If you travel with a tour group, virtually all your costs will be covered as part of the tour package, with the exception of gifts and personal expenses. While world travel prices have risen in recent years, China still offers good values in hotel accommodations, meals, and entertainment when compared to other world-class destinations. Air and train transportation within the country are particularly good values. Consider this: A couple in Beijing or Shanghai can stay in a 5-star hotel, take a full day tour, enjoy three great meals, including a Peking duck banquet; and attend an evening cultural performance for about the cost of one deluxe room alone at a comparable hotel in LA, Chicago, or New York City.
Most visitors return home raving about the bargain shopping in China – jewelry, silk, carpets, cloisonné, jade, and other popular items can be purchased at much lower prices than in the US. Plan to travel light and carry an extra bag for all the great gifts and souvenirs you will undoubtedly want to buy.