15 days in China Itinerary

15 days in China Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Lhasa
— 3 nights
2
Dunhuang
— 1 night
3
Xi'an
— 2 nights
4
Beijing
— 3 nights
5
Shanghai
— 2 nights
6
Lijiang
— 2 nights

3
nights
Lhasa

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Get some historical perspective at Jokhang Temple and Potala Palace. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Off-Road Tours and Barkhor Street. There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sera Monastery, and contemplate the long history of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lhasa trip planning website.

Lahore, Pakistan to Lhasa is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lahore to Lhasa is 3 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Lahore in October; daily highs in Lhasa reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Barkhor Street ©
Barkhor Street

1
night
Dunhuang

Dunhuang ©
Once a vital stop-off on the Silk Road trade route, Dunhuang today offers travelers of all persuasions a place to rest in the middle of the desert.
On the 6th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mogao Caves, explore the ancient world of Xijin Tomb, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Dunhuang holiday tool.

You can fly from Lhasa to Dunhuang in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Mogao Caves ©
Mogao Caves
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain ©
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain

2
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
On the 7th (Wed), catch all the local highlights with Travel China Guide. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and then get engrossed in the history at Shaanxi History Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Xi'an day trip planner.

Fly from Dunhuang to Xi'an in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Xi'an are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Travel China Guide ©
Travel China Guide
Shaanxi History Museum ©
Shaanxi History Museum

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mutianyu Great Wall and Temple of Heaven. Your inner history buff will appreciate Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Bell and Drum Towers. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and make a trip to Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan).

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Beijing day trip planner.

You can fly from Xi'an to Beijing in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in October, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Trails
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Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take a stroll through Zhujiajiao Ancient Town and then visit Tian Zi Fang. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Jade Buddha Temple, see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and then take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan).

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Shanghai trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Shanghai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in October, expect Shanghai to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Tian Zi Fang ©
Tian Zi Fang
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

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Lijiang

Lijiang ©
The cultural capital of the Naxi people, one of the 55 minority ethnic groups in the country, Lijang traces its history back over 800 years, with the city developing from a trading post on the ancient Southern Silk Road.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): make a trip to Old Town of Lijiang - China, thensteep yourself in history at Shuhe Ancient Town, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Moon Valley.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lijiang trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Lijiang takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Blue Moon Valley ©
Blue Moon Valley

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