22 days in China Itinerary

22 days in China Itinerary

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22 days in China Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
Fly:  26​h
1
Shanghai
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
2
Suzhou
— 2 nights
3
Huangshan
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + train:  4​h 30​min
4
Hong Kong
— 4 nights
+3
train + foot + bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Lijiang
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Xi'an
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Beijing
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Luanping County
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  28​h
End: Birmingham

2
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.
When in Shanghai, make a side trip to see Xitang Ancient Town in Jiashan County, approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), make a trip to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Shanghai trip itinerary builder app .

Birmingham, USA to Shanghai is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Birmingham to Shanghai is 14 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Xitang Ancient Town
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

2
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.
On the 12th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Humble Administrator's Garden, then walk around The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, then see the interesting displays at Suzhou Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Lion Forest Garden. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Shantang Street, make a trip to Shihu Lake, then contemplate the long history of Tongli Town, then take in the views from Twin Bridges (Shuang qiao), and finally steep yourself in history at Luzhi Town.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Suzhou day trip planner .

Getting from Shanghai to Suzhou by train takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of subway and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Huangshan.

Things to do in Suzhou

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Twin Bridges (Shuang qiao)
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The Classical Gardens of Suzhou ©
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou
Tongli Town ©
Tongli Town
Suzhou Garden Museum ©
Suzhou Garden Museum

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stroll around Huangshan Geopark and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Huangshan. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Xuguo Stone Arch and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Huangshan road trip website .

Drive from Suzhou to Huangshan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Huangshan

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trip

Xuguo Stone Arch
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Mt. Huangshan ©
Mt. Huangshan
Huangshan Geopark ©
Huangshan Geopark
Photography Tours

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: find something for the whole family at Hong Kong Disneyland, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, step off the mainland to explore Lantau island, and make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hong Kong trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Huangshan to Hong Kong takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and train; or drive. In April in Hong Kong, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lijiang.

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

2
nights
Lijiang

Lijiang ©
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 20th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Shuhe Ancient Town, ponder the design of Black Dragon Pond Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China, and finally contemplate the long history of Mufu Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): delve into the distant past at Beiyue Temple of Lijiang and then explore the striking landscape of Three Parallel Rivers National Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Lijiang vacation app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hong Kong to Lijiang takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, subway, and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Three Parallel Rivers National Park ©
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Black Dragon Pond Park ©
Black Dragon Pond Park

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 22nd (Wed), delve into the distant past at Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qin Dynasty of Xi'an, get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, and then admire the masterpieces at Tang Bo Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Xi'an Bell Tower, then delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), then make a trip to Muslim Quarter, and finally contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta).

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Xi'an trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Lijiang to Xi'an takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Xi'an can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time 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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mutianyu Great Wall, get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), and take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Beijing trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Beijing takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Luanping County.

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
Luanping County

Luanping County ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): see Jinshanling Great Wall.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Luanping County itinerary planner.

You can drive from Beijing to Luanping County in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Luanping County

Historic Sites
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Jinshanling Great Wall ©
Jinshanling Great Wall

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