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 our tours and holidays to China in 2019 and 2020. 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.

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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.

Upcoming China Trips in 2019 & 2020

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Harbin Ice Festival - 11 days Beijing, China 23 Dec 2019 USD $1,556 was $1,945 20% off Harbin Ice Festival - 11 days Map
Harbin Ice Festival Express - 5 Days Beijing, China 29 Dec 2019 USD $1,156 was $1,445 20% off Harbin Ice Festival Express - 5 Days Map
Shanghai to Beijing - 8 days Shanghai, China 26 Oct 2019 USD $1,186 was $1,395 15% off Shanghai to Beijing - 8 days Map
Great Wall & Warriors - 9 days Beijing, China 02 Nov 2019 USD $1,398 was $1,645 15% off Great Wall & Warriors - 9 days Map
China Express - 6 days Beijing, China 02 Nov 2019 USD $973 was $1,145 15% off China Express - 6 days Map
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China Signature Group Tours

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China Express

6 days | FROM USD $1,145

Hide out in the Forbidden City, climb the Great Wall, bike ride along...

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Shanghai to Beijing

8 days | FROM USD $1,345

Travelling from Shanghai to the capital, cruise the canals of Suzhou,...

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Suzhou's picturesque canals in ChinaBackroads to Beijing - 8 days Map

Backroads to Beijing

8 days | FROM USD $1,195

Take the road less travelled from Shanghai to Beijing. Explore the...

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Great Wall & Warriors

9 days | FROM USD $1,645

Explore the highlights of China starting in Beijing with Tiananmen...

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Longman Grotto by boat in Louyang | ChinaChinese Checkers - 11 days Map

Chinese Checkers

11 days | FROM USD $1,895

Kick off in Beijing, explore the Forbidden City, ride around the...

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Potala Palace | Lhasa | TibetTake me to Tibet - 12 days Map

Take me to Tibet

12 days | FROM USD $2,995

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

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View of the city | Hong Kong | ChinaHutongs to Hong Kong - 13 days Map

Hutongs to Hong Kong

13 days | FROM USD $3,145

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

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Lijiang River | ChinaFine China - 13 days Map

Fine China

13 days | FROM USD $2,195

Climb the Great Wall at Badaling and Juyonguan Pass and enter the...

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Chengdu Pandas | ChinaGreat Wall & Pandas - 14 Days Map

Great Wall & Pandas

14 Days | FROM USD $3,495

Setting out from Beijing uncover some of China’s most famous and...

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Canals of Suzhou | China	Mandarin Sunrise - 15 days Map

Mandarin Sunrise

15 days | FROM USD $2,545

Travelling a full circle from Beijing, you will discover temples,...

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President 8 Cruiser | Yangtze River | China	Yin and Yangtze - 16 days Map

Yin and Yangtze

16 days | FROM USD $3,645

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

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Tokyo to Beijing - 15 Days Map

Tokyo to Beijing

15 Days | FROM USD $5,695

Take in the highlights of Japan and China on this 15 day tour from...

China Handpicked Group Tours

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Xian Wild Goose Pagoda | ChinaEssence of China - 9 Days Map

Essence of China

9 Days | FROM USD $2,145

Take an exhilarating 9 day journey of discovery through China’s most...

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Summer Palace | Beijing | ChinaHighlights of China - 11 Days Map

Highlights of China

11 Days | FROM USD $2,795

Experience the very best of China with its spectacular landscapes,...

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Yangtze River | ChinaClassic China & Yangtze Cruise - 13 Days Map

Classic China & Yangtze Cruise

13 Days | FROM USD $3,245

From bustling Beijing to Shanghai, be astonished as you capture the...

China Budget Group Tours

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Hong Kong to Chengdu

8 days | FROM USD $695

SEMI INDEPENDENT: Uncover the delights of China’s vibrant cities and...

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Beijing to Shanghai Express

9 days | FROM USD $795

SEMI INDEPENDENT: This whistle stop tour of China uncovers some of...

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Hong Kong to Beijing

15 days | FROM USD $1,495

SEMI INDEPENDENT: Take in the buzzling metropolis from Victoria Peak...

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Hong Kong to Hong Kong

16 days | FROM USD $1,495

SEMI INDEPENDENT TOUR: Discover China’s ancient and reinvented...

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Essential China Adventure

18 Days | FROM USD $1,775

SEMI INDEPENDENT TOUR: From Shanghai discover the karst landscape of...

China Independent Group Tours

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World Wonders Tour - 31 Days Map

World Wonders Tour

31 Days | FROM USD $7,495

Tick off the Seven New Wonders of the World on this 31-day...

China Budget Overland Adventures

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Local child and overland truck | China Silk Road of China - 22 Days Map

Silk Road of China

22 Days | FROM USD $2,560

Journey through the stunning scenery of China on this 22-day overland...

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Jiayuguan Fort | ChinaSilk Road of China Westbound - 22 Days Map

Silk Road of China Westbound

22 Days | FROM USD $2,560

Cross the extent of western China on this 22-day overland adventure...

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Khiva panorama | Uzbekistan Highlights of the Silk Road - 56 Days Map

Highlights of the Silk Road

56 Days | FROM USD $6,485

Take in the best of the Stans' and Western China on this 56-day...

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Horses at Song Kol Lake | Kyrgyzstan Highlights of the Silk Road Westbound - 56 Days Map

Highlights of the Silk Road Westbound

56 Days | FROM USD $6,485

Cross Western China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan on this...

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Sumela Monastery | TurkeySilk Road Encompassed - 89 Days Map

Silk Road Encompassed

89 Days | FROM USD $11,000

Journey from Istanbul to Xi'an across the heart of Central Asia on...

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Jeti Oguz landscape | KyrgyzstanSilk Road Encompassed Westbound - 89 Days Map

Silk Road Encompassed Westbound

89 Days | FROM USD $11,000

Starting in the fascinating Chinese city of Xi’an, this 89-day group...

China Signature Festival Tours

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Harbin Ice Festival Express

5 Days | FROM USD $1,445

Let it snow! See the world's largest and most elaborate ice sculptures...

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Harbin Ice Festival

11 days | FROM USD $1,945

Discover China this Christmas to see the Great Wall, Beijing's...

China Signature Family Holidays

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Terracotta Warriors | Xi'an | ChinaChina Family Adventure - 8 days Map

China Family Adventure

8 days | FROM USD $1,645

FAMILY TOUR OF CHINA (children 5 years and over): Take your little...

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China Discovery For Teenagers

8 days | FROM USD $1,895

FAMILY TOUR TO CHINA (for children aged 12 years and above): Climb the...

China Independent Private Tours

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The Forbidden City | Beijing | ChinaBeijing & Shanghai City Break - 7 days Map

Beijing & Shanghai City Break

7 days | FROM USD $1,695

Enjoy a well-rounded week long city break in China’s top two cities....

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Black Dragon Lake | Lijiang | ChinaYunnan Experience - 8 days Map

Yunnan Experience

8 days | FROM USD $1,945

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

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Travertine pools | Sichuan | ChinaSizzling Sichuan - 8 days Map

Sizzling Sichuan

8 days | FROM USD $3,995

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

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Garden in Suzhou | ChinaPostcard from China - 10 days Map

Postcard from China

10 days | FROM USD $2,095

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

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Temple and mountains | Lijiang | ChinaJourney Down South - 10 days Map

Journey Down South

10 days | FROM USD $2,945

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

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Gaint pandas | ChinaClassic China & Chengdu - 12 Days Map

Classic China & Chengdu

12 Days | FROM USD $3,995

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

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The River Li | Yangshou | ChinaSouthern China Explorer - 12 days Map

Southern China Explorer

12 days | FROM USD $4,845

Take in the highlights of southern China on this unique 12 day tour,...

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Three Pagodas and Cangshan Mountain | Dali | ChinaBest of Yunnan and Beijing - 13 Days Map

Best of Yunnan and Beijing

13 Days | FROM USD $6,645

Setting out from Shanghai uncover China’s diverse Yunnan province,...

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Turpan | The Silk Road | ChinaSilk Road Adventure - 13 days Map

Silk Road Adventure

13 days | FROM USD $5,595

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

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The Great Wall of China | China	Totally China - 15 days Map

Totally China

15 days | FROM USD $4,495

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

China Independent Short Stays

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The Forbidden City | Beijing | ChinaBeijing Visa Free - 3 days Map

Beijing Visa Free

3 days | FROM USD $595

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

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Shanghai by night | ChinaShanghai Visa Free - 3 days Map

Shanghai Visa Free

3 days | FROM USD $645

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

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Guardian lion in Forbidden City | Beijing | ChinaBeijing Breakaway - 5 days Map

Beijing Breakaway

5 days | FROM USD $845

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

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The Bund | Shanghai | ChinaEye on Shanghai - 5 days Map

Eye on Shanghai

5 days | FROM USD $895

Shanghai is where east really meets west. Explore the city on our 5...

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Lake Temple in Lijiang | ChinaLijiang Short Stay - 5 days Map

Lijiang Short Stay

5 days | FROM USD $1,195

Uncover the beauty of Tiger Leaping Gorge, spend a night with a local...

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Tailor-made Holidays

Explore China your way with a tailor-made holiday designed exactly how you want it. We're here to recommend activities and overnight stays for that perfect tailor-made holiday to China.

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, let us know what interests you and we'll put it in your holiday. And from classic itineraries to journeys off-the-beaten track, our expert team are on hand to create the ultimate trip to China.

China Day Tours and Excursions

Maximise your time in China's greatest cities with our range of day tours and activities in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai with trips to the iconic man-made wonder that is the Great Wall.

China tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.71 out of 5 based on 68 recent reviews — See All China Reviews

We loved the tour, the guides we had in each city were very informative.

Overall, we loved the tour, well organised, nice guides, good pace, value for money. We would recommend this tour. ”  

Susan & Nigel Cowie • Submitted 11 Jul 2019

Overall, the holiday was excellent and I would highly recommend On The Go Tours for trips like this.

Xian was one of the stand out destinations with the cycle on the walls and the visit to the Terracotta warriors. We also did a lot of walking around the city and really enjoyed it.

We thoroughly enjoyed the organised boat trip and cycle tour around in Yangzhou.

Overall, the trip lived up to everything I thought it would be and more.

Our national tour guide Leo was excellent and ensured the tour ran smoothly. ”  

Thomas O'Brien • Submitted 9 Jul 2019

Our guide,Fei, was wonderful and there was nothing he wasn't prepared to help with. Very funny and friendly - couldn't have asked for anyone better.

The Cites we visited were just amazing.”  

Vanessa Chambers • Submitted 8 Jul 2019

Frequently asked questions about our touring holidays in China

I want to visit the Great Wall - do you include this on your tours?

You'll get to see the world's most famous wall on our China tours that begin or end in Beijing. And that's the vast majority of them. An afternoon is spent at the popular Badaling section of the wall and unlike many other operators, we also spend a night at a hotel right beside the wall. This means you get to revisit the Great Wall the following morning before the crowds arrive and enjoy views of the Juyongguan Pass from your hotel. If you're interested in knowing more about the different sections of the wall, check out our page on visiting the Great Wall.

Where can I see pandas in China?

The best place to see pandas in China is the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. This non-profit facility is home to over 80 pandas and enables visitors to observe the monochrome bears at play. We have five different escorted itineraries that include time in Chengdu and a morning visit to the panda centre so you have a few options available if pandas are on your wishlist. For more information, see our guide to visiting pandas in China.

Do you have any China trips that start in Shanghai?

Yes we do. The majority of our China group tours start in Beijing and end in Shanghai but we also have two touring itineraries that operate in reverse - starting in Shanghai and ending in Beijing. The most popular is our 8 day Shanghai to Beijing tour. There's also a round-trip itinerary from Shanghai that covers the highlights of southern China. Browse our collection of China tours to find the one that's right for you.

I'm a second time visitor to China and I've seen the north already. What can you offer me?

If you've already visited Beijing and the Great Wall then you might want to consider China's scenic south. This region of China is famous for its iconic landscapes, holy mountains, lush rice terraces and delicious cuisine. We have two itineraries that focus solely on the south of China, kicking off in either Shanghai or Chengdu. We also offer tailor-made holiday arrangements in China and our expert team are on hand to help create your perfect itinerary.

How big are your tour groups and what is the age of your travellers?

Our average tour size in China is 18 travellers and you can expect an interesting dynamic with people from all walks of life. And this includes a wide range of ages from the mid-20s to the early 70s. The average age is somewhere between 45 and 55 years of age.

What is the standard of hotels on your trips?

You'll be staying in comfortable, Western-style 3-4 star hotels with good sized rooms and modern amenities. Our hotel beside the Great Wall is a little more simple but what the hotel lacks in facilities it more than makes up for with its location and views of China's most impressive man-made structure.

What sort of transport do you use?

You'll get to sample a range of transport modes on our China tours from bicycle rides along ancient city walls to rickshaw rides through Beijing's most historic districts. There's also the chance to cruise along the Huangpu River in Shanghai and the pretty canals of Suzhou. For road transfers we use private A/C vehicles and for longer journeys we use comfortable overnight soft sleeper trains in private four-berth carriages. See our Top Travel Tips page for more details on sleeper trains in China.

When is the best time to visit China for general sightseeing?

The spring months (March - May) and autumn months (September - November) are considered the best time to visit China. During these seasons the weather is generally dry and temperatures not too hot nor too cold. The skies are also clearer with less smog in the cities and lower rainfall. You can find more detailed information, including climate averages, on our best time to visit China page.

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Beat the crowds
Spend a night at the Great Wall

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.

Highlights of our China tours

With such a varied geography, illustrious history and fascinating collection of cultures, China offers travellers an astonishing choice of travel destinations. Here are just some of the highlights you'll find on our tours.

The Great Wall

The Great Wall of China | China

Tick this New World Wonder off your bucket list with a walk along the Badaling section of the Great Wall and a night spent beside Juyongguan Pass for an early morning visit without the crowds.

Beijing

The Gate of Heavenly Peace | Beijing | China

Explore the sprawling Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, take a rickshaw ride through the Hutongs, enjoy an eye boggling Chinese acrobatic performance and feast on traditional Peking Duck.

Xi'an

Terracotta Warriors | Xi'an | China

Come face-to-face with the famous Terracotta Warriors, visit the Wild Goose Pagoda, ride the ancient city walls by bike and explore the atmospheric Muslim Quarter with hot pot for lunch.

Chengdu

Gaint pandas | China

Visit the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see China's animal emblem in the flesh and visit the quiet Wenshu Monastery for tea in the delightful teahouse.

Yangshuo

Rafting on the Yu Long River in Yangshuo

Admire the striking scenery of karst limestone outcrops and enjoy a rafting cruise along the calm, clean waters of the Yu Long River with plenty of time at leisure to enjoy the activities on offer.

Shanghai

Shanghai by night | China

Take a guided tour of this glittering metropolis to see the beautiful Yuyuan Garden and historic Bund with a cruise on the Huangpu River to soak up views of the Pudong skyline.