China Tour

Private transport, charming hotels and interesting excursions. Expert advice for your high quality tour. We have been living and travelling in China for 20 years.

Family trip with children: cities and nature 22 days

Family trip with children: cities and nature 22 days

The relaxed pace of this family trip is ideal when travelling with children in order to enjoy quality time together as a family. You maximize your time with the comfortable private transfers and flights. The trip is well balanced between big cities which offer plenty of cultural sights and the countryside with its mountain villages and riceterraces. Your accomodation is often in small-scale boutique hotels, built in traditional style. Wherever possible we’ll book family rooms for example in the friendly and colourful Jim’s Tibetan Hotel in Dali. You”ll arrive in China’s capital, Beijing, which is famous for its historical sights. In Beijing we offer a number of family friendly excursions. A visit to the Great Wall is obviously on the bucketlist but it’s as interesting to do a quest through Beijing’s hutongs or bike like a local. The next adventure is taking a comfortable (sleeper)train to Xi’an to admire the Terracotta army. After the magnificent clay soldiers you’ll fly towards south China to Chengdu, the city of the pandas, tea houses and the impressive Giant Buddha of Leshan. After a week of city hopping it’s time for the countryside. In Lijiang and Dali you’ll find yourself amidst the splendid mountains of Yunnan. A special treat is the stay in the definitely non touristy Naxi village of Wumu (Lijiang area). Here the Naxi families live on the rhythm of the seasons. It’s a great area for beautiful mountain walks and a fantastic view on the mighty Yangtse river. Shaxi is a small Bai town and many of the authenthic old houses used to be owned by families who traded on the tea horse caravan trails in the mountains. Dali is famous for its Erhai lake, the green riceterraces and its colourful minority people like the Bai and Yi. Highly recommended comes an interesting trip to the Yi people, a colourful market and a peaceful local temple. With a bit of luck, Henriette (the owner of China Minority Travel) will be your guide. Xihu lake is a pleasant, quiet surprise and a great alternative to Erhai lake. Take a ride in a wooden boat and enjoy the life in and around the water. After a day’s travelling you find yourself in the middle of the wonderful karstmountains of Yangshuo, a fantastic place to bike, hike, make a raft tour across the river or just relax and enjoy the magnificent view. The trip finishes in Guilin and depending on your next destination you either take a train or plane to for example Shenzhen, Guangzhou (for onwards travel to Hong Kong), Shanghai or other cities. Route: all mentioned excursions can be booked seperately. Day 1 arrival Beijing What to do in Beijing? Day 2 Beijing Day 3 Beijing Day 4 Beijing Day 5 (sleeper)train to Xi’an Tip: with a daytime highspeedtrain it only takes 4 hours from Beijing to Xi’an. Day 6 arrival Xi’an Day 7 Xi’an excursion to the Terracotta army Day 8 Xi’an – flight to Chengdu Day 9 Chengdu visit the pandas and the Giant Buddha of Leshan Day 10 Chengdu – flight to Lijiang Day 11 Lijiang half a day bike trip to Naxi villages 2 day trek throught the Tiger Leaping gorge 2 day trek to Wenhai daytrip or 2 day trip to the red mouontains of Liming Day 12 private car and driver to authentic Naxi village Wumu Day 13 Wumu Day 14 priate car and driver to Shaxi and  visit Shibaoshan temples on the way Day 15 Shaxi Day 16 private car and driver to Dali, on the way visit Bai villages and a trip by wooden...

Read More

South China: nature and minorities 22 days

South China: nature and minorities 22 days

During this China tour you travel through magnificent landscapes and you’ll visit colourfully dressed mountain people. You arrive in Chengdu, the place to be for a visit to the giant pandas and teahouses in the temples and parks. Next stop is Yunnan, a wonderful place with high mountains, green riceterraces and colourful markets in Dali and Shaxi. You will continue the trip to the green, hilly province of Guizhou, home to the Miao and Dong people. The older women still wear their traditional, self embroidered skirts and jackets. The houses in the more traditional Miao and Dong villages are made of wood and built on stilts. In Guizhou an experienced guide will accompany you to discover the hidden gems. He knows the area and people well and can offer you a unique look into people’s homes and lives. The tour finishes with Pingan and Yangshuo. Pingan lies on top of a hill and is the perfect place to hike the steep riceterraces and enjoy the great views. The picturesque Yangshuo with its amazing karstmountains is very suitable for bike-, boat- and bamboo raft rides. At the end a fast train will take you to the busy city life of Hong Kong or to another Chinese city. Route Chengdu- Shangrila- Lijiang- Shaxi- Dali- Kunming/ Guiyang- Kaili- Rongjiang- Congjiang -Zhaoxing- Chengyang- Pingan- Yangshuo- Hongkong or Guangzhou/ Shanghai/ other Chinese town Day 1 Chengdu, private car to the panda breeding centre Day 2 flight Chengdu- Shangrila, incl transfers to and from airports Day 3 Shangrila Day 4 private car Shangrila- Lijiang via Tiger Leaping gorge Day 5 Lijiang Day 6 private car Lijiang- Shaxi, on the road visit Shibaoshan temple Day 7 Shaxi Day 8 private car Shaxi-Dali, on the road visit tie-dye village Zhoucheng and Xizhou Day 9 Dali Day 10 Dali Day 11 public expres bus Dali- Kunming, flight or (night)train Kunming- Guiyang Day 12 private car and guide Guiyang- Kaili Day 13 private car and guide Kaili- Rongjiang Day 14 private car and guide Rongjiang- Congjiang Day 15 private car and guide Congjiang- Zhaoxing Day 16 Zhaoxing Day 17 private car Zhaoxing- Chenyang Day 18 private car Chenyang- Pingan Day 19 private car Pingan- Yangshuo Day 20 Yangshuo Day 21 Yangshuo Day 22 Yangshuo- transfer to Guilin trainstation, fast train to Shenzhen and independant easy crossing the border to Hong Kong Price 2 people: 13900 Chinese RMB per persoon 4 people: 11470 Chinese RMB per person Including 1. stay in smallscale boutique hotels (if available) and traditional guesthouses incl breakfast 2. private car with(out) guide according to program 3. excursions according to program 4. bus tickets Dali-Kunming 5. flight Chengdu- Shangrila 6. train Guilin- Shenzhen Excluding 1. flight or train Kunming- Guiyang FYI: flight Kunming-Guiyang costs about 900 Chinese RMB per person. Depending on your date of booking flights are often discounted. The fastest train takes about 7 hours and costs about 250 Chinese RMB per person. 2. hotel day 11 and hotel in Hongkog 3. optional tours 4. meals and entrance fees 5. tips for guides and drivers Other (non-touristy) (day)trips: Dali trip to Yi market Dali – Lijiang – Shuhe car via Shaxi & Shibaoshan temple dali: car around Erhai Dali: car to Yi market Lijiang bike trip South China China highlights Yunnan trekkings Family trips Non touristy daytrips Dali: Jim’s Tibetan hotel City tours Tibet...

Read More

Culture and Nature highlights 21 days

Culture and Nature highlights 21 days

During this tour in China you will not only see cultural highlights in cities like Beijing but also travel south through magnificent landscapes and visit colourfully dressed mountain people. You arrive in China’s capital, Beijing to go to the Great Wall. In Pingyao and Xi’an you travel back in time by visiting the amazingly well preserved old merchant houses and the impressive Terracotta army. Going south to Chengdu you can enjoy the cute pandas and the bustling teahouses. Speaking of tea, in the former tea horse caravan towns Shaxi and Dali you can visit the colourful local markets which haven’t changed much and are still going strong. The tour finishes with Pingan and Yangshuo. Pingan lies on top of a hill and is the perfect place to hike the steep riceterraces and enjoy the great views. The picturesque Yangshuo with its amazing karstmountains is very suitable for bike-, boat- and bamboo raft rides. At the end a fast train will take you to the busy city life of Hong Kong or to another Chinese city. Route Beijing- Pingyao- Xi’an- Chengdu- Lijiang- Shaxi- Dali- Kunming- Yangshuo- Pingan- Hongkong/ Shanghai or other Chinese city Day 1 Arrival Beijing, transfer to hotel Day 2 Beijing, excursion to the Great Wall with private car Day 3 Beijing Day 4 Beijing-Pingyao, transfer to trainstation and nighttrain (softsleepers) to Pingyao Day 5 Pingyao Day 6 Pingyao-Xi’an, transfer to trainstation and nighttrain (softsleepers) to Xi’an Day 7 Xi’an Day 8 Xi’an, excursion Terracotta army with private car Day 9 Xi’an, transfer to airport or trainstation for flight or train to Chengdu Day 10 Chengdu, private car to panda breeding centre Day 11 Chengdu, transfer from and to airports and flight to Lijiang Day 12 private car Lijiang– Shaxi, on the road visit Shibaoshan temple Day 13 private car Shaxi-Dali, on the road visit tie-dye village Zhoucheng and Xizhou Day 14 Dali Day 15 public expres bus Dali- Kunming, flight or (night)train Kunming- Guilin Day 16 Guilin, private car to Yangshuo Day 17 Yangshuo, bike trip along ricepaddies and karstmountains, incl bikes, guide, lunch Day 18 Yangshuo Day 19 private car Yangshuo- Pingan Day 20 Pingan Day 21 Yangshuo- transfer to Guilin trainstation, fast train to Shenzhen and independant easy crossing the border to Hong Kong Price: 2 people: 12600 Chinese RMB per person 4 people: 9980 Chinese RMB per person Including: 1. stay in smallscale boutique hotels (if available) and traditional guesthouses incl breakfast 2. private car with(out) guide according to program 3. excursions according to program 4. bus tickets Dali-Kunming 5. train tickets Beijing- Pingyao and Pingyao-Xi’an 6. flight Chengdu-Lijiang Excluding: 1. flight or train Xi’an-Chengdu & Kunming- Guilin FYI: flight Xi’an-Chengdu and Kunming-Guilin cost about 800-1000 Chinese RMB per person. Depending on your date of booking flights are often discounted. The fastest trains take about 12 and 17 hours and cost 300-500 Chinese RMB per person. 2. hotel day 15 and hotel in Hong Kong 3. optional tours 4. meals and entrance fees 5. tips for guides and drivers Options 1. If you don’t want to stay overnight in a sleepertrain you can travel by daytrain or take a flight. In that case there will be extra travel- and hotel costs. 2. In every place we can arrange daytrips, private transport and a local guide. 3. In some places you can opt for a hotel with a swimming pool, usually it’s an indoor pool. 4. You can start or finish your trip in another town like Shanghai, Guangzhou etc. Other (non-touristy) (day)trips: Dali trip to Yi market Dali – Lijiang – Shuhe car via...

Read More

Hidden gems in China: ‘Avatar’ mountains and minority villages 13 days

Hidden gems in China: ‘Avatar’ mountains and minority villages 13 days

This China tour takes you off the beaten track to Hunan province, one of the highlights being the stunning landscape of Zhangjiajie with its thousands of karst peaks, a truly impressive sight. Amongst Chinese Hunan is famous being the birthplace of Mao Zedong but it’s little known to most foreigners. It is a very green province as the Yangtse river delivers plenty of water which has created lively, picturesque rivertowns like Fenghuang and Dehang. Many of the small towns consist of simple wooden houses but some became rich and wealthy families built stone houses decorated in the distinctive classic Chinese style. Going down south the landscape is green and hilly and you will meet the Miao and Dong in their wooden villages overlooking the ricepaddies. Overnight stays are in small villages in great walking areas. Route Changsha- Taoist mountain Hengshan- Shaosong, Mao Zedong’s birth house- Zhangjiajie– Furong- walk to waterfall- Biancheng- Dehang Miao Village- Fenghuang- Hongjiang- Xiaoshajiang- Wanfo mountains- Huangdou- Chenyang- Yangshuo– Hong Kong or any other Chinese city Day 1 arrival at Changsha airport Day 2 daytrip to the Taoist mountain Hengshan with the bullettrain from Changsha Day 3 Changsha- Shaoshan- Changsha Daytrip to Shaoshan and visit Mao Zedong’s birth house, the museum, the dripping water cave and Shao peak Day 4 Changsha- Zhangjiajie by public bus Day 5 Zhangjiajie National Park: the Avatar mountains Take the 7.4 km long cableway to the top of the highest mountain, Tianmen (1520 m) and walk across the spectacular glass walkway which is not for the faint hearted! Spend the rest of the day hiking to various scenic spots and viewpoints amongst which sub-primitive forests. Visit Tianmen Temple (the Buddhist centre of Western Hunan) and Tianmen cave. Day 6 Zhangjiajie National Forest Park A full day hiking in Zhangjiajie National Park. Take the cablecar up to Tianzi Mountain, visit Yangjiajie and Yuanjiajie on foot and go down taking the Bailong elevator. Day 7 private car Zhangjiajie- Furong- walk to waterfall-to Biancheng Biancheng is a real hidden gem, a peaceful, small town along the river with authentic Chinese old streets. Day 8 private car Biancheng- Dehang Miao Village Dehang has a stunning location, wedged between the mountains. It’s tiny and has two streets and a square. There is no entertainment but it’s a great area for walking. Day 9 private car Dehang- Fenghuang Fenghuang sees a lot of tourists for a good reason, the location on the river is fantastic and the old authentic streets remind you of days gone by. Day 10 private car Fenghuang- Hongjiang- visit Huayao minority around Xiaoshajiang Hongjiang is an old opium town, the old part is small but worth a short visit. Then drive through a sparsely populated area, green and hilly, passing ricepaddies and small villages. Xiaoshajiang is not the most charming village but makes a good base to explore the nearby Huayao minority villages. Day 11 private car Xiaoshajiang- Wanfo mountain- Huangdou Dong village Today you will pass several small Miao and Dong villages, most of them with wooden houses. Wanfoshan is a pleasant area with lower mountains and great views and still peaceful, an undiscovered gem. Day 12 private car Huangdou- Chenyang Chengyang is one of the largest Dong villages in this area. It has wooden houses and old wind- and rainbridges. Admire the the biggest roofed bridge and have easy walks to villages along ricefields. Day 13 private car Chenyang- Yangshuo From Yangshuo you can take a fast train or flight towards Hong Kong or other Chinese cities. Price: on request Other (non-touristy) (day)trips: Dali trip to Yi market Dali – Lijiang...

Read More