22 days in China Itinerary

22 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China travel planner

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Fly to Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport, Drive to Hong Kong
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Hong Kong
— 3 nights
Fly
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Shanghai
— 2 nights
Fly
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Beijing
— 4 nights
Drive
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Luanping County
— 1 night
Bus to Dongzhimen, Fly to Xi'an
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Xi'an
— 4 nights
Fly
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Chengdu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Emeishan
— 1 night
Fly
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Lhasa
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lijiang
— 1 night
Fly

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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 2nd (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 3rd (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), engage your brain at Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline, and take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong holiday website.

Bang Bo, Thailand to Hong Kong is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Bang Bo to Hong Kong, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Bang Bo in October, plan for slightly colder days in Hong Kong, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

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.
On the 5th (Tue), appreciate the history behind Jade Buddha Temple, then admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), then enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), then get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), then take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), and finally examine the collection at Museum of Illusions.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Shanghai journey maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Shanghai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Hong Kong in October: high temperatures in Shanghai hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

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: explore the ancient world of Mutianyu Great Wall, admire the landmark architecture of The Palace Museum, stroll around Temple of Heaven, and get in on the family fun at Olympic Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Beijing trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Beijing takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in October, things will get little chillier in Beijing: highs are around 22°C and lows about 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Luanping County.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails

Luanping County

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): see Jinshanling Great Wall.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Luanping County trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Beijing to Luanping County takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Luanping County

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Xi'an

— 4 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Spend the 14th (Thu) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), make a trip to Muslim Quarter, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

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

Getting from Luanping County to Xi'an by combination of bus and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to fly to Chengdu.

Things to do in Xi'an

Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Chengdu

— 3 nights

Hibiscus City

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.
Chengdu is known for wildlife, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), visit West China Center of Medical Sciences, gain a rich perspective with Adventure Access, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zhaojue-Tempel.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Chengdu using our trip planner.

Fly from Xi'an to Chengdu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Chengdu when traveling from Xi'an in October, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Emeishan.

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Emeishan

— 1 night
A city forever linked with the mountain of the same name, Emeishan sits next to one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China, now a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Baoguo Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wannian Temple.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Emeishan travel route builder website.

You can drive from Chengdu to Emeishan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Lhasa.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites

Lhasa

— 2 nights
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Potala Palace and then see Off-Road Tours. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Sera Monastery and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lhasa trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Emeishan to Lhasa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Lhasa are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Lijiang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

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.
On the 22nd (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lijiang trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lhasa to Lijiang in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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.