China Group Tours
Budget-friendly, backpacking adventures trips for the young and the young at heart, our tours range from 8 to 24 days and take in all of China’s highlights. China is where we started and what we do best. A massive country and melting-pot of cultures, China boasts bustling cities, vast national parks and incredible landscapes – not to mention the Giant Panda.
About our China Trips
China is an astoundingly beautiful country, packed with a diverse culture and history. Our group tours explore it with respect and care. We use public transport, stay in small hostels and with local communities, and ensure we clear up after ourselves as we travel.
The Adventure Leaders
Your guide will be a local expert, bilingual and native to China, leading you through fascinating, budget friendly, authentic experiences. Whether that be guiding you through the bustling streets of Shanghai, hiking up to camp on the Great Wall or just ordering the group the perfect, delicious Chinese meal.
Each trip is different, but our travelers come from all over the world and from every background. Before your China group trip why not connect with fellow Dragon Trippers or meet people on The Dragon Trip Facebook page.
Reviews of our China Tours
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25-Day China Loop
All the guides were extremely good and really knew their stuff. We definitely could not have done this trip better or cheaper ourselves. Such great value for money!
9-day Beijing to Shanghai Tour
The dragon trip experience was truly amazing… each day was packed with things to do. The tour guides go out the way to be friendly, supportive and helpful. I would truely recommend the dragon trip to family and friends.
25-Day China Loop
Exceptional tour. Covers all the major highlights in every city and more. Professional guides at each destination. Superbly organized and run. Would recommend to anyone…
Duncan, New Zealand
18-Day China Backpacking Tour
The structure of the trip was very good – it meant all the highlights were included in the price (camping on the Great Wall – amazing!!, Terracotta Warriors, Pandas) and there were a fair few optional activities as well which meant there was something in it for everyone!
Travel the real China
Do you love big metropolitan cities? Are you a keen nature lover? What about food? Our China group tours are jam-packed with experiences you will never forget. Start off your trip with a hike along the Great Wall at sunrise before strolling the streets of the Forbidden City in Beijing. Burn your mouth with our spicy Sichuan hot pot challenge and then experience the serenity of the Yulong River on a traditional bamboo raft cruise.
Our tours don’t just offer you the chance to tick off China’s classic experiences. With The Dragon Trip, you can do more than just take home the T-shirt. We take you where other tours won’t. Join us at a local children’s home run by the Shaolin Temple. Here monks, experts in martial arts, train children to be the next kung fu masters. Or pull up a seat in the home of your local adventure leader, where you’ll be treated to a REAL and authentic Chinese meal (the non-takeaway kind!) and all among friends. Finally, we’ll teach you Mandarin, with lessons en route that will help you understand more, read more, experience more and see a side of China that we’re betting your friends, or Instagram followers, haven’t seen.
About our China Tours
The ideal times to visit China are in the spring and autumn, during which flight prices are lower and the temperature is pleasantly warm across much of the country. If you can handle the heat then you can still have a great time in China in the summer months, just be prepared for some humid weather and pack lots of water!
China is home to an incredibly extensive railway network, envied by my much of the world. We like to make the most of it on our tours: whether that’s zooming out from Hong Kong on high speed rail or bunking up on the night train from Beijing to Hangzhou. At certain times on the trip buses and subways are also used and, when it comes to exploring destinations, we love to make use of bicycles!
In order to make it an affordable tour, we mainly use public transport. This also reduces your carbon footprint and ensures that you travel in a way that limits your impact on the environment.
China is our longest running trip and over the years we’ve built up a selection of favourite hostels to stay in. If you’re tired after a day of exploring these hostels are the best, clean and comfortable places to crash out. Should you prefer your own room away from the camaraderie of the dorms, you can upgrade to a private room.
An absolute highlight of the China tour for many is the night we spend camping out on the Great Wall. Set up camp, sit around the campfire and wake up in the morning to a breath-taking sunrise. Later in the trip, in Fujian, you will stay in one of the traditional roundhouse homes of the Hakka Minority People.
One of the best parts of traveling in China is the food! With its diverse mix of different cuisines, food throughout the country can be vastly different, but fear not- with literally thousands of options, China has something for everyone, even the pickiest or most adventurous of eaters. Plus, if you are craving Western food, the hostels all offer affordable Western dishes like pizza and pasta.
With so many food choices, China can meet the needs of individuals with special dietary needs or requests. Just tell your Adventure Leader and they can help you find something suitable. You will probably discover a new dish that you love!
Tap water in China is not safe to drink but many of the hostels we use on our China adventures provide free filtered water, so bring a reusable water bottle with you to reduce your plastic waste. Bottled water is also widely available to buy in shops.
You will need a visa to travel in China and we will send you detailed instructions on applying for your visa, a visa invitation letter and a detailed itinerary, and several other items in your booking packet.
You will need to follow the instructions of your country’s embassy on applying for your visa, we would suggest allowing two weeks for this to be processed. Visas should be applied for within three months of your travel start date. For more information prior to booking you can check the China Visa Application Service Centre or the website of your local Chinese consulate.
Seeing the Great Wall is one thing but seeing it at sunrise adds on a whole new dimension and is by far the best way to see it. There are plenty of sections of the wall tourists can go and visit, however most of these are usually packed with visitors and have specific opening hours.
To make sure we do the visit properly, on The Dragon Trip we hike up to our own secluded section of the Great Wall to set up camp the night before. In the morning, tents are zipped open to the most amazing, breath taking view.
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