45 days in China Itinerary

45 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China travel route planner

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Zhangjiajie
— 3 nights
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Hangzhou
— 1 night
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Xining
— 1 night
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Zhangye
— 3 nights
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Jiayuguan
— 1 night
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Dunhuang
— 2 nights
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Zhengzhou
— 2 nights
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Hohhot
— 3 nights
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Tianjin
— 2 nights
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Xi'an
— 2 nights
Fly to Jiuzhai Huanglong, Bus to Jiuzhaigou County
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 3 nights
Bus to Song Pan airport, Fly to Chengdu
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Chengdu
— 2 nights
Train to Shapingba Station, Subway to Chongqing
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Chongqing
— 2 nights
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Dali
— 2 nights
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Leshan
— 2 nights
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Yangshuo County
— 2 nights
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Sanya
— 4 nights
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Lhasa
— 7 nights
Fly to Nanjing, Train to Hangzhou

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Zhangjiajie

— 3 nights
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Spend the 27th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. It doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tianzi Mountain Clouds.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Zhangjiajie online journey maker.

Hangzhou to Zhangjiajie is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Hangzhou

— 1 night

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.
Plan trip to Hangzhou with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Zhangjiajie to Hangzhou by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Hangzhou can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. On the 29th (Tue), you're off to Xining.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Xining

— 1 night
A gateway between Eastern China and Tibet since the days of the Silk Road, Xining boasts a history spanning more than 2,000 years.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xining Dongguan Mosque.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Xining driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by flight from Hangzhou to Xining takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Zhangye.

Things to do in Xining

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Zhangye

— 3 nights
Zhangye, formerly romanized as Changyeh or known as Kanchow, is a prefecture-level city in central Gansu Province in the People's Republic of China. To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Zhangye route builder site.

Drive from Xining to Zhangye in 6 hours. You'll set off for Jiayuguan on the 3rd (Sat).

Things to do in Zhangye

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Jiayuguan

— 1 night
The city of Jiayuguan has become particularly well known as the location of the Jiayu Pass, the best preserved and biggest of the passes of the Great Wall of China.
To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Jiayuguan online route planner.

Getting from Zhangye to Jiayuguan by car takes about 2.5 hours. On the 4th (Sun), you'll travel to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Jiayuguan

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Fun & Games

Dunhuang

— 2 nights
Once a vital stop-off on the Silk Road trade route, Dunhuang today offers travelers of all persuasions a place to rest in the middle of the desert.
Find out how to plan Dunhuang trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Fly from Jiayuguan to Dunhuang in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You will leave for Zhengzhou on the 6th (Tue).

Things to do in Dunhuang

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Zhengzhou

— 2 nights

Business City

With a population of nearly 10 million rapidly rising, Zhengzhou stands out as one of the major urban centers on the Yellow River.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): explore the activities along Yellow River and then see the interesting displays at Zhengzhou Museum.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Zhengzhou online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Dunhuang to Zhengzhou by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Hohhot.

Things to do in Zhengzhou

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Hohhot

— 3 nights
Hohhot, abbreviated Hushi, formerly known as Kweisui, is the capital of Inner Mongolia in North China, serving as the region's administrative, economic and cultural centre. For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hohhot trip planner.

Fly from Zhengzhou to Hohhot in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Zhengzhou in July: high temperatures in Hohhot hover around 34°C and lows are around 19°C. On the 11th (Sun), you'll travel to Tianjin.

Things to do in Hohhot

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Tianjin

— 2 nights
Tianjin stands as one of China's largest metropolises, combining modern flourishes with preserved history and traditions to create a diverse city.
For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Tianjin online trip builder.

You can fly from Hohhot to Tianjin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Hohhot in July, expect Tianjin to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Xi'an.

Things to do in Tianjin

Scenic Drive · Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Xi'an

— 2 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Xi'an trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Tianjin to Xi'an in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Xi'an can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Xi'an

Museums

Jiuzhaigou County

— 3 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.
Spend the 16th (Fri) exploring nature at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center, admire the sheer force of Nuorilang Waterfall, and explore the activities along Mirror Lake.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Jiuzhaigou County travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Nature · Parks

Chengdu

— 2 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chengdu: Dujiangyan (Anlan Bridge & Dujiangyan Irrigation System). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), make a trip to Tianfu Square, appreciate the extensive heritage of Jinli Pedestrian Street, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wenshu Yuan Monastery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Chengdu vacation maker app.

Getting from Jiuzhaigou County to Chengdu by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July in Chengdu, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chongqing.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Chongqing

— 2 nights
With one of the most populated and largest metropolitan areas in the world, Chongqing was the de facto capital of China during World War II. Its wartime political importance and post-war economic boom have left a number of attractions in Chongqing, including war memorials and museums, government buildings, and thriving commercial districts with a wealth of malls and more traditional market areas.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): get in on the family fun at Chongqing South Mountain Lamei Park and then explore the fascinating underground world of Hongya Cave.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Chongqing trip itinerary website.

Getting from Chengdu to Chongqing by combination of train and subway takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Chongqing are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to fly to Dali.

Things to do in Chongqing

Nature · Parks · Theme Parks
Highlights from your trip

Dali

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): make a trip to Xizhou Town and then delve into the lush surroundings at Erhai Lake. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cangshan Mountain and then take a stroll through Dali Ancient.

Plan my day in Dali using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Chongqing to Dali in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Leshan.

Things to do in Dali

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Leshan

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): snap pictures at Leshan Bridge and then pause for some photo ops at Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo). Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Emei Natural Ecology Monkey Reserve and then delve into the distant past at Baoguo Temple.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Leshan route app.

Fly from Dali to Leshan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can fly to Yangshuo County.

Things to do in Leshan

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Yangshuo County

— 2 nights
Yangshuo County, the area surrounding a popular tourist resort town, boasts a landscape featuring all the ingredients necessary to attract a flood of tourists.
On the 26th (Mon), snap pictures at Fuli Bridge and then don't miss a visit to West Street. On your second day here, get outside with Outdoor Activities and then explore the activities along Li River.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Yangshuo County trip planner.

Getting from Leshan to Yangshuo County by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Sanya.

Things to do in Yangshuo County

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Sanya

— 4 nights

Gateway to the South

The climate and coastline bring visitors from far and wide on vacations to Sanya, with its 40 km (25 mi) of shoreline almost entirely devoted to tourism.
Sanya is known for nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Yalong Bay, kick back and relax at Tianya Haijiao, trek along Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dadonghai Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sanya trip planning website.

Fly from Yangshuo County to Sanya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Sanya are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can fly to Lhasa.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Lhasa

— 7 nights
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Lhasa is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Potala Palace, explore the fascinating underground world of Chimpu Caves, contemplate the long history of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lhasa visit planner.

Getting from Sanya to Lhasa by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. While traveling from Sanya, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Lhasa, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

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.