10 days in China Itinerary

10 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China itinerary planner
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Beijing
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Shanghai
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Hong Kong
— 2 nights
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Xi'an
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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, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Heaven, enjoy breathtaking views from Bell and Drum Towers, and take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Beijing road trip planning tool.

London, UK to Beijing is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from London to Beijing. In September, Beijing is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can fly to Shanghai.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
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Shanghai — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): examine the collection at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), then enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and finally take some stellar pictures from Jin Mao Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple, shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), don't miss a visit to The Bund (Wai Tan), then enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, and finally stroll around Fuxing Park.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Shanghai travel planner.

Fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Shanghai when traveling from Beijing in September, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to fly to Hong Kong.
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Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks
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Hong Kong — 2 nights

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Hong Kong Disneyland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History, take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), and then see the interesting displays at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hong Kong vacation tool.

You can fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Shanghai in September: high temperatures in Hong Kong hover around 38°C and lows are around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can fly to Xi'an.
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Xi'an — 1 night

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
On the 18th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Xi'an travel planner.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Xi'an in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, Xi'an is a bit cooler than Hong Kong - with highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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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.
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