23 days in China Itinerary

23 days in China Itinerary

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23 days in China Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Shanghai
— 3 nights
train + taxi:  4​h
2
Hangzhou
— 1 night
+2
bus + subway + train:  4​h 15​min
3
Nanjing
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
4
Wuhan
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
5
Yichang
— 5 nights
train + taxi:  5​h 45​min
6
Chongqing
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Xi'an
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Beijing
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Shanghai
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Auckland

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shanghai Disneyland. Let the collections at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum and Shanghai Developemt Exhibition Hall capture your imagination. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Former French Concession and Shanghai Confucian Temple. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Bund (Wai Tan), learn more about the world around you at Shanghai Natural History Museum (Jing'an), shop like a local with Three on the Bund, and see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Shanghai trip tool .

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. Traveling from Auckland in August, things will get warmer in Shanghai: highs are around 38°C and lows about 30°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to 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
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): examine the collection at China National Silk Museum and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Xiang Lake Tourist Resort Area of Hangzhou.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hangzhou itinerary app .

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. August in Hangzhou sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nanjing.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Historic Sites Museums
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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), take a stroll through Qin Huai River, then take an in-depth tour of The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qixia Temple. On the next day, wander the streets of Confucius Temple and Qinhuai Scenery, then stroll the grounds of Tomb of the King of Boni, then browse the different shops at Techi Plaza, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Qixia Mountain.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nanjing trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Hangzhou to Nanjing in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Nanjing are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°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 Shopping Parks
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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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Mt. Mulan Scenic Resort, get engrossed in the history at Hubei Provincial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Memorial Hall of Wuchang Uprising in 1911 Revolution.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Wuhan trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Nanjing to Wuhan by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Yichang.

Things to do in Wuhan

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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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.
Get outdoors at Three Gorges and Three Gorges Dam Project. Your inner history buff will appreciate Zhaojun Village and Huangling Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yichang: Jingzhou Museum (in Jingzhou), Jiuwan Creek (in Zigui County) and Wuluo Zhongli Mountain (in Changyang County). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Sanxia Family Scenic Resort and take in the dramatic natural features at Sanxia National Geological Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yichang route builder app .

Getting from Wuhan to Yichang by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Chongqing.

Things to do in Yichang

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Wuluo Zhongli Mountain, Jingzhou Museum, Zhaojun Village, Jiuwan Creek
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 10:
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Three Gorges ©
Three Gorges
Jingzhou Museum ©
Jingzhou Museum
Three Gorges Dam Project ©
Three Gorges Dam Project

1
day
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), get a taste of the local shopping with Jiefangbei Square, then steep yourself in history at Ciqikou (Porcelain Port), then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally wander the streets of Huangjueping (Doodle Street).

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Chongqing day trip website .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Yichang to Chongqing takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In September in Chongqing, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Chongqing

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

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. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): look for gifts at Muslim market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xi'an Mosque, admire the striking features of Drum Tower Square, see the interesting displays at Xi'an Museum, then steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and finally stroll the grounds of Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling). On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: 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.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Xi'an route planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Chongqing to Xi'an takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Chongqing in September since evenings lows in Xi'an dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Xi'an Mosque ©
Xi'an Mosque
Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling) ©

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Back Lakes (Hou Hai) and Mutianyu Great Wall. You'll discover tucked-away gems like 798 Art Zone and Peking Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling (Song Qingling Guju). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), explore the galleries of The Palace Museum, and see the interesting displays at Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Beijing sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Xi'an to Beijing in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. September in Beijing sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can 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

1
night
Shanghai

Shanghai ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): view the masterpieces at LWH Gallery, examine the collection at Shanghai Natural History Museum, and then take a stroll through Taikang Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Zhouzhuang Boat, steep yourself in history at Xitang Ancient Town, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Longhua Temple.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Shanghai driving holiday site .

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Shanghai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Shanghai. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Zhouzhuang Boat, Xitang Ancient Town
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:
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Longhua Temple ©
Longhua Temple
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
Zhouzhuang Boat ©
Zhouzhuang Boat

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