China Tours and Holidays

Travel to China with On The Go Tours

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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Top China Travel Deals and Upcoming Trips

Trip NameStartsDepartingFrom USDDealMap
Great Wall & Warriors - 9 days Beijing 08 Oct 2016 USD $1,844 was $2,169 15% off Great Wall & Warriors - 9 days Map
Chinese Checkers - 11 days Beijing 29 Oct 2016 USD $2,107 was $2,479 15% off Chinese Checkers - 11 days Map
Great Wall & Pandas - 11 Days Beijing 08 Oct 2016 USD $3,879 Great Wall & Pandas - 11 Days Map
Yin and Yangtze - 15 days Beijing 08 Oct 2016 USD $3,699 Yin and Yangtze - 15 days Map
Gateway to Tibet - 11 days Beijing 08 Oct 2016 USD $3,379 Gateway to Tibet - 11 days Map

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.

China Group Tours

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

The Gate of Heavenly Peace | Beijing | ChinaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

China Express

7 days | FROM USD $1,799

Explore the Forbidden City, climb The Great Wall at Badaling and Pass,...

Terracotta Warriors | Xi'an | ChinaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Warriors & Dragons

8 days | FROM USD $1,799

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

Great Wall & Warriors

9 days | FROM USD $1,989

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

Terracotta Warriors | Xi'an | ChinaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

China For Teens

9 days | FROM USD $1,989

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

Chinese Checkers

11 days | FROM USD $2,349

Discover the best of China with the expertise of an English speaking a...

Chengdu Pandas | ChinaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Great Wall & Pandas

11 Days | FROM USD $3,699

Head south from Beijing's Forbidden City and the Great Wall of and to...

Potala Palace | Lhasa | TibetExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Gateway to Tibet

11 days | FROM USD $3,159

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

Dragon's Backbone | Longsheng | ChinaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Beyond the City Walls

12 days | FROM USD $3,429

Take the road less travelled from bustling Beijing to cosmopolitan the...

View of the city | Hong Kong | ChinaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Hutongs to Hong Kong

13 days | FROM USD $3,099

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

Lijiang River | ChinaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Fine China

13 days | FROM USD $3,339

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

Canals of Suzhou | China	Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Mandarin Sunrise

15 days | FROM USD $2,999

Ultimate China! Travelling a full circle that begins and ends in you -...

President 8 Cruiser | Yangtze River | China	Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Yin and Yangtze

15 days | FROM USD $3,429

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

China Festival Tours

A number of colourful festivals take place in China each year and we've arranged special festival tour departures to coincide with two of the most popular. The Dragon Boat Festival is one of China's most important holidays, celebrated throughout the country and around the world. During this fascinating spectacle ornately decorated boats are rowed to the beat of large drums, with 80 to 100 rowers per boat, as crowds cheer on their favourite boat from the riverbanks. In the north-east of China, discover the incredible giant ice sculptures at the Harbin Ice Festival which has gained worldwide fame and recognition for its exquisite ice and snow sculptures. read more

The Harbin Ice Festival | China	Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Harbin Ice Festival Express

5 Days | FROM USD $1,799

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

The Harbin Ice Festival | ChinaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Harbin Ice Festival

11 days | FROM USD $2,569

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

China Private Tours

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.

Black Dragon Lake | Lijiang | ChinaTailored To Suit You

Yunnan Experience

8 days | FROM USD $2,429

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

Travertine pools | Sichuan | ChinaTailored To Suit You

Sizzling Sichuan

8 days | FROM USD $4,539

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

Government building | Pyongyang | North KoreaTailored To Suit You

Inside North Korea

9 days | FROM USD $5,899

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

Temple and mountains | Lijiang | ChinaTailored To Suit You

Journey Down South

10 days | FROM USD $3,339

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

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China Day Tours

Join us for a day exploring China's most popular cities that showcase the past and present. We organise a pick up from the hotel you are staying at and you'll be accompanied by an English speaking guide. From the bustling city of Beijing and the nearby Great Wall, to glamorous Shanghai and the Venice of the East - Suzhou, just a fast train ride away – delve in and discover China beyond the main sites.

Giant Pandas | China	Tailored To Suit You

Chengdu's Pandas

1/2 day | FROM USD $349

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

Giant pandas | ChinaTailored To Suit You

Chengdu's Pandas & Ancient Lanes

1 day | FROM USD $349

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

View from the Bund | Shanghai | ChinaTailored To Suit You

Sensational Shanghai

1 day | FROM USD $349

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

Canals of Suzhou | China	Tailored To Suit You

Shanghai: Suzhou

1 day | FROM USD $349

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

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China Short Stays

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.

The Forbidden City | Beijing | ChinaTailored To Suit You

Beijing Visa Free

3 days | FROM USD $649

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

Shanghai by night | ChinaTailored To Suit You

Shanghai Visa Free

3 days | FROM USD $679

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

The Great Wall of China | ChinaTailored To Suit You

Beijing Breakaway

5 days | FROM USD $899

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

The Bund | Shanghai | ChinaTailored To Suit You

Eye on Shanghai

5 days | FROM USD $999

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

China tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.56 out of 5 based on 48 recent reviews — See All China Reviews

Feng was an amazing guide. She was very helpful & informative. Some of our tour group came down with gastro & Feng took great care of us.

Part of our group went on & did Chinese Checkers but those who were left continued our tour with Tom who was also great & just as informative.

The local guides were very knowledgeable & very entertaining so the tour was never boring.

The tour itself I would definitely recommend to my clients as I believe the tour covered all the major sights and offered great optional tours. ”  

Christine D'Agostino • Submitted 19 Sep 2016

This was a great tour of China. The great wall and warriors are a great experience on this tour and we even got our own time to explore them. Our tour guide was Lisa and she did a fantastic job throughout the tour especially in Beijing by herself. ”  

Kate Warby • Submitted 9 Sep 2016

Very well organised and all the guides did their utmost to pander to every whim, it was an excellent tour with no worries cos the tour guides sorted everything to the finest detail. Lots of laughter and smiles all the way. The only disappointment waz the dated rainbow hotel otherwise the accommodation was lovely, even the hotel classed as basic was veryvtraditionbal and quaint and I was expecting much worse so was pleasantly surprised. Thanks to all for a very well organiused tour”  

Ann Jarmolowicz • Submitted 7 Sep 2016

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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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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.

Best Time to Visit

Information on climatic and weather conditions in China

Terracotta Warriors | Xi'an | China

Best Places to Visit

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

China Entries in our #feelgoodtravel photo competition

Our winners have been announced! View the winners gallery..

Feelgood Competition Entry 'so peaceful'
When I travelled to China I felt
so peaceful

“taken recently on my trip to China with On the go tours, rafting down the river in Yangshuo. such a great tour company and country.”

by Tracie Stewart

Feelgood Competition Entry 'Electric'
Feelgood Competition Entry 'Awed'
Feelgood Competition Entry 'Amazing! On top of the world!'
Feelgood Competition Entry 'Excited to experience the humbleness, and humility of the Chinese people. '
Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights OTG Signature
Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

On The Go's Signature group tours place local interaction and authenticity at the heart of your cultural travel experience. Upping the comfort stakes, this range is a clear cut above our OTG Adventure range.

Appealing to a wide age demographic from the 20s to 60+, we maximize your days with excitement and awe and then bring you home to a comfortable 4* hotel with western amenities, air-conditioning, WiFi and, where appropriate, a swimming pool. Hotels can sometimes be of 3 or 5 star standard too, ensuring you get the best value for your holiday.

Visiting all the main attractions you’ll be accompanied throughout by our highly qualified English-speaking local guides too. Group size is typically 18 with a maximum for 28, apart from festival tours, where group sizes can be larger due to the one-off nature of these events.

Tailored To Suit You OTG Independent
Tailored To Suit You

On this range you won’t be joining other travellers, but will be on your own private itinerary. Accommodation, pace of travel and the style of trip is tailored to your individual needs. From pre-priced packages available off the shelf to fully curated tailor-made holidays, this range also includes our selection of one-night stopovers, day-tours and short breaks.

The OTG Independent range gives you all the great service aspects of our Signature range with the flexibility to create a truly unique and bespoke holiday or adventure to a variety of destinations around the world.

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