13 days in Beijing, Guilin & Harbin Itinerary

13 days in Beijing, Guilin & Harbin Itinerary

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13 days in Beijing, Guilin & Harbin Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
train + Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Beijing
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Guilin
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  8​h
3
Harbin
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  19​h
End: Birmingham

5
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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Heaven, and get in on the family fun at Olympic Park.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Beijing trip planner .

Cardiff, UK to Beijing is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cardiff to Beijing is 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Cardiff in September; daily highs in Beijing reach 31°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Harbin.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

2
nights
Guilin

The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Explore Guilin's surroundings by going to Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces (in Longsheng County) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Yangshuo County). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan), walk around Seven Star Park (Qixing Gongyuan), examine the collection at Guilin Museum, and make a trip to Guilin WenHua BuXingJie.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Guilin trip website .

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Guilin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Beijing in September, with highs in Guilin at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Harbin.

Things to do in Guilin

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) ©
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan)
Walking tours

2
nights
Harbin

Harbin ©
The influence of neighboring Russia remains visible throughout much of Harbin, with the country's northernmost metropolis possessing an intoxicating eclecticism in its architecture, food, and art.
Harbin is known for theme parks, museums, nature, zoos & aquariums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Zhongyang Pedestrian Street, engage your brain at Heilongjiang Science and Technology Museum, see the interesting displays at Saint Sophia Cathedral, and get in on the family fun at Harbin Ice and Snow World.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Harbin online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Guilin to Harbin in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Guilin in September, expect nights in Harbin to be cooler, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Harbin

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Harbin Polarland ©
Harbin Polarland
Zhongyang Pedestrian Street ©
Zhongyang Pedestrian Street
Harbin Ice and Snow World ©
Harbin Ice and Snow World

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