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China Opened the World's Deepest High Speed Railway Station under the Great Wall
Published: Jan. 02, 2020

World's deepest and largest high speed railway station, Badaling Great Wall Railway Station opened on December 30 in 2019. The Badaling Great Wall Station is 102m (335ft) below the surface, covering a total area of 49,000 square meters. With its open, travelers now can easily get to the famous Badaling Great Wall 200 meters away from Beijing within 20 - 30 minutes. In addition, China's new train schedule has been implemented on the same day.

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    What to see in China for first time travelers?

    China is a vast land with abundant tourism resources. For first time travelers, the top travel destinations of Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai and the Yangtze Cruise are recommended. As ancient capitals, both Beijing and Xian boast fantastic cultural and historic relics, such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Terracotta Warriors. Guilin is well known for its superb natural beauty, with Li River flowing through an amazing landscape resembling a scroll-painting. A relaxing cruise on the Yangtze River allows people to immerse themselves in the wonder of the natural surroundings. Shanghai, an international metropolis, best shows the country's pulsating modern development as well as its olden-day charms. In the light of the above, you can combine visits to these cities as you wish to create your China holiday tours.

    For a second time traveler, what are the recommended destinations?

    If you wish to go further on your second trip, you may consider visiting some regions with distinctive features. For panda lovers, Chengdu will satisfy your desire to observe these cute creatures in their natural habitat. In addition, it provides easy access to the magical Jiuzhaigou. Tibet is a good option for those who are interested in learning about Tibetan Buddhism and seeking out the mystery of this unique land. Cities in southwestern region like Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la, Guiyang, Kaili, and Zhaoxing are also popular for their rich ethnic minorities' folklore and customs. If you are curious about the Silk Road culture, you can visit Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Kashgar and more cities depending on your trip duration. For those who like mountain sceneries, Zhangjiajie and Mt. Huangshan are indeed visual delights. The above mentioned are only partial lists, our travel consultants are ready here to customize a private China tour package to meet your needs.

    How many days are needed for a China land tour?

    It mainly depends on the destinations of your trip. For a single city vacation package, three to four days are required. If you want to visit two to three cities, basically one week is needed. A 12-day to two weeks China vacation package usually would cover four to five cities. Once you decide on your destinations, we can help you work out a realistic duration.

    What is the best time to travel to China?

    China is a vast country with wide-ranging climatic conditions, so a decision about the best time to visit should be based on the regions you plan to visit and the kind of weather you enjoy. Generally speaking, late March to May in spring, September and October in autumn are the best months to visit most of the cities. Try to avoid travelling during the National Day Holiday from Oct 1st to Oct 7th as all sightseeing spots are very crowded. For visitors who want to save money and enjoy sightseeing without interference by tourist crowds, you can plan your private China tours in the winter season from December to February.

    How much would a trip to China cost?

    The prices will range widely depending on the destinations, durations and your demands for comfort. Let's take one of the most popular itineraries as an example, 8 days Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. It will cost about USD1400 per person on the basis of a private China land tour for two people with 4-star accommodation and domestic flights in between. If you join in a small group tour with the similar itinerary, the trip usually costs about USD999 per person. For travelers who start your 2020/2021 China tours from USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Germany, Spain, France, etc, international flights are not included. 

    Many travelers also take the high speed trains instead of flights to save the cost and enhance the travel experience, which has been proved to be an awesome choice. No matter how much you want to spend on a trip, as the best China tour company we are always happy to tailor make a private tour itinerary that best fits your needs. In addition, our early bird discount can also help you save more.
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      4.8743 Reviews
      Posted on November 07, 2019
      Travel China Guide (TCG) organised a 16 night private tour for us to Shanghai-Beijing-Pingyao-Xian-Chengdu-Guilin and Yangshuo in October 2019. They arranged for internal travel by high speed train, booked hotels and various guided activities. We arranged our own flights to/from China and extensions to the tour to Hong Kong and Singapore. TCG were good value for money when compared with other Chinese travel agencies and about 40% less than I was quoted by well known UK travel companies for the same itinerary. I would have no hesitation recommending them.

      Their guides were friendly, helpful and generally knowledgable. Most spoke and understood good English. Some went beyond the agreed itinerary and arranged additional activities for us.

      Our travel consultant was Kelly Wang who was first class. I first contacted Kelly in September 2018 with a fairly detailed itinerary and worked with her by email on six iterations of the itinerary before paying a deposit in mid November 2018 for a tour that started in mid October 2019. She was always responsive, no more so than when I had to call her when we were in China to re-arrange our tour when we had a problem at one of the hotels we'd chosen.

      Highlights of our tour were Beijing (Forbidden City, Tianamen Sq) and the Great Wall, Xian (Terracotta Army) and Chengdu (Panda Research Station). They all exceeded our expectations. If i was planning the trip again I'd skip Pingyao (ancient walled city but touristy) and the River LI Cruise we did from Guilin to Yangshuo and spend more time in Shanghai and Beijing.

      I'd also think carefully about staying in anything less than 4* hotels and be cautious about anything described as 'boutique, character or historic'.

      A few other tips. Do use the high speed rail network to get around. It's world beating. Travel first class as its more comfortable (many of the trains we travelled on were very busy) and the extra cost is small by western standards. Watch out for the battery powered scooters in cities. There everywhere and you don't hear them coming, even on the footpaths! Take some cash but don't be surprised to have use your plastic more than you might think. Electronic payment using mobile phones is very widespread, much more than in Europe, even in markets. I've seen reports of Amex and other western credit cards being linked to WeChat Pay soon which will be a real boon. The TCG website is great source of useful information that I used to supplement my research with guides such s the Lonely Planet Guide.

      Finally, do go and visit China. You won't regret it.
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      Posted on January 18, 2020
      We had the 9 days small group tour. It was very friendly with our old people and better suited our demands and interests. Our guides in different cities took good care of us and kindly took everything into account. They wanted to make us enjoy our trip at large. Evidently, they made it and we were very happy to have an unforgettable experience! Thanks for the great memories!
      Tenis Blas
      Posted on January 18, 2020
      EVERYTHING was very satisfying and beyond our expectations! Good value for money! We appreciated all of our guides throughout the trip. All were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. They were concerned about our matters and were happy to meet any of our requests. Their introductions were outstanding and interesting! Thank you for all that you have done to make our trip exciting, easy and enjoyable! The travel agency TravelChinaGuide was the right choice for our trip to China!
      Posted on January 16, 2020
      Travel China Guide organised my whole experience in China, We did four citys in 12 days Beijing,Zhangjiajie, Xi'an & Chengdu it was a trip of a lifetime from the guides we had to the places we seen & the hotels we stayed in. I was very nervous at first with dealing with a company so far from home but my agent Linda was very understanding & professional & answered every question I had & Confirmed every transaction made. I do hope to visit China again & I will without hesitation be using Travel China again. ... More
      Gary Sanmarful
      Posted on January 13, 2020
      We had a pleasant experience, and we were very impressed by the good follow up of the TravelChinaGuide, the kindness of our guides and the high quality of the service.

      We particularly enjoyed our visit to Xi’an. We had visited the splendid Terracotta Army and multiple historical sites and museums. They were very marvelous! We had also eaten Shaanxi local specialties. I liked them very much.
      Our guide Jacky’s explanations were interesting and colorful. What he had done impressed us a lot! He was kind and responsible and took good care of everyone in our group. Thank you a lot! I would like to go there again! Our China tour was amazing!!! ... More
      Posted on January 12, 2020
      The hotels and meals they arranged for us were fantastic! Our China tour was very nice! We felt fortunate to have the guides the company selected for us. They were excellent!!
      Rick Holpus
      United Kingdom
      Posted on January 07, 2020
      Every aspect of the trip was well planned and well-executed without any problems. We were pleased to have such a wonderful time in China! All our guides were very helpful and flexible to accommodate any request from us! Our guide Rebecca in Shanghai was passionate and optimistic as well as responsible. She worked out everything fine and provided us many conveniences. We enjoyed the itinerary she planned for us!
      Posted on January 05, 2020
      I had a good time in China! But it was a little difficult for me to get up early. I really couldn’t stand getting up so early…Of course, we enjoyed our trip very much! We were attracted by the guides’ explanations and deeply impressed by the extensive and profound Chinese culture. They were interesting and amazing!!!
      Pegah Naz
      Posted on January 02, 2020
      The itinerary was well organized! We found it was convenient to have a package tour! We had asked the travel consultant Lexi for many questions before we booked the tour. It was very pleasant to obtain an answer so fast. She gave us very good information and advice. We finally chose the budget China tour. It was a right choice and we had a lot of fun in China. All the guides were passionate and warm-hearted. Thank you so much!
      Luis Huang
      Posted on December 29, 2019
      We really felt that the trip and service we received was a good value for the money. We had a well-planned itinerary and considerate guides’ service! We were extremely satisfied with our 8 days small group China tour! The travel agency TravelChinaGuide was so great! If I plan any travel in the future, I will certainly contact them again!
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