25 days in China Itinerary

25 days in China Itinerary

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Beijing
— 7 nights
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Xi'an
— 3 nights
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Chongqing
— 5 nights
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Shanghai
— 7 nights
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Beijing — 7 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to 798 Art Zone and Meridian Gate (Wu Men). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mutianyu Great Wall and Beijing Capital Museum. Spend the 22nd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, see the interesting displays at Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), and don't miss a visit to Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Beijing itinerary maker app.

San Francisco, USA to Beijing is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to China Standard Time (CST) is 16 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in March, things will get slightly colder in Beijing: highs are around 58°F and lows about 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Xi'an.
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Xi'an — 3 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and Tang Bo Art Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Forest of Stone Steles Museum and Tianshuijing Catholic Church. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Small Goose Pagoda, delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Near Wall Bar and Xian Brewery.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Xi'an online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Xi'an takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Chongqing.
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Chongqing — 5 nights

With one of the most populated and largest metropolitan areas in the world, Chongqing was the de facto capital of China during World War II. Its wartime political importance and post-war economic boom have left a number of attractions in Chongqing, including war memorials and museums, government buildings, and thriving commercial districts with a wealth of malls and more traditional market areas.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Three Gorges Museum and Ciqikou (Porcelain Port). Get a sense of the local culture at ChongQing DaZu ShiKe YiShuPin ChenLieShi and St Joseph's Cathedral Chongqing. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chongqing South Mountain, explore the activities along Chongqing Wu River, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Chong Qing, and browse the different shops at Testbed 2 Arts Center.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Chongqing route planning app.

Fly from Xi'an to Chongqing in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Chongqing, with lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Shanghai.
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Shanghai — 7 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tian Zi Fang and Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan). Head to Former French Concession and Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)for some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Shanghai: Suzhou (Landscape Architecture, Suzhou Garden Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan), admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), take a stroll through Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, and see the interesting displays at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Shanghai tour builder.

You can fly from Chongqing to Shanghai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Chongqing in March: high temperatures in Shanghai hover around 60°F and lows are around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can 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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