13 days in China Itinerary

13 days in China Itinerary

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13 days in China Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Shanghai
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
2
Suzhou
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
3
Beijing
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Xi'an
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 45 min
5
Sanya
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Train:  5 h
6
Hong Kong
— 3 nights
Fly:  12 h
End: Brisbane

3
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 some cultural sightseeing at Former French Concession and The Bund (Wai Tan). Step off the beaten path and head to Tian Zi Fang and South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, don't miss a visit to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and buy something for everyone on your list at In Point.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip itinerary planning app .

Sydney, Australia to Shanghai is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Shanghai due to the time zone difference. In February, Shanghai is much colder than Sydney - with highs of 12°C and lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

1
night
Suzhou

Suzhou ©
One of the oldest settlements in the Yangtze basin, Suzhou remains a complex, labyrinthine set of old canal districts, World Heritage gardens, and sprawling modern developments.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Suzhou Garden Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Pingjiang Road, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Humble Administrator's Garden.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Suzhou tour itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Shanghai to Suzhou in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of subway and train; or drive. Expect colder weather when traveling from Shanghai in February: highs in Suzhou hover around -5°C, while lows dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Suzhou

Shopping Parks Museums
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Pingjiang Road ©
Pingjiang Road
Humble Administrator's Garden ©
Humble Administrator's Garden
Suzhou Garden Museum ©
Suzhou Garden Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): stop by PAPP'S TEA and then see Mutianyu Great Wall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), get great views at Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), then take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, and finally get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Beijing vacation planner.

You can fly from Suzhou to Beijing in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Suzhou, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Beijing, ranging from highs of 6°C to lows of -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
Lama Temple (Yonghegong) ©
Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

1
night
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 23rd (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Shaanxi History Museum and then get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Xi'an day trip tool .

You can fly from Beijing to Xi'an in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in February, expect Xi'an to be somewhat warmer, temps between 11°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Xi'an

Museums
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Shaanxi History Museum ©
Shaanxi History Museum

1
night
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 24th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanshan Temple and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yalong Bay.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sanya trip planning app .

You can fly from Xi'an to Sanya in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Xi'an in February: high temperatures in Sanya hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Sanya

Outdoors Historic Sites Nature
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Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan Temple

3
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): see Dialogue in the Dark Hong Kong, catch some excitement at Sandbox VR, then see the interesting displays at Hong Kong Maritime Museum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Bamboo Scenes, get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, and then visit Tsim Sha Tsui.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hong Kong online holiday planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Sanya to Hong Kong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, subway, and train. Traveling from Sanya in February, you will find days in Hong Kong are a bit cooler (23°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). On the 27th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Tsim Sha Tsui ©
Tsim Sha Tsui
Hong Kong Maritime Museum ©
Hong Kong Maritime Museum
Hong Kong Museum of History ©
Hong Kong Museum of History

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