31 days in China Itinerary

31 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China planner

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Lhasa
— 3 nights
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Dunhuang
— 2 nights
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Xi'an
— 2 nights
Fly to Jiuzhai Huanglong, Bus to Jiuzhaigou County
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 4 nights
Bus to Song Pan airport, Fly to Chengdu
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Chengdu
— 1 night
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Hong Kong
— 5 nights
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Shanghai
— 4 nights
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Beijing
— 5 nights
Drive
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Luanping County
— 2 nights
Drive to Beijing Capital International Airport, Fly to Hulunbuir
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Hulunbuir
— 2 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.
Lhasa is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Potala Palace, see Off-Road Tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sera Monastery, and steep yourself in history at Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si).

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lhasa attractions planning site.

Baku, Azerbaijan to Lhasa is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Baku to Lhasa due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Baku in August, with highs in Lhasa at 25°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center and then Head underground at Mogao Caves. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Xijin Tomb and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dunhuang holiday site.

You can fly from Lhasa to Dunhuang in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Xi'an.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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.
On the 7th (Sat), 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). On the next day, get a dose of the wild on Travel China Guide.

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Getting from Dunhuang to Xi'an by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Xi'an

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Jiuzhaigou County

— 4 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Songpan County (Huanglong Scenic Valley & Huanglong Valley). Spend the 10th (Tue) exploring nature at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. It doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Pearl Shoal Waterfalls and admire the verdant scenery at Rize Valley.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Jiuzhaigou County road trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
On the 13th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Jinsha Site Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi).

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Chengdu trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Chengdu in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Chengdu, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Chengdu

Museums · Parks · Wildlife

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 15th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Lantau island, make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline, take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), and take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History.

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Traveling by flight from Chengdu to Hong Kong takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Hong Kong when traveling from Chengdu in August, with lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to fly to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

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.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and stop by Spin Ceramics.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Shanghai trip site.

Getting from Hong Kong to Shanghai by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · 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.
Spend the 27th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: see Mutianyu Great Wall, see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China, take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and get in on the family fun at Olympic Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Beijing road trip planner.

You can fly from Shanghai to Beijing in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Shanghai in August since evenings lows in Beijing dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Luanping County.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Luanping County

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): make a trip to Jinshanling Great Wall.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Luanping County trip itinerary website.

Getting from Beijing to Luanping County by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. On the 29th (Sun), you'll travel to Hulunbuir.

Things to do in Luanping County

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Hulunbuir

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): make a trip to Hulunbuir Old Town and then stroll through Hulun Buir Prairie.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hulunbuir online itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Luanping County to Hulunbuir with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hulunbuir

Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

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.