22 days in Shanghai & Beijing Itinerary

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Shanghai — 10 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.
You'll explore and learn at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) and China Art Museum. Zhujiajiao Ancient Town and Former French Concession are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Shanghai with an excursion to Zhouzhuang Water Town in Kunshan--about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to The Bund (Wai Tan), stop by Maoming Road, shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and wander the streets of Xintiandi.

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Los Angeles, USA to Shanghai is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Shanghai. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in July; daily highs in Shanghai reach 92°F and lows reach 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Beijing.
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Beijing — 10 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.
Appreciate the collections at The Palace Museum and Beijing Ancient Architecture Museum Xiannongtan Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mutianyu Great Wall and Lama Temple (Yonghegong). Spend the 19th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), tour the pleasant surroundings at Temple of Heaven, wander the streets of 798 Art Zone, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Panjiayuan Antique Market.

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You can fly from Shanghai to Beijing in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 73°F in Beijing. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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