Top China Attractions

Forbidden City

Tiananmen Square

Great Wall of China

Terra Cotta Warriors

Three Gorges



Gardens at Suzhou

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Top Activities in China

Yangtze River Cruise

Hiking in rural countryside

History tour

Walking tour of the Great Wall

Observing Pandas in Chengdu

Staying with a local family

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Classic China Itineraries

China in 1 Week

If you have only one week in China, be sure to see Beijing and Shanghai. The former is known for its historical richness and the latter epitomizes modernity in China. Hit the major highlights like the Terracotta Warriors and hike the Great Wall.

Day 1-2, Shanghai: Stroll along the Bund and Pudong Districts, visit Yu Garden, take a boat ride down Huangpu River, and visit the Propaganda Museum.

Day 3-4, Xian: See the Terracotta Warriors and Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum, walk along the Silk Road, visit the Bell and Drum Towers, and shop in the Muslim Quarter.

Day 5 -7, Beijing: Hike along the Great Wall, see the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, National Museum, and Temple of Heaven.

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China in 2 Weeks

If it will be your first time traveling to to China you must see the bustling cities and the serene countryside. Visit Beijing, Xian (Terracotta Warriors), Shanghai, and Guanxi province (known for the picturesque regions of Yangshuo and Guilin). 

Day 1-4, Beijing: Forbidden City, Great Wall of china (Simutai or Badaling), Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, and Tiananmen Square.

Day 5-7, Xian: Xian is one of the best preserved walled cities. See the UNESCO world heritage site of Emperor Shi Huang’s Terracotta Warriors. Walk through the Muslim quarters and try the kebabs at the food stalls.

Day 8-11, Yangshuo/Guilin (Guanxi province): See the Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, and cruise down the Li River on bamboo raft. This region is known for its serene rice paddies and karst mountains.

Day 12-14, Shanghai: Shanghai is known for its eclectic architecture, blending the old (Old Town “Nanshi”) and the new (Shanghai World Financial Center). Stroll along the Bund and Pudong District, see Yu Garden (Yu Yuan), and take a boat ride along Huangpu River. 

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China in 3 Weeks

Three weeks in China will give you the opportunity to explore the breadth and diversity of the Middle Kingdom’s rich culture, history, wildlife, and terrain.

Day 1-3, Beijing: See the Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Square.

Day 4-6, Shanghai: Walk along Nanjing Road, see the Bund, Pudong district, Yu Garden, and the Shanghai Museum.

Day 7-8, Xian: See the Terracotta Warriors, the Great Mosque, and stroll through the Muslim Quarters.

Day 9-13, Emeishan: Hike along one of China’s four sacred buddhist mountains, visit a tea plantation, and see one of the largest carvings of Buddha in the world.

Day 14, Chengdu: (Note that this is a great option if you love pandas!) Get up close and personal with the giant pandas of the world famous Panda Breeding Center.

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Reviews of China Tours
99% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 748 Great 186 Average 15 Disappointing 2 Terrible 4
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals



A major reason for the very likely September 2015


China Family Holiday

A major reason for the very likely score was our tour leader Jay. He was informative, made the trip, the understanding of the culture of China, its history and the passion for travel very real for all of us. The trip required someone who could make you feel connected with the country and Jay did that. In terms of the itinerary it was well paced with sufficient spare time. Jay's recommendations especially in Xian with the spinach noodles was just excellent. When we had questions, he answered them or found out. Read more

Operator Intrepid Travel



Clearly the best for sure!! August 2015


Imperial China and Japan Tour

Amazing from start to stop. Very professional. Our guides were excellent. Arrived early and willing to do whatever it took to please us. His knowledge of the history and building was first class. I highly recommend this tour company to anyone! Clearly the best for sure!! Read more

Operator Bravo Asia Tours



The most memorable part was standing on top of Thorong La after 2 hours trekking from high base camp & then making the descent to Muktinath in 3 hours January 1970


GHT Manaslu & Annapurna

Way better than I thought I'd do as a flatlander from Indiana!

Operator World Expeditions


Personally I would highly recommend Great Tibet Tour for your local tour in Tibet - not only for educational and informative local culture exploration, but also outdoor activities.”

Operator Great Tibet Tour



Our leader Bir Singh, and our guide Tashi were very professional and caring July 2018


Everest Kangshung Face

Bir Singh has an amazing ability to read his clients, thereby, meeting all their varying needs, not an easy task. He managed our group so well during adverse weather conditions and at times when two members of our group had traveller's diarrhea and some altitude sickness. I felt confident that he could lead us through our trek. His manner fostered trust in his leadership. WE is very fortunate to have Bir Singh as a leader. I would highly recommend a WE trek, especially if Bir Singh is the leader. Read more

Operator World Expeditions



Interesting overview of China's highlights April 2018


Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise

This trip covered many of the highlights of China from the Great Wall to
Shanghai and did it very well. Although it was rated as 'leisurely' it was
very busy and perhaps Exodus could introduce a new range of ratings to
reflect how busy they are as well as the physical effort required.

China is an interesting country going through massive change and
urbanisation, I had not expected the huge amount of building work and high
rise blocks built and being built and the sheer enormity of the cities
I particularly enjoyed the visit to the Panda Breeding Programme in Chengdu
and seeing the baby pandas -such a conservation success story.

The leader Alan - Liu Bin was excellent, my only criticism was that he only
seemed to have one speed which was fast, I prefer to amble and take in my
surroundings particularly in a country with a different culture and this was
not possible when trying to keep up with Alan.
Alan gave us a very interesting and informative session on China's take on
disputed territories which presented a different viewpoint from that we have
been given in the West.
Alan was very organised and full of information, he worked constantly but
still maintained a good sense of humour.

If you are not happy to use squat toilets I found that the disabled cubicle
usually contained a 'potty' style.
Coffee was not generally provided in hotel rooms so some sachets are useful.

Hotels in China do not provide maps, I found this very frustrating and feel
that Exodus should provide maps of the area around the hotels used with
information of suggested places to eat/drink and transport options to places
of interest, it is not possible to print these before departure as hotels are
not notified until arrival. As a consequence of the lack of maps I do not
feel that I had an overview of the cities visited (spatial awareness).

I found the food pretty boring, as the only non-meat eater I found that meat
dishes were served first (a cultural norm) and often sat with just a couple
to veg dumplings while the rest of the group tucked in, when the vegetables
(and rice) eventually arrived they were usually rather bland and boring and
the rest of the group were nearly finished eating. I would have welcomed the
opportunity to pick a dish for myself from the menu. The much vaunted
Sichaun Hot Pot was rubbish for me as the spicy part contains ox fat so I
could not cook my food there and just had to use the boring unspicy broth.

Three nights on trains was too many and Exodus should look at tweaking the
itinerary as there was some wasted time waiting for trains and also when we
go on the boat.

Overall a very good enjoyable trip - I found China interesting and am very
pleased I chose this trip as it gave a great overview.

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Operator Exodus Travels

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