22 days in China Itinerary

22 days in China Itinerary

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Beijing
— 5 nights
Drive
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Luanping County
— 1 night
Bus to Dongzhimen, Fly to Xi'an
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Xi'an
— 2 nights
Fly
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Suzhou
— 2 nights
Train
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Shanghai
— 4 nights
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Hong Kong
— 3 nights
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Lijiang
— 1 night
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Lhasa
— 3 nights
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Beijing

— 5 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.
Mutianyu Great Wall and Temple of Heaven are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, pause for some photo ops at Bell and Drum Towers, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling), and steep yourself in history at Peking Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling (Song Qingling Guju).

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Berlin, Germany to Beijing is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Berlin to Beijing due to the time zone difference. In October in Beijing, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Luanping County.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Trails

Luanping County

— 1 night
On the 12th (Tue), see Jinshanling Great Wall.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Luanping County trip builder website.

Drive from Beijing to Luanping County in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Luanping County

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and then explore the ancient world of Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qin Dynasty of Xi'an. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) and then contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta).

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Xi'an trip itinerary planner.

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 in Xi'an, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Suzhou.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites · Museums

Suzhou

— 2 nights

Venice of the East

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 15th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Luzhi Town and then walk around The Classical Gardens of Suzhou. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Suzhou Museum and then contemplate the long history of Tongli Town.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Suzhou trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Suzhou takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan). You'll explore and learn at Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall and Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre. Change things up with a short trip to Xitang Ancient Town in Jiashan County (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Jade Buddha Temple, shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), take a stroll through Maoming Road, and take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Suzhou to Shanghai takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Shanghai, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side 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.
Get some cultural insight at Hong Kong Museum of History and Macao Museum. You'll explore and learn at Macau Museum of Art and Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware. Step out of Hong Kong to go to Macau and see Ruins of St. Paul's, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Pack the 23rd (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. There's more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak) and stroll around Nan Lian Garden.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hong Kong online trip maker.

Getting from Shanghai to Hong Kong by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In October, Hong Kong is a bit warmer than Shanghai - with highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Lijiang.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Mufu Palace and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Lijiang trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Lijiang takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Lhasa.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Lhasa

— 3 nights
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
On the 25th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sera Monastery and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nechung Monastery and Temple. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Potala Palace and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lhasa trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Lijiang to Lhasa by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Lhasa

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.