22 days in China Itinerary

22 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Beijing
— 4 nights
Fly
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Xi'an
— 1 night
Drive
3
Jiuzhaigou County
— 1 night
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Emeishan
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Lhasa
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Lijiang
— 1 night
Fly
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Hong Kong
— 4 nights
Fly
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Shanghai
— 4 nights
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Hangzhou
— 1 night
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Beijing

— 4 nights
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Heaven, and try out the rides at Olympic Park.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Beijing road trip planning site.

Fresno, USA to Beijing is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Traveling from Fresno to Beijing, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fresno in June, expect nights in Beijing to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 88°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 7:

Xi'an

— 1 night

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
On the 8th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Xi'an travel route builder website.

Fly from Beijing to Xi'an in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in June, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Xi'an

Find places to stay Jun 7 — 8:

Jiuzhaigou County

— 1 night
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO. Some of the natural sites are considered holy by the local Tibetan and Qiang minorities, with many legends and anecdotes associated with each lake, waterfall, off-shoot valley, and snowcapped peak.
On the 9th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Jiuzhaigou County road trip tool.

Drive from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Emeishan.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 9:
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Emeishan

— 2 nights
A city forever linked with the mountain of the same name, Emeishan sits next to one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China, now a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wannian Temple and then pause for some photo ops at Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Emei Mountain.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Emeishan trip builder website.

You can drive from Jiuzhaigou County to Emeishan in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 9 — 11:

Lhasa

— 2 nights
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Potala Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokhang Temple, and then Head underground at Chimpu Caves. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sera Monastery and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lhasa online route planner.

Fly from Emeishan to Lhasa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 13:

Lijiang

— 1 night

Suzhou on the Plateau

The cultural capital of the Naxi people, one of the 55 minority ethnic groups in the country, Lijang traces its history back over 800 years, with the city developing from a trading post on the ancient Southern Silk Road.
On the 14th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Dragon Pond Park and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lijiang day trip app.

You can fly from Lhasa to Lijiang in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 14:

Hong Kong

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 15th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 16th (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), indulge your senses at Secret Food Tours Hong Kong, get curious at Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, and take a leisurely stroll along Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hong Kong itinerary builder.

Getting from Lijiang to Hong Kong by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In June in Hong Kong, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 82°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 18:

Shanghai

— 4 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.
Spend the 22nd (Tue) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to The Bund (Wai Tan), enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, admire the striking features of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and get great views at Jin Mao Tower.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Shanghai road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Shanghai in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Hong Kong in June, with highs in Shanghai at 83°F and lows at 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Tours · Shopping · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 22:

Hangzhou

— 1 night

Paradise on Earth

Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): make a trip to Hangzhou Wang Village and then go for a walk through West Lake (Xi Hu).

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hangzhou trip planner.

Traveling by car from Shanghai to Hangzhou takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Hangzhou are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 23:
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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.