23 days in China Itinerary

23 days in China Itinerary

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Shanghai
— 4 nights
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Hong Kong
— 5 nights
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Xi'an
— 2 nights
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Lhasa
— 2 nights
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Songpan County
— 2 nights
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Luanping County
— 1 night
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Beijing
— 5 nights
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Shanghai — 4 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.
Visit Zhujiajiao Ancient Town and The Bund (Wai Tan) for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Former French Concession and Xintiandi. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Taikang Road, see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), stroll around Fuxing Park, and appreciate the history behind Jade Buddha Temple.

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New York City, USA to Shanghai is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Shanghai, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in July; daily highs in Shanghai reach 92°F and lows reach 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Hong Kong.
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Hong Kong — 5 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Get a sense of the local culture at Lantau island and Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hong Kong: Macau (Spas & Ruins of St. Paul's). Pack the 7th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, see the interesting displays at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, explore the galleries of Bamboo Scenes, and take a leisurely stroll along Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

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Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Xi'an.
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Xi'an — 2 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
On the 10th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and then delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang). Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable excursion with Travel China Guide.

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Getting from Hong Kong to Xi'an by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hong Kong in August, plan for little chillier nights in Xi'an, with lows around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Lhasa.
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Lhasa — 2 nights

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
On the 12th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si) and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Potala Palace and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sera Monastery.

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Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Lhasa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in August, things will get little chillier in Lhasa: highs are around 71°F and lows about 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Songpan County.
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Songpan County — 2 nights

Though the area remains largely rural and the economy mostly geared towards agriculture, tourism in Songpan County has begun to develop, with a host of scenic areas and cultural sites to explore.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Huanglong Scenic Valley and then look for all kinds of wild species at Xueshanliang Ridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Zhaga Waterfall.

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You can fly from Lhasa to Songpan County in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, taxi, and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Luanping County.
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Luanping County — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): see Jinshanling Great Wall.

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Do a combination of flight and bus from Songpan County to Luanping County in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mutianyu Great Wall and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Bell and Drum Towers. Spend the 20th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of The Palace Museum, get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong), contemplate the waterfront views at Back Lakes (Hou Hai), and get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven.

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Drive from Luanping County to Beijing in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to 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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