16 days in East Asia Itinerary

16 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China holiday planner

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Fly
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Lijiang
— 2 nights
Fly to Chengdu, Bus to Jiuzhaigou County
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 1 night
Bus to Song Pan airport, Fly to Beijing
3
Beijing
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Hangzhou
— 2 nights
Train
5
Huangshan
— 1 night
Train to Hangzhou East, Fly to Zhangjiajie
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Zhangjiajie
— 1 night
Fly to Kunming Changshui International Airport, Drive to Yuanyang County
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Yuanyang County
— 1 night
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Drive to Kunming Changshui International Airport, Fly to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Drive to Washington DC

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Lijiang

— 2 nights

Suzhou on the Plateau

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 3rd (Sun): explore the ancient world of Beiyue Temple of Lijiang. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Yulong Snow Mountain Ski Area and then stop by Ancient City Zhongyi Market.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lijiang day trip planning app.

Washington DC, USA to Lijiang is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 13 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Lijiang

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Jiuzailing Temple and then stroll through Wucaichi.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Jiuzhaigou County sightseeing app.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Lijiang to Jiuzhaigou County in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. On the 6th (Wed), you're off to Beijing.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Beijing

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): stroll around Ditan Park, then steep yourself in history at Gong Wang Fu, and then explore the historical opulence of Inner Court. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Beijing day trip tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Beijing takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Hangzhou

— 2 nights

Paradise on Earth

Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
On the 9th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Faxi Temple and then hike along Yunxi Zhujing Scenic Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): Head underground at Yaoling Cave and then explore the striking landscape at Chuilun Tongtian River.

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Getting from Beijing to Hangzhou by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Hangzhou, with lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Huangshan.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Fuxi Tianhu Lake and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Huangshan online trip maker.

Getting from Hangzhou to Huangshan by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Huangshan

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Zhangjiajie

— 1 night
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple, then take in the dramatic natural features at Xihai Stone Forest, and then stroll through Suoxiyu Nature Reserve. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at WulongZhai and then take in the exciting artwork at Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute.

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Do a combination of train and flight from Huangshan to Zhangjiajie in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yuanyang County.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Yuanyang County

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Mengpin Terrace and then explore the striking landscape at Honghe Hani Rice Terraces. On the next day, stroll through Mali Village.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Yuanyang County online journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zhangjiajie to Yuanyang County. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yuanyang County

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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