China Tours and Holidays

See the real China on our range of classic tours and delve deeper in Chinese culture on an unforgettable tailor-made holiday.

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.

Top China Travel Deals and Upcoming Tours

Trip NameStartsDepartingFrom USDDealMap
Shanghai to Beijing - 8 days Shanghai, China 17 Jun 2017 USD $853 was $1,705 2-for-1 Shanghai to Beijing - 8 days Map
Great Wall & Warriors - 9 days Beijing, China 10 Jun 2017 USD $1,580 was $1,975 20% off Great Wall & Warriors - 9 days Map
Chinese Checkers - 11 days Beijing, China 03 Jun 2017 USD $2,102 was $2,335 10% off Chinese Checkers - 11 days Map
Fine China - 13 days Beijing, China 03 Jun 2017 USD $2,588 was $2,875 10% off Fine China - 13 days Map
Hutongs to Hong Kong - 13 days Beijing, China 03 Jun 2017 USD $3,641 was $4,045 10% off Hutongs to Hong Kong - 13 days Map
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China Group Tours

Escorted by qualified English-speaking guides with plenty of sightseeing of the main highlights including the Great Wall & Terracotta Warriors.

China Express

6 days | FROM USD $1,345

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

Warriors & Dragons

8 days | FROM USD $1,885

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

Shanghai to Beijing

8 days | FROM USD $1,705

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

Backroads to Beijing

8 days | FROM USD $1,560

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

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China Festival Tours

Visit the winter wonderland of Harbin for the world-renowned Ice Festival where stunning ice sculptures take centre stage.

The Harbin Ice Festival | China	Harbin Ice Festival Express - 5 Days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Harbin Ice Festival Express

5 Days | FROM USD $1,750

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

The Harbin Ice Festival | ChinaHarbin Ice Festival - 11 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Harbin Ice Festival

11 days | FROM USD $2,605

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

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China Private Tours

Travel to China on your own private tour with your choice of departure date and standard of accommodation on these carefully crafted itineraries.

The Forbidden City | Beijing | ChinaBeijing & Shanghai City Break - 7 days MapTailored To Suit You

Beijing & Shanghai City Break

7 days | FROM USD $1,960

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

Black Dragon Lake | Lijiang | ChinaYunnan Experience - 8 days MapTailored To Suit You

Yunnan Experience

8 days | FROM USD $2,350

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

Travertine pools | Sichuan | ChinaSizzling Sichuan - 8 days MapTailored To Suit You

Sizzling Sichuan

8 days | FROM USD $4,565

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

Government building | Pyongyang | North KoreaInside North Korea - 9 days MapTailored To Suit You

Inside North Korea

9 days | FROM USD $5,845

Delve into the mystery that is North Korea on this 9 day tour taking...

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China Day Tours

Spend a day exploring some of China's most popular cities with return hotel transfers and the services of an English-speaking guide.

The Great Wall of China | ChinaBeijing: Great Wall - 1 day MapTailored To Suit You

Beijing: Great Wall

1 day | FROM USD $210

Probably the world’s most famous wall and most definitely the it is...

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China Short Stays

Delve deeper into Beijing and Shanghai with our short stay packages that include accommodation, transfers and guided sightseeing.

The Forbidden City | Beijing | ChinaBeijing Visa Free - 3 days MapTailored To Suit You

Beijing Visa Free

3 days | FROM USD $715

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

Shanghai by night | ChinaShanghai Visa Free - 3 days MapTailored To Suit You

Shanghai Visa Free

3 days | FROM USD $695

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

Guardian lion in Forbidden City | Beijing | ChinaBeijing Breakaway - 5 days MapTailored To Suit You

Beijing Breakaway

5 days | FROM USD $970

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

The Bund | Shanghai | ChinaEye on Shanghai - 5 days MapTailored To Suit You

Eye on Shanghai

5 days | FROM USD $995

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

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Tailor-made Holidays

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 4.64 out of 5 based on 36 recent reviews — See All China Reviews

There were two guides Feng for Beijing and Torgee for Tibet, both were very knowledgeable and friendly. My wife and I are in our mid seventies and consider ourselves pretty fit. The tour is an "On the go tour" and we found that to be the case, never a dull moment and quite physical with a lot of walking, which we were able to cope with, maybe better than some of the younger members of the group. When we arrived in Tibet, Lhasa we were not prepared for the altitude, we had been told but did not realise how debilitating it would be. A well run tour with lots of exciting things to see and do. Thank you”  

Robert Armitage • Submitted 13 Dec 2016

The guide Sabrena was very knowledgable, thoughtful and caring for the whole trip.

A very genuine person, could not have had a better guide! And the Drivers and van excellent. I was surprised to have such good accommodation no complaints there.

Too many gardens to visit, although beautiful but instead would have preferred to have visited the best historical museum in Beijing to help understand the depth & richness of Chinese culture. I'm sure our friendly savvy group who were all well over 30yrs (we all gelled as a group and eight perfect number sure they would have appreciated it too! And a modern art Gallery say in Shanghai. These two things would give more depth to the tour. (Not the traditional art which everyone knows in west so well). Acrobatic performance was brilliant.

Benny the guide in Xian was good and fun too. He obviously loves his city. I loved the bike ride around the city wall best way to view the it. Ramps and all. Amazing markets there.

The whole tour for me was so enjoyable, China"s exciting, vibrant and spectacular sites The Great Wall (so good to have two days walking it.) Terracotta (Bike ride, the cruises, towers...all good) So glad to have travelled by trains than go through domestic airports!

Longman Caves( here would have been good to have connected us with the little ferries that plied the river we tried but language a barrier would have been a highlight of our stay there viewing the caves sailing along instead we walked.

Shanghai"s Cruise was stunning, loved it the best and great way to finish our tour, especially and special thanks to Megan our FlightCentre agent in Adelaide for working so hard to arrange the best, for our trip, very thorough and helpful a job well done.”  

Lynne Seppelt-Deakin • Submitted 7 Dec 2016

Having travelled quite extensively, this was my first time of being on a tour. We were meet by Lisa who extended a warm and friendly welcome to Beijing. Lisa kindly took matters into her own hands to reunite me with my delayed luggage, allowing me go ahead to the hotel. It arrived with Lisa later that night after midnight who made it appear to be no bother at all after what was a long day for her. Very impressed. The tour itself was well organised and structured with a few minor amendments to the itinerary which we were notified of beforehand. There was enough time spent in each city to get an overview of the place. The tour gave so many great experiences and exposure to a side China that was more than I imagined. The highlight for me was The Great Wall - so majestic. Right now I'm still trying to take it all in. My only moan would be that on a few occasions there was not enough time for photo opportunities as we had to be moving very quickly - understandable as time was of the essence. That said, it was one of my best travel experiences and one that I won't forget having been accompanied by a very friendly & fun group and a fantastic tour guide. Lisa is a genuine credit to your company and a nice person too. Nothing was ever too much for Lisa to assist with and was very patient too. Hopefully on my next tour I'll meet someone just as nice and helpful as Lisa.”  

Althea James • Submitted 2 Nov 2016

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OUR LATEST CITY GUIDES
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR VISIT

Check out our newly updated city guides, packed with loads of information to help you plan your visit to China from the top attractions and excursions to our choice of recommended places to eat and shop. Whether you're looking to explore the historic relics of Beijing's glorious past, shop until you drop in the gleaming metropolis of Shanghai, ride the brilliantly preserved city walls of Xi'an or marvel at the karst scenery of Guilin - we've got it covered.

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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.

Xi'an - city walls and clay armies

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Terracotta Warriors | Xi'an | China

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.

Shanghai - city of contrasts

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Shanghai by night | China

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.

Beijing - the captivating capital

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The Gate of Heavenly Peace | Beijing | China

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.

The Great Wall - UNESCO-listed defence

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The Great Wall of China | 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.

Chengdu - panda country

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Gaint pandas | China

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.

Longsheng & Dragon's Backbone - rural China

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The Dragon's Backbone | Longsheng | China

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.

Terracotta Warriors | Xi'an | China

Best Places to Visit

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

Best Time to Visit

Information on climatic and weather conditions in China

Top Travel Tips

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

Tourist Visas

Visa requirements for China and info on getting your visa

Colourful building blocks | Hong Kong | China

China Video Lounge

Our favourite China travel videos

The Great Wall of China | China

Traveller Reviews

Trip reviews from our travellers to China

The Great Wall of China | China

Visiting the Great Wall

Our guide to the various sections of the Great Wall

Giant Pandas | China

Seeing Pandas in China

Where best to see pandas in China and what to expect

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Recommended Reading

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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.

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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