15 days in China Itinerary

15 days in China Itinerary

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15 days in China Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
train + Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Beijing
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Shanghai
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Shenzhen
— 1 night
4
Hong Kong
— 3 nights
train + subway:  1​h 45​min
5
Guangzhou
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Xi'an
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Chengdu
— 1 night
Fly + foot:  15​h 15​min
End: Birmingham

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: see Mutianyu Great Wall, ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven, look for gifts at PAPP'S TEA, and get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Beijing road trip planning tool .

Birmingham, UK to Beijing is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or fly. Traveling from Birmingham to Beijing, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Birmingham in May, expect nights in Beijing to be a bit warmer, around 15°C, while days are warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

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

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Xitang Ancient Town in Jiashan County (about 1h 30 min away). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to The Bund (Wai Tan), admire the landmark architecture of 1933 Old Millfun, enjoy breathtaking views from Jin Mao Tower, and examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan).

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Shanghai trip site .

Getting from Beijing to Shanghai by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Shanghai. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Shenzhen.

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)

1
night
Shenzhen

Shenzhen
A fairly humble collection of farming and fishing villages and towns until 1979, you wouldn't guess as much when taking a tour of Shenzhen.
On the 20th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Futian Nature Reserve and then kick back and relax at Dongyong Beach.

To see photos and tourist information, read our Shenzhen vacation planner.

Fly from Shanghai to Shenzhen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Shanghai in May; daily highs in Shenzhen reach 35°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shenzhen

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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3
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, head off the coast to Lantau island, make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline, and enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak).

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hong Kong trip planner .

Hong Kong is very close to Shenzhen. In May, daytime highs in Hong Kong are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Guangzhou.

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
Guangzhou

Guangzhou ©
A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Sun Yat-sen University, don't miss a visit to Canton Tower, and then head off the coast to Shamian Island.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Guangzhou trip website .

Traveling by combination of train and subway from Hong Kong to Guangzhou takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Hong Kong in May since evenings lows in Guangzhou dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature
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Shamian Island ©
Shamian Island
Canton Tower ©
Canton Tower
Sun Yat-sen University
Sun Yat-sen University

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 25th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, and then contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta).

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Xi'an travel route builder .

Fly from Guangzhou to Xi'an in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Guangzhou in May, expect Xi'an to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay May 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Jinli Pedestrian Street, get engrossed in the history at Jinsha Site Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Chengdu trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Xi'an to Chengdu by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in May, Chengdu is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chengdu

Wildlife Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay May 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Jinsha Site Museum ©
Jinsha Site Museum
Jinli Pedestrian Street
Jinli Pedestrian Street

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