38 days in China Itinerary

38 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China trip planner

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Huangshan
— 1 night
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Suzhou
— 3 nights
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Shanghai
— 5 nights
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Xiamen
— 3 nights
Train to Zhuhai, Foot to Macau
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Macau
— 3 nights
Foot to Zhuhai, Train to Dali
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Dali
— 3 nights
Train to Leshan, Bus to Emeishan
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Emeishan
— 3 nights
Train to Longnan Station, Taxi to Jiuzhaigou County
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 4 nights
Taxi to Longnan Station, Train to Beijing
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Beijing
— 5 nights
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Huangshan

— 1 night
Named after the "Yellow Mountains" with which the region has long been associated, Huangshan offers access to UNESCO-listed sites both natural and man-made.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Huangshan.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Huangshan driving holiday planner.

Billum, Denmark to Huangshan is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Billum to Huangshan, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Suzhou.

Things to do in Huangshan

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Suzhou

— 3 nights

Venice of the East

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.
Head to Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute and Pingjiang Roadfor plenty of shopping. Tongli Town and Humble Administrator's Garden are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: walk around The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, admire the natural beauty at The Lingering Garden, see the interesting displays at Suzhou Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Suzhou Ancient Grand Canal.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Suzhou trip maker tool.

You can drive from Huangshan to Suzhou in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Shanghai

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Orient

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.
For shopping fun, head to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) or Xintiandi. Get some cultural insight at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Former French Concession, buy something for everyone on your list at Westgate Isetan Department Store, get a taste of the local shopping with Three on the Bund, and admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

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You can take a train from Suzhou to Shanghai in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. April in Shanghai sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Xiamen.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Xiamen

— 3 nights

Garden Island

Known for centuries as a gateway to China, the port city of Xiamen has become a destination in itself, first to domestic visitors and now to a growing number of people from across the world.
Head to Gulangyu and Pan base Centerfor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Zhongshan Road Walking Street and Nanputuo Temple. And it doesn't end there: stop by Tasty Life, hike along Kulangsu Huandao Road, deepen your understanding at Xiamen University, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Guanyin Temple.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Xiamen travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Xiamen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in April, things will get a bit warmer in Xiamen: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Macau.

Things to do in Xiamen

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Macau

— 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Coloane and Cotai Strip Resorts. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ruins of St. Paul's and A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Macao Museum, make a trip to Largo do Senado (Senado Square), look for gifts at Pastelaria Koi Kei, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Centre of Macau.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Macau road trip app.

You can fly from Xiamen to Macau in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Dali.

Things to do in Macau

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Dali

— 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Da Li Shi Kong Guo Shi Museum and Dali Ancient. Take a break from the city and head to Erhai Lake and Qingbi Stream. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Four Scenic Resorts of Dali, explore the activities along Mt.Cangshan and Erhai Lake Scenic Resort, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dali Catholic Church, and take in the awesome beauty at Cangshan Mountain.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Dali journey planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Macau to Dali in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can fly to Emeishan.

Things to do in Dali

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Emeishan

— 3 nights
A city forever linked with the mountain of the same name, Emeishan sits next to one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China, now a World Heritage Site.
Visiting Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) and Fuhu Temple will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Emei Mountain and Huazang Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Leshan Bridge in Leshan (about 46 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Baoguo Temple, don't miss a visit to E'meishan Jinding Scenic Resort, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wannian Temple.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Emeishan road trip website.

You can fly from Dali to Emeishan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Jiuzhaigou County

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve and Pearl Shoal Waterfalls. Venture out of the city with trips to Songpan County (Huanglong Valley & Huanglong Scenic Valley). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley, take in the dramatic scenery at Nuorilang Waterfall, admire the verdant scenery at Shuzheng Valley, and don't miss a visit to Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Jiuzhaigou County road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Emeishan to Jiuzhaigou County in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Beijing

— 5 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nanluoguxiang and Panjiayuan Antique Market. Get a sense of the local culture at Mutianyu Great Wall and The Palace Museum. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), take in panoramic vistas at Bell and Drum Towers, take some stellar pictures from Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), and examine the collection at National Museum Of China.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Beijing route maker app.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Beijing in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. May in Beijing sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

China travel guide

4.4
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.