15 days in China Itinerary

15 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Shanghai Pudong, Train to Tonglu, Taxi to Hangzhou
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Hangzhou
— 4 nights
Drive
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Suzhou
— 2 nights
Train
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Nanjing
— 2 nights
Fly
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Xi'an
— 3 nights
Fly
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Beijing
— 2 nights
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Hangzhou

— 4 nights

Paradise on Earth

Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to China National Silk Museum and Southern Song Dynasty Guan Kiln Museum. Appreciate the collections at Zhejiang Museum Wulin and Hangzhou Museum. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Xiang Lake Tourist Resort Area of Hangzhou, contemplate the long history of Xiangji Temple, stroll around Liulang Wenying Park, and tee off at Westlake International Golf and Country Club.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hangzhou trip itinerary maker site.

Toronto, Canada to Hangzhou is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13 hours traveling from Toronto to Hangzhou. Traveling from Toronto in May, things will get a bit warmer in Hangzhou: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Suzhou.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Suzhou

— 2 nights

Venice of the East

One of the oldest settlements in the Yangtze basin, Suzhou remains a complex, labyrinthine set of old canal districts, World Heritage gardens, and sprawling modern developments.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): examine the collection at Suzhou Garden Museum and then see the interesting displays at China Kunqu Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Xiyuan Temple, stroll around Suzhou Canal Park, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Landscape Architecture.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Suzhou trip planner.

Drive from Hangzhou to Suzhou in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Nanjing.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Nanjing

— 2 nights
Located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing was the capital city of numerous dynasties over the ages.
On the 9th (Sun), examine the collection at Purple Mountain Observatory and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bailuzhou Park. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Yuejiang Tower.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nanjing online attractions planner.

Take a train from Suzhou to Nanjing in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Nanjing, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Xi'an.

Things to do in Nanjing

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Xi'an

— 3 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Small Goose Pagoda and Tianshuijing Catholic Church. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tang Bo Art Museum and Forest of Stone Steles Museum. When in Xi'an, make a side trip to see Hanyangling Museum in Xianyang, approximately Xianyang away. Next up on the itinerary: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Near Wall Bar and Xian Brewery.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Xi'an vacation website.

Traveling by flight from Nanjing to Xi'an takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nanjing in May, Xi'an is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Beijing

— 2 nights
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.
On the 14th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Hutong Tour, contemplate the long history of Peking Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling (Song Qingling Guju), and then wander the streets of Doufuchi Hutong. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Niujie Mosque and then contemplate the waterfront views at Back Lakes (Hou Hai).

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Beijing holiday planner.

You can fly from Xi'an to Beijing in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Beijing are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

China travel guide

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Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.