13 days in China Itinerary

13 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China sightseeing planner

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Shanghai
— 3 nights
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Suzhou
— 1 night
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Beijing
— 2 nights
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Xi'an
— 1 night
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Sanya
— 1 night
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Hong Kong
— 3 nights
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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre and Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Three on the Bund. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Tian Zi Fang, buy something for everyone on your list at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market, enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and get a taste of the local shopping with Former French Concession.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Shanghai trip itinerary planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Shanghai is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Brisbane to Shanghai. Traveling from Brisbane in February, expect Shanghai to be colder, temps between 12°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Suzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Find places to stay Feb 16 — 19:

Suzhou

— 1 night

Venice of the East

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 Museum, then shop like a local with Pingjiang Road, and then walk around Humble Administrator's Garden.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Suzhou road trip website.

Getting from Shanghai to Suzhou by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Shanghai in February, plan for colder days in Suzhou, with highs around -5°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Beijing.

Things to do in Suzhou

Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 20:

Beijing

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): stop by Papp's Tea and then see Mutianyu Great Wall. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), walk around Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), then see the interesting displays at The Palace Museum, and finally take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Beijing trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Suzhou to Beijing in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Suzhou in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Beijing: temperatures range from 6°C by day to -7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 22:

Xi'an

— 1 night

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

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): get engrossed in the history at Shaanxi History Museum and then get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Xi'an planner.

Getting from Beijing to Xi'an by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Xi'an: highs are around 11°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can fly to Sanya.

Things to do in Xi'an

Find places to stay Feb 22 — 23:

Sanya

— 1 night

Gateway to the South

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.
On the 24th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanshan Temple and then explore the activities along Yalong Bay.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read our Sanya route app.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Sanya takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. 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 your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 24:

Hong Kong

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
On the 25th (Tue), gain insight at Dialogue in the Dark Hong Kong, enjoy some diversion at Sandbox VR, then see the interesting displays at Hong Kong Maritime Museum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak). Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Bamboo Scenes, then get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, and then stop by Tsim Sha Tsui.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Hong Kong trip planning app.

Getting from Sanya to Hong Kong by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. Traveling from Sanya in February, expect nights in Hong Kong to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

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China travel guide

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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.