35 days in China & Almaty Itinerary

35 days in China & Almaty Itinerary

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Chongqing, China
— 7 nights
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Chengdu, China
— 7 nights
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Lanzhou, China
— 4 nights
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Urumqi, China
— 5 nights
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 11 nights
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Chongqing, China

— 7 nights
With one of the most populated and largest metropolitan areas in the world, Chongqing was the de facto capital of China during World War II. Its wartime political importance and post-war economic boom have left a number of attractions in Chongqing, including war memorials and museums, government buildings, and thriving commercial districts with a wealth of malls and more traditional market areas.
Chongqing is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Three Gorges Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Chongqing Wu River, admire the landmark architecture of Ciqikou (Porcelain Port), and explore the galleries of Madame Tussauds Chong Qing.

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Helsinki, Finland to Chongqing is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Helsinki to Chongqing due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Helsinki in August, with highs in Chongqing at 39°C and lows at 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Chongqing

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Chengdu, China

— 7 nights

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.
Explore Chengdu's surroundings by going to Dujiangyan (Yuzui Diversion Channel & Dujiangyan Irrigation System). Spend the 31st (Tue) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), examine the collection at Sanhe Classic Car Museum, walk around Chengdu Renmin Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wenshu Yuan Monastery.

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Traveling by combination of subway and train from Chongqing to Chengdu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. When traveling from Chongqing in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Chengdu: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Lanzhou.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Lanzhou, China

— 4 nights
Once a major stop-off on the ancient Silk Road trading route, Lanzhou today acts as an important place to rest up for Silk Road tourists and trekkers.
Lanzhou is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Baiyi Pagoda, snap pictures at Iron Bridge of Yellow River, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at White Pagoda Mountain (Baita), and get engrossed in the history at Gansu Provincial Museum.

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You can fly from Chengdu to Lanzhou in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Chengdu in September, expect nights in Lanzhou to be cooler, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Urumqi.

Things to do in Lanzhou

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Urumqi, China

— 5 nights
As one of China's fastest-growing cities, Urumqi is a melting pot of international people and cultures set against a mountainous backdrop.
Take a break from Urumqi with a short trip to Mt. Tianshan and Tianchi Lake Scenic Resort in Fukang, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Xinjiang Regional Museum (Qu Bowuguan), explore the stunning scenery at Tianshan Grand Canyon, take some stellar pictures from Red Hill, and stop by International Bazaar.

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You can fly from Lanzhou to Urumqi in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Lanzhou in September; daily highs in Urumqi reach 28°C and lows reach 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Urumqi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Almaty, Kazakhstan

— 11 nights
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Change things up with a short trip to Lake Issyk in Esik (about 1h 40 min away). Spend the 14th (Tue) exploring nature at Altyn-Emel National Park. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kok-Tobe Hill, fly down the slopes at Shymbulak Mountain Resort, go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, and get to know the resident critters at Almaty Zoo.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Urumqi to Almaty. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Urumqi to Almaty. September in Almaty sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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.