23 days in China Itinerary

23 days in China Itinerary

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23 days in China Itinerary

Start: Hanoi
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Guilin
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Xiamen
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Zhuhai
— 4 nights
taxi + helicopter:  45​min
4
Hong Kong
— 4 nights
train:  15​min
5
Shenzhen
— 1 night
train + subway:  2​h
6
Guangzhou
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Zhangjiajie
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Hanoi

4
nights
Guilin

Guilin ©
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces and Guilin Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yulong River and Moon Hill. Change things up with these side-trips from Guilin: Yangshuo County (Xianggong Mountain & South China Karst). Spend the 1st (Mon) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's still lots to do: stroll around Riyue Shuangta Cultural Park and take in the dramatic natural features at Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan).

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Guilin trip itinerary builder tool .

Hanoi, Vietnam to Guilin is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Hanoi to Guilin is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Xiamen.

Things to do in Guilin

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Yangshuo County, Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces
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Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces ©
Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces
Yulong River ©
Yulong River
Moon Hill ©
Moon Hill

3
nights
Xiamen

Xiamen ©
Known for centuries as a gateway to China, the port city of Xiamen has become a destination in itself, first to domestic visitors and now to a growing number of people from across the world.
Visit Xiamen University and Zhangzhou Nanshan Temple for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Huaijiu Gulangyu Museum and Nanputuo Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Tianfu Tea Museum (in Zhangpu County) and Ciji Palace of Baijiao (in Longhai). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Xiamen Piano Museum, don't miss a visit to Hongshan Temple, stroll around Xiamen Botanical Garden, and take in nature's colorful creations at Xiamen Shuzhuang Garden.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Xiamen online vacation planner .

Getting from Guilin to Xiamen by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Zhuhai.

Things to do in Xiamen

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Longhai, Tianfu Tea Museum
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Kulangsu Huandao Road ©
Kulangsu Huandao Road
Xiamen University ©
Xiamen University
Nanputuo Temple ©
Nanputuo Temple

4
nights
Zhuhai

Zhuhai ©
Despite being one of the first Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in China, the port city of Zhuhai has more of a reputation for being rich with gardens.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Monte Forte (Fortaleza do Monte) and Guia Fortress. Visit Mandarin's House and Saint Dominic's Church 玫瑰聖母堂 Igreja de São Domingos for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zhuhai: Macau (Eiffel Tower Experience at Parisian Macau, AJ Hackett Macau Tower, & more), Kaiping Diaolou and Villages (in Kaiping) and Beifeng Mountain (in Taishan). There's more to do: explore the ancient world of Ruins of St. Paul's and see the interesting displays at Zhuhai Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Zhuhai vacation maker website .

Traveling by flight from Xiamen to Zhuhai takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July in Zhuhai, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Zhuhai

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Macau, Beifeng Mountain, Kaiping Diaolou and Villages
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Zhuhai Museum ©
Zhuhai Museum
Monte Forte (Fortaleza do Monte) ©
Guia Fortress ©
Guia Fortress

4
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Visit Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery and Wong Tai Sin Temple (Sik Sik Yuen Temple) for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hong Kong Maritime Museum and Dialogue in the Dark Hong Kong. Pack the 13th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dragon's Back, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze), experience the excitement of Sandbox VR, and get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Hong Kong trip builder app .

Traveling by taxi from Zhuhai to Hong Kong takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In July in Hong Kong, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Shenzhen.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trip

Wong Tai Sin Temple
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Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Dragon's Back ©
Dragon's Back
Po Lin Monastery ©
Po Lin Monastery

1
night
Shenzhen

Shenzhen ©
A fairly humble collection of farming and fishing villages and towns until 1979, you wouldn't guess as much when taking a tour of Shenzhen.
On the 14th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Guanshanyue Gallery, then stroll around Shenzhen Lianhuashan Park, and then don't miss a visit to Dafen Oil Painting Village.

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Shenzhen is just a short distance from Hong Kong. In July in Shenzhen, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Guangzhou.

Things to do in Shenzhen

Parks Museums
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Shenzhen Lianhuashan Park ©
Shenzhen Lianhuashan Park
Dafen Oil Painting Village ©
Dafen Oil Painting Village

3
nights
Guangzhou

Guangzhou ©
A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chen Clan Ancestral Hall-Folk Craft Museum and Baiyun Mountain. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King and Guangdong Museum. Step out of Guangzhou to go to Foshan and see The Ancestral Temple, which is approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Sacred Heart Cathedral, make a trip to Temple of the Six Banyan Trees & Flower Pagoda (Liurong Temple), take an in-depth tour of Huangpu Ancient Village Museum, and step off the mainland to explore Shamian Island.

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You can do a combination of train and subway from Shenzhen to Guangzhou in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July in Guangzhou, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

The Ancestral Temple
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3
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Take a break from the city and head to Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie and Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park. Explore hidden gems such as Tianzi Mountain and Zhangjiajie Dongfeng Reservoir. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Golden Whip Brook and enjoy breathtaking views from Huangshi Village.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Zhangjiajie trip planner.

You can fly from Guangzhou to Zhangjiajie in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Zhangjiajie Dongfeng Reservoir
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Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park ©
Tianzi Mountain ©
Tianzi Mountain

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