8 days in China Itinerary

8 days in China Itinerary

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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.
Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at The Palace Museum and Lama Temple (Yonghegong). And it doesn't end there: get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, don't miss a visit to Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), take some stellar pictures from Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), and take in panoramic vistas at Bell and Drum Towers.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Beijing journey site.

New York City, USA to Beijing is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to China Standard Time is 13 hours. Traveling from New York City in April, you will find days in Beijing are a bit warmer (73°F), and nights are about the same (47°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): trek along with Lijiang Guides - Day Tours and then make a trip to Old Town of Lijiang - China.

Before you visit Lijiang, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Beijing to Lijiang in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Lijiang

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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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.
On the 30th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Former French Concession, take a stroll through Taikang Road, wander the streets of Maoming Road, then don't miss a visit to Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and finally go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan). Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Lijiang to Shanghai takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. April in Shanghai sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

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China travel guide

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.

Yunnan travel guide

Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Bodies of Water
One of the most diverse provinces in China, Yunnan offers a wide range of attractions, ranging from UNESCO-protected stone forest formations to ancient Tibetan monasteries. Sightseeing in Yunnan includes visits to picturesque old town zones--some of the best-preserved in China--as well as seeing some of the country's most elaborate pagodas. Yunnan’s intact nature--which sits relatively close to urban areas--as well as year-round, spring-like climate provides excellent hiking opportunities. You can hike in beautiful nature along well-maintained trails and see spectacular rice terraces, swim in one of the deepest and cleanest lakes in China, or visit a diverse range of ethnic villages. Buy some delicious local tea and try some exquisite rice noodles.