29 days in China Itinerary

29 days in China Itinerary

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29 days in China Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Shanghai
— 7 nights
train:  12 h 30 min
2
Beijing
— 4 nights
train:  1 h
3
Datong
— 2 nights
train:  16 h 30 min
4
Xi'an
— 2 nights
train:  4 h
5
Chengdu
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Zhangjiajie
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Guangzhou
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
8
Guilin
— 3 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Toronto

7
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.
You've now added Huangpu River to your itinerary.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Shanghai road trip planning website .

Toronto, Canada to Shanghai is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 13 hour difference. In September, Shanghai is somewhat warmer than Toronto - with highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C. On the 15th (Tue), you're off to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Parks Nature
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Huangpu River ©
Huangpu River

4
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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Mutianyu Great Wall, take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), examine the collection at National Museum Of China, and walk around Ritan Park (Ritan Gongyuan).

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Beijing day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Beijing takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in September, plan for little chillier nights in Beijing, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Datong.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Trails
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Lama Temple (Yonghegong) ©
Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

2
nights
Datong

Datong ©
The old city of Datong has an interesting and complicated history of development, sacking, and rebuilding.
On the 21st (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Yungang Grottoes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Huayan Temple of Datong, and then examine the collection at Chinese Sculpture Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si).

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Datong trip planner.

Traveling by car from Beijing to Datong takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Datong

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si) ©
Huayan Temple of Datong ©
Huayan Temple of Datong
Yungang Grottoes ©
Yungang Grottoes

2
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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xi'an Mosque, admire the masterpieces at Tang Bo Art Museum, and explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Xi'an itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Datong to Xi'an in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Xi'an can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chengdu.

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)

2
nights
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 26th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Jinli Pedestrian Street, then don't miss a visit to Kuanzhai Alley, and then identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi).

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Chengdu road trip website .

Fly from Xi'an to Chengdu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in Chengdu. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Kuanzhai Alley ©
Kuanzhai Alley
Jinli Pedestrian Street
Jinli Pedestrian Street

2
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Spend the 27th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 29th (Tue) among lush scenery at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. There's more to do: take a peaceful walk through Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Zhangjiajie journey planner.

You can fly from Chengdu to Zhangjiajie in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Guangzhou.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Zhangjiajie National Forest Park ©
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Guangzhou

Guangzhou ©
A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): stop by Beijing Road Raw Material For Medicine Shopping Mall, visit Shamian Island, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sacred Heart Cathedral. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Liede Bridge, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Chimelong Safari Park, and then make a trip to Canton Tower.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Guangzhou itinerary planner.

You can fly from Zhangjiajie to Guangzhou in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Guangzhou are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Guilin.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Shamian Island ©
Shamian Island
Canton Tower ©
Canton Tower
Chimelong Safari Park ©
Chimelong Safari Park

3
nights
Guilin

The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): admire the striking features of Daxu Old Town and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Guilin trip tool .

Traveling by train from Guangzhou to Guilin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Guangzhou in October, with highs in Guilin at 31°C and lows at 20°C. On the 4th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Guilin

Tours
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Walking tours
Photography Tours

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