30 days in China Itinerary

30 days in China Itinerary

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Train to Warszawa Centralna, Fly to Lhasa
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Lhasa
— 3 nights
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Shangri-La County
— 1 night
Drive
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Lijiang
— 3 nights
Fly
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Yangshuo County
— 3 nights
Fly
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Sanya
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hong Kong
— 5 nights
Fly
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Shanghai
— 5 nights
Fly
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Beijing
— 5 nights
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Lhasa

— 3 nights
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Off-Road Tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Jokhang Temple and Great Mosque. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Potala Palace, take in the awesome beauty at Yaowang Mountain of Lhasa, and admire the striking features of Ani Tsankhung Nunnery.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lhasa day trip planner.

Gdansk, Poland to Lhasa is an approximately 21-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Gdansk to Lhasa, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Gdansk in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lhasa: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Shangri-La County

— 1 night
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 6th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Bitahai Nature Reserve and then identify plant and animal life at Lanyue Mountain Valley.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Shangri-La County online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Shangri-La County takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Wildlife · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Lijiang

— 3 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.
Mufu Palace and Old Town of Lijiang - China will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lijiang Mural and Ancient City Zhongyi Market. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Lashi Lake and explore the ancient world of Beiyue Temple of Lijiang.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lijiang day trip planner.

Getting from Shangri-La County to Lijiang by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Yangshuo County.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Yangshuo County

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Xionglin Xionghu Villa of Guilin and Fubo Hill. Visit Fuli Ancient Town and Tall Banyan for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: take a spin around town with Bike Asia Cycling Tours and stroll around Yangshuo Historic Landscape Park.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Yangshuo County online visit planner.

You can fly from Lijiang to Yangshuo County in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in April, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Sanya.

Things to do in Yangshuo County

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sanya

— 3 nights

Gateway to the South

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Sanya Zhujiang Nantian Spa and Sanya Coral Reef National Nature Reserve. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sanya Redaiyulin Square and Sanya River Birds Nature Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Sanya: Nanwan Monkey Island (in Lingshui County) and Qixian Ridge (in Baoting County). The adventure continues: cool off at Yalong Bay.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sanya travel route planning website.

Getting from Yangshuo County to Sanya by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. In April, Sanya is a bit warmer than Yangshuo County - with highs of 35°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hong Kong

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Get some historical perspective at Po Lin Monastery and Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Soho and Monster Building. There's much more to do: hike along Dragon's Back, get great views at Beacon Hill Viewing Point, work some fitness into your day at Lai Chi Wo Village and Nature Trail, and enjoy the sand and surf at Repulse Bay Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hong Kong trip planner.

You can fly from Sanya to Hong Kong in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. When traveling from Sanya in April, plan for slightly colder days in Hong Kong, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Wildlife

Shanghai

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Orient

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.
Get some historical perspective at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Ruiguang Tower. Take a break from the city and head to Jinji Lake and Chang Guang Xi National Wetland Park. Explore Shanghai's surroundings by going to Jiaxing South Lake (in Jiaxing) and Suzhou West Hill Scenic Area (in Suzhou). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, take a stroll through Former French Concession, visit Taikang Road, and identify plant and animal life at Shanghai Wild Animal Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Shanghai online journey planner.

Fly from Hong Kong to Shanghai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hong Kong in April, things will get little chillier in Shanghai: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Mutianyu Great Wall and Back Lakes (Hou Hai). Your inner history buff will appreciate Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Meridian Gate (Wu Men), ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven, admire the landmark architecture of Gong Wang Fu, and take in panoramic vistas at Bell and Drum Towers.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Beijing online trip maker.

Fly from Shanghai to Beijing in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Beijing when traveling from Shanghai in April, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

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.