23 days in China Itinerary

23 days in China Itinerary

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23 days in China Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  15 h
1
Beijing
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
2
Macau
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
Sanya
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Chengdu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Emeishan
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  7 h
6
Lhasa
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h 45 min
7
Xi'an
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Shanghai
— 5 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Sydney

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.
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Mutianyu Great Wall are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at The Palace Museum and 798 Art Zone. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong), tour the pleasant surroundings at Back Lakes (Hou Hai), get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, and take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To find out how to plan a trip to Beijing, use our trip itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to Beijing is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Beijing due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in July: high temperatures in Beijing hover around 38°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Macau.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 5:
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace 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.
On the 6th (Sat), try your luck at Casino at Venetian Macao, get engrossed in the history at Monte Forte (Fortaleza do Monte), examine the collection at Macao Museum, then delve into the distant past at Ruins of St. Paul's, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Historic Centre of Macau. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Maritime Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu), then step off the mainland to explore Coloane, then steep yourself in history at Taipa Village Macau, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kun Iam Temple.

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

Fly from Beijing to Macau in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Macau

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Ruins of St. Paul's
Ruins of St. Paul's
Macao Museum ©
Macao Museum
A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu) ©
A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu)

2
nights
Sanya

Sanya ©
The climate and coastline bring visitors from far and wide on vacations to Sanya, with its 40 km (25 mi) of shoreline almost entirely devoted to tourism.
On the 8th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanshan Temple, then kick back and relax at Tianya Haijiao, and then take a stroll through Sanya Redaiyulin Square. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Binlang Ethnic Village, take a peaceful walk through Yanuo Tropical Rain Forest Resort, and then stroll the grounds of Xisha Martyrs Cemetery.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sanya trip builder tool .

You can fly from Macau to Sanya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Sanya can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Sanya

Outdoors Parks Adventure
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:
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Tianya Haijiao ©
Tianya Haijiao
Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan Temple
Sanya Redaiyulin Square ©
Sanya Redaiyulin Square

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mount Qingcheng and then look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi). Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Anshun Bridge (Dongmen Bridge), take an in-depth tour of Wuhou Memorial Temple, take an in-depth tour of Du Fu Cottage, take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum, then make a trip to Kuanzhai Alley, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Jinli Pedestrian Street.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Chengdu day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Sanya to Chengdu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. July in Chengdu sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Emeishan.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Qingcheng ©
Mount Qingcheng
Jinsha Site Museum ©
Jinsha Site Museum

2
nights
Emeishan

Emeishan ©
A city forever linked with the mountain of the same name, Emeishan sits next to one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China, now a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wannian Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Emei Mountain, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Woyun Nunnery. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo), then see the interesting displays at Emeishan Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Baoguo Temple.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Emeishan travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Chengdu to Emeishan by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Emei Mountain ©
Emei Mountain
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) ©
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
Baoguo Temple ©
Baoguo Temple

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 14th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Mosque, contemplate the long history of Sera Monastery, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Barkhor Street, step into the grandiose world of Potala Palace, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple.

For other places to visit and tourist information, read our Lhasa trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Emeishan to Lhasa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Sera Monastery ©
Sera Monastery
Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple

2
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), delve into the distant past at Dacien Temple, then steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and finally get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Huaqing Palace, get engrossed in the history at Shaanxi History Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at Xi'an Bell Tower, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Xi'an Mosque.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Xi'an day trip site .

You can fly from Lhasa to Xi'an in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Lhasa in July: highs in Xi'an hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Former French Concession and Xitang Ancient Town. The Bund (Wai Tan) and Zhujiajiao Ancient Town will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Sheshan National Tourism Resort. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), wander the streets of Maoming Road, and admire the striking features of Jade Buddha Temple.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Shanghai road trip tool .

Getting from Xi'an to Shanghai by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Shanghai when traveling from Xi'an in July, with lows around 30°C. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Xitang Ancient Town
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town ©
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town

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