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most stunning and doable sights in 7 days in China?

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most stunning and doable sights in 7 days in China?

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.

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1. Re: most stunning and doable sights in 7 days in China?

I'll repost this in the general China forum -- just realized it snuck into Xi-An

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2. Re: most stunning and doable sights in 7 days in China?

7 days will not allow you to visit Jiexiu or Pingyao. Beijing deserves 4-5 days (Jinshanling-Simatai Great Wall recommanded, others are common sights i think. Be aware beijing and places all around it is very touristly developed.)

Than here leave Guilin/yangshuo (3 days) and Shanxi area (Pingyao, Wang's compond and Zhangbi are recommanded). You will probably chose one from 2 to fit your 7 days.

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