31 days in China Itinerary

31 days in China Itinerary

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Shanghai
— 4 nights
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Beijing
— 5 nights
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Luanping County
— 1 night
Bus to Dongzhimen, Fly to Xi'an
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Xi'an
— 3 nights
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Chengdu
— 1 night
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Emeishan
— 2 nights
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Dunhuang
— 2 nights
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Lhasa
— 3 nights
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Lijiang
— 1 night
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Yangshuo County
— 3 nights
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Hong Kong
— 5 nights
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Shanghai

— 4 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. Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), take in the spiritual surroundings of Longhua Temple, and enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Shanghai travel route planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Shanghai is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Jakarta to Shanghai. In October, Shanghai is a bit cooler than Jakarta - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

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: explore the ancient world of Mutianyu Great Wall, steep yourself in history at Temple of Heaven, take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and admire the striking features of The Palace Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Beijing trip planner.

Getting from Shanghai to Beijing by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in October, things will get a bit cooler in Beijing: highs are around 22°C and lows about 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Luanping County.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Luanping County

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): see Jinshanling Great Wall.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Luanping County trip builder tool.

You can drive from Beijing to Luanping County in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Luanping County

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Xi'an

— 3 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Spend the 13th (Wed) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), and make a trip to Muslim Quarter.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Xi'an road trip website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Luanping County to Xi'an in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or drive. In October in Xi'an, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to fly to Chengdu.

Things to do in Xi'an

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Chengdu

— 1 night

Hibiscus City

The home of giant pandas for more than two million years, Chengdu's vast human history cowers in comparison to the natural heritage of the area.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Adventure Access and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi).

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Chengdu trip itinerary website.

Getting from Xi'an to Chengdu by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Xi'an in October since evenings lows in Chengdu dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Emeishan.

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails

Emeishan

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): admire the striking features of Baoguo Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wannian Temple. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo).

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Emeishan trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chengdu to Emeishan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dunhuang

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center and then Head underground at Mogao Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, read Dunhuang day trip planning website.

Getting from Emeishan to Dunhuang by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Lhasa.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Nature · Parks · Museums · 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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Potala Palace, steep yourself in history at Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), get outside with Outdoor Activities, and don't miss a visit to Lasa Sanquan Scenic Resort.

To see photos and more tourist information, use the Lhasa trip app.

Getting from Dunhuang to Lhasa by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. October in Lhasa sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Lijiang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Lijiang

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lijiang trip website.

You can fly from Lhasa to Lijiang in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Yangshuo County.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Historic Sites

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.
Go for a jaunt from Yangshuo County to Guilin to see Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) about 1h 30 min away. Pack the 25th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Guilin Romance Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at South China Karst, take in the pleasant sights at Xianggong Mountain, and grab your bike and head to Bike Asia Cycling Tours.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yangshuo County day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Lijiang to Yangshuo County takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Yangshuo County can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can take a train to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Yangshuo County

Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side 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.
Pack the 28th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 29th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), take a leisurely stroll along Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hong Kong trip planner.

You can take a train from Yangshuo County to Hong Kong in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Hong Kong when traveling from Yangshuo County in October, with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

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.