Mar 26, 2012 14:06
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Tip: In general, when we travel to China, we always book a tour in a Chinese city. There are huge numbers of travel agencies in major cities, and you would have a much better deal there. Most of the tour guides nowadays can speak English. There are two advantages of doing that, firstly your tour will cost you a lot less, secondly you can choose to travel with local Chinese tourists. They are generally very friendly towards foreigners.

Tip: If you are sick, or don't feel like visiting some of the attractions in the tour schedule, you can play sick (or really get sick!), most of the agency would give you partial refund on admission fees if you ask for it.

Tip: In general, in any tours, Chinese tour guides will take you to some shopping place (or restaurants, if your tour does not include meals). This is common practise, as their salary is partially commission based. They get huge kickbacks, in rare cases they get up to 80% of what you just paid. For example, in Sanya, Hainan, taxi drivers gets kickbacks from admission fees to lunch bills. Those are "tourist-only" shopping malls and restaurants and are very likely to be very expensive. Some tourist restaurants also carry two menus, one for locals and one for visitors. Buy as little stuff as you can, and you can do shopping in local stores later for much better deals.

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