22 days in China Itinerary

22 days in China Itinerary

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22 days in China Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Beijing
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Shanghai
— 3 nights
Train:  45​min
3
Suzhou
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Huangshan
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Train:  4​h 30​min
5
Hong Kong
— 5 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Xi'an
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Chengdu
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  5​h 15​min
8
Lhasa
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Amsterdam

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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Heaven.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Beijing driving holiday website .

Amsterdam, Holland to Beijing is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Beijing is 7 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Beijing, with lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
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.
Shanghai is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Bund (Wai Tan), take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, and take some stellar pictures from Jin Mao Tower.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Shanghai holiday planning site .

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Shanghai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Beijing in November, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Shanghai: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): walk around Humble Administrator's Garden, walk around The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, then see the interesting displays at Suzhou Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Shantang Street, and finally make a trip to Shihu Lake. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Shigong Mountain, steep yourself in history at Tongli Town, and then steep yourself in history at Luzhi Town.

Make your Suzhou itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by train from Shanghai to Suzhou takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Shanghai in November: highs in Suzhou hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Huangshan.

Things to do in Suzhou

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou ©
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou
Suzhou Garden Museum ©
Suzhou Garden Museum
Tongli Town ©
Tongli Town

1
night
Huangshan

Huangshan ©
Named after the "Yellow Mountains" with which the region has long been associated, Huangshan offers access to UNESCO-listed sites both natural and man-made.
On the 18th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Former Residence of Cheng Dawei and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Huangshan.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Huangshan online tour planner .

You can drive from Suzhou to Huangshan in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Huangshan

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Huangshan ©
Mt. Huangshan

5
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
When in Hong Kong, make a side trip to see Ruins of St. Paul's in Macau, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Hong Kong Disneyland, don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline, admire the striking features of Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), and take a leisurely stroll along Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hong Kong sightseeing tool .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Huangshan to Hong Kong in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and train; or drive. In November in Hong Kong, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ruins of St. Paul's
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

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 24th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qin Dynasty of Xi'an, get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, then contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xi'an Mosque. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Muslim Quarter, then delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Xi'an travel route builder .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hong Kong to Xi'an in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Hong Kong in November; daily highs in Xi'an reach 14°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)
Muslim Quarter ©
Muslim Quarter

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at China Discovery-Day Tour, then identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), and then take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Chengdu Museum (Old Hall) and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Chengdu trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Chengdu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, Chengdu is a bit warmer than Xi'an - with highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Chengdu

Tours Museums Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
China Discovery ©
China Discovery
Jinsha Site Museum ©
Jinsha Site Museum

2
nights
Lhasa

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Potala Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Sera Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Yangwang Mountain Cliffside Images, then contemplate the long history of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), and then don't miss a visit to Lasa Sanquan Scenic Resort.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lhasa online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Chengdu to Lhasa takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. While traveling from Chengdu, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Lhasa, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Sera Monastery ©
Sera Monastery

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