22 days in China Itinerary

22 days in China Itinerary

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Shanghai
— 3 nights
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Beijing
— 5 nights
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Zhangjiajie
— 2 nights
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Lhasa
— 4 nights
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Lijiang
— 3 nights
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Shangri-La County
— 2 nights
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Sanya
— 2 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Xitang Ancient Town and Jin Mao Tower. The Bund (Wai Tan) and Former French Concession will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Jade Buddha Temple, visit Maoming Road, wander the streets of Tian Zi Fang, and admire the landmark architecture of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

To see photos and tourist information, you can read our Shanghai trip planning app.

Manila, Philippines to Shanghai is an approximately 7-hour flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to fly to Beijing.
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Beijing — 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as 798 Art Zone and National Museum Of China. Get outdoors at Mutianyu Great Wall and Back Lakes (Hou Hai). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Beijing attractions planning website.

You can fly from Shanghai to Beijing in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in August, Beijing is little chillier at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Zhangjiajie.
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Zhangjiajie — 2 nights

The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
On the 26th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Zhangjiajie road trip website.

Fly from Beijing to Zhangjiajie in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can fly to Lhasa.
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Lhasa — 4 nights

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 Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Off-Road Tours and Sera Monastery.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lhasa day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Zhangjiajie to Lhasa takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Lhasa are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to fly to Lijiang.
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Lijiang — 3 nights

Suzhou on the Plateau

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain and Lijiang Guides - Day Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shuhe Ancient Town and Ancient City Zhongyi Market. It doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Mufu Palace and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lijiang trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Lijiang takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Lhasa in August since evenings lows in Lijiang dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Shangri-La County.
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Shangri-La County — 2 nights

Known previously as Zhongdian, Shangri-La County gained its current name in an attempt by city officials to promote tourism.
On the 4th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Potatso National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumtsaling Monastery.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Shangri-La County trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Lijiang to Shangri-La County takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Sanya.
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Sanya — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): stroll through Yalong Bay. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Luhuitou Park.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sanya online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Shangri-La County to Sanya in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. In September in Sanya, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catch the flight 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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