23 days in China Itinerary

23 days in China Itinerary

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Chengdu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chongqing
— 1 night
Fly to Liuzhou, Train to Guilin
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Guilin
— 2 nights
Train to Zhuhai, Foot to Cons. Borja / Escola S. Teresa
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Macau
— 1 night
Fly
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Hangzhou
— 2 nights
Drive
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Suzhou
— 3 nights
Train
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Nanjing
— 1 night
Fly
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Xi'an
— 2 nights
Fly
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Beijing
— 5 nights
Fly
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Changchun
— 1 night
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Chengdu

— 2 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.
On the 2nd (Sun), don't miss a visit to Tianfu Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wenshu Yuan Monastery, then identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), and finally take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Jinli Pedestrian Street, then get to know the fascinating history of Kuanzhai Alley, and then look for gifts at Suit Republic.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Chengdu driving holiday planning tool.

Edinburgh, UK to Chengdu is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Edinburgh in May, with highs in Chengdu at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chongqing.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife

Chongqing

— 1 night
With one of the most populated and largest metropolitan areas in the world, Chongqing was the de facto capital of China during World War II.
On the 4th (Tue), make a trip to Madame Tussauds Chong Qing and then see the interesting displays at Three Gorges Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Chongqing holiday builder site.

Drive from Chengdu to Chongqing in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and subway. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in May, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Guilin.

Things to do in Chongqing

Museums
Highlights from your trip

Guilin

— 2 nights
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Jiangtouzhou Ancient Dwellings, explore the fascinating underground world of Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan), and then walk around Riyue Shuangta Cultural Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Guilin trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Chongqing to Guilin takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. May in Guilin sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Macau.

Things to do in Guilin

Tours · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Macau

— 1 night
Vacation in Macau to discover one of the world's richest cities organized as an autonomous region of China that, until 1999, was administered by Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Na Tcha Temple, delve into the distant past at Ruins of St. Paul's, and then take in panoramic vistas at Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kun Iam Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Centre of Macau, then examine the collection at Macao Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu).

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Macau trip builder app.

You can take a train from Guilin to Macau in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Macau

Historic Sites · Museums

Hangzhou

— 2 nights

Paradise on Earth

Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): go for a walk through West Lake (Xi Hu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Hefang Street, and then take an in-depth tour of Zhejiang Museum Wulin.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hangzhou trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Macau to Hangzhou takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Hangzhou are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Suzhou.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Historic Sites · Museums

Suzhou

— 3 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Xitang Ancient Town in Jiashan County (about 1h 5 min away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Tongli Town, admire the natural beauty at Lion Forest Garden, see the interesting displays at Suzhou Museum, and stroll around Humble Administrator's Garden.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Suzhou trip planner.

You can drive from Hangzhou to Suzhou in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nanjing.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Nanjing

— 1 night
Located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing was the capital city of numerous dynasties over the ages.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): steep yourself in history at The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre, then make a trip to Shiziqiao Food Street, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Xuanwu lake. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Presidential palace of Nanjing and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Sun Yatsen Mausoleum (Zhongshan Ling).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nanjing itinerary builder.

Getting from Suzhou to Nanjing by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May in Nanjing, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Nanjing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · 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 15th (Sat), make a trip to Kaiyuan Square, then get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, and then delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang). Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on Travel China Guide.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Xi'an trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Nanjing to Xi'an takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Xi'an when traveling from Nanjing in May, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, take some stellar pictures from Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), and don't miss a visit to Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

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Getting from Xi'an to Beijing by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Beijing are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Changchun.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Trails

Changchun

— 1 night

China's Automobile City

Capital of Jilin Province, Changchun witnessed some turbulent 20th-century Chinese history, occupied at times by both the Japanese and Soviets.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take an in-depth tour of The Museum of The Imperial Palace of Manchukuo and then contemplate the waterfront views at Jingyue Pool.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Changchun day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Changchun takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, Changchun is a bit cooler than Beijing - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Changchun

Museums · Parks · Nature

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.