45 days in East Asia Itinerary

45 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Beijing
— 6 nights
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Tianjin
— 5 nights
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Qinhuangdao
— 2 nights
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Dalian
— 2 nights
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Qingdao
— 2 nights
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Luoyang
— 2 nights
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Xi'an
— 2 nights
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Dunhuang
— 2 nights
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Chengdu
— 3 nights
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Anshun
— 1 night
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Chongqing
— 6 nights
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Yinchuan
— 2 nights
Fly to Taiyuan Wusu Airport, Drive to Pingyao County
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Pingyao County
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Changchun
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Harbin
— 2 nights
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Manzhouli
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Beijing

— 6 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.
Visit Mutianyu Great Wall and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and The Palace Museum. There's lots more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, admire the landmark architecture of Beijing Ancient Architecture Museum Xiannongtan Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dong Yue Miao (Dongyue Temple), and examine the collection at National Museum Of China.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Beijing vacation builder website.

Chicago, USA to Beijing is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in June, expect nights in Beijing to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 88°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Tianjin.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours
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Tianjin

— 5 nights
Tianjin stands as one of China's largest metropolises, combining modern flourishes with preserved history and traditions to create a diverse city.
Popular historic sites such as Great Wall at Huangya Pass (Huangyaguan Changcheng) and Former Residence of Zhang Xueliang are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Temple of Solitary Joy (Dule si) and Jingyuan. Change things up with a short trip to Yuyang Drum Tower in Ji County (about 1h 30 min away). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at The Former Residence of Liang Qichao, examine the collection at Tianjin Museum, admire the striking features of Tianjin Yuan Shikai's House, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Joseph Catheral.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tianjin trip itinerary builder tool.

You can take a train from Beijing to Tianjin in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In June in Tianjin, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can take a train to Qinhuangdao.

Things to do in Tianjin

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Shopping

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Qinhuangdao

— 2 nights
Situated on the eastern end of the Great Wall, the city of Qinhuangdao combines a rich history and a sprawling seaside.
On the 30th (Thu), admire the striking features of Shanhaiguan Gate Tower, enjoy the sand and surf at Nandaihe Golden Beach, then don't miss a visit to Lao Long Tou, then see Great Wall at Shanhaiguan Pass (Zhendong Gate), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mengjiang Girl Temple. On the next day, walk around People Park of Qinhuangdao, get in on the family fun at Xinao Underwater World, stroll through Qinhuangdao Wildlife Park, walk around Pigeon Nest Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Beidaihe Summer Resort, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Lianfeng Mountain Park.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Qinhuangdao online road trip planner.

You can take a train from Tianjin to Qinhuangdao in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can catch the train to Dalian.

Things to do in Qinhuangdao

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors
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Dalian

— 2 nights
The large city of Dalian gets its history from its seaport, its modernity from its industry, and its visitors from the fact it largely keeps these things from view.
On the 2nd (Sat), stroll around Xinghai Park, get a new perspective on nature at Dalian Natural History Museum, don't miss a visit to Xinghai Square, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Dalian Forest Zoo, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Ji Di Guan - Pole Aquarium., and finally stroll around Dalian Zhongshan Square. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Binhai Road, stroll around Laohutan Scenic Park, then take a stroll through Dalian Laohutan Square, then cool off at Bangchuidao Island, and finally walk around Labor Park.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Dalian trip builder website.

Take a train from Qinhuangdao to Dalian in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Dalian are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Qingdao.

Things to do in Dalian

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Zoos & Aquariums
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Qingdao

— 2 nights
The city of Qingdao has become particularly well known for its clean streets, orderly layout, and blending of the old and the new.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Huashi Villa (Huashi Lou), don't miss a visit to Badaguan Scenic Resort, take in the waterfront at Zhanqiao Pier, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qingdao Catholic Church, then examine the collection at Qingdao Beer Museum, and finally stroll around Qingdao Zhongshan Park. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to May Fourth Square, see the interesting displays at Qingdao Site Museum of the Former German Governor's Residence, then enjoy the sand and surf at Golden Beach (Huang Dao), then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Laoshan Scenic Area, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Beijiushui River Laoshan.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Qingdao trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Dalian to Qingdao in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can fly to Luoyang.

Things to do in Qingdao

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites
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Luoyang

— 2 nights
One of the oldest imperial cities in the country, Luoyang gives access to a wealth of cultural sites protected by UNESCO for their importance to the world's cultural heritage.
On the 6th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Former Residence of Bai Juyi, get engrossed in the history at Luoyang Museum, see the interesting displays at Emperor Carriage Museum, explore the ancient world of Shentai Lijing (South Gate), then stroll around International Mudanyuan, and finally see the interesting displays at Luoyang Tomb Museum. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Qiyun Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of White Horse Temple, steep yourself in history at Guanlin Temple (General Guan's Tomb), then make a trip to Binyang Cave, then take in the dramatic natural features at Longmen Grottoes, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanjing Temple.

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Traveling by flight from Qingdao to Luoyang takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Xi'an.

Things to do in Luoyang

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Xi'an

— 2 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Tang Bo Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), take an in-depth tour of Shaanxi History Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Xi'an Bell Tower, then explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), and finally steep yourself in history at Drum Tower (Gulou). On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xi'an Mosque, make a trip to Muslim Quarter, explore the different monuments and memorials at Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling), then take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, and finally steep yourself in history at Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Xi'an route maker site.

Traveling by train from Luoyang to Xi'an takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or fly. July in Xi'an sees daily highs of 93°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to fly to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Xi'an

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Dunhuang

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): see Great Wall of Han Dynasty, then explore the ancient world of Yumen Pass, then steep yourself in history at Xiqian Buddha Caves, and finally get engrossed in the history at Dunhuang Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at DunHuang ShiKu WenWu BaoHu YanJiu ChenLie ZhongXin, explore the fascinating underground world of Mogao Caves, admire the masterpieces at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain, and finally take in the natural beauty of Crescent Moon Pool.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Dunhuang online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Dunhuang takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Chengdu.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Dujiangyan Irrigation System and Mount Qingcheng. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wenshu Yuan Monastery and Erwang Temple. Explore Chengdu's surroundings by going to Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum (in Guanghan) and Dujiangyan (Dujiangyan Panda Base, Baokouping Scenic Spot, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), make a trip to Chunxi Road Pedestrian Street, get engrossed in the history at Jinsha Site Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Jinli Pedestrian Street.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Chengdu trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Dunhuang to Chengdu in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Chengdu sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to fly to Anshun.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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Anshun

— 1 night
Anshun is a prefecture-level city of Guizhou province, near the location of Huangguoshu Waterfall, the tallest in China. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Tun Bu Village, admire the natural beauty at Huangguoshu Bonsai Garden, then walk around Huangguoshu Water Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Doupotang Waterfall, and finally Head underground at Longgong Caves (Dragon Palace).

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Anshun tour planning app.

Getting from Chengdu to Anshun by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Chengdu in July, with highs in Anshun at 84°F and lows at 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Chongqing.

Things to do in Anshun

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Chongqing

— 6 nights
With one of the most populated and largest metropolitan areas in the world, Chongqing was the de facto capital of China during World War II. Its wartime political importance and post-war economic boom have left a number of attractions in Chongqing, including war memorials and museums, government buildings, and thriving commercial districts with a wealth of malls and more traditional market areas.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ciqikou (Porcelain Port) and French navy barracks site. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Three Gorges Museum and Huayan Temple of Chongqing. Step out of Chongqing to go to Wulong County and see Chongqing Longshuixia Gap, which is approximately 2 hours away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Chongqing Wu River, explore the fascinating underground world of Hongya Cave, wander the streets of Yangjiaping Walking Street, and admire the landmark architecture of St Joseph's Cathedral Chongqing.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Chongqing online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Anshun to Chongqing takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Anshun in July, expect Chongqing to be somewhat warmer, temps between 94°F and 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Yinchuan.

Things to do in Chongqing

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

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Yinchuan

— 2 nights
Yinchuan is the capital of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China, and former capital of the Western Xia Empire of the Tanguts. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): don't miss a visit to NiuJie, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanguan Mosque, explore the ancient world of Drum Tower of Yinchuan, see Shuidonggou Ruins/Great Wall, then admire the landmark architecture of Haibao Temple (North Pagoda), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yinchuan Haibaota Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Ningxia Museum, make a trip to The China Western Film Studios (Zhenbeipu West Studio), explore the different monuments and memorials at Western Xia Imperial Tombs, then admire the striking features of Chengtian Temple (West Pagoda), and finally explore the ancient world of Huanghe Ancient Ferry Scenic Resort of Yinchuan.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Yinchuan day trip planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chongqing to Yinchuan. In July, Yinchuan is slightly colder than Chongqing - with highs of 87°F and lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Pingyao County.

Things to do in Yinchuan

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Pingyao County

— 2 nights
An ancient walled city, Pingyao County can trace its history back around 2,700 years, and has been designated a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Ming and Qing Dynasties Street, steep yourself in history at Rishengchang Former Bank, steep yourself in history at Ping Yao Gu Cheng, explore the ancient world of Pingyao Ancient Government Office, then admire the landmark architecture of Pingyao Confucian Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Ping Yao Temple of the City God. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shuanglin Temple, admire the striking features of Wang's Family Compound (Wang Jia Dayuan), contemplate the long history of Qu Family Compound, then steep yourself in history at Qiao's Family Compound (Qiao Jia Dayuan), and finally see the interesting displays at Sanduo Hall.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Pingyao County road trip planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yinchuan to Pingyao County. July in Pingyao County sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Changchun.

Things to do in Pingyao County

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Changchun

— 2 nights

China's Automobile City

Capital of Jilin Province, Changchun witnessed some turbulent 20th-century Chinese history, occupied at times by both the Japanese and Soviets.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): walk around Changchun Zoological and Botanical Park (West Gate), examine the collection at Puppet Emperor's Palace (Wei Huang Gong), take an in-depth tour of The Museum of The Imperial Palace of Manchukuo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Changchun Huguo Prajna Temple, then explore the activities along Jingyue Pool, and finally stroll around Changchun World Sculpture Park (West Gate). Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Jilin Museum, walk around South Lake Park, contemplate the long history of Eight Departments of Manchukuo, then steep yourself in history at Manchukuo State Department, then contemplate the long history of Prime Minister Manchukuo, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Imperial Garden.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Changchun sightseeing site.

Getting from Pingyao County to Changchun by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Changchun can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Harbin.

Things to do in Changchun

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
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Harbin

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Harbin Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Temple of Bliss (Jile Si), take in the spiritual surroundings of Harbin Confucian Temple, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Haerbin Martyrs Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Unit 731 Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Gogol Street. Keep things going the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Harbin Polarland, don't miss a visit to Zhongyang Pedestrian Street, get in on the family fun at Harbin Ice and Snow World, stroll around Zhaolin Park, then see the interesting displays at Saint Sophia Cathedral, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Alekseyev Church.

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Traveling by train from Changchun to Harbin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Harbin are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Manzhouli.

Things to do in Harbin

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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Manzhouli

— 2 nights
Manzhouli is a sub-prefecture-level city located in Hulunbuir prefecture-level city, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of the China (PRC). Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): make a trip to Zhong SuJin Jie BuXingJie, appreciate the history behind Soviet Red Army Martyrs Cemetery, stroll around Beihu Park of Manzhouli, then make a trip to Manzhouli Nation Gate Scienc Resort, then don't miss a visit to Russia Taowa Square, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Tourism Area of Sino-Russian Border.

To find maps and tourist information, use the Manzhouli sightseeing planner.

Explore your travel options from Harbin to Manzhouli with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Manzhouli

Parks · Fun & Games · Historic Sites
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Hebei travel guide

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Great Wall · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
Hebei's moderate climate and substantial seashore has made it the land of imperial summer palaces--a favorite of the Qing dynasty--as well as royal tombs protected by imposing portions of the Great Wall of China. Places to visit in Hebei includes glistening temples and an impressive Great Wall museum. See the easternmost gate of the Great Wall with its impressive gate, and the end of the wall jutting out into the sea like a huge dragon. Home to over 50 ethnic groups, Hebei features a number of ethnic villages and offers a varied cuisine. Scenic lakes and national parks with free-roaming horses provide well-maintained trails dotted with mausoleums and shrines.

Liaoning travel guide

3.6
Parks · Landmarks · History Museums
The Golden Triangle
Dubbed the "Golden Triangle" thanks to its borders with the Yellow Sea, Bohai Sea, and the Yalu River, Liaoning attracts tourists for the beauty of its nature in the hinterland, and bustling industrial cities on the coast. With over 2,100 km (1,300 mi) of coastline backed by rugged cliffs, a holiday in Liaoning provides the choice between relaxing on the beach or hiking in the mountains among towering peaks and pines. Several UNESCO-protected imperial palaces and royal mausoleums stand out as architectural treats, while the ruins of ancient cities lay under the shadow of the Great Wall of China. Other things to see in Liaoning include World Heritage mountain sites, the world’s largest Buddha statue made of jade, and a whole host of impressive pagodas.

Shandong travel guide

3.9
Mountains · Landmarks · Parks
Home of the legendary Yellow Emperor, the mythical founder of the Chinese empire, Shandong offers a whole spectrum of cultural sites combined with scenic nature. Ancient terra cotta warriors and impressive temples provide an unparalleled insight into the rich history that has unfolded here, with the UNESCO-protected birthplace of Confucius and sacred Mount Tai adding further interest to the area. With a 3,000 km (1,900 mi) long rocky coastline, the province offers great opportunities for water sports, with swimming and sailing among the best things to do in Shandong. Sampling the wine-producing region's local varieties of grape and visiting the capital city, with its 72 famous springs, also add to the experience.

Henan travel guide

3.9
Caves · Sacred & Religious Sites · National Parks
A landlocked hilly area with the Yellow River running through it, populous Henan boasts 5,000 years of civilization. Soak in the continuity of this cradle of Chinese culture as you tour ancient city walls, temples, and well-preserved old city cores amidst modern urban jungles. Things to do in Henan include trekking through the rugged beauty of snow-capped mountains, visiting spectacular grottos with giant Buddha statues, and attending martial arts performances in world-famous Buddhist temples. Tasty local pastries and numerous flower festivals sweeten any trip to Henan.

Shaanxi travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Ruins · Landmarks
Considered the cradle of Chinese culture and civilization, Shaanxi boasts a string of top tourist attractions--including the World Heritage-listed archaeological site of Emperor Qinshihuang's famed terracotta warriors. While millions of people take a trip to Shaanxi to see this immense display of ancient military power, others come to explore Huashan Mountain, one of the country's five sacred Taoist sites. Acting as a giant open-air historical and natural museum, the region also boasts a number of national parks, appealing to intrepid explorers looking to add a few outdoor activities to their Shaanxi itinerary.

Gansu travel guide

3.9
Located on a golden intersection of the historical Silk Road in northwest China, Gansu boasts an abundance of natural attractions and cultural relics. Things to see in Gansu are many, ranging from Buddhist grottos and cave shrines to colorful market towns, as well as Great Wall garrison settlements. Take a camel or horse ride through traditional villages, or explore the pristine nature sheltering giant pandas and golden monkeys. Gansu is a leading medicinal plant and herb producer, some of which you can take home as a souvenir. Try regional dishes with noodles and lamb, as well as yak meat, butter, and yogurt.

Sichuan travel guide

4.1
Nature & Parks · Historic Walking Areas · National Parks
Thanks to its famed animal sanctuaries, many foreigners equate the vast province of Sichuan with the adorable panda bear. In the heart of China, a tour of Sichuan often begins in Chengdu, a modern city that boasts one of the world's biggest buildings. Beyond Chengdu's urban bustle, tourists discover a quiet countryside flanked by sacred mountains and dotted with ancient villages living to the beat of their own drum. In the north of the province, alpine valleys and green lakes appeal to nature lovers looking for fresh air and exercise. In the south, you can find a history-steeped landscape trodden by far fewer travelers than any other part of the region.

Guizhou travel guide

4.2
Waterfalls · Ruins · Parks
Predominantly mountainous and hilly in the historic southwest region of China, Guizhou has an abundance of natural and cultural scenic spots. Tourism in Guizhou focuses on hiking, visits to old city areas, impressive temples, monasteries, and palaces. Natural highlights include World Heritage-listed red rock formations, the largest waterfalls in China, and bird-watching tours to spot black-necked cranes. Soak in the culture of this landlocked province with visits to ethnic villages, revolutionary period sites, and a number of well laid-out museums.

Ningxia travel guide

3.8
Landmarks · Cemeteries · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Lying on the huge Loess Plateau and the vast plain of the Yellow River, tiny Ningxia combines a sense of starkness with a rich set of historical sites. The Han Chinese and Mongols once battled on these lands, which today are home to the Hui, a Muslim minority. Tourist attractions in Ningxia include portions of the Great Wall of China and impressive collections of artifacts housed in museums. See hundreds of giant beehive-like Western Xia tombs, the mysterious 108 dagobas (Tibetan-style Buddhist mini-towers), or grottos with carved images of Buddha. A cable car whisks visitors upwards for scenic panoramas of the Helan Mountains and ancient rock art. Take a break during your Ningxia sightseeing to try the famous "eight treasures" tea with wolfberries, a local specialty.

Shanxi travel guide

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With an excellent railway and road infrastructure, the highland province of Shanxi offers excellent tourist opportunities, from scenic waterfall hikes to World Heritage-listed grottos with tens of thousands of Buddhas. A Shanxi itinerary can include Communist Party battlefield sites, and Song-dynasty paintings and multistory pagodas in well-preserved ancient cities. Museums provide an overview of this rich civilization, while national parks extend around portions of the Great Wall.

Jilin travel guide

3.8
Parks · Bodies of Water · Mountains
Occupying the central part of northeast China in what was once Manchuria, Jilin borders Russia and North Korea. Tourist attractions in Jilin include ice festivals and winter sports, scenic mountains and intact nature with over 100 swamps. The 9,000 medicinal herbs cultivated here make Jilin a leader in traditional Chinese medicine. Walk through a forest of ice-rimmed trees, view steles atop steep cliffs, and explore World Heritage-listed mausoleums and the pyramidal tomb of an ancient Korean general. Outdoor lovers on vacation in Jilin can tour its scenic lake and hike to royal Chinese tombs and ancient gravesites in the mountains.

Heilongjiang travel guide

3.6
Landmarks · Theme Parks · Specialty Museums
With its harsh winters and Russian heritage, tourism in Heilongjiang focuses on winter sports and ice festivals. Urban pedestrian zones sparkle with belle epoque buildings constructed by Russian railway pioneers, while river cruises reveal the aurora borealis. Many Heilongjiang itineraries prioritize one of the excellent year-round ski resorts, as well as hikes through national parks to see Siberian tigers in natural surroundings. You can take in Heilongjiang's specific heritage with trips to Orthodox cathedrals and Confucian temples, and the bustling, well-developed province also offers a variety of entertainment with amusement parks, ropeways, and ice theme parks.

Inner Mongolia travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Nature & Parks
Covering most of the northern edge of China beyond the Great Wall, Inner Mongolia has scenic grasslands dotted with natural lakes, deserts, and industrial cities. Tourist attractions in Inner Mongolia include a World Heritage-listed geopark with a granite forest, ethnic villages, and museums detailing the life of nomadic tribes. Numerous lamaist temples housing exquisite bodhisattva images give insight into this autonomous region's Buddhist heritage. Certain traditions of the vast grassland empire remain alive and well: an itinerary in Inner Mongolia can include horse races, camel rides, and sand sledging, plus visits to Mongolian yurts and plenty of samples of kumis (fermented horse milk).