17 days in China Itinerary

17 days in China Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Xi'an
— 1 night
2
Emeishan
— 2 nights
3
Songpan County
— 1 night
4
Chengdu
— 2 nights
5
Lijiang
— 1 night
6
Hong Kong
— 3 nights
7
Shanghai
— 2 nights
8
Beijing
— 3 nights

1
night
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
On the 16th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang). Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) and then take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Xi'an online travel route planner.

Berlin, Germany to Xi'an is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to China Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. May in Xi'an sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Emeishan.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums
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Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

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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 18th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Emei Mountain. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Baoguo Temple and then appreciate the history behind Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo).

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Emeishan tour itinerary site.

You can fly from Xi'an to Emeishan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Songpan County.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites Nature Parks

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

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Songpan County

Songpan County ©
Though the area remains largely rural and the economy mostly geared towards agriculture, tourism in Songpan County has begun to develop, with a host of scenic areas and cultural sites to explore.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Xueshanliang Ridge and then identify plant and animal life at Huanglong Scenic Valley.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Songpan County online tour builder.

You can fly from Emeishan to Songpan County in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Songpan County

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Huanglong Scenic Valley ©
Huanglong Scenic Valley

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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.
On the 21st (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Yinchang Valley and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Beihu Park, identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), and then get engrossed in the history at Jinsha Site Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Chengdu trip maker tool.

Getting from Songpan County to Chengdu by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Chengdu are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Chengdu

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Yinchang Valley
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Jinsha Site Museum ©
Jinsha Site Museum
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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night
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 23rd (Sat), contemplate the long history of Mufu Palace and then don't miss a visit to Old Town of Lijiang - China.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lijiang online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Chengdu to Lijiang takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites
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Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Appreciate the collections at Hong Kong Museum of History and Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland, take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ocean Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lantau island.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong trip planner.

You can fly from Lijiang to Hong Kong in 7 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Hong Kong are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Nature
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Museum of History ©
Hong Kong Museum of History
Lantau island ©
Lantau island

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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.
On the 27th (Wed), examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), make a trip to The Bund (Wai Tan), thentake in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and finally take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu). Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple, thentake in the exciting artwork at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, and then take a stroll through Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Hong Kong to Shanghai by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hong Kong in May, expect Shanghai to be a bit cooler, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town ©
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town

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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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) and Bell and Drum Towers. And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of The Palace Museum, pause for some photo ops at Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (Maozhuxi Jiniantang), and get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong).

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Beijing journey planner.

You can fly from Shanghai to Beijing in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in May, Beijing is little chillier at night with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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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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