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 is now one of the world's most visited countries and for Brits it may be the lure of the perfect sweet and sour chicken that draws them East with Chinese food rated Britain's most popular takeaway. Chinese food is likely to play a starring role in any trip to China with its sheer diversity but there's plenty else on offer to rouse the senses. As one of the largest countries in the world and sharing borders with 14 other countries, China is a land of contrast and unique cultural heritage. From the legendary Great Wall in the north, to the stunning karst landscapes of Yangshuo in the south, and the pulsating city of Shanghai in the east, China has natural and man-made wonders galore.

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Awarded in the category of Best Tour Operator to East and Central Asia last year at the British Travel Awards, our China tours are the perfect way to explore the highlights of this fascinating country from escorted group tours to private trips and tailor-made holidays.

Upcoming China Trips

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China For Teens - 8 days Beijing, China 30 Jun 2018 £1,195 China For Teens - 8 days Map
China Express - 6 days Beijing, China 30 Jun 2018 £695 China Express - 6 days Map
Great Wall & Pandas - 14 Days Beijing, China 30 Jun 2018 £2,195 Great Wall & Pandas - 14 Days Map
Warriors & Dragons - 8 days Beijing, China 30 Jun 2018 £945 Warriors & Dragons - 8 days Map
Take me to Tibet - 12 days Beijing, China 30 Jun 2018 £1,895 Take me to Tibet - 12 days Map
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China Group Tours

The Gate of Heavenly Peace | Beijing | ChinaChina Express - 6 days Map

China Express

6 days | FROM £675

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

Terracotta Warriors | Xi'an | ChinaWarriors & Dragons - 8 days Map

Warriors & Dragons

8 days | FROM £945

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

Shanghai Skyline | Shanghai | ChinaShanghai to Beijing - 8 days Map

Shanghai to Beijing

8 days | FROM £845

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

Suzhou's picturesque canals in ChinaBackroads to Beijing - 8 days Map

Backroads to Beijing

8 days | FROM £695

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

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

China For Teens

8 days | FROM £1,195

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

Great Wall of China | ChinaGreat Wall & Warriors - 9 days Map

Great Wall & Warriors

9 days | FROM £995

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

Longman Grotto by boat in Louyang | ChinaChinese Checkers - 11 days Map

Chinese Checkers

11 days | FROM £1,145

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

Potala Palace | Lhasa | TibetTake me to Tibet - 12 days Map

Take me to Tibet

12 days | FROM £1,825

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

View of the city | Hong Kong | ChinaHutongs to Hong Kong - 13 days Map

Hutongs to Hong Kong

13 days | FROM £1,895

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

Lijiang River | ChinaFine China - 13 days Map

Fine China

13 days | FROM £1,295

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

Chengdu Pandas | ChinaGreat Wall & Pandas - 14 Days Map

Great Wall & Pandas

14 Days | FROM £2,095

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

Canals of Suzhou | China	Mandarin Sunrise - 15 days Map

Mandarin Sunrise

15 days | FROM £1,495

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

President 8 Cruiser | Yangtze River | China	Yin and Yangtze - 16 days Map

Yin and Yangtze

16 days | FROM £2,195

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

Tokyo to Beijing - 15 Days Map

Tokyo to Beijing

15 Days | FROM £3,095

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

World Wonders Tour - 31 days Map

World Wonders Tour

31 days | FROM £6,295

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

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

Our trips typically have between 15 and 20 travellers and are escorted by a local Chinese guide who will organise day-to-day activities, ensure smooth hotel check-ins and with their expert local knowledge, provide tips on where to shop or eat. We also use specialist local guides at key sights of interest to maximise your experience.

Accommodation is in comfortable 3-4 star well-managed, centrally located hotels and we include arrival and departure transfers, all transportation, guided sightseeing and a number of your meals. When kicking off our travels in Beijing or Shanghai we start with a group meal, affording you the chance to meet your travelling companions over a Peking Duck dinner or traditional Chinese feast before the adventure really begins!

China Festival Tours

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

Harbin Ice Festival Express

5 Days | FROM £895

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

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

Harbin Ice Festival

11 days | FROM £1,195

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

A number of colourful festivals take place in China each year and we've arranged special festival tour departures to coincide with the most popular ones. For something a little different this festive period, consider a visit to Harbin in the north-east of China. Nicknamed the Ice City, the local arctic climate makes it the ideal setting for the Harbin Ice Festival which has now gained worldwide recognition. See mammoth snow creations carved expertly by local and international sculptors, depicting anything from people and animals to monuments. For the young at heart this popular festival offers an endless array of winter fun with massive ice slides illuminated by neon lights.

China Private Tours

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

Beijing & Shanghai City Break

7 days | FROM £995

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

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

Yunnan Experience

8 days | FROM £1,245

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

Travertine pools | Sichuan | ChinaSizzling Sichuan - 8 days Map

Sizzling Sichuan

8 days | FROM £2,395

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

Garden in Suzhou | ChinaPostcard from China - 10 days Map

Postcard from China

10 days | FROM £1,345

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

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

Journey Down South

10 days | FROM £1,735

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

Gaint pandas | ChinaClassic China & Chengdu - 12 Days Map

Classic China & Chengdu

12 Days | FROM £2,635

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

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

Southern China Explorer

12 days | FROM £2,895

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

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

Silk Road Adventure

13 days | FROM £3,695

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

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

Totally China

15 days | FROM £2,835

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

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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. 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.

China Short Stays

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

Beijing Visa Free

3 days | FROM £375

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

Shanghai by night | ChinaShanghai Visa Free - 3 days Map

Shanghai Visa Free

3 days | FROM £365

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

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

Beijing Breakaway

5 days | FROM £495

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

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

Eye on Shanghai

5 days | FROM £525

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

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

Lijiang Short Stay

5 days | FROM £865

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

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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. 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.


Tailor-made Holidays

Explore China your way with a tailor-made holiday designed exactly how you want it. 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, we're here to recommend activities and overnight stays for that perfect tailor-made holiday to China. 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 that cover everything from guided sightseeing to some of the world's most iconic man-made wonders to culinary adventures with local guides.

China tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.69 out of 5 based on 62 recent reviews — See All China Reviews

The tour was amazing , saw things that you would never see without a good knowledgeable Guide , our Guide Peter was absolutely brilliant he went above and beyond every day making sure we had the best time. ”  

Tracey Douglas • Submitted 30 May 2018

Enjoyable tour, very good tour leader, nice small group of people to travel with. Shame about poor weather the first few days. In Shanghai as we saw nothing but cloud at the top of the Shanghai tour. Weather was hot in Beijing. Highlights were Terracotta warriors, Great Wall of China and Beijing acrobats. Overall I felt this tour represented good value for money.”  

Rosemary Engelmann • Submitted 30 May 2018

We booked the Take Me To Tibet tour (April/May2018 ) as well as adding on Datong before the longer tour started. Matthew collected us from the airport and took us to our hotel providing a constant stream of information as we travelled the motorway to our first hotel in Beijing.

We left the next evening for our overnight train journey to Datong arriving in Datong the next morning where we were met by Jack who escorted us to the hotel ,organised breakfast for us, checked us into the room and then picked us up an hour and an half later to commence our city tour of Datong. As we were the only two on this part of the tour we received his full attention and enjoyed his commentaries on the area and the Buddha rock sculptures. He was very informative about his Chinese heritage and we even managed to understand some mandarin because of his explanation of the writing system and the import of the symbols.

We returned to Beijing on a day train and were met, on the train platform by Feng, our next tour guide. In meeting the rest of our tour group the next morning, we were pleased to note that there was a range of interesting, lively folk. It was enjoyable to be with them over the length of our tour.

In China, we enjoyed the best service, great guides, wonderful organisation and many laughs.

China is fascinating and our tour highlighted so many amazing aspects and sights. Each day was another awesome sight - Forbidden Palace,Chinese acrobats. Great wall, Terracotta Warriors, Pandas and the cuisine throughout wonderful.

Flying into Lhasa was such a wonderful sight as we saw the Himalayas from above. As throughout our tour, the guide was waiting for us as we exited the airport ready to escort us into Lhasa. She took us for lunch in such an authentic local restaurant where the basic food was delicious and the locals were as intrigued by us as we were by them. Such a different way of life but yet communication is always easy when you exchange a smile.

This tour was fantastic and we were really pleased with everything .This was our second tour with On The Go Tours and we are already thinking of our next excursion. We highly recommend this tour and believe anyone will be very pleased with this adventure.”  

Mary Milne • Submitted 25 May 2018

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.

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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

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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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 United Kingdom

To book your tour to China, please call us on 020-7371-1113, email us at 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:

Horsham - Flight Centre

Flight Centre Horsham, 24 West Street, Horsham, West Sussex, UK
01403 218 082
Shanghai to Beijing - 8 days

Romford - Flight Centre

Unit 5, Laurie Walk, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, Essex, UK
01708 739990
Great Wall & Warriors - 9 days

Birmingham - New Street Flight Centre

51 New Street, Birmingham, UK
0121 665 4051
China Express - 6 days

Birmingham - New Street Flight Centre

51 New Street, Birmingham, UK
0121 665 4051
Fine China - 13 days