China Tours: Private and Tailor-Made China Vacations
We design private and tailor-made China tours based on your style of travel at reasonable local prices. We are Chinese travel experts who know what your guidebook and foreign agencies don't. To turn your China dreams into amazing experiences, we'll support you 1:1 with a dedicated China expert as you plan, book, and travel!
- Classic Private China Tours 2023/2024
- Top China Tours for Families
- Top China Tours Based on Interests
- Hot Destination Tours in China
China has officially announced resuming all kinds of visas including tourist visa (L Visa) application from March 15th, 2023. If your 10-year China Visa, obtained before COVID-19, is still within the expiration date, you can enter China now wihtout applying for a new one.
China Highlights' first travelers holding L visa will land in Shanghai on April. 14th, 2023. To tailor make your flexible private China tour, simply contact us.
Classic Private China Tours 2023/2024
Look no further - these are our most popular China tour itineraries. 80% of first-time visitors choose these tour plans.
- The best choice for first-timers
- Discover the picturesque rural China
- A time-smart choice
- Make your own Terra-Cotta warrior
- The best choice for panda fans
- Be a panda keeper
- The best choice for nature lovers
- Witness the Hallelujah Mountains
Top Recommended China Tours for Families
The tours below are recommended for families of travelers who would like to have interesting, educational, exciting, adventurous, or relaxing experiences in China. We are happy to customize any of them according to your preferences.
- Top family itinerary
- Experience China's countryside life together
- The most cost-effective China family tour
- Be like a Chinese child in a hutong
- Best for children in a Mandarin Immersion Program
- Practice mandarin in a market
- Best for the adventurous families
- Stay in a Tibetan tent on a highland pasture
Top Recommended China Tours Based on Interests
The sample tours below are designed for travelers with different interests. Don’t hesitate to tell us if your interests are not covered here. We will design a unique China trip for you.
- The best choice for foodies
- Learn to cook the famous Sichuan dishes
- Specailly designed for culture fans
- Explore a lovely water town
- The best choice for cruise lovers
- Witness the great Three Gorges of China
- Once-in-a-life-time tour for hikers
- Camp on the Great Wall
Fantastic Experience in Beijing
I had an incredible experience. My tour guides Lili and Mr. Zhang, the driver, are fantastic people. They helped us with all we needed and talke care of us all the time. Lili speaks english very well and she is very smart, gentle, friendly and responsable. Everything was fantastic! My experience couldn’t be better. Thank Lili and Mr. Zhang! We had perfect days because of you! When I come back to China, I want to meet you again.more
Mar 2023, renatavarandas
Amazing Beijing trip with Ivy
Our trip to Beijing was absolutely fantastic and hassle free . Thanks to this company China Highlights for the well arranged trip from day 1 to the airport. Tour Guide Ms. Ivy is super duper passionate with her work, her deep knowledge on their culture made us went back to the past , from the leaders and emperors during ancient time. Absolutely made our 25th wedding anniversary unforgettable.more
Mar 2023, Jocelyn So Garcia
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Great Wall
I’m so happy we booked with China Highlights. They made a complete itinerary for our trip that was perfect. Ivy was our guide and she was fantastic!! Very personable, knowledgeable and helpful with taking pictures in all the “perfect” spots. She had a great knowledge of Chinese history and her English was very easy to understand. I would definitely recommend China Highlights and Ivy for a great tour!more
Mar 2023, Maria
What an epic day we had with or guide “Ivy” from the tour company “China Highlights” visiting Tianamen Square, Forbidden City, having a local Chinese meal and walking on the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu!! Ivy was informative, personable, fun, caring and delivered a great experience for us. Her guide experience was evident in her management and pace of our day and making sure we went to great picture locations that created lasting memories of our trip!! Highly recommend you asking for Ivy.more
Mar 2023, Drew Walker
Adorable trip to Beijing with China Highlights
Such an amazing time spent together with my husband and our guide Nancy in Beijing. We recommend booking the tour with China Highlights as that was an incredibly smart idea and trip we have had over past few days. Visiting the Great Wall of China, the Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven etc., getting more close to the history of China, having the delicious food - that was all done by the CH. We won’t be having such wonderful time without you guys. Still being so amazed and impressed by the historical progress of the country. Much appreciated for your support, help and time, Dear Nancy and China Highlights. Kind Regards, Kenneth&Assel Gillanmore
Mar 2023, Assel G
Great Wall Day Trip with Ivy
She answered our questions thoroughly and she also provided us with recommendations for food and things to see outside of our Great Wall day trip. The driver was also a very safe driver and made it a comfortable drive from the city center. We hope to use China Highlights again for future trips. And if you’re in Beijing, you can request for Ivy as your guide.more
Feb 2023, kattaubry
Great Wall Tour with Ivy
Ivy was a wonderful guide! We took a day trip to the Great Wall and she made our time enjoyable and customized to what we wanted. She was obviously very knowledgeable and passionate about the city. We also avoided tourist traps and she took group photos for us!more
Feb 2023, Customer
Great Wall Tour with Ivy
We recommend booking with China Highlights! They were able to create a custom trip for us with just a day’s notice. They’re very responsive on WeChat and very professional.more
Feb 2023, Customer
Hot Destination Tours in China
Here are the most popular cities for a China tour. Click for more information about each destination and tours there
China Tours by Theme
We've designed 40 awesome itineraries in 6 categories. We have built a team of experts in each of these areas:
China Tours from Gateway Cities
FAQs on China Tour Planning
Here are some expert planning tips to help you get started:
1. What is the best way to tour China?
China is a very large country, but it has built a comprehensive transportation system of airports, trains, highways, subways, ports, and waterways that is world class in many places.
For Western travelers, we suggest traveling between destinations by air or by high-speed railway. For journeys of more than 1,200 km (720 miles), it is probably better to take a plane. For less than that, a bullet train may be a more convenient and comfortable choice.
For traveling in the remote areas of China, a private transfer is recommended if there is no flight or bullet train.
2. How many days should I spend in China?
For first-timers, we recommend at least 8 days for the classic Beijing–Xi'an–Shanghai route, but a 14-day tour would allow you to experience a cruise on the Yangtze River and see the scenery of Guilin as well.
If you are planning a return trip, we will suggest the optimum number of days according to the destinations you are interested in.
3. How much does a tour of China cost?
The cost ranges from 220 to 350 USD per person per day, based on a private China tour for two persons. This includes domestic transportation, private guides, private transfers, hotels, attraction tickets, and lunches on touring days.
4. Is it safe to take a vacation in China in 2023?
Health codes and negative nucleic acid test results are not required for domestic travel anymore (Jan. 2023). No more pre-flight or on-arrival tests! People can enter most places without showing a COVID-negative certificate or their health code.
All of this means that coronavirus is not considered a risk to travel in China now, as long as you are vaccinated. The Chinese government still encourages people to pay attention to personal hygiene and wear masks indoors. For foreign travelers who hold a tourist visa or 10-year visa, visiting China might be possible in the second quarter of this year.