We asked a chinese friend to put up a two week China itinerary and absolutely loved it. It led us from Hong Kong in the south to the big cities Shanghai and Beijing along the east coast and at the end to Xian and the marvelous Mount Hua Shan.
|Our Two Week China Itinerary|
|1. Hong Kong and Macau|
|4. The Great Wall|
|5. Mount Hua Shan|
|6. Xian and the Terracotta Army|
- Distance Instructions
1. Hong Kong and Macau
We stayed in Kowloon for a few days and tooked most of the time the ferry if we wanted to go to Hong Kong Island because of the nice city views.
To walk around the narrow alleys and to try different types of food is really fun and can occupy you for quite a long time.
Mentionable sights are the Victoria Peak and the small fishing villages outside of town.
If you have time you can take the ferry to Macau which takes around one hour. Macau has an old Portuguese city centre and lots of Las Vegas style casinos.
Shanghai is more of a business town and beside visiting the promenade Bund and some observation platforms in one of the skyscrapers we have taken the chance to just chill a little bit and eat our way through the city.
Beijing’s best known sights are the Tiananmen Square, which is the worlds biggest public place, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the city’s symbol the Temple of Heaven.
4. The Great Wall
There are some restored parts of the Great Wall which attracts most tourist but we decided to do the Secret Wall tour with Leo Hostel. They take you to an unrestored smaller part of the wall where there is nobody except the few people from your group.
5. Mount Hua Shan
Located two hours away from Xian lies one of the five holy daoist mountains. You can reach the plateau by cable car and walk your way from here to the several summits and temples.
The mountain is well known for its Plank Walk which is considered to be one of the most dangerous walks in the world.
Go there early, the area is bigger than expected and you need a full day to see all of the different sights.
6. Xian and the Terracotta Army
Xian is a nice and relaxed town and not far away you can see the Terracotta Army. Plan half a day for the visit of the Terracotta Army and one day for Xian.