38 days in China & Almaty Itinerary

38 days in China & Almaty Itinerary

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Nanjing, China
— 7 nights
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Wuhan, China
— 4 nights
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Chengdu, China
— 7 nights
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Urumqi, China
— 3 nights
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 15 nights
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Nanjing, China

— 7 nights
Located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing was the capital city of numerous dynasties over the ages.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nanjing: Yangzhou (Daming Temple & Slender West Lake). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Sun Yatsen Mausoleum (Zhongshan Ling), explore the activities along Bailuzhou Park, delve into the distant past at Xiaoling Tomb of Ming Dynasty, and take in the awesome beauty at Purple Mountain (Zijin Shan).

To see more things to do and other tourist information, read our Nanjing road trip planning site.

Helsinki, Finland to Nanjing is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Helsinki to Nanjing. Traveling from Helsinki in August, things will get much warmer in Nanjing: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Wuhan.

Things to do in Nanjing

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Wuhan, China

— 4 nights
The provincial capital, Wuhan represents a major hub of commerce, industry, and culture in the center of the country.
Wuhan is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Yellow Crane Tower, look for all kinds of wild species at Mo Hill, contemplate the waterfront views at East Lake in Wuhan, and examine the collection at Wuhan Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Wuhan travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Nanjing to Wuhan in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to fly to Chengdu.

Things to do in Wuhan

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Chengdu side-trips: Dujiangyan (Yuzui Diversion Channel & Dujiangyan Irrigation System). Spend the 8th (Wed) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), take an in-depth tour of Du Fu Cottage, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Qingcheng, and grab your bike and head to Adventure Access.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Chengdu day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Wuhan to Chengdu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Wuhan, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Chengdu, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Urumqi.

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Urumqi, China

— 3 nights
As one of China's fastest-growing cities, Urumqi is a melting pot of international people and cultures set against a mountainous backdrop.
When in Urumqi, make a side trip to see Mt. Tianshan and Tianchi Lake Scenic Resort in Fukang, approximately Fukang away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Xinjiang Regional Museum (Qu Bowuguan), walk around Red Mountain, contemplate the waterfront views at Heavenly Lake of Tianshan, and take in the pleasant sights at Yamalike Mountain Tourist Scenic Area.

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You can fly from Chengdu to Urumqi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Chengdu in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Urumqi, with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Urumqi

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Almaty, Kazakhstan

— 15 nights
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Change things up with these side-trips from Almaty: Lake Issyk (in Esik), Plateau Assy (in Batan) and Turgen Waterfalls (in Turgen). Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Altyn-Emel National Park. The adventure continues: get great views at Kok-Tobe Hill, go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, make a trip to Iversky Seraphimovskiy Nunnery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Almaty trip planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Urumqi to Almaty. The time zone difference when traveling from Urumqi to Almaty is minus 2 hours. September in Almaty sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

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.