23 days in China Itinerary

23 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China itinerary planner

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Beijing
— 4 nights
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Xi'an
— 2 nights
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Chongqing
— 3 nights
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Leshan
— 2 nights
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Kunming
— 3 nights
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Guilin
— 2 nights
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Shanghai
— 3 nights
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Beijing

— 4 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.
You've now added Mutianyu Great Wall to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and St. Michael's Church are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Back Lakes (Hou Hai) and Beihai Park (Beihai Gongyuan). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Meridian Gate (Wu Men), enjoy breathtaking views from Bell and Drum Towers, get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and examine the collection at The Palace Museum.

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa to Beijing is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Port Elizabeth to Beijing. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Beijing when traveling from Port Elizabeth in April, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Xi'an Bell Tower and Tang Bo Art Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Small Goose Pagoda and Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, stop by Muslim market, examine the collection at Forest of Stone Steles Museum, and explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang).

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Xi'an trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Beijing to Xi'an by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Chongqing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Haitang Xiaoyue Hot Springs, admire the landmark architecture of St Joseph's Cathedral Chongqing, and then see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Chong Qing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Old City Wall, then get engrossed in the history at Stilwell Museum/Former Residence of General Stilwell (Shidiwei Jiangjun Jiuju), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Huayan Temple of Chongqing, and finally mingle with the ghosts of the past at Shiba Ti.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Chongqing online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Chongqing takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and subway; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Chongqing, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Leshan.

Things to do in Chongqing

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Leshan

— 2 nights
The city of Leshan sits proudly at the confluence of three rivers, and has become known for its World Heritage Site and importance to Buddhism in the country.
On the 12th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Wuyou Mountain, then pause for some photo ops at Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo), and then stroll through Lingyun Cliff Road. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Qingyin Pavillion, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wannian Temple, and then explore the ancient world of Baoguo Temple.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Leshan trip app.

Getting from Chongqing to Leshan by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and train; or do a combination of flight and train. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kunming.

Things to do in Leshan

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Kunming

— 3 nights

City of Eternal Spring

With a temperate climate at 2,000 m (6,600 ft) and a variety of tourist attractions, Kunming makes a popular gateway for exploring Yunnan Province.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Jindian Park, then contemplate the long history of Kunming Golden Temple, and then admire the striking features of Tanhua Temple Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Yuantong shan, steep yourself in history at Huating Temple, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kunming West Hill (Xishan Forest Park).

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kunming trip planner.

Getting from Leshan to Kunming by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly; or drive. April in Kunming sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Guilin.

Things to do in Kunming

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Guilin

— 2 nights
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Explore hidden gems such as Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan) and Jiangtouzhou Ancient Dwellings. Step out of the city life by going to Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) and China Educational Tours. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Eighth Route Army Guilin Office, explore the striking landscape at Folded Brocade Hill (Diecai Hill), and Head underground at Baxian Cave of Guilin.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Guilin day trip planning website.

Fly from Kunming to Guilin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kunming in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Guilin. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Guilin

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

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.
The Bund (Wai Tan) and Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Former French Concession and Shanghai Temple Of the Town God (Chenghung Miao) will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, get a new perspective on nature at Shanghai Natural History Museum (Jing'an), and stroll around Fuxing Park.

To find maps and tourist information, go to the Shanghai tour planning website.

Traveling by flight from Guilin to Shanghai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Guilin in April, with highs in Shanghai at 25°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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.