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China Tours

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 whilst visiting all the best places.

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

Our fun and informative group tours are perfect for first-time visitors with the services of qualified English-speaking local guides, plenty of sightseeing covering China's main highlights and enough free time for you to explore too. With the Great Wall topping most travellers' wish lists in China, closely followed by the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, we've ensured that all our China group tours include these two incredible sites. 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 Festival Tours

A number of colourful festivals take place in China each year and we've arranged special festival tour departures to coincide with two of the most popular. The Dragon Boat Festival is one of China's most important holidays, celebrated throughout the country and around the world. During 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 north-east of 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 Tours

If you'd like to travel to China on your own private tour then we've got a selection of itineraries that are bound to get your travel bug biting. From the vibrant ethnic minorities, stunning stone forest and spectacular Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan, the birthplace of Confucius in Qufu to the famous Silk Road, the natural beauty of the Sichuan province and China's monochrome mascots, the giant pandas, in Chengdu, whatever brings you to China, we've got it covered.

Black Dragon Lake | Lijiang | China

Yunnan Experience

8 days | FROM USD $2,429

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

Travertine pools | Sichuan | China

Sizzling Sichuan

8 days | FROM USD $4,539

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

Government building | Pyongyang | North Korea

Inside North Korea

9 days | FROM USD $5,899

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 $3,339

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

China Day Tours

Join us for a day exploring China's most popular cities that showcase the 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 glamorous 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 $349

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

Chengdu's Pandas & Ancient Lanes

1 day | FROM USD $349

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

Sensational Shanghai

1 day | FROM USD $349

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

Shanghai: Suzhou

1 day | FROM USD $349

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

China Short Stays

Soak up all that Beijing and Shanghai have to offer with one of our short stay packages, ideal for those planning a stopover en route elsewhere. In Beijing explore the vast Forbidden City and marvel at the Great Wall whilst in Shanghai discover the old and new with funky bars, modern department stores, towering skyscrapers, traditional temples and gardens, plus fantastic shopping.

The Forbidden City | Beijing | China

Beijing Visa Free

3 days | FROM USD $649

The perfect city stay for those in transit through Beijing, it is now...

The Bund | Shanghai | China

Shanghai Visa Free

3 days | FROM USD $679

Short and to the point this is a perfect city stay for those in it is...

The Great Wall of China | China

Beijing Breakaway

5 days | FROM USD $899

Enjoy a city break with a difference. Explore Tiananmen Square, enter...

The Bund | Shanghai | China

Eye on Shanghai

5 days | FROM USD $999

Experience a city stay in one of the hottest cities on earth. Shanghai...

China tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.48 out of 5 based on 27 recent reviews — See All China Reviews

I loved every minute of this trip. The friend I was going to travel with had to cancel at the last minute due to a death in the family, but Stephanie was fantastic, always making sure I was ok. Stephanie's knowledge of Chinese history was amazing. I will travel with again with On The Go tours and will be sure to recommend to family and friends. ”  

• Submitted 24 Oct 2015

Nothing was too much trouble for Lisa she made time for everyone of us always going the extra mile even when my suitcase broke she helped me find another one. We were all in agreement she was the best guide any of us had.”  

• Submitted 8 Oct 2015

Tour was great. The group was a little older than I had expected but that was fine, they were overall a great bunch of people to tour with.

If there is anything to say, it would be too many temples. I understand that extra temples were added due to the closing to the public of the Forbidden City. The Buddhas were quite spectacular, maybe there could be more free time to walk and wander, rather than hear the story over and over again.

Accommodation in Luoyang was troublesome. I can sympathise that in a "rural town" in China, accommodation standards won't be the best, but this place felt very dusty, dry and uncomfortable.

Stephanie as a tour guide was unbelievably fantastic. She constantly went out of her way to help us all, and it was lovely to see that she so clearly understood the western sense of humour. She was brilliant and great fun.

Jackie I had for Shanghai, and he was great too. Only had time with him for a little throughout the two days, but he was incredibly enthusiastic, passionate and engaging. Was also very willing to help above the bare necessity. ”  

• Submitted 15 Sep 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


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


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


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.”  

China Travel Guide

Plan ahead and make the most of your time in China with our useful guide to all those travel essentials.


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Money, shopping, transport, food, health advice & more

The Bund | Shanghai | China

Best time to Visit

Information on climatic and weather conditions in China

The Great Wall of China | China

Best Places To Visit

Places on our must-see list of any visit to China

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The Great Wall

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Get to know China

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Did you know...?

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.

Online travel resources for China:

REFER TO: Rough Guides, Fodors, Bradt, Frommers, Footprints, CN Traveller and World Travel Guide.

ALSO SEE: The official China Tourist Organisation site and the latest China Weather Updates from the BBC.

CHINA TRAVEL BLOGS: Get to grips with China and its idiosyncrasies with our selection of blogs - Hao Hao Report, China Smack and Red Cook.

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