49 days in China Itinerary

49 days in China Itinerary

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Beijing
— 5 nights
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Xi'an
— 5 nights
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Lhasa
— 5 nights
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Lijiang
— 3 nights
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Emeishan
— 3 nights
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Chengdu
— 4 nights
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Yangshuo County
— 4 nights
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Hong Kong
— 6 nights
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Suzhou
— 4 nights
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Shanghai
— 6 nights
Fly to Beijing Capital, Bus to Luanping County
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Luanping County
— 2 nights
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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.
Spend the 22nd (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: see Mutianyu Great Wall, see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China, get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, and look for gifts at Nanluoguxiang.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Beijing trip planner.

Nashville, USA to Beijing is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Nashville to Beijing, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Xi'an.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 24:

Xi'an — 5 nights

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Spend the 27th (Sat) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xi'an Mosque, explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), and admire the landmark architecture of Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qin Dynasty of Xi'an.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Xi'an day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Xi'an takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. August in Xi'an sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can fly to Lhasa.
Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 29:

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, museums, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Potala Palace, see Off-Road Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and steep yourself in history at Sera Monastery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lhasa trip planner.

Getting from Xi'an to Lhasa by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Xi'an in August: high temperatures in Lhasa hover around 71°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Lijiang.
Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 3:

Lijiang — 3 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.
Spend the 5th (Mon) exploring nature at Three Parallel Rivers National Park. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China, make a trip to HuaMa Jie, admire the landmark architecture of Beiyue Temple of Lijiang, and stroll around Black Dragon Pond Park.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lijiang tour builder site.

Getting from Lhasa to Lijiang by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Lhasa in September, plan for warmer nights in Lijiang, with lows around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Emeishan.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 6:

Emeishan — 3 nights

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.
Take a break from Emeishan with a short trip to Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) in Leshan, about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Emei Mountain, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fuhu Temple, and delve into the distant past at Baoguo Temple.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Emeishan journey maker site.

You can fly from Lijiang to Emeishan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Chengdu.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:

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.
Chengdu is known for parks, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), visit West China Center of Medical Sciences, grab your bike and head to Adventure Access, and see the interesting displays at Sanhe Classic Car Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Chengdu journey planner.

Drive from Emeishan to Chengdu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Chengdu sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Yangshuo County.
Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:

Yangshuo County — 4 nights

Yangshuo County, the area surrounding a popular tourist resort town, boasts a landscape featuring all the ingredients necessary to attract a flood of tourists.
Get out of town with these interesting Yangshuo County side-trips: Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) (in Guilin) and Baxian Cave of Guilin (in Lingui County). Pack the 16th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Guilin Romance Park. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at South China Karst, take some stellar pictures from Xianggong Mountain, grab your bike and head to Bike Asia Cycling Tours, and explore the activities along Yulong River.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yangshuo County trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Chengdu to Yangshuo County takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chengdu in September: highs in Yangshuo County hover around 88°F, while lows dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hong Kong.
Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 17:

Hong Kong — 6 nights

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Venture out of the city with trips to Macau (Macao Museum, Ruins of St. Paul's, &more). Pack the 19th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 20th (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, admire the striking features of Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), and take in the waterfront at Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Hong Kong travel route planning app.

Take a train from Yangshuo County to Hong Kong in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yangshuo County in September since evenings lows in Hong Kong dip to 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can fly to Suzhou.
Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 23:

Suzhou — 4 nights

One of the oldest settlements in the Yangtze basin, Suzhou remains a complex, labyrinthine set of old canal districts, World Heritage gardens, and sprawling modern developments.
Step out of Suzhou to go to Jiashan County and see Xitang Ancient Town, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Suzhou Museum, steep yourself in history at Tongli Town, appreciate the extensive heritage of Shantang Street, and admire the masterpieces at Six Arts Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Suzhou road trip site.

Getting from Hong Kong to Suzhou by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Shanghai.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 27:

Shanghai — 6 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.
Spend the 3rd (Mon) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to The Bund (Wai Tan), examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), take an in-depth tour of Shanghai Development Exhibition Hall, and admire the landmark architecture of Jade Buddha Temple.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Shanghai trip itinerary builder site.

You can take a train from Suzhou to Shanghai in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Luanping County.
Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 3:

Luanping County — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): see Jinshanling Great Wall.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Luanping County tour planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Shanghai to Luanping County in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or drive. You will leave for home on the 5th (Wed).
Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:
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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.