29 days in China Itinerary

29 days in China Itinerary

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29 days in China Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Shanghai
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Beijing
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Xi'an
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6 h 45 min
4
Jiuzhaigou County
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 45 min
5
Chengdu
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Emeishan
— 3 nights
+5
Train + Foot + Fly + Bus + Foot + Train:  7 h 30 min
7
Hong Kong
— 6 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Sydney

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.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, parks, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take some stellar pictures from Jin Mao Tower.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Shanghai trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Shanghai is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Shanghai due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Shanghai at 13°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai World Financial Center ©
Shanghai World Financial Center
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, and examine the collection at The Palace Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Beijing online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Beijing takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Shanghai in December, plan for slightly colder days in Beijing, with highs around 5°C, while nights are colder with lows around -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Olympic Park ©
Olympic Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
When in Xi'an, make a side trip to see Zhuque National Forest Park, Xi'an in Hu County, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), make a trip to Muslim Quarter, and enjoy breathtaking views from Xi'an Bell Tower.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Xi'an trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Xi'an takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Xi'an can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Zhuque National Forest Park, Xi'an
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Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

4
nights
Jiuzhaigou County

Jiuzhaigou County ©
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jiuzhaigou County: Songpan County (Huanglong Valley & Huanglong Scenic Valley). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley, admire the verdant scenery at Rize Valley, and contemplate the waterfront views at Shuanglong Lake.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Jiuzhaigou County route builder site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Songpan County
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Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve ©
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve
Huanglong Scenic Valley ©
Huanglong Scenic Valley

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Chengdu side-trips: Dujiangyan Irrigation System (in Dujiangyan) and Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum (in Guanghan). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), have fun and explore at Sanhe Classic Car Museum, explore the landscape on two wheels at Adventure Access, and get outside with Kungfu Family.

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

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Chengdu in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. December in Chengdu sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Emeishan.

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum, Dujiangyan Irrigation System
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Dujiangyan Irrigation System ©
Dujiangyan Irrigation System
Adventure Access ©
Adventure Access

3
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.
Step out of Emeishan with an excursion to Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) in Leshan--about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Emei Mountain, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wannian Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Emei Mountain Rare Botanical Garden, and explore the ancient world of Baoguo Temple.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Emeishan online travel 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 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
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Emei Mountain ©
Emei Mountain
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) ©
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
Baoguo Temple ©
Baoguo Temple

6
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Explore Hong Kong's surroundings by going to Macau (Kun Iam Temple & Ruins of St. Paul's). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland, stroll around Nan Lian Garden, appreciate the history behind Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), and take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak).

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hong Kong trip planner .

Do a combination of train and flight from Emeishan to Hong Kong in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December in Hong Kong, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Macau
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

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