21 days in China Itinerary

21 days in China Itinerary

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21 days in China Itinerary

Start: Kathmandu
Fly:  8 h 45 min
1
Guangzhou
— 1 night
Bus:  5 h 30 min
2
Yangshuo County
— 2 nights
Taxi + Train:  14 h
3
Lijiang
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Chengdu
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Xi'an
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h
6
Beijing
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Shanghai
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
8
Guangzhou
— 1 night
Subway + Train:  1 h 45 min
9
Hong Kong
— 2 nights
Helicopter:  15 min
10
Macau
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
End: Guangzhou

1
night
Guangzhou

Guangzhou
A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Huangpu Ancient Village Museum and then get to know the fascinating history of Baomo Scenery.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Guangzhou online vacation planner.

Kathmandu, Nepal to Guangzhou is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kathmandu to Guangzhou, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kathmandu in October, expect Guangzhou to be a bit warmer, temps between 35°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yangshuo County.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Baomo Scenery
Baomo Scenery

2
nights
Yangshuo County

Yangshuo County ©
Yangshuo County, the area surrounding a popular tourist resort town, boasts a landscape featuring all the ingredients necessary to attract a flood of tourists.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at South China Karst, get to know the fascinating history of Tall Banyan, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Totem Ancient Trail, and finally delve into the distant past at Fuli Ancient Town.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Yangshuo County vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Guangzhou to Yangshuo County in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Guangzhou in October, expect Yangshuo County to be slightly colder, temps between 31°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Yangshuo County

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
South China Karst ©
South China Karst
Moon Hill ©
Moon Hill
Bike Asia Cycling Tours ©
Bike Asia Cycling Tours

1
night
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 19th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Xuesong Village, then take in the dramatic scenery at Yak Plain, and then explore the striking landscape of Mt. Laojun Mountain National Geological Park ,Yulong Liming.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lijiang holiday maker site.

Getting from Yangshuo County to Lijiang by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Lijiang

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yulong County
Highlights from your plan
Xuesong Village ©
Xuesong Village

1
night
Chengdu

Chengdu ©
The home of giant pandas for more than two million years, Chengdu's vast human history cowers in comparison to the natural heritage of the area.
On the 20th (Tue), make a trip to Tianfu Square, identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), then get engrossed in the history at Chengdu Museum New Hall, then see the interesting displays at Chengdu Museum (Old Hall), and finally examine the collection at Sichuan Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Chengdu trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lijiang to Chengdu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In October in Chengdu, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Chengdu

Museums Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Sichuan Museum ©
Sichuan Museum
Chengdu Museum (Old Hall) ©
Chengdu Museum (Old Hall)

2
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
On the 21st (Wed), admire the sheer force of Cuihua Mountain, contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), then take an in-depth tour of Shaanxi History Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Xi'an Mosque. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Hanyangling Museum, get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, take in the natural beauty of Huaqing Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Xi'an Bell Tower, and finally delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang).

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Xi'an holiday planner.

Fly from Chengdu to Xi'an in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Chengdu in October, Xi'an is little chillier at night with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hanyangling Museum
Highlights from your plan
Shaanxi History Museum ©
Shaanxi History Museum
Xi'an Bell Tower ©
Xi'an Bell Tower

4
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mutianyu Great Wall and Beihai Park (Beihai Gongyuan). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Food Tours. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, admire the masterpieces at Memorial Hall of Qi Baishi, and steep yourself in history at Meridian Gate (Wu Men).

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Beijing trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Beijing takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Beijing can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Tours Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Bund (Wai Tan) and Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. Get outdoors at Shanghai Wild Animal Park and Huangpu Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Shanghai: Suzhou (Ruiguang Tower, Master-of-Nets Garden, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), look for all kinds of wild species at Changxing Island and Hengsha Island Wetland, wander the streets of Zhongshan Road, and stroll around Fuxing Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Shanghai driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in October, things will get a bit warmer in Shanghai: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Guangzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Suzhou
Highlights from your plan
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum ©
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum
Suzhou Garden Museum ©
Suzhou Garden Museum

1
night
Guangzhou

Guangzhou ©
On the 31st (Sat), head outdoors with Chimelong Tourist Resort, contemplate the waterfront views at Haizu Wetland, then contemplate the long history of Huaisheng Mosque, then step off the mainland to explore Shamian Island, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Bright Filial Piety Temple (Guangxiao Si).

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Guangzhou trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Guangzhou takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In October, Guangzhou is a bit warmer than Shanghai - with highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Shamian Island ©
Shamian Island
Chimelong Tourist Resort ©
Chimelong Tourist Resort
Haizu Wetland ©
Haizu Wetland

2
nights
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 1st (Sun): stroll through Dragon's Back, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Maritime Museum, delve into the lush surroundings at Beacon Hill, then see Dialogue in the Dark Hong Kong, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Po Lin Monastery, then pause for some photo ops at Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lai Chi Wo Village and Nature Trail.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hong Kong online vacation planner.

Do a combination of subway and train from Guangzhou to Hong Kong in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Guangzhou in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Hong Kong, with lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can take a combination of to Macau.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Po Lin Monastery ©
Po Lin Monastery
Dragon's Back ©
Dragon's Back
Hong Kong Maritime Museum ©
Hong Kong Maritime Museum

2
nights
Macau

Macau ©
Vacation in Macau to discover one of the world's richest cities organized as an autonomous region of China that, until 1999, was administered by Portugal.
Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Long Chao Kok Coastal Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Hac Sa (Black Sand) Beach, contemplate the long history of Mandarin's House, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lawrence Church, and finally get great views at Our Lady of Penha.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Macau trip itinerary planner.

Macau is very close to Hong Kong. While traveling from Hong Kong, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Macau, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Macau

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Our Lady of Penha ©
Our Lady of Penha
Mandarin's House ©
Mandarin's House
Ruins of St. Paul's ©
Ruins of St. Paul's

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