Trips and Tours to China

Where centuries of tradition meets the ultra-modern. Fall in love with China with On The Go Tours.

Majestic heritage. Unrivalled natural beauty. Eclectic cuisine. Remarkable culture.

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 trips to China for over fifteen years. And we win British Travel Awards year on year.

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China Group Tours

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

Harbin Ice Festival Express

5 Days | FROM R21,900

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

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

China Express

6 days | FROM R16,900

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

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

Backroads to Beijing

8 days | FROM R19,900

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

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

Great Wall & Warriors

9 days | FROM R24,900

Uncover the best of China, from Beijing to Shanghai and Xi'an to...

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Group of Pandas | Chengdu | China Great Wall & Giant Pandas - 9 Days Map

Great Wall & Giant Pandas

9 Days | FROM R26,900

Journey from Beijing to Chengdu on this 9-day group tour which takes...

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

Chinese Checkers

11 days | FROM R27,900

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

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

Harbin Ice Festival

11 days | FROM R28,900

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

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Potala Palace | Lhasa | TibetHighlights of China & Tibet - 12 days Map

Highlights of China & Tibet

12 days | FROM R44,900

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

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

Hutongs to Hong Kong

13 days | FROM R45,900

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

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Lijiang River | ChinaFine China - 13 days Map

Fine China

13 days | FROM R29,900

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

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Tokyo to Shanghai - 18 Days Map

Tokyo to Shanghai

18 Days | FROM R108,200

Experience the best of Japan and China. Marvel at the Terracotta...

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Chengdu Pandas | ChinaBest of China - 14 Days Map

Best of China

14 Days | FROM R51,900

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

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Canals of Suzhou | China	Mandarin Sunrise - 15 days Map

Mandarin Sunrise

15 days | FROM R37,900

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

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

Yin and Yangtze

16 days | FROM R55,900

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

China Family Holidays

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

China Family Adventure

8 days | FROM R25,900

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 R27,900

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

China 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 R36,900

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

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Jiayuguan Fort | ChinaSilk Road of China Westbound - 22 Days Map

Silk Road of China Westbound

22 Days | FROM R36,900

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

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Khiva panorama | Uzbekistan Highlights of the Silk Road - 56 Days Map

Highlights of the Silk Road

56 Days | FROM R92,900

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

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Horses at Song Kol Lake | Kyrgyzstan Highlights of the Silk Road Westbound - 56 Days Map

Highlights of the Silk Road Westbound

56 Days | FROM R92,900

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

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Sumela Monastery | TurkeySilk Road Encompassed - 89 Days Map

Silk Road Encompassed

89 Days | FROM R156,900

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

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Jeti Oguz landscape | KyrgyzstanSilk Road Encompassed Westbound - 89 Days Map

Silk Road Encompassed Westbound

89 Days | FROM R156,900

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

More China Tours

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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

Tell us what's on your bucket list. And we'll make it happen.

We'll tailor your China tour to match the experience you're looking for. Whether that's a string of bustling city breaks, a holiday of history and culture, or an adventure through, over, and along China's vast and striking landscapes.

So what are you waiting for? Let's get your Tailor-made trip to China started!

China Day Tours and Excursions

Maximise your time in China's greatest cities with our range of day tours and activities in Beijing, Xi'an, Hong Kong and Shanghai with trips to the iconic man-made wonder that is the Great Wall.

China tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.6 out of 5 based on 92 recent reviews — See All China Reviews

We had an amazing time in China as part of this tour. Our tour guide and the local guides were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. We explored the parts of China that had been on our list and so much more! Very easy to book with On the Go through our personal travel agent.”  

Daniel Hughes • Submitted 17 Jan 2020

Just one amazing tour, thank you! Highly recommend.”  

Elizabeth Erasmus • Submitted 14 Jan 2020

Our guide Feng is incredible. I cannot say good enough words. Feng was knowledgable, kind, funny, patient, helpful and kept us safe. Thank you Feng!”  

Clancy Harm • Submitted 7 Jan 2020

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 most of 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 35 and 55 years of age.

What is the standard of hotels on your Signature tours?

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 on your Signature tours?

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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Want even more from your China tour?
Private Tours of China and Short Stays

Want a trip to yourself? No problem. We can tailor your exclusive tour of China - and provide helpful local guides at each port of call. Want to extend your adventure, or just have a few spare days? Our city breaks help you see the main sights in a short space of time, allowing you to make the most of your trip to China.

China: make every second count

Your Chinese adventure awaits. But where will your tour take you?

Breathtaking Scenery

Mount Taishan in China

China's landscape is as diverse as its culture. And it's world's away from home. From the depths of the winding Yangtze River, to the striking heights of Guilin, Yangshou, and Huangshan.

Ancient Wonders

The Great Wall of China | China

The legendary Great Wall. The towering Leshan buddha. The mighty Xi'an army of terracotta warriors. Marvel as millennia of history and culture unfolds before your eyes.

Modern Metropolises

The Gate of Heavenly Peace | Beijing | China

Explore meandering streets of Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Where ever-evolving skylines hide must-see sites of culture, untouched pockets of nature, and oodles of culinary delights.

Phenomenal Food

Shanghai by night | China

A diverse cuisine with tastes from all four corners of China. Captivate your taste buds with traditional dishes, sumptuous street food, and daring bites of eccentric delicacies.

Booking your China tour from South Africa

To book your tour to China, please call us on 0800-990-311, 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:

Somerset West - Flight Centre S.A.

Shop 6, Helderberg Village Walk, Main Str, Somerset West 7130, Cape Town, South Africa

Highlights of China & Tibet - 12 days

Nicolway - Flight Centre S.A.

Nicolway Shopping Centre, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa
+27114605900
Chinese Checkers - 11 days

George - Flight Centre S.A.

116, Garden Route Mall, George, Cape Town, South Africa
044 803 1900
Yin and Yangtze - 16 days

Sea Point - Flight Centre S.A.

Shop 3 Adelphi Centre, 127 Main Road , Sea Point Cape Town 8005, Cape Town, South Africa
021 430 3000
Mandarin Sunrise - 15 days