19 days in China Itinerary

19 days in China Itinerary

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19 days in China Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
Fly:  19​h
1
Beijing
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Shanghai
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Hangzhou
— 1 night
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Guilin
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
5
Yuanyang County
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  12​h 30​min
6
Jiuzhaigou County
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
7
Lhasa
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  32​h
End: Cincinnati


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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Back Lakes (Hou Hai) and Simatai Great Wall. 798 Art Zone and Memorial Hall of Qi Baishi are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Meridian Gate (Wu Men), appreciate the views at Longqing Gorge, see the interesting displays at Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum, and walk around Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan).

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Beijing trip planner .

Cincinnati, USA to Beijing is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Cincinnati to Beijing, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cincinnati in May, expect nights in Beijing to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Beijing

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Back Lakes (Hou Hai) ©
Back Lakes (Hou Hai)
798 Art Zone ©
798 Art Zone
Simatai Great Wall ©
Simatai Great Wall

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.
On the 20th (Wed), join the crowd at Shanghai Circuit, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Biking Trail-China Outside Adventure, and then take a stroll through Taikang Road. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at China Maritime Museum, contemplate the long history of Soong Ching-ling Memorial Residence, then see the interesting displays at Lu Xun Museum, and finally examine the collection at Aurora Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Shanghai route planner .

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Shanghai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Shanghai, with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums Trails Parks
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Aurora Museum ©
Aurora Museum
Lu Xun Museum ©
Lu Xun Museum
Soong Ching-ling Memorial Residence ©

1
night
Hangzhou

Hangzhou
Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Hangzhou Huanglongdong Yuanyuan Folk Park and then get to know the fascinating history of Xiang Lake Tourist Resort Area of Hangzhou. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Yanggong Dike and then play a few rounds at Westlake International Golf and Country Club.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hangzhou vacation maker website .

Getting from Shanghai to Hangzhou by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Guilin.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Historic Sites Outdoors Golf
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2
nights
Guilin

Guilin ©
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
On the 24th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Lingjian Stream, then take in the dramatic natural features at Fubo Hill, then steep yourself in history at Jingjiang Royal Residence, and finally explore the world behind art at Guilin Jade Culture Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Jiangtouzhou Ancient Dwellings, then see the interesting displays at Guilin Arts Museum, then take in the dramatic natural features at Folded Brocade Hill (Diecai Hill), and finally delve into the distant past at Guilin Feihudui Ruins.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Guilin day trip website .

Getting from Hangzhou to Guilin by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yuanyang County.

Things to do in Guilin

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Guilin Feihudui Ruins
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Fubo Hill ©
Fubo Hill
Guilin Arts Museum ©
Guilin Arts Museum

1
night
Yuanyang County

Yuanyang County ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Honghe Hani Rice Terraces and then take in the dramatic natural features at Mengpin Terrace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Hani Nationality Folk Village.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Yuanyang County trip planner.

You can drive from Guilin to Yuanyang County in 13.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Yuanyang County

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Honghe Hani Rice Terraces ©
Honghe Hani Rice Terraces

1
night
Jiuzhaigou County

Jiuzhaigou County ©
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
On the 28th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Jiuzailing Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Wucaichi, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zharu Temple. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Shu Zheng Lake, then explore the activities along Shuanglong Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Grass Lake, and finally don't miss a visit to Neng'en Sangcuo Scenic Resort.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Jiuzhaigou County journey planner.

Drive from Yuanyang County to Jiuzhaigou County in 24 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Jiuzailing Temple ©
Jiuzailing Temple

2
nights
Lhasa

Lhasa
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yangwang Mountain Cliffside Images and Chimpu Caves. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tibet Revolution Exhibition Hall and Pabongka Hermitage. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Yaowang Mountain of Lhasa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Canggu Temple, make a trip to Lasa Sanquan Scenic Resort, and admire the striking features of Ani Tsankhung Nunnery.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lhasa online trip planner .

Getting from Jiuzhaigou County to Lhasa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In May in Lhasa, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lhasa

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Ani Tsankhung Nunnery ©
Ani Tsankhung Nunnery
Canggu Temple ©
Canggu Temple

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