18 days in China Itinerary

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Beijing
— 4 nights
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Shanghai
— 4 nights
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Guangzhou
— 1 night
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Hong Kong
— 3 nights
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Xi'an
— 2 nights
Fly to Beijing Capital, Bus to Luanping County
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Luanping County
— 2 nights
Drive to Beijing Capital International Airport, Fly to Morelia

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Beijing — 4 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.
Visit Mutianyu Great Wall and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Lama Temple (Yonghegong). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Back Lakes (Hou Hai), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Heaven, and wander the streets of 798 Art Zone.

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Morelia, Mexico to Beijing is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to China Standard Time (CST) is 14 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Morelia in August; daily highs in Beijing reach 37°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Shanghai.
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Shanghai — 4 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) and Shanghai Development Exhibition Hall. Popular historic sites such as Zhujiajiao Ancient Town and Former French Concession are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to The Bund (Wai Tan), take a stroll through Xintiandi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jade Buddha Temple, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Getting from Beijing to Shanghai by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in August, Shanghai is a bit warmer at night with lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to fly to Guangzhou.
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Guangzhou — 1 night

A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): head off the coast to Shamian Island and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Guangzhou takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Guangzhou can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hong Kong.
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Hong Kong — 3 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Lantau island and Ruins of St. Paul's are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), and take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History.

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Traveling by train from Guangzhou to Hong Kong takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Hong Kong sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Xi'an.
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Xi'an — 2 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
On the 15th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and then contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Getting from Hong Kong to Xi'an by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Xi'an when traveling from Hong Kong in August, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Luanping County.
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Luanping County — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Jinshanling Great Wall.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Luanping County trip planning website.

Getting from Xi'an to Luanping County by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or drive. You will leave for home on the 18th (Fri).
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China travel guide

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With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.
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