12 days in China Itinerary

12 days in China Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Xi'an
— 2 nights
2
Chengdu
— 2 nights
3
Chongqing
— 1 night
4
Zhangjiajie
— 2 nights
5
Guilin
— 2 nights
6
Yangshuo County
— 1 night
7
Shanghai
— 1 night

2
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Cuihua Mountain, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daxuexixiang Mosque, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Guangren Temple. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Tang Bo Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daxingshan Temple, and then get a taste of local nightlife at Chateau de Coiffe Nivolle.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Xi'an trip website.

Beijing to Xi'an is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Parks Nightlife
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Cuihua Mountain ©
Cuihua Mountain
Tang Bo Art Museum ©
Tang Bo Art Museum
Daxingshan Temple ©
Daxingshan Temple

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Chengdu

The home of giant pandas for more than two million years, Chengdu's vast human history cowers in comparison to the natural heritage of the area.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then see the interesting displays at Chengdu Museum (Old Hall). Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Qingyang Palace (Green Ram Temple), thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baoguang Temple of Chengdu, thenlook for gifts at Dancing Yak Handicrafts, and finally sample the fine beverages at Johnny Walker House.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Chengdu road trip app.

Fly from Xi'an to Chengdu in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, Chengdu is somewhat warmer than Xi'an - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Chongqing.

Things to do in Chengdu

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Qingyang Palace (Green Ram Temple) ©
Qingyang Palace (Green Ram Temple)
Chengdu Museum (Old Hall) ©
Chengdu Museum (Old Hall)

1
night
Chongqing

Chongqing ©
With one of the most populated and largest metropolitan areas in the world, Chongqing was the de facto capital of China during World War II.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get great views at Huangjueping (Doodle Street), take in the spiritual surroundings of Huayan Temple of Chongqing, and then admire the landmark architecture of Shiba Ti.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Chongqing online road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and subway from Chengdu to Chongqing takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Chongqing

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Huangjueping (Doodle Street) ©
Huangjueping (Doodle Street)

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nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
On the 27th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Suoxiyu Nature Reserve, take in the dramatic natural features at Xihai Stone Forest, and then admire the striking features of Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Zhangjiajie journey builder website.

Getting from Chongqing to Zhangjiajie by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Guilin.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Baths Wildlife
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Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple ©
Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple

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Guilin

Guilin
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Guilin Feihudui Ruins and then steep yourself in history at Jingjiang Royal Residence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Guangxi Maoer Mountain Reserve.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Guilin online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Zhangjiajie to Guilin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yangshuo County.

Things to do in Guilin

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Guilin Feihudui Ruins
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Yangshuo County

Yangshuo County ©
Yangshuo County, the area surrounding a popular tourist resort town, boasts a landscape featuring all the ingredients necessary to attract a flood of tourists.
On the 31st (Tue), delve into the distant past at Fuli Ancient Town and then identify plant and animal life at South China Karst.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yangshuo County trip planner.

Drive from Guilin to Yangshuo County in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Yangshuo County can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Yangshuo County

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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South China Karst ©
South China Karst

1
night
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 1st (Wed), visit Waitanyuan, thengrab your bike and head to Biking Trail-China Outside Adventure, and then contemplate the long history of Soong Ching-ling Memorial Residence.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Shanghai trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Yangshuo County to Shanghai takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, Shanghai is slightly colder than Yangshuo County - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Waitanyuan
Waitanyuan

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