35 days in China Itinerary

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Luanping County
— 1 day
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Beijing
— 5 nights
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Shanghai
— 5 nights
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Suzhou
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hong Kong
— 5 nights
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Yangshuo County
— 3 nights
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Lijiang
— 2 nights
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8
Lhasa
— 3 nights
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Emeishan
— 3 nights
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10
Chengdu
— 2 nights
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Xi'an
— 3 nights
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Luanping County — 1 day

Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): see Jinshanling Great Wall.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Luanping County trip itinerary planner.

Beijing to Luanping County is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car 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.
Spend the 29th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Mutianyu Great Wall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Temple of Heaven, admire the landmark architecture of The Palace Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Beijing trip itinerary planning tool.

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 your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can fly 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: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), get engrossed in the history at Shanghai Development Exhibition Hall, and make a trip to Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Shanghai route planner.

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Beijing in September since evenings lows in Shanghai dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Suzhou.
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Suzhou — 3 nights

Venice of the East

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.
When in Suzhou, make a side trip to see Xitang Ancient Town in Jiashan County, approximately Jiashan County away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Tongli Town, examine the collection at Suzhou Museum, walk around The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Shantang Street.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Suzhou travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Shanghai to Suzhou takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) 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 11th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline, walk around Nan Lian Garden, and take a leisurely stroll along Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

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Traveling by flight from Suzhou to Hong Kong takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Yangshuo County.
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Yangshuo County — 3 nights

Yangshuo County, the area surrounding a popular tourist resort town, boasts a landscape featuring all the ingredients necessary to attract a flood of tourists.
Pack the 16th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Guilin Romance Park. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at South China Karst, grab your bike and head to Bike Asia Cycling Tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Yulong River, and take some stellar pictures from Xianggong Mountain.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yangshuo County trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Hong Kong to Yangshuo County takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Hong Kong in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Yangshuo County, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): ponder the design of Black Dragon Pond Park and then make a trip to Old Town of Lijiang - China. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Three Parallel Rivers National Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lijiang route planner.

You can fly from Yangshuo County to Lijiang in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Yangshuo County in September, you will find days in Lijiang are little chillier (28°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to fly 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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Potala Palace, contemplate the long history of Sera Monastery, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and admire the striking features of Ani Tsankhung Nunnery.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lhasa trip planner.

You can fly from Lijiang to Lhasa in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Lijiang in September, you will find days in Lhasa are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are colder (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Emeishan.
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Emeishan — 3 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.
When in Emeishan, make a side trip to see Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) in Leshan, approximately Leshan away. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Emei Mountain, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wannian Temple, and delve into the distant past at Baoguo Temple.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Emeishan trip itinerary app.

Fly from Lhasa to Emeishan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): stop by West China Center of Medical Sciences, get engrossed in the history at Jinsha Site Museum, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Happy Valley of Chengdu, then identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), and then walk around Beihu Park.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Chengdu trip planner.

You can drive from Emeishan to Chengdu in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Chengdu are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Xi'an.
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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 28th (Wed) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, make a trip to Kaiyuan Square, contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and admire the striking features of Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qin Dynasty of Xi'an.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Xi'an road trip planner.

Fly from Chengdu to Xi'an in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Chengdu in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Xi'an, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to fly 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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