21 days in China Itinerary

21 days in China Itinerary

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Xi'an
— 2 nights
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Zhangjiajie
— 3 nights
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Shanghai
— 2 nights
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Suzhou
— 2 nights
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Macau
— 2 nights
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Sanya
— 2 nights
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Lhasa
— 3 nights
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Dunhuang
— 2 nights
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Xi'an

— 2 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
On the 12th (Sat), examine the collection at Xi'an Museum, then explore the world behind art at Tang Bo Art Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Shaanxi History Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Forest of Stone Steles Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on Travel China Guide.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Xi'an trip planning website.

Lima, Peru to Xi'an is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lima to Xi'an is 13 hours. Traveling from Lima in June, expect nights in Xi'an to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Xi'an

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 13:

Zhangjiajie

— 3 nights
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Explore hidden gems such as Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park and Tianzi Mountain. Take a break from the city and head to Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Xibu Street.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Zhangjiajie trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Zhangjiajie takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Shanghai.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 16:

Shanghai

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Orient

With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): examine the collection at Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, then wander the streets of Former French Concession, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Tian Zi Fang, and finally explore the activities along Huangpu River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at Shanghai Natural History Museum (Jing'an), see the interesting displays at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai Tower, and finally wander the streets of Pudong New Area.

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Getting from Zhangjiajie to Shanghai by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Suzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 18:

Suzhou

— 2 nights

Venice of the East

One of the oldest settlements in the Yangtze basin, Suzhou remains a complex, labyrinthine set of old canal districts, World Heritage gardens, and sprawling modern developments.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Humble Administrator's Garden, then examine the collection at Suzhou Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lion Forest Garden, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Pingjiang Road. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Tiger Hill, take in nature's colorful creations at The Lingering Garden, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Shantang Street, and finally stroll around The Classical Gardens of Suzhou.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Suzhou online attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Shanghai to Suzhou takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Macau.

Things to do in Suzhou

Find places to stay Jun 18 — 20:

Macau

— 2 nights
Vacation in Macau to discover one of the world's richest cities organized as an autonomous region of China that, until 1999, was administered by Portugal.
On the 21st (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, browse the different shops at City of Dreams, then tour or see a show at Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre, and finally admire the architecture and history at Our Lady of Penha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museu De Arte Sacra, see the interesting displays at Macao Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Monte Forte (Fortaleza do Monte), then visit a coastal fixture at Guia Fortress, and finally contemplate the long history of Mandarin's House.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Macau trip website.

You can fly from Suzhou to Macau in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to fly to Sanya.

Things to do in Macau

Find places to stay Jun 20 — 22:

Sanya

— 2 nights

Gateway to the South

The climate and coastline bring visitors from far and wide on vacations to Sanya, with its 40 km (25 mi) of shoreline almost entirely devoted to tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yalong Bay, and then take in the natural beauty of Sanya Zhujiang Nantian Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): browse the different shops at Pineapple Shopping Center and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanshan Temple.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Sanya trip app.

You can fly from Macau to Sanya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Sanya can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Lhasa.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 24:

Lhasa

— 3 nights
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Visiting Off-Road Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sera Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lhasa trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Sanya to Lhasa in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. When traveling from Sanya in June, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Lhasa: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 24 — 27:

Dunhuang

— 2 nights
Once a vital stop-off on the Silk Road trade route, Dunhuang today offers travelers of all persuasions a place to rest in the middle of the desert.
On the 28th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Grotto Art Exhibition Center, then Head underground at Mogao Caves, then explore the world behind art at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center, and finally get engrossed in the history at Dunhuang Museum. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at MoGao TeChan ZhanShiYuan, then take in the awesome beauty at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain, then take in the natural beauty of Crescent Moon Pool, and finally take an in-depth tour of Dunhuang Folk Museum.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Dunhuang road trip website.

You can fly from Lhasa to Dunhuang in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 29:

China travel guide

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With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.