31 days in China Itinerary

31 days in China Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Luanping County
— 1 day
2
Beijing
— 3 nights
3
Shanghai
— 3 nights
4
Huangshan
— 2 nights
5
Hong Kong
— 3 nights
6
Zhangjiajie
— 2 nights
7
Chengdu
— 2 nights
8
Emeishan
— 2 nights
9
Songpan County
— 1 night
10
Jiuzhaigou County
— 2 nights
11
Xi'an
— 2 nights
12
Dunhuang
— 2 nights
13
Lijiang
— 2 nights
14
Lhasa
— 3 nights

1
day
Luanping County

Luanping County
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Jinshanling Great Wall.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Luanping County trip itinerary planning website.

Milan, Italy to Luanping County is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to China Standard Time (CST) is 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Beijing.

Things to do in Luanping County

Historic Sites
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3
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 some historical perspective at Mutianyu Great Wall and Temple of Heaven. Get some cultural insight at Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dong Yue Miao (Dongyue Temple), take in panoramic vistas at Bell and Drum Towers, and get great views at Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan).

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

Drive from Luanping County to Beijing in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:
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Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

3
nights
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.
The Bund (Wai Tan) and Former French Concession will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) and Jade Buddha Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Xitang Ancient Town in Jiashan County (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, see the interesting displays at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and take in panoramic vistas at Jin Mao Tower.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Beijing to Shanghai by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of °C in Shanghai. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Huangshan.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Xitang Ancient Town
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town ©
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town

2
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Huangshan

Huangshan ©
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.
On the 26th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Huangshan UNESCO Global Geopark, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Huangshan, and then take in breathtaking views at Xihai Great Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Former Residence of Cheng Dawei, thentake some stellar pictures from Celestial Capital Peak (Tian Du Feng), and then admire the striking features of Huangshan Wanan Ancient Town.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Huangshan trip builder.

You can drive from Shanghai to Huangshan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Huangshan

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Huangshan Wanan Ancient Town
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:
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Mt. Huangshan ©
Mt. Huangshan
Huangshan UNESCO Global Geopark ©
Huangshan UNESCO Global Geopark
Xihai Great Canyon ©
Xihai Great Canyon

3
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lantau island and Po Lin Monastery. Get a sense of the local culture at Hong Kong Museum of History and Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence. Pack the 28th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), appreciate the history behind Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), examine the collection at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, and don't miss a visit to Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Huangshan to Hong Kong takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Lantau island ©
Lantau island
Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) ©
Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)

2
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Tianzi Mountain Clouds and then delve into the lush surroundings at Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): appreciate the views at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Zhangjiajie trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Zhangjiajie in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:
Highlights from your plan
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park ©
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Tianzi Mountain Clouds ©
Tianzi Mountain Clouds

2
nights
Chengdu

Chengdu ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zhaojue-Tempel, identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), thenstroll around Beihu Park, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Yinchang Valley. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: grab your bike and head to Adventure Access, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wenshu Yuan Monastery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Miyaluo Scenic Resort.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Chengdu trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Zhangjiajie to Chengdu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Chengdu sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Emeishan.

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Yinchang Valley, Miyaluo Scenic Resort
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Adventure Access ©
Adventure Access
Wenshu Yuan Monastery ©
Wenshu Yuan Monastery

2
nights
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.
On the 5th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wannian Temple, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Emei Mountain, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chunyang Temple. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo), admire the striking features of Baoguo Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fuhu Temple.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Emeishan holiday website.

Traveling by car from Chengdu to Emeishan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Songpan County.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Emei Mountain ©
Emei Mountain
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) ©
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
Wannian Temple
Wannian Temple

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Songpan County

Songpan County ©
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 7th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuanzhu Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Huanglong Scenic Valley, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Xueshanliang Ridge.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Songpan County vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Emeishan to Songpan County takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Songpan County

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Huanglong Scenic Valley ©
Huanglong Scenic Valley

2
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Jiuzhaigou County

Jiuzhaigou County ©
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
On the 8th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Jiuzailing Temple, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley, and then appreciate the views at Rize Valley.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Jiuzhaigou County trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Songpan County to Jiuzhaigou County by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve ©
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve

2
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
On the 10th (Sat), take in the natural beauty of Huaqing Palace, thentake an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, thendelve into the distant past at Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qin Dynasty of Xi'an, and finally explore the ancient world of Xi'an Bell Tower. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Tang Bo Art Museum, thencontemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Eight Immortals (Ba Xian An), and finally explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang).

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Xi'an trip planner.

You can fly from Jiuzhaigou County to Xi'an in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Xi'an are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center, Head underground at Mogao Caves, thensee the interesting displays at DunHuang ShiKu WenWu BaoHu YanJiu ChenLie ZhongXin, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dunhuang Leiyin Temple. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain, get engrossed in the history at Dunhuang Museum, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Xijin Tomb.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Dunhuang trip maker.

You can fly from Xi'an to Dunhuang in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:
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Mogao Caves ©
Mogao Caves
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain ©
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Three Parallel Rivers National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Mufu Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China, and then stroll through Black Dragon Pond Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lijiang road trip site.

Fly from Dunhuang to Lijiang in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Three Parallel Rivers National Park ©
Three Parallel Rivers National Park
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Black Dragon Pond Park ©
Black Dragon Pond Park

3
nights
Lhasa

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Potala Palace, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sera Monastery, and finally see Off-Road Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nechung Monastery and Temple.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lhasa trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lijiang to Lhasa in 6 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Lhasa are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:
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Off-Road Tours
Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple

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