8 days in China Itinerary

8 days in China Itinerary

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8 days in China Itinerary

Newark
Fly:  18​h
Beijing
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Shanghai
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Xi'an
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  5​h
Hong Kong
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h 45​min
Newark

2
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.
On the 15th (Sun), get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), then take some stellar pictures from Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), and then get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Mutianyu Great Wall.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Beijing sightseeing planner.

Newark, USA to Beijing is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13 hours traveling from Newark to Beijing. When traveling from Newark in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Beijing: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
Lama Temple (Yonghegong) ©
Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), then make a trip to The Bund (Wai Tan), and finally shop like a local with Xintiandi.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Shanghai travel itinerary creator.

Fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 54°F in Shanghai. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Oriental Pearl TV Tower ©
Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

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 19th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) and then take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Xi'an trip generator.

You can fly from Shanghai to Xi'an in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Xi'an, with lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

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1
day
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
On the 20th (Fri), get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hong Kong trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Xi'an to Hong Kong by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in April, expect nights in Hong Kong to be warmer, around 70°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

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Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
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