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China Itinerary - 3 1/2 weeks - thoughts please

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As many of you know, my husband and I enjoy independent travel and in the past few years have traveled to Thailand/Cambodia, Vietnam, and India, spending approximately 3 1/2 weeks in each destination. This year we intend to travel to China and are targeting the second week of October and into November, planning to spend approx. 3 1/2 weeks once again.

We know that we cannot see everything in our first trip to China and have come up with the following itinerary after reading many of the posts on this forum, various books, etc. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions and thoughts on this itinerary. As before, we will travel independently although this time we may chose to only book our first hotel and wing it as we go rather than pre-booking hotels and trains. We plan to mainly travel by delux overnight trains and hope to get the two person cabins with toilets if possible. We may make some reservations several weeks prior to the trip. So...here is our rough draft so far.

Beijing -5 nights
Overnight train to Datong (23:18 - arrives 6:03) 2 nights
Overnight train to Pingyao (22:57 - 6:25) 2 nights
Overnight train to Xian (21:36-6:18) 3 nights with one day trip to Luoyang
Overnight train to Nanjing - 2 nights
Nanjing to Hangzhou - 2 nights
Shanghai - 5 nights with day trip to Suzhou and possibly Zhouzhuang

I am unsure of Nanjing, although it is a stop my husband would like to make. Any comments? Are there any places along the way that we should add into the itinerary or any we should forgo?

Thanks for all your help - June

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