9 days in China Itinerary

9 days in China Itinerary

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9 days in China Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Shanghai
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
2
Suzhou
— 1 day
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  6​h
3
Beijing
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Phoenix

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.
On the 9th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple, examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, then take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), then get great views at Jin Mao Tower, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, then get to know the fascinating history of Former French Concession, then get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and finally go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan).

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Shanghai trip itinerary planning app .

Phoenix, USA to Shanghai is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to China Standard Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. While traveling from Phoenix, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Shanghai, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

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

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the activities along Suzhou Ancient Grand Canal, then examine the collection at Suzhou Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Tongli Town.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Suzhou trip planner .

Traveling by train from Shanghai to Suzhou takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Suzhou, with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Suzhou

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Suzhou Ancient Grand Canal ©
Suzhou Ancient Grand Canal
Tongli Town ©
Tongli Town
Suzhou Garden Museum ©
Suzhou Garden Museum

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.
Mutianyu Great Wall has been added to your itinerary. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Olympic Park and Beijing Botanical Garden. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of The Palace Museum, explore the ancient world of Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan), get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, and take some stellar pictures from Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan).

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Beijing online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Suzhou to Beijing in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Suzhou in March, Beijing is much colder at night with lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Olympic Park ©
Olympic Park
Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan) ©
Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan)

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