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Beijing to Shanghai Travel Guide

Plan Your Beijing to Shanghai Vacation

Tombs, temples, elegant gardens, and historic water towns are just the beginning of what this extraordinary region has to offer. This is where Confucius was born, where China’s two great rivers and the Great Wall meet the sea, and where some of the country's most celebrated mountain landscapes have inspired pilgrimages for millennia.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Qingdao Hit the beach or explore the historic corners of the Bavarian-styled Old City, with its mansions, churches, and burgeoning café culture.
  2. Huangshan Framed in spectral mist, Yellow Mountain's towering granite peaks have inspired artists and poets for centuries.
  3. Chengde Originally an Imperial summer retreat, this town's magnificent temples, palaces and deer-filled parks now attract weekenders hunting for culture.
  4. Suzhou Discover flower-filled classical gardens in a town still threaded with ancient waterways.
  5. Qufu Visit the birthplace of China’s foremost philosopher and spiritual thinker, the "Great Sage" Confucius.

When To Go

When to Go

Spring and summer is the best time to head to the coast at Qingdao and, farther north, Beidaihe and Shanhaiguan. Save the arduous ascents of Huangs...

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