31 days in China Itinerary

31 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China trip itinerary planner

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Shanghai
— 5 nights
Train
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Suzhou
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hangzhou
— 1 night
Fly
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Hong Kong
— 5 nights
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Lijiang
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lhasa
— 3 nights
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Emeishan
— 3 nights
Fly to Jiuzhai Huanglong, Bus to Jiuzhaigou County
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 1 night
Bus to Song Pan airport, Fly to Xi'an
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Xi'an
— 2 nights
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Beijing
— 5 nights
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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.
Spend the 4th (Mon) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), admire the striking features of Jade Buddha Temple, and get great views at Jin Mao Tower.

Plan trip to Shanghai with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Ankara, Turkey to Shanghai is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to China Standard Time is 5 hours. Traveling from Ankara in July, you will find days in Shanghai are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Suzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Suzhou

— 3 nights

Venice of the East

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.
Go for a jaunt from Suzhou to Jiashan County to see Xitang Ancient Town about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Tongli Town, see the interesting displays at Suzhou Museum, walk around The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Shantang Street.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Suzhou road trip tool.

Traveling by train from Shanghai to Suzhou takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Shanghai in July: highs in Suzhou hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Hangzhou

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): go for a walk through West Lake (Xi Hu) and then don't miss a visit to Hangzhou Wang Village.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hangzhou trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Suzhou to Hangzhou takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Suzhou in July, you will find days in Hangzhou are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to fly to Hong Kong.
Highlights from your trip

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hong Kong: Macau (Macau Museum of Art, Ruins of St. Paul's, &more). Pack the 12th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 13th (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), engage your brain at Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and take in the waterfront at Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hong Kong trip builder.

You can fly from Hangzhou to Hong Kong in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Lijiang.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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.
On the 16th (Sat), ponder the design of Black Dragon Pond Park and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Three Parallel Rivers National Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lijiang trip itinerary maker site.

Fly from Hong Kong to Lijiang in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Hong Kong in July: highs in Lijiang hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Lhasa.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Lhasa

— 3 nights
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Lhasa is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Potala Palace, contemplate the long history of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), don't miss a visit to Lasa Sanquan Scenic Resort, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lhasa online journey planner.

Getting from Lijiang to Lhasa by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Lijiang in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 14°C in Lhasa. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Emeishan.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Emeishan

— 3 nights
A city forever linked with the mountain of the same name, Emeishan sits next to one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China, now a World Heritage Site.
Change things up with a short trip to Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) in Leshan (about 44 minutes away). There's still lots to do: stroll through Emei Mountain and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fuhu Temple.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Emeishan trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Emeishan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife · 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 24th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Jiuzhaigou County online tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Emeishan to Jiuzhaigou County in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Xi'an

— 2 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and then explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the top attractions with Travel China Guide.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Xi'an trip builder site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Xi'an takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can fly to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China, get great views at Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), and find something for the whole family at Olympic Park.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Beijing trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Beijing takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

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.