22 days in China Itinerary

22 days in China Itinerary

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22 days in China Itinerary

Start: Shanghai
1
Shanghai
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Beijing
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Xi'an
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h 45​min
4
Jiuzhaigou County
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Chengdu
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + train:  5​h 45​min
6
Hong Kong
— 4 nights
+3
train + foot + bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Huangshan
— 1 night
8
Suzhou
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
End: Shanghai

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 historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan), take in panoramic vistas at Jin Mao Tower, admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and admire the landmark architecture of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Shanghai trip maker website .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Shanghai. February in Shanghai sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Tours
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

4
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, take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and catch a live event at Olympic Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Beijing route planning tool .

You can fly from Shanghai to Beijing in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in February, expect Beijing to be slightly colder, temps between 6°C and -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Trails
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

2
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qin Dynasty of Xi'an, take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, and then stroll the grounds of Hanyangling. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Xi'an Mosque, then steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), then don't miss a visit to Muslim Quarter, and finally delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang).

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Xi'an trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Xi'an takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Beijing in February: high temperatures in Xi'an hover around 11°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Hanyangling
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Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

2
nights
Jiuzhaigou County

Jiuzhaigou County ©
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
On the 13th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jiuzailing Temple, appreciate the views at Rize Valley, and then identify plant and animal life at Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve and then don't miss a visit to Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Jiuzhaigou County online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve ©
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve
Jiuzailing Temple ©
Jiuzailing Temple
Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center ©
Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center

2
nights
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 15th (Sat), get to know the resident critters at China Discovery-Day Tour, identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), and then get engrossed in the history at Jinsha Site Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Taikoo Li and then grab your bike and head to Adventure Access.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Chengdu online trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Chengdu in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In February, daytime highs in Chengdu are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Chengdu

Tours Parks Trails
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Jinsha Site Museum ©
Jinsha Site Museum

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, theme parks, parks, nature, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ocean Park, and take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hong Kong visit planner .

Getting from Chengdu to Hong Kong by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chengdu in February: high temperatures in Hong Kong hover around 23°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Huangshan.

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

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 21st (Fri): steep yourself in history at Former Residence of Cheng Dawei and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Huangshan.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Huangshan online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hong Kong to Huangshan takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, subway, and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Suzhou.

Things to do in Huangshan

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Mt. Huangshan ©
Mt. Huangshan

3
nights
Suzhou

Suzhou ©
One of the oldest settlements in the Yangtze basin, Suzhou remains a complex, labyrinthine set of old canal districts, World Heritage gardens, and sprawling modern developments.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Suzhou: Shaxi Ancient Town (in Taicang), Xitang Ancient Town (in Jiashan County) and Tongxiang (Xi Zha & Wuzhen Water Town). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Suzhou Museum, walk around Humble Administrator's Garden, contemplate the long history of Tongli Town, and get to know the fascinating history of Shantang Street.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Suzhou trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Huangshan to Suzhou takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Suzhou can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Tongxiang, Shaxi Ancient Town, Xitang Ancient Town
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Shaxi Ancient Town ©
Shaxi Ancient Town
Suzhou Garden Museum ©
Suzhou Garden Museum
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town

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