40 days in China Itinerary

40 days in China Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tai'an
— 1 night
2
Lushan County
— 1 night
3
Xi'an
— 4 nights
4
Lanzhou
— 2 nights
5
Xining
— 2 nights
6
Jiayuguan
— 2 nights
7
Dunhuang
— 2 nights
8
Turpan
— 2 nights
9
Emeishan
— 2 nights
10
Leshan
— 2 nights
11
Jinghong
— 2 nights
12
Shangri-La County
— 2 nights
13
Ninglang County
— 1 night
14
Daocheng County
— 2 nights
15
Dujiangyan
— 2 nights
16
Chongqing
— 3 nights
17
Fenghuang County
— 3 nights
18
Changsha
— 4 nights

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night
Tai'an

Tai'an ©
The city of Tai'an remains forever linked to the holy mountain it has grown next to.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Tai. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Daimiao Temple.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Tai'an day trip planner.

Beijing to Tai'an is an approximately 4-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lushan County.

Things to do in Tai'an

Nature Tours Historic Sites
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Mount Tai ©
Mount Tai
Daimiao Temple ©
Daimiao Temple

1
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Lushan County

Lushan County ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spring Temple Buddha and then take in the awesome beauty at Yao Mountain.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lushan County online tour planner.

Drive from Tai'an to Lushan County in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Lushan County

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Spring Temple Buddha ©
Spring Temple Buddha

4
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Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Spend the 6th (Sat) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, make a trip to Muslim Quarter, explore the ancient world of Xi'an Bell Tower, and stroll around Celebration Palace Park.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Xi'an travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lushan County to Xi'an takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In February, daily temperatures in Xi'an can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lanzhou.

Things to do in Xi'an

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)
Travel China Guide ©
Travel China Guide

2
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Lanzhou

Lanzhou ©
Once a major stop-off on the ancient Silk Road trading route, Lanzhou today acts as an important place to rest up for Silk Road tourists and trekkers.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at White Pagoda Mountain (Baita) and then snap pictures at Iron Bridge of Yellow River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Gansu Provincial Museum and then stroll around Wuquan Mountain Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lanzhou trip planner.

Traveling by train from Xi'an to Lanzhou takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Xi'an in February: high temperatures in Lanzhou hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Xining.

Things to do in Lanzhou

Parks Nature Museums
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Gansu Provincial Museum ©
Gansu Provincial Museum
Iron Bridge of Yellow River ©
Iron Bridge of Yellow River

2
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Xining

Xining ©
A gateway between Eastern China and Tibet since the days of the Silk Road, Xining boasts a history spanning more than 2,000 years.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): stroll around Xi'ning People's Park and then examine the collection at Museum of China Tibetan Medicine Culture. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Qinghai Province Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Xining tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Lanzhou to Xining takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jiayuguan.

Things to do in Xining

Museums Parks
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Museum of China Tibetan Medicine Culture ©
Museum of China Tibetan Medicine Culture
Xi'ning People's Park ©
Xi'ning People's Park
Qinghai Province Museum ©
Qinghai Province Museum

2
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Jiayuguan

Jiayuguan ©
The city of Jiayuguan has become particularly well known as the location of the Jiayu Pass, the best preserved and biggest of the passes of the Great Wall of China.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): see Great Wall at Jiayuguan Pass, explore the ancient world of Jiayuguan Cultural Relics Scenic Area, and then admire the landmark architecture of The First Strategic Post. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Inner City Wall, contemplate the long history of West Wall, and then contemplate the long history of Wei-Jin Tombs.

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Do a combination of taxi and train from Xining to Jiayuguan in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Jiayuguan

Historic Sites
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Great Wall at Jiayuguan Pass ©
Great Wall at Jiayuguan Pass

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center, Head underground at Mogao Caves, and then make a trip to Shazhou Nightly Market. On your second day here, explore the different monuments and memorials at Xijin Tomb, thendelve into the distant past at Duhuang Ancient City Ruins, thenget engrossed in the history at Dunhuang Folk Museum, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Dunhuang day trip website.

Fly from Jiayuguan to Dunhuang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Turpan.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Mogao Caves ©
Mogao Caves
Shazhou Nightly Market ©
Shazhou Nightly Market

2
nights
Turpan

Turpan
Situated below sea level, the city of Turpan boasts a rich history as an ancient trade center, and its dramatic climate brings cold, harsh winters and boiling hot summers.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): Head underground at Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves and then explore the striking landscape at Huoyan Mountain. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Tu Lu Fan Qing Nian Lu Bu Xing Jie and then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Jiaohe (Yarkhoto).

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Turpan travel route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Dunhuang to Turpan in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Emeishan.

Things to do in Turpan

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Huoyan Mountain
Huoyan Mountain
Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves ©
Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves
Ancient City of Jiaohe (Yarkhoto) ©
Ancient City of Jiaohe (Yarkhoto)

2
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Emeishan

Emeishan ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Emei Mountain and then take in nature's colorful creations at Emei Mountain Rare Botanical Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Mt. Emei Natural Ecology Monkey Reserve, explore the ancient world of Baoguo Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Qingyin Pavillion.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Emeishan tour builder website.

Getting from Turpan to Emeishan by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Leshan.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Emei Mountain ©
Emei Mountain
Baoguo Temple ©
Baoguo Temple
Mt. Emei Natural Ecology Monkey Reserve ©
Mt. Emei Natural Ecology Monkey Reserve

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Leshan

Leshan ©
The city of Leshan sits proudly at the confluence of three rivers, and has become known for its World Heritage Site and importance to Buddhism in the country.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo), thensnap pictures at Leshan Bridge, and then explore the activities along Leshan River, Friend and Foe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oriental Buddha Capital and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wuyou Temple.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Leshan trip planner.

You can drive from Emeishan to Leshan in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Jinghong.

Things to do in Leshan

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Wuyou Temple ©
Wuyou Temple
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) ©
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)

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Jinghong

Jinghong ©
Jinghong has become a popular stopover for backpackers and domestic holidaymakers drawn to the area's landscape and culture.
On the 22nd (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Gajah Liar Valley and then walk around Manting Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Xishuangbanna Dai Nationality Garden and then look for all kinds of wild species at Xishuangbanna Tropical Nature reserve.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Jinghong day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Leshan to Jinghong takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Jinghong

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Manting Park ©
Manting Park
Xishuangbanna Tropical Nature reserve ©
Xishuangbanna Tropical Nature reserve

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Potatso National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumtsaling Monastery, take in the exciting artwork at Tubo Tibetan Thangka Store, and then contemplate the long history of Dukezong Ancient Town.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Shangri-La County trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Jinghong to Shangri-La County in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ninglang County.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Potatso National Park ©
Potatso National Park
Sumtsaling Monastery
Sumtsaling Monastery
Dukezong Ancient Town ©
Dukezong Ancient Town

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Ninglang County

Ninglang County
On the 26th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Luoshui Village.

Plan a Ninglang County trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from Shangri-La County to Ninglang County in 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Daocheng County.

Things to do in Ninglang County

Historic Sites
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Daocheng County

Daocheng County ©
On the 27th (Sat), go for a walk through Aden Scenic Area and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Daocheng Three Holy Mountain. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Haizi Mountain and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chonggu Temple.

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

You can drive from Ninglang County to Daocheng County in 8.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Dujiangyan.

Things to do in Daocheng County

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Aden Scenic Area ©
Aden Scenic Area
Haizi Mountain ©
Haizi Mountain

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Dujiangyan

Dujiangyan
Tourism in Dujiangyan thrives primarily due to its main attraction, an ancient, dam-free irrigation system that gave the city its name.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Dujiangyan Panda Base and then get to know the resident critters at China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Back Peak of Qingcheng Mountain and then fly down the slopes at Xiling Snow Mountain Scenic Resort.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Dujiangyan trip planner.

Getting from Daocheng County to Dujiangyan by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, subway, and train. Expect a daytime high around °C in February, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Chongqing.

Things to do in Dujiangyan

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Xiling Snow Mountain Scenic Resort
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Chongqing

Chongqing ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): shop like a local with Jiefangbei Square, Head underground at Hongya Cave, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Shiba Ti. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Baolun Temple, thendelve into the distant past at Ciqikou (Porcelain Port), thensee the interesting displays at Three Gorges Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Old City Wall.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Chongqing online itinerary builder.

You can drive from Dujiangyan to Chongqing in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or do a combination of train and subway. Expect a daytime high around °C in March, and nighttime lows around °C. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Fenghuang County.

Things to do in Chongqing

Historic Sites Nature Museums
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Ciqikou (Porcelain Port) ©
Ciqikou (Porcelain Port)
Three Gorges Museum ©
Three Gorges Museum
Hongya Cave ©
Hongya Cave

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Fenghuang County

Fenghuang County ©
The main town of Fenghuang County boasts a rich history of more than 300 years, with well-preserved architecture and cultural traditions.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Phoenix Ancient Town, thenexpand your understanding of the military at Miaojiang Great Wall, and then take an in-depth tour of Fenghuang Ancient City Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Tuojiang Ancient Street and then delve into the distant past at Zhunti Temple of Fenghuang Old City.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Fenghuang County online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Chongqing to Fenghuang County takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Changsha.

Things to do in Fenghuang County

Historic Sites Museums
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Phoenix Ancient Town ©
Phoenix Ancient Town
Zhunti Temple of Fenghuang Old City ©
Zhunti Temple of Fenghuang Old City
Tuojiang Ancient Street
Tuojiang Ancient Street

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Changsha

Changsha ©
A good starting point for explorations of the province, Changsha stands as a modern city with 3,000 years of history behind it.
Change things up with a short trip to Zhuzhou Fantawild Adventure in Zhuzhou (about 52 minutes away). Pack the 10th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Changsha Window of the World. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Yuelu, contemplate the long history of Yuelu Academy, see the interesting displays at Hunan Provincial Museum, and take in the architecture and design of Hunan University.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Changsha trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Fenghuang County to Changsha in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. On the 12th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Changsha

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Zhuzhou Fantawild Adventure
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Changsha Window of the World ©
Changsha Window of the World
Mount Yuelu ©
Mount Yuelu
Hunan Provincial Museum ©
Hunan Provincial Museum

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