60 days in China Itinerary

60 days in China Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Shanghai
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Shanghai
— 8 nights
Train
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Suzhou
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hangzhou
— 5 nights
Train
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Huangshan
— 5 nights
Fly
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Hong Kong
— 7 nights
Fly
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Wuhan
— 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
— 3 nights
Fly
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Xi'an
— 5 nights
Fly to Beijing Capital, Bus to Luanping County
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Luanping County
— 1 night
Drive
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Beijing
— 7 nights
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Shanghai

— 8 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 7th (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), appreciate the history behind Jade Buddha Temple, enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, and take a stroll through Former French Concession.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Shanghai holiday builder site.

Exeter, UK to Shanghai is an approximately 17-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Exeter to Shanghai, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Suzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Suzhou

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Suzhou side-trips: Xitang Ancient Town (in Jiashan County), Meiyuan Hengshan Scenic Area (in Wuxi) and Shaxi Ancient Town (in Taicang). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Tongli Town, get to know the fascinating history of Shantang Street, admire the natural beauty at The Lingering Garden, and examine the collection at Suzhou Museum.

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You can take a train from Shanghai to Suzhou in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lin'an (Lin'an Dongtianmu Mountain & West Tianmu Mountain). There's lots more to do: go for a walk through West Lake (Xi Hu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jingci Temple, explore the stunning scenery at Wushan Tianfeng Scenic Area, and get in on the family fun at Crazy Apple land.

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Getting from Suzhou to Hangzhou by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. April in Hangzhou sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Huangshan.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Huangshan

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Huangshan: Qiyun Mountain (in Xiuning County), She County (Tangyue Arch Group & Huangshan China Gechuanjian Mountain) and Mt.Wulong Scenic Resort of Wuyuan (in Wuyuan County). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Huangshan, do sightseeing your way with Private Tours, and contemplate the waterfront views at Fuxi Tianhu Lake.

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Take a train from Hangzhou to Huangshan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Huangshan

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

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 (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 28th (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History, take in the waterfront at Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, and make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline.

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You can fly from Huangshan to Hong Kong in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can fly to Wuhan.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Wuhan

— 4 nights
The provincial capital, Wuhan represents a major hub of commerce, industry, and culture in the center of the country.
Wuhan is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at East Lake in Wuhan, stroll through Mo Hill, make a trip to Wuhan University, and take in the awesome beauty at Luojia Mountain.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Wuhan online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Wuhan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Hong Kong in May, with highs in Wuhan at 31°C and lows at 20°C. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Wuhan

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · 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 6th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley and then don't miss a visit to Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Jiuzhaigou County vacation maker site.

Getting from Wuhan to Jiuzhaigou County by combination of flight and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum in Guanghan (about 1h 10 min away). Spend the 9th (Sun) on the rails with a train tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), stop by West China Center of Medical Sciences, examine the collection at Sanhe Classic Car Museum, and stroll around Beihu Park.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Chengdu holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Chengdu in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Emeishan.

Things to do in Chengdu

Tours · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire the striking features of Baoguo Temple and then appreciate the history behind Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo). On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Emei Mountain.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Emeishan trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Chengdu to Emeishan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to fly to Lijiang.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Lijiang

— 3 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.
Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring nature at Three Parallel Rivers National Park. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China, make a trip to HuaMa Jie, ponder the design of Black Dragon Pond Park, and contemplate the long history of Shuhe Ancient Town.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lijiang trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Emeishan to Lijiang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can fly to Xi'an.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Xi'an

— 5 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 19th (Wed) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, delve into the distant past at Xi'an Bell Tower, contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Xi'an sightseeing app.

Traveling by flight from Lijiang to Xi'an takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Luanping County.

Things to do in Xi'an

Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Luanping County

— 1 night
On the 23rd (Sun), see Jinshanling Great Wall.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Luanping County trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Xi'an to Luanping County in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Beijing.

Things to do in Luanping County

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Beijing

— 7 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: delve into the distant past at Mutianyu Great Wall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling), get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and make a trip to Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Beijing trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Luanping County to Beijing in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May, daytime highs in Beijing are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails

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.