11 days in Beijing, Xi'an & Shanghai Itinerary

11 days in Beijing, Xi'an & Shanghai Itinerary

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11 days in Beijing, Xi'an & Shanghai Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  14​h
1
Beijing
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Xi'an
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Shanghai
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Beijing
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  16​h
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Beijing

Beijing ©
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
You've added Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), The Great Wall at Badaling, National Museum Of China, and other attractions to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), don't miss a visit to Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), then get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, then examine the collection at National Museum Of China, and finally wander the streets of 798 Art Zone.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Beijing trip planner .

Washington DC, USA to Beijing is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13 hours traveling from Washington DC to Beijing. In August in Beijing, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Great Wall at Badaling ©
The Great Wall at Badaling
Temple of Heaven ©
Temple of Heaven

1
night
Xi'an

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Xi'an Bell Tower, Muslim Quarter and Xi'an Mosque.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Xi'an visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Xi'an takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Xi'an Mosque ©
Xi'an Mosque
Xi'an Bell Tower ©
Xi'an Bell Tower

2
nights
Shanghai

Shanghai ©
With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Old Town (Nanshi) as well as Jin Mao Tower. Do your shopping at Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) and Three on the Bund. Former French Concession and Jing'an Temple will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and get engrossed in the history at Shanghai Developemt Exhibition Hall.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Shanghai trip maker website .

Getting from Xi'an to Shanghai by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, Shanghai is a bit warmer than Xi'an - with highs of 83°F and lows of 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)
Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)

3
nights
Beijing

Beijing ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sanlitun Bar Street, Wang Fu Jing Da Jie and Pearl Market (Hongqiao Market). Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Bell and Drum Towers, browse for treasures at Panjiayuan Antique Market, then hunt for treasures at Pearl Market (Hongqiao Market), then buy something for everyone on your list at Wang Fu Jing Da Jie, and finally make a trip to Sanlitun Bar Street.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Beijing tour itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Shanghai to Beijing in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Beijing, with lows of 59°F. You'll set off for home on the 9th (Mon).

Things to do in Beijing

Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pearl Market (Hongqiao Market) ©
Pearl Market (Hongqiao Market)
Bell and Drum Towers ©
Bell and Drum Towers
Wang Fu Jing Da Jie ©
Wang Fu Jing Da Jie

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