17 days in China Itinerary

17 days in China Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Hong Kong
— 3 nights
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 your shopping at Tsim Sha Tsui and Bamboo Scenes. Museum-lovers will get to explore Hong Kong Museum of History and Asia Society Hong Kong Center. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Hong Kong Disneyland, buy something for everyone on your list at M&B Private Jewelers Hong Kong, admire the landmark architecture of IFC mall, and enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak).

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hong Kong online day trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Hong Kong is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Cape Town to Hong Kong. When traveling from Cape Town in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hong Kong: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Sanya Zhujiang Nantian Spa and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanshan Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yalong Bay.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sanya trip planner.

Getting from Hong Kong to Sanya by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Hong Kong in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Sanya, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Cap off 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
Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park ©
Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park
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.
Kick 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. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Tang Bo Art Museum, thentake an in-depth tour of Shaanxi History Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xi'an Bell Tower.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Xi'an road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Sanya to Xi'an takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Sanya in December, with highs in Xi'an at 8°C and lows at -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to National Museum Of China and Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan). Museum-lovers will get to explore The Palace Museum and Lama Temple (Yonghegong). The adventure continues: hike along Mutianyu Great Wall, get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, and don't miss a visit to Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

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Fly from Xi'an to Beijing in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Xi'an in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Beijing, with highs around 5°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tian Zi Fang and Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pingjiang Road and South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market. When in Shanghai, make a side trip to see Humble Administrator's Garden in Suzhou, approximately Suzhou away. There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), get a taste of the local shopping with Three on the Bund, visit Maoming Road, and see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan).

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Shanghai trip planner.

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Beijing in January: highs in Shanghai hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time 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)
Tian Zi Fang ©
Tian Zi Fang
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession

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