16 days in China Itinerary

16 days in China Itinerary

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16 days in China Itinerary

Start: Shanghai
1
Shanghai
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Hangzhou
— Few hours
Taxi + Train:  3 h 30 min
3
Huangshan
— 1 night
+3
Train + Subway + Foot + Train:  4 h 30 min
4
Zhangjiajie
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5 h
5
Ziyuan County
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Longsheng County
— Few hours
Taxi + Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Zhenning County
— 1 night
+3
Train + Subway + Bus + Fly:  7 h
8
Shangri-La County
— 1 night
Fly:  9 h 30 min
9
Chengdu
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  9 h
10
Jiuzhaigou County
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  9 h
11
Xi'an
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  4 h 30 min
12
Beijing
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Shanghai

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.
On the 9th (Thu), take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Jing'an Temple, see the interesting displays at Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, then get advice or help at People's Square (Renmin Guang Chang), then examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and finally admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Shanghai trip itinerary tool .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Sunan Shuofang International Airport. In April, daytime highs in Shanghai are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

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hours
Hangzhou

Hangzhou ©
Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes West Lake (Xi Hu). Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): go for a walk through West Lake (Xi Hu).

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hangzhou day trip planner .

Getting from Shanghai to Hangzhou by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In April in Hangzhou, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Huangshan.
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West Lake (Xi Hu) ©
West Lake (Xi Hu)

1
night
Huangshan

Huangshan ©
Named after the "Yellow Mountains" with which the region has long been associated, Huangshan offers access to UNESCO-listed sites both natural and man-made.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hongcun Ancient Village as well as Mt. Huangshan. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Hongcun Ancient Village.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Huangshan tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Hangzhou to Huangshan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Huangshan

Parks Nature
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Mt. Huangshan ©
Mt. Huangshan

1
night
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie has been added to your itinerary.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Zhangjiajie trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Fly from Huangshan to Zhangjiajie in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ziyuan County.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Wildlife Nature
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1
night
Ziyuan County

Ziyuan County ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Li River.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Ziyuan County road trip app .

Explore your travel options from Zhangjiajie to Ziyuan County with the Route module. In April in Ziyuan County, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Longsheng County.

Things to do in Ziyuan County

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Li River
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Li River ©
Li River

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hours
Longsheng County

Longsheng County
The highlight of a trip to Longsheng County is undoubtedly its terraced rice paddies.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces.

To plan Longsheng County vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Ziyuan County to Longsheng County by car takes about 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Zhenning County.

Things to do in Longsheng County

Parks Tours Historic Sites
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1
night
Zhenning County

Zhenning County ©
Natural attractions stand out as the best reason to take a trip to Zhenning County, a semi-autonomous region in the south of China.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Huangguoshu Water Falls.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Zhenning County using our trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Longsheng County to Zhenning County in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Zhenning County

Parks Nature
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Huangguoshu Water Falls ©
Huangguoshu Water Falls

1
night
Shangri-La County

Shangri-La County ©
Known previously as Zhongdian, Shangri-La County gained its current name in an attempt by city officials to promote tourism.
You've now added Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) to your itinerary.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Shangri-La County trip website .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Zhenning County to Shangri-La County takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks Nature
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Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) ©
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)

2
nights
Chengdu

Chengdu ©
The home of giant pandas for more than two million years, Chengdu's vast human history cowers in comparison to the natural heritage of the area.
Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi) has been added to your itinerary.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Chengdu tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Shangri-La County to Chengdu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks Wildlife
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2
nights
Jiuzhaigou County

Jiuzhaigou County ©
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
You've now added Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve to your itinerary.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Jiuzhaigou County trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou County by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks Nature
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Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve ©
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve

1
night
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
On the 21st (Tue), explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang).

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Xi'an trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Xi'an takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In April in Xi'an, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 10°C at night. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Museums
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) as well as Mutianyu Great Wall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), examine the collection at The Palace Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Beijing road trip app .

Fly from Xi'an to Beijing in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April in Beijing, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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

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