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+
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
Beijing 2 day private tour
Overall a great well organized tour. Highly recommend using china highlights to organize a tour and provide an English guide. I emailed china highlights inquiring what I wanted to do in Beijing and took a few days to get a response but once they did Maggie was able to set up a great 2 day tour tailored to me.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
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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:
China Tours from Gateway Cities
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.