11 days in China Itinerary

11 days in China Itinerary

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11 days in China Itinerary

Start: Shanghai
1
Shanghai
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Sanya
— 1 day
Fly + Bus:  9​h 30​min
3
Lhasa
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Dunhuang
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Beijing
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Luoyang
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Beijing

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.
On the 16th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Shanghai Wild Animal Park, explore the activities along Dishui Lake, and then admire the striking features of Heping Fandian. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fuxing Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Huangpu River, then delve into the lush surroundings at Huangpu Park, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan).

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Shanghai vacation builder tool .

If you are flying in from Costa Rica, the closest major airports are Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Sunan Shuofang International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Shanghai can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Phoenix Island Sanya and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yalong Bay.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sanya route builder tool .

You can fly from Shanghai to Sanya in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Shanghai in December, with highs in Sanya at 31°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Sanya

Nature Parks Beaches
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Potala Palace, take in the awesome beauty at Yaowang Mountain of Lhasa, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Drak Yerpa.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lhasa itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Sanya to Lhasa takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sanya in December, expect Lhasa to be much colder, temps between 12°C and -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:
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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): stroll the grounds of Xijin Tomb, see the interesting displays at DunHuang MoGaoKu YiShuGuan, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mogao Caves, then admire the masterpieces at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dunhuang Leiyin Temple.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Dunhuang journey maker site .

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Dunhuang takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time 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.
On the 21st (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Back Lakes (Hou Hai) and then explore the historical opulence of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Qianmen (Zhengyangmen), admire the striking features of Hall of Supreme Harmony, then get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, and finally wander the streets of Solana.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Beijing vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Dunhuang to Beijing in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Beijing, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -7°C at night. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
Temple of Heaven ©
Temple of Heaven

3
nights
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.
On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Luyang Drum Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of White Horse Temple, steep yourself in history at Guanlin Temple (General Guan's Tomb), then Head underground at Longmen Grottoes, and finally make a trip to Guanlin Scenic Resort.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Luoyang trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Beijing to Luoyang by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in December, expect nights in Luoyang to be a bit warmer, around 1°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Luoyang

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Dengfeng, KANGBAI-WANIS Mansions
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Longmen Grottoes ©
Longmen Grottoes
White Horse Temple ©
White Horse Temple
Luyang Drum Tower ©
Luyang Drum Tower

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