12 days in China Itinerary

12 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China attractions planner

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Beijing
— 3 nights
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Xi'an
— 2 nights
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Shanghai
— 2 nights
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Hong Kong
— 2 nights
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Beijing

— 3 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: trek along Mutianyu Great Wall, take in panoramic vistas at Bell and Drum Towers, get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), and take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Beijing trip planner.

Madrid, Spain to Beijing is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to China Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:

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 13th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xi'an Bell Tower, and then don't miss a visit to Muslim Quarter. On the next day, make a short side trip with Travel China Guide.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Xi'an online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Xi'an takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September in Xi'an, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Xi'an

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:

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.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to The Bund (Wai Tan), admire the striking features of Jade Buddha Temple, examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Shanghai trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Shanghai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in September, things will get a bit warmer in Shanghai: highs are around 33°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:

Hong Kong

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
On the 18th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, then enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), then take in the waterfront at Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Shanghai to Hong Kong by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Shanghai in September; daily highs in Hong Kong reach 38°C and lows reach 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:

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.