19 days in China Itinerary

19 days in China Itinerary

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19 days in China Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Shanghai
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
2
Suzhou
— 2 nights
Train:  14 h
3
Beijing
— 4 nights
Train:  5 h
4
Pingyao County
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 30 min
5
Xi'an
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Luoyang
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
7
Shanghai
— 1 night
Fly:  23 h 30 min
End: Barcelona

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.
You've added Jade Buddha Temple, Jing'an Temple, Longhua Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), wander the streets of Former French Concession, ponder the world of politics at People's Square (Renmin Guang Chang), then see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), then don't miss a visit to The Bund (Wai Tan), and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Longhua Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shanghai Confucian Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jade Buddha Temple, then contemplate the long history of Jing'an Temple, and finally examine the collection at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Shanghai driving holiday planner .

Barcelona, Spain to Shanghai is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Barcelona to Shanghai, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Barcelona in August: high temperatures in Shanghai hover around 38°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession
Longhua Temple ©
Longhua Temple

2
nights
Suzhou

Suzhou ©
One of the oldest settlements in the Yangtze basin, Suzhou remains a complex, labyrinthine set of old canal districts, World Heritage gardens, and sprawling modern developments.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): examine the collection at Suzhou Garden Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Ruiguang Tower, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Shantang Street, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xiyuan Temple, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Landscape Architecture.

Before you visit Suzhou, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a train from Shanghai to Suzhou in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Shanghai in August, with highs in Suzhou at 43°C and lows at 43°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites Museums
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Tongli Town ©
Tongli Town
Shantang Street ©
Shantang Street
Landscape Architecture ©
Landscape Architecture

4
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.
Visiting Mutianyu Great Wall and Shidu Nature Park will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Back Lakes (Hou Hai) and Tao Yuan Xian Valley Natural Scenic Spot. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), look for all kinds of wild species at Baili Landscape Gallery Scenic Spot, take a stroll through 798 Art Zone, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yunyougu Scenic Area.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Beijing trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Suzhou to Beijing in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Suzhou, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Beijing, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Pingyao County.

Things to do in Beijing

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

1
night
Pingyao County

Pingyao County ©
An ancient walled city, Pingyao County can trace its history back around 2,700 years, and has been designated a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Ping Yao Gu Cheng.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Pingyao County trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Beijing to Pingyao County in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Beijing in August; daily highs in Pingyao County reach 34°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Pingyao County

Historic Sites Museums
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Ping Yao Gu Cheng ©
Ping Yao Gu Cheng
Pingyao Confucian Temple ©
Pingyao Confucian Temple

3
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Get some historical perspective at Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling) and Small Goose Pagoda. Escape the urban bustle at Niubeiliang Mountain Nature Reserve and Huaqing Palace. Step out of Xi'an to go to Tongchuan and see Yaowang Shan Scenic Resort, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and see the interesting displays at Xi'an Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Xi'an road trip app .

Traveling by train from Pingyao County to Xi'an takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Xi'an can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Luoyang.

Things to do in Xi'an

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Niubeiliang Mountain Nature Reserve, Yaowang Shan Scenic Resort
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Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling) ©
Small Goose Pagoda ©
Small Goose Pagoda

3
nights
Luoyang

Luoyang ©
One of the oldest imperial cities in the country, Luoyang gives access to a wealth of cultural sites protected by UNESCO for their importance to the world's cultural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): contemplate the long history of KANGBAI-WANIS Mansions, take in the spiritual surroundings of White Horse Temple, pause for some photo ops at Guanlin Temple (General Guan's Tomb), then explore the fascinating underground world of Longmen Grottoes, then take an in-depth tour of Luoyang Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Folk Museum of Luoyang. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Guanlin Scenic Resort, take in the awesome beauty at Longmen Mountain, delve into the distant past at Luoyang Ruins of Sui and Tang Dynasty, snap pictures at Manshui Bridge, then explore the ancient world of Shentai Lijing (South Gate), and finally contemplate the long history of Former Residence of Bai Juyi.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Luoyang trip site .

Take a train from Xi'an to Luoyang in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Luoyang

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

KANGBAI-WANIS Mansions
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Longmen Grottoes ©
Longmen Grottoes
White Horse Temple ©
White Horse Temple
KANGBAI-WANIS Mansions ©
KANGBAI-WANIS Mansions

1
night
Shanghai

Shanghai ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jade Buddha Temple, Jing'an Temple, Longhua Temple, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Longhua Temple, stroll around Fuxing Park, then admire the striking features of Jade Buddha Temple, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai Tower. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Jing'an Temple, ponder the world of politics at People's Square (Renmin Guang Chang), then walk around Guyi Garden, and finally admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Shanghai trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Luoyang to Shanghai takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Jade Buddha Temple ©
Jade Buddha Temple
Longhua Temple ©
Longhua Temple
Jing'an Temple ©
Jing'an Temple

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