China Tourist Guide China Information courtesy of Toby Simkin

Map of China Overview (courtesy of Toby Simkin)

Over the past 2 decades of living & traveling extensively throughout China, and having brought several hundred actors, crew & creative staff to China, I have learnt quite a few realities & secrets of China, and decided to assemble and share into a cohesive simple-to-follow guide.  I hope it’s of use to those that follow….
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Major China Starting Points

Possible China Sightseeing Plan

Please read my planning notes below, trust me, it’s worth it to save you a LOT of grief, cost & set the correct expectations…. For a pretty solid trip in China, based on seeing the major sights, using air or train travel, with private cars and guides, but not factoring jet lag (add a day to arrival city if coming from North America or Europe), I recommend the following as an outline of the major cities to visit:

(in order of priority) Min. # Hotel Nights Min. # Days Travel Days
Beijing 3-4 4-5 1
Xi’an (TerraCotta) 1 1 2 (in/out)
Shanghai 1-2 2-3 1
Zhouzhuang (Water Town) 0 1 drive
Li River (Boat Ride) 1 2 2 (in/out) Guilin
Chengdu (Pandas) 2 3 2 (in/out) Chengdu