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
Great Wall & Warriors - 9 days Beijing, China 15 Apr 2017 USD $1,616 was $2,155 25% off Great Wall & Warriors - 9 days Map
Chinese Checkers - 11 days Beijing, China 11 Mar 2017 USD $1,751 was $2,335 25% off Chinese Checkers - 11 days Map
China Express - 6 days Beijing, China 04 Mar 2017 USD $1,009 was $1,345 25% off China Express - 6 days Map
Great Wall & Pandas - 14 Days Beijing, China 04 Mar 2017 USD $3,409 was $4,545 25% off Great Wall & Pandas - 14 Days Map
Yin and Yangtze - 16 days Beijing, China 04 Mar 2017 USD $3,409 was $4,545 25% off Yin and Yangtze - 16 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.

Harbin Ice Festival Express

5 Days | FROM USD $1,750

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

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.

Giant Pandas | China	Chengdu's Pandas - 1/2 day MapTailored To Suit You

Chengdu's Pandas

1/2 day | FROM USD $390

Meet endangered giant pandas at Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research to...

Giant pandas | ChinaChengdu's Pandas & Ancient Lanes - 1 day MapTailored To Suit You

Chengdu's Pandas & Ancient Lanes

1 day | FROM USD $350

Get up close and personal with the endangered giant panda; visit to of...

View from the Bund | Shanghai | ChinaSensational Shanghai - 1 day MapTailored To Suit You

Sensational Shanghai

1 day | FROM USD $330

Whilst the term ‘bright Pearl’ may be used to describe old town, ...

Canals of Suzhou | China	Shanghai: Suzhou - Venice of the East - 1 day MapTailored To Suit You

Shanghai: Suzhou

1 day | FROM USD $330

Tranquil, quaint, ancient, beautiful, a true Venice, criss-crossed and...

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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

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.

China tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.6 out of 5 based on 42 recent reviews — See All China Reviews

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

Lisa was excellent, she spoke with enthusiasm and captured the interest from the youngest (21 years) to the oldest (60+) people of our Chinese Checkers tour. She went out of her way to make sure we all enjoyed the experience and we would highly recommend her to receive recognition of all of her hard work!”  

Stuart Bottomley • Submitted 25 Oct 2016

Stephanie was an excellent guide. Organised, experienced, patient and with a great sense of hunour. I learned a lot about China from her and really enjoyed the experience. I wouldn't hesitate in nominating her for a tour leader award.

I'd also like to commend Shannon, our guide in Chengdu. She was brilliant too. Very flexible, knowledgable and enthusiastic.

Both girls deserve special recognition (they knocked the socks off the boys!)”  

Susan Finch • Submitted 24 Sep 2016

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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

Get to know China

Recommended Reading

  • Wild Swans
    by Jung Chang
  • Country Driving
    by Peter Hessler
  • Mao: A Biography
    by Ross Terrill
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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