12 days in China Itinerary

12 days in China Itinerary

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12 days in China Itinerary

Start: Guangzhou
1
Guangzhou
— 1 night
train - Taxi:  2 h
2
Taishan
— 1 night
Taxi - train:  5 h
3
Yangshuo County
— 3 nights
train:  15 h
4
Zhangjiajie
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
5
Beijing
— 2 nights
End: Beijing

1
night
Guangzhou

Guangzhou
A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Guangzhou visit planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport and Hong Kong International. July in Guangzhou sees daily highs of 93°F and lows of 78°F at night. On the 2nd (Thu), you're off to Taishan.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 2:

1
night
Taishan

Taishan
To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Taishan visit planner.

Traveling by car from Guangzhou to Taishan takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Yangshuo County.

Things to do in Taishan

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 3:

3
nights
Yangshuo County

Yangshuo County ©
Yangshuo County, the area surrounding a popular tourist resort town, boasts a landscape featuring all the ingredients necessary to attract a flood of tourists.
You've now added Yulong River to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bike Asia Cycling Tours and Fuchuan Ancient City of Ming Dynasty. Your inner history buff will appreciate Scholar Village of Xiushui and Stone Village. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Wu Zhi Hill, contemplate the long history of Langshi Village, and explore the ancient world of Fuli Ancient Town.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Yangshuo County day trip planner .

Getting from Taishan to Yangshuo County by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Yangshuo County

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Fuchuan County
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 6:
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Bike Asia Cycling Tours ©
Bike Asia Cycling Tours
Yulong River ©
Yulong River

3
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park and Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Xiangxi Hibiscus Town and Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Suoxiyu Nature Reserve, make a trip to Xibu Street, and take in the dramatic natural features at Xihai Stone Forest.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Zhangjiajie sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Guilin to Zhangjiajie takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Xiangxi Hibiscus Town
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 10:
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Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park ©
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park ©
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple ©
Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Bell and Drum Towers and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mutianyu Great Wall. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Temple of Heaven and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Beijing day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Zhangjiajie to Beijing takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Beijing can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Temple of Heaven ©
Temple of Heaven

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