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Viking deepens your understanding of China's imperial history and forward-thinking modernity on one wide-ranging cruisetour. Choose from fixed-date Small Group tours for those who want to meet and travel with people from all over the world, to private customized tours for individual visitors who like to travel alone or with family or friends, with the flexibility and convenience of choosing their own travel dates, attractions, accommodations, languages, etc according to their preferences and for travel at their own pace.

There are several wonderful shows that we specially recommend and have been included in our deluxe china local tour package tour itineraries: Chinese Kung Fu show at the Red Theater in Beijing, Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Performance at the Tang Dynasty Palace in Xian, ERA Acrobatic Show in Shanghai, Impression Sanjie Liu directed by Zhang Yimou and performed on the Li River of Yangshuo.

This is the essential China tour, introducing the key sights, including the Mu Tian Yu section of the great wall, which takes you away for the main crowds and gives you fantastic opportunities to explore and take photos; the modern metropolis of Shanghai; the historic Beijing, home to some of the most stunning architectural wonders in the world including the Imperial residences and the iconic Great Wall and Xi'an, the site of one of the world's most important archeological treasures: the army of 2,200-year-old famous Terracotta Warriors with life-size soldiers, chariots and horses buried to protect the tomb of the first Qin emperor.

This article is based on my personal experience taking tours in China, first with a French company, later with a Chinese company to go to Tibet, and last of all, two free" tours that I was invited on (one by the local Chinese government and another with a local travel agency, both of which were looking for opinions and advice from foreign tourists).

You have to get a visa, choose a rough itinerary, book the hotels, book the domestic flights and so on. Also, if you only have 7-10 days to spend in China and want to visit several cities or provinces, getting on a tour will allow you to see many more destinations as you won't get lost and you won't have to figure out where the train station or the hotel is and so on.