China Tours – Starting ideas for your trip!

Our China Tours are a great starting place to create your very own custom-made China tour. Want to explore the real China, and visit the places that interest you most? We'll support you 1:1 with a dedicated China expert, as you plan, book and travel! Book a tour with China Highlights today!

Popular 1st/2nd Time China Tours

Here are some popular tours for a first time trip to China. Visit the classic sights, but also work in personal touches and experiences that make your first trip to China even more memorable.

These recommended tours all feature on the "Top 10 China Tours" list, and 80% of people who buy these are first time visitors.

great wall of China
Classic Wonders 11-Day Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin/Yangshuo - Shanghai
1st time classic 80% travelers' choice
USD 2959
terracotta army
The Golden Triangle 8-Day Beijing - Xi'an - Shanghai
1st time history & culture most popular
USD 2049
giant panda
Giant Pandas 13-Day Beijing - Xi'an - Chengdu - Chongqing - Yichang - Shanghai
1st time panda keeper most highly rated
USD 3179
family activity
Family-Friendly Fun 11-Day Beijing – Xi'an – Guilin/Yangshuo – Shanghai
1st time kid-friendly family's best choice
USD 2469
zhangjiajie mountains
Natural Wonders Discovery 14-Day Beijing – Xi'an – Zhangjiajie - Guilin/Yangshuo – Shanghai
2nd time landscape wonders for nature lovers & photography
USD 3409
chinese food tour
Taste of China 13-Day Beijing – Xi'an – Chengdu - Guilin - Hong Kong
1st time food discovery Gastronome's choice
USD 3289

Our Experts' Suggestion on Planning

First Time Tour Routes

China is unbelievably large! You would need months to do it justice. Travel blogs and resources like the Lonely Planet often advise to focus on one region, or if this is your second trip focus on a couple of provinces and explore in-depth.

Gateway City: Think outside the box!

Don't assume you're restricted to the main hubs of Beijing and Shanghai, our tours can start from any city. In fact, 90% of our tours are customized to our traveler's needs. So consider flying directly into Chengdu to see the Panda’s, and perhaps out of Beijing. That’s the beauty of planning with us, you’re not restricted to dates, routes or gateways like a overseas operator.

When and for How Long to Visit?

We recommend at least 8 days, but a 14-day tour will allow you to step out of the classic routes to experience both a cruise on the Yangtze River and see the magical scenery of Guilin. We will suggest the best places for your season of visit, but here are some dates to avoid when planning a China tour.

How to Plan a China Tour

Our China guide has some practical articles and advice on planning your first trip to China. Take a look at "How to Plan a First Trip to China". Also see "5 Top Tips for a First Trip to China" Our Travel Advisors are happy to chat and work with you to create your perfect trip.

China Tours by Theme

We’ve designed 40 awesome itineraries by theme, to get your trip planning off to a flying start. These themes are a great starting point for finding or designing your very own China tour with us.

Since 1998 we’ve been perfecting and tweaking our private China tours, so you might even find one that fits you perfectly. Once you’ve found something you like, contact us from that tour page, letting us know your requests, changes, and dates. You might also like to create your trip from scratch. Either way, you’ll be dealing 1 to 1 with our China based travel advisors to create "Your kind of tour." .

Did you find something you like? Simply reach out and let us know the changes, ideas and ways we can make your kind of China tour.

Don’t let the planning stress you out, you’re at an exciting stage,
standing at a frontier with adventure just waiting to be mapped out!
We’re here to help. Create Your Trip