16 days in China Itinerary

16 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China travel route planner

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Lhasa
— 2 nights
Fly
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Xi'an
— 1 night
Train
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Luoyang
— 1 night
Fly to Beijing Capital, Bus to Gubeikou Station
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Luanping County
— 1 night
Drive
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Beijing
— 4 nights
Fly
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Shanghai
— 2 nights
Drive
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Huangshan
— 1 night
Fly
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Hong Kong
— 3 nights
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Lhasa

— 2 nights
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
On the 6th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Sera Monastery and then see Off-Road Tours. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ani Tsankhung Nunnery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Potala Palace, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokhang Temple.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lhasa holiday builder tool.

Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Lhasa is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, car, and train; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Traveling from Dhaka City to Lhasa, you'll lose 2.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Lhasa are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Xi'an

— 1 night

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
On the 8th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) and then get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Xi'an itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Lhasa to Xi'an in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lhasa in May, expect Xi'an to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Luoyang.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites · Museums

Luoyang

— 1 night
One of the oldest imperial cities in the country, Luoyang gives access to a wealth of cultural sites protected by UNESCO for their importance to the world's cultural heritage.
On the 9th (Sun), Head underground at Longmen Grottoes.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Luoyang trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Xi'an to Luoyang takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Luanping County.

Things to do in Luoyang

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Luanping County

— 1 night
On the 10th (Mon), see Jinshanling Great Wall.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Luanping County day trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Luoyang to Luanping County in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Beijing.

Things to do in Luanping County

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Beijing

— 4 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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, try out the rides at Olympic Park, ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven, and take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Beijing vacation site.

You can drive from Luanping County to Beijing in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May, daytime highs in Beijing are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails

Shanghai

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Orient

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 15th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Jade Buddha Temple, examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), then take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), and finally don't miss a visit to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road). On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Maoming Road, take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, then admire the striking features of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and finally take some stellar pictures from Jin Mao Tower.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Shanghai trip maker app.

Getting from Beijing to Shanghai by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in May, Shanghai is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Huangshan.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Huangshan

— 1 night
Named after the "Yellow Mountains" with which the region has long been associated, Huangshan offers access to UNESCO-listed sites both natural and man-made.
On the 17th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Huangshan.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Huangshan road trip planning site.

You can drive from Shanghai to Huangshan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Huangshan

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Hong Kong

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 18th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), take in the waterfront at Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, and see the interesting displays at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hong Kong journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Huangshan to Hong Kong takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Hong Kong sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

China travel guide

4.4
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.