32 days in China Itinerary

32 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China trip planner
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Shanghai
— 4 nights
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Hong Kong
— 5 nights
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3
Xi'an
— 3 nights
Fly to Jiuzhai Huanglong, Bus to Jiuzhaigou County
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 4 nights
Bus to Song Pan airport, Fly to Leshan
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Leshan
— 1 night
Train
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Chengdu
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lhasa
— 3 nights
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Dunhuang
— 2 nights
Fly to Beijing Capital, Bus to Luanping County
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Luanping County
— 1 night
Drive
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Beijing
— 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: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Shanghai trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Shanghai is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to China Standard Time (CST) is 13 hours. Traveling from Toronto in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Shanghai: highs are around 38°C and lows about 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Hong Kong.
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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 7th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 6th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), take in the waterfront at Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and walk around Nan Lian Garden.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong journey planner.

Fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Hong Kong can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Xi'an.
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Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · 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 11th (Thu) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), and make a trip to Kaiyuan Square.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Xi'an trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Xi'an takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hong Kong in August, Xi'an is a bit cooler at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 13:

Jiuzhaigou County — 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Jiuzhaigou County side-trips: Songpan County (Huanglong Scenic Valley & Huanglong Valley). Spend the 15th (Mon) exploring nature at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Pearl Shoal Waterfalls, admire the verdant scenery at Rize Valley, and identify plant and animal life at Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Jiuzhaigou County road trip planner.

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 your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Leshan.
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Leshan — 1 night

The city of Leshan sits proudly at the confluence of three rivers, and has become known for its World Heritage Site and importance to Buddhism in the country.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) and then snap pictures at Leshan Bridge.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Leshan trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Leshan in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Chengdu.
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Chengdu — 2 nights

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 19th (Fri): stroll around Beihu Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), and then take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

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Getting from Leshan to Chengdu by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to fly to Lhasa.
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Tours · Parks · Museums · Wildlife
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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: admire the striking features of Potala Palace, see Off-Road Tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sera Monastery, and contemplate the long history of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si).

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lhasa trip maker website.

Getting from Chengdu to Lhasa by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Chengdu in August, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Lhasa: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to fly to Dunhuang.
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Find places to stay Aug 20 — 23:

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): examine the collection at DunHuang ShiKu WenWu BaoHu YanJiu ChenLie ZhongXin, Head underground at Mogao Caves, and then admire the masterpieces at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center. On the next day, stroll the grounds of Xijin Tomb and then take in the natural beauty of Crescent Moon Pool.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Dunhuang driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Dunhuang takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Luanping County.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Luanping County — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): see Jinshanling Great Wall.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Luanping County trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Dunhuang to Luanping County in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Beijing.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 26:
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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, ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven, take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Beijing travel route builder app.

Traveling by car from Luanping County to Beijing takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, daytime highs in Beijing are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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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