Asia China China Guide Things To Do Essentials Itineraries All China Top Itineraries for Touring Different Parts of China Written by Sara Naumann Twitter Linkedin Sarah Naumann is a long-term Shanghai resident and expert on travel to China. She currently writes for Air France's Flying Blue China Club. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Sara Naumann Updated 06/26/19 Share Pin Email The following itineraries are perfect starting places for traveling in China. You can tailor them to your own needs or put them together to create a complete China Travel plan for your trip. When planning a trip to China, visitors should ask themselves what they want out of a trip. Do you just want to go to China and see the big sights? Are you more adventurous and want to get into nature? Were you hoping to mix cuisine into your travel? Do you want to see the countryside and avoid big cities? Are you active and want to include some trekking in your trip? The answers to these kinds of questions will help you choose an itinerary that is perfect to what you are interested in and what you'd like to see and do. 01 of 05 Seeing the "Big Five" - A Ten-Day China Itinerary Peter Adams / Getty Images This is a ten-day itinerary that takes visitors to China to the main "big five" sights that are on every first-time traveler's list. You'll see Beijing (the Forbidden City and the Great Wall), then on to Xi'an (the Terracotta Warriors). You'll then move on to the Yangtze River for the Three Gorges Dam cruise and wind up in Shanghai for the historic Bund and then some amazing food and city life. This is a very basic itinerary and can be used as a starting point for China Travel. 02 of 05 Chengdu Travel Itineraries kiszon pascal / Getty Images Chengdu is a big draw for first-time visitors to China. Answering the call of the Giant Panda, many China travelers want to visit Chengdu and Sichuan Province. There is a lot to see and do in the city of Chengdu and its surroundings. 03 of 05 Explorations in China's Northwest Gansu Province Ratnakorn Piyasirisorost / Getty Images Gansu Province has so much to offer travelers to China it would be easy to spend an entire trip just exploring the province from north to south. In the north, visitors can travel the ancient Silk Road routes on the edges of the Gobi Desert, visit UNESCO-listed Mogao Caves and ride camels through the dunes. From there, travel the Silk Road's famous Hexi Corridor to visit the westernmost reaches of the Great Wall and other famous sights. In the center of Gansu, visitors can tour more Buddhist caves in Bingling and visit the fabulous provincial museum to see excavated Silk Road treasures. Farther south, one travels through largely Muslim counties until one reaches the Tibetan Autonomous Counties where Labrang Monastery is located. 04 of 05 Yellow Mountain Itinerary From Shanghai delgorguedavid / Getty Images The Yellow Mountains (or Huangshan in Mandarin) are incredibly famous in China for the mountain and pine tree landscape. Going to the Yellow Mountain area is an easy addition to any itinerary, especially if you're going to be in Shanghai. Continue to 5 of 5 below. 05 of 05 Yunnan Province Travel Itineraries Max Shen / Getty Images Yunnan Province in the south of China is another place that should be on every traveler's list if they've got the time and inclination to do some exploring. Incredibly diverse, travelers can experience various cultures: Tibetan culture in the northwest, Dai ethnic culture in Lijiang, Bai culture in Xizhou and many other ethnic minorities that populate the lush mountains and fertile valleys of this tea-producing region. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit China's Best Kept Travel Secret: Gansu Province Has Much to Offer The Best Places to See Fall Colors in China Get Basic Info on and Maps of Mainland China's Provinces The 9 Best China Tours of 2021 The Weather and Climate in Northwest China Your Guide to Hiking China's Tiger Leaping Gorge Yunnan Is a China Tourist Favorite - Find Out Why It's So Popular China's 15 Biggest Cities Will You Be in China This Summer? Here's What to Do and What to Expect 10 Reasons Why You Should Plan Your Trip to China Today One Week in Nepal: The Ultimate Itinerary Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) in 2 fabulous days - here's a perfect plan What to See and Do in Sichuan Province, Home of China's Giant Panda 15 Must-See Destinations in Nepal The Best Time to Visit Shanghai More Than Pandas? Chengdu Has Much to See and Do.