30 days in China Itinerary

30 days in China Itinerary

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Shanghai
— 4 nights
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Hong Kong
— 6 nights
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Lijiang
— 2 nights
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Lhasa
— 4 nights
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Dunhuang
— 2 nights
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Xi'an
— 4 nights
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Luanping County
— 1 night
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Beijing
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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: get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan), make a trip to Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road).

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Shanghai trip itinerary website.

Minneapolis, USA to Shanghai is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Shanghai is 14 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Minneapolis in September: high temperatures in Shanghai hover around 83°F and lows are around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Hong Kong.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 6:

Hong Kong — 6 nights

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 8th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 10th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, appreciate the history behind Lantau island, and don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hong Kong itinerary planning site.

Getting from Shanghai to Hong Kong by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in September, things will get a bit warmer in Hong Kong: highs are around 90°F and lows about 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Lijiang.
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Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 12:

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): stroll through Black Dragon Pond Park and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Three Parallel Rivers National Park.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lijiang day trip planning tool.

Fly from Hong Kong to Lijiang in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Hong Kong in September; daily highs in Lijiang reach 75°F and lows reach 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Lhasa.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

Lhasa — 4 nights

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Lhasa is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Potala Palace, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, make a trip to Lasa Sanquan Scenic Resort, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lhasa tour builder app.

Traveling by flight from Lijiang to Lhasa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Lijiang in September, expect nights in Lhasa to be colder, around 51°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Dunhuang.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 18:

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 19th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mogao Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at DunHuang ShiKu WenWu BaoHu YanJiu ChenLie ZhongXin and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Dunhuang day trip app.

Fly from Lhasa to Dunhuang in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Xi'an.
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Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:

Xi'an — 4 nights

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Spend the 23rd (Fri) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, delve into the distant past at Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qin Dynasty of Xi'an, contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and don't miss a visit to Muslim Quarter.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Xi'an journey planner.

Getting from Dunhuang to Xi'an by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Xi'an are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Luanping County.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 24:

Luanping County — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): see Jinshanling Great Wall.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Xi'an to Luanping County in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Beijing.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:
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Beijing — 5 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: trek along Mutianyu Great Wall, take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China, and find something for the whole family at Olympic Park.

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

Traveling by car from Luanping County to Beijing takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. September in Beijing sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 30:

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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