32 days in East Asia Itinerary

32 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Beijing
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Beijing
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chengde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pingyao County
— 1 night
Train
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Xi'an
— 3 nights
Fly
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Xiahe County
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 2 nights
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Bus to Mianyang, Fly to Beijing Capital, Bus to Chengde
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Chengde
— 1 night
Bus to Beijing Sihui, Fly to Lijiang
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Lijiang
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dali
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yuanyang County
— 1 night
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Drive to Kunming Changshui International Airport, Fly to Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport, Drive to Macau
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Macau
— 2 nights
Helicopter
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Hong Kong
— 2 nights
Fly
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Yangshuo County
— 2 nights
Drive
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Guilin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Longsheng County
— 1 night
Drive to Guilin Liangjiang International Airport, Fly to Bristol

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Beijing

— 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Gong Wang Fu. Step off the beaten path and head to Meridian Gate (Wu Men) and Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Back Lakes (Hou Hai), walk around Temple of Heaven, and get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Beijing trip planner.

Bristol, UK to Beijing is an approximately 16-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Bristol to Beijing. In September, daytime highs in Beijing are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Chengde.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Chengde

— 2 nights
Dominated by an extraordinary, UNESCO-protected red and white palace complex sprawling up the mountainside, Chengde remains a summer resort fit for royalty.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Eight Outer Temples, then contemplate the long history of Temple of Universal Peace (Puning si), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Universal Happiness (Pule si).

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Chengde trip planner.

Getting from Beijing to Chengde by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Pingyao County.

Things to do in Chengde

Historic Sites

Pingyao County

— 1 night
An ancient walled city, Pingyao County can trace its history back around 2,700 years, and has been designated a World Heritage Site.
On the 28th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Ping Yao Gu Cheng.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Pingyao County day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Chengde to Pingyao County takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. September in Pingyao County sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Xi'an.

Things to do in Pingyao 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.
Xi'an Bell Tower and Small Goose Pagoda will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling) and Forest of Stone Steles Museum. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xi'an Mosque, examine the collection at Xi'an Museum, take an in-depth tour of Shaanxi History Museum, and don't miss a visit to Daxuexixiang Mosque.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Xi'an holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Pingyao County to Xi'an takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Pingyao County in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Xi'an. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Xiahe County.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites · Museums

Xiahe County

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): delve into the distant past at Bajiao Town Site and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Labrang Monastery (Labuleng Si).

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Xiahe County trip itinerary planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Xi'an to Xiahe County. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Xiahe County

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Jiuzhaigou County

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Nuorilang Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley and then admire the sheer force of Pearl Shoal Waterfalls.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Jiuzhaigou County road trip site.

You can drive from Xiahe County to Jiuzhaigou County in 8 hours. On the 6th (Wed), you'll travel to Chengde.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Chengde

— 1 night
On the 7th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Emperor Guan Temple Resort and then explore the historical opulence of Imperial Summer Palace of Mountain Resort.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Chengde trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Chengde in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Chengde

Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Moon Valley, then contemplate the long history of Baisha Ancient Town, and then steep yourself in history at Shuhe Ancient Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Sanyan Well, then don't miss a visit to Old Town of Lijiang - China, then contemplate the long history of Mufu Palace, and finally don't miss a visit to Yuhe Square.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lijiang trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Chengde to Lijiang takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dali.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Dali

— 2 nights
Combining a glorious past with modern conveniences and scenic natural surroundings, Dali stands out as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Yunnan, perched in a strategic location and boasting fertile fields for agriculture.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Cangshan Mountain, then make a trip to Dali Catholic Church, and then admire the landmark architecture of Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple (Northwest Gate). On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Erhai Lake.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Dali trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Lijiang to Dali takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yuanyang County.

Things to do in Dali

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Yuanyang County

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Mali Village and then visit Yuanyang Rice Terraces.

You can plan Yuanyang County trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Dali to Yuanyang County in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. On the 14th (Thu), you're off to Macau.

Things to do in Yuanyang County

Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Macau

— 2 nights
Vacation in Macau to discover one of the world's richest cities organized as an autonomous region of China that, until 1999, was administered by Portugal.
On the 15th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Lin Kai Temple, admire the striking features of Ruins of St. Paul's, then steep yourself in history at The Na Tcha Exhibition Room, then contemplate the long history of Igreja de St. Agostinho, and finally admire the architecture and history at Our Lady of Penha.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Macau itinerary maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yuanyang County to Macau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to do a combination of to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Macau

Historic Sites

Hong Kong

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Explore hidden gems such as Dragon's Back and Central. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze) and Lin Fa Kung Temple - Tai Hang. The adventure continues: shop like a local with Tsim Sha Tsui, take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), don't miss a visit to Lion's Pavilion at The Peak, and examine the collection at Hong Kong Maritime Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong sightseeing site.

You can do a combination of from Macau to Hong Kong in an hour. Other options are to drive; or ride a ferry. In October in Hong Kong, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Yangshuo County.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Trails · Parks

Yangshuo County

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Xianggong Mountain and then identify plant and animal life at South China Karst. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): explore the activities along Yulong River and then explore the striking landscape at Moon Hill.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Yangshuo County trip planner.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Yangshuo County in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Hong Kong in October; daily highs in Yangshuo County reach 31°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Guilin.

Things to do in Yangshuo County

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Guilin

— 2 nights
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Jiangtouzhou Ancient Dwellings, stroll around Riyue Shuangta Cultural Park, and then make a trip to Sun and Moon Pagodas.

Find out how to plan Guilin trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Yangshuo County to Guilin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Guilin are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Longsheng County.

Things to do in Guilin

Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Longsheng County

— 1 night
The highlight of a trip to Longsheng County is undoubtedly its terraced rice paddies.
On the 23rd (Sat), make a trip to Ping'an Village and then take some stellar pictures from Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Longsheng County trip planner.

Traveling by car from Guilin to Longsheng County takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Longsheng County

Shopping · Historic Sites