17 days in China Itinerary

17 days in China Itinerary

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17 days in China Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Hong Kong
— 3 nights
+3
train + foot + bus + Fly:  5​h
2
Sanya
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Xi'an
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Beijing
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Shanghai
— 5 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Cape Town

3
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tsim Sha Tsui and Lantau island. Hong Kong Museum of History and Bamboo Scenes will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Hong Kong Disneyland, view the masterpieces at Asia Society Hong Kong Center, look for gifts at M&B Private Jewelers Hong Kong, and take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak).

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong trip itinerary builder app .

Cape Town, South Africa to Hong Kong is an approximately 18-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, subway, and train. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Hong Kong Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. While traveling from Cape Town, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hong Kong, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Shopping Parks Historic Sites
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Tsim Sha Tsui ©
Tsim Sha Tsui
Hong Kong Museum of History ©
Hong Kong Museum of History
Lantau island ©
Lantau island

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Sanya Zhujiang Nantian Spa and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanshan Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park and then kick back and relax at Yalong Bay.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sanya journey builder .

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Sanya takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Hong Kong in December, you will find days in Sanya are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan 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 28th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and then examine the collection at Xi'an Museum. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Tang Bo Art Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Shaanxi History Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Xi'an Bell Tower.

Make your Xi'an itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Sanya to Xi'an by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Sanya in December, things will get cooler in Xi'an: highs are around 8°C and lows about -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Museums Historic Sites
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Shaanxi History Museum ©
Shaanxi History Museum
Tang Bo Art Museum ©
Tang Bo Art Museum

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like National Museum Of China and Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan). Get a sense of the local culture at Mutianyu Great Wall and Temple of Heaven. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum and admire the striking features of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Beijing holiday app .

You can fly from Xi'an to Beijing in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in December, you will find days in Beijing are little chillier (5°C), and nights are about the same (-8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

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

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.
Do your shopping at Former French Concession and South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market. The Bund (Wai Tan) and Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shanghai: Suzhou (Humble Administrator's Garden & Pingjiang Road). The adventure continues: stop by Tian Zi Fang, take a stroll through Xintiandi, make a trip to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and admire the masterpieces at island6 Arts Center.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Shanghai tour planner .

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in January, expect nights in Shanghai to be warmer, around 3°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Suzhou
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©

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