45 days in China Itinerary

45 days in China Itinerary

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Haikou
— 4 nights
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Fly to Zunyi, Train to Anshun West, Taxi to Zhenning County
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Zhenning County
— 1 day
Taxi to Xingyi, Fly to Chengdu
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Emeishan
— 1 night
Drive
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Chengdu
— 2 nights
Fly to Jiuzhai Huanglong, Bus to Jiuzhaigou Scenic Spot
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 1 night
Taxi to Longnan Chengzhou, Fly to Xi An
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Xi'an
— 5 nights
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Turpan
— 1 day
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Zhangjiajie
— 5 nights
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Beijing
— 7 nights
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Shanghai
— 5 nights
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Kashgar
— 2 nights
Fly to Zhangye Ganzhou Airport, Drive to Linze County
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Linze County
— 2 nights
Drive to Zhangye Ganzhou Airport, Fly to Melbourne International Airport

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Haikou

Coconut City

Known as the "Coconut City" due to its palm-lined streets, island-city Haikou serves as capital of Hainan Province.
Get some cultural insight at Hainan Taoism Cultural Court and Zhichan Guanyin. Get some historical perspective at Qiongtai College and Xitian Temple. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Huoshankou National Geopark, examine the collection at Haikou Museum, take a peaceful walk through Dongzhaigang Red Forest, and play a few rounds at Hainan Delta Golf Club.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Haikou trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Haikou is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to China Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Melbourne in June, with highs in Haikou at 39°C and lows at 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Zhenning County.

Things to do in Haikou

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

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Huangguoshu Water Falls.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Zhenning County holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and taxi from Haikou to Zhenning County takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Emeishan.

Things to do in Zhenning County

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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Emeishan

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wannian Temple and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Emei Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fuhu Temple, delve into the distant past at Baoguo Temple, and then pause for some photo ops at Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Emeishan tour planning tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Zhenning County to Emeishan takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Chengdu.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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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 27th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Qingcheng and then take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Chengdu Museum (Old Hall), identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wenshu Yuan Monastery, then get to know the fascinating history of Jinli Pedestrian Street, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shijing Temple.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Chengdu road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Emeishan to Chengdu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Chengdu can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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Jiuzhaigou County

Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. On the next day, admire the verdant scenery at Rize Valley, contemplate the long history of Jiuzailing Temple, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nuorilang Waterfall, and finally don't miss a visit to Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Jiuzhaigou County trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou County takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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Xi'an

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling) and Xi'an Mosque. Get outdoors at Mount Huashan and Huaqing Palace. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Xi'an Bell Tower, delve into the distant past at Small Goose Pagoda, take in the dramatic scenery at Cuihua Mountain, and take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Xi'an trip planner.

Getting from Jiuzhaigou County to Xi'an by combination of taxi and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. July in Xi'an sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Turpan.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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Turpan

Hometown of Grapes

Situated below sea level, the city of Turpan boasts a rich history as an ancient trade center, and its dramatic climate brings cold, harsh winters and boiling hot summers.
On the 7th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, then take in the dramatic natural features at Huoyan Mountain, and then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Jiaohe (Yarkhoto).

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Turpan driving holiday planner.

Getting from Xi'an to Turpan by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Turpan

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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Zhangjiajie

The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Explore hidden gems such as Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park and Tianzi Mountain. Step out of the city life by going to Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie and Xihai Stone Forest. Spend the 11th (Thu) among lush scenery at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Golden Whip Brook, take in panoramic vistas at Huangshizhai, take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Dragon Cave, and look for all kinds of wild species at Tianzi Mountain Clouds.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Zhangjiajie trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Turpan to Zhangjiajie in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mutianyu Great Wall and The Palace Museum. Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) will appeal to history buffs. Make the 17th (Wed) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Meridian Gate (Wu Men), take some stellar pictures from Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and admire the striking features of Gong Wang Fu.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Beijing attractions planner.

You can fly from Zhangjiajie to Beijing in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Beijing are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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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.
Get some cultural insight at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Former French Concession. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Xitang Ancient Town and Jade Buddha Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Shanghai side-trips: Suzhou (Humble Administrator's Garden, Luzhi Town, &more). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, visit Maoming Road, take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Shanghai trip builder site.

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 30°C in Shanghai. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kashgar.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Kashgar

Kashi remains a melting pot of Central Asian cultures and boasts one of the most important Islamic old towns in the region.
On the next day, hike along Silk Road, contemplate the long history of Ga Er Ancient City, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Idkah Mosque, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abakh Hoja Tomb.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kashgar trip maker.

Getting from Shanghai to Kashgar by flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kashgar, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Linze County.

Things to do in Kashgar

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Linze County

You've now added Zhangye Danxia Geopark to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Mati Temple Scenic Resort and then take in breathtaking views at Binggou Danxia Scenic Area. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Zhangye Danxia Geopark.

For where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Linze County trip itinerary app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kashgar to Linze County. You will leave for home on the 31st (Wed).

Things to do in Linze County

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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.

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.

Sichuan travel guide

4.2
Wildlife Areas · Historic Walking Areas · National Parks
Thanks to its famed animal sanctuaries, many foreigners equate the vast province of Sichuan with the adorable panda bear. In the heart of China, a tour of Sichuan often begins in Chengdu, a modern city that boasts one of the world's biggest buildings. Beyond Chengdu's urban bustle, tourists discover a quiet countryside flanked by sacred mountains and dotted with ancient villages living to the beat of their own drum. In the north of the province, alpine valleys and green lakes appeal to nature lovers looking for fresh air and exercise. In the south, you can find a history-steeped landscape trodden by far fewer travelers than any other part of the region.

Xinjiang Uygur travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Sacred & Religious Sites · Lookouts
An autonomous region in the northwest of China, Xinjiang Uygur shares a lengthy border with post-Soviet Central Asian republics, Russia, and Mongolia, and offers a real treat for ethnography and nature lovers. From prehistoric sites to Silk Road history, you can tour Xinjiang Uygur's museums detailing the region's rich past or visit one of the grand bazaars for a taste of the historic trade route. Other places to see in Xinjiang Uygur include old mosques and monasteries, numerous parks, and markets. Perched high in the Tian Shan, the thinly populated region offers scenic hikes and winter sports against a background of vast desert areas, snow-capped mountains, and glaciers, and is also home to the largest city in Central Asia.