Suggested China itinerary

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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12 thoughts on “Suggested China itinerary

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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