21 days in China Itinerary

21 days in China Itinerary

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Shanghai
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Hong Kong
— 5 nights
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Chengdu
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Lhasa
— 3 nights
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Xi'an
— 3 nights
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Beijing
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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 museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), browse the different shops at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market, get engrossed in the history at Shanghai Development Exhibition Hall, and enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Shanghai trip itinerary planner.

Houston, USA to Shanghai is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to China Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. August in Shanghai sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 79°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 12:

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 14th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), examine the collection at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline, and take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Shanghai to Hong Kong by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August in Hong Kong, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 81°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 17:

Chengdu

— 1 night

Hibiscus City

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 18th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum, identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), and then walk around Beihu Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Chengdu trip website.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Chengdu takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hong Kong in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Chengdu, with lows of 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks · Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 18:

Lhasa

— 3 nights
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Lhasa is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Potala Palace, get outside with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the long history of Sera Monastery, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lhasa trip planner.

Getting from Chengdu to Lhasa by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chengdu in August, expect nights in Lhasa to be much colder, around 53°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 21:

Xi'an

— 3 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Spend the 23rd (Mon) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), and admire the striking features of Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qin Dynasty of Xi'an.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Xi'an trip planner.

Fly from Lhasa to Xi'an in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Lhasa in August; daily highs in Xi'an reach 89°F and lows reach 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 24:

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Mutianyu Great Wall, see where the action happens at Olympic Park, get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and examine the collection at The Palace Museum.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Beijing online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Beijing takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in Beijing, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 28:

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.