60 days in China Itinerary

60 days in China Itinerary

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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 Emeishan
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Emeishan
— 5 nights
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Lhasa
— 6 nights
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Lijiang
— 5 nights
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Hong Kong
— 7 nights
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Hangzhou
— 5 nights
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Shanghai
— 7 nights
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Suzhou
— 5 nights
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Beijing
— 7 nights
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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 28th (Mon) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's lots 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, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and contemplate the waterfront views at Huangcheng Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Xi'an trip planner.

Newark, USA to Xi'an is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Xi'an is 13 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in June, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Xi'an

Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Jiuzhaigou County side-trips: Songpan County (Huanglong Scenic Valley & Huanglong Valley). Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center, admire the verdant scenery at Rize Valley, and stroll through Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Jiuzhaigou County travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Emeishan.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Emeishan

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Emeishan: Heilong Lake (in Renshou County) and Leshan (Wuyou Temple & Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Emei Mountain, explore the ancient world of Baoguo Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fuhu Temple.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Emeishan online itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Emeishan in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Lhasa.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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, explore the fascinating underground world of Chimpu Caves, contemplate the long history of Sera Monastery, and make a trip to Lasa Sanquan Scenic Resort.

To find out how to plan a trip to Lhasa, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Emeishan to Lhasa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Lhasa are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Lijiang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Lijiang

— 5 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.
Step out of Lijiang with an excursion to Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute in Yulong County--about 30 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Three Parallel Rivers National Park. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China, take in the spiritual surroundings of Puji Temple, Lijiang, steep yourself in history at Shuhe Ancient Town, and don't miss a visit to HuaMa Jie.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lijiang road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Lijiang takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Lhasa in July, Lijiang is a bit warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can fly to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Macau (Macao Museum, Ruins of St. Paul's, &more). Pack the 25th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 26th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), pause for some photo ops at Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), step off the mainland to explore Lantau island, and engage your brain at Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences.

Plan trip to Hong Kong with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Lijiang to Hong Kong takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Lijiang, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Hong Kong, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side 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.
Step out of Hangzhou to go to Tongxiang and see Wuzhen Water Town, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at West Lake (Xi Hu), go for a stroll along the water at Su Causeway, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hangzhou Baocheng Temple, and get your bearings at Zhejiang Library.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hangzhou trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Hangzhou in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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.
Spend the 8th (Sun) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. On the 9th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), make a trip to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), get to know the fascinating history of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, and take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Shanghai holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Hangzhou to Shanghai takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Shanghai can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Suzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Tours · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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.
Explore Suzhou's surroundings by going to Shaxi Ancient Town (in Taicang), Xitang Ancient Town (in Jiashan County) and Longbeishan Mountain National Forest Park (in Yixing). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Tongli Town, admire the masterpieces at Six Arts Museum, stroll around The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Shantang Street.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Suzhou road trip app.

Take a train from Shanghai to Suzhou in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Shanghai in August; daily highs in Suzhou reach 98°F and lows reach 98°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Beijing.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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 23rd (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong), admire the landmark architecture of The Palace Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Beijing trip planner.

You can fly from Suzhou to Beijing in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Suzhou in August, you will find days in Beijing are a bit cooler (89°F), and nights are much colder (70°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

China travel guide

4.4
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.