20 days in China Itinerary

20 days in China Itinerary

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20 days in China Itinerary

Miami
tram + Fly:  27​h
Beijing
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Shanghai
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
Qingdao
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Xi'an
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Lijiang
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
Sanya
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
Hong Kong
— 1 night
Fly + tram:  30​h
Miami

5
days
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.
The Great Wall at Badaling and Temple of Heaven (Tiantan Park) will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Great Wall at Mutianyu. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), contemplate the long history of Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian'an Men), and take in panoramic vistas at Bell and Drum Towers.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Beijing trip builder.

Miami, USA to Beijing is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll lose 13 hours traveling from Miami to Beijing due to the time zone difference. In May, Beijing is little chillier than Miami - with highs of 81°F and lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Shanghai.

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

4
days
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Former French Concession and Xintiandi. Get some historical perspective at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Zhouzhuang Water Town. Step out of Shanghai with an excursion to Xitang Ancient Town in Jiashan County--about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Taikang Road, admire the striking features of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Fuxing Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jade Buddha Temple.

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

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June in Shanghai, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 71°F at night. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Qingdao.

Things to do in Shanghai

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Xitang Ancient Town, Zhouzhuang Water Town
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Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Museum ©
Shanghai Museum

2
days
Qingdao

Qingdao ©
The city of Qingdao has become particularly well known for its clean streets, orderly layout, and blending of the old and the new.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Golden beach (Huang Dao), then stroll through No.1 Bathing Beach, and then make a trip to May Fourth Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): make a trip to Badaguan Scenic Resort and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Qingdao Second Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Qingdao custom trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Shanghai to Qingdao in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Shanghai in June, Qingdao is slightly colder at night with lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

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Golden beach (Huang Dao) ©
Golden beach (Huang Dao)
Qingdao Second Beach ©
Qingdao Second Beach
No.1 Bathing Beach ©
No.1 Bathing Beach

1
day
Xi'an

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
On the 8th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), then don't miss a visit to Xi'an Bell Tower, then contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and finally see the interesting displays at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Xi'an online itinerary creator.

Getting from Qingdao to Xi'an by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. While traveling from Qingdao, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Xi'an, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lijiang.

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Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)
Xi'an Bell Tower ©
Xi'an Bell Tower

1
day
Lijiang

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.
On the 9th (Fri), explore the activities along Lugu Lake and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lijiang tour planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Xi'an to Lijiang takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sanya.

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Old Town of Lijiang - China ©
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Lugu Lake ©
Lugu Lake

2
days
Sanya

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.
Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Tianya Haijiao and then cool off at Yalong Bay.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sanya travel planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lijiang to Sanya in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Sanya can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Sanya

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Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Tianya Haijiao ©
Tianya Haijiao
Dadonghai Beach ©
Dadonghai Beach

1
day
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Repulse Bay, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Wave Bay Beach, and then kick back and relax at Tai Long Wan.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sanya to Hong Kong in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. June in Hong Kong sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 81°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

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Tai Long Wan ©
Tai Long Wan
Big Wave Bay Beach ©
Big Wave Bay Beach
Repulse Bay ©
Repulse Bay

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