China Travel Guide: Planning your Trip to China a Step by Step Guide
Choosing Your Best Way to Travel
This China Travel Guide will take you step by step which you might find useful in planning your China trip. From some very essential steps
like securing your China visa, to advice on best times to go, places to visit if this is your first time to China, to practical information such as changing
money, what to pack, and vaccinations.
One major aspect will be to decide whether to go on an organized tour or make the arrangements yourself. We give you some insights and options to consider below.
When I first traveled in China in 1986, options were very limited. There were few hotels and quality was
hit or miss.
You could not venture easily on your own since most places were still closed to foreigners. Roads
and infrastructure was chaotic to say the least.
Tourism has come a long way since then. Hotels are popping up everywhere with excellent standards
that rival and in many cases, surpass the West. Transportation networks are extensive and modern although still chaotic.
There is no shortage of travel offers to China in the internet. You can go cheap and you can go as
luxurious as you wish.
Some people prefer to arrange it all by themselves, some people prefer to
leave it all to "the experts".
There's a wide range of options, our China Travel Guide will help
you choose what's right for you.
China Travel With Kids: Choose your best way to Travel
If you are traveling with youngsters here are some options to consider:
Traveling with a family-friendly organized China tour.
If you like traveling in a group and don't have much time to plan the trip, this is a good way to go. You can leave all the details to the pro's and you concentrate on having a good time! This also means you have to stick with one of the pre-arranged "off-the-rack" tours.
Traveling with a private
tour customized for your family and friends.
If you prefer to put together your own group and to have more flexibility than what the organized
tour would give you, some companies offer alternatives to customize your own.
Traveling on your own.
If you enjoy exploring on your own, have a flexible schedule and your kids are "good little travelers" that can take things as they
come, traveling independently might be the best answer.
Having enjoyed all the above ways of travel, there isn't one I would recommend over the other ones,
it really is a matter of preference and circumstances.
We are normally independent travelers and like to go at our own pace. On our last trip, we considered having a
combination of a "private tour" and traveling on our own because of the size of our group and to make
things easier with grandma and grandpa and the kids. This was the right option for us.
We still got
to go at our own pace and it was nice having our own van with driver that would conveniently
materialize at the right moment to take us where we needed to go.
Time was our precious commodity on this trip,
we didn't need to spend it making arrangements or waiting around.
Grandma and grandpa appreciated not having to walk
long distances to look for transportation or up and down the stairs to get to the subway.
is not a very pleasant time of the year for either.
We did our own planning and itinerary ahead of time and made adjustments as we went along. We had
plenty of time on our own to poke around, shop, and visit with friends. For us, this was our best way to travel!
Consider your options and circumstances to decide what your best way to travel is.
How large is your group? Is everybody in good health or are there members with limited mobility?
How do you normally travel? Do you have the time (and nerves...) to plan and organize?
Finances will also play a role in your decision. It's important to find a good balance between cost vs. time and convenience depending
on your priorities.
And whichever way you choose will be suitable with the right attitude and an open mind!
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