22 days in China Itinerary

22 days in China Itinerary

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Fly to Beijing Capital International Airport, Drive to Luanping County
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Luanping County
— 1 night
Drive
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Beijing
— 4 nights
Fly
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Songpan County
— 1 night
Drive
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 2 nights
Bus to Mianyang, Fly to Lhasa
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Lhasa
— 2 nights
Fly
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Xi'an
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hong Kong
— 4 nights
Fly
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Huangshan
— 1 night
Train
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Shanghai
— 3 nights
Fly

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Luanping County — 1 night

Keep things going the next day: see Jinshanling Great Wall.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Luanping County online day trip planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Luanping County is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 13 hours traveling from Ottawa to Luanping County due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Beijing.
Historic Sites
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Beijing — 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mutianyu Great Wall and Lama Temple (Yonghegong). Your inner history buff will appreciate Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Peking Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling (Song Qingling Guju). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China, get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, and get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Beijing trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Luanping County to Beijing in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Songpan County.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 4 — 8:

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 9th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Huanglong Scenic Valley and then stroll through Xueshanliang Ridge.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Songpan County trip planning app.

Getting from Beijing to Songpan County by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, taxi, and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Jiuzhaigou County.
Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 8 — 9:
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Jiuzhaigou County — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Jiuzhaigou County road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Songpan County to Jiuzhaigou County takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lhasa.
Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 9 — 11:
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Lhasa — 2 nights

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
On the 12th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Sera Monastery and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Potala Palace and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Lhasa takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Lhasa are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to fly to Xi'an.
Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

Xi'an — 2 nights

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and then explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang). Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on Travel China Guide.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Xi'an trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lhasa to Xi'an in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Lhasa in May, with highs in Xi'an at 30°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Hong Kong.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:

Hong Kong — 4 nights

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tai Long Wan and Big Wave Bay Beach. You'll explore and learn at Hong Kong Museum of History and Macau Museum of Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Hong Kong: Macau (Ruins of St. Paul's & Macao Museum). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Lantau island, make a trip to Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, examine the collection at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, and enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak).

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hong Kong itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Hong Kong takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Xi'an in May, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Hong Kong: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to fly to Huangshan.
Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 15 — 19:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Huangshan and then stroll through Huangshan UNESCO Global Geopark.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Huangshan journey maker.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Huangshan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Shanghai.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay May 19 — 20:

Shanghai — 3 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Jade Buddha Temple. Spend the 21st (Sat) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), get great views at Jin Mao Tower, and take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Shanghai trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Huangshan to Shanghai by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. May in Shanghai sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay May 20 — 23:

China travel guide

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Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
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.