Top China Experiences

Standing face-to-face with thousands of life-sized, Terra Cotta Warrior statues excavated from the vast necropolis of China’s First Emperor in Xi’an

Taking a long walking tour of the Great Wall of China

Sailing down the Li River from Guilin through an incredible landscape of sheer cliffs and peaks, resembling a dreamy ink-brushed scroll

Exploring the Forbidden City

Reaching two fabled oases on the Silk Road: Urumqi (China’s Timbuktu) and Kashgar, site of one of Asia’s largest outdoor markets and camel bazaars

Experiencing the uniqueness of Beijing

Circumnavigating the entire city wall of Xi’an by bicycle, then exploring the city within

Cruising through the remains of the Three Gorges on the Yangtze River and visiting the huge hydroelectric dam that partially submerged them

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Top China Attractions

Forbidden City

Tiananmen Square

Great Wall of China

Terra Cotta Warriors

Three Gorges



Gardens at Suzhou

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Must See China Attractions

1. Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is a fixture of Chinese heritage, and one of the most well known and most visited landmarks in China, as well as perhaps the world. Built in the 5th century BC, the Great Wall of China stretches over 5,000 miles, and there are several sections open to visitors.

One of the best benefits of visiting China on a tour is the opportunity to visit portions of the wall not open to the public, or simply lesser known sections where crowds will be minimal.

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2. Forbidden City

Forbidden City

The Forbidden City is one of China’s main tourist attractions - highly recognizable from hundreds of kung fu movies, the city has an aura of mystery. Built in the 15th century, the walled complex is a maze of passageways.

The most popular spot is of course the large courtyard in front of the main building - a crowded tourist area almost every day of the year. Visit on a tour of China to see it in depth and learn the sprawling history behind the city; a history that sees emperors, intrigue, and conquest.

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3. Yangtze River Cruise

Yangtze River China

Along any Yangtze River cruise, you’ll encounter the incredible Three Gorges Dam. Sheer cliffs rise on either side as you pass through the engineering wonder that is the world’s largest hydroelectric dam project. Though a controversial undertaking when it was constructed, the Three Gorges is undeniable impressive.

Also along the Yangtze is Tiger Leaping Gorge - a very popular attraction in China for avid hikers. The mountain is not for the physically unfit - even experienced hikers have been known to find it extremely difficult. But the reward is worth it!

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4. Li River Cruise

Li River China

The Li River is short, traversing through the south of China, between Guilin and Yangshuo. Between these two cities, you’ll hit upon many wonderful attractions and landmarks - somewhat removed from the normal “must sees”, they give more of a sense of the “real” China through the eyes of history and natural landscapes. You’ll see stunning scenery everyday, and get a glimpse into rural, mountain life in China.

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5. Terracotta Warriors

Terracotta Warriors

This fascination attraction is on many a tour itinerary in China. The archaeological discovery features an expansive army of small terra cotta warriors in block formations. Located in Xi’an, the Terracotta Army draws visitors from all over the world, eager to observe for themselves. Each warriors facial features are individual, a testament to the artistry of the day.

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6. Chengdu

Panda in Chengdu

If you’re a panda enthusiast visiting China, you absolutely have to visit the Chengdu Panda breeding and research facility. You’ll have the chance to observe pandas up close -- including the babies -- and learn about their care. The center will also educate you on their conservation efforts, and the best way you can help keep these beautiful creatures from extinction.

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7. Zhouzhuang

Zhouzhuang floating city China

Often termed “the Venice of the East” this is one of the most popular floating cities to visit in China. The picturesque region is notable for two twin bridges; photographers take note! A tour here will reveal an ancient way of life, and the spirit of China’s countryside will come through.

8. Mount Tai

Follow in the footsteps of emperors when you attempt this grueling climb. It was a rite of passage for 72 new emperors who traversed these 6000 steps over the centuries. The main temple of Mount Tai is located in the Shandong province. A landscape that is dotted with numerous temples and many other China historical attractions.

9. Summer Palace

Summer Palace China

A home for Chinese emperors, imperial leaders and their families for many years, the Summer Palace sits along the water in Beijing and was used as an escape from the heat. Constructed in 1750, it was rebuilt after being destroyed by French and British forces. Today visitors can explore the beautiful gardens, grounds, and take in a history tour about the building and its famous inhabitants.  

10. Leshan Great Buddha

Giant Buddha China

An enormous Buddha carved out of rock, this imposing sculpture is one of the largest of the Emeishan Buddhas along the Min River and Dadu River. Estimated to have been completed in the 8th century, the best way to see it is from the water, though you can walk to the base as well.

China Tour Reviews - Summary
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It turned out to be an excellent trip. January 2017


Best Of Bangkok, Hong Kong And Dubai

Just back from an 10 day trip to Bangkok, Hong Kong & Dubai and wanted to say how glad we are to have booked through Indus Travel. This was our first trip through Indus and from the initial booking through the entire trip, everything was perfectly executed. We were not sure initially after reading some negative reviews but it turned out to be an excellent trip.
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Operator Indus Travels



Almost Perfect May 2016


China Sampler

We enjoyed the trip. We were in a group that had used SmarTours several times and were happy with the results. We were made aware before the trip of all that needed to be done ahead of time. The tour guides were friendly and informative. We were always made to feel comfortable and saw many interesting sites in China. Air China is an awesome airlines - friendly and well-dressed. Read more

Operator SmarTours



A very enjoyable and educative experience and would recommend anyone to do it and ensure that Jason is leading the tour for full satisfaction May 2016


Kailash Saga Dawa Festival

A very enjoyable and educative experience and would recommend anyone to do it and ensure that Jason is leading the tour for full satisfaction.

Operator G Adventures



An excellent way to travel with family October 2015


China Family Holiday

An excellent way to travel with family

Operator Intrepid Travel



Beautiful, fun, great-value river cruise on the Yang-Tze River August 2015


Three Gorges Highlights: Chongqing to Yichang

We had a great time on this cruise. My wife and I chose this as the end of our 3 week adventurous honeymoon throughout Western rural china. It was also our first river cruise. We'll definitely be doing another.

Overall, the ship we were on, the Victoria Liana, was a little old. Still very nice and comfortable but some of the floors (decks) were slightly warped, some of the furnishings were a bit worn. Normal wear and tear. Nothing to make it look shabby but it also did not look 5 start ultimate luxury.

The price was right - compared to other trips we saw we got an amazing deal. We also got an even better deal because on entering the ship they tried to upsell us a suite. We did the tour, they give us a price, I counter-offered about 1/4 of that and they said no. I told them that we were happy to stay in the regular cabin but if no other guests offered to pay more for the Presidential suite, then our offer still stood. Sure enough, shortly before leaving port the Front Desk Manager told us we could have the suite for the price we offered. What a deal!

For about $200 more, total, we got a private whole deck to our selves in the bow with our own lounge chairs, a large living room with huge windows on 2 sides and a nice bedroom. It really made the trip awesome. Especially since the top outside deck looked like it got crowded when going through some of the most scenic areas. the privacy, especially on our honeymoon was appreciated.

Overall, the staff was very friendly and polite and spoke good english, or good enough. Everyone was local chinese except for a the Cruise Director who was a Bulgarian woman with excellent english skills. Some of the attractions and day tours were included and some were optional and extra charge, though not outrageously priced like some other cruises we've heard about.

I would be mindful of ordering wine as we got a bottle of white that was from 2003. No bueno. Other than that, food was decent. All the western tourists - about 35 in total - ate in a separate dining room. Buffet. There were also about 200 or so local Chinese passengers. I assume they paid a cheaper 'local' price but they all ate in a much larger dining room and had a different local chinese menu. It felt slightly weird being segregated that way but not too awkard.

The views were amazing. Watching peaceful countryside, farms, then highrise mini cities, then gorges and mountains go by was interesting, entertaining and relaxing.

They had some nightly entertainment which the staff put on which was enjoyable if not a highlight.

Overall we had a great voyage and are glad we selected this company. There are definitely more luxurious options but we got a huge bang for our buck and really enjoyed the trip.
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Operator Victoria Cruises



Fantastic trip , well planned, with enough flexibility to allow for everyone's different interests
Stephanie was absolutely fantastic ensuring everyone was catered for April 2015


China Express - 6 days

Going above and beyond to ensure things ran smoothly . She was friendly , helpful and great fun.

Operator On The Go Tours

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