22 days in China Itinerary

22 days in China Itinerary

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Hong Kong
— 4 nights
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Xiamen
— 2 nights
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Shanghai
— 4 nights
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Beijing
— 4 nights
5
Zhangjiajie
— 2 nights
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Lijiang
— 3 nights

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4
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Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Tsim Sha Tsui and Hong Kong Museum of History are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze) and Lantau island. And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), browse the different shops at IFC mall, admire the natural beauty at Bird Garden Yuen Po Street, and stop by Lane Crawford.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hong Kong travel route builder website.

Cape Town, South Africa to Hong Kong is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Hong Kong Standard Time (HKT), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Cape Town in December, you will find days in Hong Kong are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Xiamen.

Things to do in Hong Kong

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Tsim Sha Tsui ©
Tsim Sha Tsui
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze) ©
Lantau island ©
Lantau island

2
nights
Xiamen

Xiamen ©

Garden Island

Known for centuries as a gateway to China, the port city of Xiamen has become a destination in itself, first to domestic visitors and now to a growing number of people from across the world.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at The eighth seafood Market, then get a taste of the local shopping with Gulangyu, and then examine the collection at Yuyuan Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Guanyin Temple, contemplate the long history of Xiamen University, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanputuo Temple.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Xiamen trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Xiamen in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hong Kong in December, Xiamen is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Xiamen

Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Xiamen University ©
Xiamen University
Nanputuo Temple ©
Nanputuo Temple
Gulangyu ©
Gulangyu

4
nights
Shanghai

Shanghai ©

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.
Visit Tian Zi Fang and Former French Concession for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre and island6 Arts Center. Step out of Shanghai with an excursion to Pingjiang Road in Suzhou--about 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Bund (Wai Tan), see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), browse the different shops at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market, and look for gifts at Spin Ceramics.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Shanghai trip site.

Getting from Xiamen to Shanghai by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In January, Shanghai is a bit cooler than Xiamen - with highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

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Tian Zi Fang ©
Tian Zi Fang
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

4
nights
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.
Head to Panjiayuan Antique Market and PAPP'S TEAfor plenty of shopping. Popular historic sites such as Mutianyu Great Wall and Bell and Drum Towers are in your itinerary. Spend the 9th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum and get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Beijing online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Shanghai to Beijing in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Shanghai in January, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Beijing: temperatures range from 3°C by day to -10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Beijing

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
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Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

2
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Zhangjiajie route planner.

Getting from Beijing to Zhangjiajie by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:
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3
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Lijiang

Lijiang ©

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.
On the 13th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Shuhe Ancient Town, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain, and then explore the activities along Blue Moon Valley. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China and then make a trip to Mufu Palace.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lijiang trip builder website.

You can fly from Zhangjiajie to Lijiang in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You will leave for home on the 15th (Fri).

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town
Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain ©
Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China

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