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.

Upcoming China Trips

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Hutongs to Hong Kong - 13 days Beijing, China 04 Nov 2017 USD $3,695 Hutongs to Hong Kong - 13 days Map
Fine China - 13 days Beijing, China 04 Nov 2017 USD $2,595 Fine China - 13 days Map
Mandarin Sunrise - 15 days Beijing, China 04 Nov 2017 USD $2,895 Mandarin Sunrise - 15 days Map
Shanghai to Beijing - 8 days Shanghai, China 04 Nov 2017 USD $1,695 Shanghai to Beijing - 8 days Map
Chinese Checkers - 11 days Beijing, China 04 Nov 2017 USD $1,995 Chinese Checkers - 11 days Map
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China Group Tours

The Gate of Heavenly Peace | Beijing | ChinaChina Express - 6 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

China Express

6 days | FROM USD $1,295

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

Terracotta Warriors | Xi'an | ChinaWarriors & Dragons - 8 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Warriors & Dragons

8 days | FROM USD $1,895

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

Shanghai Skyline | Shanghai | ChinaShanghai to Beijing - 8 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Shanghai to Beijing

8 days | FROM USD $1,595

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

Suzhou's picturesque canals in ChinaBackroads to Beijing - 8 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Backroads to Beijing

8 days | FROM USD $1,295

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

Terracotta Warriors | Xi'an | ChinaChina For Teens - 8 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

China For Teens

8 days | FROM USD $2,395

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

Great Wall of China | ChinaGreat Wall & Warriors - 9 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Great Wall & Warriors

9 days | FROM USD $1,895

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

Longman Grotto by boat in Louyang | ChinaChinese Checkers - 11 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Chinese Checkers

11 days | FROM USD $1,995

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

Potala Palace | Lhasa | TibetTake me to Tibet - 12 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Take me to Tibet

12 days | FROM USD $3,795

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

View of the city | Hong Kong | ChinaHutongs to Hong Kong - 13 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Hutongs to Hong Kong

13 days | FROM USD $3,695

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

Lijiang River | ChinaFine China - 13 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Fine China

13 days | FROM USD $2,595

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

Great Wall & Pandas

14 Days | FROM USD $4,195

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

Canals of Suzhou | China	Mandarin Sunrise - 15 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Mandarin Sunrise

15 days | FROM USD $2,895

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

President 8 Cruiser | Yangtze River | China	Yin and Yangtze - 16 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Yin and Yangtze

16 days | FROM USD $4,595

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

Tokyo to Beijing - 15 Days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Tokyo to Beijing

15 Days | FROM USD $5,695

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

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

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

Harbin Ice Festival Express

5 Days | FROM USD $1,795

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 $2,395

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

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

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

Beijing & Shanghai City Break

7 days | FROM USD $1,995

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 $2,465

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 $4,755

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

Garden in Suzhou | ChinaPostcard from China - 10 days MapTailored To Suit You

Postcard from China

10 days | FROM USD $2,675

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

Temple and mountains | Lijiang | ChinaJourney Down South - 10 days MapTailored To Suit You

Journey Down South

10 days | FROM USD $3,445

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

Gaint pandas | ChinaClassic China & Chengdu - 12 Days MapTailored To Suit You

Classic China & Chengdu

12 Days | FROM USD $5,215

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

The River Li | Yangshou | ChinaSouthern China Explorer - 12 days MapTailored To Suit You

Southern China Explorer

12 days | FROM USD $5,725

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

Turpan | The Silk Road | ChinaSilk Road Adventure - 13 days MapTailored To Suit You

Silk Road Adventure

13 days | FROM USD $7,325

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

The Great Wall of China | China	Totally China - 15 days MapTailored To Suit You

Totally China

15 days | FROM USD $5,615

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

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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. 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 Short Stays

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

Beijing Visa Free

3 days | FROM USD $735

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 $725

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

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

Beijing Breakaway

5 days | FROM USD $995

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 $1,025

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

Lake Temple in Lijiang | ChinaLijiang Short Stay - 5 days MapTailored To Suit You

Lijiang Short Stay

5 days | FROM USD $1,715

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

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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. 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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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 Day Tours and Excursions

Maximise your time in China's greatest cities with our range of day tours and activities that cover everything from guided sightseeing to some of the world's most iconic man-made wonders to culinary adventures with local guides.

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.

China tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.63 out of 5 based on 71 recent reviews — See All China Reviews

Sabrena was a wonderful guide! She helped so much with the language and logistics of our travels in China. I don't think we could have possibly managed without her.

All the local guides were very helpful also.

I would highly recommend this tour.”  

Lynette Haines • Submitted 11 Oct 2017

Feng was simply amazing. She provided us with lots of extra information when visiting sites, came along with us every time even when there was an option that she didn't need to be there with us, had such a great grasp of English, she was simply amazing. Please make a note of how good a guide she really is. If you have awards etc I would really love to nominate her for Guide of the Year! We will miss her and she really made the trip even more brilliant than we could have imagined.”  

Sharon Searcy • Submitted 10 Oct 2017

Fung was wonderful. First she met us at the airport and I instantly felt she was a friend. Personally attentive to all 16 of us. She learned our names, Always counting us (felt silly) but secure she would not leave one of us behind. Answered our questions like it was the first time she had heard it. Never felt rushed even though we were on a schedule. On our over night train she checked on all of us for questions and concerns. Matched us up perfectly. I could go on and on about how pleased I was with Fung. I only hope that on my next trip with On the go tours they are just as friendly. Thank you”  

Peggy Lewis • Submitted 27 Sep 2017

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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.