China Tours in 2018
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China's attractions exceed other countries' in size, depth, and variety, and its tourism-friendly infrastructure is growing. In 2018, the time has come for even more creative and comfortable China tours.

China’s extensive high-speed railways allows you to experience the country at 300 km/h.
Travel facilities established in the wild sections of the Great Wall make them easier to visit.
Four previously restricted halls of the Forbidden City are now open to the public.
The enormous Shanghai Tower takes travelers to new heights to overview the city’s ambitious skylines.

The Top 6 Places to Visit in China 2018

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

#1 Beijing — China's Medieval and Modern Capital

Beijing, China's capital city for over 700 years, is a vibrant blend of historic grandeur and impressive modernity. It offers the best windows into today's China and its glorious past. Beijing is also one of China's top gateway cites with the biggest airport in the country.

#2 Shanghai — China's Largest City

Shanghai offers the best view of China's recent development. It is mainland China's most prosperous city. China's biggest city is far from the stereotypical China of history books. The impressive skylines and bustling economy show you the forefront of China's development. Like Beijing, Shanghai is another major gateway 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 — Beautiful Countryside with Toothy Hills and Rice Terraces

Guilin's karst landscapes are the Chinese conception of the most beautiful place on earth. The limestone hills are spectacular with lush vegetation and towering pointy peaks, in a setting of paddy fields and winding rivers. The rice terraces provide a breathtaking contrast.

#5 Chengdu — Pandas, Poetry, Ancient Wonders, and Spicy Food

Although you may see a giant panda in a zoo in the United States, the place to see more of them in their native habitat, and grow a deeper understanding of them, is Chengdu, China. See the Giant Buddha, ancient streets, and sample the spicy hotpot.

#6 Zhangjiajie — Pandora's Hallelujah Mountains

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

Our Most Recommended Tours for 2018

Our pre-designed itineraries provide some ideas and samples of what we can do, to get you started. We specialize in authentic and tailor-made China experiences. Contact us to customize an itinerary.

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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.

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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.

The Best Times to Visit China

Generally speaking, China's cultural and historical attractions are good for a visit all year around. Due to its huge size and geographic diversity, no matter what season of the year, there is always a place that is optimal for visiting.

This table paints the picture in China's tourist heartland of Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai, but is by no means true everywhere:

China's Major Holidays

We understand huge crowds at attractions may affect your travel experience. Here we list vacations you may want to avoid when planning a China trip:

  • July and August: holiday months for China’s schools and universities
  • Chinese New Year holiday (Feb. 15–21, 2018): Transport will be crowded two weeks either side of New Year holiday.
  • Labor Day week (May 1–3)
  • National Day week (October 1–7)

Our travel experts know how to minimize the effects of peak travel season by navigating around the crowds wherever possible. Whenever you travel with us, we will make your China trip is enjoyable and memorable for the right reasons, create your trip with China Highlights.

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.

To discover more of China, like its magical natural landscapes, you will need a few more days.

Top China Gateway Cities

The most popular China gateway cities in order are (entry city + exit city):

  • Beijing + Shanghai
  • Beijing + Beijing
  • Shanghai + Shanghai
  • Beijing + Hong Kong
  • Shanghai + Beijing

China Visas in 2018

Foreign citizens will normally need a visa to visit China. We recommend you apply for your China visa one or two months before your travel date. Applying for a visa with the help of an online visa center may save you a lot of hassle.

For travelers holding a U.S. passport, we recommend VisaHQ, who provides a fast, efficient service at a very competitive price. Visit their website at https://chinahighlights.visahq.net/.

Travel to China in 2018 with a Tailor-Made Tour

Hate the idea of visiting the Great Wall in a group of 40 people, with only one hour to spare? A tailor-made private tour is a better choice:

Your Own Itinerary

Your own customized itinerary means you can ride aside car through the ancient alleys of Beijing, walk on the wilder and more remote Great Wall, and visit a local family. You can explore China your own way.

1:1 Expert Service

You will have your own dedicated travel experts, who will help you design your trip. The creation of your perfect itinerary is a combination of your ideas and needs, and your expert's suggestions. We live in China, and our experts know and understand China deeply.

Your Date, Your Pace

Travel when you prefer or your schedule allows.“Your pace” means you can stay longer on the Great Wall, or end early in the afternoon for more free time. Enjoy great flexibility on your 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