23 days in China Itinerary

23 days in China Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Shanghai
— 3 nights
2
Hangzhou
— 1 night
3
Nanjing
— 2 nights
4
Wuhan
— 2 nights
5
Yichang
— 5 nights
6
Chongqing
— 1 day
7
Xi'an
— 2 nights
8
Beijing
— 3 nights
9
Shanghai
— 1 night

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.
Shanghai Disneyland has been added to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Former French Concession and Shanghai Confucian Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Shanghai Development Exhibition Hall, get a taste of the local shopping with Three on the Bund, look for all kinds of wild species at Shanghai Wild Animal Park, and get a new perspective on nature at Shanghai Natural History Museum (Jing'an).

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Shanghai day trip planning site.

Auckland, New Zealand to Shanghai is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Auckland to Shanghai, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Auckland in August; daily highs in Shanghai reach °C and lows reach °C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sat) before leaving for Hangzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum ©
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum

1
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Hangzhou

Hangzhou ©
Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
On the 31st (Sat), see the interesting displays at China National Silk Museum and then get to know the fascinating history of Xiang Lake Tourist Resort Area of Hangzhou.

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Getting from Shanghai to Hangzhou by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Hangzhou can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Nanjing.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Historic Sites Museums
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China National Silk Museum ©
China National Silk Museum

2
nights
Nanjing

Nanjing ©
Located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing was the capital city of numerous dynasties over the ages.
On the 1st (Sun), explore the activities along Qin Huai River, get engrossed in the history at The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Qixia Temple. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Confucius Temple and Qinhuai Scenery, thenstroll the grounds of Tomb of the King of Boni, thenbuy something for everyone on your list at Techi Plaza, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Qixia Mountain.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nanjing trip planner.

You can drive from Hangzhou to Nanjing in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wuhan.

Things to do in Nanjing

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre ©
The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre
Qixia Mountain ©
Qixia Mountain
Qixia Temple ©
Qixia Temple

2
nights
Wuhan

Wuhan ©
The provincial capital, Wuhan represents a major hub of commerce, industry, and culture in the center of the country.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the ancient world of Hankou Dragon Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gude Temple of Hankou. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Mt. Mulan Scenic Resort, thentake an in-depth tour of Hubei Provincial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Memorial Hall of Wuchang Uprising in 1911 Revolution.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Wuhan itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Nanjing to Wuhan in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. September in Wuhan sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yichang.

Things to do in Wuhan

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Hubei Provincial Museum ©
Hubei Provincial Museum
Gude Temple of Hankou ©
Gude Temple of Hankou

5
nights
Yichang

Yichang ©
Although not particularly touristy, the tranquil castle town of Okazaki charms visitors with its scenic parks, ornamental flower gardens, and forested areas.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Zhaojun Village and Jingzhou Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Three Gorges Dam Project and Wuluo Zhongli Mountain. Step out of Yichang with an excursion to Jiuwan Creek in Zigui County--about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Three Gorges, explore the striking landscape at Sanxia National Geological Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Huangling Temple, and don't miss a visit to Sanxia Family Scenic Resort.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Yichang online route planner.

Traveling by train from Wuhan to Yichang takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Chongqing.

Things to do in Yichang

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Wuluo Zhongli Mountain, Jingzhou Museum, Zhaojun Village, Jiuwan Creek
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Three Gorges ©
Three Gorges
Jingzhou Museum ©
Jingzhou Museum
Three Gorges Dam Project ©
Three Gorges Dam Project

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Chongqing

Chongqing ©
With one of the most populated and largest metropolitan areas in the world, Chongqing was the de facto capital of China during World War II.
On the 10th (Tue), shop like a local with Jiefangbei Square, delve into the distant past at Ciqikou (Porcelain Port), thenindulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally don't miss a visit to Huangjueping (Doodle Street).

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Chongqing trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yichang to Chongqing in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and subway; or do a combination of train and flight. In September in Chongqing, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Chongqing

Spas Baths Historic Sites
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Ciqikou (Porcelain Port) ©
Ciqikou (Porcelain Port)
Huangjueping (Doodle Street) ©
Huangjueping (Doodle Street)
Jiefangbei Square ©
Jiefangbei Square

2
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Xi'an Banpo Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) and Drum Tower Square. On the 11th (Wed), look for gifts at Muslim market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Xi'an Mosque, make a trip to Drum Tower Square, thensee the interesting displays at Xi'an Museum, thencontemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling). On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and then take an in-depth tour of Xi'an Banpo Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Xi'an tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Chongqing to Xi'an takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Chongqing in September since evenings lows in Xi'an dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Xi'an Mosque ©
Xi'an Mosque
Xi'an Museum ©
Xi'an Museum

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mutianyu Great Wall and Back Lakes (Hou Hai). Step off the beaten path and head to 798 Art Zone and Peking Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling (Song Qingling Guju). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, and see the interesting displays at Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum.

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Getting from Xi'an to Beijing by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

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night
Shanghai

Shanghai ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): browse the exhibits of LWH Gallery and then visit Taikang Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Zhouzhuang Boat, thenmake a trip to Xitang Ancient Town, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Longhua Temple.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Shanghai trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Shanghai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in September, Shanghai is somewhat warmer at night with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Xitang Ancient Town, Zhouzhuang Boat
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Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
Longhua Temple ©
Longhua Temple
Taikang Road ©
Taikang Road

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