12 days in China Itinerary

12 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China route planner

Make it your trip
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Hong Kong
— 2 nights
Fly
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Shanghai
— 2 nights
Fly
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Beijing
— 3 nights
Fly to Jiuzhai Huanglong, Bus to Jiuzhaigou County
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 1 night
Drive
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Songpan County
— 1 night
Fly
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Chengdu
— 1 night
Train
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Leshan
— 1 night
Fly

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Hong Kong

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Hong Kong is known for shopping, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Hong Kong Disneyland, get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, step off the mainland to explore Lantau island, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ocean Park.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hong Kong trip planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Hong Kong. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:

Shanghai

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Orient

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.
On the 10th (Fri), enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, then don't miss a visit to Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), then take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and finally make a trip to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road). On the next day, see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), stroll around Fuxing Park, then pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple, and finally take a stroll through Xintiandi.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Shanghai trip maker site.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Shanghai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July in Shanghai, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:

Beijing

— 3 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan) and then see Mutianyu Great Wall. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and then get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Beijing itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Beijing takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in July, Beijing is a bit cooler at night with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:

Jiuzhaigou County

— 1 night
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO. Some of the natural sites are considered holy by the local Tibetan and Qiang minorities, with many legends and anecdotes associated with each lake, waterfall, off-shoot valley, and snowcapped peak.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): admire the verdant scenery at Shuzheng Valley and then explore the striking landscape of Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Jiuzhaigou County road trip planning website.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Beijing to Jiuzhaigou County in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Songpan County.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 15:
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Songpan County

— 1 night
Though the area remains largely rural and the economy mostly geared towards agriculture, tourism in Songpan County has begun to develop, with a host of scenic areas and cultural sites to explore.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Huanglong Scenic Valley.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Songpan County trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Jiuzhaigou County to Songpan County in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to fly to Chengdu.

Things to do in Songpan County

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 16:
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Chengdu

— 1 night

Hibiscus City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Yinchang Valley, identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Chengdu trip planning website.

Fly from Songpan County to Chengdu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Chengdu can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Leshan.

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 17:

Leshan

— 1 night
The city of Leshan sits proudly at the confluence of three rivers, and has become known for its World Heritage Site and importance to Buddhism in the country.
On the 18th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo).

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Leshan road trip planner.

You can take a train from Chengdu to Leshan in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 18:
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China travel guide

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Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.