38 days in China Itinerary

38 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China sightseeing planner

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Lijiang
— 1 night
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Emeishan
— 2 nights
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Chengdu
— 3 nights
Fly
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Xi'an
— 3 nights
Fly
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Beijing
— 5 nights
Fly
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Harbin
— 4 nights
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Nanjing
— 3 nights
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Suzhou
— 3 nights
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Shanghai
— 5 nights
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Xiamen
— 2 nights
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Hong Kong
— 6 nights
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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.
Keep things going the next day: admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lijiang driving holiday planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Lijiang is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to China Standard Time, which is usually a 2.5 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Emeishan.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 13:

Emeishan

— 2 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.
On the 14th (Sun), admire the striking features of Baoguo Temple and then appreciate the history behind Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo). Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Emei Mountain.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Emeishan route planner.

Traveling by flight from Lijiang to Emeishan takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Chengdu.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 15:

Chengdu

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum and Jinsha Site Museum. Let the collections at Sanhe Classic Car Museum and Chengdu Museum (Old Hall) capture your imagination. Change things up with a short trip to Sichuan Cuisine Museum in Pi County (about 54 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), stop by Suit Republic, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take an in-depth tour of Chengdu Museum New Hall.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Chengdu route planner.

Getting from Emeishan to Chengdu by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February in Chengdu, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Chengdu

Museums · Spas · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 18:

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.
The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Shaanxi History Museum and Tang Bo Art Museum. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), take in panoramic vistas at Xi'an Bell Tower, and don't miss a visit to Muslim Quarter.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Xi'an trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from Chengdu to Xi'an in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Chengdu in February, expect Xi'an to be slightly colder, temps between 11°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Find places to stay Feb 18 — 21:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). Museum-lovers will appreciate The Palace Museum and Beijing Ancient Architecture Museum Xiannongtan Temple. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), fly down the slopes at Jundushan Ski, steep yourself in history at Peking Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling (Song Qingling Guju), and take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Beijing trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Xi'an to Beijing in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Xi'an in February; daily highs in Beijing reach 6°C and lows reach -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Harbin.

Things to do in Beijing

Find places to stay Feb 21 — 26:

Harbin

— 4 nights

Ice City

The influence of neighboring Russia remains visible throughout much of Harbin, with the country's northernmost metropolis possessing an intoxicating eclecticism in its architecture, food, and art.
Get some cultural insight at Saint Sophia Cathedral and HaErBin GuiHua ZhanLanGuan. Museum-lovers will get to explore ZhongGuo MuDiao YiShuGuan and Unit 731 Museum. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Harbin Ice and Snow World, take an in-depth tour of The Northeast Martyrs Memorial, walk around Zhaolin Park, and don't miss a visit to Zhongyang Pedestrian Street.

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You can fly from Beijing to Harbin in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in February, expect Harbin to be much colder, temps between -7°C and -23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Nanjing.

Things to do in Harbin

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 2:

Nanjing

— 3 nights
Located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing was the capital city of numerous dynasties over the ages.
Presidential palace of Nanjing and Nanjing Museum (Nanjing Bowuyuan) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre and Sifang Art Museum. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Bailuzhou Park, get engrossed in the history at Six Dynasties Museum, and contemplate the long history of Jiming Temple.

Plan trip to Nanjing with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Fly from Harbin to Nanjing in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Harbin in March, expect Nanjing to be much warmer, temps between 19°C and 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Nanjing

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 5:

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.
Suzhou Museum and Tongli Town are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Xitang Ancient Town in Jiashan County (about 1h 5 min away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Luzhi Town, walk around The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, get to know the fascinating history of Shantang Street, and admire the natural beauty at Humble Administrator's Garden.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Suzhou trip itinerary website.

Take a train from Nanjing to Suzhou in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Nanjing in March since evenings lows in Suzhou dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 5 — 8:

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 Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) and Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Jade Buddha Temple. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, shop like a local with Three on the Bund, visit Taikang Road, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Longhua Temple.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Shanghai trip builder.

Traveling by train from Suzhou to Shanghai takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Shanghai when traveling from Suzhou in March, with lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Xiamen.

Things to do in Shanghai

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 13:

Xiamen

— 2 nights

Garden Island

Known for centuries as a gateway to China, the port city of Xiamen has become a destination in itself, first to domestic visitors and now to a growing number of people from across the world.
On the 14th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Xiamen Piano Museum, examine the collection at Yuyuan Garden, and then shop like a local with Gulangyu. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: gain insight at Xiamen University, then engage your brain at Xiamen Youth Science and Technology Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Guanyin Temple.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Xiamen day trip planner.

Getting from Shanghai to Xiamen by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In March, Xiamen is somewhat warmer than Shanghai - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Xiamen

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 15:

Hong Kong

— 6 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Lantau island and Po Lin Monastery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Hong Kong Museum of History and Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences. Pack the 19th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 20th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), walk around Nan Lian Garden, don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lo Hon Monastery.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong online trip builder.

You can fly from Xiamen to Hong Kong in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Xiamen in March since evenings lows in Hong Kong dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 21:

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.