40 days in China Itinerary

40 days in China Itinerary

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40 days in China Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Lhasa
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h
2
Lijiang
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Chengdu
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  5 h 45 min
4
Jiuzhaigou County
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  6 h 45 min
5
Xi'an
— 4 nights
+4
Bus + Fly + Bus + Foot + Train:  6 h 15 min
6
Hong Kong
— 5 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4 h 30 min
7
Huangshan
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Suzhou
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
9
Shanghai
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6 h 15 min
10
Harbin
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 15 min
11
Beijing
— 5 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Tel Aviv

2
nights
Lhasa

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Potala Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nechung Monastery and Temple, contemplate the long history of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), and see Off-Road Tours.

To find out how to plan a trip to Lhasa, use our trip itinerary maker.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Lhasa is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Lhasa, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in פברואר, you will find days in Lhasa are little chillier (13°C), and nights are much colder (-2°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): cruise along Blue Moon Valley and then explore the striking landscape of Three Parallel Rivers National Park. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Lijiang sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Lhasa to Lijiang in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Three Parallel Rivers National Park ©
Three Parallel Rivers National Park
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Black Dragon Pond Park ©
Black Dragon Pond Park

4
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.
Explore Chengdu's surroundings by going to Baoguo Temple (in Emeishan), Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum (in Guanghan) and Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) (in Leshan). Spend the 26th (Wed) exploring nature at Dujiangyan Irrigation System. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi) and take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum.

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Fly from Lijiang to Chengdu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In פברואר in Chengdu, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum, Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo), Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Baoguo Temple
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Baoguo Temple ©
Baoguo Temple
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) ©
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)

2
nights
Jiuzhaigou County

Jiuzhaigou County ©
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): appreciate the views at Shuzheng Valley and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Rize Valley and then look for all kinds of wild species at Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Jiuzhaigou County attractions planner.

Getting from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou County by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve ©
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve

4
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
On the 3rd (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, admire the striking features of Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qin Dynasty of Xi'an, explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), and make a trip to Kaiyuan Square.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Xi'an tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Xi'an in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In פברואר, daytime highs in Xi'an are 11°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 3:
Highlights from your plan
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

5
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Hong Kong is known for shopping, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Hong Kong Disneyland, take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History, have fun at Sandbox VR, and pause for some photo ops at Lantau island.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong road trip site.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Xi'an to Hong Kong in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in מרץ, you will find days in Hong Kong are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are warmer (20°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Huangshan.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Huangshan: She County (Xuguo Stone Arch & Huangshan Nanqiao Building). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Huangshan, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and steep yourself in history at Former Residence of Cheng Dawei.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Huangshan trip planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Huangshan

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

She County
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Mt. Huangshan ©
Mt. Huangshan

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Suzhou side-trips: Jiashan County (Huanxiu Bridge & Xitang Ancient Town) and Shaxi Ancient Town (in Taicang). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Suzhou Garden Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Shantang Street, steep yourself in history at Tongli Town, and walk around The Classical Gardens of Suzhou.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Suzhou sightseeing planner.

Getting from Huangshan to Suzhou by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. מרץ in Suzhou sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Jiashan County, Shaxi Ancient Town
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 14:
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Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
Suzhou Garden Museum ©
Suzhou Garden Museum
Shaxi Ancient Town ©
Shaxi Ancient Town

5
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.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and wander the streets of Former French Concession.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip planner.

Traveling by train from Suzhou to Shanghai takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or drive. Traveling from Suzhou in מרץ, expect slightly colder with lows of 8°C in Shanghai. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Harbin.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

3
nights
Harbin

Harbin ©
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.
Harbin is known for theme parks, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Harbin Ice and Snow World, take a peaceful walk through Harbin Forest Park, see the interesting displays at Unit 731 Museum, and stroll around Jiuzhan Park.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Harbin trip planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Shanghai to Harbin in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In מרץ, Harbin is cooler than Shanghai - with highs of 4°C and lows of -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Harbin

Parks Museums Theme Parks
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Saint Sophia Cathedral ©
Saint Sophia Cathedral
Harbin Ice and Snow World ©
Harbin Ice and Snow World
Zhongyang Pedestrian Street ©
Zhongyang Pedestrian Street

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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours, and stroll around Temple of Heaven.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Beijing trip builder site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Harbin to Beijing takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Harbin in מרץ; daily highs in Beijing reach 17°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 27:
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

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