14 days in China Itinerary

14 days in China Itinerary

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14 days in China Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Shanghai
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Xi'an
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
3
Dunhuang
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
4
Lhasa
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  9 h 30 min
5
Sanya
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
6
Beijing
— 1 night
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Calgary

1
night
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 4th (Tue), take a stroll through Xintiandi.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Shanghai trip itinerary maker tool .

Calgary, Canada to Shanghai is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to China Standard Time (CST) is 15 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Calgary in December, with highs in Shanghai at 13°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Xintiandi ©
Xintiandi

1
night
Xi'an

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), take an in-depth tour of Shaanxi History Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Xi'an road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Xi'an takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Shanghai in December; daily highs in Xi'an reach 8°C and lows reach -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Xi'an

Museums Historic Sites
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Shaanxi History Museum ©
Shaanxi History Museum
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)

3
nights
Dunhuang

Dunhuang ©
Once a vital stop-off on the Silk Road trade route, Dunhuang today offers travelers of all persuasions a place to rest in the middle of the desert.
Visit Mogao Caves and Shouchang City Site off Dunhuang for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dunhuang Nanhu Lake and DunHuang MoGaoKu YiShuGuan. The adventure continues: examine the collection at DunHuang ShiKu WenWu BaoHu YanJiu ChenLie ZhongXin, take in the natural beauty of Crescent Moon Pool, take in the awesome beauty at Mingsha Shan (Echo Sand Mountain) Park, Dunhuang, China, and admire the masterpieces at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Dunhuang visit app .

You can fly from Xi'an to Dunhuang in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Parks Nature Museums
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Mogao Caves ©
Mogao Caves
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain ©
Dunhuang Leiyin Temple ©
Dunhuang Leiyin Temple

1
night
Lhasa

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): get interesting insight from Potala Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokhang Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Sera Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours, then don't miss a visit to Barkhor Street, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si).

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lhasa trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Dunhuang to Lhasa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Lhasa sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of -5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Barkhor Street ©
Barkhor Street
Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si) ©
Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si)

2
nights
Sanya

Sanya ©
The climate and coastline bring visitors from far and wide on vacations to Sanya, with its 40 km (25 mi) of shoreline almost entirely devoted to tourism.
Visit Yalong Bay and Dadonghai Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Sanya River Birds Nature Reserve and Sanya Bay. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanshan Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park, kick back and relax at Tianya Haijiao, and don't miss a visit to XiaRi MeiShi GuangChang.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sanya online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Sanya takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Lhasa in December, expect Sanya to be warmer, temps between 31°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan Temple
Tianya Haijiao ©
Tianya Haijiao

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Temple of Heaven, then get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), then admire the striking features of Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian'an Men), and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Palace Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and then explore the historical opulence of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Beijing route planner .

Traveling by flight from Sanya to Beijing takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Sanya in December, with highs in Beijing at 5°C and lows at -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Lama Temple (Yonghegong) ©
Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

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