Travel China with Confidence
We've launched a number of COVID-safety initiatives on top of our personalized service. Check out all the things China Highlights is doing to help you feel safe, confident, and fulfilled in your travels.
Your Wellbeing Is Our Priority
Your Own 1-to-1 Travel Expert
Your own experienced travel expert will always be available to help you with any questions, so you can feel confident and safe before traveling.
They'll be up to date on local regulations and restrictions and can guide you through your travel process as smoothly as possible.
Personal Tour Guides
Your private tour guides will be there for you exclusively throughout the whole trip.
With their local knowledge, support from our local offices, and new health and safety training, they are responsible for keeping you safe and happy while enjoying the highlights of your journey.
Distancing and Hygiene Protocols
Vaccinated Guides and Drivers
All of our guides and drivers have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines.
Our guides and drivers receive training in the guidelines established by the leading health experts, including the World Health Organization (WHO), World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), and United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), to minimize any coronavirus exposure during your journey.
Apart from daily health and temperature monitoring, our guides and drivers will wear masks wherever physical distancing is not possible. They will also wash their hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
Private touring with China Highlights means there will be only you and your family/friends during the whole journey, accompanied by your personal guides and drivers.
There will be no busloads of strangers. Big jostling tourist groups will be avoided for your peace of mind. Physical distancing will be practiced wherever we go.
Supply of Medical Masks and Hand Sanitizers
We will prepare medical masks, hand sanitizers, and wet wipes in your private vehicles. Your guides will also carry these protective items with them during the tour.
Wearing a mask is highly suggested in vehicles, indoor spaces, and any outdoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible.
In our spacious private vehicles with comfortable seats and air conditioning, we have enhanced the cleaning and sanitization for every arrival, departure, and transfer (with a focus on high-frequency touchpoints, such as door handles, seats, safety belts, and any other places you might touch.)
Hotels with Style and Safety
All our hotels are carefully selected for their brands, locations, service, and customer feedback. We also recommend high-quality boutique hotels with one-of-a-kind style and fewer guests, so that you can make a better connection with the destination.
We work continuously with our hotel partners to further up their health, safety, and cleanliness procedures, including daily cleaning and disinfecting of surface areas in your room. No staff will enter your room after it has been cleaned, and there is increased frequency of cleaning public areas.
Food with Flavor and Assurance
Since our beginnings in 1998, we have always arranged restaurants with an authentic flavor, local features, and a nice dining ambiance for our customers.
With the pandemic, we've been working closely with our restaurant partners to ensure they are meeting safety and cleanliness standards with their staff training, food preparation, and delivery. Food handlers will be wearing masks at all times.
Whenever possible, you will have a private table or even a private room to enjoy the meal and allow for physical distancing.
Sometimes, we might even grab a bite or enjoy a meal outside in picturesque natural scenery.
Your Trip is Perfectly Planned
Play Hide and Seek with the Crowds!
Crowds have never been our thing, as they can spoil the exclusive and exciting travel experiences on our private journeys. Now we have more reason to avoid them.
When visiting popular attractions, we will buy the tickets online in advance (wherever possible), so that you can skip the lines. Your personal guide will also adjust the route and timing flexibly to beat the crowds.
To further avoid the crowds, we usually choose to present the highlights differently. When the touristy groups are crowded on a Li River cruise or a shuttle bus around Jade Dragon Mountain, our customers are enjoying a bird-eye view of Li River or peacefully hiking at the foot of the mountain. We believe this is a better and more sustainable way to make a connection with the destinations you visit.
Fresh Insights into Local Culture and New China
Travel is a chance to open up your mind to our world and introduce new perspectives on life.
Travel is about listening. Listen to the stories local people tell you about their cultures. Let's make a sincere human connection at a safe distance and create greater cultural understanding in this increasingly complex world.
Although China is still a developing country, it has the largest population. The GDP of China ranked No. 2 in the world as of 2020, and the GDP growth rate remains higher than the US's.
What are China's secrets of development? Let's find out from its cutting-edge drones, a hotpot restaurant served by robots, and Alibaba’s no-cash empire. Find out more.
Unlock Your Hidden Menu
If you are looking for a vanilla tour with a common itinerary, China Highlights might not be the best choice for you. We are passionate about helping you realize your dreams that may not even be about traveling! We have put so much energy into developing and enhancing travel experiences that inspire.
Your unique travel reasons and desires should be the real highlight of your private journey, so please tell us if you would like to present a Panda Volunteer Program as a birthday gift to your child, or prepare a romantic proposal on the Great Wall… We will make it come true.
Read the unlocked hidden stories of our former customers.
Your Booking Is Risk-Free
Full Refund Policy
During the Pandemic period, you can cancel the tour 24 hours before departure, and 100% of your payment will be refunded to you (unless your travel expert informs you in advance about items beyond our control, such as cruise refund policies.)
You may change your itinerary as much as you like before the tour is confirmed at no cost.
Even after tour confirmation, we will not charge anything for making changes (excluding unrecoverable third-party fees from cruise operators, airlines, hotels, etc).
China Highlights is a proud member of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) and the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA). In our 2nd decade in business, we are today a very stable and solvent company, despite the current difficult circumstances caused by the pandemic.
Our Customers' Feedbacks
About China Highlights
Since 1959 we've guided everyone ranging from US presidents, Australian Geographic and retired backpackers. Our goal is to create unique trips that take you off-the-beaten path, helping you discover China in a more authentic way. Our motto: "Discovery Your Way!"
Worry-free during the Pandemic
I wouldn't normally use a tour company. But I decided to this time because of how quickly China closes off areas during the pandemic and how little communication gets translated into English. I decided to do this tour with a guide so that if there were an outbreak, I could rely on them for information and to get out of the area quickly. more
Date of experience: March 2021
The itinerary was well balanced and the program made sense (for example, the route followed the way from low altitude to high altitude, important for travelers coming from low places like Shanghai). We are a family with two kids, so a diversified day is important for us, which up to now was always given. more
Date of experience: May 2021
Tricks for Avoiding Long Queues
This was my second tour with China Highlights and it did not disappoint. The booking and support before my trip was superb. Three day tour of Beijing was perfect. Ivy, my fabulous guide knew all the tricks for avoiding long queues; was knowledgeable; patient; and kind. I felt like I was being shown the sights by a friend and I can heartily recommend both China Highlights and Ivy. PS - the labyrinth in the Old Summer Palace was great fun and not something I would ever have discovered without Ivy. Thank you. more
Sceneries and Experience of Local Life with My Own Car/driver/guide.
I decided to visit Guilin on the spur of the moment and within just one day China highlights put together a perfect itinerary, which included picturesque sceneries, experience of local Chinese life and culture, fabulous food and my own car/driver/guide. more
A special part of the tour was a visit to an Alibaba grocery store known as Freshippo. Despite its unusual name, the overwhelming technology of the store offers ease and convenience to customers. More importantly, most people pay at check-out kiosks, using their APP on smartphones. Guide also told us it has quick delivery services at orders placed by phones. I must confess that Hangzhou is really the eastern Silicon Valley. more