13 days in China Itinerary

13 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China tour planner

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Train
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Beijing
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Xi'an
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Shangri-La County
— 2 nights
Bus
4
Lijiang
— 1 night
Drive
5
Dali
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Shanghai
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mutianyu Great Wall and Dong Yue Miao (Dongyue Temple). Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and National Museum Of China are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of The Palace Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, get engrossed in the history at Beijing Ancient Architecture Museum Xiannongtan Temple, and contemplate the long history of Bell and Drum Towers.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Beijing trip planner.

Jinan to Beijing is an approximately 4.5-hour train ride. You can also take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Beijing are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 20:

Xi'an

— 2 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
On the 21st (Mon), don't miss a visit to Kaiyuan Square, take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, and then delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang). On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Xi'an Bell Tower, then steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and then admire the masterpieces at Shanxi Art Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Xi'an trip builder app.

You can fly from Beijing to Xi'an in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Xi'an can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

Shangri-La County

— 2 nights
Known previously as Zhongdian, Shangri-La County gained its current name in an attempt by city officials to promote tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Tubo Tibetan Thangka Store, then contemplate the long history of Dukezong Ancient Town, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumtsaling Monastery. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Guishan Park, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Shangri-La Highland Craft Brewery, and then take some stellar pictures from Shika Snow Mountains.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Shangri-La County online route builder.

Getting from Xi'an to Shangri-La County by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:

Lijiang

— 1 night

Suzhou on the Plateau

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 25th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Sanyan Well, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China, then don't miss a visit to Yuhe Square, and finally contemplate the long history of Shuhe Ancient Town.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lijiang trip itinerary website.

Take a bus from Shangri-La County to Lijiang in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Lijiang sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dali.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:

Dali

— 2 nights
Combining a glorious past with modern conveniences and scenic natural surroundings, Dali stands out as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Yunnan, perched in a strategic location and boasting fertile fields for agriculture.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): stop by Dali Ancient, enjoy breathtaking views from Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple (Northwest Gate), and then view the masterpieces at Da Li Shi Kong Guo Shi Museum. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dali Erhai Tianjing Temple and then delve into the lush surroundings at Erhai Lake.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Dali day trip planning tool.

Getting from Lijiang to Dali by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Dali

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

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 28th (Mon), take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jade Buddha Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Zhujiajiao Ancient Town. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour in style with Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, then go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), then see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and finally take a stroll through Former French Concession.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Shanghai holiday planning site.

Traveling by flight from Dali to Shanghai takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

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.