20 days in China Itinerary

20 days in China Itinerary

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20 days in China Itinerary

Miami
Fly:  31​h
Sanya
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
Lijiang
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Shanghai
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Beijing
— 4 nights
Fly + tram:  27​h
Miami

4
days
Sanya

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.
Get in touch with nature at Wuzhizhou Coral Island and Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nanshan Temple and Sanya Redaiyulin Square. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Sanya Zhujiang Nantian Spa, cool off at Yalong Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Tianya Haijiao, and head outdoors with Dadonghai Beach.

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Miami, USA to Sanya is an approximately 31-hour flight. You'll lose 13 hours traveling from Miami to Sanya due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Sanya

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Wuzhizhou Coral Island
Nanshan Temple
Dadonghai Beach

3
days
Lijiang

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mufu Palace and Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain. Get some historical perspective at Lugu Lake and Shuhe Ancient Town. Venture out of the city with trips to Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) (in Shangri-La County) and Yulong Snow Mountain and Glacier Park (in Yulong County). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China, take in the pleasant sights at Blue Moon Valley, take in panoramic vistas at Deyue Tower, and ponder the design of Black Dragon Pond Park.

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Getting from Sanya to Lijiang by combination of flight and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yulong County, Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)
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Lugu Lake
Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain
Old Town of Lijiang - China

4
days
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.
Get some historical perspective at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Tongli Town. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Lingering Garden and Fuxing Park. Step out of Shanghai to go to Jiashan County and see Xitang Ancient Town, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum, stop by Super Brand Mall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jade Buddha Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.

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Getting from Lijiang to Shanghai by combination of bus and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Shanghai are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Suzhou, Xitang Ancient Town
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The Bund (Wai Tan)
Tongli Town
Xitang Ancient Town

4
days
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Great Wall at Badaling and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Palace Museum and Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian'an Men). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Heaven (Tiantan Park), hike along Great Wall at Mutianyu, and make a trip to Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan).

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Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Beijing takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Shanghai in June since evenings lows in Beijing dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

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Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Great Wall at Badaling

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