50 days in China Itinerary

50 days in China Itinerary

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50 days in China Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Fly + Drive:  13​h 45​min
1
Luanping County
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Beijing
— 9 nights
+3
shuttle + foot + Fly + Drive:  8​h
3
Jiuzhaigou County
— 1 day
bus:  2​h 15​min
4
Songpan County
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Lhasa
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + train:  7​h
6
Emeishan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Chengdu
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Zhangjiajie
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Hong Kong
— 10 nights
+3
train + foot + bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Huangshan
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
11
Shanghai
— 8 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Helsinki

2
nights
Luanping County

Luanping County ©
Take a break from the city and head to Eight Outer Temples in The Bishu Villa and Jiulong Lake. Change things up with a short trip to Imperial Summer Palace of Mountain Resort in Chengde (about 1h 20 min away).

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Luanping County trip itinerary builder app .

Helsinki, Finland to Luanping County is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Helsinki to Luanping County. You'll set off for Beijing on the 15th (Sat).

Things to do in Luanping County

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Chengde, Jiulong Lake
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9
nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Temple of Heaven. Get outdoors at Beijing Wildlife Park and Kunming Lake. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Palace Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling), delve into the distant past at Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan), and admire the landmark architecture of Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian'an Men).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Beijing trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Luanping County to Beijing in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Beijing, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Temple of Heaven ©
Temple of Heaven

1
day
Jiuzhaigou County

Jiuzhaigou County ©
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
On the 25th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Jiuzhaigou County online travel planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Beijing to Jiuzhaigou County in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Songpan County.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks Nature
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Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve ©
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve

1
night
Songpan County

Songpan County ©
Though the area remains largely rural and the economy mostly geared towards agriculture, tourism in Songpan County has begun to develop, with a host of scenic areas and cultural sites to explore.
On the 26th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Huanglong Scenic Valley.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Songpan County sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Jiuzhaigou County to Songpan County takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Songpan County

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Huanglong Scenic Valley ©
Huanglong Scenic Valley

1
night
Lhasa

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), explore the historical opulence of Potala Palace, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokhang Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Barkhor Street, contemplate the long history of Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden), and then steep yourself in history at Sera Monastery.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lhasa holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Songpan County to Lhasa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In September, daily temperatures in Lhasa can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Emeishan.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Museums
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Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Sera Monastery ©
Sera Monastery

1
night
Emeishan

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.
On the 29th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Baoguo Temple and then take in the awesome beauty at Emei Mountain. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Mt. Emei Natural Ecology Monkey Reserve and then appreciate the history behind Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo).

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Emeishan day trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Lhasa to Emeishan in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Chengdu.

Things to do in Emeishan

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
Highlights from your plan
Emei Mountain ©
Emei Mountain
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) ©
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
Baoguo Temple ©
Baoguo Temple

5
nights
Chengdu

Chengdu ©
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.
Get some historical perspective at Dujiangyan Irrigation System and Jinli Pedestrian Street. Take a break from the city and head to Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi) and Kungfu Family. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kuanzhai Ancient Street of Qing Dynasty, get engrossed in the history at Jinsha Site Museum, take in the views from Anshun Bridge (Dongmen Bridge), and make a trip to Chunxi Road Pedestrian Street.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Chengdu vacation maker tool .

Traveling by car from Emeishan to Chengdu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Chengdu sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Dujiangyan Irrigation System
Highlights from your plan
Dujiangyan Irrigation System ©
Dujiangyan Irrigation System
Kungfu Family ©
Kungfu Family

4
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Visiting Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie and Zhangjiajie National Forest Park will get you outdoors. Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring the underground world of Tianmen Mountain of Zhangjiajie. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Tianzi Mountain Clouds.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Zhangjiajie trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Chengdu to Zhangjiajie in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Wildlife
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10
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Take a break from the city and head to Lantau Island and Tai Long Wan. Ruins of St. Paul's and Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) will appeal to history buffs. When in Hong Kong, make a side trip to see Historic Centre of Macau in Macau, approximately 1h 35 min away. Pack the 11th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 13th (Sat) in some colorful company at Ocean Park. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), tour the pleasant surroundings at Nan Lian Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Clear Water Bay Second Beach, and get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Zhangjiajie to Hong Kong takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. October in Hong Kong sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Huangshan.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Macau
Highlights from your plan
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ruins of St. Paul's
Ruins of St. Paul's
Lantau island ©
Lantau island

4
nights
Huangshan

Huangshan ©
Named after the "Yellow Mountains" with which the region has long been associated, Huangshan offers access to UNESCO-listed sites both natural and man-made.
Visiting Mt. Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) and San Qing Shan will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Xihai Great Canyon, take in the awesome beauty at Jiuhua Mountain, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Huangshan Geopark.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Huangshan online driving holiday planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Hong Kong to Huangshan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Huangshan

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

San Qing Shan
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Huangshan ©
Mt. Huangshan
San Qing Shan ©
San Qing Shan
Xihai Great Canyon ©
Xihai Great Canyon

8
nights
Shanghai

Shanghai ©
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.
Popular historic sites such as The Bund (Wai Tan) and Former French Concession are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Shanghai: Shaxi Ancient Town (in Taicang) and Suzhou (Shantang Street & Tongli Town). Pack the 29th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Happy Valley of Shanghai. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), take a stroll through Xintiandi, examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and admire the striking features of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Shanghai planner .

Fly from Huangshan to Shanghai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. October in Shanghai sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Suzhou, Shaxi Ancient Town
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town ©
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town
Jade Buddha Temple ©
Jade Buddha Temple

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