60 days in China Itinerary

60 days in China Itinerary

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60 days in China Itinerary

Start: Cluj-Napoca
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Beijing
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Luanping County
— 1 night
+3
taxi + bus + subway + train:  9​h 30​min
3
Suzhou
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
4
Shanghai
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Huangshan
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + train:  4​h 30​min
6
Hong Kong
— 6 nights
+3
train + foot + bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Lijiang
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  7​h 15​min
8
Emeishan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Chengdu
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 45​min
10
Jiuzhaigou County
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  6​h 45​min
11
Xi'an
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
12
Dunhuang
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
13
Lhasa
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Cluj-Napoca

5
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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get in on the family fun at Olympic Park, admire the landmark architecture of Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Beijing trip itinerary planning site .

Cluj-Napoca, Romania to Beijing is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Cluj-Napoca to Beijing. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Cluj-Napoca in August, with highs in Beijing at 37°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Luanping County.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

1
night
Luanping County

Luanping County ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): see Jinshanling Great Wall.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Luanping County using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Beijing to Luanping County takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Luanping County

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Jinshanling Great Wall ©
Jinshanling Great Wall

4
nights
Suzhou

Suzhou ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Suzhou: Shaxi Ancient Town (in Taicang), the Xues' Garden (in Wuxi) and Xitang Ancient Town (in Jiashan County). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Tongli Town, admire the natural beauty at Humble Administrator's Garden, don't miss a visit to Shihu Lake, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Shantang Street.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Suzhou journey maker tool .

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train from Luanping County to Suzhou in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Suzhou sees daily highs of 43°C and lows of 43°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Xitang Ancient Town, the Xues' Garden, Wuzhen Water Town, Shaxi Ancient Town, Lanxiu Park of Jiaxing
Highlights from your plan
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou ©
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou
Tongli Town ©
Tongli Town
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town

7
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.
Shanghai is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan), get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Shanghai trip site .

Traveling by train from Suzhou to Shanghai takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or drive. In August, Shanghai is slightly colder than Suzhou - with highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Huangshan.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu) ©

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wuyuan County (Qingyuan Ancient Village & Wolong Canyon), She County (Huangshan Nanqiao Building & Xuguo Stone Arch) and Juyimukeng Scenic Resort (in Yi County). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Huangshan, contemplate the long history of Former Residence of Cheng Dawei, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours.

Make your Huangshan itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Huangshan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Huangshan

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Wuyuan County, She County, Juyimukeng Scenic Resort
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Huangshan ©
Mt. Huangshan
Photography Tours

6
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Venture out of the city with trips to Macau (Kun Iam Temple, Ruins of St. Paul's, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland, enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ocean Park.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hong Kong trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Huangshan to Hong Kong takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and train; or drive. In August in Hong Kong, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Macau
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

4
nights
Lijiang

Lijiang ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lijiang: Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) (in Shangri-La County) and Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute (in Yulong County). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China, explore the striking landscape of Three Parallel Rivers National Park, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and make a trip to HuaMa Jie.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Lijiang holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hong Kong to Lijiang takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, subway, and flight; or drive. When traveling from Hong Kong in August, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Lijiang: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Emeishan.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Yulong County, Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)
Highlights from your plan
Three Parallel Rivers National Park ©
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Black Dragon Pond Park ©
Black Dragon Pond Park

2
nights
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.
Take a break from Emeishan with a short trip to Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) in Leshan, about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Emei Mountain, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wannian Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Emei Mountain Rare Botanical Garden, and get your game on at E'meishan Jinding Scenic Resort.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Emeishan driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Lijiang to Emeishan takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Chengdu.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites Parks Nature

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)
Wannian Temple ©
Wannian 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.
Explore Chengdu's surroundings by going to Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum (in Guanghan) and Dujiangyan Irrigation System (in Dujiangyan). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), get to know the resident critters at China Discovery-Day Tour, stop by Blue Sheep Craft Shop, and take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Chengdu trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Emeishan to Chengdu by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Chengdu, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Yinchang Valley, Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum
Highlights from your plan
Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum ©
Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum
Dujiangyan Irrigation System ©
Dujiangyan Irrigation System

5
nights
Jiuzhaigou County

Jiuzhaigou County ©
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
Get out of town with these interesting Jiuzhaigou County side-trips: Songpan County (Huanglong Valley & Huanglong Scenic Valley). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve, take in the dramatic scenery at Pearl Shoal Waterfalls, explore the activities along Grass Lake, and make a trip to Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Jiuzhaigou County travel route planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou County in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Songpan County
Highlights from your plan
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve ©
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve
Huanglong Scenic Valley ©
Huanglong Scenic Valley
Pearl Shoal Waterfalls ©
Pearl Shoal Waterfalls

5
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Change things up with these side-trips from Xi'an: Shuilu Temple (in Lantian County), Mount Huashan (in Huayin) and Zhuque National Forest Park, Xi'an (in Hu County). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Eight Immortals (Ba Xian An), don't miss a visit to Muslim Quarter, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

Plan a Xi'an trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Xi'an in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Shuilu Temple, Zhuque National Forest Park, Xi'an, Mount Huashan
Highlights from your plan
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

2
nights
Dunhuang

Dunhuang ©
Once a vital stop-off on the Silk Road trade route, Dunhuang today offers travelers of all persuasions a place to rest in the middle of the desert.
On the 23rd (Mon), delve into the distant past at Xijin Tomb, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain, then Head underground at Mogao Caves, and finally get engrossed in the history at Library Cave Heritage Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at DunHuang MoGaoKu YiShuGuan, admire the masterpieces at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center, then see the interesting displays at DunHuang ShiKu WenWu BaoHu YanJiu ChenLie ZhongXin, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dunhuang Leiyin Temple.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Dunhuang trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Xi'an to Dunhuang in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mogao Caves ©
Mogao Caves
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain ©
DunHuang MoGaoKu YiShuGuan ©
DunHuang MoGaoKu YiShuGuan

5
nights
Lhasa

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Lhasa is known for historic sites, museums, nature, classes, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Potala Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nechung Monastery and Temple, contemplate the long history of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Barkhor Street.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lhasa attractions planner .

You can fly from Dunhuang to Lhasa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Lhasa can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lhasa

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple

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