We are going to China for the first time in June/July for 16 days. Have our family of 5, with 3 kids, ages 9,13,17.
Day 1: Flight
Day 2-5: Beijing -see usual sites
Day 6-7: Xian - Terracotta Soldiers
Day 8-9 Chengdu -Visit Panda Breeding Center
Day 10-12: Shanghai include side trip to a watertown (which one best?)
Day 13-16: Hong Kong
I could extend our trip by an extra 1-2 days if needed.
I don't plan to go on a guided tour but rather use a private driver/guide and car. Would I be able to do without in any cities? I hear Hong Kong is okay to do on your own.
Would everyone recommend intercity flights between all the cities?
When should I purchase these flights? Ahead of time or wait til get to China. And where should I purchase if buy in China?
Also all the hotels I looked at seem to require 2 rooms for the amount of people I have, which I really prefer 1 room with the kids. Any suggestions or recommendations on places to stay?
Appreciate any advice. Thanks.