Why Travel to China
A trip to China, one of the world's oldest civilizations, is unlike any other. It is rich in history, culture, and natural wonders. The magnificent Great Wall in Beijing, the spectacular Terracotta Warriors in historic Xi'an, the adorable giant pandas in Chengdu, and the stunning karst peaks in the scenic city of Guilin are all must-sees. Of course, these are just a few of the best things to do in this ancient and diverse land. Let us know your preferences and interests, and we will create a one-of-a-kind China tour for you.
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Our sample China tours will take you to explore the most popular highlights in each city, while discovering the hidden treasures that only locals know. Take them as inspirations and let our travel expert design a unique journey for you.
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China Travel FAQs
- How many days do I need in China?
China has so many to explore, how long it takes to travel just depends on the breadth and depth of your visit. We recommend at least one week. For first-timers, normally a week is enough to discover Beijing and Shanghai, the two most historical and modern cities in China. But if you want to see the pandas in Chengdu, terra cotta warriors in Xi'an, picturesque karst landscapes in Guilin, etc., you may have to spend around 2 weeks or more. Odynovo has crafted a range of China private tours. No matter whether you are looking for culture, food, history, or photography, we can help to customize a personal itinerary according to your specific interests. Check our most recommended China tours and make your dream happen!
- Can I combine my visit to China with another country?
Yes. As we operate tours in 70+ destinations in Asia and other continents, it is easy to extend your China tour to a neighboring country or more, such as Nepal, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, etc. If you are looking for a multi-country tour, just send us an inquiry and there will be a 1:1 travel consultant to help you design a unique itinerary.
- Is English widely used in China?
The official language of China is Mandarin. Despite English being taught in Chinese schools, it isn't commonly spoken by Chinese people in daily life. However, you should have no problems at airports, high-end hotels, restaurants or large shops, where the staff can generally communicate with you in English. Besides, your professional English-speaking private guides will accompany you throughout the whole journey in China, so just relax and enjoy your time.
- Is it a common practice to give tips in China?
Tipping has now become an accepted practice in China as it is considered a gesture of appreciation for good service. The suggested gratuity is CNY 80 per traveler per day as tips for the guide and CNY60 per traveler per day as tips for the driver. However, you might pay more or less depending on their services.
- Is it common to use credit cards in China?
Major credit cards like Visa and Master Card are widely accepted by star-rated hotels, upscale restaurants, and large shopping malls in China. Nowadays, mobile payment is getting more and more popular, not only in big cities but also in small towns. But never mind, cash is still widely used. So, it is suggested to prepare some small notes of Chinese YUAN during your tour.
- Will I be able to exchange Dollars, Euros, or other currencies during my tour in China?
Yes. Chinese Yuan (CNY) - also called Renminbi (RMB) is the official currency in China. There are several places you can exchange your currency in China, including the airport, some major hotels, and most local banks. It's easier to exchange cash directly in China rather than via a traveler's check or credit card, so it's important that you plan ahead and bring enough cash with you. And if you are using Chinese Alipay or Wechat apps, you can also try the mobile payment method - which is the most popular in China now.
- Is it safe to visit China?
Generally speaking, China is a safe country to travel around, and most people you meet are friendly, honest, and trustworthy. However, China is far from immune to crime, small risks are still present, including petty theft and pickpocketing in tourist areas, as well as at train stations and on sleeper buses and trains. For your traveling with us, you will always have a private tour guide and driver with you in each city, so as to ensure you a safe and happy journey.
- Can I take pictures of the people, streets, during my tour?
There is no law or regulation against people or street photography in China. Generally speaking before taking pictures of people, it would be better to ask permission first. For religious reasons and relic protection, in some national preserved attractions, such as the Terracotta Warriors Museum in Xi'an, the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, and the Potala Palace in Lhasa, photography is strictly limited in certain areas and you can find the signs of "No Photos" or "No Flashing". Besides, do not take photos in politically sensitive areas like military bases and customs.
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