19 days in China Itinerary

19 days in China Itinerary

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19 days in China Itinerary

Start: Naples
Fly:  15​h
1
Beijing
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
2
Datong
— 1 night
train:  6​h 30​min
3
Pingyao County
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Luoyang
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Xi'an
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
6
Chengdu
— 1 night
train:  8​h 30​min
7
Guilin
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + taxi:  10​h 30​min
8
Hangzhou
— 1 night
bus:  4​h
9
Suzhou
— 1 night
train:  1​h
10
Shanghai
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Naples

2
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.
Let the collections at The Palace Museum and Lama Temple (Yonghegong) capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Temple of Heaven. There's still lots to do: see Mutianyu Great Wall and get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Beijing trip planner.

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're off toDatong.

Things to do in Beijing

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

1
night
Datong

Datong ©
The old city of Datong has an interesting and complicated history of development, sacking, and rebuilding.
On the 16th (Fri), stroll through Yungang Grottoes, get a new perspective on nature at Datong Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Huayan Temple of Datong, and finally admire all the interesting features of Jinhua Hall Mine.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Datong itinerary maker website .

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

Things to do in Datong

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yungang Grottoes ©
Yungang Grottoes
Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si) ©
Huayan Temple of Datong ©
Huayan Temple of Datong

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, examine the collection at Museum of Chinese "Xietongqing"Ancient Bank, contemplate the long history of Rishengchang Former Bank, steep yourself in history at Ping Yao Gu Cheng, then take an in-depth tour of Pingyao County Government Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Pingyao Confucian Temple.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Pingyao County trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Datong to Pingyao County in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. August in Pingyao County sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Xi'an.

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Luoyang Museum, delve into the distant past at Shentai Lijing (South Gate), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at White Horse Temple, and finally Head underground at Longmen Grottoes.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Luoyang trip planning site .

You can drive from Pingyao County to Luoyang in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Pingyao County, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Luoyang, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Xi'an.

Things to do in Luoyang

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Longmen Grottoes ©
Longmen Grottoes
White Horse Temple ©
White Horse Temple
Luoyang Museum ©
Luoyang Museum

2
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
On the 20th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xi'an Mosque, make a trip to Daxuexixiang Mosque, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Huaqing Palace, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Han Yang Ling Museum, contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), then explore the ancient world of Dacien Temple, then take in panoramic vistas at Xi'an Bell Tower, and finally delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang).

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Xi'an driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Luoyang to Xi'an in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Luoyang in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Xi'an: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Han Yang Ling Museum
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Jinli Pedestrian Street, get engrossed in the history at Jinsha Site Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi).

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Chengdu trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Xi'an to Chengdu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Guilin.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Jinsha Site Museum ©
Jinsha Site Museum
Jinli Pedestrian Street
Jinli Pedestrian Street

2
nights
Guilin

Guilin ©
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
On the 23rd (Fri), examine the collection at Guilin Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan), then take a stroll around Lijiang Folk Customs Garden, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): stroll around Guilin Botanical Garden and then identify plant and animal life at Xionglin Xionghu Villa of Guilin.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Guilin trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Chengdu to Guilin by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Guilin

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Xionglin Xionghu Villa of Guilin
Highlights from your plan
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) ©
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan)
Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan) ©
Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan)
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fei Lai Feng, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lingyin Temple, and then get to know the fascinating history of West Lake (Xi Hu).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hangzhou trip planning site .

Getting from Guilin to Hangzhou by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In August in Hangzhou, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Suzhou.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lingyin Temple ©
Lingyin Temple
Fei Lai Feng ©
Fei Lai Feng
West Lake (Xi Hu) ©
West Lake (Xi Hu)

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Shantang Street, examine the collection at Suzhou Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Pingjiang Road, and finally contemplate the long history of Tongli Town.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Suzhou road trip planner.

Drive from Hangzhou to Suzhou in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In August, Suzhou is a bit warmer than Hangzhou - with highs of 43°C and lows of 43°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Tongli Town ©
Tongli Town
Suzhou Garden Museum ©
Suzhou Garden Museum
Shantang Street ©
Shantang Street

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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.
On the 27th (Tue), stroll around Fuxing Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Former French Concession, then see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and finally make a trip to The Bund (Wai Tan). Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), then admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), then take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Shanghai holiday builder tool .

You can take a train from Suzhou to Shanghai in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Suzhou in August; daily highs in Shanghai reach 38°C and lows reach 30°C. On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©

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