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Top China Attractions

Forbidden City

Tiananmen Square

Great Wall of China

Terra Cotta Warriors

Three Gorges

Beijing

Shanghai

Gardens at Suzhou

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Top Activities in China

Yangtze River Cruise

Hiking in rural countryside

History tour

Walking tour of the Great Wall

Observing Pandas in Chengdu

Staying with a local family

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Classic China Itineraries

China in 1 Week

If you have only one week in China, be sure to see Beijing and Shanghai. The former is known for its historical richness and the latter epitomizes modernity in China. Hit the major highlights like the Terracotta Warriors and hike the Great Wall.

Day 1-2, Shanghai: Stroll along the Bund and Pudong Districts, visit Yu Garden, take a boat ride down Huangpu River, and visit the Propaganda Museum.

Day 3-4, Xian: See the Terracotta Warriors and Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum, walk along the Silk Road, visit the Bell and Drum Towers, and shop in the Muslim Quarter.

Day 5 -7, Beijing: Hike along the Great Wall, see the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, National Museum, and Temple of Heaven.

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China in 2 Weeks

If it will be your first time traveling to to China you must see the bustling cities and the serene countryside. Visit Beijing, Xian (Terracotta Warriors), Shanghai, and Guanxi province (known for the picturesque regions of Yangshuo and Guilin). 

Day 1-4, Beijing: Forbidden City, Great Wall of china (Simutai or Badaling), Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, and Tiananmen Square.

Day 5-7, Xian: Xian is one of the best preserved walled cities. See the UNESCO world heritage site of Emperor Shi Huang’s Terracotta Warriors. Walk through the Muslim quarters and try the kebabs at the food stalls.

Day 8-11, Yangshuo/Guilin (Guanxi province): See the Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, and cruise down the Li River on bamboo raft. This region is known for its serene rice paddies and karst mountains.

Day 12-14, Shanghai: Shanghai is known for its eclectic architecture, blending the old (Old Town “Nanshi”) and the new (Shanghai World Financial Center). Stroll along the Bund and Pudong District, see Yu Garden (Yu Yuan), and take a boat ride along Huangpu River. 

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China in 3 Weeks

Three weeks in China will give you the opportunity to explore the breadth and diversity of the Middle Kingdom’s rich culture, history, wildlife, and terrain.

Day 1-3, Beijing: See the Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Square.

Day 4-6, Shanghai: Walk along Nanjing Road, see the Bund, Pudong district, Yu Garden, and the Shanghai Museum.

Day 7-8, Xian: See the Terracotta Warriors, the Great Mosque, and stroll through the Muslim Quarters.

Day 9-13, Emeishan: Hike along one of China’s four sacred buddhist mountains, visit a tea plantation, and see one of the largest carvings of Buddha in the world.

Day 14, Chengdu: (Note that this is a great option if you love pandas!) Get up close and personal with the giant pandas of the world famous Panda Breeding Center.

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DO NOT GO!!! Worst Tour Ever! August 2019

1.0

China Express

Poorly-chosen itinerary. Crappy hotels with no air-conditioning, broken fridges, clogged showers, and smoked-through "non-smoking" rooms. No meals, no transport: you want it, you have to pay for it. Treated like cattle in the "third-class" accommodations on the overnight train. What did we pay for??? Read more

Operator G Adventures

O

Does Not Recommend

DO NOT GO!!! Worst Tour Ever! August 2019

1.0

China Express

Poorly-chosen itinerary. Crappy hotels with no air-conditioning, broken fridges, clogged showers, and smoked-through "non-smoking" rooms. No meals, no transport: you want it, you have to pay for it. Treated like cattle in the "third-class" accommodations on the overnight train. What did we pay for??? Read more

Operator G Adventures

DB

Recommends

Luggage Handling and follow up August 2019

5.0

Holland America Line Company Reviews

First cruise, ever! We did a land & sea journey to Alaska through Holland America Line. This is not a review of the trip (which was great!) so much as how HAL handled our complaints of damaged luggage. My sister's luggage arrived at our Yukon hotel with the latch broken, her clothes spilling out. She filed a report. We discovered damage to a corner of my husband's luggage at the departing airport. Too late to do a report...but HAL's property claims were wonderful, in particular, Mr. Scott Gerstl, who even called me to clarify details. He was empathetic and kind. We were reimbursed for both pieces of luggage. Read more

Operator Holland America Line

AH

Does Not Recommend

Waste of money July 2019

1.0

EF Educational Tours Company Reviews

While our tour guides were wonderful, this tour was worth the price paid or what was presented. Describing the first hotel as average would be an overstatement.

It was an extremely small room, with NO air conditioning (it was broke and the front desk said 'sorry') with LOW temperatures of 95 degrees. The hotel had no amenities to purchase food or drinks and the front desk was rude. The first 3 restaurants were so hot that eating was impossible and being that hot, minimal water was provided with no opportunities to even purchase water, which becomes dangerous. The 3 of 4 of the buses did not have air conditioning.

It was absolutely miserable and dangerous. The second hotel was better, but still lacked laundry facilities, which prior to traveling I was told would be provided. As we were there, we were told by hotel employees that other events scheduled for the hotel were canceled due to potential gang activity around the hotel...made us feel real safe. Many of the events scheduled and we were told were a apart of the trip were canceled, time given at each were less than adequate, and so much "free time" for shopping was given (probably totally at LEAST 3 days total).

Shopping is not educational and why did I pay to shop? The catacombs tickets were not purchased prior to arrival and were booked until the end of August. EF acted shocked, but their website states they must be purchased months ahead of time.

This trip was to be focused on science, but less than 1/4 of the events were science related and little time was spent at these attractions. I was surprised it was this awful after my child's teacher pushed the event, but later found it that was because she and her family/friends traveled for free as they signed more students up to go.

Very disappointed and I will not recommend touring with the company.
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Operator EF Educational Tours

PH

Does Not Recommend

3 Star Cruiser Won't Travel On Holland American Anymore. July 2019

1.0

Holland America Line Company Reviews

3 Star cruiser will never travel Holland American again. They have really slipped. We were this time on the Maasdam and this ship should be retired as it's old and not kept up. Many cracked and broken windows. One boarded up with plywood. Teak decks needing repair and rust all over the ship. The sliding enclosure over the pool when it opened and closed sounded like the ship was going to come apart. They nickel and dime you now for everything. No connection with ships officers anymore as the Captain is just a bus driver. Rooms small, beds uncomfortable. They've cut back servers which was especially noticeable in the Lido where one person handled 3 stations at certain times meaning long waits. We so loved Holland America in the past but since Carnival bought them they have definitely slipped. Too bad! Read more

Operator Holland America Line

S&NC

Recommends

We loved the tour, the guides we had in each city were very informative July 2019

4.0

Chinese Checkers - 11 days


Overall, we loved the tour, well organised, nice guides, good pace, value for money. We would recommend this tour.

Operator On The Go Tours

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