15 days in China Itinerary

15 days in China Itinerary

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15 days in China Itinerary

Start: Jakarta
Fly:  11​h
1
Chengdu
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Xi'an
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Beijing
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Shanghai
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Huangshan
— 1 night
+3
Fly + bus + foot + train:  4​h 30​min
6
Hong Kong
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
End: Jakarta

1
night
Chengdu

Chengdu ©
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 22nd (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Adventure Access.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Chengdu trip itinerary maker app .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Chengdu is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from West Indonesia Time (WIB) to China Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In December, Chengdu is much colder than Jakarta - with highs of 14°C and lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks Tours Outdoors
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Spas

2
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
On the 23rd (Mon), delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), make a trip to Muslim Quarter, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xi'an Bell Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) and then take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Xi'an holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Chengdu to Xi'an takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Chengdu in December, with highs in Xi'an at 8°C and lows at -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums
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Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

3
nights
Beijing

Beijing ©
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, shopping, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and don't miss a visit to Bell and Drum Towers.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Beijing day trip tool .

You can fly from Xi'an to Beijing in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Xi'an in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Beijing: temperatures range from 5°C by day to -8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Olympic Park ©
Olympic Park
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

3
nights
Shanghai

Shanghai ©
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, parks, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to The Bund (Wai Tan), enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, and admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Shanghai road trip planning site .

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. While traveling from Beijing, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Shanghai, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Huangshan.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai World Financial Center ©
Shanghai World Financial Center
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

1
night
Huangshan

Huangshan ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Huangshan.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Huangshan online vacation planner .

You can fly from Shanghai to Huangshan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Huangshan

Nature Parks
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Mt. Huangshan ©
Mt. Huangshan

4
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Hong Kong is known for shopping, nightlife, theme parks, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Hong Kong Disneyland, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lantau island, see the interesting displays at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, and get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong tour builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Huangshan to Hong Kong in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

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