18 days in China Itinerary

18 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Shanghai
— 3 nights
Fly to Beijing Capital, Bus to Luanping County
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Luanping County
— 1 night
Drive
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Beijing
— 4 nights
Fly
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Xi'an
— 2 nights
Fly to Jiuzhai Huanglong, Bus to Jiuzhaigou County
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 2 nights
Taxi to Longnan Chengzhou, Fly to Hong Kong
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Hong Kong
— 5 nights
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Shanghai

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Orient

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan), take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple, and buy something for everyone on your list at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Shanghai trip itinerary builder app.

Melbourne, Australia to Shanghai is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Shanghai, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in July, things will get much warmer in Shanghai: highs are around 39°C and lows about 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Luanping County.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:

Luanping County

— 1 night
On the 19th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Jinshanling Great Wall.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Luanping County trip itinerary app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Shanghai to Luanping County takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Beijing.

Things to do in Luanping County

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 19:
Highlights from your trip

Beijing

— 4 nights
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 trip includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Mutianyu Great Wall, take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), see the interesting displays at The Palace Museum, and find something for the whole family at Olympic Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Beijing trip planner.

Drive from Luanping County to Beijing in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daytime highs in Beijing are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 23:

Xi'an

— 2 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and then delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang). On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: catch all the local highlights with Travel China Guide.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Xi'an tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Xi'an takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Xi'an sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Xi'an

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:

Jiuzhaigou County

— 2 nights
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO. Some of the natural sites are considered holy by the local Tibetan and Qiang minorities, with many legends and anecdotes associated with each lake, waterfall, off-shoot valley, and snowcapped peak.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Rize Valley.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Jiuzhaigou County trip planner.

Getting from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:
Highlights from your trip

Hong Kong

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 29th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 30th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), take in the waterfront at Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, and head off the coast to Lantau island.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong road trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Hong Kong in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Hong Kong can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 27 — Aug 1:

China travel guide

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Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.