27 days in China Itinerary

27 days in China Itinerary

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27 days in China Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Shanghai
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Beijing
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Datong
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Xi'an
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Chengdu
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Zhangjiajie
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Guangzhou
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
8
Guilin
— 3 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Toronto

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shanghai: Suzhou (The Lingering Garden & Suzhou Garden Museum). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, and appreciate the history behind Jade Buddha Temple.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Shanghai day trip planning tool .

Toronto, Canada to Shanghai is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13 hours traveling from Toronto to Shanghai. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in September; daily highs in Shanghai reach 33°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Suzhou
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 13:
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

4
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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, examine the collection at The Palace Museum, get in on the family fun at Olympic Park, and stop by PAPP'S TEA.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Beijing online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Shanghai to Beijing in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Beijing when traveling from Shanghai in September, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Datong.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 17:
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

1
night
Datong

Datong ©
The old city of Datong has an interesting and complicated history of development, sacking, and rebuilding.
On the 18th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Huayan Temple of Datong and then explore the fascinating underground world of Yungang Grottoes. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Chinese Sculpture Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si).

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Datong trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Beijing to Datong in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Datong

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:
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Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si) ©
Huayan Temple of Datong ©
Huayan Temple of Datong
Yungang Grottoes ©
Yungang Grottoes

2
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): make a trip to Kaiyuan Square, then steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and then get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Muslim Quarter, make a trip to Xi'an Bell Tower, and then explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang).

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Xi'an day trip planning website .

You can fly from Datong to Xi'an in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. September in Xi'an sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:
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Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), then stroll around Beihu Park, and finally snap pictures at Anshun Bridge (Dongmen Bridge). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Jinli Pedestrian Street, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kuanzhai Alley, and then look for gifts at Suit Republic.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Chengdu online route planner .

Getting from Xi'an to Chengdu by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in September, Chengdu is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Kuanzhai Alley ©
Kuanzhai Alley
Jinsha Site Museum ©
Jinsha Site Museum

3
nights
Zhangjiajie

The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Xibu Street and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Xihai Stone Forest and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Zhangjiajie trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Chengdu to Zhangjiajie in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Guangzhou.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Tours Parks Nature
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park ©

3
nights
Guangzhou

Guangzhou ©
A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
Guangzhou is known for nature, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamian Island, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Chimelong Safari Park, see the interesting displays at Chen Clan Ancestral Hall-Folk Craft Museum, and look for gifts at Beijing Road Raw Material For Medicine Shopping Mall.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Guangzhou online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Zhangjiajie to Guangzhou in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Guangzhou can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Guilin.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Shamian Island ©
Shamian Island
Canton Tower ©
Canton Tower
Chimelong Safari Park ©
Chimelong Safari Park

3
nights
Guilin

The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Guilin is known for nature, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the striking features of Daxu Old Town, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Guilin trip itinerary site .

Take a train from Guangzhou to Guilin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Guilin can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Guilin

Tours Nature Parks
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) ©
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan)
Photography Tours

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