39 days in China Itinerary

39 days in China Itinerary

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39 days in China Itinerary

Start: Halifax
Fly:  20 h 15 min
1
Beijing
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Luanping County
— 2 nights
+4
Taxi + Bus + Subway + Foot + Fly:  7 h 45 min
3
Qingdao
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Ningbo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Shanghai
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Suzhou
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Hangzhou
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Huangshan
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Train + Bus + Fly:  4 h 15 min
9
Xi'an
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
10
Luoyang
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Train:  5 h 15 min
11
Hong Kong
— 5 nights
Helicopter:  15 min
12
Macau
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  23 h 30 min
End: Halifax

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gubei Water Town, Lost emperor Forbidden city walking tour and Longqing Gorge. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Gubei Water Town. On your second day here, go all around town with Lost emperor Forbidden city walking tour, stroll around Temple of Heaven, and then appreciate the history behind Bell and Drum Towers.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Beijing online trip itinerary maker.

Halifax, Canada to Beijing is an approximately 20.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Halifax to Beijing due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Halifax in August, with highs in Beijing at 37°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Luanping County.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
Temple of Heaven ©
Temple of Heaven

2
nights
Luanping County

Luanping County
On the 5th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Jinshanling Great Wall.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Luanping County day trip planning website.

Getting from Beijing to Luanping County by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. On the 6th (Mon), you'll travel to Qingdao.

Things to do in Luanping County

Historic Sites

2
nights
Qingdao

Qingdao ©
The city of Qingdao has become particularly well known for its clean streets, orderly layout, and blending of the old and the new.
On the 7th (Tue), make a trip to May Fourth Square and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Laoshan Scenic Area. On the next day, examine the collection at Qingdao Mail Museum, then visit Zhanqiao Pier, and then examine the collection at Qingdao Beer Museum.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Qingdao online holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Luanping County to Qingdao takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In September, daily temperatures in Qingdao can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ningbo.

Things to do in Qingdao

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Laoshan Scenic Area ©
Laoshan Scenic Area
May Fourth Square ©
May Fourth Square

2
nights
Ningbo

Ningbo ©
A bustling port city with a rich and complex history, Ningbo today offers plenty of varied sites to explore.
On the 9th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Seven-pagoda Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Tianyi Square, and then see the interesting displays at Tianyi Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Tiantong Temple, then examine the collection at Ningbo Museum, and then appreciate the history behind Shuice Stela.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ningbo tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Qingdao to Ningbo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Shanghai.

Things to do in Ningbo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Tianyi Library ©
Tianyi Library
Ningbo Museum ©
Ningbo Museum
Tianyi Square ©
Tianyi Square

4
nights
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.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple, examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and stop by Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Shanghai road trip website.

You can drive from Ningbo to Shanghai in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu) ©

3
nights
Suzhou

Suzhou ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Shantang Street, then enjoy breathtaking views from Ruiguang Tower, and then steep yourself in history at Tongli Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, take in nature's colorful creations at Humble Administrator's Garden, then examine the collection at Suzhou Garden Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Zhuangyuan Culture Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Suzhou online trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Shanghai to Suzhou in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tongli Town ©
Tongli Town
Suzhou Garden Museum ©
Suzhou Garden Museum
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou ©
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou

6
nights
Hangzhou

Hangzhou ©
Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
Change things up with a short trip to Yaoling Cave in Tonglu County (about 48 minutes away). Pack the 23rd (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hangzhou Songcheng Park. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at West Lake (Xi Hu), take a leisurely stroll along Southern Song Imperial Street, appreciate the extensive heritage of Yangmeiling Scenic Spot, and contemplate the long history of Lingyin Temple.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hangzhou tour itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Suzhou to Hangzhou in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Huangshan.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Yaoling Cave
Highlights from your plan
Lingyin Temple ©
Lingyin Temple
West Lake (Xi Hu) ©
West Lake (Xi Hu)
Hangzhou Songcheng ©
Hangzhou Songcheng

2
nights
Huangshan

Huangshan ©
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.
Mt. Huangshan has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Huangshan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Xihai Great Canyon.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Huangshan vacation maker app.

Traveling by car from Hangzhou to Huangshan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Huangshan

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Huangshan ©
Mt. Huangshan
Xihai Great Canyon ©
Xihai Great Canyon

3
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Xi'an is known for museums, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), take in the spiritual surroundings of Xi'an Mosque, and enjoy breathtaking views from Xi'an Bell Tower.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Xi'an trip planner.

Fly from Huangshan to Xi'an in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can take a train to Luoyang.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

1
night
Luoyang

Luoyang
One of the oldest imperial cities in the country, Luoyang gives access to a wealth of cultural sites protected by UNESCO for their importance to the world's cultural heritage.
For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Luoyang day trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Xi'an to Luoyang takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. On the 29th (Wed), you'll travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Luoyang

Historic Sites Parks Museums

5
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Cheung Chau Island, Lion Rock, Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), and other attractions. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Hong Kong Disneyland, don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline, get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, and engage your brain at Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and train from Luoyang to Hong Kong in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 31°C. You'll set off for Macau on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

2
nights
Macau

Macau ©
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.
Macau is known for historic sites, casinos, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Ruins of St. Paul's, take in panoramic vistas at Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kun Iam Temple, and get lost in a book at Patane Library.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Macau holiday planner.

Macau is just a stone's throw from Hong Kong. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Macau

Historic Sites Fun & Games Casinos
Highlights from your plan
Ruins of St. Paul's ©
Ruins of St. Paul's
Casino at Venetian Macao ©
Casino at Venetian Macao
Macao Museum ©
Macao Museum