[Entertainment] $49 for 8 days land tour in Shanghai & several neighbouring chinese cities
TOURS BEING ADVERTISED BY TRAVEL AGENCIES:
$99 FOR 10 DAYS (BEIJING, SHANGHAI, WUXI, WESTLAKE, ETC)
$99 - 7 DAY CHINA TOUR
$99 - TOURS WRITTEN IN CHINESE TO DIFFERENT CHINA LOCATIONS
I just called a travel agency, located in san francisco, and the rep told me that these cheap tours may have 2 to 3 store visits daily (so expect the morning sightseeing, afternoon store/factory visits, and evening entertainment or personal time), while the regular price ($1,000+) tours take u to one store visit daily. However, both stay in similar "5 star hotels."
I personally went to travel china a few times in the past - twice on my own, one time on an expensive (thousands $) guided tour, and one time was similar to these cheap tours. In my view, these tours are still a good deal IF:
a) you have spare time and dont mind half an afternoon to whole afternoon in shopping or watching product demonstration, with sightseeings in the morning, late afternoon and entertainment in the evenings, i.e., u dont need to sightsee the whole day,
b) you dont bother to do it on your own to arrange hotels, ground transportation and sightseeing, and pay many times more money,
c) you have never been to these places before and like to see them for the first time,
d) u dont mind the chinese food (generally american/chinese buffet in the morning at the hotel, but chinese meals for lunch and dinner in a restaurant while on the road), and
e) you have self control not to buy the generally overpriced merchandise during the store visits (although they may be fun to watch, e.g., pretty and tall "So Chow" girls (known to be the prettiest in china) on cat-walk to sell silk dresses, tour of tea farm & tea leaves processing, OR they could be scary, e.g., a chinese medical doctor performs a free medical check up on you and then tries to sell you his expensive chinese herbs to heal you for "diseases not known to you". But, there is no requirement by the tour company that u need to buy anything during the trip.
HERE ARE TWO YOUTUBE TRAVEL VIDEOS OF PEOPLE WHO WENT: