18 days in China Itinerary

18 days in China Itinerary

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18 days in China Itinerary

Start: Curitiba
Fly:  32​h
1
Hong Kong
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Shanghai
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Beijing
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Xi'an
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
5
Lhasa
— 2 nights
Fly:  35​h
End: Curitiba

3
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze) and Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Hong Kong Museum of History and Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lantau island, find something for the whole family at Hong Kong Disneyland, and enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak).

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Hong Kong trip planner .

Curitiba, Brazil to Hong Kong is an approximately 32-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 11 hours traveling from Curitiba to Hong Kong. While traveling from Curitiba, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hong Kong, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Museum of History ©
Hong Kong Museum of History

3
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) and Suzhou Garden Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Humble Administrator's Garden and Jade Buddha Temple. There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), appreciate the extensive heritage of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, and take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Shanghai planning tool .

Getting from Hong Kong to Shanghai by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hong Kong in December, expect nights in Shanghai to be cooler, around 5°C, while days are little chillier, around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Suzhou
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Humble Administrator's Garden ©
Humble Administrator's Garden

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mutianyu Great Wall and The Palace Museum. Explore hidden gems such as National Museum Of China and Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, and take in panoramic vistas at Bell and Drum Towers.

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Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Beijing takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Shanghai in December, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Beijing: temperatures range from 5°C by day to -8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 13:
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

2
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) and then get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Xi'an Bell Tower and then take an in-depth tour of Shaanxi History Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Xi'an trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Beijing to Xi'an by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Xi'an

Museums Historic Sites
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Shaanxi History Museum ©
Shaanxi History Museum
Xi'an Bell Tower ©
Xi'an Bell Tower

2
nights
Lhasa

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Potala Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ani Tsankhung Nunnery. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Sera Monastery and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Barkhor Street.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lhasa itinerary website .

Getting from Xi'an to Lhasa by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Lhasa are 11°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:
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Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Barkhor Street ©
Barkhor Street
Sera Monastery ©
Sera Monastery

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