46 days in China Itinerary

46 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China vacation planner

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Hong Kong
— 6 nights
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Sanya
— 4 nights
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Lijiang
— 4 nights
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Emeishan
— 2 nights
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Chengdu
— 3 nights
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Xi'an
— 4 nights
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Beijing
— 6 nights
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Harbin
— 4 nights
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Shanghai
— 5 nights
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Hangzhou
— 2 nights
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Huangshan
— 1 night
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Xiamen
— 4 nights
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hong Kong side-trips: Macau (Maritime Museum, Ruins of St. Paul's, &more). Pack the 19th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), see the interesting displays at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), and head off the coast to Lantau island.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong trip itinerary planning website.

Sydney, Australia to Hong Kong is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Hong Kong due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: highs in Hong Kong hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can fly to Sanya.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

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Sanya

— 4 nights

Gateway to the South

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.
Sanya is known for nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: observe the fascinating underwater world at The Lost Chambers Aquarium, explore the different monuments and memorials at Xisha Martyrs Cemetery, get outside with Little East Sea Tourist Area, and get great views at Sanya Phoenix Hill Park.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sanya holiday builder app.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Sanya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. Traveling from Hong Kong in December, expect nights in Sanya to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to fly to Lijiang.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors
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Lijiang

— 4 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Lijiang to Yulong County to see Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 30th (Thu) exploring nature at Three Parallel Rivers National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China, admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park, head off the coast to Bird Island, Lijiang, and take in the awesome beauty at Blue Moon Valley.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lijiang trip planner.

You can fly from Sanya to Lijiang in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to fly to Emeishan.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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 1st (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Emei Mountain. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Baoguo Temple and then pause for some photo ops at Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo).

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Emeishan trip planning website.

You can fly from Lijiang to Emeishan in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Chengdu.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

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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.
Step out of Chengdu to go to Guanghan and see Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), explore the landscape on two wheels at Adventure Access, take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Chengdu trip planner.

Drive from Emeishan to Chengdu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Chengdu can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Xi'an.

Things to do in Chengdu

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

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Xi'an

— 4 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Spend the 8th (Sat) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and make a trip to Muslim Quarter.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Xi'an tour itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Chengdu to Xi'an takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Chengdu in January, expect nights in Xi'an to be cooler, around -7°C, while days are slightly colder, around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can fly to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, hit the slopes at Baijing Bayi Ski Field, examine the collection at National Museum Of China, and ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Beijing route planner.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Beijing takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Beijing can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to fly to Harbin.

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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.
Harbin is known for theme parks, museums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Harbin Ice and Snow World, delve into the lush surroundings at Harbin Forest Park, examine the collection at HaErBin GuiHua ZhanLanGuan, and stroll around Jiuzhan Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Harbin vacation planning app.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Harbin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Beijing in January, with highs in Harbin at -13°C and lows at -27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Shanghai.

Things to do in Harbin

Museums · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks
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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 is known for shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to The Bund (Wai Tan), stop by Tianshan Tea City, shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip planner.

You can fly from Harbin to Shanghai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Harbin in January: high temperatures in Shanghai hover around 11°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Hangzhou.

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Hangzhou

— 2 nights

Paradise on Earth

Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baopu Taoist Temple and then go for a walk through West Lake (Xi Hu). On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a stroll along the water at Bai Causeway and then walk around Ping Hu Qiu Yue.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hangzhou planner.

Take a train from Shanghai to Hangzhou in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Hangzhou sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Huangshan.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Parks · Historic Sites
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Huangshan

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Huangshan UNESCO Global Geopark and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Huangshan.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Huangshan route maker site.

Take a train from Hangzhou to Huangshan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can fly to Xiamen.

Things to do in Huangshan

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Xiamen

— 4 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.
Xiamen is known for shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: shop like a local with Gulangyu, look for gifts at Tasty Life, contemplate the long history of Xiamen University, and hunt for treasures at The eighth seafood Market.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Xiamen trip planner.

Fly from Huangshan to Xiamen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Xiamen

Shopping · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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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.