22 days in China Itinerary

22 days in China Itinerary

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22 days in China Itinerary

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

5
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.
Head to Nanluoguxiang and Panjiayuan Antique Marketfor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and The Great Wall at Badaling. There's much more to do: trek along Great Wall at Mutianyu, take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), contemplate the long history of Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling), and admire the landmark architecture of The Palace Museum.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Beijing sightseeing planner.

Toronto, Canada to Beijing is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to China Standard Time, which is usually a 13 hour difference. When traveling from Toronto in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Beijing, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Trails
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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

6
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.
Visit Former French Concession and Jade Buddha Temple for their historical value. Do your shopping at Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) and Three on the Bund. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to The Bund (Wai Tan), buy something for everyone on your list at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market, look for gifts at Tianshan Tea City, and enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Shanghai trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Shanghai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Beijing in October, with highs in Shanghai at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
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Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©

2
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor and then examine the collection at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get into the urban bustle at Dayan Tower Cultural and Leisure Scenic Resort, contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), then stop by Muslim market, and finally delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang).

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Xi'an trip generator.

You can fly from Shanghai to Xi'an in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in October, expect Xi'an to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dadonghai Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Yalong Bay and then kick back and relax at Tianya Haijiao.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sanya sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Xi'an to Sanya in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in October, expect nights in Sanya to be much warmer, around 25°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Sanya

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Tianya Haijiao ©
Tianya Haijiao
Dadonghai Beach ©
Dadonghai Beach

5
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ruins of St. Paul's and Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware. Visiting Lantau Island and Shek O will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Casino at Venetian Macao in Macau (about 1h 35 min away). Pack the 4th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), enjoy the sand and surf at Tai Long Wan, appreciate the history behind Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), and take a stroll through Mongkok.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong custom trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sanya to Hong Kong takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Sanya in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hong Kong: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Macau
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Ruins of St. Paul's
Ruins of St. Paul's
Lantau island ©
Lantau island

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