I will have 7 days in China and would very much appreciate your advice on an itinerary that is not comprehensive, but would give me an opportunity to see some stunning sights and capture a bit of the history and allow to observe life, but without repetition. This will be my first trip to Asia.
I'm thinking Beijing (including the Great Wall), Jiexiu, and Yangshuo/Guilin. (Basing this on some pictures I've seen, but I could very well be missing some other very beautiful places.) I am probably going to avoid Shanghai -- less interested in the skyscraper big city life.
1. Does this seem doable and how would I travel in between sights?
2. Is there a short loop around Beijing with perhaps less well-known but also beautiful attractions that would make more sense for a 7 day trip?
Thank you very much! I realize it's an incredibly short stay for China, but hope your advice will help me shape the trip.