22 days in China Itinerary

22 days in China Itinerary

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22 days in China Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Hong Kong
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Sanya
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Guilin
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
4
Zhangjiajie
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Lijiang
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Shangri-La County
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
7
Lhasa
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
Dunhuang
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
9
Beijing
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 45​min
10
Suzhou
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
11
Shanghai
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Po Lin Monastery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dragon's Back, and then take a stroll through Tsim Sha Tsui. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze), then take in nature's colorful creations at Chi Lin Nunnery, then kick back and relax at Repulse Bay Beach, and finally stroll through Lamma Island.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Hong Kong sightseeing planner.

Sydney, Australia to Hong Kong is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, subway, and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Hong Kong due to the time zone difference. In August, Hong Kong is much hotter than Sydney - with highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tsim Sha Tsui ©
Tsim Sha Tsui
Dragon's Back ©
Dragon's Back
Lamma Island ©
Lamma Island

2
nights
Sanya

Sanya ©
The climate and coastline bring visitors from far and wide on vacations to Sanya, with its 40 km (25 mi) of shoreline almost entirely devoted to tourism.
On the 13th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanshan Temple, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at The Lost Chambers Aquarium, then take in the natural beauty of Sanya Zhujiang Nantian Spa, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Yalong Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area, then hike along Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park, and then walk around Luhuitou Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Sanya tour itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Sanya takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Hong Kong in August since evenings lows in Sanya dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Guilin.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area ©
Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area

1
night
Guilin

Guilin ©
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
On the 15th (Thu), walk around Riyue Shuangta Cultural Park, don't miss a visit to Lijiang Folk Customs Garden, then explore the fascinating underground world of Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan), and finally identify plant and animal life at Xionglin Xionghu Villa of Guilin.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Guilin tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Sanya to Guilin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Guilin can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Guilin

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Xionglin Xionghu Villa of Guilin
Highlights from your plan
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) ©
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan)
Lijiang Folk Customs Garden ©
Lijiang Folk Customs Garden
Riyue Shuangta Cultural Park ©
Riyue Shuangta Cultural Park

2
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
On the 16th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Dayong City and then explore the fascinating underground world of Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Tianzi Mountain, delve into the lush surroundings at Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie, and then explore the activities along Golden Whip Brook.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Zhangjiajie trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Guilin to Zhangjiajie in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park ©
Tianzi Mountain ©
Tianzi Mountain

1
night
Lijiang

Lijiang ©
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 18th (Sun): cruise along Blue Moon Valley, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture, steep yourself in history at Shuhe Ancient Town, stroll around Lijiang Lion Rock, then make a trip to Mufu Palace, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Sanyan Well.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lijiang holiday planner.

You can fly from Zhangjiajie to Lijiang in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Lijiang are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town
Blue Moon Valley ©
Blue Moon Valley
Lijiang Lion Rock ©
Lijiang Lion Rock

1
night
Shangri-La County

Shangri-La County ©
Known previously as Zhongdian, Shangri-La County gained its current name in an attempt by city officials to promote tourism.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumtsaling Monastery, take in breathtaking views at Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia), and then stroll around Guishan Park.

Start your trip to Shangri-La County by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Lijiang to Shangri-La County takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) ©
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)
Sumtsaling Monastery
Sumtsaling Monastery

2
nights
Lhasa

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at 72 Curves of Nujiang River, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple, contemplate the long history of Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden), then contemplate the long history of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zhaji Temple. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Sera Monastery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Barkhor Street, and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lhasa online tour builder .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Shangri-La County to Lhasa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In August in Lhasa, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

72 Curves of Nujiang River
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Barkhor Street ©
Barkhor Street

1
night
Dunhuang

Dunhuang ©
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.
On the 22nd (Thu), witness a stunning natural landmark at Crescent Moon Pool, take in the awesome beauty at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain, then look for gifts at Shazhou Market, and finally Head underground at Mogao Caves.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Dunhuang day trip tool .

You can fly from Lhasa to Dunhuang in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mogao Caves ©
Mogao Caves
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain ©
Crescent Moon Pool ©
Crescent Moon Pool

3
nights
Beijing

Beijing ©
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.
Get outdoors at Back Lakes (Hou Hai) and Simatai Great Wall. Explore hidden gems such as 798 Art Zone and Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan). The adventure continues: admire the verdant scenery at Longqing Gorge, get engrossed in the history at Beijing Capital Museum, examine the collection at Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum, and get in on the family fun at Happy Valley of Beijing.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Beijing trip planner .

You can fly from Dunhuang to Beijing in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Beijing

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Simatai Great Wall ©
Simatai Great Wall
Back Lakes (Hou Hai) ©
Back Lakes (Hou Hai)
Longqing Gorge ©
Longqing Gorge

2
nights
Suzhou

Suzhou ©
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.
On the 26th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Lion Forest Garden, stroll around The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, admire the natural beauty at Humble Administrator's Garden, then get a taste of the local shopping with Pingjiang Road, then examine the collection at Suzhou Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Shantang Street. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of The Lingering Garden, walk around Tiger Hill, contemplate the long history of Tongli Town, then get a taste of the local shopping with Shiquan Street, and finally explore the activities along Jinji Lake.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Suzhou trip planner .

Getting from Beijing to Suzhou by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in August, expect nights in Suzhou to be warmer, around 43°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 43°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Humble Administrator's Garden ©
Humble Administrator's Garden
The Lingering Garden ©
The Lingering Garden
Suzhou Garden Museum ©
Suzhou Garden Museum

3
nights
Shanghai

Shanghai ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Xitang Ancient Town, then see the interesting displays at Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, then stop by Tian Zi Fang, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Former French Concession. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): wander the streets of Old Town (Nanshi), contemplate the waterfront views at Huangpu River, then take a stroll through Pudong New Area, then enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai Tower, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Shanghai trip tool .

Getting from Suzhou to Shanghai by train takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and subway; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Suzhou in August: high temperatures in Shanghai hover around 38°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Neighborhoods Spas Historic Sites

Side Trip

Xitang Ancient Town
Highlights from your plan
Pudong New Area ©
Pudong New Area
Old Town (Nanshi) ©
Old Town (Nanshi)
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town

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