11 days in China Itinerary

11 days in China Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Shanghai
— 2 nights
2
Sanya
— 1 day
3
Lhasa
— 1 day
4
Dunhuang
— 1 day
5
Beijing
— 2 nights
6
Luoyang
— 3 nights

2
nights
Shanghai

Shanghai ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Shanghai Wild Animal Park, thenexplore the activities along Dishui Lake, and then don't miss a visit to Heping Fandian. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Fuxing Park, thenexplore the activities along Huangpu River, thendelve into the lush surroundings at Huangpu Park, and finally make a trip to The Bund (Wai Tan).

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Shanghai day trip planner.

If you are flying in from Costa Rica, the closest major aiports are Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Sunan Shuofang International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Shanghai are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Shanghai

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Huangpu River ©
Huangpu River
Shanghai Wild Animal Park ©
Shanghai Wild Animal Park

1
day
Sanya

Sanya ©
The climate and coastline bring visitors from far and wide on vacations to Sanya, with its 40 km (25 mi) of shoreline almost entirely devoted to tourism.
On the 18th (Tue), step off the mainland to explore Phoenix Island Sanya and then cool off at Yalong Bay.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sanya trip maker website.

Fly from Shanghai to Sanya in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Shanghai in December, things will get warmer in Sanya: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Sanya

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Phoenix Island Sanya ©
Phoenix Island Sanya

1
day
Lhasa

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Potala Palace, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yaowang Mountain of Lhasa, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Drak Yerpa.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lhasa online visit planner.

You can fly from Sanya to Lhasa in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Sanya in December: high temperatures in Lhasa hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Drak Yerpa ©
Drak Yerpa
Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace

1
day
Dunhuang

Dunhuang ©
Once a vital stop-off on the Silk Road trade route, Dunhuang today offers travelers of all persuasions a place to rest in the middle of the desert.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Xijin Tomb, see the interesting displays at DunHuang MoGaoKu YiShuGuan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mogao Caves, thenexplore the world behind art at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dunhuang Leiyin Temple.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dunhuang online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Dunhuang takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:
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Mogao Caves ©
Mogao Caves
Dunhuang Leiyin Temple ©
Dunhuang Leiyin Temple

2
nights
Beijing

Beijing ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take a stroll through Back Lakes (Hou Hai) and then admire the landmark architecture of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Qianmen (Zhengyangmen), thenadmire the striking features of Hall of Supreme Harmony, thenbrowse the exhibits of The Palace Museum, and finally take a stroll through Solana.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Beijing trip itinerary site.

Fly from Dunhuang to Beijing in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Beijing are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Luoyang.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Back Lakes (Hou Hai) ©
Back Lakes (Hou Hai)
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

3
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Luoyang

Luoyang ©
One of the oldest imperial cities in the country, Luoyang gives access to a wealth of cultural sites protected by UNESCO for their importance to the world's cultural heritage.
Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Luyang Drum Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at White Horse Temple, appreciate the history behind Guanlin Temple (General Guan's Tomb), thenstroll through Longmen Grottoes, and finally make a trip to Guanlin Scenic Resort.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Luoyang driving holiday planner.

Fly from Beijing to Luoyang in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Beijing in December, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Luoyang: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Luoyang

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Dengfeng, KANGBAI-WANIS Mansions
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Longmen Grottoes ©
Longmen Grottoes
White Horse Temple ©
White Horse Temple
Luyang Drum Tower ©
Luyang Drum Tower

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