17 days in China Itinerary

17 days in China Itinerary

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17 days in China Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12 h
1
Hong Kong
— 3 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly + Bus:  6 h 15 min
2
Lijiang
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Chengdu
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Xi'an
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h
5
Beijing
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
Shanghai
— 4 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Sydney

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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland, take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History, pause for some photo ops at Lantau island, and enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak).

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hong Kong trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Sydney, Australia to Hong Kong is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, subway, and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Hong Kong Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Sydney in July: high temperatures in Hong Kong hover around 38°C and lows are around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Nature
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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): cruise along Blue Moon Valley and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Three Parallel Rivers National Park. On the next day, trek along with Lijiang Guides - Day Tours, step off the mainland to explore Bird Island, Lijiang, and then don't miss a visit to Old Town of Lijiang - China.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lijiang online itinerary planner.

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. Expect colder weather when traveling from Hong Kong in July: highs in Lijiang hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Lijiang

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Three Parallel Rivers National Park ©
Three Parallel Rivers National Park
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Blue Moon Valley ©
Blue Moon Valley

2
nights
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.
On the 21st (Tue), look for gifts at Suit Republic, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), and finally get engrossed in the history at Jinsha Site Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour and then take a memorable drive along Sichuan Tibet Highway (southern route).

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Chengdu travel route builder website.

Getting from Lijiang to Chengdu by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July, Chengdu is a bit warmer than Lijiang - with highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Chengdu

Tours Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Sichuan Tibet Highway (southern route)
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Food Tours
Jinsha Site Museum ©
Jinsha Site Museum

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 23rd (Thu), make a trip to Kaiyuan Square, contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and then take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Tang Bo Art Museum, explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), and then don't miss a visit to Muslim Quarter.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Xi'an day trip planner.

You can fly from Chengdu to Xi'an in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can 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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong), get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, and get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Beijing trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Beijing takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

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

4
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.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), get great views at Jin Mao Tower, and admire the landmark architecture of Jade Buddha Temple.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Shanghai trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Shanghai, with lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu) ©

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