15 days in China Itinerary

15 days in China Itinerary

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15 days in China Itinerary

Start: Fargo
Fly:  24​h
1
Beijing
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Xi'an
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
3
Zhangjiajie
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Chengdu
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Lijiang
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Guilin
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sanya
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Macau
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Guangzhou
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
10
Shanghai
— 2 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Fargo

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum, Beijing Capital Museum, Beijing Zoo, and other attractions you added.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Beijing day trip planning tool .

Fargo, USA to Beijing is an approximately 24-hour flight. Traveling from Fargo to Beijing, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Beijing is somewhat warmer than Fargo - with highs of 90°F and lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Lama Temple (Yonghegong) ©
Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

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 11th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), make a trip to Muslim Quarter, then enjoy breathtaking views from Drum Tower (Gulou), then steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and finally get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Xi'an trip planner.

Getting from Beijing to Xi'an by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. July in Xi'an sees daily highs of 93°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums
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1
night
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Yellow Dragon Cave, then delve into the lush surroundings at Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie, and then don't miss a visit to Huangshi Village.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Zhangjiajie attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Zhangjiajie takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Huangshizhai ©
Huangshizhai
Yellow Dragon Cave ©
Yellow Dragon Cave

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Jinli Pedestrian Street, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kuanzhai Alley, take in the views from Anshun Bridge (Dongmen Bridge), then identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), and finally get to know the resident critters at China Discovery-Day Tour.

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

Traveling by flight from Zhangjiajie to Chengdu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July in Chengdu, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Chengdu

Tours Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Jinli Pedestrian Street
Jinli Pedestrian Street
Kuanzhai Alley ©
Kuanzhai Alley

1
night
Lijiang

Lijiang
The cultural capital of the Naxi people, one of the 55 minority ethnic groups in the country, Lijang traces its history back over 800 years, with the city developing from a trading post on the ancient Southern Silk Road.
On the 14th (Sun), admire the striking features of Beiyue Temple of Lijiang, contemplate the long history of Shuhe Ancient Town, don't miss a visit to HuaMa Jie, then admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lijiang trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Chengdu to Lijiang by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Chengdu in July, things will get slightly colder in Lijiang: highs are around 70°F and lows about 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Guilin.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Black Dragon Pond Park ©
Black Dragon Pond Park
Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town

1
night
Guilin

The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then make a trip to Sun and Moon Pagodas, and then Head underground at Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan).

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Guilin online tour builder .

Fly from Lijiang to Guilin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Lijiang in July, plan for warmer days in Guilin, with highs around 91°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Guilin

Tours Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) ©
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan)

1
night
Sanya

Sanya ©
The climate and coastline bring visitors from far and wide on vacations to Sanya, with its 40 km (25 mi) of shoreline almost entirely devoted to tourism.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanshan Temple, stroll through Tianya Haijiao, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Yalong Bay.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sanya tour builder app .

Fly from Guilin to Sanya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Sanya are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Macau.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan Temple
Tianya Haijiao ©
Tianya Haijiao

1
night
Macau

Macau ©
Vacation in Macau to discover one of the world's richest cities organized as an autonomous region of China that, until 1999, was administered by Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): try your luck at Casino at Venetian Macao, explore the venue of Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kun Iam Temple, and finally explore the ancient world of Ruins of St. Paul's.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Macau trip planner.

Fly from Sanya to Macau in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Guangzhou.

Things to do in Macau

Fun & Games Casinos Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Casino at Venetian Macao ©
Casino at Venetian Macao
Ruins of St. Paul's
Ruins of St. Paul's
Kun Iam Temple ©
Kun Iam Temple

1
night
Guangzhou

Guangzhou ©
A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): examine the collection at Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King, contemplate the long history of Shamian Island, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally don't miss a visit to Canton Tower.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Guangzhou trip planner .

Getting from Macau to Guangzhou by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and subway; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 93°F in July, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Shamian Island ©
Shamian Island
Spas
Canton Tower ©
Canton 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.
On the 19th (Fri), get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan), take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, then admire the landmark architecture of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and finally admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Shanghai trip builder app .

You can fly from Guangzhou to Shanghai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Shanghai can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

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