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Best of China - First Timer Tours

China is a vast land with so many fabulous destinations to discover and things to do. It's hard to experience all a in a short stay. When planning your first visit to China, you may focus on the country’s highlights and essentials. we have planned a series of classic tours showcasing you the best of China, with different destinations, 7 to 15 days, on your interests and budget. Travel from the capital city of Beijing in the north to the oriental pearl of Hong Kong; Discover China’s civilization in central cities of Datong, Pingyao, Xian; Enjoy the cultural diversity and landscape in southwest of China; Immerse yourself in the beautiful natural scenery in Guilin, Yangshuo, Huangshan, Hangzhou in the south of China. Find out some perfect itineraries that were favored by our former customers.

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How to Plan Best of China

Planning your tour to China

For all first timers to China, it is suggested to take worry-free and hassle-free escorted tour. Here are some general ideas to know before enjoying the best of China.

China visa?

China visa exemption policy covers 24-hour direct transit visa (all countries), 72-hour or 144-hour visa-free transit (53 countries’ passport holders), and citizens of Japanese, Singaporean, Qatari and Bruneian, etc. Please check with Chinese embassy or consulate in charge of your residence district whether you meet China visa exemption requirements and apply China visa if needed.


Which destinations?

The most classic tour for first timers always includes Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. For culture lovers, longer vacations can extent to Datong, Pingyao on the route from Beijing to Xian; Yellow Mountain near Shanghai;Guilin, Zhangjiajie and Hong Kong in the southern China; Harbin for winter tour; Outdoor lovers can add in Sichuan or Yunnan in the southwest; Discovery of the history and Buddhist art along the Silk Road.  

1. Beijing - Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, and Temple of Heaven.

2. Xian - Ancient City Wall, Terra Cotta Army and Chinese culture civilization.

3. Guilin - Li River, countryside beauty, rice terraces fields.

4. Shanghai - east coastal city, most prosperous face of China.

5. Datong - Yungang Grottoes, Hangying Monastery, Temple clusters at Wutai.

6. Sichuan - giant pandas, Buddha at Leshan.

7. Yunnan - the most geographic and ethnically diverse area in China.

8. Silk Road - cities of Lanzhou, Zhangye, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi and Kashgar.

9. Tibet - unique high plateau landscape and Buddhist culture.

10. Harbin - fairyland in winter.

Where to stay?

The major cities are very tourist friendly with varied accommodation options from chain hotels, to boutique hotel and luxury brand. We will help you to find the most suitable one based on your interests and budget plan.

What type of transport?

We use different type of vehicles for ground transfers depending on your group size.

For inter-city transport, you can always choose from trains and flights. High-speed trains reach all major cities and many small towns as well. It takes only 4.5 hours from Beijing to Shanghai, Beijing to Xian.

Plan Your Trip to China


10 customer reviews

Reviews of our former customers is a collection of tips and advices to help you plan a perfect China Trip. Find helpful reviews from the list and we would appreciate your share when your tour complete.
  • Our trip began in Hohhot where we were greeted by our fabulous guide David and driver Mr Fan, who was friendly and funny, taking pictures and encouraging car pool karaoke! We visited the grasslands, desert, Genghis Khan’s Mausoleum and a volcano. David was very knowledgeable about Mongolian and Chinese history along with all the local traditions and experiences! He was also very friendly with excellent English and a good sense of humour. We ate like Khans over the three days in local restaurants where David ensured our vegetarian requirements were met much to the dismay of the restaurant staff who could not believe there was no mutton on the menu (they tell me Mongolian mutton is delicious!) The yurt we stayed in was concrete when we were expecting a tent however this did not diminish the whole Mongolian experience. The site is in a beautiful location and definitely worth the view on horseback. Without a doubt one of our lasting memories of this trip will be the fusion of modern dance music and Mongolian throat singing that we all enjoyed raving to! Inner Mongolia autonomous region is definitely a ‘must’ destination for any discerning traveler.


  • a memorable experience with Etripchina "We arranged 10 days tour of Beijing Shanghai Chengdu and Yangtze river in China. Tina was very helpful in suggesting trips. All of the guides,drivers were perfect. The Yangtze Cruise was a highlight of our tour. The scenery on Yangtze river was awesome. My favorite place on the boat was my balcony. I had tea on my cozy balcony every morning. It was a memorable experience."


    2020-08-21 16:23:10
  • Trip to China "Our trip to China started since we planned our taylor made tour for china, it was excellent it started and ended in Beijing, the tour was Beijing-Xian-Suzhou-Tongli-Shanghai-Beijing, in every moment there was a guide in each city that picked in the train station and took care of us in the tours and hotels every time. The tour guides are fluent in english and they have guides that speaks spanish as well. My wife and I had a great experience in China, even though you struggle with the language."


    2020-07-10 15:27:09
  • Great company! "We have bought two day tours, Li River/Yangshuo and Longji Rice Terraces/Mountain Village. Excellent service! At first we exchanged emails and phone calls with Tina, a very kind professional, she organized everything. We had private tours and opted for a guide driver, in our case, Jiang Linfeng. He was very professional and helped us organize the schedule for the tours and even helped us get tickets for some other attractions, not included in the tours we paid, with a better/cheaper price. Everything was perfect! We did enjoy the tours and Guilin is a fantastic place, indeed! I do recommend EtripChina and the tours we did. Thank you, Tina and Jiang Linfeng!"


    2020-07-10 14:18:44
  • A journey through the east and middle of China on a train. the highlight was experiencing the wonders of the country, "It was extremely good, seeing Beijing, the ancient and modern architectures, of course the great wall, the forbidden city, the summer palace with lotus gardens, the houtons and ofcourse the food and walkabout the Wanfujing street, the undisturbed ancient city of Pinyangao, Xian's amazing terracotas, the city wall and the show at night, then came the wonder of the garden city (the venice of the east) Souzho,Huangzhou with the West Lake and finally Shanghai. Amazing!!"


    2020-07-10 14:14:00
  • For our holiday to China, (family of 4)in May 2018, I decided to book all our sightseeing tours, airport transfers and internal train tickets via Etrip China. At first, I was a little apprehensive, as my only contact with them was through their website, however, I gained some confidence due to the excellent reviews on TripAdvisor. At the end of our holiday, I am happy to say, that we are extremely happy with the Etrip China Team for their excellent service. The vehicles used were spacious and comfortable. The drivers were always punctual, professional and courteous. The guides were knowledgeable, helpful and proficient in English. In short, I would strongly recommend, Etrip China, to anyone looking for an all inclusive private tour in China, at a good value price.


    2020-07-10 14:01:45
  • Excellent Day Tour at Xi'an with Lisa "I booked a Day Tour of Xi'an on Circuits-Chine/ETripChina for me and my mother. We have not be disappointed at all ! Very professionnal, ponctual at pick-up, Lisa is perfect guide : she has a good english and speak slow and clearly for no english-native speakers like us. We can ask all our questions, very flexible. The Terracota Warriors were really impressive and Xi'an City Wall tour by bicycle was cool and relaxing. So great service, I recommand !"


    2020-07-10 13:55:34
  • Tibet Trip Lhasa to EBC "We had a wonderful experience in our trip to Tibet in July, we took the tour from Lhasa to Mount Everest base camp. Overall, the tour was well organized and the accommodation was also pretty good. We did experience a few difficulties with our permits and plane tickets, but Tina (the lady from etrip who assited us on organizing the trip) was very professional and did her best to help us take quick decisions and overcome such difficulties so that we could enjoy our trip. Going to Tibet can be a challenging experience due to the high altitude and the long distances one must endure; however the landscapes and buddhist monasteries and temples make it all worth it!"


    2020-07-10 12:01:04
  • Etripchina is so much more than day tours in Guilin! "I highly recommend this company to handle your travel needs in China. I have used them myself and Tina has helped me organise an intense two week itinerary that took us all the way from Beijing to Xi'an to Chengdu (incl Leshan and Jiajiang) to Guilin to Yangshuo to Hangzhou to Shanghai (incl Suzhou and Tongli). Excellent guides, excellent hotels, the itinerary flowed like clockwork. Watched 7 performances along the way (Beijing Opera, Golden Mask in Beijing, Huaqing Palace in Xi'an, Sichuan Opera in Chengdu, Enduring Memories in Yangshuo, Impressions in Hangzhou and ERA in Shanghai. I forgot to add that the whole trip cost me under half of what other agencies were asking me. Amazing experience, all thanks to Tina and her staff!"

    Nevil C

    2020-07-10 11:34:10
  • Fantastic journey of discovery "This is my 1st time booking with ETripChina. From start to end, the manager Niki Zhu, has been constantly updating the itinerary until we are fully satisfied. She even made a call to ask on how we are doing. I would definitely recommend them to anybody who would like to arrange a personalise trip with them. Good job ETripChina. Keep up your good work."


    2020-07-10 10:51:07