, without the hassles of being forced to go to places where you have no interest.
It also protects you from having the feeling of being pressured to see places and to purchase items that you may not have an interest or like. This helps take away that awkwardness between you and the tour guide, so that you have nothing to worry but enjoying your holiday.
Since October 1st, 2013, all tours arranged by China Highlights will never go to retail outlets, and our tour guides will not recommend you any tourist shops, unless you ask.
About 80% of travel agencies would arrange shops and factories when tourists booked a tour; and 90% tour guides would take customers to tourist shops and receive commission. It had become a standard in China.
We have always felt this is a waste of customers' time and money. We have wanted to change this situation for many years, and remove shopping from all of our tours. Recently tourism law changes have allowed us to insist that all city local partners arrange ABSOLUTELY NO SHOPPING tours. This has allowed us to push our no shopping policy forward, making every tour a no shopping tour.
If you choose to buy a seat-in-coach tour, these can sometimes include shops. These are great value for money, but since they are run by local agents we cannot remove shops. Some do not include shops, but the tour guide might still recommend shopping. Seat-in-coach tours are outside our control.
Of course attractions sometimes have shops at the exits. Naturally we cannot avoid passing through them.
What if I want to go to a shop?
If you would like to buy something on your tour with our help, you will need to sign a disclaimer releasing your tour guide to recommend the best places to buy and take you shopping.
No longer do you need to worry about the awkwardness, hassle, over-charging, and time-wasting of guided shopping visits.