31 days in China Itinerary

31 days in China Itinerary

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Lijiang
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lhasa
— 4 nights
Fly
3
Chengdu
— 1 night
Drive
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Emeishan
— 2 nights
Fly to Jiuzhai Huanglong, Bus to Jiuzhaigou County
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 2 nights
Bus to Song Pan airport, Fly to Xi'an
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Xi'an
— 3 nights
Fly
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Beijing
— 5 nights
Fly
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Shanghai
— 5 nights
Train
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Hangzhou
— 1 night
Fly
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Hong Kong
— 5 nights
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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.
On the 2nd (Fri), admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Three Parallel Rivers National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lijiang itinerary planning app.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Lijiang is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Jakarta to Lijiang, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, Lijiang is a bit cooler than Jakarta - with highs of 24°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can fly to Lhasa.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Lhasa

— 4 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, museums, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Potala Palace, stroll through Chimpu Caves, contemplate the long history of Sera Monastery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lhasa day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Lijiang to Lhasa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Lijiang in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Lhasa, with lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Chengdu.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): stroll around Beihu Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), and then get engrossed in the history at Jinsha Site Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Chengdu trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lhasa to Chengdu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lhasa in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Chengdu: highs are around 37°C and lows about 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Emeishan.

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks · Museums · Wildlife
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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 9th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wannian Temple and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Emei Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo).

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Emeishan trip planner.

Getting from Chengdu to Emeishan by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Jiuzhaigou County

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the verdant scenery at Rize Valley and then make a trip to Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Jiuzhaigou County trip itinerary maker app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Emeishan to Jiuzhaigou County in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Nature · Parks
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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 14th (Wed) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), explore the activities along Xi'an City Sports Park, and delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Xi'an vacation builder site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Xi'an takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
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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.
Spend the 20th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: see Mutianyu Great Wall, appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), walk around Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), and pause for some photo ops at Bell and Drum Towers.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Beijing road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Beijing takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

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Shanghai

— 5 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 25th (Sun) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. The adventure continues: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), take a stroll through Former French Concession, and get great views at Jin Mao Tower.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Shanghai takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 30°C in Shanghai. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can take a train to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Crazy Apple land and then take in the pleasant sights at West Lake (Xi Hu).

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Take a train from Shanghai to Hangzhou in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Hangzhou can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Hangzhou

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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 28th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 29th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), take in the spiritual surroundings of Lantau island, make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline, and engage your brain at Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hong Kong trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Hangzhou to Hong Kong in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Hong Kong can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

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.