China Tours & Holidays
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A group tour to China is a truly unforgettable experience. Whether you wander the Great Wall or the city streets. Whether you stand before the green peaks of Guilin or the mighty Leshan Buddha. Or whether you visit the Xi'an terracotta army or the peaceful Chengdu pandas.
With On The Go Tours, you're in good hands. We've been running trips to China for over fifteen years. And we win British Travel Awards year on year. We'll help you embrace the Chinese culture, see the best sights, and eat the best Chinese cuisine.
China Group Tours
From historic Beijing to the terracotta army in Xi'an, the shimmering skyscrapers of Shanghai and the pandas of Chengdu, our China group tours take in the best of this vast country. You will take in all the highlights, escorted every step of the way by one of our expert local guides.
In mainland China we use a great mix of centrally located 3 - 4 star hotels and travel around the country in private vehicles, unless we are making use of China's extensive high speed and overnight railway network. Authentic experiences will abound on your group tour, whether it's a rickshaw ride through the hutongs of Beijing or enjoying an optional Tang Dynasty Show.
Harbin Ice Festival Express5 Days | FROM AUD $1,785
Let it snow! See the world's largest and most elaborate ice sculptures this New Year at the Harbin...
China Express6 days | FROM AUD $1,345
Hide out in the Forbidden City, climb the Great Wall, bike ride along Xi’an’s medieval wall and encounter...
Great Wall & Giant Pandas9 Days | FROM AUD $2,015
Journey from Beijing to Chengdu on this 9-day group tour which takes in the highlights of China along the way....
Great Wall & Warriors9 days | FROM AUD $1,975
Uncover the best of China, from Beijing to Shanghai and Xi'an to Suzhou. This nine-day adventure takes you...
Chinese Checkers11 days | FROM AUD $2,285
Kick off in Beijing, explore the Forbidden City, ride around the Hutongs and relax over a delicious Peking...
Harbin Ice Festival11 days | FROM AUD $2,345
Discover China this Christmas to see the Great Wall, Beijing's Forbidden City and the Terracotta Warriors of...
Highlights of China & Tibet12 days | FROM AUD $3,595
Exploring Beijing’s grand Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and the scenic Great Wall at Badaling and...
Fine China13 days | FROM AUD $2,685
Climb the Great Wall at Badaling and Juyonguan Pass and enter the Forbidden City, explore the Longmen grottoes...
Best of China14 Days | FROM AUD $3,885
Setting out from Beijing uncover some of China’s most famous and ancient sites, from the legendary Great...
Yin and Yangtze16 days | FROM AUD $4,245
Kicking off in Beijing, soak up all the attractions of China’s historic capital before heading south to the...
Tokyo to Shanghai18 Days | FROM AUD $6,685
Experience the best of Japan and China. Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors, discover the Great Wall and view...
China Private Tours
If you prefer the idea of a private tour then these itineraries could be perfect for you. They still benefit from the services of our local tour guides and all of your accommodation, internal transportation (including airport transfers) and sightseeing is included. You will enjoy a daily breakfast in the hotel and lots of other included meals too. A range of different accommodation options are available, so you can pick a hotel category that best suits your budget.
Sizzling Sichuan8 days | FROM AUD $3,965
PRIVATE TOUR: Explore China’s beautiful Sichuan province! Discover Huanglong calcium pools and...
Yunnan Experience8 days | FROM AUD $2,405
PRIVATE TOUR: Home to many of China's ethnically diverse minority peoples, Kunming and the Stone...
Postcard from China10 days | FROM AUD $2,665
PRIVATE TOUR: From Beijing to Shanghai via the Jinan Province, visit UNESCO sites, Qufu - Confucius'...
Journey Down South10 days | FROM AUD $3,185
PRIVATE TOUR: Get off the beaten track and see the highlights of China’s scenic south. Discover...
Southern China Explorer12 days | FROM AUD $5,635
PRIVATE TOUR: Take in the highlights of southern China on this unique 12 day tour, from the Giant...
Classic China & Chengdu12 Days | FROM AUD $4,645
PRIVATE TOUR: Journey south from the nation's capital Beijing to the terracotta warriors in Xi'an and...
Silk Road Adventure13 days | FROM AUD $6,655
PRIVATE TOUR: Taking in Urumqi, Kashgar and Turpan in China's far west before heading east to the dunes...
Totally China15 days | FROM AUD $5,255
PRIVATE TOUR: Visiting the nation’s capital - Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin and Yangshuo, Hangzhou, Suzhou...
China Short Stays
If you're short on time, our 5-day short stays are a great option for visiting China's main cities, such as Beijing and Shanghai. These city breaks include a mixture of guided sightseeing and free time to explore independently, and they can be booked any day of the year with your choice of accommodation. A lot of our travellers like to add them onto their group tour booking in order to spend more time in the big cities!
Beijing Breakaway5 days | FROM AUD $1,155
PRIVATE TOUR: Enjoy a city break with a difference. Explore Tiananmen Square, enter the Forbidden City,...
Eye on Shanghai5 days | FROM AUD $1,165
PRIVATE TOUR: Shanghai is where east really meets west. Explore the city on our 5 day Visa Free city...
Lijiang Short Stay5 days | FROM AUD $1,335
PRIVATE TOUR: Uncover the beauty of Tiger Leaping Gorge, spend a night with a local family in a Naxi...
Frequently asked questions about our China tours
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 most of our China holidays 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 a giant panda 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.
I'm a second time visitor to China and I've seen the north already. What China tour can you offer me?
How big are your tour groups and what is the age of your travellers?
What is the standard of hotels on your Signature tours?
What sort of transport do you use on your Signature tours?
When is the best time to visit China for general sightseeing?
Can I drink the tap water?
Is China a safe destination for travellers from the LGBTQ+ community?
26 – 50% of consulted citizens consider China a good place to live for gay and lesbian people. There are laws preventing the discussion of pro-LGBTQ+ issues, but pro-LGBTQ+ organizations are not illegal (though they are subject to penalty and are not supported by the government).
No legal punishments for same sex relations exist and most trips for LGBTQ+ travellers to China are trouble-free.
The LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Index is designed to provide a good overall picture of attitudes towards the LGBTQ+ community in each country and may not reflect the experience of foreign travellers to the country.
What is the current travel advice for China?
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Private Tours & Short Stays in China
Want a trip to yourself? No problem. We can tailor your exclusive tour of China - and provide helpful local guides at each port of call. Want to extend your adventure, or just have a few spare days? Our city breaks help you see the main sights in a short space of time, allowing you to make the most of your trip to China.
The Best of China
From the historic Forbidden City in Beijing to the legendary Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an and the modern metropolis of Shanghai, these are the unmissable highlights of any China trip.
The Great Wall
The main reason behind many trips to China, the UNESCO-protected Great Wall is one of mankind's greatest marvels. No, you cannot see it from space, but it stretches for more than 6,700km across China, and taking a stroll along a section of the wall is sure to a highlight of your trip.
The capital of China is a fascinating mix of the old and new. From the historic Forbidden City, the imperial Summer Palace and the narrow hutongs to the glistening skyscrapers that have supercharged the Chinese economy - see it all with our group tours.
In 1976 three farmers outside Xi'an uncovered a terracotta sculpture, which marked the start of one of the world's great historic discoveries. There are more than 7,000 Terracotta Warriors now on display in Xi'an, they were constructed to protect Emperor Qin in the afterlife.
One of China's mega cities, Shanghai can be overwhelming, which is why visiting with an expert local guide is such a great idea. Home to the fastest train in the world, incredible food, modern architecture and an unrivalled energy, you're sure to love this extravagant metropolis.