China Tours and Travels
Beautiful scenery, bustling cities, delicious cuisine and more than 5,000 years of rich cultural heritage await on your holiday in China. Climb the magnificent Great Wall, discover Xi'an’s massive terracotta army, explore ancient temples and pagodas, give your taste buds a treat and immerse yourself in China's unique culture and traditions.
Beyond the great metropolises of Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, other must-see's in China include imperial Chengde, the huge Buddhist sculptures in the cave temples at Datong and the enchanting Bai town of Dali. Then there's dramatic Tiger Leaping Gorge, the karst landscape and cormorant fishing of Guilin & Yangshuo, the panda research centre in Chengdu, and Chongqing - where cruises begin their scenic route down the Yangtze.
We have been running trips to China for over 15 years and with our experienced local English speaking guides you'll gain true insight into this fascinating country.
Our trips to China are packed with lots of fun local experiences - weave your way on a rickshaw through the Hutongs of Beijing, do a bit of tea tasting, cook up a traditional Chinese hotpot, meet the Yau ethnic minority group along the Dragon's Back Bone, join a sunrise class of Tai Chi at Beijing's Temple of Heaven or jump on a segway and race around Beijing's Olympic stadium.
China Group Tours
Discover breathtaking scenery, fascinating history and timeless traditions on one of our group tours. Perfect for first time visitors and escorted by a qualified English speaking local guide, our trips offer a fun and informative introduction to China - with plenty of sightseeing and free time too. With the Great Wall topping most travellers' wish lists in China - closely followed by the Terracotta Warriors of Xi'an, we've ensured to include a visit to both of these sites on all of our holldays in China. read more
The Dragon Boat Festival is one of China's the most important holidays, celebrated throughout the country and around the world. In this fascinating spectacle ornately decorated boats are rowed to the beat of large drums, with 80 to 100 rowers per boat, as crowds cheer on their favourite boat from the riverbanks. In the Heilongjiang Province in north-eastern China, discover the incredible giant ice sculptures at the Harbin Ice Festival which has gained worldwide fame and recognition for its exquisite ice and snow sculptures. read more
If you'd like to travel to China on your own private tour then we've got some itineraries that are bound to get your travel bug biting. From the stunning stone forest in Yunnan and the birthplace of Confucious in Qufu to the famous Silk Road, the natural beauty of Guilin and China's beautiful mascots, the Giant Pandas in Chengdu, whatever brings you to China, we'll be happy to suggest a private tour tailored to your specific needs.
Join us on a day our exploring China's popular cities - both past and present. We organise a pick up from the hotel you are staying at and you'll be accompanied by an English speaking guide. From the bustling city of Beijing and the nearby Great Wall, to the metropolis of Shanghai and the Venice of the East - Suzhou just a fast train ride away – delve in and discover China beyond the main sites.
Discover two of China’s most famous cities, Beijing or Shanghai on one of our short stays. Beijing, home to the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Ming Tombs and host of the 2008 Olympics, is China's political, economic and cultural capital. Shanghai, a city that perfectly blends both old and new, is a stunning metropolis with funky bars, modern department stores, towering skyscrapers, traditional temples and gardens, plus fantastic shopping.
Travelling to China on a tour with us
We offer a wide selection of China guided group tours, city breaks, private journeys and tailormade holidays to China. We've also got a specially designed family tour for parents with young adults and children aged 5 - 17 years, and a special tour for families travelling with teenagers ages 12 - 17 years. With lots of local interaction along the way, travelling with us, you'll have a truly authentic travel experience and discover the true pulse of China.
“The Great Wall of China is an amazing tourist icon and made me speechless. When you look at the wall and the infrastructure, how this wall was built -...”
by Barrie Sinclair
Posted on 05 Oct 2015
Recommended places to visit in China
The Great Wall
Snaking some 5,500 miles (8,800km) across the country – no trip to China is complete without a visit to this world famous UNESCO World Heritage site. Hike along impressive parts of the Great Wall that are still intact or just stop and admire the magnificent views all around. Our group tours visit famous Badaling – most popular with the Chinese but for a slightly different view why not head to Mutianyu or Jinshanling if you have some extra time in Beijing.
Famously found by some farmers in 1974, the Terracotta Warriors are fast becoming one of China’s most popular attractions. Incredibly these 8000 or so soldiers are all unique with no one face being the same as any other. The majority of these are in one of the three pits near to Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum near to Xi’an – though some have travelled the world appearing in exhibitions in London, Barcelona, the USA, South America and India!
Formerly Peking, Beijing is without doubt the epicentre of China’s politics, economy and culture. From historical Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City to the traditional Hutongs and modern Olympic Park. Beijing is certainly not to be missed! Whether you want to ride a rickshaw in the Hutongs, check out Chairman Mao’s mausoleum or ride a segway around the Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium – Beijing is definitely a place to spend a few extra days in.
Perched on China’s east coast, Shanghai is home to lots of futuristic skyscrapers, the historic and decadent Bund area as well as over 100 public parks. For the best views of the city head up the Oriental Pearl tower or take a relaxing cruise along the Huangpu River. Shopaholics can get their fix on the famous Nanjing Road and nothing tastes like Shanghai than a bellyful of traditional dumplings!
Home to the nation’s favourite mascot, the giant panda, Chengdu offers one of the best experiences to see these beautiful bears at the Giant Panda Breeding Centre. The city is the capital of the Sichuan Province, which means lots of delicious if somewhat spicy food! You can also enjoy a leisurely stroll around Jinli Street at night – great for shopping and eating – or head out to the impressive Giant Buddha of Le Shan just a couple of hours outside the city.
Longsheng & Dragon's Backbone
Famed for its impressive rice terraces, Longsheng is a wonderful respite from the hustle and bustle of many of China’s main cities. One of the most famous being Longji (Dragon’s Backbone) which when full of water (usually in Spring) resembles that of the scaly back of a dragon. It’s the perfect place to to appreciate Chinese countryside and get a real glimpse into local rural life.
Cycling on the Old City Wall
City Walls are very common in China and the one in Xi’an is particularly special as you have the opportunity to cycle, run, walk, ride around the whole thing! Built in a traditional Chinese style you really get a feel for the city and some impressive views are had at various look out points. You can even go on a tandem bike for those who don’t want to do all the cycling work themselves!
China Travel Guide
Plan ahead and make the most of your time in China with our useful guide to all those travel essentials.
Money, shopping, transport, food, health advice & more
Information on climatic and weather conditions in China
Places on our must-see list of any visit to China
Visa requirements for China and info on getting your visa
Trip reviews from our travellers to China
- Wild Swans
by Jung Chang
- Country Driving
by Peter Hessler
- Mao: A Biography
by Ross Terrill
Facts about China
- Fortune cookies are not a traditional Chinese custom - they were invented in San Francisco in the early 1900s.
- The Chinese military are training 10,000 pigeons as part of a 'reserve pigeon army' in case communications ever fail.
- The first live crab vending machine was introduced in China with the promise that all crabs will come out alive!
China Travel Advice:
We keep abreast of the latest travel guidance to China and follow advice as set out by the British Foreign Office. Safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the relevant advisory body in your country.