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.

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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.

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China Express - 6 days Beijing, China 06 Oct 2018 USD $1,271 was $1,495 15% off China Express - 6 days Map
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Great Wall & Warriors - 9 days Beijing, China 06 Oct 2018 USD $1,781 was $2,095 15% off Great Wall & Warriors - 9 days Map
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Our China Tours

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China Express

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6 days | FROM USD $1,295

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

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Warriors & Dragons

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8 days | FROM USD $1,895

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

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Shanghai to Beijing

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8 days | FROM USD $1,595

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

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Backroads to Beijing

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8 days | FROM USD $1,295

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

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China For Teens

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8 days | FROM USD $2,395

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

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Great Wall & Warriors

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9 days | FROM USD $1,895

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

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Chinese Checkers

Trip Type : Group Tours
11 days | FROM USD $1,995

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

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Take me to Tibet

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12 days | FROM USD $3,745

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

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Hutongs to Hong Kong

Trip Type : Group Tours
13 days | FROM USD $3,695

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

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Fine China

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13 days | FROM USD $2,595

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

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Great Wall & Pandas

Trip Type : Group Tours
14 Days | FROM USD $4,195

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

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Mandarin Sunrise

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15 days | FROM USD $2,895

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

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Yin and Yangtze

Trip Type : Group Tours
16 days | FROM USD $4,545

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

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Tokyo to Beijing

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15 Days | FROM USD $5,695

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

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World Wonders Tour

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31 days | FROM USD $12,995

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

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Harbin Ice Festival Express

Trip Type : Festival Tours
5 Days | FROM USD $1,795

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

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Harbin Ice Festival

Trip Type : Festival Tours
11 days | FROM USD $2,395

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

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

Beijing & Shanghai City Break

Trip Type : Private Tours
7 days | FROM USD $1,995

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

Trip Type : Private Tours
8 days | FROM USD $2,465

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

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Sizzling Sichuan

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8 days | FROM USD $4,755

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

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Postcard from China

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10 days | FROM USD $2,675

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

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Journey Down South

Trip Type : Private Tours
10 days | FROM USD $3,445

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

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Classic China & Chengdu

Trip Type : Private Tours
12 Days | FROM USD $5,215

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

Trip Type : Private Tours
12 days | FROM USD $5,725

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

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Silk Road Adventure

Trip Type : Private Tours
13 days | FROM USD $7,325

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

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Totally China

Trip Type : Private Tours
15 days | FROM USD $5,615

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

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Beijing Visa Free

Trip Type : Short Stays
3 days | FROM USD $735

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

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Shanghai Visa Free

Trip Type : Short Stays
3 days | FROM USD $725

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

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Beijing Breakaway

Trip Type : Short Stays
5 days | FROM USD $995

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Eye on Shanghai

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5 days | FROM USD $1,025

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

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Lijiang Short Stay

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5 days | FROM USD $1,715

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Our China Trip Types

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China Group Tours

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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.

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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.

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China Tailor-made Holidays

Plan Your Dream Holiday

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.

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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.

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China Festival Tours

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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.

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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.

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China Private Tours

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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.

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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.

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China Short Stays

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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.

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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.

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China Day Tours

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 4.75 out of 5 based on 64 recent reviews — See All China Reviews

Absolutely amazing experience. Matthew was with us until the end of the tour but we also had Andrew and Faye with us along the way. They are all very professional and well spoken guys. Nothing was too much for all of them, they made the whole experience even more enjoyable

I would not hesitate to recommend On the Go Tours to anyone.”  

Victoria Straw • Submitted 21 Aug 2018

I felt it was very well organized. The places we went were interesting and we were able to get a feel for the history and culture of China. I would have liked a day or a few hours to go around each city to explore on my own.

I think if we could have done a cooking class somewhere, that would have been really great because there were a lot of dishes that we ate that I would like to know how to cook. Our tour guides were informative and entertaining. Overall I had a good time and would definitely go on a On The Go Tours again.”  

Monique Seczyk • Submitted 16 Aug 2018

From the moment Matthew greeted me at the Airport until he said goodbye at the end he was always smiling and happy nothing was too much trouble and he had a wealth of information he real made my holiday Please thanK him for me ”  

Trevor Shannon • Submitted 11 Aug 2018

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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.