12 Days in China: Top 4 Unique Itineraries

Ready to embark on a journey of a lifetime through China's captivating landscapes and rich history? Look no further! We've curated four sensational itineraries, each offering a unique window into the heart of this magnificent country. From soaring skyscrapers and bustling markets in Shanghai to the tranquil beauty of the Li River and the mystique of the Silk Road, our itineraries are crafted for every type of traveler. Whether you're seeking an urban adventure, a family-friendly exploration, or a deep dive into ancient wonders, we've got the perfect journey waiting for you. So pack your bags, bring your sense of wonder, and let's set off on an unforgettable Chinese adventure that promises to be both exhilarating and heartwarming!

Embark on a 12-day adventure that takes you from the dazzling heights of Shanghai to the historic depths of Beijing. This journey is perfect for those who crave a blend of modern marvels, natural beauty, and ancient wonders.

DayThings to DoOvernight
1Arrival in Shanghai, Leisure EveningShanghai
2A Leisurely Tour of Shanghai: Museum, Yu Garden, The BundShanghai
3Flight to Guilin, Free TimeGuilin
4Li River Cruise, Yangshuo West StreetGuilin
5Flight to Chengdu, Free EveningChengdu
6A Day in Chengdu: Pandas, Temples, and Street FoodChengdu
7Bullet Train to Xi'an, Leisure EveningXi'an
8Visit Terracotta Warriors, experience culture and history of Xi'an.Xi'an
9Cooking with Locals, Flight to BeijingBeijing
10Explore Beijing's culturally significant places: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden CityBeijing
11Great Wall at Mutianyu, Changling TombBeijing
12Departure from Beijing-

Picture this - you've just landed in Shanghai, a city where modern skyscrapers meet historical landmarks. You'll start your journey here, exploring the iconic Bund with its 1920s glamour and the serene Yu Garden. Ever wondered what life was like in ancient China? The Shanghai Museum will take you back in time. And for a taste of local life, Fuxing Park is where it's at - think Taiji, badminton, and the vibrant local community.

After soaking up the urban vibes of Shanghai, you're off to Guilin! Get ready for the breathtaking Li River Cruise. Imagine gliding through water flanked by karst mountains - it's like a Chinese painting come to life! And let's not forget Yangshuo West Street for some charming souvenirs.

Chengdu awaits with its most famous residents - the giant pandas! The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding offers an intimate look at these adorable creatures. But there's more to Chengdu than pandas, stroll through Jinli Old Street and try some mouth-watering local snacks. Yum!

In Xi'an, you'll witness the grandeur of the Terracotta Warriors, an archaeological marvel. But that's not all. How about cooking with locals? It's a chance to dive deep into the heart of Chinese cuisine and culture!

Your journey culminates in Beijing. Walk the less-trodden paths of the Mutianyu Great Wall, and marvel at the historical might of the Forbidden City. And while the Temple of Heaven is more than its spiritual significance, it's also a peek into the daily life of Beijingers.

Li River Cruise, GuilinLi River Cruise, Guilin

Buckle up for a 12-day epic across China that's as educational as it is exhilarating. This itinerary is a delightful mishmash of historical treasures and contemporary spectacles, perfect for families eager to share real-life adventures beyond screens.

DayThings to DoOvernight
1Arrival in BeijingBeijing
2Forbidden City Exploration & HutongBeijing
3Great Wall Adventure & Temple of Heaven GlimpseBeijing
4Panda Cuddles & Xi'an BoundXi'an
5Terracotta Warriors EncounterXi'an
6Dumpling Delights & Guilin GatewayGuilin
7Rice Terrace Trekking in LongshengLongsheng
8Cave Wonders & Guilin ReturnGuilin
9Picturesque Li River & Yangshuo FunYangshuo
10Biking the Backroads & Shanghai SojournShanghai
11Discover Shanghai's TreasuresShanghai
12Farewell, Shanghai!-

Touchdown in Beijing! Your personal guide will whisk you off to Tiananmen Square. Gape at the Forbidden City, where emperors once schemed and dreamed. Explore the labyrinthine hutongs on a rickshaw, and get lost in stories of cricket warriors and ancient customs.

Scale the Great Wall at Mutianyu - this isn't your usual stroll in the park; it's a trek through epochs. Then, chill out at the Temple of Heaven, a serene spot where emperors once sought celestial favor.

Next, Xi'an calls. Here, you'll come face-to-knee with the Terracotta Warriors, a silent army frozen in time. Mix things up with a local family visit, where you'll learn the art of dumpling making. It's hands-on, it's fun, and yes, it's delicious.

The Longji Rice Terraces are nature's stairways to the clouds. Explore the mystical Reed Flute Cave - it's like stepping into a fantasy novel. And the Li River Cruise? It's a serene journey through landscapes so perfect, they feel painted.

Finally, Shanghai. Start with the Shanghai Natural History Museum - a treasure trove for curious young minds. Stroll through Yu Garden and the Jade Buddha Temple, pockets of calm in the urban rush. Then, the Bund - a front-row seat to the future with a nod to the past. As your adventure winds down, your guide will escort you to the airport. You're leaving China, but you're taking a suitcase full of unforgettable memories with you.

Terracotta Warriors, Xi'anTerracotta Warriors, Xi'an

This itinerary, is a traveler's dream come true. Perfect for those who love to blend the hustle of city life with serene nature and historical wonders. Throughout your journey, from Hong Kong to Beijing, you'll get more than just a glimpse of China; you'll experience its heart and soul. The beauty of this trip lies not just in the destinations but in the stories and experiences you'll gather along the way.

DayThings to DoOvernight
1Arrival in Hong KongHong Kong
2Victoria Peak Circle WalkHong Kong
3High-Speed Train to GuilinGuilin
4Li River Cruise to YangshuoYangshuo
5Yangshuo Countryside ExplorationYangshuo
6Reed Flute Cave, Flight to Xi'anXi'an
7Terracotta Warriors TourXi'an
8Gao's Grand Courtyard, Train to BeijingBeijing
9Forbidden City and Jingshan HillBeijing
10Mutianyu Great WallBeijing
11Temple of Heaven, Hutong TourBeijing
12Departure from Beijing-

Start your trip in the dynamic world of Hong Kong. Get whisked away by the blend of Eastern and Western cultures as you explore Victoria Peak. Imagine gazing at the glittering skyline while taking in the scents of street food wafting through the air - that's Hong Kong for you!

Next, you're off to Guilin via high-speed train. Picture this: cruising down the Li River, surrounded by jaw-dropping karst landscapes. Guilin is not just a feast for the eyes but also for the soul.

From Guilin, you'll journey to Yangshuo. Here, dive into the rural heart of China with a countryside tour. It's like stepping into a living painting - verdant fields, quaint villages, and the gentle flow of the Yulong River. And don't miss the cooking class! Who wouldn't love to whip up some local dishes? Xi'an is next on the list. The Terracotta Warriors await your awe and wonder. This ancient army, standing guard for centuries, is a sight to behold. In Xi'an, you'll also get a taste of the city's vibrant street life in the Muslim Quarter.

Last but not least, you'll head to Beijing. Walk through the echoing halls of the Forbidden City, feel the legacy of emperors under your feet, and climb the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Less crowded, yes, but every bit as majestic.

Hong Kong Street ViewHong Kong Street View

Hey there, adventurers! If you're up for a journey through time along the legendary Silk Road, this 12-day tour in China is your ticket. Perfect for history buffs and culture vultures, this trip takes you from the Terracotta Army in Xi'an to the bustling bazaars of Kashgar.

DayThings to DoOvernight
1Arrive in Xi'an, Unwind and ExploreXi'an
2Terracotta Warriors and Ancient City VibesXi'an
3From Xi'an to Jiayuguan's Historic WondersJiayuguan
4Discover Jiayuguan Pass and Great Wall StoriesJiayuguan
5Journey from Jiayuguan to DunhuangDunhuang
6Unveil the Secrets of Mogao GrottoesDunhuang
7Sand Dunes and Crescent Moon Spring in DunhuangDunhuang
8From Dunhuang to the Oasis of TurpanTurpan
9Explore Ancient Ruins and Flaming MountainTurpan
10Journey to Kashgar via UrumqiKashgar
11Mosques and Bazaars in KashgarKashgar
12Departure from Kashgar-

Start your trip in the ancient city of Xi'an, home to the awe-inspiring Terracotta Army. These larger-than-life figures are a sight to behold and a gateway to ancient Chinese history. While in Xi'an, don't miss the chance to stroll along the bustling Muslim Street. It's a culinary paradise, with scents and flavors wafting through the air. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you!

Next up, Jiayuguan, where the Great Wall meets the Silk Road. This place isn't merely about bricks and mortar; it's a chapter of history coming alive. The landscapes are starkly beautiful, and the tales of the past, utterly captivating.

Dunhuang is your next stop, where the Mogao Grottoes await with their ancient Buddhist art, a treasure trove of history and spirituality. And let's not forget the Singing Sand Dunes. Yes, they sing, or sort of! It's a natural wonder that you have to hear (and see) to believe.

Then, it's onto Turpan. Ever seen a mountain that looks like it's on fire? You will here! The Flaming Mountain is as hot as it sounds, both in temperature and appearance. And the ancient city ruins? They're like stepping back in time. Wrap up your journey in Kashgar, a city that's a melting pot of cultures. The Id Kah Mosque and Sunday Bazaar are must-sees. The bazaar is a shopper's paradise, where you can find everything from spices to silk. It's a sensory overload in the best way possible.

Gaochang Ruins, TurpanGaochang Ruins, Turpan

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Can you feel the call of adventure tugging at your heartstrings? These 12-day itineraries are just the beginning of your unforgettable journey through China. But why stop the fun there? Our specially curated 2-week tour is waiting to take you even deeper into the heart of this enchanting country. Picture yourself wandering through ancient villages, sampling exotic cuisines, and uncovering hidden treasures that most travelers never get to see. Ready for more? Click here and let's continue this extraordinary journey together. The wonders of China are endless, and so are the stories you'll bring back home!

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