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China 3 week itinerary - tweak my trip

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China 3 week itinerary - tweak my trip

Hiya, just booked my first trip to China - May 20th arrive Beijing, June 9th depart Shanghai.

I am an experienced independent traveller, on a flashpacker budget (cheap hotels, good hostels).

I am interested in cities, culture, food, music, history, not much hiking (except for Simantai-Jinshanling)

My planned routing is as follows:

Beijing + Great Wall, daytime side trips - approx 6 nights

half day travel and Datong - 2 nights

half day travel and Pingyao - 2 nights

overnight travel and Xi'an - 3 nights

half day travel and Luoyang - 2 nights

Travel day to Nanjing - 1 night

Nanjing - 2 nights

Shanghai - 2 nights

(will return eventually to Shanghai to see more of China, so not critical to spend too much time there)

Is this itinerary solid? Of course I haven't gone into much detail, but I am quite good at organising my time in cities, attractions and that sort of thing. I am more interested if there is anything obviously wrong with this itinerary? It there something I should be careful look out for that an old china hand can spot? Or somewhere really awesome to visit close by these cities that I am missing? Specifically other spots outside of Shaghai?

I seem to be hitting some major attractions and UNESCO sights, which is what I aim for.

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: China 3 week itinerary - tweak my trip

Nothing wrong with this plan. It appears that you mostly focus on history. Seems you have done your research. Spending the right amount of time in each place. Train travel along the Beijing to Xi'An part is popular and things are picking up in late May so you'd better book your trains ahead of time.

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2. Re: China 3 week itinerary - tweak my trip

The general itinerary is fine but I think you could tighten up on the Beijing - Luoyang part and free up three days to put on the back end for Suzhou and a water town, maybe Hangzhou.

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