23 days in East Asia Itinerary

23 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Fly
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Guilin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yangshuo County
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Xing'an County
— 1 night
Drive
4
Ziyuan County
— 1 night
Drive
5
Longsheng County
— 1 night
Fly
6
Beihai
— 1 night
Train
7
Nanning
— 2 nights
Fly
8
Yinchuan
— 1 night
Fly
9
Hohhot
— 3 nights
Drive
10
Xinjiang County
— 2 nights
Drive to Linfen Qiaoli Airport, Fly to Lhasa
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Lhasa
— 2 nights
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Guilin

— 2 nights
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan), then get great views at Folded Brocade Hill (Diecai Hill), then explore the striking landscape at Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan), and finally admire the striking features of Daxu Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Ronghu Art Museum and then delve into the distant past at Jiangtouzhou Ancient Dwellings.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Guilin online itinerary maker.

San Francisco, USA to Guilin is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Guilin, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Guilin can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yangshuo County.

Things to do in Guilin

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Yangshuo County

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, grab your bike and head to Bike Asia Cycling Tours, and then don't miss a visit to West Street. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at South China Karst, then explore the striking landscape at Moon Hill, and then explore the activities along Yulong River.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Yangshuo County attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Guilin to Yangshuo County takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Yangshuo County, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Xing'an County.

Things to do in Yangshuo County

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Xing'an County

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Guilin Merryland Resort, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Xing'an Scenic Resort, and then explore the activities along Xing'an Waterway.

Plan a trip to Xing'an County easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can drive from Yangshuo County to Xing'an County in 2 hours. In January in Xing'an County, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ziyuan County.

Things to do in Xing'an County

Theme Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Parks

Ziyuan County

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Bajiaozhai National Forest Park and then get to know the fascinating history of Tianmen Mountain of Guilin.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ziyuan County trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Xing'an County to Ziyuan County takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in January, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Longsheng County.

Things to do in Ziyuan County

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Longsheng County

— 1 night
The highlight of a trip to Longsheng County is undoubtedly its terraced rice paddies.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Ping'an Village, make a trip to Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces, and then take in the awesome beauty at Longji Mountain.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Longsheng County trip app.

Traveling by car from Ziyuan County to Longsheng County takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Beihai.

Things to do in Longsheng County

Shopping · Nature · Historic Sites · Parks

Beihai

— 1 night
Tourism in Beihai flourishes due to its long-standing status as an important trade port, as well as its warm climate and scenic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): make a trip to Haijing Square, Beihai, then enjoy the sand and surf at Qiaogang Resort Beach, then stroll through Silver Beach (Yin Tan), and finally admire the striking features of Beihai Modern Architecture.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Beihai trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Longsheng County to Beihai in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Nanning.

Things to do in Beihai

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping
Highlights from your trip

Nanning

— 2 nights

Green City

Discover verdant natural scenery, a warm climate, and a diverse culture on a vacation in Nanning, a large city near the border with Vietnam.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): visit Nanning Zhongshan Snack Street, then contemplate the waterfront views at Nanhu Lake Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at China and Vietnam Friendship Pass. On the next day, examine the collection at Guangxi Museum of Nationalities, take in the awesome beauty at Qingxiu Mountain, and then don't miss a visit to Chaoyang Square.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nanning vacation maker website.

Traveling by train from Beihai to Nanning takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Nanning, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Yinchuan.

Things to do in Nanning

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Museums

Yinchuan

— 1 night
Yinchuan is the capital of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China, and former capital of the Western Xia Empire of the Tanguts. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): examine the collection at Ningxia Museum, fly down the slopes at Yinchuan Cuiliudao Ski Areas, then see the interesting displays at Jade Emperor Pavilion, and finally get engrossed in the history at Chengtian Temple (West Pagoda). Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Hanmeilin Art Museum Yinchuan, then explore the striking landscape at Gunzhongkou Scenic Resort, and then steep yourself in history at Western Xia Imperial Tombs.

Plan my trip to Yinchuan with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Explore your travel options from Nanning to Yinchuan with the Route module. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Nanning in January; daily highs in Yinchuan reach 31°F and lows reach 13°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hohhot.

Things to do in Yinchuan

Museums · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Hohhot

— 3 nights
Hohhot, abbreviated Hushi, formerly known as Kweisui, is the capital of Inner Mongolia in North China, serving as the region's administrative, economic and cultural centre. Get in touch with nature at Wusutu National Forest Park and Xilamuren Prairie. Dazhao Temple and Hohhot Mosque (Great Mosque) will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Hohhot to go to Baotou and see Meidaizhao Temple, which is approximately 2 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Inner Mongolia Museum, steep yourself in history at Suiyuan City Wall and General Government Office Site, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hohhot Five-Pagoda Temple (Wuta Si), and take in the awesome beauty at Aobao Mountain of Hohhot.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hohhot trip itinerary tool.

Explore your travel options from Yinchuan to Hohhot with the Route module. Traveling from Yinchuan in January, expect Hohhot to be slightly colder, temps between 25°F and 0°F. On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Xinjiang County.

Things to do in Hohhot

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Xinjiang County

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Gaochang, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Longxing Temple, and then delve into the distant past at Dongyue Temple of Wanrong, Yuncheng.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Xinjiang County trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Hohhot to Xinjiang County in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. You will leave for Lhasa on the 20th (Wed).

Things to do in Xinjiang County

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Lhasa

— 2 nights
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Off-Road Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Drak Yerpa and Tibet Museum. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Potala Palace, admire the striking features of Ani Tsankhung Nunnery, and take in the awesome beauty at Yaowang Mountain of Lhasa.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lhasa trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Xinjiang County to Lhasa. In January, daytime highs in Lhasa are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 21°F. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Guangxi travel guide

4.1
Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Bodies of Water
Known for its gorgeous natural scenery, hilly Guangxi offers a variety of walking trails, as well as the chance to visit picturesque historic mansions and well-preserved old town areas. A Guangxi itinerary typically includes a river boat cruise passing by spectacular limestone towers covered with lush vegetation. The area is also known for having one of the oldest canals in the world--now a World Heritage Site--as well as tiered rice terraces that look like the scales of a giant dragon. With a rich diversity of ethnic communities and cultural heritage, Guangxi offers a variety of ethnographic and archeological exhibits, including open-air museums featuring prehistoric cliff paintings. Visitors can also try the area's renowned Guilin rice noodles and visit local markets for traditional crafts.

Ningxia travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Cemeteries · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Lying on the huge Loess Plateau and the vast plain of the Yellow River, tiny Ningxia combines a sense of starkness with a rich set of historical sites. The Han Chinese and Mongols once battled on these lands, which today are home to the Hui, a Muslim minority. Tourist attractions in Ningxia include portions of the Great Wall of China and impressive collections of artifacts housed in museums. See hundreds of giant beehive-like Western Xia tombs, the mysterious 108 dagobas (Tibetan-style Buddhist mini-towers), or grottos with carved images of Buddha. A cable car whisks visitors upwards for scenic panoramas of the Helan Mountains and ancient rock art. Take a break during your Ningxia sightseeing to try the famous "eight treasures" tea with wolfberries, a local specialty.

Inner Mongolia travel guide

4
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Wildlife Areas
Covering most of the northern edge of China beyond the Great Wall, Inner Mongolia has scenic grasslands dotted with natural lakes, deserts, and industrial cities. Tourist attractions in Inner Mongolia include a World Heritage-listed geopark with a granite forest, ethnic villages, and museums detailing the life of nomadic tribes. Numerous lamaist temples housing exquisite bodhisattva images give insight into this autonomous region's Buddhist heritage. Certain traditions of the vast grassland empire remain alive and well: an itinerary in Inner Mongolia can include horse races, camel rides, and sand sledging, plus visits to Mongolian yurts and plenty of samples of kumis (fermented horse milk).

Tibet travel guide

4.6
Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Mountains
Roof of the World
Standing at an average height of 4,900 m (16,000 ft), Tibet reigns as the highest region on Earth. Tourism in Tibet revolves around the area's intense natural and cultural heritage, with Tibetan Buddhist sites and serious mountaineering drawing most visitors to the region. See the home of dalai lamas and their summer palaces, and take part in a meditation with monks. Outdoor adventures can take you to the world's highest saltwater, as well as one of the world's highest monasteries. Home to legendary Mount Everest and other soaring peaks, this "roof of the world" beckons to adventurous climbers, while several of China's major rivers have their source on the Tibetan Plateau. During your tour of Tibet, be sure to try some of the regional staples: roasted barley, yak meat, and yak butter tea.