21 days in China Itinerary

21 days in China Itinerary

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Start: Kathmandu
Fly:  8 h 45 min
1
Guangzhou
— 1 night
Bus:  5 h 30 min
2
Yangshuo County
— 2 nights
Taxi + Train:  14 h
3
Lijiang
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Chengdu
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Xi'an
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
6
Beijing
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Shanghai
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
8
Guangzhou
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Hong Kong
— 2 nights
Helicopter:  15 min
10
Macau
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
End: Guangzhou

1
night
Guangzhou

Guangzhou
A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Huangpu Ancient Village Museum and then get to know the fascinating history of Baomo Scenery.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Guangzhou trip planner.

Kathmandu, Nepal to Guangzhou is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Nepal Time to China Standard Time is 2.2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Kathmandu in October, with highs in Guangzhou at 35°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yangshuo County.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:
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Baomo Scenery
Baomo Scenery

2
nights
Yangshuo County

Yangshuo County ©
Yangshuo County, the area surrounding a popular tourist resort town, boasts a landscape featuring all the ingredients necessary to attract a flood of tourists.
On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at South China Karst, get to know the fascinating history of Tall Banyan, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Totem Ancient Trail, and finally explore the ancient world of Fuli Ancient Town.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, read Yangshuo County sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by train from Guangzhou to Yangshuo County takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Guangzhou in October, things will get a bit cooler in Yangshuo County: highs are around 31°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Yangshuo County

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:
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South China Karst ©
South China Karst
Moon Hill ©
Moon Hill
Bike Asia Cycling Tours ©
Bike Asia Cycling Tours

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Xuesong Village, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yak Plain, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mt. Laojun Mountain National Geological Park ,Yulong Liming.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lijiang trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Yangshuo County to Lijiang takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Lijiang

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yulong County
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Xuesong Village ©
Xuesong Village

1
night
Chengdu

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 20th (Tue), make a trip to Tianfu Square, identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), thenget engrossed in the history at Chengdu Museum New Hall, thensee the interesting displays at Chengdu Museum (Old Hall), and finally see the interesting displays at Sichuan Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chengdu trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Lijiang to Chengdu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. October in Chengdu sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Chengdu

Museums Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Sichuan Museum ©
Sichuan Museum
Chengdu Museum (Old Hall) ©
Chengdu Museum (Old Hall)

2
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Cuihua Mountain, steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), thentake an in-depth tour of Shaanxi History Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Xi'an Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Hanyangling Museum, get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, thenwitness a stunning natural landmark at Huaqing Palace, thentake in panoramic vistas at Xi'an Bell Tower, and finally explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang).

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Xi'an trip planning tool.

You can fly from Chengdu to Xi'an in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Chengdu in October, Xi'an is a bit cooler at night with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hanyangling Museum
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Shaanxi History Museum ©
Shaanxi History Museum
Xi'an Bell Tower ©
Xi'an Bell Tower

4
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mutianyu Great Wall and Temple of Heaven. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Back Lakes (Hou Hai). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), and explore the activities along Beihai Park (Beihai Gongyuan).

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Beijing trip planner.

Fly from Xi'an to Beijing in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Beijing are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Tours Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum and Suzhou Garden Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan). Explore Shanghai's surroundings by going to Suzhou (Ruiguang Tower, Master-of-Nets Garden, &more). There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, identify plant and animal life at Shanghai Wild Animal Park, and learn more about the world around you at Shanghai Natural History Museum (Jing'an).

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Shanghai journey maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Shanghai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Beijing in October: high temperatures in Shanghai hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Guangzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Suzhou
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum ©
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum
Suzhou Garden Museum ©
Suzhou Garden Museum

1
night
Guangzhou

Guangzhou ©
On the 31st (Sat), head outdoors with Chimelong Tourist Resort, contemplate the waterfront views at Haizu Wetland, take in the spiritual surroundings of Huaisheng Mosque, thenstep off the mainland to explore Shamian Island, and finally admire the striking features of Bright Filial Piety Temple (Guangxiao Si).

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Guangzhou trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Shanghai to Guangzhou in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Shanghai in October: high temperatures in Guangzhou hover around 35°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Shamian Island ©
Shamian Island
Chimelong Tourist Resort ©
Chimelong Tourist Resort
Haizu Wetland ©
Haizu Wetland

2
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): stroll through Dragon's Back, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at Hong Kong Maritime Museum, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Beacon Hill, thenlearn something new at Dialogue in the Dark Hong Kong, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze). On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Po Lin Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lai Chi Wo Village and Nature Trail.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hong Kong trip planner.

Traveling by car from Guangzhou to Hong Kong takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Guangzhou in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Hong Kong, with lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can take a combination of to Macau.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:
Highlights from your plan
Po Lin Monastery ©
Po Lin Monastery
Dragon's Back ©
Dragon's Back
Hong Kong Maritime Museum ©
Hong Kong Maritime Museum

2
nights
Macau

Macau ©
Vacation in Macau to discover one of the world's richest cities organized as an autonomous region of China that, until 1999, was administered by Portugal.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Chao Kok Coastal Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hac Sa (Black Sand) Beach, contemplate the long history of Mandarin's House, thenadmire the landmark architecture of St. Lawrence Church, and finally take in the history at Our Lady of Penha.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Macau planning tool.

You can do a combination of from Hong Kong to Macau in an hour. Other options are to ride a ferry; or drive. When traveling from Hong Kong in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Macau, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Macau

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Our Lady of Penha ©
Our Lady of Penha
Mandarin's House ©
Mandarin's House
Ruins of St. Paul's ©
Ruins of St. Paul's

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