23 days in China Itinerary

23 days in China Itinerary

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Xi'an
— 2 nights
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Dunhuang
— 2 nights
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Lhasa
— 3 nights
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Lijiang
— 2 nights
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Hong Kong
— 4 nights
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Shanghai
— 4 nights
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Luanping County
— 1 night
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Beijing
— 4 nights
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Xi'an — 2 nights

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of 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 next day: surround yourself with nature on Travel China Guide.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Xi'an vacation site.

London, UK to Xi'an is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. In September, Xi'an is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Dunhuang.
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Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

Dunhuang — 2 nights

Once a vital stop-off on the Silk Road trade route, Dunhuang today offers travelers of all persuasions a place to rest in the middle of the desert.
On the 28th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center and then contemplate the long history of Mogao Caves. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dunhuang visit planner.

You can fly from Xi'an to Dunhuang in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Lhasa.
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Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

Lhasa — 3 nights

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Lhasa is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Potala Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sera Monastery, make a trip to Lasa Sanquan Scenic Resort, and see Off-Road Tours.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lhasa trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Dunhuang to Lhasa in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Lhasa can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can fly to Lijiang.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:

Lijiang — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Three Parallel Rivers National Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lijiang trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Lijiang takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Hong Kong.
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Hong Kong — 4 nights

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 6th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), savor the flavors at Food & Drink, pause for some photo ops at Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), and see the interesting displays at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hong Kong vacation planner.

You can fly from Lijiang to Hong Kong in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Hong Kong can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to fly to Shanghai.
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Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites
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Shanghai — 4 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), admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), don't miss a visit to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and admire the striking features of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Shanghai online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Shanghai in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Hong Kong in October, with highs in Shanghai at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Luanping County.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
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Luanping County — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): make a trip to Jinshanling Great Wall.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Luanping County day trip tool.

Getting from Shanghai to Luanping County by combination of flight and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Beijing.
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Historic Sites
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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, stroll around Temple of Heaven, laugh and play at Olympic Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Beijing online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Luanping County to Beijing takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
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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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