1. What is a cheap tour?
A cheap tour does not mean that the services you enjoy or the sights you visit are of low quality. The cheap tour can also be called a budget tour. It is perfect for travelers who want to see and do as much as possible and at a very affordable price. Budget travelers don't mind staying in simple and clean 3-star hotels. These hotels don't have expensive amenities, luxurious decor, and may not be in the center of town, but can let you have a good rest after a day tour and enjoy a delicious breakfast the next morning.
Cheap tours allow you to benefit from sharing the cost of guides, vehicles, etc. You can enjoy your tour without worrying about safety. Although you are traveling with a group, you will still have plenty of free time and a choice of activities that will allow you to enjoy a country that is new to you and within an affordable budget. Local guides on group tours know where to avoid the lines, where the best local bars, restaurants, or malls are, so you can explore the city at your own pace with the guidance.
2. How are you able to give a big discount?
Because we sell the tour itinerary directly online to our customers, so the profit for the dealer is reduced. This allows us to give you a better price. In addition, our large volume of sales and efficient operation allows us to get better prices from suppliers, such as hotels and airlines. Be trusted that when you book with us, you are getting the best price.
3. Which is more cost-effective when traveling in China, taking flight or high-speed train?
Transportation costs generally make up a large part of a travel budget. Traveling by train usually takes more time. But because China has a more developed high-speed rail system, traveling in China by train is both less expensive and more efficient. For example, a flight from Beijing to Xi'an costs about 800 RMB even after discounts, but a second-class seat on a high-speed train costs only 500 RMB and takes about the same amount of time in total as a flight. This makes your trip both comfortable and cost-effective.
4. When is the best time to do a China cheap tour?
In the travel industry, we divide the year into three seasons: high season, flat season, and low season. The latter is the ideal time for you to travel to China. During the low season, all suppliers will offer cheap tours at lower prices. From November to early March is the low season for travel in China. Although the weather is a bit cold during this time, you can save money on hotels, airfare, and entrance fees, and you can avoid the crowds of tourists. If you travel to Shanghai or other cities in southern China, the temperature there will not be as cold as in Beijing. If you like skiing and skating, it's even better to come to China in winter. Harbin and other cities in the northeast are your best bet.
5. I choose to stay in a 3-star hotel to save my budget, how about 3-star hotels in China?
The basic standards of 3-star hotels in China are also relatively high, which can fully meet the needs of foreign tourists. Although 3-star hotels cannot be compared with luxurious five-star hotels, their layouts and room sizes are also very reasonable, and some 3-star hotels will also have a certain characteristic or ethnic style in their appearance. The front desks of 3-star hotels have English and Chinese signs and provide 24-hour reception, inquiry, and checkout services. The staff at the front desk usually speaks English and can provide you with various maps, traffic maps, bus schedules, newspapers, etc. The 3-star hotels also offer credit card and foreign currency exchange services.
The standard of 3-star hotels is well-decorated and beautiful, with supporting furniture such as upholstered beds, dressing tables or writing desks, closets and hangers, chairs or simple sofas, bedside tables, bedside lamps, and luggage racks. Generally, the interior of 3-star hotels is covered with carpets, wooden floors, or other higher-grade materials. The interior is equipped with a bathroom, a basin, a vanity mirror, and the necessary toiletries, a bathtub, or a shower. The bathtub is equipped with a shower curtain, shower head, etc. And there are anti-slip measures in the bathroom. Three-star hotels have a good exhaust system, 110/220V uninterrupted power outlets as well as a 24-hour supply of cold and hot water, etc. Of course, TV, telephone, refrigerator, and WIFI are provided. The breakfast in 3-star hotels is also a buffet of Chinese and Western food, which can meet the needs of foreign tourists.
6. Do I have free time on my China cheap tour?
All our tours leave some free time for you. This allows you to explore the city on your own. If you want to take some activities with Chinese characteristics, you can let us know and we will arrange it for you. If you need some advice, our tour guides will be happy to help you.
7. What restaurants will we dine at during the Cheap China tour?
In China, price is not really an indicator of quality. Sometimes you can get a better meal at a simple dumpling restaurant or noodle restaurant than at the restaurant of a four-star hotel. During your visit, we will arrange clean restaurants at good prices for you. Most of these restaurants are Chinese restaurants where you will have the opportunity to taste local specialties.
8. Which snack streets in China are both delicious and inexpensive?
Beijing's Gui Street has nearly 200 restaurants with different styles and tastes. Here you can taste the special snacks of Beijing and the whole of China.
The area around Shanghai Yu Garden is known as the Kingdom of Snacks. Here you can taste Shanghai's special snacks, steamed buns, sweet dumplings, and other snacks. You can satisfy your taste buds without spending a lot of money.
Sifang Street is a famous snack street in Lijiang Old Town. Every restaurant in the old city serves Yunnan-style rice noodles, which is why this street is also known as "Lijiang Rice Noodle Street".
Jinli is a very famous snack street in Chengdu, with a wide variety of food at reasonable prices. The famous snacks in Jinli include cold cakes, three big bombs, beefcakes, sweet water noodles, cold noodles, cold dishes, etc.
Muslim Quarter is one of the must-see attractions in Xi'an. It has a long history and is a famous food and culture district in Xi'an. It is also a must-see place when you come to Xi'an. Xi'an is very famous for its cooked wheaten food, and a bowl of Pita Bread Soaked in Lamb Soup will satisfy an appetite for good food and fill you up at the same time.
Hubu Alley is a 150-meter long century-old alley, known as "the first alley of Wuhan snacks"! There is a great variety of breakfast in this alley, so you must try the delicious breakfast with Wuhan characteristics.
Changsha Huogongdian is a favorite among gourmets. Here you can taste almost all of Changsha's delicacies. You can sit on the second floor and enjoy the view outside the window while you eat. You can try every kind of snack, which is delicious and not expensive.
Hong Kong's Temple Street Night Market is a famous street. Here you can not only shop but also taste various snacks in Hong Kong. Every evening, aromas come from the street stalls that make special soup rice. The special soup rice is not only rich in ingredients, but also cheap and worth trying. In addition, oyster cakes are also a must-try special snack on Temple Street. Every time you go to Temple Street, you must try them because they are delicious and you will want to eat them again. Temple Street also has several stalls rich in local characteristics of Hong Kong snacks, including seafood and various types of noodles, and so on. Because the price is reasonable, and the reputation is not bad, this market is very popular with residents and foreign tourists.
9. Will your China Cheap Tour force shopping?
You may have heard that some tour guides take tourists to stores that sell overpriced goods and force them to buy something. Please rest assured that there will be no forced shopping on our tours. There are some shopping stores at some attractions. For example, at the entrance of the Great Wall at Mutianyu, there is a shopping street where you can choose to shop on your own or buy some souvenirs, which is completely voluntary. The tour guide will not recommend or ask you to buy any items.
10. Do I need to exchange RMB before I go to China?
You cannot use the foreign currency directly in China, so you can exchange some RMB in advance in your home country or exchange RMB at Chinese airports and banks. Most star hotels and fine restaurants in China accept credit cards. The hotel you are staying at can also exchange cash for you. However, smaller hotels and restaurants do not accept credit cards. If you are concerned about the inconvenience of exchanging RMB, it is recommended that you exchange a small amount of RMB in your home country in advance, just in case.
11. What would you recommend as the best means of transportation for a free tour?
The hotels we arrange will usually have shopping centers and restaurants within walking distance. If you want to go further, the best and most comfortable way is by cab. In China, you can hail a cab with just a wave of your hand. All legal cabs in China use cab meters. Look at the cab meter and you will know how much to pay. Chinese cab drivers don't speak much English, so you can ask your guide to write down the Chinese name of the destination you want to visit.
12. Do I need to tip when traveling in mainland China?
You don't have to worry too much about tipping in mainland China. Tipping is not required at restaurants, spas, cabs, etc. If you choose to tip in RMB, such as change on a dinner bill, the staff will likely chase you down and give you your money back because they will assume you accidentally left it behind. In other places, such as hotel restaurants, they usually add a service charge, but again, no tip is required.
But the porters, room service staff, and waiters of some fancy hotels and restaurants often serve foreign guests, so they are used to receiving tips. If you want, you can give them cash, preferably in RMB, but other currencies are fine. Or you can bring them some small gifts from your country.
Also, when you go on a group tour, you usually need to tip the guide and driver at the end of the tour. It is customary to tip the tour guide and driver a certain amount per day for China tours. The guide should get a bigger tip than the driver, but both parties will expect and appreciate the tip. Of course, if you are very much against tipping, you don't have to give it. If you think a guide or driver is rude or incompetent, please inform us of any bad behavior by the driver or guide so that we can take appropriate measures to protect your rights.
13. Do I need to tip when I travel to Hong Kong and Macau in China?
Tipping is relatively easy in Hong Kong. Service industry employees in Hong Kong do not expect tips from customers to raise their wages. The cost of the service is already included in the price of the food, drink, or other service provided to you.
In Hong Kong hotels, tipping is not required in most cases. However, if the baggage attendant or room service has provided you with good service, you can show your appreciation with a small tip. However, doormen and parking attendants at upscale hotels may expect a tip of HK$20-50, which is equivalent to about US$3-7.
In Hong Kong, most restaurants will add a 10%-15% service charge to your bill, which is usually mentioned on the menu and will also show up on your final bill. For waiters, you don't need to pay more than 10%. However, if the service is really good, it is acceptable to pay a few dollars more on top of the service charge. In Hong Kong bars, you don't need to tip if you order directly from the bartender. If you get good service, you can keep a little change for the drink when you pay.
Cab drivers do not ask for tips, but it is normal to give the driver a little money. You can add the fare to a whole number and tell him to keep the change.
In Hong Kong, salons are one of the places where people usually receive tips. How much you tip depends a lot on the final price or the complexity of the service received. Hairdressers expect a 10% tip, up to HK$100. You can often find tip jars in hair salons in Hong Kong where you can leave your tips.