9 days in China Itinerary

9 days in China Itinerary

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9 days in China Itinerary

Start: Jakarta, Indonesia
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Yangshuo County
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Chengdu
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Xi'an
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
4
Beijing
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Shanghai
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Macau
— 1 day
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Jakarta, Indonesia

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night
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.
To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yangshuo County road trip site .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Yangshuo County is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Jakarta to Yangshuo County due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jakarta in November, expect Yangshuo County to be cooler, temps between 22°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Yangshuo County

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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South China Karst ©
South China Karst

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Chengdu

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 3rd (Sun): look for gifts at Fangsuo Book Store, then explore the engaging exhibits at Sanhe Classic Car Museum, then browse the different shops at New Century Global Center, and finally identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi).

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Chengdu trip maker website .

Getting from Yangshuo County to Chengdu by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Traveling from Yangshuo County in November, you will find days in Chengdu are a bit cooler (19°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Chengdu

Shopping Childrens Museums Museums
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Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, and then take an in-depth tour of Han Yang Ling Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Xi'an trip planning website .

You can fly from Chengdu to Xi'an in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In November, Xi'an is a bit cooler than Chengdu - with highs of 14°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hanyangling Museum
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Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Hanyangling Museum ©
Hanyangling Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, take an in-depth tour of Beijing Ancient Architecture Museum Xiannongtan Temple, then examine the collection at The Palace Museum, and finally take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang). Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and then explore the historical opulence of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Beijing day trip planner.

You can fly from Xi'an to Beijing in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Beijing, with lows of -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Lama Temple (Yonghegong) ©
Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

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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 7th (Thu): wander the streets of Former French Concession, take in the exciting artwork at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, then shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan). On the next day, wander the streets of Taikang Road, wander the streets of Xintiandi, then examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and finally view the masterpieces at Three on the Bund.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Shanghai online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Shanghai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in November, you will find days in Shanghai are somewhat warmer (20°C), and nights are much hotter (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Macau.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession

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Macau

Macau ©
Vacation in Macau to discover one of the world's richest cities organized as an autonomous region of China that, until 1999, was administered by Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): try to win big at Casino at Venetian Macao, see the interesting displays at Macao Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Ruins of St. Paul's.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Macau online vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Macau takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Macau when traveling from Shanghai in November, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Macau

Fun & Games Casinos Historic Sites
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Casino at Venetian Macao ©
Casino at Venetian Macao
Ruins of St. Paul's
Ruins of St. Paul's
Macao Museum ©
Macao Museum

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