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.

China has quickly become one of the world's most popular tourist destinations with its winning combination of unique cultural heritage, incredible natural scenery and magnificent man-made wonders. Sharing borders with 14 other countries it's a land of great contrast and diversity. 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
Yin and Yangtze - 16 days Beijing, China 02 Nov 2019 NZD $4,841 was $5,695 15% off Yin and Yangtze - 16 days Map
Great Wall & Pandas - 14 Days Beijing, China 02 Nov 2019 NZD $4,628 was $5,445 15% off Great Wall & Pandas - 14 Days Map
China Express - 6 days Beijing, China 16 Nov 2019 NZD $1,356 was $1,595 15% off China Express - 6 days Map
Shanghai to Beijing - 8 days Shanghai, China 23 Nov 2019 NZD $1,781 was $2,095 15% off Shanghai to Beijing - 8 days Map
Mandarin Sunrise - 15 days Beijing, China 07 Mar 2020 NZD $3,311 was $3,895 15% off Mandarin Sunrise - 15 days Map

China Group Tours

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China Express

6 days | FROM NZD $1,595

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

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Shanghai to Beijing

8 days | FROM NZD $2,095

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

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Backroads to Beijing

8 days | FROM NZD $1,795

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

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Great Wall & Warriors

9 days | FROM NZD $2,495

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

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Chinese Checkers

11 days | FROM NZD $2,895

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

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Take me to Tibet

12 days | FROM NZD $4,695

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

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Hutongs to Hong Kong

13 days | FROM NZD $4,795

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

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Fine China

13 days | FROM NZD $3,495

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

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Great Wall & Pandas

14 Days | FROM NZD $5,445

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

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Mandarin Sunrise

15 days | FROM NZD $3,895

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

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Yin and Yangtze

16 days | FROM NZD $5,695

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

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Tokyo to Beijing

15 Days | FROM NZD $7,295

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

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Essence of China

9 Days | FROM NZD $3,295

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

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Highlights of China

11 Days | FROM NZD $4,295

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

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Classic China & Yangtze Cruise

13 Days | FROM NZD $5,095

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

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

Hong Kong to Chengdu

8 days | FROM NZD $1,295

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 NZD $1,445

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 NZD $2,845

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 NZD $2,695

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 NZD $3,345

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

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World Wonders Tour - 31 Days Map

World Wonders Tour

31 Days | FROM NZD $12,495

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

China Overland Adventures

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Silk Road of China

22 Days | FROM NZD $3,585

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

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Silk Road of China Westbound

22 Days | FROM NZD $3,585

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

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Highlights of the Silk Road

56 Days | FROM NZD $9,075

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 NZD $9,075

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

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Silk Road Encompassed

89 Days | FROM NZD $15,400

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

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Silk Road Encompassed Westbound

89 Days | FROM NZD $15,400

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

China 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 NZD $2,245

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 NZD $2,995

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

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China Family Holidays

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China is an incredible destination with so much to uncover, irrespective of age. Our family friendly itineraries include a range of cultural and historical experiences, with a fun twist designed to keep the kids entertained.

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Whether it’s learning the ancient art of calligraphy, discovering the world-renowned Great Wall or visiting the famous Panda Conservation Centre in Chengdu, there's something for all the family to enjoy.

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China Private Tours

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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.

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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.

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China Short Stays

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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.

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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.

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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 New Zealand

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:

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