17 days in China Itinerary

17 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China planner
Make it your trip
— 4 nights
Luanping County
— 1 night
Bus to Dongzhimen, Fly to Xi'an
— 2 nights
Hong Kong
— 4 nights
— 1 night
— 3 nights


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, get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), make a trip to Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Beijing online trip builder.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Beijing is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to China Standard Time (CST) is 13 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Beijing when traveling from Playa del Carmen in May, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Luanping County.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails
Find places to stay May 13 — 17:

Luanping County — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): see Jinshanling Great Wall.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Luanping County trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Beijing to Luanping County by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Xi'an.
Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 17 — 18:
Highlights from your trip

Xi'an — 2 nights

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and then explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on Travel China Guide.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Xi'an vacation 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 May, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Hong Kong.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay May 18 — 20:

Hong Kong — 4 nights

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 22nd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), take a leisurely stroll along Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, stroll around Nan Lian Garden, and take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hong Kong trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Xi'an to Hong Kong by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Xi'an in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Hong Kong: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can fly to Huangshan.
Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Find places to stay May 20 — 24:

Huangshan — 1 night

Named after the "Yellow Mountains" with which the region has long been associated, Huangshan offers access to UNESCO-listed sites both natural and man-made.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Huangshan and then look for all kinds of wild species at Huangshan UNESCO Global Geopark.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Huangshan sightseeing planner.

Getting from Hong Kong to Huangshan by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Shanghai.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 24 — 25:

Shanghai — 3 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.
Shanghai is known for sightseeing, shopping, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and wander the streets of Former French Concession.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Shanghai sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by train from Huangshan to Shanghai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Shanghai sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay May 25 — 28:

China travel guide

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.