So, where to go in China? If you only have two weeks at your disposal, you’re going to need to be ok with missing out on a few places.

You will see the most iconic cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, as well as visit some bucket list places such as the Great Wall of China, but you’ll have to save Hong Kong and the southern provinces of China for another trip – there simply isn’t enough time.

2 Week China Itinerary

Here is the ultimate 14 day China itinerary for those who want to get off the beaten path and see some of the best places to visit in China.

Days 1-3: Beijing

After a solid two-years of living in Beijing, I might be a bit biased, but there are so many incredible things to do in this city.

Hike the Great Wall

If you want to see the Great Wall the right way, my biggest advice is to get off the beaten path and visit the Wild Wall, a section of  the wall not officially open to tourists.

Wander the Hutongs

In my opinion, the best way to visit the hutongs is to simply get lost on your way from A to B. I also recommend taking a tour of the hutongs to learn more about Beijing’s culture and history.

Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and Jingshan Park

You can’t go to Beijing without seeing the iconic Tiananmen Square with the giant Mao Portrait over the top of the entrance to the Forbidden City.

Days 4-6: Xi’an

This ancient capital is a must-see on your China itinerary and is very easy to get to from Beijing. While it’s tempting to take a quick flight, I actually recommend riding the 4.5 hour high-speed train instead.

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