15 days in China Itinerary

15 days in China Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sanya
— 2 nights
2
Lhasa
— 3 nights
3
Lijiang
— 2 nights
4
Zhangjiajie
— 2 nights
5
Beijing
— 3 nights
6
Shanghai
— 2 nights

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Sanya Zhujiang Nantian Spa and then explore the activities along Yalong Bay. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanshan Temple.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sanya vacation app.

Sydney, Australia to Sanya is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to China Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect nights in Sanya to be warmer, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks · Nature · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan Temple

3
nights
Lhasa

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jokhang Temple and Off-Road Tours. Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden) and Potala Palace will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sera Monastery, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lhasa online visit planner.

You can fly from Sanya to Lhasa in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Sanya in September, expect nights in Lhasa to be colder, around 12°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden) ©
Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden)

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): go for a walk through Blue Moon Valley, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Puji Temple, Lijiang, and then contemplate the long history of Shuhe Ancient Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Mufu Palace and then don't miss a visit to Old Town of Lijiang - China.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lijiang visit planner.

Getting from Lhasa to Lijiang by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Lhasa in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much warmer in Lijiang, with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Puji Temple, Lijiang
Highlights from your plan
Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Blue Moon Valley ©
Blue Moon Valley

2
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Suoxiyu Nature Reserve and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Zhangjiajie online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lijiang to Zhangjiajie takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park ©
Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mutianyu Great Wall and Temple of Heaven. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and The Palace Museum. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), admire the striking features of Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), enjoy breathtaking views from Bell and Drum Towers, and get great views at Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan).

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Beijing trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Zhangjiajie to Beijing in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Beijing can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

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

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 14th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple, visit Maoming Road, admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), then don't miss a visit to The Bund (Wai Tan), and finally take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Shanghai day trip planning tool.

Getting from Beijing to Shanghai by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Shanghai. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Jade Buddha Temple ©
Jade Buddha Temple
Maoming Road ©
Maoming Road

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