China Tours & Package Trips

China Group Tours

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.

Signature Range

China Express

8 days | FROM R30,927

Experience an unforgettable journey through China's cultural gems on this 8-day adventure. In Beijing, explore...

Signature Range

Shanghai, Beijing & Beyond

9 days | FROM R46,159

Embark on an extraordinary 9-day adventure through the cultural gems of China, beginning in the vibrant city...

Signature Range

Great Wall & Giant Pandas

10 days | FROM R46,355

Experience the mystique of China's cultural gems on this 10-day adventure. In Beijing, explore the historic...

Signature Range

Shanghai to Chengdu Panda-monium

11 days | FROM R61,510

Get up close and personal with pandas on this 11-day tour starting in bustling Shanghai! Explore the historic...

Signature Range

Great Wall & Warriors

10 days | FROM R49,313

Beginning in Beijing, uncover the Forbidden City, explore historic Hutongs, and relish a Peking Duck feast....

Signature Range

Shanghai & The Silk Road

11 days | FROM R64,171

Experience the best of China on an 11-day adventure that weaves through Shanghai's vibrant streets, Xi'an's...

Signature Range

Fine China

13 days | FROM R67,239

Uncover China's essence on this 13 day tour, starting in Beijing with visits to the Forbidden City, and...

Signature Range

Shanghai to the Dragon's Backbone

14 days | FROM R82,259

Discover the heart of China during this 14-day tour, commencing in Shanghai. Head to Beijing, where you'll...

Signature Range

Yin and Yangtze

15 days | FROM R72,127

Begin in Beijing, where you'll explore Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and hike the Great Wall. In...

Signature Range

Shanghai & Yangtze Cruise

16 days | FROM R87,053

Delve into a thrilling adventure across China, starting in Shanghai. From here, fly to historic Beijing, and...

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Majestic heritage. Unrivalled natural beauty. Eclectic cuisine. Remarkable culture. Experience our China trips, you won't regret it!

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.

China Essentials Tours

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.

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Hong Kong to Chengdu

9 days | FROM R18,595

SEMI INDEPENDENT: Uncover the delights of China’s vibrant cities and pristine landscapes on this 9...

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Beijing to Shanghai Express

10 days | FROM R21,745

SEMI INDEPENDENT: See the best of Eastern China on this 10-day group tour. Admire the Great Wall at...

Essentials Range
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Hong Kong to Beijing

17 days | FROM R35,815

SEMI INDEPENDENT: Travel from Hong Kong to Beijing on this 17-day China group tour. Relax amongst the...

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Essential China Adventure

22 Days | FROM R42,955

SEMI INDEPENDENT: Discover the best of China from Shanghai on this 22-day Essentials tour. Enjoy the...

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Essential China From Hong Kong

26 days | FROM R57,585

SEMI INDEPENDENT: Take in the best of China on this Essentials tour which starts and ends in Hong Kong!...

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China Travel Guide

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Best Places to Visit

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.

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Best Time to Visit

Information on the best months to visit China, temperature charts, tourist site closures, interesting festivals and events, as well as our travel calendar.

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Top Travel Tips

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.

Visas

Tourist Visas

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.

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Travel Advice & Updates

The latest warnings on travel advice in China.

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China Video Lounge

Whether you are an amateur photographer or professional film maker, there's just something about China that makes it easy to capture on camera.

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Traveller Reviews

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.

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Visiting the Great Wall

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.

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Seeing Pandas in China

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.

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Where to go when

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?

On our Signature China tours the maximum group size is 24, but the average is around 18 travellers. You can expect an interesting dynamic with people from all walks of life on your China tour. 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 standard of hotels are included in my China package?

You'll be staying in comfortable, Western-style 3-4 star hotels with good sized rooms and modern amenities on your Signature China tour. 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.

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?

You'll get to sample a range of transport modes on your China package, 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 on our Signature tours 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. On some Signature tours we also make use of internal flights. Our Essentials tours make use of China's efficient train network.

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.

Can I drink the tap water?

The tap water in China is not safe to drink and could cause you to become unwell. We strongly recommend sticking to bottled water throughout your China tour - this is readily available in shops, restaurants and hotels. The water from the tap is fine for activities such as brushing your teeth, but don't swallow it!

Is China a safe destination for travellers from the LGBTQ+ community?

According to the 2022 LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Index, China scores a D- rating for LGBTQ+ traveller safety, ranking 107th out of 203 countries. Same sex marriage is not legal, and there are no constitutional or worker protections based on sexual orientation.

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?

As a UK-based company, we follow the latest up to date advice from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCDO). You can see the latest travel advice for China here.

Recent China blogs

News Tips and Trivia

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August 5, 2021 • Ben Bromley

Whether you like it or not, visiting cities is a part of travel. Even if you’re heading into the...

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May 6, 2021 • Ben Bromley

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Six Great Tips for Travelling Alone in China

June 18, 2019 • OTG Team

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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.

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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.

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Beijing

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.

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Xi'an

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.

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Shanghai

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.

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Chengdu

The main attraction in Chengdu is the Panda Research Base, where the emblematic animal of China is bred in captivity to bolster the threatened wild population. Visitors can come face to face with these fascinating and adorable animals.
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Harbin

Visit Harbin in January for the annual Ice Festival. Located in China's far north, the city plays host to this event every year, when sculptors from all over the world come to create ice masterpieces, which are dazzlingly illuminated after dark.

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