Before you make specific travel plan, you should make sure of two things that how long and how much money you want to spend on the trip. After that, you need to spend some time doing some research, such as finding your preferred itinerary by searching various choices and joining a tour group or being independent traveler.
The following points give you some hint when you make travel plan: As independent traveler can purchase only an airline ticket or just book a hotel room or a cruise cabin.
If you are purchasing a join-in tour, you will not share a room with a stranger by paying the single supplement. Some times due to the overbooking situation on cruise ships, single cabins could become unavailable. You might have to share with another passenger. Whenever you share a room with a stranger (same gender), you do not pay for the single supplement cost.
With designed itineraries, you will get a good chance to experience the culture, history and beauty of nature of China. Try to imagine in a strange place, without knowing anyone, anywhere; without understanding the strange language, how difficult it might be. BUT, it's much easier and relaxing taking the guided tour. You only need to concentrate in enjoying the scenery and learning the culture.
Customized tour - After looking through the posted designed tours, maybe you didn't find any itinerary or schedule fit your interest, contact the travel agent, you will get a customized tour itinerary with all details including hotels, transportation, scenery spots and tour cost. Usually the customized tour costs more than group package tour.
Family travel - As a family, you may choose to join the group to travel or ask for customized private tour. If you have kids, be aware of safety is the highest importance during the trip. Usually we suggest do not bring child with you for Tibet or Mongolia trip. Children cost less than adult.
There is normally no charge for a child under 12 years old sharing a room with parents. But some hotels will charge the extra bed. For baby under 2 years old, baby cot will be provided by the hotel free of charge. Normally Children under 2 years old are free from the breakfast fare and Children under 12 years pay 50 percent for the breakfast. Different hotels may vary in their respective regulations. If there are some surcharges required, please pay it on the spot.