19 days in China Itinerary

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Hong Kong
— 4 nights
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Chengdu
— 1 night
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Lhasa
— 2 nights
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Xi'an
— 2 nights
Fly to Beijing Capital, Bus to Luanping County
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Luanping County
— 1 night
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Beijing
— 4 nights
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Shanghai
— 4 nights
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Hong Kong — 4 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 4th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), head off the coast to Lantau island, take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History, and don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong journey maker site.

Sydney, Australia to Hong Kong is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Hong Kong. While traveling from Sydney, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Hong Kong, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Chengdu.
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Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Nature
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Chengdu — 1 night

Hibiscus City

The home of giant pandas for more than two million years, Chengdu's vast human history cowers in comparison to the natural heritage of the area.
On the 6th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), and then stroll around Beihu Park.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Chengdu driving holiday website.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Chengdu in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Hong Kong in September; daily highs in Chengdu reach 30°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Lhasa.
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Parks · Museums · Wildlife
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Lhasa — 2 nights

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
On the 7th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sera Monastery and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nechung Monastery and Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Ani Tsankhung Nunnery, admire the striking features of Potala Palace, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lhasa day trip planning site.

Getting from Chengdu to Lhasa by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chengdu in September, expect Lhasa to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight 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 9th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), and then don't miss a visit to Kaiyuan Square. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on Travel China Guide.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Xi'an trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Xi'an takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lhasa in September, things will get a bit warmer in Xi'an: highs are around 29°C and lows about 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Luanping County.
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Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
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Luanping County — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): see Jinshanling Great Wall.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Luanping County journey builder website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Xi'an to Luanping County takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Beijing.
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Historic Sites
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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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China, stop by Nanluoguxiang, and get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Beijing trip planner.

You can drive from Luanping County to Beijing in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. September in Beijing sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Shanghai.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails
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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.
Shanghai is known for sightseeing, shopping, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), get great views at Jin Mao Tower, and admire the striking features of Jade Buddha Temple.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Shanghai trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Beijing to Shanghai by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Shanghai when traveling from Beijing in September, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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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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