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March 29, 2014 2 min read

First Time China Tour Routes

China is unbelievably large! You would need months to do it justice. Travel blogs and resources like the Lonely Planet often advise to focus on one region, or if this is your second trip just a couple of provinces. This is sound advice, and the north 'Golden Triangle' region is the perfect area for a first trip.

Naturally most China tours for a first time visitor include Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, and Guilin. The sights, history, and wonders of Beijing and Xi'an are the perfect contrast to the picture-perfect rice terraces of Guilin, added to by the thriving modern Shanghai.

Gateway City: Think outside the box!

2013 and 2014 has seen the rise of many more international airlines starting to use gateway citiesbeyond the normal three: Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. You're find deals in Guangzhou, Chengdu and just this week Finnair flying into Xi'an from Helsinki. Don't assume you're restricted to the main hubs. Our tours can start from any city. In fact 90% of our tours are customized to our traveler's needs.

How Long to Visit?

We recommend at least 8 days, but a 14-day tour will allow you to step out of the classic three cities (The Golden Triangle) to experience both a cruise on the Yangtze river and see the magical scenery of Guilin.

Best China Tours for a First-Timer

These recommended tours all feature on the 'Top 10 China Tours' list, and 80% of people who buy these top 3 are first time visitors. These China tours include the classic sights, but work in personal touches and experiences that make your first trip to China even more memorable. They are popular for good reasons.

Planning Tip: Our travel advisors can adjust these best sellers, adding unique experiences, customized to your dates, gateway city and interests.

How to Plan a China Tour

Our China guide has some practical articles and advice on planning your first trip to China. Take a look at ‘How to Plan a First Trip to China’.  Also see ‘5 Top Tips for a First Trip to China’ Our Travel Advisors are happy to chat and work with you to create the perfect trip. There is no commitment to book.

Dates to Avoid Visiting China

Here are some dates to avoid when planning 2014 China tour. You can find weather informationhere.