33 days in China Itinerary

33 days in China Itinerary

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33 days in China Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly:  5​h
1
Shanghai
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Sanya
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
3
Yangshuo County
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Zhangjiajie
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Lijiang
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Shangri-La County
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
7
Lhasa
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
8
Songpan County
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
9
Dunhuang
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
10
Beijing
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Luanping County
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Beijing

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Huangpu River, look for all kinds of wild species at Shanghai Wild Animal Park, and then appreciate the history behind Huangpu Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Heping Fandian and then get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan).

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Shanghai road trip planning tool .

Hong Kong to Shanghai is an approximately 5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Hong Kong in September, expect Shanghai to be slightly colder, temps between 33°C and 26°C. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Shanghai

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Wild Animal Park ©
Shanghai Wild Animal Park
Huangpu River ©
Huangpu River

3
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.
Get outdoors at Tianya Haijiao and Sanya Coral Reef National Nature Reserve. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nanshan Temple and XiaRi MeiShi GuangChang. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Yalong Bay, explore the different monuments and memorials at Xisha Martyrs Cemetery, head off the coast to Phoenix Island Sanya, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nanshan Buddhism Cultural Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sanya day trip website .

Fly from Shanghai to Sanya in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Sanya can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Yangshuo County.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan Temple
Phoenix Island Sanya ©
Phoenix Island Sanya

2
nights
Yangshuo County

Yangshuo County ©
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 8th (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, don't miss a visit to West Street, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Yulong River.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Yangshuo County road trip planning app .

Getting from Sanya to Yangshuo County by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Yangshuo County are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Yangshuo County

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Yulong River ©
Yulong River
West Street ©
West Street

3
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple and Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute. Get outdoors at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and Suoxiyu Nature Reserve. Spend the 10th (Mon) exploring the underground world of Tianmen Mountain of Zhangjiajie. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gaozhen Taoist Temple.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Zhangjiajie online trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Yangshuo County to Zhangjiajie in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute
Highlights from your plan
Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park ©
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park ©
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute ©

3
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.
Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain and Lijiang Mural will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Beiyue Temple of Lijiang and Qingxi Reservoir. Spend the 14th (Fri) exploring nature at Lashi Lake. The adventure continues: make a trip to Old Town of Lijiang - China and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Puji Temple, Lijiang.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lijiang online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Zhangjiajie to Lijiang takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Lijiang are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Lijiang

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Yulong County
Highlights from your plan
Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain ©
Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Lashi Lake ©
Lashi Lake

4
nights
Shangri-La County

Shangri-La County ©
Known previously as Zhongdian, Shangri-La County gained its current name in an attempt by city officials to promote tourism.
Visit Aden Scenic Area and Hell Canyon of Kasi for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sumtsaling Monastery and Chonggu Temple. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Bitahai Lake, snap pictures at Natural Bridge of Xianggelila, explore the stunning scenery at Shangri-la Grand Canyon. Balagezong, and take a peaceful walk through Bitahai Nature Reserve.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Shangri-La County travel route planning website .

You can drive from Lijiang to Shangri-La County in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Daocheng County, Bitahai Lake
Highlights from your plan
Aden Scenic Area ©
Aden Scenic Area
Sumtsaling Monastery
Sumtsaling Monastery
Bitahai Nature Reserve ©
Bitahai Nature Reserve

4
nights
Lhasa

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Sera Monastery and Potala Palace will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Barkhor Street and Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple, explore the striking landscape at Yangwang Mountain Cliffside Images, take an in-depth tour of Tibet Revolution Exhibition Hall, and contemplate the waterfront views at zong jiao lu kang.

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Getting from Shangri-La County to Lhasa by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Songpan County.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Barkhor Street ©
Barkhor Street
Sera Monastery ©
Sera Monastery

1
night
Songpan County

Songpan County ©
Though the area remains largely rural and the economy mostly geared towards agriculture, tourism in Songpan County has begun to develop, with a host of scenic areas and cultural sites to explore.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Huanglong Scenic Valley.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Songpan County trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Lhasa to Songpan County in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Songpan County

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Huanglong Scenic Valley ©
Huanglong Scenic Valley

4
nights
Dunhuang

Dunhuang ©
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mogao Caves and West Lake Nature Reserve of Dunhuang. Visiting Mingsha Shan (Echo Sand Mountain) Park, Dunhuang, China and Dunhuang Nanhu Lake will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Crescent Moon Pool, contemplate the long history of Yangguan Historic Sites, admire the masterpieces at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center, and explore the ancient world of Xijin Tomb.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Dunhuang road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Songpan County to Dunhuang takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mogao Caves ©
Mogao Caves
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain ©
Dunhuang Leiyin Temple ©
Dunhuang Leiyin Temple

3
nights
Beijing

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Shidu Nature Park and Huairou Xiangshuihu Great Wall Scenic Resort. Get a sense of the local culture at Temple of Heaven (Tiantan Park) and Bell and Drum Towers. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Qinglongxia Scenic Resort.

To find ratings and other tourist information, read our Beijing trip itinerary maker app .

Fly from Dunhuang to Beijing in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Luanping County.

Things to do in Beijing

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Shidu Nature Park ©
Shidu Nature Park
Temple of Heaven ©
Temple of Heaven

3
nights
Luanping County

Luanping County ©
On the 2nd (Tue), appreciate the history behind Dong Cunrui Martyrs cemetery and then contemplate the waterfront views at Jiulong Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: see Jinshanling Great Wall.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Luanping County attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Beijing to Luanping County takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Luanping County

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Longhua County, Jiulong Lake
Highlights from your plan
Jinshanling Great Wall ©
Jinshanling Great Wall

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