19 days in China Itinerary

19 days in China Itinerary

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Lijiang
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Xi'an
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Beijing
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Harbin
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Shanghai
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Xiamen
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Hong Kong
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Lijiang

— 1 night

Suzhou on the Plateau

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.
To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lijiang trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Lijiang is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Xi'an

— 2 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
On the 9th (Wed), see the top attractions with Travel China Guide. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and then explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang).

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Xi'an trip website.

Traveling by flight from Lijiang to Xi'an takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Xi'an are 8°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

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, appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China, and get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

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Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Beijing takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Xi'an, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Beijing, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Harbin.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Trails

Harbin

— 1 night

Ice City

The influence of neighboring Russia remains visible throughout much of Harbin, with the country's northernmost metropolis possessing an intoxicating eclecticism in its architecture, food, and art.
On the 15th (Tue), make a trip to Zhongyang Pedestrian Street and then find something for the whole family at Harbin Ice and Snow World.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Harbin trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Harbin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in December, expect Harbin to be cooler, temps between -11°C and -24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Harbin

Theme Parks

Shanghai

— 4 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.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Bund (Wai Tan), take a stroll through Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and stroll around Century Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip planner.

You can fly from Harbin to Shanghai in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Harbin in December, expect Shanghai to be warmer, temps between 13°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Xiamen.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Xiamen

— 1 night

Garden Island

Known for centuries as a gateway to China, the port city of Xiamen has become a destination in itself, first to domestic visitors and now to a growing number of people from across the world.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): deepen your understanding at Xiamen University, then get a taste of the local shopping with Gulangyu, and then examine the collection at Yuyuan Garden.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Xiamen travel route planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Xiamen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Shanghai in December: high temperatures in Xiamen hover around 23°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Xiamen

Shopping · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Hong Kong

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 21st (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 23rd (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, pause for some photo ops at Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), and make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hong Kong trip planner.

Fly from Xiamen to Hong Kong in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

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.