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.

Top China Travel Deals and Upcoming Tours

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Shanghai to Beijing - 8 days Shanghai, China 23 Jun 2018 £423 was £845 2-for-1 Shanghai to Beijing - 8 days Map
Great Wall & Warriors - 9 days Beijing, China 02 Jun 2018 £784 was £1,045 25% off Great Wall & Warriors - 9 days Map
China Express - 6 days Beijing, China 03 Mar 2018 £608 was £675 10% off China Express - 6 days Map
Great Wall & Pandas - 14 Days Beijing, China 03 Mar 2018 £1,976 was £2,195 10% off Great Wall & Pandas - 14 Days Map
Yin and Yangtze - 16 days Beijing, China 03 Mar 2018 £2,066 was £2,295 10% off Yin and Yangtze - 16 days Map
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China Group Tours

China Express

6 days | FROM £675

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

Warriors & Dragons

8 days | FROM £945

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

Shanghai to Beijing

8 days | FROM £845

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

Backroads to Beijing

8 days | FROM £695

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

China For Teens

8 days | FROM £1,195

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

Great Wall & Warriors

9 days | FROM £995

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

Chinese Checkers

11 days | FROM £1,145

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

Take me to Tibet

12 days | FROM £1,895

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

Hutongs to Hong Kong

13 days | FROM £1,895

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

Fine China

13 days | FROM £1,295

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

Great Wall & Pandas

14 Days | FROM £2,195

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

Mandarin Sunrise

15 days | FROM £1,495

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

Yin and Yangtze

16 days | FROM £2,295

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

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 | 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

Harbin Ice Festival Express

5 Days | FROM £895

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

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 MapTailored To Suit You

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 MapTailored To Suit You

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 MapTailored To Suit You

Sizzling Sichuan

8 days | FROM £2,395

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

Garden in Suzhou | ChinaPostcard from China - 10 days MapTailored To Suit You

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 MapTailored To Suit You

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 MapTailored To Suit You

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 MapTailored To Suit You

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 MapTailored To Suit You

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 MapTailored To Suit You

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 MapTailored To Suit You

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 MapTailored To Suit You

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 MapTailored To Suit You

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 MapTailored To Suit You

Eye on Shanghai

5 days | FROM £525

Experience a city stay in one of the hottest cities on earth. Shanghai...

Lake Temple in Lijiang | ChinaLijiang Short Stay - 5 days MapTailored To Suit You

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.

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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.

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.

China tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.69 out of 5 based on 64 recent reviews — See All China Reviews

We both loved the tour. Well organised, good hotels, good amount of time at all the sites and Feng was an amazing tour guide. She made it all so easy and fun. Feng was the best tour guide we've had with On the Go so far and we have been on a few tours. The Great Wall was our highlight, but we enjoyed the cultural activities and other sites immensely.”  

Rachel Westgarth • Submitted 20 Jan 2018

Tristan was the ultimate in guides! From the moment he met me at the airport his friendliness was the first thing that I noticed. He gave me his number and I was to call him with even the smallest issue. He was so full of historical knowledge that no question went unanswered. He is a real asset to On The Go. Tom was our local guide for Xian and was well versed in local history. Nice man.

Fei, in Shanghai I found to be a little abrupt and not as warm as the others. He didn't seem to be happy the first day but did warm up after that a little.”  

Leesa Williamson • Submitted 22 Nov 2017

Absolute.y fantastic tour. Jackie was an amazing tour guide. Incredibly attentive with nothing being too much trouble. He deserves your top award for customer service. ”  

Lorraine Coe • Submitted 18 Nov 2017

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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.

Beijing

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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.

Xi'an

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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.

Chengdu

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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.

Yangshuo

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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.

Shanghai

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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 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:

Horsham - Flight Centre

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

Birmingham - New Street Flight Centre

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

Chelmsford - Flight Centre

Dukesmead House, 39 High Street, Chelmsford, Essex, UK
01245 494 498
Great Wall & Pandas - 14 Days

Camden - Flight Centre

1A Parkway, Camden, London, UK
020 7485 1570
Shanghai to Beijing - 8 days