10 days in China Itinerary

10 days in China Itinerary

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10 days in China Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Xiamen
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Shanghai
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Beijing
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Xi'an
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Lijiang
— 1 day
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Xiamen

Xiamen ©
Known for centuries as a gateway to China, the port city of Xiamen has become a destination in itself, first to domestic visitors and now to a growing number of people from across the world.
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Sydney, Australia to Xiamen is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to China Standard Time (CST) is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in October; daily highs in Xiamen reach 34°C and lows reach 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Xiamen

Shopping Museums Parks
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Gulangyu ©
Gulangyu
Yuyuan Garden ©
Yuyuan Garden

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan), then don't miss a visit to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and finally take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Jade Buddha Temple, wander the streets of Maoming Road, take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), then enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, and finally don't miss a visit to Jin Mao Tower.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Shanghai trip planning site .

You can fly from Xiamen to Shanghai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Xiamen in October, with highs in Shanghai at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums Parks Shopping
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

3
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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Mutianyu Great Wall, take some stellar pictures from Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and contemplate the long history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Beijing tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Beijing takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Shanghai in October, with highs in Beijing at 22°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

1
night
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 8th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, and then steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta).

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Xi'an day trip tool .

Getting from Beijing to Xi'an by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Xi'an can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Xi'an

Museums Historic Sites
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1
day
Lijiang

Lijiang
The cultural capital of the Naxi people, one of the 55 minority ethnic groups in the country, Lijang traces its history back over 800 years, with the city developing from a trading post on the ancient Southern Silk Road.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): deepen your understanding at Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute, then stroll around Black Dragon Pond Park, and then don't miss a visit to Old Town of Lijiang - China.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lijiang trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Xi'an to Lijiang in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute
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Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Black Dragon Pond Park ©
Black Dragon Pond Park
Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute ©
Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute

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