55 days in China Itinerary

55 days in China Itinerary

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Beijing
— 5 nights
Drive
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Luanping County
— 2 nights
Bus to Dongzhimen, Fly to Xi'an
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Xi'an
— 4 nights
Fly to Jiuzhai Huanglong, Bus to Jiuzhaigou County
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 2 nights
Bus to Song Pan airport, Fly to Chengdu
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Chengdu
— 5 nights
Drive
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Emeishan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lijiang
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hong Kong
— 7 nights
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Huangshan
— 4 nights
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Hangzhou
— 5 nights
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Nanjing
— 4 nights
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Suzhou
— 4 nights
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Shanghai
— 7 nights
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Beijing

— 5 nights
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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), walk around Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), and get in on the family fun at Olympic Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Beijing trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Beijing is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Beijing, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in March, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Luanping County.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Luanping County

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): see Jinshanling Great Wall.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Luanping County trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Beijing to Luanping County in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. On the 9th (Tue), you're off to Xi'an.

Things to do in Luanping County

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Xi'an

— 4 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Spend the 11th (Thu) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, delve into the distant past at Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qin Dynasty of Xi'an, contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find maps and other tourist information, read our Xi'an online visit planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Luanping County to Xi'an in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Xi'an

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Jiuzhaigou County

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along with Tibetan Barley Horse Trekking Adventure and then make a trip to Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Jiuzhaigou County trip itinerary builder app.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Chengdu

— 5 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.
Take a break from Chengdu with a short trip to Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum in Guanghan, about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 17th (Wed) on the rails with a train tour. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wenshu Yuan Monastery, head outdoors with Kungfu Family, and stop by West China Center of Medical Sciences.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Chengdu tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Chengdu takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in March, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Emeishan.

Things to do in Chengdu

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Emeishan

— 2 nights
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 21st (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Baoguo Temple and then pause for some photo ops at Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo). On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Emei Mountain.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Emeishan day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Chengdu to Emeishan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can fly to Lijiang.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Lijiang

— 2 nights

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.
On the 23rd (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Blue Moon Valley, then admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park, and then make a trip to Old Town of Lijiang - China. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Three Parallel Rivers National Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lijiang trip planner.

You can fly from Emeishan to Lijiang in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can fly to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Hong Kong

— 7 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 25th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), step off the mainland to explore Lantau island, walk around Nan Lian Garden, and don't miss a visit to Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hong Kong holiday planner.

Getting from Lijiang to Hong Kong by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in March, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can fly to Huangshan.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Huangshan

— 4 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Huangshan: Qiyun Mountain (in Xiuning County), Mt.Wulong Scenic Resort of Wuyuan (in Wuyuan County) and Xuguo Stone Arch (in She County). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Huangshan, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and contemplate the long history of Former Residence of Cheng Dawei.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Huangshan trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Huangshan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Huangshan

Nature · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

Hangzhou

— 5 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hangzhou: Lin'an (Daming Mountain & West Tianmu Mountain). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at West Lake (Xi Hu), take in breathtaking views at Wushan Tianfeng Scenic Area, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lingyin Temple, and admire the verdant scenery at Hangzhou Manjue Long Scenic Resort.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hangzhou travel route planner.

Getting from Huangshan to Hangzhou by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Hangzhou are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Nanjing.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nanjing

— 4 nights
Located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing was the capital city of numerous dynasties over the ages.
Explore Nanjing's surroundings by going to Yangzhou (Daming Temple & Slender West Lake). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Sun Yatsen Mausoleum (Zhongshan Ling), browse the exhibits of The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre, examine the collection at Presidential palace of Nanjing, and steep yourself in history at Jiming Temple.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nanjing trip planner.

Getting from Hangzhou to Nanjing by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Nanjing are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Suzhou.

Things to do in Nanjing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Suzhou

— 4 nights

Venice of the East

One of the oldest settlements in the Yangtze basin, Suzhou remains a complex, labyrinthine set of old canal districts, World Heritage gardens, and sprawling modern developments.
Change things up with these side-trips from Suzhou: Shaxi Ancient Town (in Taicang) and Xitang Ancient Town (in Jiashan County). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Tongli Town, admire the natural beauty at The Lingering Garden, see the interesting displays at Suzhou Garden Museum, and walk around The Classical Gardens of Suzhou.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Suzhou holiday builder site.

Getting from Nanjing to Suzhou by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Shanghai

— 7 nights

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.
On the 24th (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), make a trip to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), wander the streets of Former French Concession, and get to know the fascinating history of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Shanghai tour planning tool.

Traveling by train from Suzhou to Shanghai takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in April, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

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.