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China Road Trip

Shanghai - Hangzhou - Huangshan - Nanping - Fuzhou - Xiamen - Ganzhou - Guilin - Guiyang - Kunming - Yuanyang - Xundian - Zhaotong - Chongqing - Qianjiang - Fenghuang - Zhangjiajie - Changde - Wuhan - Xiangyang - Xian - Zhengzhou - Puyang - Shijiazhuang - Beijing - Tianjin - Weifang - Qingdao - Huai'an - Nanjing

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China Road Trip ACTIVATE MAP Stages30 km10,216 h/stage4.0

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Road Trip Costs

How much does it cost to go on a China Road Trip in China?

Economy
Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 6,300EUR drive & more 1,375EUR sleep & more 1,617EUR eat & more 1,680EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 4,672EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 10,972EUR
Standard
Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 18,900EUR drive & more 1,838EUR sleep & more 2,772EUR eat & more 2,520EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 7,130EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 26,030EUR
Premium
High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 26,460EUR drive & more 2,488EUR sleep & more 6,006EUR eat & more 3,360EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 11,854EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 38,314EUR
Camper
On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self-catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 7,875EUR drive & more 2,763EUR sleep & more 1,925EUR eat & more 1,680EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 6,368EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 14,243EUR
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China Road Trip Itinerary

Embark on an epic journey of discovery and exploration with the China Road Trip! Starting in the vibrant city of Shanghai, the route will take you through some of the most iconic and beautiful places in China, including Hangzhou, Nanping, Xiamen, Guilin, Kunming, Yuanyang, Fenghuang, Zhangjiajie, Xi'an and Beijing, over a distance of 10216km. The trip is best done between April and October, when the weather is mild and the roads are in excellent condition. The China Road Trip is a journey of historical and cultural discovery, with numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way. From the stunning landscapes of Guilin and Kunming, to the ancient city walls of Xi'an and the iconic Great Wall of China, there will be plenty of sights to take in along the route. The picturesque Fenghuang and Zhangjiajie are also great stops for those looking for a unique cultural experience. The trip is suitable for drivers of every skill level and can be completed in just 35 days, with a moderate budget. However, do be aware that due to seasonal weather conditions, some roads may be closed at certain times of the year. Enjoy the journey and all the amazing places you'll discover along the way!
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START Shanghai

Distance 10,216 km Driving time 118.7 h Pace: fast 3,064.7 kWh Airports PVG
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Shanghai, located in the Yangtze River Delta in East China, is a vibrant city that is full of life. With its striking skyline, it is often referred to as the "Pearl of the Orient". The city is a great starting point for the "China Road Trip", offering a variety of attractions, including The Bund, a waterfront area along the Huangpu River, and the Yu Garden, a classical Chinese garden. The Shanghai Museum, located in People's Square, is a great place to learn about the city's history and culture. For those looking for a bit of adventure, Shanghai Disneyland is a great option. For those arriving by air, the closest international airport is Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG). Car rentals are available at the airport, making it easy to start the road trip. From Shanghai, travelers can journey further along the coast, visit the famous Three Gorges of the Yangtze River, and explore the ancient cities of Xi'an and Beijing. With its unique blend of history and modernity, Shanghai is the perfect starting point for the "China Road Trip".

1 Shanghai - Hangzhou

Distance 308 km Driving time 3.8 h Pace: fast 92.3 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on an unforgettable road trip from Shanghai to Hangzhou! This 308 km journey will take you less than 4 hours, but it's worth every minute. Start your journey in Shanghai and explore the city's vibrant culture, including the iconic Yu Garden and the ancient City God Temple. Then, drive along the stunning coastline of the East China Sea and enjoy the picturesque views. Stop by the famous Zhoushan Archipelago, home to over 1,000 islands, and take in the breathtaking scenery. As you continue your journey, visit the Thousand Island Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Hangzhou West Lake, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Finally, arrive in Hangzhou and explore its many attractions, such as the Lingyin Temple, the Six Harmonies Pagoda, and the Grand Canal. Along the way, you'll find plenty of historical sites, scenic roads, and delicious local cuisine. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the "Itinerary" of this stage. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and hit the road!

2 Hangzhou - Huangshan

Distance 224 km Driving time 2.8 h Pace: fast 67.1 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on a spectacular road trip from Hangzhou to Huangshan! This 224 km journey is a must-do for any traveler to China. With a driving time of fewer than 3 hours, you can experience the best of both cities and take in the stunning views along the way. Start your journey in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province, and visit the beautiful West Lake. After taking in the sights and sounds of the city, hit the road and be prepared to be amazed. The scenic road between Hangzhou and Huangshan offers stunning views of rolling hills, winding rivers, and lush forests. As you drive, be sure to stop at the ancient villages and temples that dot the landscape. Your final destination, Huangshan, is the home of Huangshan Mountain, one of China’s most iconic natural landmarks. Here, you can explore the breathtaking views of the mountain and its surrounding landscape, as well as visit the many temples and ancient villages that make up the area. For more information on attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, be sure to check out the “Itinerary” of this stage. With its beautiful landscapes and amazing sights, this road trip from Hangzhou to Huangshan is an unforgettable experience.

3 Huangshan - Nanping

Distance 486 km Driving time 5.3 h Pace: fast 145.9 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on an unforgettable road trip from Huangshan to Nanping! This 486km journey will take you no more than 6 hours and you will be able to explore some of the most beautiful places in China. Start your trip in Huangshan, known for its stunning mountain views, and make sure to visit the Yellow Mountains, the hot springs, and the Grand Canyon. As you continue your journey, you will come across stunning views of the East China Sea, the Tianmu Mountains, and the Wuyi Mountains. Don’t forget to make a stop in Fuzhou to visit the Three Lanes and Seven Alleys, a historical site that is now a popular tourist destination. Finally, you’ll reach Nanping, where you can explore the Wuyi Mountains National Park, the Fuzhou National Forest Park, and the Mount Putuo National Park. Along the way, you’ll be able to enjoy stunning views of the countryside, so make sure to take your time and enjoy the ride! For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, check out the Itinerary of this stage.

4 Nanping - Fuzhou

Distance 182 km Driving time 2.3 h Pace: fast 54.7 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on an unforgettable road trip from Nanping to Fuzhou, a journey of 182 km that will take you less than 3 hours. Discover the breathtaking beauty of Fujian province and the most interesting places along the way. Start your adventure at the historic Nanping Old Town where you can explore the ancient streets, visit the temples and take in the vibrant atmosphere. Then, make your way to the stunning Xinghua Village, a traditional Chinese village with a history of over 1,000 years. Here you can admire the ancient architecture and experience the local culture. Continue your journey to the stunning Wuyi Mountain, where you can explore the lush forests, cascading waterfalls and winding paths. Be sure to visit the famous Tianyou Peak, the highest point of the mountain range. After that, make your way to the picturesque Fuzhou city, where you can explore the vibrant city life, visit the ancient temples, and enjoy the delicious local cuisine. This is just one of the stages of your journey. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please consult the “Itinerary” of this stage. Enjoy your road trip!

5 Fuzhou - Xiamen

Distance 255 km Driving time 3.0 h Pace: fast 76.6 kWh View map Itinerary
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Welcome to the Fuzhou-Xiamen road trip stage! This 255km journey will take you less than 3 hours to complete and will take you through some of the most beautiful and interesting places in China. Starting in Fuzhou, we recommend you visit the Gulou and Drum Tower, the Fuzhou National Forest Park, and the Three Lanes and Seven Alleys. On your way to Xiamen, you should stop at the Nanjing Tulou Cluster, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an area of unique earthen buildings that have been continuously inhabited since the 14th century. Once you reach Xiamen, you should definitely visit Gulangyu Island, the South Putuo Temple, Xiamen University, and the Xiamen Botanical Garden. This is just one of the stages of a larger tour, but for more information regarding attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the "Itinerary" of this stage. We hope you have a great time on your Fuzhou-Xiamen road trip!

6 Xiamen - Ganzhou

Distance 450 km Driving time 4.9 h Pace: fast 134.9 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on a thrilling road trip from Xiamen to Ganzhou and explore the best of Fujian and Jiangxi Provinces. This journey of 450 km will take you less than 5 hours, so you can make the most of your time on the road. Enjoy the scenic views of the countryside and the mountainous landscape as you drive along. Start your journey in Xiamen, a coastal city known for its stunning beaches, ancient temples, and delicious local cuisine. Before you leave, make sure to visit Gulangyu Island, a peaceful and lush island with colonial-style architecture. Then, move on to the city of Zhangzhou, where you can explore the ancient Longqi Mountain, renowned for its breathtaking views. Continue your journey to the city of Fuzhou, where you can see the stunning Minjiang River, ancient temples, and the Fujian Tulou, a unique type of rural dwellings. Afterwards, drive to the city of Ganzhou, the largest city in Jiangxi Province. Here, you can explore the ancient ruins of the Han Dynasty, the beautiful Yudu Mountain, and the famous Huangling Temple. To make the most of your road trip, more information regarding attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route is available in the “Itinerary” of this stage. So, get ready for an unforgettable road trip from Xiamen to Ganzhou!

7 Ganzhou - Guilin

Distance 611 km Driving time 6.8 h Pace: fast 183.2 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on an exciting road trip from Ganzhou to Guilin, a journey of 611 km that can be completed in less than 7 hours! Get ready to explore the picturesque landscapes and scenic roads of this route, and don't forget to take lots of photos! Along the way, you'll be able to visit some of the UNESCO Heritage sites, such as the Longji Rice Terraces and the Reed Flute Cave. Keep your eyes open for other attractions that you might find along the way. You can also find accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route. For more information, please check the itinerary of this stage. Enjoy your journey!

8 Guilin - Guiyang

Distance 487 km Driving time 6.1 h Pace: fast 146.1 kWh View map Itinerary
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Welcome to the Guilin-Guiyang road trip! This 487km journey will take you less than 6 hours to complete, and you'll be able to enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in China. Start your journey in Guilin, where you can visit the Seven Star Park, Reed Flute Cave, and Elephant Trunk Hill. Guilin is known for its stunning karst mountain scenery, and you can experience it firsthand with a boat ride down the Li River. As you drive towards Guiyang, make sure to take in the gorgeous views of the mountains, rivers, and valleys. When you reach Guiyang, you'll have the opportunity to explore the city's many attractions. Check out the Jiaxiu Pavilion, Qianling Park, and the Hongfu Temple. The drive from Guilin to Guiyang is sure to be a memorable one. Make sure to take plenty of photos and videos to capture the beauty of the Chinese countryside. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the “Itinerary” of this stage. Enjoy your road trip!

9 Guiyang - Kunming

Distance 519 km Driving time 5.8 h Pace: fast 155.7 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on an unforgettable journey from Guiyang to Kunming! This 519 km road trip will take you fewer than 6 hours, so you can take your time and enjoy the scenic roads. You'll be passing through some of the most beautiful places in China, and you'll have plenty of opportunities to take in the stunning views. Start your journey in Guiyang, where you can visit the Huaxi National Forest Park, the Qingyan Ancient Town, and the Hongfu Temple. Then, make your way to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province. Here, you can explore the Western Hills, the Dianchi Lake, and the Stone Forest. Along the way, you'll have a chance to take in the breathtaking views and explore some of the most beautiful places in China. Don't forget to take plenty of pictures to remember your journey! For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the "Itinerary" of this stage. Enjoy your road trip from Guiyang to Kunming!

10 Kunming - Yuanyang

Distance 377 km Driving time 5.3 h Pace: fast 113.0 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on an exciting road trip from Kunming to Yuanyang! This 377 km journey will take you through some of the most stunning landscapes in the region, with breathtaking views and plenty of opportunities to explore historical sites and other attractions. You will pass through the city of Jianshui, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the stunning terraced rice fields of Yuanyang, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the way, you can marvel at the beauty of the majestic mountains, lush forests, and winding rivers. Keep an eye out for the historical sites and scenic roads, as you journey from Kunming to Yuanyang. You can find more information on attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route in the Itinerary of this stage. So, pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable road trip experience!

11 Yuanyang - Xundian

Distance 372 km Driving time 4.3 h Pace: fast 111.6 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on an exciting road trip from Yuanyang to Xundian! This 372 km journey will take you less than 5 hours of driving. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the countryside and make sure to keep an eye out for the seasonal road closures. Along the way, you'll have the chance to explore some of the most interesting places in the area including the Yuanyang Rice Terraces, the Ailao Mountains, and the Bamei Village. All of these sites offer a unique insight into the culture and history of the region. For a more in-depth experience, you can also visit the nearby Xundian Old Town, where you can explore the local market and get a taste of the local cuisine. Be sure to check out the Itinerary for this stage for more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route.

12 Xundian - Zhaotong

Distance 254 km Driving time 2.8 h Pace: fast 76.1 kWh View map Itinerary
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Welcome to the Xundian-Zhaotong road trip stage! This 254km journey takes less than 3 hours to drive, so you'll be able to enjoy the scenery and attractions of both places in a single day. Your first stop is Xundian, a city known for its unique culture and customs. Here, you can explore the Xundian Ancient Town, a historic site with a variety of traditional buildings and streets. You can also visit the Xundian Tea Garden, which offers a variety of teas from the local area. The next stop is Zhaotong, a city with a rich history and vibrant culture. Here, you can visit the Zhaotong Ancient Town, a historic site with beautiful old buildings and streets. You can also explore the Zhaotong Museum, which features a variety of artifacts and artworks from the city's past. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please check the "Itinerary" of this stage. We hope you enjoy your journey!

13 Zhaotong - Chongqing

Distance 570 km Driving time 7.0 h Pace: fast 170.9 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on an unforgettable road trip from Zhaotong to Chongqing! This 570 km journey will take you less than 7 hours and will take you through some of the most scenic roads in China. Start your journey in Zhaotong, a prefecture-level city in Yunnan Province. Here, you can visit the Zhaotong Museum to learn about the city’s history and culture before hitting the road. As you make your way to Chongqing, you will pass through many magnificent landscapes, including the stunning Xingwen County, known for its jagged mountains and pristine rivers. Make sure you take some time to explore the area and take in its beauty. When you reach Chongqing, you can explore the city’s vibrant nightlife and traditional Chinese architecture. Don’t forget to visit the city’s iconic Ciqikou Ancient Town and the Chongqing Zoo. This is just one of the many stages of an incredible road trip. For more information on attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, be sure to check out the “Itinerary” of this stage. So, what are you waiting for? Get your car ready and hit the road!

14 Chongqing - Qianjiang

Distance 280 km Driving time 3.4 h Pace: fast 83.9 kWh View map Itinerary
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Ready for an amazing road trip? Start your journey in Chongqing, China and drive 280 km to get to Qianjiang. Along the way, make sure to visit the Jinfo Mountain, one of the most beautiful places in the region. Take a stroll around the stunning lake and enjoy the breathtaking views. Don't forget to visit the Dazu Rock Carvings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you'll find thousands of sculptures and carvings carved into the rocks from the 7th to 13th centuries. Another must-see is the Fengdu Ghost City, a mysterious place with a fascinating history. In Qianjiang, visit the huge Three Gorges Dam and admire its impressive architecture. The entire journey will take you less than 4 hours, so make sure to take your time and enjoy the views. For more information regarding attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the "Itinerary" of this stage.

15 Qianjiang - Fenghuang

Distance 272 km Driving time 3.2 h Pace: fast 81.5 kWh View map Itinerary
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Are you ready to embark on a spectacular road trip from Qianjiang, China to Fenghuang? This 272 km journey will take you less than 4 hours to complete, and you’ll get to experience the beautiful scenery and historical sites along the way. Start your journey in Qianjiang and make sure to visit the Qianjiang Century City, a modern shopping center with beautiful gardens and an artificial lake. Then, take a stroll to the Qianjiang Tower and enjoy the stunning views of the city. As you make your way to Fenghuang, you’ll pass through the beautiful landscapes of the Qianjiang National Forest Park. Take some time to admire the lush green scenery and the breathtaking views of the mountains. When you arrive in Fenghuang, you’ll be amazed by the city’s ancient architecture and culture. Visit the Tuojiang River, the Fenghuang Ancient Town, and the Fenghuang Palace. Make sure to also check out the Fenghuang Tower and the Miao Minority Village. This is just one of the many stages of your road trip. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, check out the “Itinerary” of this stage. Have a safe and enjoyable journey!

16 Fenghuang - Zhangjiajie

Distance 218 km Driving time 2.6 h Pace: fast 65.5 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on a 218 km road trip from Fenghuang, China to Zhangjiajie and experience the stunning picturesque landscapes and scenic roads along the way. This journey will take you less than 3 hours and you will be able to visit some of the UNESCO Heritage sites. As you drive along the route, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the amazing views of the mountains and rivers. You will also pass by some of the most beautiful temples and ancient towns. Take a break at the breathtaking Tianmen Mountain National Park and explore the winding paths, caves and temples. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountain peak and the surrounding valleys. Continue your journey to Zhangjiajie and explore the stunning Wulingyuan Scenic Area. Here you will find the famous Avatar Hallelujah Mountain, which is the inspiration for the movie Avatar. You will also have the chance to visit the Yellow Dragon Cave, which is one of the largest caves in the world. This is a great opportunity to admire the amazing stalactites and stalagmites. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the "Itinerary" of this stage. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable road trip!

17 Zhangjiajie - Changde

Distance 168 km Driving time 2.3 h Pace: fast 50.4 kWh View map Itinerary
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Are you ready for your next road trip adventure? Then hop in the car and get ready to explore the Zhangjiajie to Changde route! This 168km drive will take you less than 3 hours, and the scenic road will make the journey even more enjoyable. Along the way, you'll get to explore some of the most interesting places in both Zhangjiajie and Changde. In Zhangjiajie, be sure to check out the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Tianmenshan National Forest Park, with its famous glass bridge. In Changde, you'll want to explore the Hupingshan National Forest Park, the Changde Poetry Wall, and the Wulingyuan Scenic Area. With so much to see and do, you won't want to miss out on this amazing road trip! For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, be sure to check out the "Itinerary" of this stage. Get ready to go and have the adventure of a lifetime!

18 Changde - Wuhan

Distance 407 km Driving time 4.5 h Pace: fast 122.2 kWh View map Itinerary
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Welcome, road-trippers! Get ready for an amazing journey from Changde to Wuhan! This 407 km route will take you less than 5 hours, and you can expect to be amazed by the sights. Your first stop should be the beautiful Tianmenshan National Forest Park in Changde. Here you can explore the incredible Tianmen Cave, hike up the mountain to the Heaven-Linking Avenue, and take in the breathtaking views of the valley. Next, head to the city of Yueyang, where you can find the famous Yueyang Tower. This ancient tower is a symbol of the city, and it's a great place to take some amazing photos. You can also take a boat ride along the Dongting Lake, the second largest freshwater lake in China. Continue your journey to the city of Wuhan, home to the East Lake. This lake is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, and it's a great place for a relaxing stroll. You can also visit the Hubei Provincial Museum, which houses a large collection of artifacts from ancient China. These are just some of the highlights of this road trip stage from Changde to Wuhan. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please check the “Itinerary” of this stage. Enjoy your journey!

19 Wuhan - Xiangyang

Distance 313 km Driving time 3.4 h Pace: fast 93.8 kWh View map Itinerary
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Are you ready for a fun road trip? Starting in Wuhan and ending in Xiangyang, this 313km journey will take you no more than 4 hours! Your adventure begins in Wuhan, where you can visit the Hubei Provincial Museum and the Yellow Crane Tower, a symbol of the city. Then, you can take a stroll along the Yangtze River and take in the beautiful views. Your next stop is the ancient city of Suizhou, where you can visit the Suizhou Ancient City, the Suizhou Museum, and the Suizhou Confucian Temple. Finally, you will arrive in Xiangyang, where you can explore the ancient city walls, visit the Xiangyang Museum and the Xianhe Temple. For more information on attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the "Itinerary" of this stage. Enjoy your road trip!

20 Xiangyang - Xian

Distance 515 km Driving time 5.5 h Pace: fast 154.6 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on a captivating road trip from Xiangyang to Xi'an! This 515 km journey will take you fewer than 6 hours and will be filled with breathtaking views and unforgettable experiences. Start your journey in Xiangyang and visit the ancient walled city, the Xiangyang City Wall, a majestic fortress that was built in 1370. Then, visit the Fancheng Ancient Town, a beautiful town that has been around since the Han Dynasty. Continue your journey to the city of Sanmenxia, where you can explore the Sanmenxia Reservoir and the Sanmenxia Museum. The reservoir is a great spot for a picnic and a boat ride, while the museum will teach you about the history of the region. Next, head to the city of Weinan and explore the Huashan Mountain, a sacred mountain with breathtaking views and a variety of temples. You can also visit the Shaanxi History Museum, a great spot to learn about the history of the region. Finally, your journey will end in the city of Xi'an, where you can explore the ancient city walls, the Terracotta Army, and the Bell and Drum Towers. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the ‘Itinerary’ section of this stage.

21 Xian - Zhengzhou

Distance 482 km Driving time 5.3 h Pace: fast 144.5 kWh View map Itinerary
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Welcome to the Xi'an-Zhengzhou stage of your road trip! Get ready for a journey of 482km, which will take you less than 6 hours to complete. Enjoy the scenery as you travel through ancient cities and picturesque landscapes. Start your journey in Xi'an, home to the Terracotta Army, the City Wall, and the Bell Tower. Visit the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, a Buddhist temple built during the Tang Dynasty, and the Shaanxi History Museum. Continue your journey to Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province. Here you can visit the Yellow River Scenic Area and the Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of Shaolin Kung Fu. Don't forget to explore the ruins of the Shang Dynasty at Yanshi and the Henan Provincial Museum. For more information regarding attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the "Itinerary" of this stage. Enjoy your journey!

22 Zhengzhou - Puyang

Distance 211 km Driving time 2.4 h Pace: fast 63.2 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on a road trip from Zhengzhou to Puyang and discover the wonders of this 211 km journey! Spend fewer than 3 hours driving and explore the most interesting places in both cities. Start off in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province. Here you can visit the Yellow River Scenic Area and take a boat ride along the river. For a different experience, visit the Shaolin Temple to admire the ancient architecture and learn about the martial arts practiced there. Continue your journey to Puyang, a city known for its rich cultural heritage. Visit the Longshan Grottoes to admire the Buddhist sculptures and the ancient architecture. Then, explore the Yuhua Palace and its beautiful gardens. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please consult the “Itinerary” of this stage. Enjoy your road trip and have a great time!

23 Puyang - Shijiazhuang

Distance 315 km Driving time 3.2 h Pace: fast 94.4 kWh View map Itinerary
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If you are planning a road trip between Puyang and Shijiazhuang, you are in for a treat! This 315 km journey will take you less than 4 hours, and you will be able to take in some of the best sights in the region. Starting in Puyang, you will be able to visit the beautiful Puyang Ancient City Wall and the nearby Xingyang National Wetland Park. As you drive along the scenic roads, you will be able to take in the stunning views of the rolling hills, the lush forests, and the splendid rivers. Once you reach Shijiazhuang, you will be able to explore the city's vibrant nightlife, the historic sites, and the numerous shopping malls. To make your journey even more memorable, make sure to visit the Shijiazhuang Zoo and the ancient Shijiazhuang City Wall. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, be sure to check the Itinerary of this stage. Enjoy your trip!

24 Shijiazhuang - Beijing

Distance 289 km Driving time 3.3 h Pace: fast 86.8 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on a thrilling road trip from Shijiazhuang to Beijing! This journey of 289 km can be completed in less than 4 hours. Along the way, you will get to witness some of the most beautiful landscapes and historical sites. Be sure to take a moment to admire the UNESCO Heritage site of the Great Wall of China and the Ming Tombs, both located near Beijing. As you make your way to the capital, be sure to take in the stunning views of the mountains and rivers. Don't forget to take some pictures of the amazing architecture of the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. For a truly unique experience, make sure to visit the Summer Palace and the Lama Temple. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, check out the Itinerary of this stage. Enjoy the ride!

25 Beijing - Tianjin

Distance 147 km Driving time 1.8 h Pace: fast 44.1 kWh View map Itinerary
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Are you ready for an amazing road trip experience? Get ready to explore the cities of Beijing and Tianjin! This is one of the stages of a larger tour that will take you from Beijing to Tianjin. It's a 147 km drive that will take you less than 2 hours. Start your journey in Beijing, the capital of China, and visit the famous Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven. If you have time, don't miss the Summer Palace, the Great Wall of China, and the Lama Temple. After Beijing, drive to Tianjin, the largest coastal city in northern China. Here you can explore the Ancient Culture Street, the Tianjin Eye, and the Porcelain House. Don't forget to visit the Five Great Avenues, the Drum Tower, and the Tianjin Water Park. For more information regarding attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the "Itinerary" of this stage. Enjoy your road trip!

26 Tianjin - Weifang

Distance 421 km Driving time 5.0 h Pace: fast 126.2 kWh View map Itinerary
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Are you ready for an unforgettable road trip from Tianjin to Weifang? This route covers 421 km and can be completed in under 5 hours. Along the way, you'll be able to visit some of the most interesting places in both cities. In Tianjin, take a stroll in the Ancient Cultural Street, where you can immerse yourself in the city's history. If you're looking for something more modern, the Tianjin Eye, a Ferris wheel, is a must-see. In Weifang, explore the Kite Museum and learn about the city's kite-making history. You can also visit the Weifang International Kite Festival, a great place to observe the traditional art of kite-making. For a more peaceful experience, take a walk in the Weifang Wetland Park, where you can admire the stunning scenery and wildlife. For more information on attractions, accommodation, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please check the Itinerary of this stage. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and hit the road for an unforgettable road trip from Tianjin to Weifang!

27 Weifang - Qingdao

Distance 160 km Driving time 2.0 h Pace: fast 47.9 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on a wonderful road trip from Weifang to Qingdao and discover the best of these two cities! This scenic route of 160 km will take you less than 2 hours to complete. Start your journey in Weifang, a city known for its kite-flying culture. Here, you can visit the Kite Museum and learn about the history of kites, or take a stroll around the Weifang International Kite Festival Square. As you drive along the coast, you'll be mesmerised by the beautiful views of the Yellow Sea. Make sure to take a break and take a few pictures of the stunning scenery! When you arrive in Qingdao, you'll be amazed by the city's stunning architecture. Visit the iconic Zhan Qiao Pier, a symbol of the city, or take a stroll along the beach and admire the view of the Qingdao International Beer City. For those looking for a more cultural experience, visit the Qingdao Catholic Church, one of the oldest churches in the city. You can also explore the Laoshan Scenic Area, a popular spot for hiking, camping, and sightseeing. This is just a brief overview of the wonderful places you can visit between Weifang and Qingdao. For more information on attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the "Itinerary" of this stage.

28 Qingdao - Huai'an

Distance 382 km Driving time 4.4 h Pace: fast 114.6 kWh View map Itinerary
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Welcome to the Qingdao - Huai'an road trip stage! This beautiful journey of 382 km will take you less than 5 hours to complete. You will be mesmerized by the stunning scenery of the coastal city of Qingdao and the ancient Huai'an city. In Qingdao, you can enjoy the picturesque views of the city's famous beaches, such as Golden Sand Beach and Shilaoren Beach, or explore the old town of Zhanqiao and the winding alleys of Badaguan. Once you reach Huai'an, you can take a stroll in the ancient city of Huai'an, visit the Huai'an Museum, and admire the ancient architecture of the Huai'an City Wall. Don't forget to visit the nearby Huai'an Confucian Temple, which is one of the oldest temples in China. On your journey, make sure to keep your eyes open for the scenic roads and stunning landscapes that you will encounter. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the "Itinerary" of this stage. Enjoy your journey!

29 Huai'an - Nanjing

Distance 189 km Driving time 2.1 h Pace: fast 56.6 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on an unforgettable road trip stage from Huai'an to Nanjing! This 189km journey will take you fewer than 3 hours to complete and will provide you with plenty of interesting places to visit. Start your journey in Huai'an, a city located in the Jiangsu province, known for its rich history and culture. While there, make sure to visit the Huai'an Museum, the Huai'an Library and the Huaihai Road. Continue your journey to Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province. Here, you can explore the majestic Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, and the Purple Mountain Observatory. This is just one of the stages of a larger tour, and more information regarding attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route is available in the "Itinerary" of this stage. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and embark on the Huai'an to Nanjing road trip stage for a memorable journey!

30 Nanjing - Shanghai

Distance 355 km Driving time 4.2 h Pace: fast 106.4 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on an unforgettable road trip from Nanjing to Shanghai! This 355km journey will take you less than 5 hours to complete, and you'll get to visit some of the most interesting places in China. Start your trip in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province and one of the four great ancient capitals of China. Here you can visit the iconic Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the nearby Linggu Temple, a renowned Buddhist temple. As you drive along the Yangtze River, you'll get to see the awe-inspiring Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric power station. Further down the road, you'll pass through the cities of Wuxi and Suzhou, where you can explore the classical gardens, canals, and bridges of the region. Finally, you'll arrive in Shanghai, the largest city in China. Here, you can visit the iconic Bund and the Yu Garden, a classic Chinese garden. Don't forget to explore the old French Concession and the Shanghai Museum, one of the most important museums in China. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the "Itinerary" of this stage. Enjoy your trip!

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Shanghai, the bustling city at the end of our "China Road Trip", is a must-see destination in China. It is the country's largest city and one of the most populous in the world. With a vibrant history and culture, it has been an important commercial hub for centuries. A great way to experience Shanghai is to explore the city's numerous attractions. The Bund is a popular spot for visitors, offering a stunning view of the Huangpu River from its promenade. The Yu Garden is another great attraction, with its traditional Chinese architecture and lush gardens. The Jade Buddha Temple is another must-see, with its two jade Buddha statues and tranquil atmosphere. For shopping, the Nanjing Road and Huaihai Road are two of the most popular places, with a variety of shops, restaurants, and street vendors. For those traveling by car, Shanghai is easily accessible by road from most major cities in China. The closest international airport is Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG), which is about a 45-minute drive from the city center. Shanghai is a vibrant and diverse city that offers something for everyone. From the city's many attractions to high-end shopping and dining experiences, there's something for everyone in Shanghai. So be sure to plan a visit to this amazing city and make your "China Road Trip" a memorable one.

China Road Trip at a glance

We believe that the presented road trip idea has become a great inspiration for your future travels.
Our tour can be used as a foundation that can be recreated in its entirety or only partially and that can be enriched with interesting tourist attractions.
If you are planning on travelling by car in China, there are a number of vital road rules to follow and a bunch of elements to bear in mind to make your road adventure safe. The following road rules will surely become useful for all holidaymakers considering car rental or hiring a camper in China.
It is vital to be mindful of the local traffic rules when on a trip around China. Alcohol is best to be avoided at all costs while moving in a car around China. Holidayers should remember that the allowed consumption limit is low and equals only 0.2‰. In order to avoid speeding offence, it is best to never exceed 60km/h, which is the maximum speed when travelling around the the city streets. When it comes to non-build-up areas, you should bear in mind that the maximum car speed is 80km/h. Avoid exceeding the maximum car speed of 120km/h when travelling along motorways. We recommend driving with your headlights on at daytime and equipping your car with a fire extinguisher and first aid kit for your own safety.
The majority of drivers wonder about the costs of the whole tour. The budget option that you choose determines the amount of money that you have to spend during the whole tour. Check out the available budget possibilities.
We estimate that the cheapest offer when it comes to gasoline to cover the planned 10,216km while travelling around China may cost roughly 1,375 EUR. Economy accommodation options can cost you around 1,617 EUR. Tourists who go for this option will spend more or less 1,680 EUR on food and restaurants. Travellers will have to pay around 6,300 EUR if they choose the cheapest hire car option as well. Thus, the estimated cost of the whole trip will amount to 4,672 EUR if you are interested in the option without vehicle rental and 10,972 EUR if you will rent a vehicle.
Holidaymakers who are interested in greater comfort and the standard option will pay more or less 1,838 EUR for the gasoline needed to cover the itinerary. If you are into standard accommodation options, expect that the expenses may amount up to about 2,772 EUR. Holidayers may expect that the standard option in terms of food and restaurants will cost more or less 2,520 EUR. Travellers who want to cover the trip in a standard hire vehicle can expect a cost of about 18,900 EUR. Summing up the standard offer, the estimated cost of the road trip will total about 26,030 EUR for holidayers who would like to try vehicle rental and 7,130 EUR for those who are not interested in renting.
The highest level of comfort of the premium option will come up to the expectations of the most demanding travellers. Drivers who would like to rent a car will pay approximately 38,314 EUR for the whole China Road Trip, whereas those who are not interested in vehicle rental will spend approximately 11,854 EUR. Travellers who would like to cover the trip in a premium hire vehicle should expect a cost of around 26,460 EUR. If you are interested in the highest standard of the tour, you will pay around 2,488 EUR for gasoline. Drivers who are interested in top services in all aspects of their itinerary should expect to pay around 3,360 EUR for restaurants and food and around 6,006 EUR for hotels.
Our tour is also an excellent opportunity for all camper enthusiasts. When it comes to this means of transport, the expenses may amount to around 7,875 EUR. If you are wondering about the money that has to be spent on gasoline during the whole itinerary, it will amount to approximately 2,763 EUR. Holidayers who are interested in camper hire should expect to pay about 1,925 EUR for overnight stays and approximately 1,680 EUR for expenses connected with food.
You can check all of the details connected with costs in the section Road Trip Costs.
The period between March and May is perfect to explore the part of China described in our China Road Trip. If China Road Trip has inspired you, you should see other exciting journeys that are available on our website. We hope that the great variety of trips will surely meet the expectations of the most demanding holidaymakers.

Facts for safer driving in China

drink drive limit drink drive limit 0.2
max speed urban max speed urban 60 km/h
max speed rural max speed rural 80 km/h
max speed highway max speed highway 120 km/h
headlights at daytime headlights at daytime on
fire extinguisher fire extinguisher yes
tolls tolls yes
seat belts seat belts yes

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