45 days in China Itinerary

45 days in China Itinerary

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Shanghai
— 5 nights
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Huangshan
— 4 nights
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Hong Kong
— 6 nights
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Luoyang
— 1 night
Train
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Xi'an
— 5 nights
Fly to Jiuzhai Huanglong, Bus to Jiuzhaigou County
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 2 nights
Bus to Song Pan airport, Fly to Chengdu
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Chengdu
— 4 nights
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Lijiang
— 2 nights
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Lhasa
— 5 nights
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Dunhuang
— 2 nights
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Beijing
— 6 nights
Drive
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Luanping County
— 1 night
Drive to Beijing Capital International Airport, Fly to San Francisco

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Shanghai — 5 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: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road).

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Shanghai tour itinerary maker site.

San Francisco, USA to Shanghai is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from San Francisco to Shanghai. Traveling from San Francisco in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Shanghai: highs are around 79°F and lows about 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can take a train to Huangshan.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay May 18 — 23:

Huangshan — 4 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Huangshan: She County (Xuguo Stone Arch, Huangshan Nanqiao Building, &more) and Qiyun Mountain (in Xiuning County). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Huangshan, get great views at Celestial Capital Peak (Tian Du Feng), steep yourself in history at Tunxi Mountainous Town, and identify plant and animal life at Huangshan UNESCO Global Geopark.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Huangshan road trip website.

Getting from Shanghai to Huangshan by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Hong Kong.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 23 — 27:

Hong Kong — 6 nights

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Get out of town with these interesting Hong Kong side-trips: Macau (Macao Museum, Ruins of St. Paul's, &more). Pack the 29th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 30th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline, get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, and pause for some photo ops at Lantau island.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong road trip planner.

Fly from Huangshan to Hong Kong in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Hong Kong sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 78°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Luoyang.
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Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 27 — Jun 2:

Luoyang — 1 night

One of the oldest imperial cities in the country, Luoyang gives access to a wealth of cultural sites protected by UNESCO for their importance to the world's cultural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Binyang Cave and then explore the fascinating underground world of Longmen Grottoes.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Luoyang online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Hong Kong to Luoyang by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Xi'an.
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Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 3:
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Xi'an — 5 nights

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Spend the 5th (Mon) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), explore the ancient world of Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qin Dynasty of Xi'an, and make a trip to Muslim Quarter.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Xi'an trip planner.

Traveling by train from Luoyang to Xi'an takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Xi'an are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Jiuzhaigou County.
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Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 8:

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 9th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pearl Shoal Waterfalls.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Jiuzhaigou County travel route planner.

Getting from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Chengdu.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 10:

Chengdu — 4 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum (in Guanghan) and Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) (in Leshan). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), get engrossed in the history at Jinsha Site Museum, walk around Beihu Park, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Adventure Access.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Chengdu trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Chengdu takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Chengdu are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Lijiang.
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Museums · Parks · Trails · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): ponder the design of Black Dragon Pond Park and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Three Parallel Rivers National Park.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lijiang online itinerary planner.

Fly from Chengdu to Lijiang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can fly to Lhasa.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 16:

Lhasa — 5 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, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Potala Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokhang Temple, contemplate the long history of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), and make a trip to Lasa Sanquan Scenic Resort.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lhasa online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Lijiang to Lhasa by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. June in Lhasa sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Dunhuang.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 21:

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Xijin Tomb. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mogao Caves and then admire the masterpieces at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Dunhuang sightseeing site.

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Dunhuang takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Beijing.
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Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 23:

Beijing — 6 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: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), get great views at Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), and ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Beijing trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Dunhuang to Beijing by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Beijing are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Luanping County.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Classes
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 29:

Luanping County — 1 night

On the 30th (Fri), make a trip to Jinshanling Great Wall.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Luanping County planning app.

Traveling by car from Beijing to Luanping County takes 2 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 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 29 — 30:
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China travel guide

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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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