China Tours & Package Trips
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.
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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 guided trips to China for nearly twenty 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.
Our Essentials group tours in China are designed to keep costs down whilst still allowing travellers to get the most from this amazing country. Staying in a mixture of hostels and guesthouses, you will enjoy a combination of included sightseeing, optional activities and free time to make the most of your trip, with the services of local adventure leaders for included activities. The maximum age on these tours is 55 years of age.
China Travel Guide
Think China and think great walls, vast terracotta armies and buzzing modern metropolises, coupled with fabulous food and intoxicating culture. Here's our top picks for a truly memorable holiday.
Information on the best months to visit China, temperature charts, tourist site closures, interesting festivals and events, as well as our travel calendar.
Planning a trip to China and want to cover all bases before you go? Look no further - here you'll find lots of handy information to help make sure your visit runs as smoothly as possible.
All foreign nationals must obtain a visa for a visit to China. It is essential that the China visa is obtained prior to travel and here's information on how to get one.
Whether you are an amateur photographer or professional film maker, there's just something about China that makes it easy to capture on camera.
Don't just take our word for it. Have a read through reviews of our tours and tailor-made holiday to China from recent travellers who recently visited with us.
To help you plan your visit to the Great Wall of China we've put together this handy guide with information on the different sections, how to get there, where to stay, when to go and much more.
As the country's national emblem, pandas feature highly on the wishlist when visiting China though with so few of them left, seeing them requires some insider knowledge and a bit of planning.
China is a vast country that always has something to offer no matter what time of year you intend to visit. So to help you plan your perfect holiday, here are the best places to visit in China by month.
Frequently asked questions about our China trips
I want to visit the Great Wall - do you include this on your China tours?
You'll get to see the world's most famous wall on most of our China trips 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 several 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.
What is the difference between your Signature and Essentials tours?
Our Signature Range are what makes On The Go Tours unique! On these trips you will be fully escorted by one of our expert local guides, and will stay in well-located 3-4 star hotels. Arrival transfers and private transportation are included, as is all of your sightseeing and plenty of meals.
Our Essentials tours are a good option if you're travelling on a budget. Staying in hostels and making use of public transport including trains, you'll still get to see plenty of China, but lots of the sightseeing is optional. This keeps costs down and gives you flexibility to do as much or as little as you want. You will also have plenty of free time to explore at your own pace. We recommend Essentials tours for younger travellers to China, though anyone up to the age of 55 is welcome to join!
How big are your tour groups and what is the age of your travellers?
What standard of hotels are included in my China package?
With our Essentials tours, you will stay in a mixture of hostels, guesthouses and budget hotels.
What sort of transport do you use on your China trips?
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?
The Best of our China Trips
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.