Mainland China Tours

CIT’s Mainland China Tour Packages

Open the tour information pages below to get detailed information about each of our Mainland China tours, from introductory tours focusing on the most popular destinations to regional tours featuring vibrant cities, quaint towns, and spectacular national parks. If you need more information to help you decide where to go, consult our Tour Suggestions page to read our recommendations, our Photo Itineraries page to see photographs of the places and attractions on each tour, or our Places page to get information about specific places on our itineraries.

If none of these options is quite what you’re looking for, please visit our Custom Tours page to see how we can help you plan the perfect tour.

Note: Keep in mind that unlike many China travel agencies, we only require 2 tour participants for our standard tours to proceed. We will not cancel your tour due to a low number of participants, so make your plans with peace of mind!

The tour packages below (tour codes CIT001 – CIT012) are our standard tours. Please see our Specials page for additional discount tours and specials.

Click on any of the large tour icons below to view the information page for that tour;
click on any of the place icons to open the information page and photo gallery for that place.

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China Highlights 11-Day Tour (CIT001)

Tour Description: A great introductory tour for first-time travelers to China, CIT001 will take you to four of the most popular cities in China to see many of the country’s most famous attractions.

Itinerary: Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin/Yangshuo, Shanghai

Tour Highlights: The Forbidden City, the Great Wall at Badaling, the First Emperor’s terracotta soldiers, Li and Yulong River tours, the Bund and Nanjing Road

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China Highlights 15-Day Tour (CIT002)

Tour Description: Another great introductory tour for first-time travelers to China, CIT002 adds popular Jiangnan (East-Central China) cities and attractions to the CIT001 itinerary.

Itinerary: Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin/Yangshuo, Shanghai, Zhouzhuang, Suzhou, Wuxi, Hangzhou

Tour Highlights: The Forbidden City, the Great Wall at Badaling, the First Emperor’s terracotta soldiers, Li and Yulong River tours, the Bund and Nanjing Road, the canal town of Zhouzhuang, Lake Tai, West Lake, Lingyin Temple

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Jiangnan Gourmet Cuisine/Yellow Mountain 10-Day Tour (CIT003)

Tour Description: Focusing on the Jiangnan (East-Central China) region, CIT003 is an economical tour that combines an extended trip to the spectacular Yellow Mountain area, including picturesque Hong Village, with the history, culture, and modern urban environments of Jiangnan’s major cities.

Itinerary: Shanghai, Zhouzhuang, Suzhou, Wuxi, Hangzhou, Hong Village, Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)

Tour Highlights: an overnight stay on Yellow Mountain with a morning excursion to view the sunrise, various examples of Jiangnan’s renowned regional cuisine, Hong Village, Shanghai’s Old Town area, the canal town of Zhouzhuang, Lake Tai, West Lake, Lingyin Temple

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Yunnan Highlands Local Culture 11-Day Tour (CIT004)

Tour Description: Located high on a mountainous plateau, the province of Yunnan boasts some of the most unique and unspoiled scenery in China, as well as the charm of its indigenous minority cultures. CIT004 will give you a relaxing and fascinating introduction to Yunnan’s considerable beauty.

Itinerary: Kunming, Shilin (Stone Forest), Jiuxiang Caverns, Dali, Lijiang, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Xianggelila (Shangri-la)

Tour Highlights: the karst (limestone) wonders of Shilin and Jiuxiang, Lijiang’s Dayan Old Town and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the spectacular Tiger Leaping Gorge, Xianggelila’s pristine scenery and Songzanlin Monastery

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Magnificent Yangtze/Ancient Capitals Deluxe 15-Day Tour (CIT005)

Tour Description: Another good tour for first-time travelers to China, CIT005 will take you to the same popular destinations as CIT001 (including the “ancient capitals” of Xi’an and Beijing), along with a 5-Star Yangtze River (Chang Jiang) cruise through the magnificent Three Gorges.

Itinerary: Beijing, Three Gorges, Xi’an, Guilin/Yangshuo, Shanghai

Tour Highlights: The Forbidden City, the Great Wall at Badaling, the First Emperor’s terracotta soldiers, Li and Yulong River tours, the Bund and Nanjing Road, deluxe Yangtze River cruise

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Roots of Chinese Culture 14-Day Tour (CIT006)

Tour Description: Most suitable for travelers who have already visited China’s most famous destinations, CIT006 focuses on China’s Central Plain in eastern China, between the Yellow River and the Yangtze River. A number of places representing China’s long history and rich culture are located in this area, known as the “cradle of Chinese civilization.”

Itinerary: Taiyuan, Wutai Mountain, Heng Mountain, Yingxian, Datong, Pingyao, Linfen, Yuncheng, Luoyang, Dengfeng (Shaolin Monastery), Zhengzhou, Kaifeng

Tour Highlights: the temples of Wutaishan, Hengshan’s Hanging Temple, the Yungang Grottoes (Yungang Caves), the ancient city of Pingyao, the Longmen Caves (Dragon Gate Grottoes), Shaolin Monastery

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Silk Road 16-Day Tour (CIT007)

Tour Description: Because of its long history as a trade route between East and West, the Silk Road boasts a great variety of cultural influences and important historical sites, from the Emin Minaret’s Muslim architecture in Turpan to the Buddhist statues and murals at Dunhuang’s Mogao Caves.

Itinerary: Ürümqi, Turpan, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Lanzhou, Xining, Xi’an

Tour Highlights: the remote mountain scenery at Heavenly Lake, the desert environment of Singing Sand Mountain and Crescent Moon Lake, Mogao Caves (Mogao Grottoes), the Great Wall of China at Jiayuguan, Qinghai Lake, the First Emperor’s terracotta soldiers

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Mysterious Tibet 16-Day Tour (CIT008)

Tour Description: Our Mysterious Tibet tour is ideal for travelers who want to experience the broadest possible range of popular destinations in China. In addition to an extended stay in Lhasa, the center of Tibetan Buddhism, and trips to the “big three” cities of Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai, CIT008 will also give you the opportunity to enjoy a 5-Star Yangtze River cruise through the Three Gorges.

Itinerary: Beijing, Three Gorges, Xi’an, Lhasa, Shanghai

Tour Highlights: The Forbidden City, the Great Wall at Badaling, deluxe Yangtze River cruise, the First Emperor’s terracotta soldiers, Potala Palace and other important Tibetan Buddhist sites, the Bund and Nanjing Road

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Northeast China 15-Day Tour (CIT009)

Tour Description: As the name suggests, our Northeast China tour is focused on China’s northeast region, where a number of prosperous modern cities like Dalian and Qingdao are located, in addition to important cultural sites such as the birthplace of Confucius and the temples at Mount Tai. CIT009 will also take you to places with relaxing beaches and beautiful ocean scenery.

Itinerary: Harbin (Haerbin), Changchun, Jilin, Shenyang, Dalian, Lüshun, Yantai, Qingdao (Tsingtao), Laoshan (Lao Mountain), Weifang, Ji’nan, Taishan (Mount Tai), Qufu

Tour Highlights: Siberian tigers at Harbin; Jilin’s Century Square; the oceanside scenery of Dalian, Lüshun, Yantai, and Qingdao; world-famous beer at the Tsingtao Brewery; spectacular mountain temples at Mount Tai; Qufu, the birthplace of Confucius

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Majestic Scenery 15-Day Tour (CIT010)

Tour Description: Our Majestic Scenery Tour leaves modern China behind to focus on world-famous scenic areas in Sichuan and Hunan Provinces, including Jiuzhaigou, Mount Emei, and Zhangjiajie, a major source of inspiration for the otherworldly landscapes in the blockbuster film Avatar. It also features the cultured, historic city of Chengdu and the old river town of Fenghuang, whose traditional village character is well preserved.

Itinerary: Mounigou, Jiuzhaigou, Chengdu, Leshan, Emeishan (Mount Emei), Zhangjiajie, Fenghuang

Tour Highlights: the primeval mountain forests, lakes, and valleys of Jiuzhaigou; pandas in Chengdu; Mount Emei’s spectacular “Golden Summit”; the fantastical “karst” scenery of Zhangjiajie; a relaxing stay in the old river town of Fenghuang

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China Discovery 11-Day Tour (CIT011)

Tour Description: An itinerary designed for travelers who want to visit China’s most popular cities in a shorter tour, CIT011 includes the “big three” cities of Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai, along with a stop in Hong Kong, one of the most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities in the world—and a tourist mecca that offers much more than just big-city attractions.

Itinerary: Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, Hong Kong

Tour Highlights: The Forbidden City, the Great Wall at Badaling, the First Emperor’s terracotta soldiers, the Bund and Nanjing Road, the most spectacular city and harbor view in the world at Victoria Peak, free time to explore Hong Kong

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Ancient and Modern China 13-Day Tour (CIT012)

Tour Description: CIT012 includes all of what are generally considered the top 5 tourist cities in China, with many of China’s best-known ancient wonders and modern marvels. Even if you’ve seen them before, all of these places are worth seeing again, in part because they are constantly growing and developing.

Itinerary: Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin/Yangshuo, Shanghai, Hong Kong

Tour Highlights: The Forbidden City, the Great Wall at Badaling, the First Emperor’s terracotta soldiers, Li and Yulong River tours, the Bund and Nanjing Road, the most spectacular city and harbor view in the world at Victoria Peak, free time to explore Hong Kong

Mainland China Tour Extensions:

CITBJ1 icon with text - 150 x 150 Beijing 4-Day Extension (CITBJ1): Tiananmen Square – National Centre for the Performing Arts – Forbidden City – Beijing’s “hutongs” – Shichai Hai – Kung Fu show – Great Wall at Badaling – Summer Palace – Temple of Heaven – “Water Cube” – “Bird’s Nest” – Peking Duck at Quanjude CITGL1 icon with text - 150 x 150 Guilin – Yangshuo 3-Day Extension (CITGL1): Reed Flute Cave – Elephant Trunk Hill – Guilin-style rice-flour noodles – Li River boat tour – Yulong River bamboo raft trip – “Beer Fish” – Yangshuo night market
CITHK1 icon with text - 150 x 150 Hong Kong 3-Day Tour (CITHK1): Man Mo Temple – Stanley Market – Repulse Bay – Aberdeen’s Floating Community – Victoria Peak/view of Hong Kong Harbor CITSH1 icon with text - 150 x 150 Shanghai 3-Day Extension (CITSH1): the Bund – Huangpu River boat tour – Nanjing Road – Mongolian barbecue – Yuyuan Gardens – Old Town – Shanghai Museum – Shanghai acrobat show – Maglev Train
CITXA1 icon with text - 150 x 150 Xi’an 3-Day Extension (CITXA1): Big Goose Pagoda – Xi’an City Walls – Shaanxi-style dinner – Terracotta Army – Huaqing Hot Springs – Defachang dumplings – Tang Dynasty-style performance
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