32 days in China Itinerary

32 days in China Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hong Kong
— 4 nights
2
Sanya
— 2 nights
3
Guilin
— 2 nights
4
Lijiang
— 2 nights
5
Lhasa
— 4 nights
6
Xi'an
— 3 nights
7
Zhangjiajie
— 2 nights
8
Beijing
— 4 nights
9
Suzhou
— 3 nights
10
Shanghai
— 5 nights

4
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Lantau island and Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha). Do your shopping at IFC mall and MILK Shirts. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland, browse the eclectic array of goods at Bird Garden Yuen Po Street, and take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hong Kong online trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Hong Kong is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Hong Kong Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Hong Kong hover around 34°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Lantau island ©
Lantau island
Hong Kong Museum of History ©
Hong Kong Museum of History

2
nights
Sanya

Sanya ©
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.
On the 24th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanshan Temple and then explore the striking landscape at Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area. On your second day here, browse the different shops at Pineapple Shopping Center, then trek along Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park, and then take advantage of the amenities at Yalong Bay.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sanya road trip tool.

Fly from Hong Kong to Sanya in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Guilin.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan Temple
Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park ©
Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park

2
nights
Guilin

Guilin ©
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
On the 26th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Lijiang Folk Customs Garden and then Head underground at Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Guilin online road trip planner.

You can fly from Sanya to Guilin in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sanya in October; daily highs in Guilin reach 31°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Guilin

Tours · Shopping · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) ©
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan)
Lijiang Folk Customs Garden ©
Lijiang Folk Customs Garden
Photography Tours

2
nights
Lijiang

Lijiang ©
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 28th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Blue Moon Valley, then stroll around Black Dragon Pond Park, and then contemplate the long history of Shuhe Ancient Town. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China and then steep yourself in history at Mufu Palace.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lijiang road trip planner.

You can fly from Guilin to Lijiang in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Blue Moon Valley ©
Blue Moon Valley

4
nights
Lhasa

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Off-Road Tours. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sera Monastery, contemplate the long history of Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden), and admire the landmark architecture of Potala Palace.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lhasa road trip planning app.

Getting from Lijiang to Lhasa by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Lhasa can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Barkhor Street ©
Barkhor Street
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Get some historical perspective at Xi'an Bell Tower and Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shaanxi History Museum and Tang Bo Art Museum. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Xi'an Museum, get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Xi'an Mosque.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Xi'an trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Xi'an takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lhasa in November, Xi'an is a bit warmer at night with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling) ©
Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling)
Shaanxi History Museum ©
Shaanxi History Museum

2
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Zhangjiajie trip planner.

Fly from Xi'an to Zhangjiajie in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute ©
Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute

4
nights
Beijing

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.
Visit Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and 798 Art Zone. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, see The Great Wall at Badaling, get great views at Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), and ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Beijing trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Zhangjiajie to Beijing in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in November, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

3
nights
Suzhou

Suzhou ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Xitang Ancient Town and Suzhou Garden Museum. Get some historical perspective at The Lingering Garden and Shantang Street. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Humble Administrator's Garden, take in the exciting artwork at Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute, steep yourself in history at Tongli Town, and get a taste of the local shopping with Pingjiang Road.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Suzhou trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Suzhou takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in November, expect nights in Suzhou to be much warmer, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Xitang Ancient Town
Highlights from your plan
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
The Lingering Garden ©
The Lingering Garden
Suzhou Garden Museum ©
Suzhou Garden Museum

5
nights
Shanghai

Shanghai ©
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 a sense of the local culture at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre. You'll explore and learn at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) and M50 Creative Park. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Former French Concession, enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), visit Xintiandi, and buy something for everyone on your list at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by train from Suzhou to Shanghai takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Suzhou in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Shanghai, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Tian Zi Fang ©
Tian Zi Fang
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession

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