Nowadays there are numbers of travel services in China claiming that they are the leading tour operators in China.
Hereunder are some practical tips to distinguish the real one from the fake one:
A leading tour operator must be a legal one, who definitely has been authorized corresponding licenses and other related documents to run not only business, but also tourist business;
A leading tour operator should have been accepted by the authoritative organizations in tourism industry;
A leading tour operator must have been professional, experienced and able to offer high-level services;
A leading tour operator must be reliable and popular among customers, which can be judged by the feedbacks from real customers;
A leading tour operator may have got numerous media recommendations.
Some tour operators offer very low price, however, you’d better not believe them. As we say: Every penny has its worth. Cheapest may become the dearest.
Tour price is a very important factor when taking a tour, but please do not only compare the price. Just like an old Chinese saying: the higher is the price the better is the quality of the merchandise. Some tour operators offer quite a low price, while they are unable to provide an international standard service, even worse they break their promises.
How to tell if a Chinese company is real or not. Below are some tips for your convenience:
By Business License
If a company is real, it must have been authorized to receive a Business License by the local Administration for Industry and Commerce and it can be found out on the related Administration for Industry and Commerce website via the Business License number, the name of the company or the enterprise legal person.
Please note that most Administration for Industry and Commerce websites do not have English versions, you may ask for help from someone who knows Chinese. Besides, due to some unknown reasons, some companies cannot be found out on the related website, you may then need to have someone went to the local Administration for Industry and Commerce to check it for you.
By Bank Account
If a company is real, definitely it has a bank account. Consult the related bank to see if there is such a company by using its bank account.
By ICP Record Number/ ICP Number
If the company has an ICP record number or ICP number on the bottom of its web page, then it can be searched out on the website of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China. Also, you need someone who knows Chinese to assist you.
By Contact Information
If a company is real, usually it will have an available address and fixed telephone number. You may check if the address exists or not. Also, you may write to or call them to see if anyone replies.