13 days in China Itinerary

13 days in China Itinerary

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13 days in China Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  8​h
1
Chengdu
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Xi'an
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Beijing
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Shanghai
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Hong Kong
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
Chengdu

Chengdu ©
The home of giant pandas for more than two million years, Chengdu's vast human history cowers in comparison to the natural heritage of the area.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at China Discovery-Day Tour, identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), and then get engrossed in the history at Jinsha Site Museum.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Chengdu trip planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Chengdu is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in September, expect Chengdu to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Chengdu

Tours Parks Wildlife
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Jinsha Site Museum ©
Jinsha Site Museum

1
night
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), then get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, and then contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta).

To find traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Xi'an trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Chengdu to Xi'an takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Chengdu in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Xi'an, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums
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Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

3
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, appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), contemplate the long history of Temple of Heaven, and get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Beijing holiday maker site .

You can fly from Xi'an to Beijing in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September in Beijing, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

3
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.
Shanghai is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan), see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, and admire the striking features of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Shanghai planner .

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Shanghai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Beijing in September since evenings lows in Shanghai dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

4
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Hong Kong is known for shopping, theme parks, parks, nature, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Hong Kong Disneyland, stroll around Nan Lian Garden, appreciate the history behind Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), and head off the coast to Lantau island.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hong Kong day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Hong Kong: highs are around 38°C and lows about 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

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