33 days in China Itinerary

33 days in China Itinerary

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Fly
1
Beijing
— 5 nights
Fly
2
Xi'an
— 4 nights
Fly to Jiuzhai Huanglong, Bus to Jiuzhaigou County
3
Jiuzhaigou County
— 2 nights
Bus to Song Pan airport, Fly to Chengdu
4
Chengdu
— 1 night
Fly
5
Lhasa
— 4 nights
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6
Lijiang
— 1 night
Fly
7
Hong Kong
— 5 nights
Fly
8
Huangshan
— 1 night
Train
9
Shanghai
— 5 nights
Fly to Beijing Capital, Bus to Luanping County
10
Luanping County
— 2 nights
Drive to Beijing Capital International Airport, Fly to Nashville

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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 17th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, take some stellar pictures from Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), and contemplate the long history of Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Beijing trip maker tool.

Nashville, USA to Beijing is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to China Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Beijing can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Xi'an.
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Xi'an — 4 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 19th (Fri) 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, don't miss a visit to Xi'an Bell Tower, delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), and walk around Celebration Palace Park.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Xi'an route planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Xi'an takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In July in Xi'an, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.
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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Nuorilang Waterfall and then admire the sheer force of Pearl Shoal Waterfalls.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to 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 24th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wenshu Yuan Monastery, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kuanzhai Alley.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Chengdu trip itinerary planning site.

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 July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Lhasa.
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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, wildlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Potala Palace, appreciate the history behind Monument of Alliance Between Tang Dynasty and Tibetan Regime, steep yourself in history at Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), and admire the striking features of Ani Tsankhung Nunnery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lhasa trip builder tool.

You can fly from Chengdu to Lhasa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Chengdu in July: highs in Lhasa hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can fly to Lijiang.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China, then walk around Black Dragon Pond Park, and then take a stroll through Ancient City Zhongyi Market.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lijiang journey website.

You can fly from Lhasa to Lijiang in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Lhasa in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Lijiang, with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to fly 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 30th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 31st (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, step off the mainland to explore Lantau island, and take a leisurely stroll along Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hong Kong attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Lijiang to Hong Kong takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lijiang in July, expect nights in Hong Kong to be somewhat warmer, around 81°F, while days are warmer, around 91°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Huangshan.
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Huangshan — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Xihai Great Canyon and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Huangshan.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Huangshan trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Huangshan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Shanghai.
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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.
Shanghai is known for sightseeing, shopping, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Bund (Wai Tan), take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, admire the landmark architecture of Jade Buddha Temple, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Shanghai trip app.

You can take a train from Huangshan to Shanghai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Shanghai sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 79°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Luanping County.
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Luanping County — 2 nights

On the 10th (Sat), see Jinshanling Great Wall.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Luanping County route builder app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Shanghai to Luanping County in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or drive. You will leave for home on the 11th (Sun).
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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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