60 days in China Itinerary

60 days in China Itinerary

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Fly to Beijing Capital International Airport, Drive to Luanping County
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Luanping County
— 1 night
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Beijing
— 7 nights
Fly
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Shanghai
— 7 nights
Fly
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Hong Kong
— 8 nights
Fly
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Xi'an
— 6 nights
Fly to Jiuzhai Huanglong, Bus to Jiuzhaigou County
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 5 nights
Bus to Song Pan airport, Fly to Chengdu
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Chengdu
— 6 nights
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Leshan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lijiang
— 6 nights
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Lhasa
— 6 nights
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Dunhuang
— 4 nights
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Luanping County

— 1 night
On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Jinshanling Great Wall.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Luanping County online driving holiday planner.

Newark, USA to Luanping County is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to China Standard Time (CST) is 13 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time 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.
Spend the 6th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: make a trip to Mutianyu Great Wall, examine the collection at National Museum Of China, tour the pleasant surroundings at Temple of Heaven, and get in on the family fun at Olympic Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Beijing trip planner.

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 August, daily temperatures in Beijing can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), look for gifts at Spin Ceramics, and appreciate the history behind Jade Buddha Temple.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Shanghai online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Shanghai takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in August, Shanghai is a bit warmer at night with lows of 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can fly to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Hong Kong

— 8 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hong Kong: Macau (Macao Museum, Ruins of St. Paul's, &more). Pack the 17th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 18th (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), go for a stroll along the water at Victoria Harbour, take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History, and stroll around Nan Lian Garden.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong tour planner.

You can fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Hong Kong can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Xi'an.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Xi'an

— 6 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 26th (Thu) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, delve into the distant past at Xi'an Bell Tower, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Xi'an day trip planning site.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Xi'an in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Xi'an when traveling from Hong Kong in August, with lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Jiuzhaigou County

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jiuzhaigou County: Songpan County (Huanglong Scenic Valley & Huanglong Valley). Spend the 31st (Tue) exploring nature at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Pearl Shoal Waterfalls, admire the verdant scenery at Shuzheng Valley, and stroll through Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Jiuzhaigou County trip planner.

Getting from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chengdu

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum (in Guanghan) and Dujiangyan Irrigation System (in Dujiangyan). On the 6th (Mon), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), visit West China Center of Medical Sciences, take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum, and take in the views from Anshun Bridge (Dongmen Bridge).

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Chengdu day trip site.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Chengdu in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Chengdu sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Leshan.

Things to do in Chengdu

Museums · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Leshan

— 2 nights
The city of Leshan sits proudly at the confluence of three rivers, and has become known for its World Heritage Site and importance to Buddhism in the country.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the views from Leshan Bridge and then appreciate the history behind Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Baoguo Temple.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Leshan trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Chengdu to Leshan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can fly to Lijiang.

Things to do in Leshan

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lijiang

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yulong County (Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain, Lijiang Spruce Plain, &more). Spend the 14th (Tue) exploring nature at Three Parallel Rivers National Park. On the 12th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China, contemplate the long history of Shuhe Ancient Town, don't miss a visit to HuaMa Jie, and admire the landmark architecture of Beiyue Temple of Lijiang.

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You can fly from Leshan to Lijiang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September in Lijiang, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Lhasa.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Lhasa

— 6 nights
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, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Potala Palace, Head underground at Chimpu Caves, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokhang Temple, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Barkhor Street.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lhasa trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lijiang to Lhasa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Lijiang in September, expect nights in Lhasa to be much colder, around 51°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to fly to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Dunhuang

— 4 nights
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.
Dunhuang is known for nature, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mogao Caves, explore the world behind art at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain, and stroll the grounds of Xijin Tomb.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Dunhuang trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Dunhuang takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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.