60 days in China Itinerary

60 days in China Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Beijing
— 5 nights
2
Datong
— 2 nights
3
Zhangjiajie
— 5 nights
4
Xi'an
— 5 nights
5
Jiuzhaigou County
— 4 nights
6
Dunhuang
— 3 nights
7
Lhasa
— 5 nights
8
Shangri-La County
— 3 nights
9
Lijiang
— 3 nights
10
Yangshuo County
— 4 nights
11
Sanya
— 3 nights
12
Hong Kong
— 6 nights
13
Suzhou
— 5 nights
14
Shanghai
— 5 nights

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.
Get in touch with nature at Mutianyu Great Wall and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Meridian Gate (Wu Men) and National Museum Of China. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), take some stellar pictures from Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), take in panoramic vistas at Bell and Drum Towers, and get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Beijing trip itinerary planning site.

Los Angeles, USA to Beijing is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to China Standard Time (CST) is 16 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in July, with highs in Beijing at °F and lows at °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Datong.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
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Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Nature & Wildlife Tours
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

2
nights
Datong

Datong ©
The old city of Datong has an interesting and complicated history of development, sacking, and rebuilding.
On the 8th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Tan Mei Kee Nuns Statues and then Head underground at Yungang Grottoes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si).

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Datong day trip planning site.

You can drive from Beijing to Datong in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Datong

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Yungang Grottoes ©
Yungang Grottoes
Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si) ©
Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si)

5
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Get outdoors at Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park and Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie and Nature & Wildlife Tours. It doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Tianzi Mountain and identify plant and animal life at Suoxiyu Nature Reserve.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Zhangjiajie vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Datong to Zhangjiajie by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park ©
Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Get outdoors at Mount Huashan and Mountain Huashan Plank Trail. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Xi'an Bell Tower and Xi'an Mosque. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, explore the world behind art at Tang Bo Art Museum, delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), and examine the collection at Xi'an Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Xi'an trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Zhangjiajie to Xi'an in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Xi'an can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Huayin
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Mount Huashan ©
Mount Huashan
Shaanxi History Museum ©
Shaanxi History Museum

4
nights
Jiuzhaigou County

Jiuzhaigou County ©
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
Explore hidden gems such as Huanglong Scenic Valley and Pearl Shoal Waterfalls. Escape the urban bustle at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve and Huanglong Valley. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Jiuzhaigou County trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. On the 23rd (Thu), you're off to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Songpan County
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Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve ©
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve
Huanglong Scenic Valley ©
Huanglong Scenic Valley
Pearl Shoal Waterfalls ©
Pearl Shoal Waterfalls

3
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Mogao Caves and Xijin Tomb. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain and Library Cave Heritage Museum. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at DunHuang ShiKu WenWu BaoHu YanJiu ChenLie ZhongXin, take an in-depth tour of Dunhuang Folk Museum, take in the natural beauty of Crescent Moon Pool, and admire the masterpieces at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Dunhuang itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Dunhuang takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Museums Nature Parks
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Mogao Caves ©
Mogao Caves
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain ©
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain

5
nights
Lhasa

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Off-Road Tours and Barkhor Street. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Climbing Tours. There's lots more to do: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, steep yourself in history at Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokhang Temple, and take an in-depth tour of Tibet Revolution Exhibition Hall.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lhasa vacation planner.

Fly from Dunhuang to Lhasa in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Lhasa can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Lhasa

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Off-Road Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) and Bitahai Nature Reserve. Sumtsaling Monastery and Tubo Tibetan Thangka Store are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: stroll around Guishan Park and take in the awesome beauty at Lanyue Mountain Valley.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Shangri-La County trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Shangri-La County takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Lijiang.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) ©
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)
Sumtsaling Monastery
Sumtsaling Monastery
Bitahai Nature Reserve ©
Bitahai Nature Reserve

3
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.
Visiting Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain and Blue Moon Valley will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Shuhe Ancient Town and Black Dragon Pond Park. Change things up with a short trip to Lijiang Spruce Plain in Yulong County (about 56 minutes away). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Mufu Palace and get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lijiang holiday website.

Traveling by bus from Shangri-La County to Lijiang takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °F in August, and nighttime lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yangshuo County.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Yulong County
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Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain ©
Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain
Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town
Blue Moon Valley ©
Blue Moon Valley

4
nights
Yangshuo County

Yangshuo County ©
Yangshuo County, the area surrounding a popular tourist resort town, boasts a landscape featuring all the ingredients necessary to attract a flood of tourists.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yulong River and South China Karst. Take a break from the city and head to Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) and Huangbu Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Yangshuo County side-trips: Guilin (Photography Tours & Riyue Shuangta Cultural Park). Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Xianggong Mountain.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Yangshuo County travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lijiang to Yangshuo County in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lijiang in August, you will find days in Yangshuo County are much warmer (°F), and nights are a bit warmer (°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Yangshuo County

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trip

Guilin
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Yulong River ©
Yulong River
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) ©
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan)
South China Karst ©
South China Karst

3
nights
Sanya

Sanya ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yalong Bay and Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park. Get outdoors at Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area and Sanya Zhujiang Nantian Spa. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanshan Temple, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at The Lost Chambers Aquarium, and walk around Luhuitou Park.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sanya trip site.

Traveling by flight from Yangshuo County to Sanya takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Sanya are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park ©
Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park
Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area ©
Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area

6
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Get in touch with nature at Po Lin Monastery and Lantau island. Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze). Pack the 15th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 17th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, stroll around Nan Lian Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), and examine the collection at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hong Kong online road trip planner.

Fly from Sanya to Hong Kong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Hong Kong can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Po Lin Monastery ©
Po Lin Monastery
Lantau island ©
Lantau island

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Humble Administrator's Garden and The Lingering Garden. Explore hidden gems such as Xitang Ancient Town and Shantang Street. When in Suzhou, make a side trip to see Shaxi Ancient Town in Taicang, approximately Taicang away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Master-of-Nets Garden, stroll around Tiger Hill, steep yourself in history at Tongli Town, and see the interesting displays at Suzhou Garden Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Suzhou attractions planner.

Fly from Hong Kong to Suzhou in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hong Kong in August: high temperatures in Suzhou hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Xitang Ancient Town, Shaxi Ancient Town
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Humble Administrator's Garden ©
Humble Administrator's Garden
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
The Lingering Garden ©
The Lingering Garden

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum and Huangpu River. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Bund (Wai Tan) and Zhujiajiao Ancient Town. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Tian Zi Fang, shop like a local with Former French Concession, pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple, and make a trip to Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Shanghai travel planner.

Take a train from Suzhou to Shanghai in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Suzhou in August, with highs in Shanghai at °F and lows at °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Tian Zi Fang ©
Tian Zi Fang
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum ©
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum

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