22 days in China Itinerary

22 days in China Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hong Kong
— 4 nights
2
Xiamen
— 2 nights
3
Shanghai
— 4 nights
4
Beijing
— 4 nights
5
Zhangjiajie
— 2 nights
6
Lijiang
— 3 nights

4
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Tsim Sha Tsui and Lantau island are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze) and Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, look for gifts at Lane Crawford, take in nature's colorful creations at Bird Garden Yuen Po Street, and buy something for everyone on your list at IFC mall.

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Cape Town, South Africa to Hong Kong is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Hong Kong Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Cape Town in December, expect nights in Hong Kong to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit cooler, around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Xiamen.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Shopping Parks Historic Sites
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Tsim Sha Tsui ©
Tsim Sha Tsui
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze) ©
Lantau island ©
Lantau island

2
nights
Xiamen

Xiamen ©
Known for centuries as a gateway to China, the port city of Xiamen has become a destination in itself, first to domestic visitors and now to a growing number of people from across the world.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at The eighth seafood Market, thenget a taste of the local shopping with Gulangyu, and then examine the collection at Yuyuan Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Guanyin Temple, contemplate the long history of Xiamen University, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanputuo Temple.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Xiamen trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Xiamen in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hong Kong in December, Xiamen is slightly colder at night with lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Xiamen

Historic Sites Shopping Nature
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Xiamen University ©
Xiamen University
Nanputuo Temple ©
Nanputuo Temple
Gulangyu ©
Gulangyu

4
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.
Visit Tian Zi Fang and The Bund (Wai Tan) for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre and Three on the Bund. Step out of Shanghai with an excursion to Pingjiang Road in Suzhou--about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market, view the masterpieces at island6 Arts Center, wander the streets of Xintiandi, and see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Shanghai trip site.

Getting from Xiamen to Shanghai by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In January, Shanghai is a bit cooler than Xiamen - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Pingjiang Road
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Tian Zi Fang ©
Tian Zi Fang
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

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.
Head to Panjiayuan Antique Market and PAPP'S TEAfor plenty of shopping. Popular historic sites such as Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) are in your itinerary. Spend the 9th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, view the masterpieces at Yishu 8, and take in panoramic vistas at Bell and Drum Towers.

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Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Beijing takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in January, you will find days in Beijing are little chillier (°C), and nights are colder (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Beijing

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife
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Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

2
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Zhangjiajie route planner.

Getting from Beijing to Zhangjiajie by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Nature Parks Wildlife
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3
nights
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 13th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Shuhe Ancient Town, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain, and then explore the activities along Blue Moon Valley. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Fuxingchang Tea House, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China, and then don't miss a visit to Mufu Palace.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lijiang trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Zhangjiajie to Lijiang takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll set off for home on the 15th (Fri).

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain
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Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town
Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain ©
Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China

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