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

Trip NameStartsDepartingFrom USDDealMap
Great Wall & Warriors - 9 days Beijing, China 10 Aug 2019 USD $1,234 was $1,645 25% off Great Wall & Warriors - 9 days Map
China Family Adventure - 8 days Beijing, China 10 Aug 2019 USD $1,316 was $1,645 20% off China Family Adventure - 8 days Map
China Discovery For Teenagers - 8 days Beijing, China 21 Sep 2019 USD $1,556 was $1,945 20% off China Discovery For Teenagers - 8 days Map
Beijing to Shanghai Express - 9 days Beijing, China 26 Aug 2019 USD $716 was $795 10% off Beijing to Shanghai Express - 9 days Map
Great Wall & Pandas - 14 Days Beijing, China 27 Jul 2019 USD $3,495 Great Wall & Pandas - 14 Days Map

Our China Tours

The Gate of Heavenly Peace | Beijing | ChinaChina Express - 6 days Map

China Express

Trip Type : Group Tours
6 days | FROM USD $1,145

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

Shanghai Skyline | Shanghai | ChinaShanghai to Beijing - 8 days Map

Shanghai to Beijing

Trip Type : Group Tours
8 days | FROM USD $1,345

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

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

Backroads to Beijing

Trip Type : Group Tours
8 days | FROM USD $1,195

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


Great Wall & Warriors

Trip Type : Group Tours
9 days | FROM USD $1,645

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

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

Chinese Checkers

Trip Type : Group Tours
11 days | FROM USD $1,895

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

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

Take me to Tibet

Trip Type : Group Tours
12 days | FROM USD $2,995

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

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

Hutongs to Hong Kong

Trip Type : Group Tours
13 days | FROM USD $3,145

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

Lijiang River | ChinaFine China - 13 days Map

Fine China

Trip Type : Group Tours
13 days | FROM USD $2,195

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

Chengdu Pandas | ChinaGreat Wall & Pandas - 14 Days Map

Great Wall & Pandas

Trip Type : Group Tours
14 Days | FROM USD $3,495

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

Canals of Suzhou | China	Mandarin Sunrise - 15 days Map

Mandarin Sunrise

Trip Type : Group Tours
15 days | FROM USD $2,545

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

Tokyo to Beijing - 15 Days Map

Tokyo to Beijing

Trip Type : Group Tours
15 Days | FROM USD $5,695

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

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

Yin and Yangtze

Trip Type : Group Tours
16 days | FROM USD $3,645

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

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

Essence of China

Trip Type : Group Tours
9 Days | FROM USD $2,095

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

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

Highlights of China

Trip Type : Group Tours
11 Days | FROM USD $2,645

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

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

Classic China & Yangtze Cruise

Trip Type : Group Tours
13 Days | FROM USD $3,195

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

Yulong River | Yangshuo | ChinaHong Kong to Chengdu -  8 days Map

Hong Kong to Chengdu

Trip Type : Group Tours
8 days | FROM USD $695

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


Beijing to Shanghai Express

Trip Type : Group Tours
9 days | FROM USD $795

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

Xian City Walls | ChinaHong Kong to Beijing - 15 days Map

Hong Kong to Beijing

Trip Type : Group Tours
15 days | FROM USD $1,495

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

Yangshuo Peaks & Bamboo Rafts | ChinaHong Kong to Hong Kong - 16 days Map

Hong Kong to Hong Kong

Trip Type : Group Tours
16 days | FROM USD $1,495

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

Watch the sunrise over the Great Wall of ChinaEssential China Adventure - 18 Days Map

Essential China Adventure

Trip Type : Group Tours
18 Days | FROM USD $1,775

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

The Harbin Ice Festival | China	Harbin Ice Festival Express - 5 Days Map

Harbin Ice Festival Express

Trip Type : Festival Tours
5 Days | FROM USD $1,445

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

The Harbin Ice Festival | ChinaHarbin Ice Festival - 11 days Map

Harbin Ice Festival

Trip Type : Festival Tours
11 days | FROM USD $1,945

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


China Family Adventure

Trip Type : Family Holidays
8 days | FROM USD $1,645

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


China Discovery For Teenagers

Trip Type : Family Holidays
8 days | FROM USD $1,895

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

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

Beijing & Shanghai City Break

Trip Type : Private Tours
7 days | FROM USD $1,695

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

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

Yunnan Experience

Trip Type : Private Tours
8 days | FROM USD $1,945

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

Travertine pools | Sichuan | ChinaSizzling Sichuan - 8 days Map

Sizzling Sichuan

Trip Type : Private Tours
8 days | FROM USD $3,995

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

Garden in Suzhou | ChinaPostcard from China - 10 days Map

Postcard from China

Trip Type : Private Tours
10 days | FROM USD $2,095

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

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

Journey Down South

Trip Type : Private Tours
10 days | FROM USD $2,945

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

Gaint pandas | ChinaClassic China & Chengdu - 12 Days Map

Classic China & Chengdu

Trip Type : Private Tours
12 Days | FROM USD $3,995

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

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

Southern China Explorer

Trip Type : Private Tours
12 days | FROM USD $4,845

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

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

Best of Yunnan and Beijing

Trip Type : Private Tours
13 Days | FROM USD $6,645

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

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

Silk Road Adventure

Trip Type : Private Tours
13 days | FROM USD $5,595

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

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

Totally China

Trip Type : Private Tours
15 days | FROM USD $4,495

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

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

Beijing Visa Free

Trip Type : Short Stays
3 days | FROM USD $595

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

Shanghai by night | ChinaShanghai Visa Free - 3 days Map

Shanghai Visa Free

Trip Type : Short Stays
3 days | FROM USD $645

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

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

Beijing Breakaway

Trip Type : Short Stays
5 days | FROM USD $845

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

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

Eye on Shanghai

Trip Type : Short Stays
5 days | FROM USD $895

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

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

Lijiang Short Stay

Trip Type : Short Stays
5 days | FROM USD $1,195

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

Our China Trip Types


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 Family Holidays

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China is an incredible destination with so much to uncover, irrespective of age. Our family friendly itineraries include a range of cultural and historical experiences, with a fun twist designed to keep the kids entertained.

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Whether it’s learning the ancient art of calligraphy, discovering the world-renowned Great Wall or visiting the famous Panda Conservation Centre in Chengdu, there's something for all the family to enjoy.

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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 4.71 out of 5 based on 72 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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.