28 days in China Itinerary

28 days in China Itinerary

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Shanghai
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Beijing
— 5 nights
Drive
3
Luanping County
— 1 night
Bus to Dongzhimen, Fly to Xi'an
4
Xi'an
— 3 nights
Fly to Jiuzhai Huanglong, Bus to Jiuzhaigou County
5
Jiuzhaigou County
— 3 nights
Bus to Song Pan airport, Fly to Chengdu
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Chengdu
— 1 night
Fly
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Lhasa
— 3 nights
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Lijiang
— 2 nights
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Hong Kong
— 5 nights
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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.
Shanghai is known for sightseeing, shopping, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road).

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Shanghai journey maker.

Ubud, Indonesia to Shanghai is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Traveling from Ubud in July, you will find days in Shanghai are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Beijing.
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Beijing — 5 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, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), and examine the collection at National Museum Of China.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Beijing trip maker tool.

Fly from Shanghai to Beijing in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Beijing, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Luanping County.
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Luanping County — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): see Jinshanling Great Wall.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Luanping County travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Beijing to Luanping County takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Xi'an.
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Historic Sites
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Xi'an — 3 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Spend the 31st (Sun) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), admire the striking features of Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qin Dynasty of Xi'an, and steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta).

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Xi'an travel planner.

Getting from Luanping County to Xi'an by combination of bus and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or drive. In July in Xi'an, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.
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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Jiuzhaigou County — 3 nights

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Huanglong Valley in Songpan County (about 1h 30 min away). Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Pearl Shoal Waterfalls, look for all kinds of wild species at Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley, and admire the verdant scenery at Rize Valley.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Jiuzhaigou County travel route website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Chengdu.
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Chengdu — 1 night

Hibiscus City

The home of giant pandas for more than two million years, Chengdu's vast human history cowers in comparison to the natural heritage of the area.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum, identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), and then walk around Beihu Park.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Chengdu trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Chengdu takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Lhasa.
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Lhasa — 3 nights

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Lhasa is known for historic sites, wildlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Potala Palace, see Off-Road Tours, contemplate the long history of Sera Monastery, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lhasa attractions planner.

You can fly from Chengdu to Lhasa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Chengdu in August: highs in Lhasa hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Lijiang.
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Lijiang — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Three Parallel Rivers National Park.

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Fly from Lhasa to Lijiang in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Lhasa in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in Lijiang. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Hong Kong.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Hong Kong — 5 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 13th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 15th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, step off the mainland to explore Lantau island, and make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong trip planner.

Fly from Lijiang to Hong Kong in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lijiang in August, you will find days in Hong Kong are much warmer (38°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (32°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature
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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.
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