China is a massive country and you could spend half a lifetime exploring this nation, but I created this 2 week itinerary to be a starting point for traveling in China, ideal for first time visitors looking to hit a few of the major highlights. There are plenty of places In China that are left off of this list (sorry Chengdu!), but hopefully this will give you a good idea of how to structure your 2 weeks in China as a first time traveler.
No first-time visit to China would be complete without a stop in Beijing, because it is full of important and iconic sights—the Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, etc. Beijing is a natural place to start a longer itinerary in China and there is enough to do and see in Beijing to fill more than a week of travel time, but I would recommend starting with this 3 day itinerary in Beijing China in order to hit all the major highlights.
Are you preparing for a trip to China? Is it your first time visiting this massive nation? Traveling to China can involve a lot of culture shock which is why it is important to go into your trip prepared for the cultural differences you will experience. Here are 10 things Western travelers need to know before traveling to China for the first time!
Chinese Lunar New Year is the biggest holiday of the year in China — it is basically like Christmas and Thanksgiving rolled into one big celebration! Traveling to China during holidays is a great way to get to know a country’s culture through a unique perspective, and I am here to share all my reflections and advice for traveling as a foreigners in China during the Chinese Lunar New Year!