8 days in Shanghai, Xi'an & Beijing Itinerary

8 days in Shanghai, Xi'an & Beijing Itinerary

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8 days in Shanghai, Xi'an & Beijing Itinerary

Start: Shanghai
1
Shanghai
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Xi'an
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Beijing
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Shanghai

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), Yu Garden (Yuyuan), Xintiandi, and other attractions you added. On the 21st (Wed), admire the striking features of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, stop by Tian Zi Fang, then wander the streets of Taikang Road, then take a stroll through Old Town (Nanshi), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Bund (Wai Tan). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): wander the streets of Former French Concession, make a trip to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), don't miss a visit to Xintiandi, then look for gifts at Super Brand Mall, then admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and finally admire the striking features of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Shanghai journey planner.

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airports are Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Sunan Shuofang International Airport. August in Shanghai sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

3
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor has been added to your itinerary. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, take in the spiritual surroundings of Xi'an Mosque, delve into the distant past at Xi'an Bell Tower, and ponder the design of Dayan Pagoda Northern Square.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Xi'an trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Xi'an takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Xi'an, with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums
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2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nanluoguxiang, Hall of Supreme Harmony, Taikoo Li Sanlitun, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): make a trip to Taikoo Li Sanlitun, then look for gifts at Nanluoguxiang, then admire the landmark architecture of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), and finally take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven and then hike along Mutianyu Great Wall.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Beijing trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Xi'an to Beijing in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

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