15 days in China Itinerary

15 days in China Itinerary

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15 days in China Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  22 h 30 min
1
Beijing
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h
2
Xi'an
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Chengdu
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Shanghai
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Beijing
— 1 night
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Los Angeles

4
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 Qianmen Main Street Mall as well as Dashilan. Get in touch with nature at Mutianyu Great Wall and Back Lakes (Hou Hai). Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Temple of Heaven will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: wander the streets of 798 Art Zone, look for all kinds of wild species at Mt. Yangtaishan Scenic Area, steep yourself in history at Peking Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling (Song Qingling Guju), and take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong).

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Beijing online tour itinerary maker .

Los Angeles, USA to Beijing is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Beijing due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, you will find days in Beijing are little chillier (17°C), and nights are cooler (0°C). On the 30th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Trails
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Back Lakes (Hou Hai) ©
Back Lakes (Hou Hai)
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

2
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tang Bo Art Museum and Guangren Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta). Get out of town with these interesting Xi'an side-trips: Yaowang Shan Scenic Resort (in Tongchuan) and Niubeiliang Mountain Nature Reserve (in Zhashui County). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Cuihua Mountain and stop by Muslim market.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Xi'an tour planner.

Getting from Beijing to Xi'an by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Xi'an

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Yaowang Shan Scenic Resort, Niubeiliang Mountain Nature Reserve
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Tang Bo Art Museum ©
Tang Bo Art Museum
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

3
nights
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.
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) has been added to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Panda Valley and Mt. Tiantai Scenic Resort in Qionglai. Do some cultural sightseeing at Jiezi Ancient Town and Qingyang Palace (Green Ram Temple). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), stop by Dancing Yak Handicrafts, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and snap pictures at Anshun Bridge (Dongmen Bridge).

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Chengdu tour itinerary planning website .

Explore your travel options from Sagarmatha National Park to Chengdu with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Nepal Time (NPT) to China Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. In April in Chengdu, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Chengdu

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Panda Valley, Mt. Tiantai Scenic Resort in Qionglai, Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) ©
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), then take a peaceful walk through Huangpu Park, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Shanghai Wild Animal Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Former French Concession, then examine the collection at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, then get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Shanghai International Glasses Mall.

To find traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Shanghai trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Chengdu to Shanghai takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Chengdu in April, plan for slightly colder days in Shanghai, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Chong Ming Dong Tan Niao Lei
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum ©
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum

1
night
Beijing

Beijing
To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Beijing travel planner.

Getting from Xi'an to Beijing by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. On the 9th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Tours Historic Sites Parks

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