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China Tours 2024/2025: Most Popular Tours and New Experiences

Good news for travelers!

Visa-Free Access to China: If you're from France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Malaysia, you can visit China visa-free for 15 days until December 31st, 2025. If you're from Singapore, you can relish visa-free access to China for up to 30 days.

If your nationality isn't listed above or if you aim to discover China for more than two weeks, we offer a Port Visa Service for just US$50 per person (valid until June 30th, 2024) once your tour booking is confirmed with us. No stress of embassy visits and visa interviews.

If you are planning a China trip for 2024/2025, don't miss the private tour packages we offer with promotions below. Any of them can be customized according to your schedule and interests. New experiences offered only by China Highlights may give you some inspiration for a unique China trip during your vacation time in 2024/2025

Top 4 Promoted China Tours for 2024/2025

These are our most popular four China tour itineraries, which visit all the classic sights. 80% of first-time travelers start their tailored-China-tour journey from these itineraries. Please ask your personal travel advisor about our promotion policy when inquiring about any of these tours!

11-Day Beijing – Xi'an – Guilin/Yangshuo – Shanghai Tour
  • The best choice for first-timers
  • Discover the picturesque rural China 
2-Week Beijing – Xi'an – Zhangjiajie – Guilin/Yangshuo – Shanghai Tour
  • The best choice for nature lovers
  • Witness the Hallelujah Mountains
11-Day Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Shanghai
  • Top family itinerary
  • Experience China's countryside life together

New Tours for Exploring China in 2024/2025

The tours below are newly-designed for travelers who would like to discover the hidden beauties of China, immerse themselves in local culture or local life, or take on some new challenges. Any of these itineraries below can be changed or combined as another leg of your China tour.

18-Day Epic China Tour with Yunnan and Tibet
  • Ideal for a second China tour
  • Explore more natural beauty and ethnic cultures
3-Week China Tour with Silk Road
  • Best for retired couples
  • Main cities and core destinations of Silk Road
3-Week China Tour with Holy Tibet
  • The best for a bucket list trip
  • A grand trip including China's highlights
18-Day Classic China Tour with Yunnan
  • Best for culture fans
  • Meet Chinese ethnic minorities

New Experiences for Your China Tour in 2024/2025

China Highlights creates new experiences every year, allowing travelers to find those hidden gems on less-traveled roads, to understand China's culture by practicing it, to try new and exciting outdoor activities, and to uncover the stories behind the sights and people. Discover the real China with our exclusive experiences below.

Discover ancient Chinese Emperors
Discover ancient Chinese Emperors
Explore a "living" Forbidden City
Secrets of the Terracotta Army
Secrets of the Terracotta Army
Make your own terracotta warriors in a disappearing cave dwelling.
China in Progress
China in Progress
Meet old and new China in Shanghai.
100% Real China Caving
100% Real China Caving
Explore a limestone which has never been touched by ordinary tourists.
Hike through the Tiger Leaping Gorge
Hike through the Tiger Leaping Gorge
Conquer One of the most magnificent gorges in China.
Discover the Life of a Tibetan Lama
Discover the Life of a Tibetan Lama
Visit the Songzanlin Lamasery and a lama's dormitory
Be a Panda Keeper
Be a Panda Keeper
Take care a Giant Panda
Enjoy the Ice and Snow Festival
Enjoy the Ice and Snow Festival
Play on the ice and snow like a child.
Whatever you want from your China tour, our travel advisors are ready to help you with 1:1 advice.

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Best Time to Visit China

For comfortable weather conditions, the best times to visit China are spring (April–May) and autumn (September–October).

For a quiet experience, avoid China's public holidays: National Day holiday (October 1–7) and Chinese New Year Holiday (15 days before and after February 10th in 2024), and school summer holidays in July and August.

For the best prices: visit in the low season from November to December.

best time to visit China

How many days for a classic tour?

For a classic tour, we recommend you spend at least 8 days at the most classic destinations — Beijing, Shanghai, and Xi'an. Our 8-day Golden Triangle itinerary fits this recommendation perfectly.

Here are recommendations of what to see in the top five China destinations:

how many days for a classic China tour

There are no fixed itineraries for our tours. Our travel advisors can change the itinerary according to your schedule, interests, and budget.

Which city to enter/leave China from?

The most popular China gateway cities are Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, with huge international airports and plentiful attractions.

Our tours can start from whichever gateway city you prefer.

How to get a China visa in 2024

Foreign citizens normally need a visa to visit China. We recommend you apply for your China visa one to two months before your travel date. Applying for a visa with the help of a visa company may save you a lot of hassle. See more on China Visa Requirements and China Travel Restrictions

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Why China Highlights

Customize Your Tour

Customize Your Tour

  • Travel Advisors Rooted in China
  • Instant Response, No More Waits!
  • Direct Connections, Supreme Values
Maximize Your Flexibility

Maximize Your Flexibility

  • Your own personal guide and ride.
  • Explore at your own pace.
  • Unparalleled flexibility, impossible on a group tour.
Ensure Your Satisfaction

Ensure Your Satisfaction

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  • 20% more space on your group's transportation.
  • 24/7 emergency support.
Live Your China Story

Live Your China Story

  • Authentic local culture and lifestyles.
  • Understand the culture by living it.
  • Uncover fascinating histories and witness New China.
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