China Itineraries for 7 Days: Our Recommendations

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We know that planning a trip to China and trying to squeeze in the must-sees-and-dos within a 5 to 7-day itinerary is enough to make anyone start pulling on their hair. Many may even consider planning a China itinerary for 7 days an impossible feat. We are here to prove them wrong. If you have a week to spend in China, we have just the right itineraries to help you cover some of the country’s highlights.

5 Days in China: Adventure in Avatar Mountain

Cable cars going up and down the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Zhangjiajie National Park is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Wulingyuan Scenic Area
Avatar mountain's with pillar-like formations at Zhangjiajie Park
In honor of the movie 'Avatar', one of the quartz-sandstone pillars in the park has been renamed "Avatar Hallelujah Mountain"
Day 1 Fly to Zhangjiajie.
Day 2 Explore the Grand Canyon and Baofeng Lake.
Day 3 Take a cable car to Huangshizhai village for a stunning view of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Visit the Golden Whip Stream.
Day 4 Visit Yuanjiajie (Avatar mountain) via the Bailong Elevator. Head to Tianzi Shan Nature Reserve.
Day 5 Take a cable car to Tianmen mountain and cave. Fly back home today.

Ever thought that you could step into the world of the Avatar movie? This 5-day China itinerary gives you the chance to do just that. Fly in to Zhangjiajie in Hunan province and explore the first national forest park of China, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Discover everything that this stunning and vast park has to offer, exploring the nature reserves, the impressive mountains and soaking in the breathtaking views. See tour.

1 Week in China: Hiking the Great Wall

Tourists camping at the Great Wall of China
Hike along the Great Wall of China and camp overnight for a surreal experience.
Day 1 Get a first impression of China’s sprawling capital city
Day 2 Take a hike up Huangyaguan surrounded by mountainous views
Day 3 Hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling
Day 4 Head to Simati West with a visit to Kylin Tower
Day 5 Enjoy a scenic picnic on the Great Wall
Day 6 Experience the original and the restored Great Wall
Day 7 Say goodbye to Beijing

What better way to explore China’s rich history than by hiking the Great Wall! On this 7-day tour, you will hike through some of the most adventurous yet safe trails along the Great Wall. Start out by discovering the scenic region of Huangyaguan while soaking up breathtaking views of mountains. This is followed by a challenging but exhilarating detour down the valley. Visit spectacular landmarks such as Kylin Tower and Jiankou, where a scenic picnic experience awaits you at a spot overlooking the Great Wall. The tour begins and ends at the Great Wall — an experience that is well-worth the time. See tour.

7 days in China: City and Nature

Tourists walking on world's longest glass bridge at Zhangjiajie
Apart from the view the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge offers, visitors can also go bungee jumping and zip lining from the bridge
Day 1 Arrive in Beijing.
Day 2 Explore Forbidden City, Tianenmen Square and Temple of Heaven in a guided tour.
Day 3 Take a cable car to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall.
Day 4 Visit the Summer Palace and a take a rickshaw ride through hutongs in Beijing. Fly to Zhangjianjie.
Day 5 Tour the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Get to the Yuanjiajie scenic area via the Bailong elevator and see the Golden Whip Stream.
Day 6 Walk the highest and longest glass bridge in the world if you dare. Boat ride at Baofeng lake.
Day 7 Visit Tianmen Mountain before departing.

From the Great Wall to rickshaw rides to the Forbidden City, start this 7-day tour by discovering all that Beijing has to offer. With 1 week in China you’ll also have enough time to explore the stunning Zhangjiajie, the national park famous for its incredible natural beauty and setting for the movie Avatar. There, take the Bailong elevator to the Yuanjiajie scenic area to enjoy the majestic views, see the Golden Whip Stream, also known as “Jinbian Stream”, and the world's highest and longest glass bridge above Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. See tour.

As you can tell from the one-week China itinerary above, it’s possible to cover quite a few of this vast and diverse country’s highlights in just 5 to 8 days. Considering a visit to China? Get in touch with our friendly team of Travel Experts in China. For more China itineraries and longer trip durations, take a look at our guide on how long to spend in China

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