As anyone who has ever visited the country will agree, there’s nowhere else on earth quite like China. This rich, entrancing and beguiling country is packed full of natural beauty, warm, friendly people, exotic food and a striking contrast between old and new. The towering, futuristic skyscrapers of Beijing and Shanghai exist side by side with the quiet, narrow hutongs of centuries past, and just walking down the street can make a visitor feel as if they’ve stepped back in time.
This is an aspect of the country that never fails to charm and amaze visitors. Like no other place on the planet, China offers a glimpse into both the future and the distant past. High speed trains rocket across the landscape at hundreds of kilometers per hour, while out the window farmers tend rice paddies that have remained entirely unchanged for centuries. Visitors can enjoy a cocktail at the top of the Shangri-La Hotel, while 80 floors below the streets of Beijing are thronged with bicycles and rickshaws. Tourists can experience all the wonders this incredible country has to offer, from the magical Great Wall of China to the stunning scenery of the Yangtze River; from the modern skyscrapers of the Shanghai skyline to the ancient splendor of Beijing’s Forbidden City.
(Subheading) Lost in Translation
However while China is undoubtedly one of the most astounding and exciting travel destinations in the world, there’s no question that it can be a difficult country for a tourist to navigate. China welcomes visitors with open arms, but once they’ve arrived many find that China is unlike any country they’ve visited before. In fact, even experienced travellers often struggle during their stay.
The largest challenge is quite simple: the language barrier. The vast majority of Chinese people speak little or no English, and even in the largest cities and the most popular tourist destinations it can be difficult for visitors to communicate. Street signs, restaurant menus and other written notices are often written only in Chinese characters, so visitors who can’t speak Mandarin can easily find themselves lost and hungry. Even those visitors who speak a little Chinese can struggle, as regional dialects can mean that a phrase that’s perfectly understandable to Beijing locals might be meaningless to those in Shanghai.
Furthermore, visitors to China can often find it difficult and inconvenient to arrange travel, tickets and accommodation. In a country of more than a billion people – and dozens of cities with populations that reach into the millions – China is naturally a crowded country. Queuing for a simple train ticket can quickly waste hours of a visitor’s precious time, and it can be all too easy to plan a day trip to a popular tourist site only to find – after travelling for hours – that it’s closed for the day (the signs informing visitors of this will, of course, only be written in Mandarin).
It’s clear to see that China can be a challenging country to visit. It offers some of the most astounding scenery in the world, the most exciting cities, the most delicious food and some of the warmest, most welcoming and generous people, but it can also be devilishly difficult for a tourist to enjoy the country without wasting a lot of time that would be better spent creating wonderful memories.
(Subheading) The Benefits of China Tours
That’s why the best way to enjoy your stay in China is with a guided tour. With limited time and a list of things to see as long as your arm, by far the best way to squeeze every ounce of enjoyment out of your China trip is to find a guide to make your arrangements before you arrive. They can stand in line to buy your train and flight tickets. They can arrange your itinerary, and make sure that you have the time to see everything you want to see without having to spend your time waiting in line.
China tours are designed for the visitor who wants an incredible trip, and doesn’t want to have to deal with the hassles and problems that come with travelling alone. They’re designed for the visitor who understands the value of travelling with a local expert who knows where to find the best restaurants, the finest hotels and the most incredible views. Guided China tours are for visitors who don’t want to spend their trip struggling with the language, and know that the best way to enjoy their time is with a guide who can offer everything from a translation of a restaurant menu to stories of China’s rich history.
If you’re planning a visit to China, whether you want to enjoy the Shanghai nightlife, cruise down the Yangtze River, stroll along the Great Wall or visit giant pandas in their natural habitat, there’s no doubt that guided China tours are the best way to take the hassle out of your visit. With what little time you have to enjoy this vast and beautiful country, why would you want spend even a moment of your trip standing in line?