22 days in China Itinerary

22 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China tour planner

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Beijing
— 3 nights
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Shanghai
— 3 nights
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Guilin
— 3 nights
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Fly to Lijiang, Taxi to Heqing, Train to Dali
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Dali
— 3 nights
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Chongqing
— 3 nights
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Xi'an
— 2 nights
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Beijing

— 3 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Climbing Tours and Back Lakes (Hou Hai). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), admire the landmark architecture of Meridian Gate (Wu Men), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Beijing trip planner.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa to Beijing is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to China Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Port Elizabeth in March: highs in Beijing hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Shanghai

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Orient

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shanghai Natural History Museum (Jing'an) and Jade Buddha Temple. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to The Bund (Wai Tan), appreciate the history behind The Bund City Sculptures, examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Shanghai trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Beijing to Shanghai by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Shanghai when traveling from Beijing in March, with lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Guilin.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Guilin

— 3 nights
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Explore hidden gems such as Riyue Shuangta Cultural Park and Train Spread. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan), do sightseeing your way with Private Tours, walk around Guangxi Guilin Forest Park, and surround yourself with nature on China Educational Tours.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Guilin trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Guilin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Guilin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Dali.

Things to do in Guilin

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Dali

— 3 nights
Combining a glorious past with modern conveniences and scenic natural surroundings, Dali stands out as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Yunnan, perched in a strategic location and boasting fertile fields for agriculture.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Erhai Lake and Four Scenic Resorts of Dali. The adventure continues: visit Dali Ancient, admire the landmark architecture of Dali Erhai Tianjing Temple, gain insight at Dali University, and pause for some serene contemplation at Dali Catholic Church.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dali trip planning website.

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train from Guilin to Dali in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Chongqing.

Things to do in Dali

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Chongqing

— 3 nights
With one of the most populated and largest metropolitan areas in the world, Chongqing was the de facto capital of China during World War II. Its wartime political importance and post-war economic boom have left a number of attractions in Chongqing, including war memorials and museums, government buildings, and thriving commercial districts with a wealth of malls and more traditional market areas.
Explore hidden gems such as Hongya Cave and Chongqing Wu River. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Chong Qing, take in the awesome beauty at Chongqing South Mountain, explore the activities along Chongqing Garden Expo Park, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Haitang Xiaoyue Hot Springs.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Chongqing trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Dali to Chongqing in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Chongqing can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Chongqing

Parks · Nature · Museums

Xi'an

— 2 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Forest of Stone Steles Museum and Small Goose Pagoda. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), make a trip to Kaiyuan Square, and walk around Celebration Palace Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Xi'an online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Chongqing to Xi'an takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of subway and train; or drive. Traveling from Chongqing in March, things will get a bit cooler in Xi'an: highs are around 19°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Museums

China travel guide

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Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.