I have information on both of these tours, both around the same price and both the same 12 days. The Middle Kingdom visits only 5 cities, while the China Highlights visits 7. Also, The Middle Kingdom is "first class," while the Highlights is a "value" trip.
In my opinion (we have not yet booked), we'd be better off with The Middle Kingdom, 5 cities in 12 days. Highlights seems awfully rushed, and I would think "first class" would be better as far as hotels, number in the tour, etc.
Actually, China's Best Treasures (14 days) would be my first choice, but it's out of our price range. (I am traveling with a friend who has more limited means than I do.)
Can anyone comment on Middle Kingdom vs. China Highlights? Thanks so much!