14 days in Beijing & Shanghai Itinerary

14 days in Beijing & Shanghai Itinerary

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14 days in Beijing & Shanghai Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
Fly:  18​h
1
Beijing
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​h
2
Shanghai
— 2 nights
Drive:  14​h
3
Beijing
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Salt Lake City

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.
Head to Nanluoguxiang and Panjiayuan Antique Marketfor some retail therapy. Your inner history buff will appreciate Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Peking Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling (Song Qingling Guju). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, wander the streets of 798 Art Zone, steep yourself in history at Bell and Drum Towers, and stroll through Back Lakes (Hou Hai).

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Beijing trip planner .

Salt Lake City, USA to Beijing is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to China Standard Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Salt Lake City in February, with highs in Beijing at 42°F and lows at 20°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
Temple of Heaven ©
Temple of Heaven

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Former French Concession and The Bund (Wai Tan). Shop till you drop at Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) and Xintiandi. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), take a stroll through Maoming Road, take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and buy something for everyone on your list at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Shanghai trip planner.

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Beijing in February; daily highs in Shanghai reach 51°F and lows reach 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

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Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©

5
nights
Beijing

Beijing ©
Get some cultural insight at Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and The Palace Museum. Do your shopping at Nanluoguxiang and Three Shadows Photography Art Centre. See some other sides of Beijing: steep yourself in history at The Great wall of Jiankou-The Great Wall Alternative, enjoy breathtaking views from Bell and Drum Towers, view the masterpieces at Red Brick Art Museum, and explore the wide array of goods at Youtang Life Square.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Beijing driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Shanghai to Beijing in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February, Beijing is little chillier than Shanghai - with highs of 42°F and lows of 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

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