32 days in China Itinerary

32 days in China Itinerary

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32 days in China Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Beijing
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Shanghai
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Suzhou
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Huangshan
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Bus:  4 h 30 min
5
Hong Kong
— 5 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly + Bus:  6 h 15 min
6
Xi'an
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6 h 45 min
7
Jiuzhaigou County
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 45 min
8
Chengdu
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 15 min
9
Lijiang
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h
10
Lhasa
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  21 h 45 min
End: Lisbon

4
nights
Beijing

Beijing ©
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: hike along Mutianyu Great Wall, ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven, find something for the whole family at Olympic Park, and get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong).

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Lisbon, Portugal to Beijing is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in March; daily highs in Beijing reach 17°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

4
nights
Shanghai

Shanghai ©
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 shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), get to know the fascinating history of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and admire the landmark architecture of Jin Mao Tower.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Shanghai trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Shanghai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Beijing in March since evenings lows in Shanghai dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

3
nights
Suzhou

Suzhou ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Suzhou side-trips: Xitang Ancient Town (in Jiashan County) and Shaxi Ancient Town (in Taicang). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Tongli Town, appreciate the extensive heritage of Shantang Street, walk around The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, and examine the collection at Suzhou Garden Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Suzhou trip planner.

You can take a train from Shanghai to Suzhou in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Huangshan.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shaxi Ancient Town, Xitang Ancient Town
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 4:
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Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
Tongli Town ©
Tongli Town
Suzhou Garden Museum ©
Suzhou Garden Museum

1
night
Huangshan

Huangshan ©
Named after the "Yellow Mountains" with which the region has long been associated, Huangshan offers access to UNESCO-listed sites both natural and man-made.
On the 5th (Sun), walk around Huangshan Geopark and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Huangshan.

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You can fly from Suzhou to Huangshan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Huangshan

Parks Nature
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Mt. Huangshan ©
Mt. Huangshan
Huangshan Geopark ©
Huangshan Geopark

5
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Hong Kong is known for shopping, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Hong Kong Disneyland, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, don't miss a visit to Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, and try out the rides at Ocean Park.

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You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Huangshan to Hong Kong in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Nature
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

3
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Xi'an is known for museums, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, make a trip to Muslim Quarter, steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and explore the world behind art at Tang Bo Art Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Xi'an online road trip planner.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Hong Kong to Xi'an in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. While traveling from Hong Kong, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Xi'an, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

2
nights
Jiuzhaigou County

Jiuzhaigou County ©
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
On the 14th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve and then don't miss a visit to Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center. Keep things going the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Rize Valley and then look for all kinds of wild species at Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Jiuzhaigou County online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County by combination of flight and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve ©
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve
Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center ©
Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center

2
nights
Chengdu

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 16th (Thu): stroll around Beihu Park, then identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), and then take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum. On your second day here, get outside with Sichuan Tibet Highway (southern route) and then gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Chengdu online journey planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Chengdu in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In April, daytime highs in Chengdu are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Chengdu

Tours Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Sichuan Tibet Highway (southern route)
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Rail Tours
Jinsha Site Museum ©
Jinsha Site Museum

2
nights
Lijiang

Lijiang ©
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 18th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Moon Valley and then explore the striking landscape of Three Parallel Rivers National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lijiang road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Chengdu to Lijiang in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Three Parallel Rivers National Park ©
Three Parallel Rivers National Park
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Black Dragon Pond Park ©
Black Dragon Pond Park

3
nights
Lhasa

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Potala Palace, steep yourself in history at Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lhasa trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Lijiang to Lhasa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple

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