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.

There's a growing fascination among Australian travellers for the land of the Red Dragon and a culture that has historically shaped their own. Sharing borders with 14 other countries, China is a land of immense contrast with magnificent natural scenery and man-made wonders. Add to the mix an array of gastronomic delights, scenic water towns with age-old charm and holy mountains, the sheer diversity of China will keep you coming back time and time again.

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From the legendary Great Wall in the north, to the stunning karst landscapes of Guilin in the south, and the pulsating city of Shanghai in the east, China has plenty to appeal to even the most weary of travellers. Journey to China with On the Go and choose from escorted group tours that cover all the highlights from north to south or discover China your own way with a perfectly crafted tailor-made holiday.

Upcoming China Trips in 2019 & 2020

Trip NameStartsDepartingPriceMap
Shanghai to Beijing - 8 days Shanghai, China 26 Oct 2019 AUD $1,611 was $1,895 15% off Shanghai to Beijing - 8 days Map
Fine China - 13 days Beijing, China 26 Oct 2019 AUD $2,631 was $3,095 15% off Fine China - 13 days Map
Chinese Checkers - 11 days Beijing, China 26 Oct 2019 AUD $2,248 was $2,645 15% off Chinese Checkers - 11 days Map
Great Wall & Pandas - 14 Days Beijing, China 02 Nov 2019 AUD $3,821 was $4,495 15% off Great Wall & Pandas - 14 Days Map
Yin and Yangtze - 16 days Beijing, China 02 Nov 2019 AUD $4,161 was $4,895 15% off Yin and Yangtze - 16 days Map

China Signature Group Tours

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China Express

6 days | FROM AUD $1,395

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

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Shanghai to Beijing

8 days | FROM AUD $1,845

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

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Backroads to Beijing

8 days | FROM AUD $1,495

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

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Great Wall & Warriors

9 days | FROM AUD $2,195

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

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Chinese Checkers

11 days | FROM AUD $2,595

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

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Take me to Tibet

12 days | FROM AUD $3,995

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

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Hutongs to Hong Kong

13 days | FROM AUD $4,195

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

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Fine China

13 days | FROM AUD $2,995

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

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Great Wall & Pandas

14 Days | FROM AUD $4,495

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

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Mandarin Sunrise

15 days | FROM AUD $3,295

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

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Yin and Yangtze

16 days | FROM AUD $4,895

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

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Tokyo to Beijing

15 Days | FROM AUD $6,295

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

China Handpicked Group Tours

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Essence of China

9 Days | FROM AUD $2,795

Take an exhilarating 9 day journey of discovery through China’s most...

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Highlights of China

11 Days | FROM AUD $3,695

Experience the very best of China with its spectacular landscapes,...

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Classic China & Yangtze Cruise

13 Days | FROM AUD $4,395

From bustling Beijing to Shanghai, be astonished as you capture the...

China Budget Group Tours

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Yulong River | Yangshuo | ChinaHong Kong to Chengdu -  8 days Map

Hong Kong to Chengdu

8 days | FROM AUD $1,125

SEMI INDEPENDENT: Uncover the delights of China’s vibrant cities and...

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Great Wall at sunrise | Beijing | ChinaBeijing to Shanghai Express - 9 days Map

Beijing to Shanghai Express

9 days | FROM AUD $1,245

SEMI INDEPENDENT: This whistle stop tour of China uncovers some of...

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Xian City Walls | ChinaHong Kong to Beijing - 15 days Map

Hong Kong to Beijing

15 days | FROM AUD $2,495

SEMI INDEPENDENT: Take in the buzzling metropolis from Victoria Peak...

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Yangshuo Peaks & Bamboo Rafts | ChinaHong Kong to Hong Kong - 16 days Map

Hong Kong to Hong Kong

16 days | FROM AUD $2,345

SEMI INDEPENDENT TOUR: Discover China’s ancient and reinvented...

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Watch the sunrise over the Great Wall of ChinaEssential China Adventure - 18 Days Map

Essential China Adventure

18 Days | FROM AUD $2,895

SEMI INDEPENDENT TOUR: From Shanghai discover the karst landscape of...

China Independent Group Tours

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World Wonders Tour - 31 Days Map

World Wonders Tour

31 Days | FROM AUD $10,995

Tick off the Seven New Wonders of the World on this 31-day...

China Budget Overland Adventures

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Local child and overland truck | China Silk Road of China - 22 Days Map

Silk Road of China

22 Days | FROM AUD $3,350

Journey through the stunning scenery of China on this 22-day overland...

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Silk Road of China Westbound

22 Days | FROM AUD $3,350

Cross the extent of western China on this 22-day overland adventure...

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Highlights of the Silk Road

56 Days | FROM AUD $8,485

Take in the best of the Stans' and Western China on this 56-day...

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Highlights of the Silk Road Westbound

56 Days | FROM AUD $8,485

Cross Western China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan on this...

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Silk Road Encompassed

89 Days | FROM AUD $14,395

Journey from Istanbul to Xi'an across the heart of Central Asia on...

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Silk Road Encompassed Westbound

89 Days | FROM AUD $14,395

Starting in the fascinating Chinese city of Xi’an, this 89-day group...

China Signature Festival Tours

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The Harbin Ice Festival | China	Harbin Ice Festival Express - 5 Days Map

Harbin Ice Festival Express

5 Days | FROM AUD $1,995

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

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The Harbin Ice Festival | ChinaHarbin Ice Festival - 11 days Map

Harbin Ice Festival

11 days | FROM AUD $2,595

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

China Signature Family Holidays

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Terracotta Warriors | Xi'an | ChinaChina Family Adventure - 8 days Map

China Family Adventure

8 days | FROM AUD $2,045

FAMILY TOUR OF CHINA - for families with children aged 5 years and...

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Terracotta Warriors | Xi'an | ChinaChina Discovery For Teenagers - 8 days Map

China Discovery For Teenagers

8 days | FROM AUD $2,395

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

China Independent Private Tours

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The Forbidden City | Beijing | ChinaBeijing & Shanghai City Break - 7 days Map

Beijing & Shanghai City Break

7 days | FROM AUD $1,945

Enjoy a well-rounded week long city break in China’s top two cities....

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Black Dragon Lake | Lijiang | ChinaYunnan Experience - 8 days Map

Yunnan Experience

8 days | FROM AUD $2,295

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

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Travertine pools | Sichuan | ChinaSizzling Sichuan - 8 days Map

Sizzling Sichuan

8 days | FROM AUD $4,445

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

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Garden in Suzhou | ChinaPostcard from China - 10 days Map

Postcard from China

10 days | FROM AUD $2,445

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

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Temple and mountains | Lijiang | ChinaJourney Down South - 10 days Map

Journey Down South

10 days | FROM AUD $3,445

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

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Gaint pandas | ChinaClassic China & Chengdu - 12 Days Map

Classic China & Chengdu

12 Days | FROM AUD $4,695

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

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The River Li | Yangshou | ChinaSouthern China Explorer - 12 days Map

Southern China Explorer

12 days | FROM AUD $5,695

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

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Three Pagodas and Cangshan Mountain | Dali | ChinaBest of Yunnan and Beijing - 13 Days Map

Best of Yunnan and Beijing

13 Days | FROM AUD $8,795

Setting out from Shanghai uncover China’s diverse Yunnan province,...

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Turpan | The Silk Road | ChinaSilk Road Adventure - 13 days Map

Silk Road Adventure

13 days | FROM AUD $6,595

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

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The Great Wall of China | China	Totally China - 15 days Map

Totally China

15 days | FROM AUD $5,245

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

China Independent Short Stays

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The Forbidden City | Beijing | ChinaBeijing Visa Free - 3 days Map

Beijing Visa Free

3 days | FROM AUD $695

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

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Shanghai by night | ChinaShanghai Visa Free - 3 days Map

Shanghai Visa Free

3 days | FROM AUD $775

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

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Guardian lion in Forbidden City | Beijing | ChinaBeijing Breakaway - 5 days Map

Beijing Breakaway

5 days | FROM AUD $995

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

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The Bund | Shanghai | ChinaEye on Shanghai - 5 days Map

Eye on Shanghai

5 days | FROM AUD $995

Shanghai is where east really meets west. Explore the city on our 5...

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Lake Temple in Lijiang | ChinaLijiang Short Stay - 5 days Map

Lijiang Short Stay

5 days | FROM AUD $1,400

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

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Tailor-made Holidays

Explore China your way with a tailor-made holiday designed exactly how you want it. We're here to recommend activities and overnight stays for that perfect tailor-made holiday to China.

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, let us know what interests you and we'll put it in your holiday. And 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 in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai with trips to the iconic man-made wonder that is the Great Wall.

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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Booking your China tour from Australia

To book your tour to China, please call us on +44-20-7371-1113, email us at info@onthegotours.com or book online. Alternatively, we work with a number of travel agents, so you can book through your travel agent if you prefer. Recent travel agents that booked a trip to China with us:

Student Flights Rockingham

Shop 142 , 1 Council Ave, Rockingham, WA, Perth, Australia
08 9592 1830
Shanghai to Beijing - 8 days

Esperance Flight Centre

Shop 15 Boulevard Shopping Centre, Forrest Street, Esperance, WA, Perth, Australia
08 9072 0877
Great Wall & Warriors - 9 days

Warnbro Flight Centre

Shop 17a Warnbro Sound Ave, Warnbro Fair Shopping , Warnbro, WA, Perth, Australia
08 9594 2839
Great Wall & Warriors - 9 days

Clifford Gardens Toowoomba Flight Centre

Clifford Gardens Shopping Centre, Crn James Street & Anzac Ave, Toowoomba, QLD, Brisbane, Australia
07 4634 1261
Take me to Tibet - 12 days