Your expats life gives you more opportunities to explore China’s brilliant culture and magnificent landscapes, and your better knowledge about China helps you escape from possible troubles easily. It may be the best time to start a China vacation now! We, China Discovery, have found the hidden gems and the off-the-beaten-path experiences that you can easily get to from wherever you are living in – Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Chengdu or even a county-level town of a remote province like Guizhou, Yunnan, etc. They are especially recommended for China expats like you. We will make it easy for you whether you prefer a classic China tour to the iconic Great Wall, Xian Terracotta Warriors, etc., or a leisure vacation to Yunnan which has pleasant weather all year around, or some enjoyable hikes to Yellow Mountain, Mount Tai, etc., or some historical journeys on the Silk Road, or serious photography tours to Kanas, Xiapu, Grassland, etc., or some family-friendly holidays…
As a leading China travel agency, we have rich experiences in creating private tailor-made holidays in all corners of China. Even during the difficult time of Covid-19 when many travel agencies’ businesses were suspended, we have managed to help thousands of expats clients travel in China successfully, including families with kids, white-collar workers, photographers, teachers, etc. Now the pandemic situation in China has been greatly controlled. It's time to discover China with us now! Our patient travel consultants, attentive operators, passionate tour guides, skillful drivers and support team always fulfill their duties to create the best experience and deal with any possible situation so that you are able to enjoy your holiday as much as you could.
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Based on recommendations and great feedbacks from our clients, we have selected 5 Best-selling China Tours for expats, focusing on classic attractions, authentic local culture, extraordinary natural landscapes and relaxing holidays. Whether you prefer a packaged tour or exploring in a flexible way, we can tailor-make your entire holiday. Choose a tour from our recommended deals or let us customize the itinerary and tour services based on your plan.
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China offers unlimited vacation options for expats in China. Whether you are searching for a tour of upcoming season, or interested in traveling with your own styles, such as natural charms, cultural significance, family experience, adventure, in-depth China exploration, you can always find an ideal tour with us. We can always bring your vacation dreams to reality. Choose tours based on your interest, date or pace. All of our tours are fully packed with valuable tour services, such as tour guide, hotel, transfer, meals, etc. We also provide custom tours to match your specific needs.
Lanzhou - Zhangye - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang
Hohhot / Huitengxile Grassland / Yemingsha Desert / Hohhot
Hangzhou / Moganshan / Hangzhou
Chengdu / Leshan / Emei / Chengdu / Jiuzhaigou
Lhasa / Gyangtse / Shigatse/ Everest
Beijing / Xian / Zhangjiajie / Guilin / Shanghai
Guilin / Yangshuo / Longsheng
Beijing / Xian
Chengdu / Leshan / Mt. Emei / Chengdu
Chongqing / Yangtze Cruise / Yichang
Kunming / Stone Forest / Kunming
Chengdu / Daocheng / Yading
Lanzhou - Zhangye - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang
Beijing / Chengde / Bashang / Beijing
Xining - Zhangye - Badain Jaran Desert
Tunxi - Huangshan Mountain - Hongcun - Xidi
Kunming / Stone Forest / Yuanyang / Jianshui / Kunming
Hulunbuir / Erguna / Manzhouli / Hulunbuir
Datong / Wutaishan / Taiyuan / Pingyao
Luoyang / Dengfeng / Luoyang
Guiyang / Kaili / Rongjiang / Congjiang / Zhaoxing / Congjiang
Chengdu / Leshan / Emeishan / Xian
Xian / Dunhuang / Turpan / Urumqi / Kashgar
Hangzhou / Suzhou
Chengdu / Sichuan Cuisine Museum / Chengdu
Hangzhou / Anji / Hangzhou
Xiamen - Nanjing - Xiamen
Guilin / Li River / Yangshuo / Guilin
Beijing Jiankou / Huanghuacheng / Beijing
Beijing Jiankou / Mutianyu / Gubeikou / Jinshanling / Beijing
Tongren / Fanjingshan / Tongren
Chengdu / Dujiangyan / Siguniangshan / Chengdu
Shangri-La / Meili Snow Mountain / Yubeng / Shangri-La
Lijiang / Tiger Leaping Gorge / Lijiang
Chengdu / Leshan / Emeishan / Xian / Beijing
Lanzhou - Zhangye - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang - Turpan - Urumqi - Kashgar
Kunming / Dali / Lijiang / Shangri-La
Kunming / Stone Forest / Yuanyang / Jianshui / Kunming / Dali / Lijiang / Shangri-La
Guangzhou / Guilin / Yangshuo / Longji / Zhaoxing / Rongjiang / Kaili
Shanghai / Guilin / Chongqing / Yangtze Cruise / Yichang / Zhangjiajie / Beijing
Beijing / Pingyao / Xian / Luoyang / Shanghai
Never worry about finding no place to go even if you have visited China for several times or have lived in China for years. China’s splendors are not only kept in the iconic places of Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Giant Panda, etc., but everywhere in the northern ancient capitals, western plateau, eastern metropolis, southwestern ethnic lands, eastern coasts… If you are new to China, Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai, Chengdu and other classic China destinations are recommended to you to obtain a glimpse of China; If you desire for something new, you may take a trip to Gansu to trace the glory of Silk Road, or enjoy a relaxing vacation in the colorful land of Yunnan, or explore ethnic culture in mysterious Guizhou, or spend several days in the vast grassland of Inner Mongolia. Find a suitable tour below:
Yunnan - one of the most popular picks of our clients in 2020/2019
Yunnan can satisfy all your expectations about travel. It is the most diverse province of China with an extraordinary mix of landscape and culture. South of the Colorful Clouds is what Yunnan literarily means, and during your vacation to Yunnan, you will feel like being on cloud nine. It is recommended to stay at least 5 or more days in the province to enjoy some leisure time in Lijiang and Dali, refresh your eyes in Yuanyang Terraces, soak in Tibetan culture in Shangri-la, etc.
Reach the place south of the colorful clouds, enter into the “Plant and Animal Kingdom”, see the magnificent mountains and plateaus, appreciate the breathtaking river and lakes, and join in minority village to enjoy ethnic culture…
Price from $915
Start from Kunming for a magical journey to Stone Forest and head to explore amazing Yuanyang Rice Terrace and feel authentic life in historic town. This is the best trip traveling to South Yunnan for 5 days.
Price from $984
Gansu – the very essence of ancient Silk Road.
Gansu region is the vital part of Silk Road through which goods and cultures once exchanged between China, Central Asia and Europe. Many historical sites, such as Buddhist caves, border forts, beacon towers, Great Wall ruins, etc., have survived from the history. The region of Gansu is also rich in geographic diversity. Photographers can fall in love with rainbow mountains (Danxia landform), adventurers can hike and camp in desert, play with sand dunes…
Memorable trip to discover three most glorious destinations in Zhangye, Jiayuguan and Dunhuang - diverse experience, enjoyable pace, budget price!
Price from $892
From the stunning Qinghai Lake to the rainbow mountains Zhangye Danxia Landform, to the most beautiful desert in China - Badain Jaran Desert, this trip brings you the best visual feast in China.
Price from $1657
Tibet – once in a lifetime spiritual journey & Mount Everest expedition
Tibet is open to foreign expats who are currently living in China now because the Covid-19 has been controlled very well. The sunshine is warm in Lhasa; the frozen Namtso Lake is starting to melt; Mount Everest is clear to see; tourists are not many… it is safe and the best time to explore the holy land Tibet! Places that are opened to tourists: Lhasa (Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street and around area), Namtso Lake, Mount Everest, Shigatse, Gyantse, Nyingchi, etc. Required documents include Tibet Travel Permit, a proof of your residence in China, negative Nucleic acid test & Green Heath Code.
This 4 Day Lhasa Tour is the idea trip - you will visit the most famous temples and palaces, the most authentic Tibetan culture... to catch the essence the soul of Tibet!
Price from $475
"No Tibet tour is complete without visiting Mount Everest"! This tour will help you realize that dream and discover from Lhasa, travels via the cities of Gyantse and Shigatse, to Mount Everest, and then back to Lhasa.
Price from $1,324
Sichuan – the home to Giant Panda & Land of Heritage Sites
Sichuan is a vast land of hidden gems. Being the home to the treasure of China – Giant Panda is only one of a thousand faces of this abundant land. It boasts 7 world heritage sites including China’s most beautiful national park – Jiuzhaigou, sacred Buddhist mountain – Mount Emei, world irrigation wonder – Dujiangyan, heavenly Shangri-la world - Daocheng Yading, ice vacation destination – Xiling, etc. At the same time, its Sichuan Cuisine is widely believed as the best Chinese food. Face-changing, Kung Fu, tea… there are endless ways to have fun in Sichuan.
A great tour of a visual feast to explore two magnificent World Heritage Sites around Chengdu - Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei in a leisure way, also visit the adorable Giant Pandas in Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
Price from $538
Enjoy a memorable scenic and cultural vacation on best the golden Western Sichuan Small Loop with fantastic visits to Mount Siguniang, Danba, Tagong, Xinduqiao, Hailuogou and more splendors!
Price from $1263
Beijing - ancient city with 7 World Heritage Sites.
There is no need of many words to persuade you to visit Beijing. If there is one reason, it is because Beijing is there. The Forbidden City, Great Wall, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven… there are so many heritage places to visit. Beijing opens the first door to you if you visit China for the first time. The tourism industry of Beijing is developing too. There are many new ways to explore Beijing beyond the classic experiences, such as riding a rickshaw through traditional dwellings, getting inspired by modern arts in 798 Art Zone, hiking on a wild Great Wall, weekend ice and snow gateways, etc. Whenever you come to Beijing, you can always find places to go.
Visit the best and featured highlights of Beijing in a single trip and explore the glorious past and present of Beijing in one go. Apart from Beijing's time-honored landmarks - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and Great Wall, you will take a special visit to 798 Art Zone and admire the most outstanding architectures in Olympic Park.
Price from $404
Want a quality but enjoyable time with your children in Beijing? This 4 days Beijing family tour is well-arranged to fulfill your needs. You will have a sightseeing trip involving interesting kid-friendly activities. Apart from offering entertainment, this tour helps them learn, grow and gain a better understanding of China.
Price from Request
Xian – China’s Greatest Ancient Capital
Xi'an used to be the capital of 13 ancient China dynasties. It is the best place to explore Chinese dynastic history and culture. There are many magnificent historical sites survived including the world-famous Terracotta Warriors which is only a small part of the Mausoleum of Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of China, Ancient City Wall, etc. Xian also welcomes its visitors by delicious local snacks, wonderful nightlife as well as tourist-friendly hotels. Mount Hua which is only about 1.5 hours’ drive from Xian, provides you some terrific hiking experiences.
Travel the best highlights and the unique historic relics of the ancient capital Xian at an enjoyable pace in 3 days. This is the most classic Xian itinerary, with visits to all the bests of this ancient capital!
Price from $271
Visit the best attractions in Xian, then take a side trip to hike Mount Huashan which is famous for its thrilling hiking routes and Plank Walk.
Price from $512
Yangtze River Cruise - the most relaxing and enjoyable vacation in China
The majestic Yangtze River flows from the western mountains to the eastern plains, creating many natural and cultural wonders. Now, taking a cruise on the river has become the most relaxing and enjoyable vacation in China on which you can marvel at charming Three Gorges, explore world-famous Three Gorges Dam and discover culture and history of the central part of China. The major cruise mainly locates between Chongqing and Yichang, costing about 4 days or 5 days. Most of the cruises are luxury 5-star ships with wonderful amenities and services. You can have fun with many onboard activities and shore excursions.
This trip, from East China, middle China to North China, presents not only the CLASSIC sights, but also authentic aspects of China - both old and new, historical and modern.
Price from $1854
This Chongqing Yangtze tour is the most classic route for a single Yangtze cruise experience in China! If you want a relaxing way to relax your body and feast your eyes with countless charming natural scenery, this short cruise trip is definitely the perfect one for you.
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Guilin - the darling of all kinds of travelers
As the first city in China to develop inbound tourism, Guilin has become the darling of all kinds of travelers. It is full of landscape, culture, adventures, experiences… What makes Guilin so different from other tourist destinations is its jagged limestone karst peaks which was used as the set location for the Wookiee planet, Kashyyyk in Star Wars. There are many ways to explore – cruising, bamboo-rafting, cycling, hiking, etc. The layered rice terraces in Longsheng, a county of Guilin, is another natural wonder to enjoy.
This short 4-day tour covers the three most popular destinations of Guilin - Li River, Yangshuo County and Longji Rice Terraces. Only 4 days are needed to get them all in a single trip.
Price from $391
During this 3 days brief but really classic Guilin vacation, you will never miss the landmarks of Guilin city, Elephant Trunk Hill, but surely catch enough inspiring hours to get relaxed by cruising down along the stunning Li River to Yangshuo Town.
Price from $271
Zhangjiajie – the Actual and Real Avatar World
Zhangjiajie is probably the most spectacular place in China for natural lovers and outdoor lovers. The floating pillars shooting straight up in Zhangjiajie Wulinyuan National Park inspired the Hallelujah Mountains in the movie Avatar. There are also many other striking landscapes including the World’s longest and highest glass bridge, magnificent Tianmen Mountain, tranquil Golden Whip Stream, mysterious Yellow Dragon Cave, etc. It is a unique place unlike anywhere around the world.
If you show interests in the natural splendid landscapes and like to take challenges, this 4 Days Zhangjiajie Exciting Tour will be your satisfactory selection.
Price from $575
This 5-day Zhangjiajie Fenghuang tour is the best way to fully make use of your time in Zhangjiajie. Admire all natural must-sees in UNESCO Zhangjiajie Forest Park with a cultural relaxation at antique Xiangxi flavored Fenghuang Ancient Town.
Price from $660
Huangshan - trip to China's most beautiful mountain and villages
Huangshan is one of the most gorgeous places in China with different landscapes in four seasons. Huangshan region is not only about Huangshan Mountain (the Yellow Mountain), but also about authentic ancient villages of China. Huangshan Mountain features the “Four Wonders” - beautifully-shaped pines trees, fantastic rock peaks, sea of clouds and hot springs. It provides serious hiking, leisure holiday, photography opportunities and snow &ice tour and many travel experiences that can be enjoyed by hikers, families, seniors, students, etc. Hongcun, Xidi and other ancient villages nearby Huangshan Mountain take you to trace back to China of several hundred years ago.
Suits all kinds of travelers, especially family with kids, seniors and those who need to hike in a leisure way. Explore the best highlights of the Back Mountain, West Sea Grand Canyon and Bright Top area in 2 full days.
Price from $369
You will have a leisure tour on Huangshan Mountain to admire its archetypal granite peaks, twisted pines, beautiful cloud sea and fabulous sunrise and visit two remarkable ancient villages - Hongcun and Xidi which are listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Price from $509
Fujian - enjoyable vacation & photography destination.
Fujian Province is an amazing place to explore a different China which is quite different from what you can find in Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guilin, etc. It is a small province but with 4 world heritage sites and many pyrotechnic places to discover. The capital city Xiamen shares the characteristics of a metropolis as well as the quietness and ease of a romantic town, as a perfect place for holiday. While in Nanjing, Yongding and Chuxi, there are hundreds of unique earthen buildings hidden among hills. You shouldn't miss serene Mount Wuyi too. If you are a photographer, the vast mudflat in Xiamen can run out all storage of your camera.
The most popular Fujian trip to discover all best sightseeing, culture and history of Fujian Province with great fun, including classic visit to Xiamen with Gulangyu, Fujian Tulou in Nanjing and Yongding and Wuyi Mountain with Jiuqu Stream rafting!
Price from Request
The 4-day vacation is the best photography trip to shoot the diverse and gorgeous Xiapu Mudflat, gorgerous sunrise and sunset, daily life on the sea of local fishermen at the best time and locations with professional photography guide!
Price from Request
Guizhou – primitive ethnic villages & magnificent Karst landscape
Guizhou is drawing more and more attentions from outside world as its tourism is developing increasingly. But it still remains as one of the most mysterious provinces in China. In 2020, it was selected as one of the “Top 10 Region to Visit in 2020” by Lonely Planet. CNN also recommend it to global tourists in its travel edition. What’s so special about Guizhou? It may be the special ethnic cultures of up to 17 minority groups and their primitive villages, or the special Karst landscape, or the spectacular Fanjing Mountain, or the soaring Huangguoshu Waterfall, or the delicious fish soup… Come to find the answer on your own!
You will not only walk to different positions to appreciate Huangguoshu Waterfall, but, enjoy a memorable time roam at the dazzling gorgeous underground kingdom at Zhijin Cave!
Price from Request
This is the tour to take you to explore the diverse Guizhou - Hidden Ethnic Villages and Wonderland Fanjingshan, which is full of fun.
Price from Request
Shanxi - discover most authentic Chinese culture.
When thinking of Chinese culture, Beijing, Xian and Shanghai usually come up to people’s mind. But to be honest, they are not the places where the most authentic Chinese cultures are kept. It is in Shanxi Province that China’s history began, folk culture originated, Buddhism flourished, Yellow River expanded… Traveling in Shanxi means immersing yourself in the splendid Buddhist world, walkingto the cliffside temples, strolling the antique streets of real ancient city, pilgrimage to holy Mount Wutai, marveling at magnificent Hukou Waterfall, etc.
Datong - Pingyao - Wutaishan is the Golden Triangle of Shanxi Province. Your Shanxi tour is not complete without any one of them. This 6 Days Tour takes you to explore 3 magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Sites - from the man-made wonder Yungang Grottoes in Datong to the Ancient City of Pingyao via the Sacred Mount Wutai (Wutaishan), as well as many unexpected sights, such as Hanging Temple, Yingxian Wooden Pagoda, etc. in just one go.
Trace back to discover ancient architectural wonders and learn about the history, also admire the brilliant Buddhist culture and art in Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Temple. It’s a fusion exploration of World Cultural Heritage in different ancient dynasties.
Henan - to experience authentic Chinese Kung Fu
What you can expect for traveling in Henan? There are authentic Shaolin Kung Fu, ancient capital city, Buddhist arts hidden in grottoes, unearthed Oracle Bone Inscriptions, beautiful mountains, wonders of Yellow River… The province Henan is one of the best places to trace back on the Chinese roots and discover the essence of Chinese culture. A trip to Henan Province will not only please your eyes, but also refresh your mind.
Apart from the surviving Longmen Grottoes, you will also explore more of Luoyang by visiting its local museums and experience the authentic Shaolin Kung Fu in nearby Dengfeng Shaolin Temple.
Price from Request
This private tour takes you to discover Luoyang, Shaolin Temple and Kaifeng with a leisure pace. It’s an authentic cultural experience which is quite different from what you can get in other parts of China.
Price from Request
It is easy to keep you busy in your expats weekend life in China, but just a few hours from your living city, many fun experiences abound. Hop on a bullet train or an early flight to reach the vast grassland, coastal cities, cool mountains, historical cities and leisure resorts in a matter of hours. If you happen to live in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Suzhou and other cities which are abundant with weekend trips, come with us to find out how interesting your weekends can be! How does our weekend trip work? Choose a tour from our recommended weekend trips or customize your own itinerary. We will take cares of the rest – flights, trains, hotels, attractions, tour guide, transfer, etc. You only need to focus 100% on enjoying your trip.
The Covid-19 suspended tourism in Jan~Jun, 2020, so were the businesses of many travel agencies. But since the tourism reopening from July, 2020, we have managed to help thousands of expats who live in China explore China with our private tour packages. Some of them went to Yunnan to explore ethnic culture and stunning landscape, some of them chose to marvel at the magnificent Gobi deserts and legendary Silk Road culture in Gansu, some of them took some serious photography journeys in the remote Xinjiang… Check their inspiring travel stories and useful feedbacks.
Here we list out the most frequently asked questions that our former customers about tour planning, travel documents, itinerary, hotel, booking, dinning. You are also welcomed to submit your question to us, our travel experts are always ready to help. Read more tips »
Making a booking with us is quite simple: 1) Send an Inquiry; 2) Get a tour package with quotation from us; 3) Amend the tour according to your requirement; 4) You confirm the tour and pay a deposit; 5) Pay the balance; 6) Enjoy your tour.
You can make payment either by Wechat Pay, Alipay, or Bank Transfer, PayPal, even cash. Your travel consultant will instruct you to complete the payment.
If you must cancel your trip, please submit your cancellation in written form by email or fax with your signature as early as possible. The final refund amount depends on when we receive your cancellation notice or letter, and actual expense, such as hotel booking, tickets reservation, etc. Your travel consultant will help you with the detailed process.
Yes. You can prepare some cash but a not big amount, in case of mobile payment is not available in some areas, or your phone might be out of signals or battery.
Tourism rules vary by destinations. Generally speaking, you need to have original Passport, original visa stamped with the latest date of entry (you are required to have stayed in China for at least 28 days), Health Code colored in green and 14-Day Dynamic Trip Record. Some places may require nucleic acid testing report. The policies may change. Please contact your travel consultant for details and latest news.
The flights and trains in your itinerary are usually covered in our tour package. If you need, we can also book the arrival and departing flights or train for you.
It depends on your group size and budget. We have sedan car, SUV, business van (MPV), different types of buses available. No matter where you are going to visit, your vehicle is licensed, air conditioned, clean, and expertly maintained. To maximize your comfort, we use vehicles with extra space for you and your luggage.
In each destination, you’ll stay in a comfortable hotel with great location! We only use hotel with good-ratings, great locations, well-equipped facilities, cozy bed, high quality service and guests’ feedbacks. Choices are a lot ranging from luxury 5 star, comfortable 4 star to budget 3 star. You could decide where to stay to best suit for your budget and likes. Generally, the hotels have both Western and Chinese breakfast with a wide choices. If you have already got an ideal hotel, please feel free to tell our travel consultants and they'll book the hotel for you.
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