60 days in China Itinerary

60 days in China Itinerary

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Shanghai
— 5 nights
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Hong Kong
— 6 nights
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Sanya
— 4 nights
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Yangshuo County
— 4 nights
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Longsheng County
— 1 night
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Zhangjiajie
— 4 nights
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Xi'an
— 5 nights
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Dunhuang
— 2 nights
Fly to Lanzhou, Train to Xining
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Xining
— 2 nights
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Lhasa
— 4 nights
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Shangri-La County
— 3 nights
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Lijiang
— 4 nights
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Songpan County
— 1 night
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 3 nights
Bus to Song Pan airport, Fly to Pingyao County
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Pingyao County
— 2 nights
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Datong
— 2 nights
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Beijing
— 6 nights
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bund International Architecture Exhibition and Shanghai Tower. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shanghai: Suzhou (Tiger Hill, Shantang Street, &more). The adventure continues: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), get a taste of the local shopping with Former French Concession, enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, and don't miss a visit to Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip planner.

San Diego, USA to Shanghai is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from San Diego to Shanghai. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect Shanghai to be a bit warmer, temps between 92°F and 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to fly to Hong Kong.
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Food Tours and Po Lin Monastery. Explore Hong Kong's surroundings by going to Macau (Ruins of St. Paul's, Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre, &more). Pack the 9th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 10th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), step off the mainland to explore Lantau island, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha).

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong day trip tool.

Fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Hong Kong can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Sanya.
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Find places to stay Jul 7 — 13:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yalong Bay and Nanshan Buddhist Cultural Garden. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Luhuitou Park, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at The Lost Chambers Aquarium, explore the different monuments and memorials at Xisha Martyrs Cemetery, and take in the natural beauty of Sanya Zhujiang Nantian Spa.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sanya itinerary planner.

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. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sanya when traveling from Hong Kong in July, with lows around 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Yangshuo County.
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Find places to stay Jul 13 — 17:

Yangshuo County — 4 nights

Yangshuo County, the area surrounding a popular tourist resort town, boasts a landscape featuring all the ingredients necessary to attract a flood of tourists.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yulong River and Walking tours. Get out of town with these interesting Yangshuo County side-trips: Guilin (Riyue Shuangta Cultural Park & Photography Tours). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Li River, stroll around Yangshuo Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Guilin Laozhai Mountain, and don't miss a visit to West Street.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yangshuo County travel route builder app.

You can fly from Sanya to Yangshuo County in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Yangshuo County can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Longsheng County.
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Find places to stay Jul 17 — 21:

Longsheng County — 1 night

The highlight of a trip to Longsheng County is undoubtedly its terraced rice paddies.
On the 22nd (Fri), get great views at Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces and then get into the urban bustle at Ping'an Village.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Longsheng County trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Yangshuo County to Longsheng County in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Zhangjiajie.
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Find places to stay Jul 21 — 22:

Zhangjiajie — 4 nights

The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Spend the 26th (Tue) exploring nature at Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Whip Brook, take in the awesome beauty at Tianzi Mountain, and look for all kinds of wild species at Suoxiyu Nature Reserve.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Zhangjiajie trip builder app.

Fly from Longsheng County to Zhangjiajie in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Xi'an.
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Find places to stay Jul 22 — 26:

Xi'an — 5 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Explore hidden gems such as Travel China Guide and Tang Bo Art Museum. Go for a jaunt from Xi'an to Huayin to see Mount Huashan about 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Xi'an Bell Tower, explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), make a trip to Muslim Quarter, and steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta).

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Xi'an visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Zhangjiajie to Xi'an takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Xi'an are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can fly to Dunhuang.
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Find places to stay Jul 26 — 31:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the world behind art at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center, then stroll through Mogao Caves, and then see the interesting displays at DunHuang ShiKu WenWu BaoHu YanJiu ChenLie ZhongXin. Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Crescent Moon Pool and then take in the awesome beauty at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Dunhuang road trip planning tool.

Getting from Xi'an to Dunhuang by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Xining.
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Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2:

Xining — 2 nights

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 3rd (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Xining Nanshan Mountain, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ta'er Monastery, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Qinghai Plateau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kokonor.

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You can do a combination of flight and train from Dunhuang to Xining in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Lhasa.
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Find places to stay Aug 2 — 4:

Lhasa — 4 nights

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Off-Road Tours and Barkhor Street. Next up on the itinerary: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the landmark architecture of Potala Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lhasa online attractions planner.

You can fly from Xining to Lhasa in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Shangri-La County.
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Find places to stay Aug 4 — 8:

Shangri-La County — 3 nights

Known previously as Zhongdian, Shangri-La County gained its current name in an attempt by city officials to promote tourism.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) and Potatso National Park. The adventure continues: walk around Guishan Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Shudu Lake, steep yourself in history at Dukezong Ancient Town, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumtsaling Monastery.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Shangri-La County trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Lhasa to Shangri-La County in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Lijiang.
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Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lugu Lake and Baisha Ancient Town. Go for a jaunt from Lijiang to Yulong County to see Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Shuhe Ancient Town, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China, admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Moon Valley.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lijiang road trip tool.

Drive from Shangri-La County to Lijiang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Lijiang, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to fly to Songpan County.
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Find places to stay Aug 11 — 15:

Songpan County — 1 night

Though the area remains largely rural and the economy mostly geared towards agriculture, tourism in Songpan County has begun to develop, with a host of scenic areas and cultural sites to explore.
On the 16th (Tue), appreciate the views at Huanglong Valley and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Huanglong Scenic Valley.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Songpan County trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Lijiang to Songpan County takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Jiuzhaigou County.
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Find places to stay Aug 15 — 16:
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Jiuzhaigou County — 3 nights

Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO. Some of the natural sites are considered holy by the local Tibetan and Qiang minorities, with many legends and anecdotes associated with each lake, waterfall, off-shoot valley, and snowcapped peak.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center and Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley. Spend the 17th (Wed) exploring nature at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Pearl Shoal Waterfalls and appreciate the views at Rize Valley.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Jiuzhaigou County trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Songpan County to Jiuzhaigou County takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Pingyao County.
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Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:

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 20th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Qiao's Family Compound (Qiao Jia Dayuan), then contemplate the long history of Ming and Qing Dynasties Street, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shuanglin Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Ping Yao Temple of the City God, steep yourself in history at Ping Yao Gu Cheng, and then explore the ancient world of Pingyao Ancient Government Office.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Pingyao County trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Pingyao County takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Datong.
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Find places to stay Aug 19 — 21:

Datong — 2 nights

The old city of Datong has an interesting and complicated history of development, sacking, and rebuilding.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Tan Mei Kee Nuns Statues and then Head underground at Yungang Grottoes. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Huayan Temple of Datong and then admire the striking features of Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si).

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Datong online route planner.

You can drive from Pingyao County to Datong in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Beijing.
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Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum. Next up on the itinerary: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, laugh and play at Olympic Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Beijing holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Datong to Beijing takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Beijing can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
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Find places to stay Aug 23 — 29:

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.
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