China Tailor-made Holidays
Bespoke journeys to China in 2017
A complete checker board of history, culture, sights and experiences, where old meets new literally around every corner, China has something for everyone and is a fascinating place to explore. Tell us where you want to go and what you want to see and we’ll recommend activities that perfectly complement your chosen itinerary on a tailor-made holiday whether it’s spending a night by the Great Wall, visiting the pandas in Chengdu, cruising down the Yangtze River or heading to the summit of Emei Shan Mountain. See the very best of China in 2017 on a bespoke journey with On The Go Tours.
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The best places to visit on a Tailor-made Holiday to China
China is a place you can return to time and again and impossible to see all of in just one visit. Most first time visits to China start in Beijing and generally head south ending in Shanghai. However there is so much more to see and do. Harbin in the north holds the annual Ice Festival spectacular, the east is home to the beautiful canals of Suzhou and the west home to some stunning natural wonders plus so much more inbetween! Below are some of our top picks on what to do with your time in China.
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China Tailor-made reviews
Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on 3 recent reviews — See All Reviews
The tour guide and driver met us from the airport and took us to the hotel. From the very start she was friendly and very caring. We were taken to all the sites laid out in our itinerary and many more and to be honest she was just fantastic. Mr Wong drove us very well indeed and the car was new and well kitted out. She made us feel very welcome in China, and brought the whole county to life for us. They knew all the places to go to avoid tourists and we just brilliant.”
i would like to thank on the Go Tours and Theo Porter for organising what turned out to be a superb well organised holiday in China. Our time in Beijing was fantastic, our local guide Sabrina and our driver were always courteous, efficient and well informed from the moment we were picked up from the airport in Beijing till the moment we left on the Train to Shanghai.”
Our tour of China with your company was excellent, just as it was in India in 2012. All three tour guides were outstanding they were knowledgeable, made great suggestions for extra activities. They were always courteous and always checking that our needs were being met. All of our drivers were amazing especially negotiating the very busy and hectic traffic wherever we went, at no point did we ever feel unsafe whilst travelling in the cars and the standard and quality of the cars were excellent. The hotels that you chose were also excellent and met our standard and requirements. Our only disappointment was the food component for lunch on our daily tours, it seemed to be more about the quantity rather than quality. We also realised that there was a premium class of train travel that we would have taken up, so in future could you give all options available for our selection. ”
Inspirations for a holiday in China
Get off the beaten track and do something different in China. China is full of unique and wonderful things to do. Here are a selection of our favourites to feed your imagination!
Kung Fu Show - Beijing
In the centre of Beijing the Red Theatre puts on a daily show tipped ‘the most exciting kung fu show in the world’. Take your seats for a spellbinding spectacle that follows the story of a young boy through his life becoming a kung fu master!
Mutianyu Great Wall
Everyone goes to Badaling but few seek out parts of the wall further afield. Mutianyu just 70km from Beijing is a great easy and less crowded way of seeing the wall. Head up by cable car, explore great swathes of the wall pretty much to yourself and return by exciting toboggan. For more information on the various sections, have a read of our guide to visiting the Great Wall.
Cycling in Yangshuo
Get on your bike and cycle through quaint local towns, over ornate ancient bridges, past stunning karst hills and beautiful poppy and sunflower fields with the iconic karst hills all around as you travel from Yangshuo to Moon Hill. Finish off with a delicious local lunch of Chinese food at its best!
Mount Tai Shan
Take a journey to the holiest of the five Taoist mountains – Mount Taishan. Just outside Jinan in Shandong you can bravely take the 6000 step pilgrimage to the top to be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding mountains – or you can take the slightly easier cable car which gets you there in minutes!
Hong Kong shopping
No trip abroad is complete without a bit of retail therapy and Hong Kong, China’s most westernised city is the perfect place to shop until you drop. Spend a few days here and explore massive retail malls, quirky market stalls and hawker bazaars.
Head to northern Sichuan and marvel at the spectacular Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve. It s a great place to wander around, see the reflective lakes which frequently appear to change colour and take lots of pictures – it’s China’s nature at its best!
Suggested Tailor-made Holiday itineraries for China
Such a vast and varied country like China has plenty to offer though for a first-time visit there's a few classic itineraries that tick off the major sites including Chengdu to see the pandas, the beautiful south for the stunning scenery of Guilin and Yangshuo, and a journey between Beijing and Shanghai for China's historic cities. Here's a selection of our favourite China itineraries but you can find plenty more inspiration by using our interactive map below.
In search of Shangri-La
To the west of China lies the Tibet Autonomous Region. Sitting majestically amongst the lofty Himalayas the ‘roof top of the world’ has been drawing in visitors for both its religious significance as well as its elemental beauty sitting on the highest plateau on the planet! The capital, Lhasa – the ‘traditional’ seat of the Dalai Lama is where most trips to Tibet will start and is the home to the magnificent Potala Palace. The north of Tibet offers vast areas of grassland and steppe, desert and mountain plateau as well as part of the famed Silk Road.