China Tours: Private and Tailor-Made China Vacations
We design private and tailor-made China tours based on your style of travel at reasonable local prices. We are Chinese travel experts who know what your guidebook and foreign agencies don't. To turn your China dreams into amazing experiences, we'll support you 1:1 with a dedicated China expert as you plan, book, and travel!
China Highlights has won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence year-on-year and remains the most highly-rated China travel agency on TA with over 10,000 reviews. Despite the pandemic, we have maintained healthy business operations in China. From 2020 to 2022, we served more than 4,000 China expats with customized travel services.
- Classic Private China Tours 2023/2024
- Top China Tours for Families
- Top China Tours Based on Interests
- Hot Destination Tours in China
China has officially announced resuming all kinds of visas including tourist visa (L Visa) application from March 15th, 2023. If your 10-year China Visa, obtained before COVID-19, is still within the expiration date, you can enter China now wihtout applying for a new one.
Classic Private China Tours 2023/2024
Look no further - these are our most popular China tour itineraries. 80% of first-time visitors choose these tour plans.
- The best choice for first-timers
- Discover the picturesque rural China
- A time-smart choice
- Make your own Terra-Cotta warrior
- The best choice for panda fans
- Be a panda keeper
- The best choice for nature lovers
- Witness the Hallelujah Mountains
Top Recommended China Tours for Families
The tours below are recommended for families of travelers who would like to have interesting, educational, exciting, adventurous, or relaxing experiences in China. We are happy to customize any of them according to your preferences.
- Top family itinerary
- Experience China's countryside life together
- The most cost-effective China family tour
- Be like a Chinese child in a hutong
- Best for children in a Mandarin Immersion Program
- Practice mandarin in a market
- Best for the adventurous families
- Stay in a Tibetan tent on a highland pasture
Top Recommended China Tours Based on Interests
The sample tours below are designed for travelers with different interests. Don’t hesitate to tell us if your interests are not covered here. We will design a unique China trip for you.
- The best choice for foodies
- Learn to cook the famous Sichuan dishes
- Specailly designed for culture fans
- Explore a lovely water town
- The best choice for cruise lovers
- Witness the great Three Gorges of China
- Once-in-a-life-time tour for hikers
- Camp on the Great Wall
98.8% positive customer reviews among 10,000+
I had an amazing two trips on the Great Wall and the Forbidden City with the guide Ivy during my stay in China. She was very helpful and answered all of our questions with an enthusiastic approach. I have nothing to say but to highly recommend the trips they offer on the Great Wall hiking/camping and also the in-depth Forbidden City tour! Thank you Ivy and China Highlights.more
May 2023, Serhat Altay
Amazing First Time to Beijing with China Highlights
Tom, my private tour guide was there when I landed and accompanied me all the way through to sending me off at the airport after check-in at the end of my trip. Zhao the driver, who also did all the driving during my trip, was calm, confident and knowledgeable in taking us around. Both Tom and Zhao were punctual too. The Great Wall of China Hike I wanted to do started in a very remote, unrestored part of the wall. This would not had been possible without Tom problem solving many issues we had on the way up and I could not have done this on my own a a foreigner. It was well worth the effort and probably the highlight of my trip.The remainder of the tour around Tiananmen Square, Forbidden Kingdom and The Temple of Heaven was paired with a detailed commentary by Tom of which I learnt a lot.more
May 2023, Munsie
Beijing - city of surprises
A fantastic guide was waiting for us - Jack, who told all the stories with passion and commitment. He also fulfilled those wishes that were not in the plan. I highly recommend visiting Beijing with this guide.more
May 2023, Joanna i Piotr Kuzebscy
Liu Yuan was a superb guide and a lot…
Liu Yuan was a superb guide and a lot of fun to spend time with during my first visit to Beijing. It was a wonderful intensive three days.more
May 2023, Pam S.
Great weather and a good trip out with Lily!
Many thanks to my guide Lily for customising the trip to make it as efficient and enjoyable as possible. She arranged to start an hour earlier to beat the crowd and I got to enjoy the Great Wall before the crowd streamed in and while the weather was cool. I requested to switch the next attraction to visit from Temple of Heaven to Ming Tomb and she not only accommodated the prompt request, but made all the necessary arrangements even before the trip coordinator managed to reply! Kudos! Our driver was jovial and friendly, always on top of traffic conditions and took detours to beat slow moving traffic. Hassle free day and I wouldn’t have been able to cover the two attractions so easily and comfortably without them!more
May 2023, Meibao
This was our first time traveling to Beijing
This was our first time traveling to China, so we really wanted to experience some of the major historical sights of Beijing together with a tour guide. Our itinerary was very carefully planned out according to our interests and tailored to our needs. First, we went camping on the Great Wall and hiked from Jiankou to Mutianyu, and the next day we got an in-depth tour of the Forbidden City as well as a tour of the Temple of Heaven and a taiji experience in the gardens. Our tour guide, Ivy, was truly wonderful in preparing and organizing our personalized itinerary. She is very friendly and knowledgeable, and she was always able and willing to answer all of our questions. Ivy provided us with a truly amazing first visit to China and I would warmly recommend China Highlights for everyone who wishes to travel to China and I would especially recommend Ivy as a tour guide for your trips!more
May 2023, Annalina Wheeler
Tom is the BEST tour guide EVER!
Just had the most AMAZING tour with Tom. He was beyond knowledgeable, so generous with his time and made me feel so at ease which was super important as I am travelling by myself. Thank you Tom for the best day-you have totally made my China trip a fabulous experience, one I will never forget!more
May 2023, SHARRYN HINCHLIFFFE
Superb service and wonderful time in Beijing
Superb service from Jack who were with us for 4 wonderful days in Beijing. Jack was clearly knowledgeable about the history and able to deliver insight information to us about places. He was also kind and accommodating to my mother who has bad knees. Both China Highlights and Jack were flexible about the itinerary to ensure that we enjoy the best of Beijing. We'll definitely use China Highlights' services again for our next trip to China.more
May 2023, Chani
First time booking a trip with China Highlights and was fortunate to have Sunny as my private tour guide. We went to the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall, then arrived and walked around Gubei Water Town, and then visited the Simatai portion of the Great Wall at night. Was a very enjoyable trip as we were able to see a night time drone show in the sky, ride a private boat through the canals of the Gubei Water Town, and eat a delicious lunch at a local restaurant along the way. Sunny is super knowledgeable when it comes to the history of the Great Wall and took the time to explain various interesting facts and stories which made the trip very meaningful. The driver we had was also a very nice man who was always on time and eager to help. Was an unforgettable experience and would highly recommend Sunny and China Highlights :)more
May 2023, Allen C
Tour to the great wall from the airport
My guide Tom was ver kind and knowlegable, he explained everything to me about the great wall and even went out of his way to help me the next day at Bejings downtown! amazing service!!! thank you so much Tom!more
May 2023, Fer Villasefior
Great tour, fantastic guide!
This tour was fantastic! I loved hearing about the history of the Forbidden City and admiring the views at the Great Wall. William was a fantastic tour guide. We were a group of families with several young children, and he was very accommodating and flexible with timing and arrangements. I totally recommend this tour and William as a guide!more
May 2023, Ryan Corless
Four excellent sightseeing days in Beijing
We had wonderful four days in Beijing. The entire trip was tailored exactly to our wishes. From experiencing local food, to exploring the major sites of the city up to hiking the great wall of China. Additionally, we had two amazing guides Ina and Fan taking care of all the tickets and coordination required. Also, they could not only tell us everything about the sights we visited and give us an insight to local customs and traditions, but they did so in perfect German. The chauffeur service from Mr Chang was also excellent, getting us from A to B without any hazzle. The past couple of days were one of the most carefree trips we have had so far.more
May 2023, Katha
Great tour from William
Great tour organized by China highlights, our tour guide was William - his knowledge was impressive, his English was great and he was always on time. We did the four day tour including the wall and forbidden city - would definitely recommend to anyone looking for an English tour guide.more
Apr 2023, Lawrence
Beijing 2 day private tour
The tour itself was great, private driver to and from, my guide Ivy was great English speaking guide. She was very knowledgeable and passionate about her country. Was a great time exploring the Great Wall of china and then my second day did a city tour (forbidden city, hutong tour, summer palace). Felt extremely safe, and was confident having an English guide. Thank you china highlights. (Provide them what you want and they’ll make it happen). Prices are reasonable as I looked at a few places but for private tour, my own schedule, and confidence of getting around safely you can’t go wrong.more
Apr 2023, Mark
Everything was to the vest standard, the history all very well explained by the Tour Guide in Beijing, Ivy. Really enjoyed it, and appreciated the time.more
Apr 2023, Jonathan
Amazing Beijing Experience
I had an amazing time in Beijing and glad Tom was my tour guide. He went above and beyond and I’m truly grateful. Tom did all that he could to ensure my stay in Beijing for two days was pleasant and thanks to him, I say that it was. The driver was also nice and courteous, I called him Jon. The company is blessed to have a good tour guide like Tom on their team so if you are planning to come down to Beijing, make sure you ask for Tom. Thank you Christy and Kimmy for replying all my emails with questions that I had.more
Apr 2023, Pedro V
We had a great experience with China Highlights and Roger was highly efficient and helpful planning our itinerary exactly how we needed.more
Apr 2023, Brenda Sarmanho
Excellent service and tour guide!!
Excellent service and communication from the travel agent Roger Li and amazing tour and experience of Great Wall of China from our tour guide Amber. Highly recommended!more
Apr 2023, Evangelos Athanasopoulos
Maggie was such a tremendous help for…
Maggie was such a tremendous help for our recent Beijing trip. Very prompt and helpful in helping us plan and adjust/amend to our requests.more
Apr 2023, Hi
We travelled first to Beijing for a few days before moving on to Wuhan for the wedding and then for a few days in Guilin along with my son and daughter in law. It was a great trip and all went smothly with the help of the guides we had along the way. William in Beijing and Jenny in Guilin were excellent. Chas in HK was also very helpful in getting us to the right place and the right time to fly home.more
Apr 2023, Alan Harris
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China Tours by Theme
We've designed 40 awesome itineraries in 6 categories. We have built a team of experts in each of these areas:
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FAQs on China Tour Planning
Here are some expert planning tips to help you get started:
1. What is the best way to tour China?
China is a very large country, but it has built a comprehensive transportation system of airports, trains, highways, subways, ports, and waterways that is world class in many places.
For Western travelers, we suggest traveling between destinations by air or by high-speed railway. For journeys of more than 1,200 km (720 miles), it is probably better to take a plane. For less than that, a bullet train may be a more convenient and comfortable choice.
For traveling in the remote areas of China, a private transfer is recommended if there is no flight or bullet train.
2. How many days should I spend in China?
For first-timers, we recommend at least 8 days for the classic Beijing–Xi'an–Shanghai route, but a 14-day tour would allow you to experience a cruise on the Yangtze River and see the scenery of Guilin as well.
If you are planning a return trip, we will suggest the optimum number of days according to the destinations you are interested in.
3. How much does a tour of China cost?
The cost ranges from 220 to 350 USD per person per day, based on a private China tour for two persons. This includes domestic transportation, private guides, private transfers, hotels, attraction tickets, and lunches on touring days.
4. Is it safe to take a vacation in China in 2023?
Health codes and negative nucleic acid test results are not required for domestic travel anymore (Jan. 2023). No more pre-flight or on-arrival tests! People can enter most places without showing a COVID-negative certificate or their health code.
All of this means that coronavirus is not considered a risk to travel in China now, as long as you are vaccinated. The Chinese government still encourages people to pay attention to personal hygiene and wear masks indoors. For foreign travelers who hold a tourist visa or 10-year visa, visiting China might be possible in the second quarter of this year.