15 days in China Itinerary

15 days in China Itinerary

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15 days in China Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Shanghai
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Beijing
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Xi'an
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + train:  6​h 15​min
4
Hong Kong
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Sydney

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 shopping, nightlife, parks, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), get great views at Jin Mao Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, and enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Shanghai online travel planner .

Sydney, Australia to Shanghai is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to China Standard Time (CST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get colder in Shanghai: highs are around 13°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

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

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: stroll through Mutianyu Great Wall, take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, and examine the collection at National Museum Of China.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Beijing trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Shanghai to Beijing by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Shanghai in January, plan for slightly colder days in Beijing, with highs around 3°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

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

3
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Xi'an is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, nature, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, delve into the distant past at Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qin Dynasty of Xi'an, explore the world behind art at Tang Bo Art Museum, and make a trip to Muslim Quarter.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Xi'an online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Xi'an takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in January, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums
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5
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Hong Kong is known for shopping, nightlife, theme parks, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland, pause for some photo ops at Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ocean Park, and step off the mainland to explore Lantau island.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Xi'an to Hong Kong in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Xi'an in January; daily highs in Hong Kong reach 23°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
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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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