If you are wondering what places you should see in China and only want to come once….and insist on DIY. Here is my suggested China itinerary route:
Beijing – 3-4 days
Xi’an – 3 days
Chengdu – 2 days
Zhangjiajie – 3 days
Shanghai – 2-3 days
– from Shanghai you can also see Suzhou (one day/day trip) and Hangzhou (3 days).
From Shanghai, I suggest heading to Hong Kong for a week, but that depends on your overall travel plans/time.
I would incorporate a day or two extra for traveling between these cities. As an example, between Xi’an and Beijing it is 6 hours by train.
There are of course a lot to see in China, it is a huge country, but these are the top highlights. From this, I’m quite satisfied that I have seen the country. But also from this, I realize I have spent way too much time meaning I have in total spent 9 days in Shanghai and a week in Beijing.
Of course, it was during Chinese New Years so there were other things to see.
Anyways, hope this China itinerary helps.
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Good guidelines, I imagine there is just so much to see and China is such a big country with sites so spread out, allowing proper time would be key.
Yes for sure! Travel time is a big factor. I just hit the “top” highlights, but there is so much too see!
Thank you for the suggestions! It’s definitely on my bucket list!
Glad I can help!
China is so huge that it can be really hard to see everything! I agree with these guidelines as well!
This is a good outline to follow. And it is good to note that there is so much to see and do around China that you should plan for a longer vacation, as you pointed out. That is pretty cool you went during their New Year! Must have been a fun experience.
It was totally a cool experience!
Well, China is such a faraway country and sincerely, I don’t have any plans to visit it soon. I think I’m scared because of the language, if I don’t find anybody to speak English, what should I do? I cannot even understand Chinese alphabet.
Yes for sure! I didnt have plans to visit right away, but life happens. The language was a problem. Not going to lie. Im glad I went for the experience, but Im also glad its past tense lol
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