60 days in China Itinerary

60 days in China Itinerary

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60 days in China Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Beijing
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Luanping County
— 1 night
+4
Taxi + Bus + Subway + Foot + Fly:  8 h 15 min
3
Xi'an
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6 h 45 min
4
Jiuzhaigou County
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 45 min
5
Chengdu
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Emeishan
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  5 h 15 min
7
Lhasa
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h
8
Lijiang
— 4 nights
+4
Bus + Fly + Bus + Foot + Train:  6 h 15 min
9
Hong Kong
— 5 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4 h 30 min
10
Huangshan
— 5 nights
Train + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
11
Hangzhou
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
12
Suzhou
— 5 nights
Train:  45 min
13
Shanghai
— 7 nights
Fly + Bus:  18 h
End: New York City

6
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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China, and ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Beijing tour itinerary maker app.

New York City, USA to Beijing is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 13 hours traveling from New York City to Beijing due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in 五月, plan for somewhat warmer days in Beijing, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Luanping County.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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
On the 7th (Sun), see Jinshanling Great Wall.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Luanping County driving holiday 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 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Luanping County

Historic Sites

4
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Venture out of the city with trips to Western Han Dynasty Mausoleums (in Xianyang) and Mount Huashan (in Huayin). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, don't miss a visit to Muslim Quarter, delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), and take in panoramic vistas at Xi'an Bell Tower.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Xi'an trip planner.

Getting from Luanping County to Xi'an by combination of taxi, bus, and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or drive. In 六月, daytime highs in Xi'an are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Mount Huashan, Western Han Dynasty Mausoleums
Highlights from your plan
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

3
nights
Jiuzhaigou County

Jiuzhaigou County ©
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
Change things up with a short trip to Huanglong Valley in Songpan County (about 1h 30 min away). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve, explore the activities along Grass Lake, identify plant and animal life at Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley, and make a trip to Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Jiuzhaigou County tour itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Huanglong Valley
Highlights from your plan
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve ©
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve
Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center ©
Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Chengdu: Dujiangyan Irrigation System (in Dujiangyan) and Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum (in Guanghan). Spend the 18th (Thu) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), get engrossed in the history at Jinsha Site Museum, get in on the family fun at Happy Valley of Chengdu, and stroll around Beihu Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Chengdu trip itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Chengdu in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In 六月, daily temperatures in Chengdu can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Emeishan.

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Step out of Emeishan with an excursion to Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) in Leshan--about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Emei Mountain, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wannian Temple, and delve into the distant past at Baoguo Temple.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Emeishan trip planner.

You can drive from Chengdu to Emeishan in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lhasa.

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)
Baoguo Temple ©
Baoguo Temple

4
nights
Lhasa

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Make the 27th (Sat) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Potala Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimpu Caves, contemplate the long history of Sera Monastery, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lhasa online trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Emeishan to Lhasa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In 六月, daytime highs in Lhasa are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple

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.
Step out of Lijiang with an excursion to Thin Strip of Sky of Lijiang in Yulong County--about 1h 35 min away. Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring nature at Three Parallel Rivers National Park. The adventure continues: make a trip to Old Town of Lijiang - China, cruise along Blue Moon Valley, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lijiang day trip app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lhasa to Lijiang in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Thin Strip of Sky of Lijiang
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

5
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Hong Kong is known for shopping, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland, deepen your understanding at Sandbox VR, don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

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

Do a combination of flight and train from Lijiang to Hong Kong in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and train; or drive. While traveling from Lijiang, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Hong Kong, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Huangshan.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Huangshan: Xuguo Stone Arch (in She County) and San Qing Shan (in Shangrao). Spend the 9th (Thu) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Huangshan and walk around Huangshan Geopark.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Huangshan trip itinerary maker tool.

Do a combination of train and flight from Hong Kong to Huangshan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, subway, and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Huangshan

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

San Qing Shan, Xuguo Stone Arch
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Huangshan ©
Mt. Huangshan
San Qing Shan ©
San Qing Shan
Photography Tours

5
nights
Hangzhou

Hangzhou ©
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: Fuchun River (in Tonglu County) and Shaoxing County (Jian Lake & Orchid National Forest Park). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through West Lake (Xi Hu), stroll around Prince Bay Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get to know the fascinating history of Gu Shan (Solitary Hill).

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hangzhou online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Huangshan to Hangzhou takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 93°F in 七月, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Suzhou.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Shaoxing County, Fuchun River
Highlights from your plan
Prince Bay Park ©
Prince Bay Park
West Lake (Xi Hu) ©
West Lake (Xi Hu)

5
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 Suzhou's surroundings by going to Jiashan County (Xitang Ancient Town & Huanxiu Bridge), Wuzhen Water Town (in Tongxiang) and Shaxi Ancient Town (in Taicang). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Tongli Town, appreciate the extensive heritage of Shantang Street, browse the different shops at Center 66, and admire the natural beauty at Humble Administrator's Garden.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Suzhou trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hangzhou to Suzhou takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Hangzhou in 七月, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Suzhou: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Jiashan County, Center 66, Wuzhen Water Town, Shaxi Ancient Town
Highlights from your plan
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
Tongli Town ©
Tongli Town
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou ©
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou

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 shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to The Bund (Wai Tan), examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), appreciate the history behind Jade Buddha Temple, and shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road).

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Shanghai travel planner.

Traveling by train from Suzhou to Shanghai takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or drive. Traveling from Suzhou in 七月, expect nights in Shanghai to be about the same, around 79°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 92°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

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

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