16 days in China Itinerary

16 days in China Itinerary

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16 days in China Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Beijing
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Dalian
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
3
Dandong
— 2 nights
Fly:  10 h
4
Lhasa
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h
5
Nyingchi County
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  34 h
End: Philadelphia


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5
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, trails, museums, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Mutianyu Great Wall, get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, delve into the distant past at The Great Wall at Badaling, and appreciate the history behind Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Beijing driving holiday tool .

Philadelphia, USA to Beijing is an approximately 18-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 13 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Beijing due to the time zone difference. March in Beijing sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Dalian.

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 Great Wall at Badaling ©
The Great Wall at Badaling

2
nights
Dalian

Dalian ©
The large city of Dalian gets its history from its seaport, its modernity from its industry, and its visitors from the fact it largely keeps these things from view.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): wander the streets of Dalian Laohutan Square, meet the residents at Ji Di Guan - Pole Aquarium., and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Shuangxing commodities wholesale Market. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Black Mountain of Dalian, get your game on at Dalian Discovery Kingdom, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dalian Catholic church.

For reviews and more tourist information, use the Dalian trip planner .

You can fly from Beijing to Dalian in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Beijing in March: highs in Dalian hover around 47°F, while lows dip to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Dandong.

Things to do in Dalian

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Ji Di Guan - Pole Aquarium. ©
Ji Di Guan - Pole Aquarium.
Dalian Discovery Kingdom ©
Dalian Discovery Kingdom
Xinghai Square ©
Xinghai Square

2
nights
Dandong

Dandong ©
Looking out over the meeting point of the Yellow Sea and Yalu River, Dandong holds the title of China's largest border city.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): make a trip to North Korean border at Dandong, take in the views from Yalu River Broken Bridge, then stroll through Yalu River Park, and finally take in the views from Yalu River Bridge.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Dandong travel route planner.

Drive from Dalian to Dandong in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Dandong

Parks
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Yalu River Broken Bridge ©
Yalu River Broken Bridge

2
nights
Lhasa

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
On the 28th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokhang Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Barkhor Street, and then contemplate the long history of Sera Monastery.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lhasa trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Dandong to Lhasa in 10 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nyingchi County.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites
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Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Sera Monastery ©
Sera Monastery

2
nights
Nyingchi County

Nyingchi County ©
On the 30th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Yarlong Tsangpo River and then take in the awesome beauty at Nnamjagbarwa Mountain. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Biri Mountain and then identify plant and animal life at Giant Cypress Nature Reserve of Bajie, Nyingchi.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nyingchi County tour itinerary maker website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lhasa to Nyingchi County. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nyingchi County

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Yarlong Tsangpo River ©
Yarlong Tsangpo River
Nnamjagbarwa Mountain ©
Nnamjagbarwa Mountain

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