20 days in China Itinerary

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Shanghai
— 3 nights
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Huangshan
— 1 night
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Hong Kong
— 4 nights
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Lijiang
— 1 night
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Lhasa
— 2 nights
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Xi'an
— 3 nights
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Luanping County
— 1 night
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Beijing
— 4 nights
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Shanghai — 3 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), enjoy breathtaking views from Jin Mao Tower, make a trip to Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Shanghai planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Shanghai is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to China Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. When traveling from Dubai in October, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Shanghai: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Huangshan.
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Huangshan — 1 night

Named after the "Yellow Mountains" with which the region has long been associated, Huangshan offers access to UNESCO-listed sites both natural and man-made.
On the 30th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Huangshan and then explore the stunning scenery at Xihai Great Canyon.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Huangshan trip planner.

You can take a train from Shanghai to Huangshan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can fly to Hong Kong.
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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 1st (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 31st (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lantau island, and make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hong Kong trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Huangshan to Hong Kong in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Lijiang.
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Lijiang — 1 night

Suzhou on the Plateau

The cultural capital of the Naxi people, one of the 55 minority ethnic groups in the country, Lijang traces its history back over 800 years, with the city developing from a trading post on the ancient Southern Silk Road.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): ponder the design of Black Dragon Pond Park and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lijiang trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Hong Kong to Lijiang by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Hong Kong in November; daily highs in Lijiang reach 1°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Lhasa.
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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 5th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sera Monastery and then Head underground at Chimpu Caves. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ani Tsankhung Nunnery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Potala Palace, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lhasa trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Lijiang to Lhasa by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Lijiang in November, plan for warmer days and slightly colder nights in Lhasa: temperatures range from 16°C by day to -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Xi'an.
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Xi'an — 3 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Spend the 7th (Mon) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, make a trip to Kaiyuan Square, contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang).

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Xi'an holiday maker tool.

Fly from Lhasa to Xi'an in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lhasa in November, Xi'an is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Luanping County.
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Luanping County — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Jinshanling Great Wall.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Luanping County holiday builder 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Beijing.
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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, take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), admire the striking features of Temple of Heaven, and take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Beijing online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Luanping County to Beijing in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, daily temperatures in Beijing can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough 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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