22 days in China Itinerary

22 days in China Itinerary

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22 days in China Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Hong Kong
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Sanya
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
3
Lhasa
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Lijiang
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Xi'an
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Shanghai
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Beijing
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Toronto

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hong Kong trip generator.

Toronto, Canada to Hong Kong is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll lose 13 hours traveling from Toronto to Hong Kong due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in October: high temperatures in Hong Kong hover around 34°C and lows are around 28°C. On the 17th (Tue), you're off toSanya.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Shopping Parks Outdoors
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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.
On the 18th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Dadonghai Beach, then don't miss a visit to Sanya Beauty Crown Cultural Exhibition Center, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanshan Temple. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Summer Shopping Mall, then kick back and relax at Yalong Bay, and then don't miss a visit to Jinmujiao Cape.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sanya trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Sanya in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Sanya are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Sanya

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan Temple
Dadonghai Beach ©
Dadonghai Beach

3
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Lhasa

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Barkhor Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Potala Palace, then stop by Dropenling Lhasa Villages Handicraft Shop, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokhang Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ramoche Monastery (Xiao Zhao Si).

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lhasa vacation trip planner.

You can fly from Sanya to Lhasa in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Barkhor Street ©
Barkhor Street
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Sera Monastery ©
Sera Monastery

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of White Water River and then contemplate the long history of Baisha Ancient Town. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Rhizome - Lijiang art center, get outside with Hiking with Lijiang Guides - Private Tours, and then make a trip to Old Town of Lijiang - China.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lijiang itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lhasa to Lijiang in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Baisha Ancient Town
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Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town
Lugu Lake ©
Lugu Lake
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China

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 26th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cuihua Mountain, get into the urban bustle at Dayan Tower Cultural and Leisure Scenic Resort, and then contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta). On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) and then examine the collection at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Xi'an tour planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lijiang to Xi'an in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Xi'an

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Old Town (Nanshi). For shopping fun, head to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) or Former French Concession. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shanghai: Suzhou (Jinji Lake & Suzhou Ancient Grand Canal). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum, identify plant and animal life at Shanghai Wild Animal Park, steep yourself in history at Shanghai Temple Of the Town God (Chenghung Miao), and take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Shanghai travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Shanghai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Shanghai: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Suzhou
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Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Old Town (Nanshi) ©
Old Town (Nanshi)

5
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temple of Heaven (Tiantan Park) and Back Lakes (Hou Hai). Discover out-of-the-way places like Wang Fu Jing Da Jie and Nanluoguxiang. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), steep yourself in history at Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian'an Men), hunt for treasures at Pearl Market (Hongqiao Market), and wander the streets of Solana.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Beijing trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Shanghai to Beijing by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Shanghai in November: highs in Beijing hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 0°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Beijing

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Nanluoguxiang ©
Nanluoguxiang
Back Lakes (Hou Hai) ©
Back Lakes (Hou Hai)
798 Art Zone ©
798 Art Zone

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