Tailoring a Trip to China

If you don’t fancy a structured travel with large tour groups or wandering bored through tourist sites that have very little interest to you, why spend lots of money on a trip you’re not going to enjoy? Why not plan your own tailor-made tour? Here are some of the best China tours to include in your tailor-made trip to China.


Pavilion, Forbidden Palace

Pavilion, Forbidden Palace

This is the capital of China and the heart of the nation’s politics and culture. The city is modern and runs at a fast pace but it’s also one of the six ancient capital cities in the country’s history. Important sites to see:

  • Summer Palace
  • Temple of Heaven
  • Forbidden City
  • The Great Wall
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Yashow Market



The biggest city in the north-west, Xian was once the capital for thirteen dynasties and it is well noted for its historical value. Places to visit include:

  • City Wall
  • Forest of Stone Steles Museum
  • Xian Great Mosque
  • Big Goose Pagoda
  • Banpo Museum



This is China’s largest metropolitan area and can be found in central-eastern China. Shanghai is divided in to two sections: Pudong, a newer development and Puxi, the older area. Must-see sights in Shangai and definite highlights to the best China tours from The China Travel Company or other travel companies include:

  • Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple
  • Shanghai Museum
  • Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower


Photo: Jeremy Foster

Photo: Jeremy Foster

Guilin lies on the banks of the Li River and is famous for its gorgeous green hills, unique caves, rockeries and shapely stones. Important sites to add to your tailor-made itinerary should include:

  • The Li River
  • Elephant Trunk Hill
  • Seven Star Park
  • The Reed Flute Cave
  • Terraced Field in Longsheng

Yangtze River

Photo: Jenny Mackness

Photo: Jenny Mackness

A cruise along the river is a must for those enjoying a romantic trip. The River flows through the mountains and cities from west to east and blends into the East China Sea near Shanghai. It’s the third largest river in the world and sites to see include:

  • Lesser Three Gorges
  • Three Gorges
  • Yichang City
  • Chongqing City

Lhasa, Tibet 

The Potala Palace

The Potala Palace

This is known as the “Roof of the World” and is an exciting place to visit if you love climbing and adventure. Here you can experience snowy mountains; exotic customs and mysterious religions. Lhasa in Tibet can be reached by trains and jets and sites to see include:

  • Sera Monastry
  • Jokhang Temple
  • Potala Palace

Jiuzhaugou, Sichuan

The area is nestled in the valley in the area of Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture. This fairyland was named after the nine Tibetan villages that lie in the valley and has been listed as a UNESCO world natural heritage site. Places to explore include:

  • Jiuzhaigou Scenic area
  • Qingchengshan & Dujiangyan Irrigation System
  • Emei Mountain and Giant Buddha of Leshan

Lijiang Yunnan

Photo: Jeremy Foster

Photo: Jeremy Foster

Another UNESCO world cultural heritage site, Lijiang lies in the Yunnan Province to the south of the country. The ancient town has a history dating back 1,300 years and is noted for its fresh air, gorgeous scenery, and lush vegetation. Include the following sites on your itinerary:

  • Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Ancient Town Lijiang
  • Yulong Snow Mountain

Zhangjiajie, Hunan


Photo: Richard Janecki

The city can be found on the west mountains area of Hunan Province. The area is divided into three main sections: Tianzi Mountain, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and Suoxi Valley. Many tourists prefer to stay in Wulinguyan, a UNESCO World Heritage and not the city centre.

Silk Road in China

Photo: Tim Zachernuk

Photo: Tim Zachernuk

The ancient Silk Road is more than 2,000 years old and runs from the east, extending to Italy in the west. The road stretches for a total of more than 2,485 miles. More than half of which is Chinese territory. Places worth visiting along the Silk Road:

  • Turpan
  • Hami
  • Lanzhour
  • Wuwei
  • Hotan
  • Kuga
  • Loulan

Take advantage of the best China tours to create a unique trip that are sure to enjoy – whether you’re visiting China for a short time or planning on enjoying a longer stay.

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Mikee is a Filipino travel and lifestyle writer who is gradually shifting from a sedentary life to a nomadic one. On a personal note, she dreams of traveling to all 81 provinces in the Philippines, and having her own travel book, hostel, and restaurant someday. Keep track of her world through her words at www.mikeepascual.com.

  1. No Hong Kong? That’s the best city in China!

  2. I’m thinking about spending three weeks in China in September, so this is perfect for me! I’ll definitely be coming back to this for inspiration in the upcoming months 🙂

  3. Rachel

    30 March

    We spent a month in China and only saw a fraction of this. Lijiang was a definite highlight! We also designed our own tour, without tour guides. We just booked hotels and transportation and did the sightseeing on our own. We had an advantage, though: a Mandarin-speaking foster daughter!

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