The Golden Triangle

8 Days Beijing  – Xi'an  – Shanghai

See the three major tourist cities of China with their highlights and no rush thanks to our 8-day, time-smart itinerary.

This is a private tour, optimized for you to enjoy every stop on your trip.

Enter the Forbidden City, where emperors ruled ancient China. Not only visit, but hike to explore, a world wonder — the Great Wall. Explore the majestic Temple of Heaven, where harmony becomes architecture. Discover the unbelievable buried Terracotta Warriors of Xi'an. Finish in Shanghai, where impressive modern skylines meet with old Fengshui Traditional Gardens.

You can travel the same destinations in three different styles. Which travel style meet your needs?

Map of Beijing-Xian-Shanghai
Highlights for Comfort Style
  • Warm up with our exclusive, in-depth Forbidden City journey with our expert in history and architecture.
  • Admire a less-crowed part of the Great Wall by combining effort-saving cable car rides and moderate hiking.
  • Taste crispy, succulent roast duck at the most famous Peking duck restaurant — Quanjude.
  • Gaze amazed, confronted by the Terracotta Warriors.
  • Learn how to make Chinese dumplings at a hospitable local lady’s home in Xi’an.
  • Savor the modern and traditional cityscapes of Shanghai
Full Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival in Beijing

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town (Superior Room)  (TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015)

With a sunny smile, your private guide will be on time and waiting for you at the arrival hall. A comfortable private car (non-smoking) & experienced driver are ready and will transfer you to the hotel. Get the first impression of China.

Free-time Ideas: A Nightcap in your hotel or stroll around. You can easily find supermarket, local food restaurants near your central-located hotel.

Day 2 Take an In-depth View of the Forbidden City with a Local Expert

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town (Superior Room) 
Breakfast & Lunch

A buffet breakfast & real fresh coffee will kick start your day. The expert escort you 5 hour in the emperors’ house and show you some interesting places you would never find by yourself in the Forbidden City and guide you away from the noisy parts and crush of other tour groups. What you can see no longer only empty rooms in the Forbidden City but also pictures of emperors, concubines and eunuchs in the expert's ipad, stories brings it to life.

In the afternoon, the expert accompany you to visit the Tian’anmen Square that is very close to the Forbidden City and have a easy climbing to the Jinshan Hill in Jinshan Park to take a birds’ eye view of the golden roofs, see it from a new angle.

Good to know
To ensure good timing, the local expert does the day tour once a day. So on this day, you have a small group tour with maximum of eight people. Interaction with the expert and group members add more fun. According to previous customers’ feedback, people who love history and family with kids who are over 7 years old are like the tour.

The Forbidden City The Forbidden City
Day 3 Mutianyu Great Wall and the Temple of Heaven

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town (Superior Room) 
Breakfast & Lunch

An early start and chance to exercise or stroll with locals among the 60,000 ancient trees in the Temple of Heaven's Grounds. Watch locals exercise, practice martial arts, play traditional instruments, and other activities that you may never see in your country.
The Temple of Heaven provided a place for emperors to pray to 'the most high God in heaven' for a good harvest. The Round Altar, Echo Wall and Imperial Vault of Heaven are the rated as key sights; we will cover these and more.

In the afternoon, we avoid crowd and move to Mutianyu, this less-crowded section of the Great Wall is about 2.5 hours' drive from downtown Beijing. A cable-car takes you to a good section (avoiding a very steep climb), where you can walk along the wall, through the watch towers and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains. You can return by cable car, walk down or walk along the wall for about an hour to descend by chairlift or toboggan. Wear good walking shoes and protection from the weather.

Good to Know:
If hiking is your thing, or three hours of hiking is your choice, you are also able to enjoy a hiking from Jinshanling to Simatai west, just tell your travel advisor which one you prefer.

The Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall The Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall
Day 4 Authentic Roast Duck and Take Flight to Xi'an

Hotel: Wyndham Grand Xian South (Superior Room) (TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015)
Breakfast & Lunch

Continue exploring highlights of Beijing. The Summer Palace is an enormous park with pavilions, vividly painted corridors, temples, among lakes and surrounded by hills. It was originally the imperial courts summer retreat, and still makes a nice place to escape the heat of the summer. Climb the hill or take a scroll in the gardens, this is a charming place to explore before taking a dragon styled boat tour on Kunming lake.

Enjoy a Beijing fair well lunch with the guide at the most famous brand, Quanjude roast duck restaurant. To see to believe, watch the exquisite skill of cutting of chief, taste crisp duck skin and learn how to eat it in a proper way. Yummy! 

In the afternoon, take a look at traditional hutongs where present local culture. It is an opportunity to look into ordinary people’s life. We will stop at a private Chinese baijiu museum that is hidden in hutong. Thousands of bottles strong liquid tell you story in different decades of China.   

Catch flight to Xi’an in the late afternoon or at evening, to explore another ancient capital of China .

Good to Know:
Boat Tour – Most tour companies don't include these things as standard, we do.

Beijing Roast Duck Beijing Roast Duck
Day 5 Meet Terracotta Warriors

Hotel: Wyndham Grand Xian South (Superior Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

As one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, the Terracotta Warriors get respect from people over the world. People are surprised by the magnificent man-made work piece. Stand there and have a silent conversation with these soldiers. 

In the afternoon, we get close to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda that was built in AD652. Chinese-style architecture combined with Buddhist historic statues, murals and scriptures topped off by the best panoramic view over Xi'an.

Good to Know:

  • No Tricks (Big/Little) Pagoda – Look closely at other companies and large group tour operators and you'll see they take you to the free Little Goose Pagoda, - experience + profits.
  • Free-time Ideas:
    Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show is rated in many Top 10's. Your guide can help you buy tickets.
  • A short walk to see the Bell Tower/Drum Tower. This area has many high end restaurants, but if you're ready for something western, there is a Starbucks, Dairy Queen and Dunkin Donuts.
The Terracotta Army The Terracotta Warriors and Horses
Day 6 Taste Ancient Flavor of Xi'an and Take Flight to Shanghai

Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World (Superior Room) (TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015)
Breakfast & Lunch

As one of the best museum in China, Shaanxi History Museum is a perfect overview of Chinese history and not to be missed. It houses over 370,000 items, including murals, paintings, pottery, coins, as well as bronze, gold, and silver objects.

Cycling around the City Wall is another highlight. The wall encircles the city and is perfect for seeing an overview of the city.

Learning how to make dumplings from a local family is customized for westerners. To touch Chinese culture and real life, you will love it. Today ends with a flight to Shanghai. Your private car, drive and guide handle all the transfer for you at each end. Sit back and relax.

Good to Know:
Xi'an City Wall & Bike Ride – The city wall and ride are ranked no. 2 and 3 attractions on most websites after the Terracotta army. Rickshaw, ride, or walk, you call the shots.

Ancient City Wall Ancient City Wall
Day 7 Combine Traditional and Modern Flavor in Shanghai

Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World (Superior Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

To taste modern flavor of the city, we arrange the Oriental Pearl Tower and the Bund. To explore traditional part, Charming Yuyuan Garden and Old Shanghai Street are recommended. This is the day for your Shanghai Impression.

Good to Know:

  • We revolve around you! – Customize the trip to suit you. e.g. A history and art fan might like to visit Shanghai Museum, it's rated by many as the best Museum in China.
  • Free-time Ideas: The Bund Evening Walk & Drink – Great for an evening walk. When the skyline lights go out at 10pm head over to Glamour for a Shanghai Cocktail.
The Bund The Bund
Day 8 Depart Shanghai

Breakfast

Your private car, driver and guide will be ready and waiting at your hotel lobby to get you to the airport on time. Sit back and relax as they help you check-in and escort you to the correct security gate. We take the stress and hassle out of your travel.

  • Just let us know your travel style!
  • Guide vs. Free-time ratio / Hotel Style & Interests / Dates / People
  • We will then adapt this tour and create a unique quote based on your individual needs.
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From imperial Beijing to modern Shanghai, the Discovery travel style will immerse you in authentic Chinese culture. The Discovery style offers an overnight soft-sleeper train experience and a hiking experience on the Great Wall to appreciate the scale of China and its wonders. Really experience China's three golden cities.

Highlights for Discovery Style
  • Walk back in time with a very knowledgeable hiking guide, who spends 200 days a year on the Great Wall
  • On our exclusive in-depth Forbidden City journey you'll discover more, without the hassle of other groups.
  • Immerse yourself in the mystery of the Terracotta Warriors of Xi'an.
  • Enjoy an ancient city perspective at your own pace by biking on the Ancient City Wall.
  • Learn how to make Chinese dumplings at a hospitable local lady’s home in Xi’an.
  • Explore the mixture of Oriental and Western culture in Shanghai
Full Itinerary

Eight days of experience to explore both ancient culture and prosperous future of China. 'Soft adventure' on soft sleeper train gives you an opportunity to see China in another angle.

Day 1 Beijing Arrival - Relax or Exploration

Hotel: Beijing Sihe Courtyard Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Private Transfer to the Hotel
On arrival in Beijing, your guide, driver and private car will be ready and waiting to transfer you to the hotel, helping you with your luggage and check-in. They will ensure your room is in order and will take care of you during your time in Beijing.

Exploring Beijing
Today we’ve left this afternoon or evening free for you to recover, relax or explore by yourself. If you’re not suffering from jet-lag feel free to seek ideas from our guide. It’s a good time to glean some local insider’s tips or ideas for dinner, ask about a show, or wander around the neighborhood nearby your hotel.

Good to Know
All our drivers have a minimum of four years professional driving experience. The vehicles are all clean, air-conditioned, and we ensure you have complimentary water, snacks and a map.

Day 2 Take an In-depth View of the Forbidden City with a Local Expert

Hotel: Beijing Sihe Courtyard Hotel (Deluxe Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

We make the ticket reservation ahead of time, skip the long lines and enter directly. The expert escort you 5 hour in the emperors’ house and show you some interesting places you would never find by yourself in the Forbidden City and guide you away from the noisy parts and crush of other tour groups. What you can see no longer only empty rooms in the Forbidden City but also pictures of emperors, concubines and eunuchs in the expert's ipad, stories brings it to life.

In the afternoon, the expert accompany you to visit the Tian’anmen Square that is very close to the Forbidden City and have a easy climbing to the Jinshan Hill in Jinshan Park to take a birds’ eye view of the golden roofs, see it from a new angle.

Good to know
To ensure good timing, the local expert does the day tour once a day. So on this day, you have a small group tour with maximum of eight people. Interaction with the expert and group members add more fun. According to previous customers’ feedback, people who love history and family with kids who are over 7 years old are like the tour. 

The Forbidden City The Forbidden City
Day 3 Hiking on The Great Wall

Hotel: Beijing Sihe Courtyard Hotel (Deluxe Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

The hike of a lifetime.

Put your hiking boots on as a hike of a lifetime awaits you, between Jinshanling and Simatai West. This section of the Great Wall covers some wilder parts, reinforced, partial restorations and full restorations, giving you the flavor and intensity of the Great Wall.

The hiking route takes from 3 to 4 hours and offers you spectacular views. It's no wonder a favorite for photographers. Our guide on the day is an English-speaking professional hiking guide who spends about 200 days on the Great Wall. Follow him and you will get something different.

Good to Know
If hiking is not your thing, or three hours of hiking sounds a little strenuous, you can also enjoy a few hours strolling on one of these sections at your pace, which is unlikely to affect the price of your tour.

great wall hiking Hiking on the Great Wall
Day 4 Beijing & Night Train to Xi'an

Hotel: Night Train (Soft Sleeper) Beijing to Xi'an
Breakfast & Lunch

Today offers a full day in Beijing before getting a late evening sleeper train to Xi’an.

Morning discovery in the Temple of Heaven
An early start and chance to exercise or stroll with locals among the 60,000 ancient trees in the Temple of Heaven's Grounds. Watch locals exercise, practice martial arts, play traditional instruments, and other activities that you may never see in your country.

Classical Palaces and Gardens
Visit the Summer Palace today and enjoy a boat cruise to the Garden of Virtue and Harmony. Lunch is arranged in a charming restaurant before heading to The Temple of Heaven, not so much a temple but an imperial grand building full of cultural insights.

Soft Sleeper to Xi’an
This evening offers an experience and challenge, riding the night train in a soft sleeper berth, up to 4 people in one compartment. Departing Beijing at 20:43pm and arriving in Xi’an the following morning at approximately 8am.

The Summer Palace The Summer Palace
Day 5 Xi'an - The Terracotta Warriors

Hotel: Grand Noble Hotel (Superior Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

Private Transfer to the Hotel
You'll arrive into Xi’an at 8 am and be met by your guide, driver and private car, waiting to transfer you to the hotel. 

The Terracotta Warriors with your local expert guide
After a freshen up and breakfast, when you're ready your guide and driver will be in the lobby ready to escort you to see the iconic sight of Xi’an, the Terracotta Warriors. The figures, dating from approximately the late third century BCE, were discovered in 1974 by local farmers in Lintong District, Xi'an. Now one of them works as a staff to sell books about the Terracotta Army and give signature to customers.

Afterwards you’ll have lunch, with the help of your guide to select some tasty local cuisine. Before returning back to city area, you’ll stop by to see the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.  Made of bricks, this unusual pagoda was built during the Tang Dynasty.

Good to Know
The view over Xi'an from the pagodas is arguably the best in the city. The pagodas and gardens are lit up at night and offer a wonderful stroll in the evening.

The Terracotta Army The Terracotta Army
Day 6 Xi'an – City Tour & Night Train to Shanghai

Hotel: Night Train (Soft Sleeper) Xi'an to Shanghai
Breakfast & Lunch

Learn some history of Xi’an by visiting the Shaanxi History Museum. It is a perfect overview of Chinese history and not to be missed. It houses over 370,000 items, including murals, paintings, pottery, coins, as well as bronze, gold, and silver objects.

Enjoy an overview of Xi’an by cycling on the massive City Wall that encircles the city. Afterwards, your guide will take you to visit a local family, where they will share with you interesting stories, local insights, while trying your hand at

There is still time to freshen up, before we transfer you to the train station. Our guide will ensure you are there in good time for the night train to Shanghai, the Paris of the East.

Good to Know:
You may want to pack some snacks and take bottled water for your train journey.

Xian Ancient City Wall The Ancient City Wall, Xi'an
Day 7 Shanghai: The Paris of the East

Hotel: The Bund Hotel Shanghai (Superior Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

The night train arrives in Shanghai at approximately 7:45 am, and we’ll be ready and waiting to transfer you to the hotel for check-in and enjoy a hearty pre-arranged breakfast.

Your hotel has been specifically picked for its historic location, along the colonial bund. To taste modern flavor of the city, we arrange the Oriental Pearl Tower and the Bund. To explore traditional part, Charming Yuyuan Garden and Old Shanghai Street are recommended. This day will give you the full taste and flavor of Shanghai.

The Bund The Bund
Day 8Shanghai

Hotel: The Bund Hotel Shanghai  (Superior Room)
Breakfast

Today is yours to explore before you depart for home.

A private airport transfer is arranged, ensuring you’re at the correct terminal and gate in good time.

  • Just let us know your travel style!
  • Guide vs. Free-time ratio / Hotel Style & Interests / Dates / People
  • We will then adapt this tour and create a unique quote based on your individual needs.
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Highlights for Essential Style
  • Explore the must-see sites, the Forbidden City, and the Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall.
  • Enjoy a day tour of Xi'an's iconic Terracotta Warriors.
  • Worry-free pick-up service in each city
  • Have all your required transport and hotel bookings coordinated professionally for you.
  • Try some adventures on your own, but with the backup of our awarded customer support.
Full Itinerary

Eight days of China tour with essential arrangements to remote area and private airport to hotel transfer in each city.

Day 1 Beijing: Arrival Day

Hotel: Beijing Traditional View Hotel  (Standard Room)

A warm greeting awaits at Beijing airport; our driver will meet you at arrival hall with your name sign. A non-smoking private car will transfer you to your hotel, in typically one hour. Your driver will help you check-in at hotel reception to make sure your room is get ready.

Day 2 Highlights in Beijing

Hotel: Beijing Traditional View Hotel (Standard Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

Today you have a small group tour to highlights of Beijing. Your group will be four to six people. Your guide will be waiting for you in the lobby in the morning. (Your tour guide will contact you for the exact pick-up time the day before your departure). A comfortable car will transfer you and your guide to historic Tian’anmen Square where the famous chairman Mao’s portrait is hang on the wall of  the Gate of Heavenly Peace.

Walk north, and after going through the middle gate of Tian’anmen rostrum, there will be a huge red gate awaiting you. Start to enjoy the highlight of the day —the Forbidden City.

In the afternoon travel 1½ hours from downtown Beijing to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. The section is ranked top among all parts of the Great Wall on TripAdvisor for its picturesque scenery, fewer tourists, and beautifully-restored architecture.

Going back to your hotel in Beijing will normally take about 1½ hours.

The Forbidden City The Forbidden City
Day 3 Free day in Beijing

Hotel: Beijing Traditional View Hotel (Standard Room)
Breakfast

Wake up anytime as you want and discover Beijing on your own way. Visiting to hutongs are highly recommended. Take a rickshaw or ride a bike to taste local people's life.

Day 4 Beijing: Night Sleeper Train to Xi'an

Breakfast

Today is free to explore the classics of Beijing. We suggest starting early (8 am) to experience the local culture at the Temple of Heaven garden, see Tai Chi, dance, martial arts and folk songs before visiting the Temple of Heaven. The Summer Palace is also a good choice.

In the late afternoon, your guide and driver will meet you at hotel lobby and head to the railway station, to take the night train to Xi'an.

Insider Tip: The train has a restaurant car but it is a good idea to take some snacks and resealable container and some teabags or coffee pods, as hot water is provided.

The Temple of Heaven The Temple of Heaven
Day 5 Xi'an: The Terra Cotta Warriors

Hotel: Grand New World Hotel Xian (Standard Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

You will arrive in Xi’an at approximately 8 am. Your driver and guide are waiting for you at exit with your name sign. Get on van, we also have pre-arranged a hotel breakfast due to your early arrival. We advise you to request an early check-in when you book this tour, as standard check-in time is 12:00. The fee depends on your selected hotel, and is subject to availability.

Today we include a day tour to the Terra Cotta Warriors and the Big Goose Pagoda, an essential on any China tour. Discovered by a farmer in the 1970's this site is still revealing new treasures of China's first emperor Qin Shi Huang. Amazingly no two soldiers from the 8,000 figures look alike, once decorated in vibrant colors.

Your guide will have suggestions for your free time, just ask! If you need help to buy tickets for a show, they can help you arrange this. The Tang Dynasty show is amazing and some say the best show in China.

The Terracotta Army The Terracotta Army
Day 6 Xi'an: Night Sleeper Train to Shanghai

Breakfast

Time to explore Xi'an by yourself, discover why this was the largest city in the world, and its key importance on the Silk Road. There are some key attractions that are very easy to explore on your own, such as the centrally located Drum and Bell Tower.

Insider Tip: We recommend you venture into the Muslim Quarter, rich in the Silk Road history and atmosphere. It makes for a good place to try some snacks, explore the minority culture and take photos.

In the late afternoon your guide and driver will meet you at hotel and head over to the train station, tonight you'll take the overnight sleeper to Shanghai.

Muslim Quater Muslim Quater
Day 7Arrive in Shanghai and DIY Shanghai Tour

Hotel: Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai (Superior Room)

An early arrival to "The Paris of the East", your private guide, driver and car will meet and greet you and transfer you directly to your hotel. The rest days are for you to discover on your own and relax before your international flight.

Travel Tip: We advise you to request an early check-in when you book this tour, as standard check-in time is 12. The fee depends on your selected hotel, and is subject to availability.

Today is a free day, but if you wish we can customize this tour to take you into the nearby water towns around Shanghai. Just ask for a tailored quote.

If you still absorbing history the Museum here is referred to by locals and overseas travel forums as the best in China.

There are lots to do in Shanghai: Walk along the colonial bund, capture the cityscape from the top of the Pearl TV tower, or eat dumplings and enjoy a coffee while shopping in the French Concession.

There are some other wonderful areas to explore around Shanghai, such as Suzhou, Hangzhou, as well as many water towns, such as WuZhen. The Yellow Mountains are also a short trip from Hangzhou. If you have a few more days to extend your tour we are happy to offer a tailored quote.

The Bund The Bund, Shanghai

Day 8 Shanghai: Departure Day

Hotel: Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai (Superior Room)
Breakfast

Depending on your flight time you still probably have time to explore Shanghai before transfer to the airport. Your guide and driver will meet you at the lobby. The journey takes approximately one hour, depending on traffic. Don’t worry about the timing, your guide will arrange it for you. Wish you a nice journey home.

  • Just let us know your travel style!
  • Guide vs. Free-time ratio / Hotel Style & Interests / Dates / People
  • We will then adapt this tour and create a unique quote based on your individual needs.
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What's Included
  • Entrance to attractions listed in the itinerary
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private transfers between the airport or railway station, attractions, ports, and hotels
  • Private local English-speaking tour guide and driver service (except tips based on your willingness)
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast and service fee
  • Specified flights, trains, and Cruise
Trip Notes

Extension based on the tour

Extend the tour:

  • Yangtze River Cruise: add 4–5 days (Chongqing to Yichang or vice versa)
  • Chengdu: add 2–3 days — visit a Panda research center, the Giant Buddha, and Mt. Emei
  • Suzhou and Hangzhou: add 2–3 days — visit scenic gardens, West Lake, and water towns
  • Hong Kong: add 2–3 days — visit Victoria Peak, Disneyland, and day tour Macau

Optional Activities

It must be clearly understood that enjoying these extras is your own decision. They are not included in the itinerary or tour price, so you will need to pay separately. The ticket price depends on seating. Ask your guide to book tickets if you want to see any of the following.

  • Beijing — Legend of Kungfu Show
  • Xi'an — Tang Dynasty Cultural Show plus Dumpling Banquet
  • Shanghai — Chinese Acrobats Show

Useful Information for Traveling in China

What’s the difference between 3, 4, and 5 -star hotels?
We usually arrange centrally-located and Western-standard hotels. Five-star hotels are usually palatial with huge lobbies and comfortable rooms, their standards not quite matching the best of Paris or New Year, but very close. Four-star hotels have quality facilities, but not as luxurious as five-star hotels. Three-star hotels meet the needs of most Westerners, but breakfasts have less choice.

We also recommend some courtyard hotels or Chinese-style hotels with local features and architecture. These hotels have a good ranking, or positive feedback from our customers, and TripAdvisor.

Usually hotels in big cities, small cities, and rural areas are a bit different, even if they have the same star level. We try to use the best available hotel in each place.

What are train conditions like in China?
A soft sleeper is recommended for overnight and long-distance travel. Each soft sleeper compartment is enclosed, and contains four bunks, two on each side. The bunks are wider and more comfortable than hard sleepers, with decent bedding. Soft sleeper compartments may vary between trains. You may have both over-head storage and under-bed storage, or just under-bed storage.

For short distance train travel, G and D high-speed trains are recommended. G trains are the fastest trains in China, with a speed of 250 km/h to 400 km/h, and their prices are highest.

Currency Exchange

As currency exchange rates in China fluctuate, we suggest you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com. In 2015 the yuan (NCY or RMB) has been around 6.2 USD (6.1–6.3 USD), and the HKD (Hong Kong Dollar) has been more stable around 7.75 USD (7.74–7.77 USD). There are many ATM machines that accept both Visa and Master card, but these are limited to cities. We also recommend the use of cash and travelers checks in USD currency. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops, but they may charge a 2–4% transaction fee.

Tipping

It is customary to tip service providers in the travel industry in Asia, depending on the service. Tipping is expected — though not compulsory — and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Recommendations for tipping drivers (3 USD per person per day as a guideline) and local guides (8 USD per person per day as a guideline) would depend on the quality and length of the service.

Food

Eating is an important part of your China experience. Generally breakfasts are included in the itinerary and offered by hotels. China Highlights recommend local Chinese restaurants that are popular with local people for lunch. You can order dishes with the help of your guide. We usually leave dinner for your own choice — Western food can be found in most large cities.

If you are vegetarian or you are looking for e.g. halal food, please feel free to inform your travel advisor, who can arrange a restaurant to fit your needs.

Vehicle

We use comfortable sedans or vans with air-conditioning. The comfort and safety of our customers is of utmost importance, so we ensure that all of the vehicles that we use are well maintained and always very clean. Our drivers take pride in their vehicles.