15 days in China Itinerary

15 days in China Itinerary

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Xi'an
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Hong Kong
— 4 nights
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Shanghai
— 3 nights
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Beijing
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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 4th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Xi'an trip planner.

Paris, France to Xi'an is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Paris to Xi'an. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in August, with highs in Xi'an at 37°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for the flight to Hong Kong.
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Hong Kong — 4 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Lantau island and Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ruins of St. Paul's and Hong Kong Museum of History. Pack the 7th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline, and take in the waterfront at Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hong Kong travel planning app.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Hong Kong takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Hong Kong, with lows around 32°C. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Shanghai.
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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.
The Bund (Wai Tan) and Jade Buddha Temple will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) and Zhujiajiao Ancient Town. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), make a trip to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and take in the exciting artwork at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Shanghai trip planner.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Shanghai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Shanghai are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Beijing.
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mutianyu Great Wall and The Great Wall at Badaling. Visit Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Tian'anmen for their historical value. Step out of Beijing with an excursion to Xinzhou Successive Great Wall in Pianguan County--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling), admire the landmark architecture of Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and stroll through Temple of Heaven.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Beijing trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Shanghai to Beijing in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Beijing, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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.
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