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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.

Fun in Fine China!
From rickshaws in the Hutongs to Tai Chi at the Temple of Heaven

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

Warriors & Dragons

8 days | FROM USD $1,799

FAMILY TOUR TO CHINA: Take your little warriors on a Chinese Climb the...

China Express

7 days | FROM USD $1,699

Explore the Forbidden City, climb the Great Wall, bike a medieval and...

Great Wall & Warriors

9 days | FROM USD $1,989

Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai and Suzhou. Warriors, walls, waterways and ...

China For Teens

9 days | FROM USD $1,989

FAMILY TOUR TO CHINA: Climb the legendary Great Wall in Badaling, the...

Great Wall & Pandas

11 Days | FROM USD $3,549

Head south from Beijing's Forbidden City and the Great Wall of to - of...

Gateway to Tibet

11 days | FROM USD $3,159

Exploring Beijing’s grand Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Great...

Chinese Checkers

11 days | FROM USD $2,349

A complete checker board of history, culture, sights & experiences. to...

Beyond the City Walls

12 days | FROM USD $3,429

Take the road less travelled from bustling Beijing to cosmopolitan the...

Hutongs to Hong Kong

13 days | FROM USD $2,889

Take a rickshaw through Beijing’s happening hutongs and climb the -...

Fine China

13 days | FROM USD $3,339

Climb the Great Wall and enter the Forbidden City, explore the Longman...

Mandarin Sunrise

15 days | FROM USD $2,999

Ultimate China! Travelling a full circle that begins and ends in you -...

Yin and Yangtze

15 days | FROM USD $3,429

Kicking off in Beijing, soak up all the attractions of China's capital...

China Festivals

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

Dragon Boat Festival

9 days | FROM USD $2,079

Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai and the Dragon Boat Festival in Suzhou. and...

Harbin Ice Festival

11 days | FROM USD $2,569

Enjoy Christmas and 5 star New Year’s eve climbing the Great Wall, &...

China Private Journeys

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.

Black Dragon Lake | Lijiang | China

Yunnan Experience

8 days | FROM USD $1,979

Home to many of China's ethnically diverse minority peoples, Kunming &...

Travertine pools | Sichuan | China

Sizzling Sichuan

8 days | FROM USD $3,499

Explore China’s beautiful Sichuan province! Discover Huanglong pools...

Government building | Pyongyang | North Korea

Inside North Korea

9 days | FROM USD $4,499

Delve into the mystery that is North Korea on this 9 day tour taking...

Temple and mountains | Lijiang | China

Journey Down South

10 days | FROM USD $2,819

Get off the beaten track and see the highlights of China’s scenic in...

Garden in Suzhou | China

Postcard from China

10 days | FROM USD $2,139

From Beijing to Shanghai via the Jinan Province, visit UNESCO sites, -...

Giant pandas | China

Classic China & Chengdu

12 Days | FROM USD $3,499

Journey south from the nation's capital Beijing to the terracotta in -...

Turpan | The Silk Road | China

Silk Road Adventure

15 days | FROM USD $5,699

Taking in Urumqi, Kashgar & Turpan in China's far west before heading...

The Great Wall of China | China

Totally China

18 days | FROM USD $4,299

Visiting the nation’s capital - Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin and Suzhou...

China Day Trips

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.

Chengdu's Pandas

1/2 day | FROM USD $329

Meet endangered giant pandas at Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research to...

Chengdu's Pandas & Ancient Lanes

1 day | FROM USD $359

Get up close and personal with the endangered giant panda; visit and...

Sensational Shanghai

1 day | FROM USD $329

Whilst the term ‘bright Pearl’ may be used to describe old town, ...

Shanghai: Suzhou

1 day | FROM USD $329

Tranquil, quaint, ancient, beautiful, a true Venice, criss-crossed and...

History in Guangzou City

1 day | FROM USD $219

Stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens of Yuexiu Park; at...

Imperialist Beijing

1 day | FROM USD $229

Vast squares, magnificent palaces and beautiful gardens; is it any the...

Beijing: Great Wall

1 day | FROM USD $269

Probably the world’s most famous wall and most definitely the it is...

China tour reviews

Scoring an average customer rating of 4.44 out of 5 based on 39 recent reviews — See All China Reviews

4

The tour was absolutely great and our tour guide made it even more special. Stephanie was awesome, knowledgable and so much fun. She was always full of surprises for us and made the whole experience even better. The sleeper train from Xi'an to Shanghai was the highlight of the trip. The whole group was cramped in one berth singing songs having few bears, even the local kids came to join us. The Great Wall and the teraccota soldiers were absolutely stunning and it is a must see. Also I can't forget to mention the kids in the local school in the Bu Yang village who were so addorable and I enjoyed myself playing games, teaching them how to make paper planes and dancing with them. The only thing that wasn't so good was Jinan as there is not much to see and that day could have been used to visit some other place.”  

• Aug 2015
3

My tour guides were all excellent. I had a different one during each segment of the trip. My first one, Feng, was very helpful. She met us at the airport and provided us with a lot of useful information on things to do for the days we were there early. She was especially helpful in working my issue with the hotel and the misunderstanding with regards to my separate booking. In Xian, Feng was with us still but we picked another tour leader - Lenny. Lenny was very entertaining, a very high energy sort of chap. He was also very informative of the local culture in Xian and is a longtime resident of that area. Our time in Xian was short so we only had Lenny for about a day and a half. In Shanghai, "Jackie" Chan was the man! He was very accommodating with all our photo requests and was also very knowledgeable about the city. With Jackie we also saw Suzhou and got see the silk worm factory and some local markets combined with a boat ride in the canals. Overall, the tour guide were excellent. The tour covered most of the places I wanted to see in China. I might have liked to stay a little longer, but the expenses outside the prepaid tour package were really starting to add up even after just 7 days. ”  

• Jul 2015
5

Travelled to China to take this tour in March 2014. Yet another unforgettable experience with OTG. Tour guides were well organised, informative and fun throughout. A good mix of people within the tour group lead to a great tour of these amazing places and historic sites. The tour takes in all the major historic sites of China and all tour guides were well equiped to answer all of our questions. Amazing and would highly recommend! Thank you once again OTG!!”  

• Jul 2015

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.

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Recommended places to visit in China

The Great Wall of China | China
UNESCO listed

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.

Terracotta Warriors | Xi'an | China
AN Impressive Army

Terracotta Warriors

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!

The Gate of Heavenly Peace | Beijing | China
Capital City

Beijing

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.

The Bund | Shanghai | China
City of contrasts

Shanghai

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!

Gaint pandas | China
Panda Country

Chengdu

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.

Dragon's Backbone | Longsheng | China
Rural China

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 along the Old City Walls | Xi'an | China
Experience Xi'an

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!

Justin went above and beyond to ensure all members of the group had a great time. He dealt with everything in a great way and made the whole trip stress-free and gave us an amazing experience in China.”  

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