See the real China on our range of classic tours and delve deeper into Chinese culture on an unforgettable tailor-made holiday. Plus plan ahead with our handy China Travel Guide.
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.Read More
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.
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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
Our trips typically have between 15 and 20 travellers and are escorted by a local Chinese guide who will organise day-to-day activities, ensure smooth hotel check-ins and with their expert local knowledge, provide tips on where to shop or eat. We also use specialist local guides at key sights of interest to maximise your experience.
Accommodation is in comfortable 3-4 star well-managed, centrally located hotels and we include arrival and departure transfers, all transportation, guided sightseeing and a number of your meals. When kicking off our travels in Beijing or Shanghai we start with a group meal, affording you the chance to meet your travelling companions over a Peking Duck dinner or traditional Chinese feast before the adventure really begins!
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 the most popular ones. For something a little different this festive period, consider a visit to Harbin in the north-east of China. Nicknamed the Ice City, the local arctic climate makes it the ideal setting for the Harbin Ice Festival which has now gained worldwide recognition. See mammoth snow creations carved expertly by local and international sculptors, depicting anything from people and animals to monuments. For the young at heart this popular festival offers an endless array of winter fun with massive ice slides illuminated by neon lights.
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.
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.
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.
Explore China your way with a tailor-made holiday designed exactly how you want it. Whether it’s a special stay at the Great Wall, a cruise down the Yangtze River, a visit to see the pandas in Chengdu or heading to the summit of Thousand Tortoise Mountain, we're here to recommend activities and overnight stays for that perfect tailor-made holiday to China. From classic itineraries to journeys off-the-beaten track, our expert team are on hand to create the ultimate trip to China.
China tour reviews
Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.69 out of 5 based on 36 recent reviews — See All China Reviews
A great tour. I cannot believe how much we packed into 9 days. It was a brilliant mix of history, food, culture, art, nature, fitness. A well coordinated tour that appeals to all ages.”
Loved every minute of our holiday. Our tour leader was outstanding, words cannot describe how awesome she was.
Would love to recommend On the Go Tours to family and friends”
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. This trip was perfect from the minute we landed to the minute we left and some! The tour was absolutely perfectly organised and all the tiny details were sorted out for us prior to our visit. So the trip was as wonderful as a trip like this should be. The tour guide met us immediately when we landed and then accommodation throughout was really good, guides were really knowledgeable, places we went to were amazing. We had hoped this would be the trip of a life time and it really was. We are already trying to decide on another tour, the choice is so vast, and we will absolutely be using On The Go again! Thank you so much! ”
Recent Travel Articles on China
On our group tours to China, we include an overnight stay at the Juyongguan Pass section of the Great Wall to rise early the next morning and visit the wall in peace and quiet. By staying right beside the Great Wall, we can get there before the day trippers and other tour groups, enjoying time to wander the wall free of the usual crowds. It's the best way to enjoy this incredible World Wonder.
Recommended places to visit in China
With such a varied geography, illustrious history and fascinating collection of cultures China offers travellers an astonishing choice of travel destinations. To help you decide where to visit here's some of our favourite spots in China including thriving cities and man-made wonders.
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 with impressive views of the city below. A short distance from the city you'll also find one of China's most famous sites - the Terracotta Warriors. Incredibly these 8,000 or so soldiers are all unique with no one face being the same as any other.
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 Nanjing Road and nothing tastes like Shanghai than a bellyful of traditional dumplings.
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 definitely a place that deserves plenty of attention. It's also the best place to try delicious Peking Duck and makes a great base for visiting the Great Wall of China.
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 and spend a night at the Juyongguan Pass for something a little special.
Home to the nation’s favourite mascot, the giant panda, Chengdu is one of the best places 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, spicy food. You can also enjoy a leisurely stroll around Jinli Street at night or visit the impressive Giant Buddha of Le Shan just a couple of hours outside the city.
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.
China Travel Guide
Plan ahead and make the most of your time in China with our useful guide to all those travel essentials.
Places on our must-see list of any visit to China
Information on climatic and weather conditions in China
Money, shopping, transport, food, health advice & more
Visa requirements for China and info on getting your visa
Our favourite China travel videos
Trip reviews from our travellers to China
Our guide to the various sections of the Great Wall
Where best to see pandas in China and what to expect
- Wild Swans
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- Country Driving
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- Mao: A Biography
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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.
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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.