Imperial Tours of China (CHINA DMC)

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Hotel Info

Dangdai Moma T10-906 Bei Qu, Xiangheyuan Lu 1, Beijing 100028, P.R. China
Tel: 01186 10 8440 7162   Fax: 01186 10 8440 7163
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Husband and wife team Guy Rubin and Nancy Kim started Imperial Tours in 1999. They have made China their home for 20 years. Born in Israel, Guy was raised and educated in Britain, attending Cambridge University and traveling widely. Nancy was born in Korea and raised in Beverly Hills and Switzerland, and attended the University of Pennsylvania. They met in 1997 in Beijing while studying Mandarin, which they both speak fluently. They immediately saw the potential for luxury travel in China. Their philosophy is to offer the very best and to welcome clients as guests to a country they love. Their guides and drivers are hand-picked. A Western bilingual “China Host” can accompany guests throughout their trip if desired. Superb luxury hotels are used throughout, and Nancy brings her fascination with food to her choices of excellent restaurants. Imperial Tours can offer extraordinary exclusive experiences, from families playing table tennis with a former Olympian to private dining on the Great Wall. Imperial Tours marries the romance of China’s incredibly rich culture and historical past with modern China’s unprecedented impact on the future.

Imperial Tours is an on-site DMC for Virtuoso, Signature and American Express Crafted Journeys.

Touring Information

Imperial Tours offers two price levels for FIT touring in China. All tours are bespoke and tailor-made.

Ultimate China includes the services of a Western bilingual “China Host” who travels with clients throughout their tour of China. Luxury hotels, breakfasts, lunches and most dinners are included. This option includes unlimited use of cars and drivers. All guide and driver gratuities are included.

China Escapades includes luxury hotels, breakfasts and lunches. The services of local English-speaking guides are included; gratuities are not included. Cars and drivers are available until 10PM. China Escapades does not include a “China Host” and as a result, it is a less expensive alternative. A 24-hour “virtual” concierge is available for help and suggestions.

Note: All itinerary planners and China Hosts are Westerners who speak English and Mandarin Chinese fluently. Nothing is lost in translation when booking trips with their staff.

Sample Itineraries

Special Promotions

Joanna’s Exclusive Promotions to Experience the Best of China
Book a tour of $8,000 or more between 01 June – 30 September 2017 and guests may choose
to experience one of the special offerings below. Guests may travel during or after these dates.


Beijing – Private Access to Chonghua Palace

During your visit to the Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City we can arrange for special access to Chonguagong, a section of the Forbidden City once occupied by the Emperor, which is normally closed to the general public. Pricing from $185 per person (originally $310 per person).


Xi’an – Handle Priceless Ancient Ceramics From a Distinguished Collector

When he was still a schoolboy Mr Jingwei Ren’s teacher donated his ceramics to him to feed his passion. One of these original pieces now fetches over US$40 million at auction. From the 1960’s until 1944, Mr Ren continued to collect ceramics from all historical epochs. His collection is now so important that the government hosts it in two separate museums. You will meet Mr Ren and have him introduce and allow you to handle some of his most treasured pieces. Please note that if you damage any of the ceramic pieces you will be required to compensate Mr Ren up to market value. This opportunity is not suitable for children. Pricing from $180 per person (originally $300 per person).


Shanghai – Cooking Lesson in a French Concession Home

Master the art of Chinese cooking by learning to create signature Shanghainese dishes during a private cooking lesson inside an old French Concession home while in Shanghai. Pricing from $225 per person for up to 8 people (originally $375 per person).


Chengdu – Up Close and Personal with a Panda

While visiting Chengdu’s panda sanctuary – Dujiangyan Base – choose whether you would like to hold a baby panda, or feed one. *Currently only available at the Dujiangyan Base, 1.5 hour drive from Chengdu. Photo With a Baby Panda: pricing from $285 per person (originally $470 per person). Feed A Panda: pricing from $100 per person (originally $160).


Lhasa – Private meal in the gardens of the Dali Lama’s Summer Palace

Indulge yourself with a privately catered lunch in the gardens of the Norbulingka, which once served as the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Norbulingka also has a lovely park enjoyed daily by local Tibetans. In the summer months when the weather is nicest, it transforms into a centre for entertainment with music and dance festivals held on the grounds. Pricing from $2,180 per person (originally $3,050).


Lijiang – Travel Into the Hills to Meet with a Yi Shaman

Spend an afternoon in the countryside of one of China’s most beautiful provinces to meet with a highly respected Yi Shaman. Pricing from $110 per person (originally $150).

All of the above is subject to availability and change without notice.  Blackout dates apply.  Terms & conditions apply.

General Information

Owners and Managing Partners
Guy Rubin and Nancy Kim

Imperial Tours can arrange: 
Private Banquets on the Great Wall
Access to private Palaces in the Forbidden City
Architectural Tours of Shanghai
Colonial Tours in Shanghai
Private Meal in the Gardens of the Dalai Lama’s Summer Palace
Feeding the Pandas
Jewish Heritage Tours
Kung Fu Practice with a Master
Yachting in Hong Kong Harbor and Along Shanghai's Waterfront
Private Tea Ceremony with a Tea Master
Exclusive Jet Travel
Fashion, Contemporary Art Tours
Shopping Tours
Shore Excursions  
Hiking and Biking Tours
Cooking Classes
Weddings and Honeymoons
Domestic Airline and Train Tickets
Cars and Drivers
Registered Guides and Specialists
Restaurant Reservations
5-Star Luxury Hotel Reservations
China Host (Western, Chinese-speaking personal concierge traveling with guests)