38 days in China Itinerary

38 days in China Itinerary

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38 days in China Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Beijing
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Datong
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Xi'an
— 3 nights
4
Zhangjiajie
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Shanghai
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
6
Suzhou
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Sanya
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
8
Lijiang
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Shangri-La County
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
10
Lhasa
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
11
Dunhuang
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
End: Ljubljana

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.
Visiting Mutianyu Great Wall and Back Lakes (Hou Hai) will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dong Yue Miao (Dongyue Temple), examine the collection at National Museum Of China, and take a stroll through 798 Art Zone.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Beijing online route maker .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Beijing is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ljubljana to Beijing is 7 hours. Traveling from Ljubljana in August, things will get a bit warmer in Beijing: highs are around 37°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Datong.

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

1
night
Datong

Datong ©
The old city of Datong has an interesting and complicated history of development, sacking, and rebuilding.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): admire the striking features of Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si), Head underground at Yungang Grottoes, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Huayan Temple of Datong.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Datong trip maker .

Traveling by car from Beijing to Datong takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Datong

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Yungang Grottoes ©
Yungang Grottoes
Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si) ©
Huayan Temple of Datong ©
Huayan Temple of Datong

3
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Xi'an Mosque and The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Explore hidden gems such as Mount Huashan and Small Goose Pagoda. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Xi'an Bell Tower, stroll the grounds of Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling), make a trip to Sanqing Hall of Daminggong Palace, and delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang).

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Xi'an driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Datong to Xi'an in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August in Xi'an, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Mount Huashan
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Xi'an Mosque ©
Xi'an Mosque
Xi'an Bell Tower ©
Xi'an Bell Tower

4
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Take a break from the city and head to Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie and Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tianzi Mountain and Golden Whip Brook. On the 2nd (Mon), enjoy a day of scenic exploration at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Suoxiyu Nature Reserve and enjoy breathtaking views from Huangshi Village.

To plan Zhangjiajie vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Zhangjiajie takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Wildlife
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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.
Visit The Bund (Wai Tan) and Former French Concession for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Food Tours and Huangpu River. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Pudong New Area, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Longhua Temple, see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

Find out how to plan Shanghai trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Zhangjiajie to Shanghai by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Shanghai can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession
Pudong New Area ©
Pudong New Area

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Humble Administrator's Garden and Xitang Ancient Town. Get a sense of the local culture at The Lingering Garden and The Classical Gardens of Suzhou. Step out of Suzhou with an excursion to Wuzhen Water Town in Tongxiang--about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Tongli Town, examine the collection at Suzhou Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Shantang Street, and admire the natural beauty at Lion Forest Garden.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Suzhou road trip planning tool .

Getting from Shanghai to Suzhou by train takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of subway and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Suzhou

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Xitang Ancient Town, Wuzhen Water Town
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Humble Administrator's Garden ©
Humble Administrator's Garden
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
The Lingering Garden ©
The Lingering Garden

2
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nanshan Temple and Xisha Martyrs Cemetery. Escape the urban bustle at Yalong Bay and Sanya Zhujiang Nantian Spa. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Sanya Redaiyulin Square, trek along Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park, stroll around Luhuitou Park, and stroll through Tianya Haijiao.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sanya online tour planner .

Getting from Suzhou to Sanya by combination of bus and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. September in Sanya sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan 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.
Popular historic sites such as Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain and Mufu Palace are in your itinerary. Shuhe Ancient Town and Puji Temple, Lijiang are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 18th (Wed) exploring nature at Three Parallel Rivers National Park. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China, delve into the distant past at Beiyue Temple of Lijiang, cruise along Blue Moon Valley, and ponder the design of Black Dragon Pond Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lijiang trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Sanya to Lijiang by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. Traveling from Sanya in September, you will find days in Lijiang are little chillier (28°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yulong County
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Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain ©
Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain
Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China

2
nights
Shangri-La County

Shangri-La County ©
Known previously as Zhongdian, Shangri-La County gained its current name in an attempt by city officials to promote tourism.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): walk around Guishan Park and then explore the stunning scenery at Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lanyue Mountain Valley, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumtsaling Monastery, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bitahai Lake.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Shangri-La County journey tool .

Traveling by car from Lijiang to Shangri-La County takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Bitahai Lake
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Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) ©
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)
Sumtsaling Monastery
Sumtsaling Monastery
Bitahai Lake ©
Bitahai Lake

3
nights
Lhasa

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden) and Barkhor Street. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jokhang Temple and Climbing Tours. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sera Monastery, contemplate the long history of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), take an in-depth tour of Potala Palace, and gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights.

Find out how to plan Lhasa trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Shangri-La County to Lhasa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Lhasa are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Barkhor Street ©
Barkhor Street
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden) ©

1
night
Dunhuang

Dunhuang ©
Once a vital stop-off on the Silk Road trade route, Dunhuang today offers travelers of all persuasions a place to rest in the middle of the desert.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Xijin Tomb, tour the pleasant surroundings at West Lake Nature Reserve of Dunhuang, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mogao Caves, and finally explore the world behind art at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Crescent Moon Pool, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain, then see the interesting displays at DunHuang ShiKu WenWu BaoHu YanJiu ChenLie ZhongXin, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dunhuang Leiyin Temple.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Dunhuang online vacation planner .

Fly from Lhasa to Dunhuang in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Mogao Caves ©
Mogao Caves
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain ©
Dunhuang Leiyin Temple ©
Dunhuang Leiyin Temple

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