60 days in China Itinerary

60 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China tour itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Sanya
— 6 nights
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Longsheng County
— 1 night
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Zhangjiajie
— 5 nights
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Yi County
— 3 nights
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Suzhou
— 6 nights
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Datong
— 2 nights
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Pingyao County
— 2 nights
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Luoyang
— 2 nights
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Xi'an
— 6 nights
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Dunhuang
— 5 nights
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Lhasa
— 4 nights
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Shangri-La County
— 8 nights
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Lijiang
— 6 nights
Fly to Mianyang, Taxi to Songpan County
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— 3 nights
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Sanya

— 6 nights

Gateway to the South

The climate and coastline bring visitors from far and wide on vacations to Sanya, with its 40 km (25 mi) of shoreline almost entirely devoted to tourism.
Explore hidden gems such as Sanya Zhujiang Nantian Spa and Aquaventure Water Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Nanshan Temple and Hudie Valley. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area, kick back and relax at Tianya Haijiao, step off the mainland to explore Wuzhizhou Coral Island, and walk around Luhuitou Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sanya trip maker app.

Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Sanya is an approximately 10-hour flight. You'll lose 2.5 hours traveling from Dhaka City to Sanya due to the time zone difference. May in Sanya sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Longsheng County.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Longsheng County

— 1 night
The highlight of a trip to Longsheng County is undoubtedly its terraced rice paddies.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take a stroll around Ping'an Village and then don't miss a visit to Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Longsheng County trip planner.

Getting from Sanya to Longsheng County by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Longsheng County

Shopping · Historic Sites

Zhangjiajie

— 5 nights
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Spend the 10th (Mon) exploring nature at Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tianzi Mountain, don't miss a visit to Xibu Street, and contemplate the waterfront views at Golden Whip Brook.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Zhangjiajie online itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Longsheng County to Zhangjiajie takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yi County.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Yi County

— 3 nights
Yi County features the historic water villages of Hongcun and Xidi.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hongcun Ancient Village and Xidi Ancient Village. Visit Mukeng Village and Tunxi Ancient Street for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yi County: Huangshan (Huangshan UNESCO Global Geopark & Greeting Pine (Ying Ke Song)). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Guanlu Village and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tachuan Village.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yi County tour itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight, train, and taxi from Zhangjiajie to Yi County in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Suzhou.

Things to do in Yi County

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Suzhou

— 6 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 some cultural insight at Zhouzhuang Water Town and Tongli Town. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Lingering Garden and Xitang Ancient Town. Take a break from Suzhou with a short trip to Lingshan Buddhist Scenic Spot in Wuxi, about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Master-of-Nets Garden, get a taste of the local shopping with Pingjiang Road, take an in-depth tour of Suzhou Folk Custom Museum, and walk around Humble Administrator's Garden.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Suzhou tour planner.

You can drive from Yi County to Suzhou in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Datong.

Things to do in Suzhou

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Datong

— 2 nights
The old city of Datong has an interesting and complicated history of development, sacking, and rebuilding.
On the 23rd (Sun), take in panoramic vistas at Fahua Pagoda and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si). Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Shanhua Temple Five-Dragon Screen and then Head underground at Yungang Grottoes.

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Fly from Suzhou to Datong in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Pingyao County.

Things to do in Datong

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Pingyao County

— 2 nights
An ancient walled city, Pingyao County can trace its history back around 2,700 years, and has been designated a World Heritage Site.
On the 25th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qingxu Guan, then examine the collection at Chinese Chamber of Commerce Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Chinese "Weishengchang"Ancient Bank. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Ping Yao Gu Cheng and then explore the world behind art at Huiwulin Traditional Wushu Gallery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Pingyao County trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Datong to Pingyao County takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Luoyang.

Things to do in Pingyao County

Museums · Historic Sites

Luoyang

— 2 nights
One of the oldest imperial cities in the country, Luoyang gives access to a wealth of cultural sites protected by UNESCO for their importance to the world's cultural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at White Horse Temple and then stroll around Luopu Park. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Longmen Grottoes and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kanjing Temple.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Luoyang tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Pingyao County to Luoyang by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Xi'an.

Things to do in Luoyang

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tang Bo Art Museum and Forest of Stone Steles Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling) and Xi'an Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Xi'an side-trips: Zhashui County (Niubeiliang Mountain Nature Reserve & Fenghuang Town) and Mount Huashan (in Huayin). Spend the 29th (Sat) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Small Goose Pagoda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Xi'an Mosque, don't miss a visit to Xi'an Bell Tower, and admire the masterpieces at Shanxi Art Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Xi'an route builder tool.

You can take a train from Luoyang to Xi'an in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Xi'an can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Dunhuang

— 5 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.
Mogao Caves and Shouchang City Site off Dunhuang are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Duhuang Ancient City Ruins and Yangguan Historic Site Ticket Office. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain, stroll the grounds of Xijin Tomb, make a trip to Shazhou Nightly Market, and take an in-depth tour of Dunhuang Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Dunhuang online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Dunhuang takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Lhasa.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Lhasa

— 4 nights
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si) and Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden). Popular historic sites such as Sera Monastery and Great Mosque are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, see Off-Road Tours, get to know the fascinating history of Barkhor Street, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lhasa online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Dunhuang to Lhasa takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. June in Lhasa sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Shangri-La County

— 8 nights
Known previously as Zhongdian, Shangri-La County gained its current name in an attempt by city officials to promote tourism.
Sumtsaling Monastery and Zhongxin zhen gong tang will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Guishan Park and Haba Village. Step out of Shangri-La County with an excursion to Baoshan Stone Town in Yulong County--about 2 hours away. Spend the 15th (Tue) exploring nature at Potatso National Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Dukezong Ancient Town, explore the stunning scenery at Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia), take an in-depth tour of Diqing Museum, and get great views at Shika Snow Mountains.

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Getting from Lhasa to Shangri-La County by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain and Yushui Village will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mufu Palace and Longquan Temple of Lijiang. Change things up with a short trip to Spruce Plateau (Yunshan Ping) in Yulong County (about 58 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Blue Moon Valley, contemplate the long history of Stone Drum (Shigu) Town, make a trip to Yuhe Square, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wangu Pavilion.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lijiang tour planner.

Traveling by car from Shangri-La County to Lijiang takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Songpan County.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Songpan County

— 3 nights
Though the area remains largely rural and the economy mostly geared towards agriculture, tourism in Songpan County has begun to develop, with a host of scenic areas and cultural sites to explore.
On the 27th (Sun), stroll through Xueshanliang Ridge and then stroll through Huanglong Scenic Valley. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Erdaohai Lakes Scienc Spot and then stroll through Munigou Scenic Resort.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Songpan County trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Lijiang to Songpan County in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Songpan County

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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.