37 days in China Itinerary

37 days in China Itinerary

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37 days in China Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Xi'an
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6 h 45 min
2
Jiuzhaigou County
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  9 h 15 min
3
Lhasa
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h
4
Lijiang
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Chengdu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Emeishan
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  6 h 30 min
7
Sanya
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Train:  5 h
8
Hong Kong
— 4 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly:  4 h 30 min
9
Huangshan
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
10
Shanghai
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
11
Beijing
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h
12
Zhangjiajie
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Manchester

3
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Get some cultural insight at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and Chateau de Coiffe Nivolle. Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) and Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Xi'an: Huayin (Yuquan Courtyard of Huashan, Mount Huashan, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xi'an Mosque, make a trip to Xi'an Bell Tower, admire the masterpieces at Tang Bo Art Museum, and take in the natural beauty of Huaqing Palace.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Xi'an trip itinerary builder.

Manchester, UK to Xi'an is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Xi'an is 8 hours. Traveling from Manchester in May, things will get a bit warmer in Xi'an: highs are around 30°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Huayin
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Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

1
night
Jiuzhaigou County

Jiuzhaigou County
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
On the 19th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Wildlife Parks
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3
nights
Lhasa

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Popular historic sites such as Potala Palace and Sera Monastery are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Jokhang Temple and Chimpu Caves. And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, get outside with Outdoor Activities, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and make a trip to Barkhor Street.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lhasa online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Jiuzhaigou County to Lhasa in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Lhasa can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Off-Road Tours
Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple

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 23rd (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lashi Lake, then visit Ancient City Zhongyi Market, and then steep yourself in history at Mufu Palace. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Blue Moon Valley, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lijiang Spruce Plain, then steep yourself in history at Shuhe Ancient Town, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lijiang travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lhasa to Lijiang takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Lijiang

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lijiang Spruce Plain
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Lashi Lake ©
Lashi Lake
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town

2
nights
Chengdu

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 25th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Qingcheng, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi). On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Jinli Pedestrian Street, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kuanzhai Alley, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wenshu Yuan Monastery, and finally explore the world behind art at Sanhe Classic Car Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Chengdu tour builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Lijiang to Chengdu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In May in Chengdu, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Emeishan.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Mount Qingcheng ©
Mount Qingcheng
Jinli Pedestrian Street
Jinli Pedestrian Street

2
nights
Emeishan

Emeishan ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wannian Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Emei Mountain, and then admire the natural beauty at Emei Mountain Rare Botanical Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo), then admire the landmark architecture of Baoguo Temple, and then identify plant and animal life at Mt. Emei Natural Ecology Monkey Reserve.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Emeishan itinerary builder app .

Drive from Chengdu to Emeishan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Emeishan

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
Find places to stay May 26 — 28:
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Emei Mountain ©
Emei Mountain
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) ©
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
Baoguo Temple ©
Baoguo Temple

3
nights
Sanya

Sanya ©
The climate and coastline bring visitors from far and wide on vacations to Sanya, with its 40 km (25 mi) of shoreline almost entirely devoted to tourism.
Get in touch with nature at Yalong Bay and Sanya River Birds Nature Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Tianya Haijiao, witness a stunning natural landmark at Shenzhou First Spring, hike along Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park, and observe the fascinating underwater world at The Lost Chambers Aquarium.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sanya tour planner.

Getting from Emeishan to Sanya by combination of train and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May in Sanya, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Tianya Haijiao ©
Tianya Haijiao
Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan Temple

4
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Get in touch with nature at Lantau island and Tai Long Wan. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hong Kong Museum of History and Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland, walk around Nan Lian Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), and kick back and relax at Big Wave Bay Beach.

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You can do a combination of flight and train from Sanya to Hong Kong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, subway, and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Huangshan.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Lantau island ©
Lantau island
Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) ©
Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Xihai Great Canyon and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Huangshan. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the natural beauty of Huangshan Hot Spring, delve into the distant past at Xidi Ancient Village, and then contemplate the long history of Tunxi Ancient Street.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Huangshan road trip tool .

Do a combination of train and flight from Hong Kong to Huangshan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, subway, and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Huangshan

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Xidi Ancient Village
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Mt. Huangshan ©
Mt. Huangshan
Xidi Ancient Village ©
Xidi Ancient Village
Xihai Great Canyon ©
Xihai Great Canyon

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.
The Bund (Wai Tan) and Former French Concession are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Xitang Ancient Town and Zhujiajiao Ancient Town. Step out of Shanghai to go to Jiashan County and see Yanyu Gallery, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Taikang Road, admire the landmark architecture of Jin Mao Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Xintiandi, and pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Shanghai online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Huangshan to Shanghai by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In June in Shanghai, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Jiashan County
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 10:
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town ©
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at Mutianyu Great Wall and Temple of Heaven. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling), get a taste of the local shopping with 798 Art Zone, and wander the streets of Qianmen (Zhengyangmen).

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Beijing trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Shanghai to Beijing in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Beijing when traveling from Shanghai in June, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Beijing

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

3
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Zhangjiajie Zixia Temple and then admire the verdant scenery at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Zhangjiajie online journey builder .

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Zhangjiajie takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 18:
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Zhangjiajie National Forest Park ©
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park ©
Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple ©
Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple

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