42 days in China Itinerary

42 days in China Itinerary

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Beijing
— 6 nights
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Shanghai
— 3 nights
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Hangzhou
— 3 nights
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Zhangjiajie
— 3 nights
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Xi'an
— 4 nights
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 3 nights
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Chengdu
— 3 nights
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Leshan
— 3 nights
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Shilin County
— 2 nights
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Longsheng County
— 3 nights
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Guilin
— 4 nights
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Guangzhou
— 3 nights

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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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Mutianyu Great Wall, try out the rides at Olympic Park, ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven, and take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Beijing road trip planning tool.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing Nanyuan Airport and Beijing Daxing International Airport. In October, daytime highs in Beijing are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Museums
Highlights from your trip
Must see
Mutianyu Great Wall
4.8
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World heritage site
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
4.6
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World heritage site
The Palace Museum
4.4

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Shanghai

Shanghai ©

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.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), don't miss a visit to Jin Mao Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, and examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan).

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Shanghai trip planner.

Fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Beijing, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Shanghai, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Highlights from your trip

3
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Hangzhou

Hangzhou ©

Paradise on Earth

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 Thousand Island Lake (Qiandao Hu) in Chun'an County (about 2h 45 min away). Spend the 5th (Tue) exploring nature at Xixi Wetland Park. There's lots more to do: go for a walk through West Lake (Xi Hu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fei Lai Feng, don't miss a visit to Leifeng Pagoda, and get to know the fascinating history of Gu Shan (Solitary Hill).

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hangzhou vacation maker website.

Traveling by car from Shanghai to Hangzhou takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Hangzhou sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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National Park
Xixi Wetland Park
3.8
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Scenic Walking Area
West Lake (Xi Hu)
4.6

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Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Zhangjiajie is known for nature, wildlife, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a peaceful walk through Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie, enjoy breathtaking views from Huangshizhai, admire the landmark architecture of Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple, and explore the striking landscape of Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Zhangjiajie online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Hangzhou to Zhangjiajie in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

4
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Xi'an

Xi'an

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Change things up with a short trip to Mount Huashan in Huayin (about 1h 55 min away). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), make a trip to Dayan Pagoda Northern Square, and contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta).

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Xi'an tour itinerary maker website.

Fly from Zhangjiajie to Xi'an in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November in Xi'an, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Xi'an

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

3
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Jiuzhaigou County

Jiuzhaigou County ©
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
When in Jiuzhaigou County, make a side trip to see Huanglong Valley in Songpan County, approximately Songpan County away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve, admire the sheer force of Nuorilang Waterfall, make a trip to Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mirror Lake.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Jiuzhaigou County holiday builder website.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

3
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Chengdu

Chengdu ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): gain a rich perspective with China Discovery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), and then make a trip to Kuanzhai Alley. On the next day, take in the views from Anlan Bridge and then steep yourself in history at Dujiangyan Irrigation System.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Chengdu trip itinerary app.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Chengdu takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 52°F. On the 20th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Leshan.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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World heritage site
Dujiangyan Irrigation System
4.4
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Sightseeing Tour
China Discovery
5.0

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Leshan

Leshan ©
The city of Leshan sits proudly at the confluence of three rivers, and has become known for its World Heritage Site and importance to Buddhism in the country.
Explore Leshan's surroundings by going to Emeishan (Baoguo Temple, Emei Mountain, &more). There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wuyou Temple, snap pictures at Leshan Bridge, and explore the activities along Leshan River, Friend and Foe.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Leshan planning tool.

Getting from Chengdu to Leshan by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Shilin County.

Things to do in Leshan

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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World heritage site
Emei Mountain
4.2
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World heritage site
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
4.4
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World heritage site
Baoguo Temple
4.2

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Shilin County

Shilin County ©
In the national park of autonomous Shilin County, World Heritage-listed karst stalagmites rise up in an imposing "stone forest." A small urban area primarily devotes itself to tourism these days, with buses of visitors arriving from Kunming each day.
You've now added Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): make a trip to Stone Forest, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Small Stone Forest. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Naigu Stone Forest and then explore the striking landscape at Grand Stone Forest.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Shilin County trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Leshan to Shilin County in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Longsheng County.

Things to do in Shilin County

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip
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Scenic Walking Area
Stone Forest
4.3
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Geologic Formation
Small Stone Forest
3.7

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Longsheng County

Longsheng County ©
The highlight of a trip to Longsheng County is undoubtedly its terraced rice paddies.
Get out of town with these interesting Longsheng County side-trips: Sanmen River of Guangxi (in Liuzhou) and Chengyang Bridge Scenic Resort (in Sanjiang). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Longji Mountain, explore the striking landscape at Datang Minority Folk Culture Center, admire the landmark architecture of Jin Zhu Zhuang Nationality Village, and identify plant and animal life at Xijiangping Nature Reserve.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Longsheng County trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Shilin County to Longsheng County takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Guilin.

Things to do in Longsheng County

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Mountain
Longji Mountain
4.7
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Civic Center
Ping'an Village
4.3

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Guilin

The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Step out of Guilin with an excursion to Yulong River in Yangshuo County--about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at Guilin Museum, and walk around Riyue Shuangta Cultural Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Guilin road trip planning site.

Drive from Longsheng County to Guilin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Guilin are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Guangzhou.

Things to do in Guilin

Tours · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Photography Tour
Photography Tours
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Walking tour
Walking tours
4.7

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Guangzhou

Guangzhou ©
A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
Guangzhou is known for nature, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamian Island, make a trip to Canton Tower, look for gifts at Beijing Road Raw Material For Medicine Shopping Mall, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Baiyun Mountain.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Guangzhou trip itinerary planning tool.

Take a train from Guilin to Guangzhou in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, Guangzhou is a bit warmer than Guilin - with highs of 68°F and lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Parks · Nature · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your trip
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Island
Shamian Island
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Landmark
Canton Tower
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