44 days in China Itinerary

44 days in China Itinerary

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Beijing
— 2 nights
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Shenzhen
— 10 nights
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Foshan
— 5 nights
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Guangzhou
— 9 nights
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Chengdu
— 2 nights
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Lijiang
— 3 nights
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Shangri-La County
— 2 nights
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Fly to Kunming, Train to Anshun West, Taxi to Zhenning County
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Zhenning County
— 2 nights
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Guiyang
— 2 nights
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Beihai
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): explore the galleries of The Palace Museum, take a stroll through Back Lakes (Hou Hai), see Juyong Pass of Great Wall, then get a taste of the local shopping with 798 Art Zone, and finally examine the collection at Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Beijing is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Amsterdam to Beijing, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in November, expect little chillier with lows of -1°C in Beijing. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Shenzhen.

Things to do in Beijing

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nature

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Shenzhen

A fairly humble collection of farming and fishing villages and towns until 1979, you wouldn't guess as much when taking a tour of Shenzhen.
Get some historical perspective at Monte Forte (Fortaleza do Monte) and Ruins of St. Paul's. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Guia Fortress and Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze). Change things up with these side-trips from Shenzhen: Macau (Spas, Taipa Village Macau, &more) and Hong Kong (Po Lin Monastery, Dragon's Back, &more). There's much more to do: stroll around Shenzhen Lianhuashan Park, don't miss a visit to Dafen Oil Painting Village, examine the collection at ShenZhen HongShuLin ShiDi ShengTai ZhanLanGuan, and pause for some serene contemplation at St.Anthony's Catholic Church of Shenzhen.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Shenzhen tour website.

Fly from Beijing to Shenzhen in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Beijing in December, with highs in Shenzhen at 24°C and lows at 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Foshan.

Things to do in Shenzhen

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

5
nights
Foshan

While often overlooked by foreign tourists, the heavily industrialized city of Foshan, part of the Pearl River Delta Economic Zone, has plenty to offer in terms of cultural attractions.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Ancestral Temple and Guo'en Temple. Discover out-of-the-way places like Xiqiao Mountain National Forest Park and Daqitou Village. Change things up with these side-trips from Foshan: Zhongshan (Zhongshan Symphony Ferris Wheel, Xiangshan Commercial Culture Museum, &more), Cha'an Temple (in Jiangmen) and Zhaoqing (Xinghu Lake of Zhaoqing & Dinghu Lake). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Nanfeng Ancient Kiln, stroll around Mt. Foshan Liang Park, see the interesting displays at Foshan Hongsheng Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Bruce Lee Park.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Foshan trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Shenzhen to Foshan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Foshan when traveling from Shenzhen in December, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Guangzhou.

Things to do in Foshan

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

9
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Guangzhou

A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
You'll explore and learn at Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King and Opium War Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Shamian Island and Sacred Heart Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Guangzhou side-trips: Macau (A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu), St. Lawrence Church, &more), Shimen National Forest Park (in Conghua) and Luofu Mountain (in Boluo County). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Six Banyan Trees & Flower Pagoda (Liurong Temple), don't miss a visit to Huacheng Square, see the interesting displays at Guangdong Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Baomo Scenery.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Guangzhou trip planner.

You can drive from Foshan to Guangzhou in an hour. Other options are to take a subway; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Guangzhou can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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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 25th (Wed): trek along Panda Valley, then steep yourself in history at Jiezi Ancient Town, and then see the interesting displays at Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Mt. Tiantai Scenic Resort in Qionglai, examine the collection at Jianchuan Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baoguang Temple of Chengdu, make a trip to Tianfu Square, then get engrossed in the history at Chengdu Museum New Hall, and finally see the interesting displays at Chengdu Museum (Old Hall).

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Chengdu visit planner.

You can fly from Guangzhou to Chengdu in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Guangzhou in December, with highs in Chengdu at 14°C and lows at 6°C. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Chengdu

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Lijiang

Suzhou on the Plateau

The cultural capital of the Naxi people, one of the 55 minority ethnic groups in the country, Lijang traces its history back over 800 years, with the city developing from a trading post on the ancient Southern Silk Road.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Puji Temple, Lijiang and then wander the streets of Ancient City Zhongyi Market. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Shuhe Ancient Town, fly down the slopes at Yulong Snow Mountain Ski Area, admire the striking features of Beiyue Temple of Lijiang, then contemplate the long history of Lijiang Mural, then visit Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute, and finally make a trip to Yuhe Square.

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Traveling by flight from Chengdu to Lijiang takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites · Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Shangri-La County

Known previously as Zhongdian, Shangri-La County gained its current name in an attempt by city officials to promote tourism.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sumtsaling Monastery and Shangri-La Zhongxin Town Church. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shangri-la Grand Canyon. Balagezong and SongZan LinSi ZangBao ZhanLanGuan. And it doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Bitahai Nature Reserve, take in the awesome beauty at Lanyue Mountain Valley, take an in-depth tour of Diqing Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Bitahai Lake.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Shangri-La County online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Lijiang to Shangri-La County in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Zhenning County.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Zhenning County

Natural attractions stand out as the best reason to take a trip to Zhenning County, a semi-autonomous region in the south of China.
On the 2nd (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Doupotang Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Huangguoshu Water Falls, then contemplate the waterfront views at Ge'tuhe River Chuandong Scenic Resort of Ziyun, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Huangguoshu Bonsai Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Yelang Cavern Scenic Resort, then stroll around Huanguoshu Steles Park of Anshun, and then don't miss a visit to Tianxing Bridge Scenic Resort.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Zhenning County online tour builder.

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and taxi from Shangri-La County to Zhenning County takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Guiyang.

Things to do in Zhenning County

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

2
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Guiyang

Forest City

While not really a tourist city, Guiyang has a number of attractions, a welcoming character, and offers convenient access to a wealth of regional sites.
On the 4th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Qingyan Ancient Town, steep yourself in history at Gaopo Miao Nationality Country, take a peaceful walk through Guizhou Forest Park, then see the interesting displays at Jiaxiu Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yangming Temple, and finally examine the collection at Guizhou Provincial Museum. On your second day here, explore the stunning scenery at Nanjiang Grand Canyon, stroll through Baihua Lake, then see the interesting displays at Buyi Nationality Museum of Zhenshan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Qianming Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hongfu Temple.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Guiyang road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zhenning County to Guiyang takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In January in Guiyang, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 2°C at night. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Beihai.

Things to do in Guiyang

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Beihai

Tourism in Beihai flourishes due to its long-standing status as an important trade port, as well as its warm climate and scenic coastline.
Explore hidden gems such as Dapingpo Beach and Hepu Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Former Residence of Liu Yongfu and Feng Zicai and Beihai Cape Pavilion. Change things up with these side-trips from Beihai: Former Residence of Feng Zicai (in Qinzhou), Dapingpo Scenic Resort of Fangchenggang (in Fangchenggang) and Hepu County (Wenchang Pagoda of Hepu & Beihai Old Street). There's still lots to do: stroll through Silver Beach (Yin Tan), ponder the design of Beihai Music Fountain, explore the activities along Star Island Lake (Xing Dao Hu), and don't miss a visit to Beibuwan Square.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Beihai trip planner.

Fly from Guiyang to Beihai in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Beihai

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

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.

Yunnan travel guide

4.2
Historic Walking Areas · Bodies of Water · Historic Sites
One of the most diverse provinces in China, Yunnan offers a wide range of attractions, ranging from UNESCO-protected stone forest formations to ancient Tibetan monasteries. Sightseeing in Yunnan includes visits to picturesque old town zones--some of the best-preserved in China--as well as seeing some of the country's most elaborate pagodas. Yunnan’s intact nature--which sits relatively close to urban areas--as well as year-round, spring-like climate provides excellent hiking opportunities. You can hike in beautiful nature along well-maintained trails and see spectacular rice terraces, swim in one of the deepest and cleanest lakes in China, or visit a diverse range of ethnic villages. Buy some delicious local tea and try some exquisite rice noodles.

Guizhou travel guide

4.2
Waterfalls · Ruins · Parks
Predominantly mountainous and hilly in the historic southwest region of China, Guizhou has an abundance of natural and cultural scenic spots. Tourism in Guizhou focuses on hiking, visits to old city areas, impressive temples, monasteries, and palaces. Natural highlights include World Heritage-listed red rock formations, the largest waterfalls in China, and bird-watching tours to spot black-necked cranes. Soak in the culture of this landlocked province with visits to ethnic villages, revolutionary period sites, and a number of well laid-out museums.