24 days in China Itinerary

24 days in China Itinerary

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24 days in China Itinerary

Start: St. Croix
Fly:  35​h
1
Hong Kong
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Sanya
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Xi'an
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Qingdao
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Shanghai
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Beijing
— 3 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: St. Croix

5
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
You'll get in some beach time at Tai Long Wan and Shek O. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ruins of St. Paul's and Central Plaza. Change things up with a short trip to Hac Sa (Black Sand) Beach in Macau (about 1h 35 min away). Pack the 13th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Big Wave Bay Beach, make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clear Water Bay Second Beach, and enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak).

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hong Kong trip itinerary planner.

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands to Hong Kong is an approximately 35-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from St. Croix to Hong Kong. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Beaches Outdoors

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

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 14th (Thu): kick back and relax at Dadonghai Beach. On the next day, take advantage of the amenities at Yalong Bay, wander the streets of Sanya Redaiyulin Square, and then stroll through Tianya Haijiao.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Sanya trip builder.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Hong Kong to Sanya in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Hong Kong in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Sanya, with lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Sanya

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

3
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) and Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling). Get a sense of the local culture at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Xi'an Bell Tower, don't miss a visit to Muslim Quarter, steep yourself in history at Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, and enjoy breathtaking views from Small Goose Pagoda.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Xi'an online itinerary creator.

You can fly from Sanya to Xi'an in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sanya in September, with highs in Xi'an at 28°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Qingdao.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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2
nights
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 19th (Tue): kick back and relax at Qingdao Second Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at No.1 Bathing Beach. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Golden beach (Huang Dao), enjoy the sand and surf at Qingdao Shilaoren Bathing Beach, and then get in on the family fun at Qingdao Olympic Theme Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Qingdao trip generator.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Xi'an to Qingdao takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. September in Qingdao sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Qingdao

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Golden Beach (Huang Dao) ©
Golden Beach (Huang Dao)
Qingdao Shilaoren Bathing Beach ©
Qingdao Shilaoren Bathing Beach
Qingdao Second Beach ©
Qingdao Second Beach

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.
Popular historic sites such as The Bund (Wai Tan) and Tongli Town are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shanghai Museum and Zhujiajiao Ancient Town. Go for a jaunt from Shanghai to Jiashan County to see Xitang Ancient Town about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), don't miss a visit to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and admire the landmark architecture of Jade Buddha Temple.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Shanghai trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Qingdao to Shanghai by combination of bus and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Qingdao in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Shanghai. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Xitang Ancient Town, Tongli Town
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town ©
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town

3
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Temple of Heaven (Tiantan Park). Great Wall at Mutianyu and The Great Wall at Badaling will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian'an Men), steep yourself in history at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and pause for some photo ops at Bell and Drum Towers.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Beijing tour planner.

Getting from Shanghai to Beijing by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Shanghai in September, with highs in Beijing at 30°C and lows at 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Trails
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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
The Great Wall at Badaling ©
The Great Wall at Badaling

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