The First “ABSOLUTELY NO SHOPPING” China Tour Operator
No Shops. No Factories. No Detours.
A better China tour has arrived — gone are the days of itineraries with built in souvenir shops, factory outlets, detours and other commission earners that you wouldn’t pick yourself.
All our private tours are shop, factory and detour free.
When did this change?
Since October 1st, 2013, all tours arranged by China Highlights will never go to retail outlets, and our tour guides will not recommend you any tourist shops, unless you ask.
About 80% of travel agencies would arrange shops and factories when tourists booked a tour; and 90% tour guides would take customers to tourist shops and receive commission. It had become a standard in China.We have always felt this is a waste of customers’ time and money. We have wanted to change this situation for many years, and remove shopping from all of our tours. Recently tourism law changes have allowed us to insist that all city local partners arrange ABSOLUTELY NO SHOPPING tours. This has allowed us to push our no shopping policy forward, making every tour a no shopping tour.
If you choose to buy a seat-in-coach tour, these can sometimes include shops. These are great value for money, but since they are run by local agents we can not remove shop. Some do not include shops, but the tour guide might still recommend shopping. Seat in coach tours are outside our control.
Of course attraction sometimes have shops at the exits, naturally we cannot avoid passing through them.
What if I want to go to a shop?
If you would like to buy something on your tour with our help, you will need to sign a disclaimer releasing your tour guide to recommend the best places to buy and take you shopping.
No longer do you need to worry about the awkwardness, hassle, over-charging, and time-wasting of guided shopping visits.