China Tours in 2017 and 2018
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China’s main draws exceed other countries 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.

It’s time for even more creative China tours. There are more attractions, more high-end hotel options, and more high-speed rail options than ever. Below our travel specialists provide some smart travelers' tips to help you plan your China trip in 2017 & 2018…

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The Top 6 Places to Visit in China in 2017 & 2018

We suggest these six places to visit in 2017 & 2018 according to our travel experiences, and our customers’ choices and feedback.

#1 Beijing — China’s Ancient and Modern Capital

Beijing, China's capital city for over 700 years, is a vibrant blend of historic grandeur and impressive modernity.

#2 Shanghai — China’s Most Prosperous City

Shanghai is China’s largest and richest city.

#3 Xi’an — Window on China’s Ancient Civilization

Xi’an is to China as Rome is to Europe in ancient civilizations.

#4 Guilin — Idyllic Mountain and Water Scenery

Guilin’s karst landscapes are the Chinese conception of the most beautiful place on earth.

#5 Chengdu — Hometown of Giant Pandas

Although you may see a giant panda in your country, the place to see more of them and grow a deep understanding of them is Chengdu.

#6 Zhangjiajie — Pandora’s Hallelujah Mountains

Zhangjiajie was thrust into foreign travelers' eyes through the alien planet movie Avatar.

How Many Days to Stay — We Recommend at Least 8

China is multi-layered, and we understand you won’t want your China trip to only scratch the surface of China’s grand civilization. We suggest you take at least 8 days for your first China trip to see a spectrum of the highlights of the country: the majestic Imperial Palace, awesome Great Wall, spectacular Terracotta Warriors, and stunning Shanghai skyline.

To discover more of China, like its magical natural landscapes, you will need a few more days. Click here and contact China Highlights about creating your own itinerary.

When to Visit China — Best Times

We understand scenery and outdoor experiences particularly are affected by the seasons, and travel at a bad time may ruin your holiday. Our travel specialists advice is as follows:

China’s Major Holidays:

  • July and August are the busiest times as they are the holiday months for China’s schools and universities.
  • The two weeks either side of Chinese New Year holiday (Feb. 15–21, 2018)
  • 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 5–7, 2018), Mid-Autumn Festival (September 22-24, 2018)

Our Most Recommended Trips for 2017 & 2018

Here are the most popular tour formats being booked for 2017. Remember, you can customize our tours to your destinations, schedule, and areas of interest. Our suggested itineraries are to help you to get your trip planning started.

temple of heaven

China’s Classic Wonders

11 days in Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, and Shanghai

This is a private tour that takes you through China’s ancient glory to its ambitious modernity, and through China’s spectacular landscapes. Get to know China in 11 days!

Fobidden City

The Golden Triangle

Our 8-day Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai private tour

This is our most popular itinerary for a first China trip. Our time-smart schedule will allow you to discover the three major tourist cities of China at a relaxed pace.

panda tours

Dujiangyan Panda Keeper Program Tour

1-Day Chengdu to Dujiangyan Panda Keeper Program Tour

Dujiangyan Panda Base is the most easily accessable base in China to join the Panda Keeper Program. Want to get close to a lovely panda and hold one in your arms? Come to join our one day tour.

Your Travel Style

You can travel alone (independently), in a tour group, or on a private tour in China.

Travel in China on a private tour means:

  • Discovery your way Explore your interests at your own pace.
  • FlexibilityYour own choices for schedule, sights, hotels, food, etc.
  • Better service Your own transport, driver, and guide are at hand to help.
  • Best value You can discover more of China.
  • It costs more (understandably)

Travel in a tour group in China means:

  • The easiest and cheapest option
  • Lack of flexibility Fixed itinerary, fixed dates, fixed destinations
  • Low-value Rushed affairs, herding you from place to place

Independent travel in China means:

  • Adventure and learning lots of it!
  • Language problems Most Chinese people don’t speak English
  • Culture shock From unpredictable traffic to unrecognizable food
  • Inefficiency You may waste your time and miss some highlights
  • Many hassles From tourist traps to figuring out bus schedules