29 days in China Itinerary

29 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China holiday planner
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Shanghai
— 4 nights
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Hong Kong
— 8 nights
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Lijiang
— 2 nights
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Lhasa
— 2 nights
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Chengdu
— 1 night
Fly to Jiuzhai Huanglong, Bus to Jiuzhaigou County
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 1 night
Bus to Song Pan airport, Fly to Xi'an
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Xi'an
— 3 nights
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Beijing
— 4 nights
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Luanping County
— 2 nights
Drive to Beijing Capital International Airport, Fly to Montgomery

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Shanghai — 4 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.
Shanghai is known for sightseeing, shopping, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), make a trip to Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and wander the streets of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Shanghai trip planner.

Montgomery, USA to Shanghai is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Montgomery to Shanghai is 14 hours. Traveling from Montgomery in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Shanghai, with lows around 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Hong Kong.
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Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 6:

Hong Kong — 8 nights

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hong Kong: Macau (Macau Museum of Art, Ruins of St. Paul's, &more). Pack the 8th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 10th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), stroll around Nan Lian Garden, get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Heritage Museum, and appreciate the history behind Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha).

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Hong Kong road trip planner.

You can fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Lijiang.
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Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
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Find places to stay Jul 6 — 14:

Lijiang — 2 nights

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.
On the 15th (Sat), ponder the design of Black Dragon Pond Park and then don't miss a visit to Old Town of Lijiang - China. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Three Parallel Rivers National Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lijiang trip planner.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Lijiang in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Hong Kong in July, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Lijiang: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Lhasa.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:

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 17th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Potala Palace and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sera Monastery and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokhang Temple.

To see where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Lhasa trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Lijiang to Lhasa in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Lijiang in July, Lhasa is slightly colder at night with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Chengdu.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

Chengdu — 1 night

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 19th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Jinsha Site Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi).

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Chengdu road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Lhasa to Chengdu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lhasa in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Chengdu: highs are around 89°F and lows about 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Jiuzhaigou County.
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Museums · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 19:

Jiuzhaigou County — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Jiuzhaigou County vacation builder website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou County takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Xi'an.
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Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 20:
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Xi'an — 3 nights

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Spend the 21st (Fri) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, make a trip to Kaiyuan Square, walk around Celebration Palace Park, and delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang).

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Xi'an trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Xi'an takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. July in Xi'an sees daily highs of 93°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Beijing.
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Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:

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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Mutianyu Great Wall, appreciate the history behind Bell and Drum Towers, find something for the whole family at Olympic Park, and steep yourself in history at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Beijing vacation planning app.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Beijing takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Beijing can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Luanping County.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 27:

Luanping County — 2 nights

On the 28th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Jinshanling Great Wall.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Luanping County route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Beijing to Luanping County takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:
Highlights from your trip

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.
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