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China Tours 2016/2017

China’s main draws that exceed other countries are in size, depth, and variety. It has the world’s richest breadth of culture, most varied and spectacular natural wonders, and most impressive architectural feats.

In 2016 the time has come for more creative China tours. There are more attractions, more high-end hotel options, and more high-speed rail options than ever. Insisting on high-quality services, we are proud to present our ever best-selling China tour packages,  themed tours, and special interest travel products.

We’ve also provided some Smart Travelers' Tips to get you started on planning (see below).

These packages are the top choices of 10,000+ groups in 2015, choose one to start your first trip to China or create a trip to meet your needs.

1 Li River Scenery, Yangshuo

Classic Wonders — 11 days

Beijing — Xi'an — Guilin/Yangshuo — Shanghai
  • Engaged with China:
  • Hike on the wild Great Wall
  • Stand alongside the Terracotta Warriors
  • Meet water buffalo in Yangshuo
  • Learn Chinese cooking
  • Wander in exquisite Yu Garden
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2 The Forbidden City, Beijing

The Golden Triangle — 8 days

Beijing — Xi'an — Shanghai
  • Enjoy best value travel:
  • Travel in unique and authentic style
  • Relax without unwanted shopping
  • Enjoy freedom and flexibility
  • Get China-style Western-standard service
  • Not a dime wasted, but Money Back Service Guarantee
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3 Giant Pandas

A Close Experience with Pandas — 12 days

Beijing — Xi'an — Chongqing — Yangtze Cruise — Yichang — Shanghai
  • Visit all these attractions:
  • The Forbidden City
  • The Terracotta Warriors
  • Panda Keeper Program at Dujiangyan
  • The Yangtze River Cruise
  • The Bund
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Panda, Food, Photography — All Yours!

Build your China tour on your particular interests, such as a close encounter with a panda, feasting on Chinese cuisine, or shooting the amazing landscapes.

panda keeper program

The Hometown of Panda — 12 days

Panda Keeper Program & amazing Guilin landscapes
chinese food

Cuisine Route — 14 days

Secret recipes, food discovery, culinary art
sunset photography

Guilin Photography — 6 days

Amazing sunsets, spectacular landscapes

Off The Beaten Paths

Trending destinations that you should visit before the crowds pour in:

tibetan in lhasa

Tibet — 5 days

Lhasa classics and holy Lake Yamdrok
dragon bridge

Yunnan — 8 days

Ancient towns with the legendary Shangri-La
zhangjiajie mountains

Zhangjiajie — 4 days

Zhangjiajie National Park and ‘Heaven’s Door’ Peak

2016 Travel Ideas

China’s top tourist cities to visit:

  • Beijing: China’s capital is popular as ever
  • Shanghai: China's largest city has a new Disney World and a new tallest tower
  • Xi’an: a window on China's ancient civilization
  • Guilin: essence of China’s natural beauty
  • Hong Kong: high-rise infusion of East and West cultures

Must-Visit Attractions in China

  • The Great Wall of China: the unanimous No. 1 China attraction from TA reviews
  • The Terracotta Army: “8th World Wonder”, China’s best historical sight
  • The Forbidden City: zenith of traditional Chinese architecture
  • The Li River in Guilin: celebrated mountain-water beauty
  • Giant pandas: rare, cute, they’re “China’s treasure”

2016 Best Times to Visit

China is a vast country with at least five climate zones, so there’s no perfect period suitable for all regions. We recommend asking your personal China Highlights travel advisor for suggestions, or seeing our information on your intended destinations.

Generally, temperatures are most comfortable in May, September and October. Now the choice is yours: flowers blooming, hot sunshine, autumn hues, or snow scenes. Read more on Best Times to Visit China.

Dates to Avoid

Avoid China’s major holidays (unless you want to take part in the celebrations), as transport and tourist areas are packed and prices for hotels at least double.

  • The two weeks either side of Chinese New Year holiday (February 7–13, 2016)
  • Labor Day week (May 1–7)
  • National Day week (October 1–7)
  • Lesser holidays cause some transport crowding and price increases, e.g. Tomb Sweeping Day (April 3–5, 2016), Mid-Autumn Festival (September 14–16, 2016)

China’s Gateway Cities

Typically Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Guangzhou are the first choice as gateways to China, but now Chengdu’s airport offers a number of useful connections to the U.S., Europe, and Australasia, opening up western China in a single direct flight.

Relieve Your Concerns…

There are currently no major threats to tourist health and safety

Generally speaking, China is a safe country to travel around, and most people you meet are friendly, honest, and trustworthy. China Highlights’ knowledge and flexibility will help you avoid any trouble.

Visa and Visa-Free Travel Opportunities

Most tourists need to apply for a China visa in advance. China Highlights can help with an invitation letter for those who book with us, and usually a China visa can be issued in 7–14 working days.

Good news! At the end of 2015, 16 cities of China are 3-day visa-free (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Shenyang, Dalian, Guilin, Xi'an, Kunming, Hangzhou, Xiamen, Wuhan, Tianjin, Harbin, and Nanjing). Take a short China tour alongside a trip to another country! See more on China’s Visa-Free Cities.

Tibet Entry Permits

China Highlights arranges this key permit for our customers and delivers it to the last stop before Tibet. For more see The Tibet Entry Permit.

Air Quality

Air quality in large China cities is worse than in Western cities, but it is being controlled, particularly in Beijing and other tourist cities, usually ranging from a tolerable nuisance to quite good.

How’s the Food?

It’s very different to a Chinese takeaway! You can taste many new flavors and dishes in China, from spicy tofu to yak fat tea. If you travel with us we will take you to the best and cleanest restaurants, serving authentic local flavors. We’re flexible and able to adjust to any eating requirements you have.

When to Book

We suggest booking your tour as early as possible, to avoid price rises related to exchange rates, fuel surcharges, etc. However, we can make last-minute reservations, and will always try to the best of our ability to make your travel arrangements happen.

You Can Make Changes

China Highlights not only designs and tailors itineraries to your needs, but also offers the flexibility to adapt if your circumstances or ideas change. You can even make changes during the tour, and our consultancy is free of charge. Only third party expenses incurred by China Highlights due to changes are charged to the customer.