45 days in China Itinerary

45 days in China Itinerary

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Fly
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hainan Delta Golf Club and Rock Hill Volcanoe Haikou. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hainan Taoism Cultural Court and Haikou Museum. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Huoshankou National Geopark, delve into the distant past at Zhichan Guanyin, delve into the lush surroundings at Dongzhaigang Red Forest, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xitian Temple.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Haikou trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Haikou is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Haikou is minus 2 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in August: high temperatures in Haikou hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Zhenning County.

Things to do in Haikou

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

1
day
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 17th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Huangguoshu Water Falls.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Zhenning County trip planner.

Getting from Haikou to Zhenning County by combination of flight, train, and taxi takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Emeishan.

Things to do in Zhenning County

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wannian Temple and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Emei Mountain. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fuhu Temple, then explore the ancient world of Baoguo Temple, and then pause for some photo ops at Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo).

Before you visit Emeishan, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Chengdu.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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 20th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Qingcheng and then get engrossed in the history at Jinsha Site Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Chengdu Museum (Old Hall), identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wenshu Yuan Monastery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Jinli Pedestrian Street, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shijing Temple.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Chengdu route planner.

Traveling by car from Emeishan to Chengdu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Chengdu can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

1
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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 22nd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. On the next day, appreciate the views at Rize Valley, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jiuzailing Temple, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nuorilang Waterfall, and finally make a trip to Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Jiuzhaigou County route planning site.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou County in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks · Nature · 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.
Popular historic sites such as Xi'an Mosque and Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling) are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Mount Huashan and Huaqing Palace. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Xi'an Museum, explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Xi'an attractions planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Xi'an in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, daytime highs in Xi'an are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): Head underground at Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, take in the dramatic natural features at Huoyan Mountain, and then contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Jiaohe (Yarkhoto).

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Turpan day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Turpan takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Turpan

Parks · Nature · 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 Suoxiyu Nature Reserve. Take a break from the city and head to Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie and Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tianzi Mountain, identify plant and animal life at Tianzi Mountain Clouds, explore the striking landscape at Yellow Dragon Cave, and make a trip to Huangshizhai.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Zhangjiajie trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Turpan to Zhangjiajie takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can 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.
Popular historic sites such as Mutianyu Great Wall and Temple of Heaven are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Back Lakes (Hou Hai) and Longqing Gorge. Make the 9th (Mon) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, see the interesting displays at Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Beijing trip planner.

Getting from Zhangjiajie to Beijing by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. September in Beijing sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) 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.
Xitang Ancient Town and The Bund (Wai Tan) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Former French Concession and Shantang Street. Explore Shanghai's surroundings by going to Suzhou (Humble Administrator's Garden, Luzhi Town, &more). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, stop by Maoming Road, admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jade Buddha Temple.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip planner.

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Shanghai, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Kashgar.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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 your second day here, hike along Silk Road, steep yourself in history at Ga Er Ancient City, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Idkah Mosque, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abakh Hoja Tomb.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kashgar trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Kashgar takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Shanghai in September since evenings lows in Kashgar dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Linze County.

Things to do in Kashgar

Parks · Trails · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Linze County

On the 21st (Sat), stroll around Mati Temple Scenic Resort and then take in breathtaking views at Binggou Danxia Scenic Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Zhangye Danxia Geopark.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Linze County holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kashgar to Linze County. On the 23rd (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Linze County

Parks · Nature

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.