26 days in China Itinerary

26 days in China Itinerary

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Fly to Shijiazhuang Daguocun International Airport, Drive to Zhao County
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Zhao County
— 1 night
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Drive to Shijiazhuang Daguocun International Airport, Fly to Longdongbao Airport, Drive to Kaili
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Kaili
— 2 nights
Drive
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Guiyang
— 3 nights
Train
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Kunming
— 4 nights
Train
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Dali
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lijiang
— 4 nights
Drive
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Shangri-La County
— 4 nights
Fly

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Zhao County

On the 22nd (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Dharani Pillar Column.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Zhao County trip site.

Paphos, Cyprus to Zhao County is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to China Standard Time (CST) is 6 hours. July in Zhao County sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kaili.

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Kaili

Kaili is a county-level city under the administration of Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, in southeastern Guizhou province, People's Republic of China. Get out of town with these interesting Kaili side-trips: Shibing County (Shanmu River & Yuntai Mountain of Guizhou) and Xijiang Miao Nationality Village (in Leishan County). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Miao Village, explore the world behind art at Kaili Minority Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Xianglushan Mountain of Kaili.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kaili visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Zhao County to Kaili with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Guiyang.

Things to do in Kaili

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Guiyang

Forest City

While not really a tourist city, Guiyang has a number of attractions, a welcoming character, and offers convenient access to a wealth of regional sites.
Guiyang is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Guizhou Province Nationality Museum, stroll around Guizhou Forest Park, admire the striking features of Qingyan Ancient Town, and explore the activities along Tianhe Lake.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Guiyang online route maker.

You can drive from Kaili to Guiyang in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Guiyang are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kunming.

Things to do in Guiyang

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

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Kunming

City of Eternal Spring

With a temperate climate at 2,000 m (6,600 ft) and a variety of tourist attractions, Kunming makes a popular gateway for exploring Yunnan Province.
Step out of Kunming to go to Shilin County and see Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Green Lake (Cui Hu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yuantong Temple, make a trip to Kunming Dragon Gate, and contemplate the long history of Kunming Golden Temple.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kunming trip planner.

Traveling by train from Guiyang to Kunming takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Guiyang in July; daily highs in Kunming reach 28°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Dali.

Things to do in Kunming

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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Dali

Combining a glorious past with modern conveniences and scenic natural surroundings, Dali stands out as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Yunnan, perched in a strategic location and boasting fertile fields for agriculture.
Dali is known for nature, classes, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Cangshan Mountain, identify plant and animal life at Mt.Cangshan and Erhai Lake Scenic Resort, make a trip to Dali Foreigner Street, and take in the pleasant sights at Yunnan Shaxi Ancient Town.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Dali travel tool.

You can take a train from Kunming to Dali in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lijiang.

Things to do in Dali

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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Lijiang

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lijiang: Yulong County (Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain & Lijiang Spruce Plain). Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Three Parallel Rivers National Park. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China, ponder the design of Black Dragon Pond Park, stroll through Blue Moon Valley, and pause for some photo ops at Sanyan Well.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lijiang online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Dali to Lijiang by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. August in Lijiang sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Shangri-La County

Known previously as Zhongdian, Shangri-La County gained its current name in an attempt by city officials to promote tourism.
Shangri-La County is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia), stroll around Guishan Park, explore the striking landscape of Potatso National Park, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Shangri-La Highland Craft Brewery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Shangri-La County tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Lijiang to Shangri-La County takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries

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.