17 days in China Itinerary

17 days in China Itinerary

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17 days in China Itinerary

Start: Naples
plane:  14​h 30​min
1
Beijing
— 3 nights
train:  7​h 30​min
2
Datong
— 1 night
train:  4​h
3
Pingyao County
— 1 night
train:  4​h 30​min
4
Luoyang
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Xi'an
— 1 night
train:  4​h 30​min
6
Chengdu
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Guilin
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  6​h
8
Hangzhou
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
Suzhou
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
10
Shanghai
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  16​h 30​min
End: Naples

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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Temple of Heaven, Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum, Mutianyu Great Wall, and other attractions you added. The Palace Museum and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) are good opportunities to explore the local culture.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Beijing road trip planning site .

Naples, Italy to Beijing is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Naples to Beijing, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Beijing can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Datong.

Things to do in Beijing

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

1
night
Datong

Datong ©
The old city of Datong has an interesting and complicated history of development, sacking, and rebuilding.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda as well as Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si). On the 17th (Sat), admire the striking features of Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si), admire the striking features of Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda, then make a trip to Shanhua Temple Five-Dragon Screen, and finally explore the striking landscape at Datong Forest.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Datong travel route planning site .

Traveling by car from Beijing to Datong takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pingyao County.

Things to do in Datong

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si) ©
Datong Forest ©
Datong Forest
Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda ©
Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda

1
night
Pingyao County

Pingyao County ©
An ancient walled city, Pingyao County can trace its history back around 2,700 years, and has been designated a World Heritage Site.
On the 18th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Ming and Qing Dynasties Street, see the interesting displays at Museum of Chinese "Xietongqing"Ancient Bank, admire the landmark architecture of Pingyao Confucian Temple, then contemplate the long history of Ping Yao Gu Cheng, then examine the collection at Xietongqing Unincorporated Bank Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Pingyao Old Town Jixiang Temple.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Pingyao County itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Datong to Pingyao County takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Luoyang.

Things to do in Pingyao County

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ping Yao Gu Cheng ©
Ping Yao Gu Cheng
Pingyao Confucian Temple ©
Pingyao Confucian Temple

1
night
Luoyang

Luoyang ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qianxi Temple, pause for some photo ops at Guanlin Temple (General Guan's Tomb), then explore the fascinating underground world of Longmen Grottoes, then get engrossed in the history at Luoyang Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Folk Museum of Luoyang.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Luoyang day trip website .

You can drive from Pingyao County to Luoyang in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Pingyao County in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Luoyang, with highs around 25°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can take a train to Xi'an.

Things to do in Luoyang

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Longmen Grottoes ©
Longmen Grottoes
Luoyang Museum ©
Luoyang Museum
Folk Museum of Luoyang ©
Folk Museum of Luoyang

1
night
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling), then take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, and then examine the collection at Xi'an Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Xi'an visit website .

You can take a train from Luoyang to Xi'an in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Luoyang in August, expect nights in Xi'an to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 37°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Xi'an

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Chengdu Museum (Old Hall), then identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Baoguang Temple of Chengdu, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at New Century Global Center.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Chengdu online holiday planner .

Getting from Xi'an to Chengdu by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. August in Chengdu sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Guilin.

Things to do in Chengdu

Shopping Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
New Century Global Center ©
New Century Global Center
Chengdu Museum (Old Hall) ©
Chengdu Museum (Old Hall)

1
night
Guilin

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 22nd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Eighth Route Army Guilin Office, then take in the dramatic natural features at Fubo Hill, then get into the urban bustle at Lijiang Folk Customs Garden, and finally see the interesting displays at Guilin Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Guilin online holiday builder .

Traveling by flight from Chengdu to Guilin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Guilin are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Guilin

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fubo Hill ©
Fubo Hill
Lijiang Folk Customs Garden ©
Lijiang Folk Customs Garden

1
night
Hangzhou

Hangzhou
Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
On the 23rd (Fri), admire the striking features of Xiang Lake Tourist Resort Area of Hangzhou.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hangzhou trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Guilin to Hangzhou takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Hangzhou can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Suzhou.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Historic Sites Museums

2
nights
Suzhou

Suzhou ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): examine the collection at Suzhou Garden Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Suzhou itinerary planner.

Getting from Hangzhou to Suzhou by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hangzhou in August, expect Suzhou to be a bit warmer, temps between 43°C and 43°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Humble Administrator's Garden ©
Humble Administrator's Garden
Suzhou Garden Museum ©
Suzhou Garden 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take a stroll through Former French Concession, browse the different shops at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shanghai Confucian Temple. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan), see the interesting displays at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, view the masterpieces at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, then learn more about the world around you at Shanghai Natural History Museum (Jing'an), and finally examine the collection at Shanghai Natural History Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Shanghai trip builder website .

Take a train from Suzhou to Shanghai in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Suzhou in August; daily highs in Shanghai reach 38°C and lows reach 30°C. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum ©
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum

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