60 days in China Itinerary

60 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China travel route planner

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Fly to Haikou, Train to Sanya
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Sanya
— 5 nights
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Zhangjiajie
— 3 nights
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Xi'an
— 5 nights
Fly
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Lijiang
— 4 nights
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Shangri-La County
— 5 nights
Fly
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Lhasa
— 4 nights
Fly to Mianyang, Taxi to Songpan County
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Songpan County
— 3 nights
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Taxi to Mianyang, Fly to Hohhot, Train to Datong
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Datong
— 1 night
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Beijing
— 5 nights
Fly to Changbaishan Airport, Drive to Fusong County
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Fusong County
— 1 night
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Harbin
— 4 nights
Fly
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Shanghai
— 5 nights
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Suzhou
— 4 nights
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Huangshan
— 4 nights
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Hong Kong
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Sanya

— 5 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hudie Valley and Nanshan Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park and Nanshan Buddhist Cultural Garden. There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Yanoda Rainforest Cultural Tourism Zone, take in the natural beauty of Sanya Zhujiang Nantian Spa, buy something for everyone on your list at Pineapple Shopping Center, and kick back and relax at Yalong Bay.

Before you visit Sanya, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Sydney, Australia to Sanya is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Sanya. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sanya when traveling from Sydney in January, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Zhangjiajie

— 3 nights
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Explore hidden gems such as Golden Whip Brook and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park and Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie.

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

Traveling by flight from Sanya to Zhangjiajie takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Xi'an.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Nature · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Xi'an

— 5 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tang Bo Art Museum and Small Goose Pagoda. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling) and Xi'an Mosque. Change things up with these side-trips from Xi'an: Mount Huashan (in Huayin) and Mt. Wangshun National Forest Park (in Lantian County). Spend the 27th (Wed) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Forest of Stone Steles Museum, stroll through Bailuyuan Ski Area, ponder the design of Dayan Pagoda Northern Square, and take in panoramic vistas at Xi'an Bell Tower.

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Getting from Zhangjiajie to Xi'an by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. January in Xi'an sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of -7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can fly to Lijiang.

Things to do in Xi'an

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Lijiang

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lashi Lake and Ganhaizi Pasture. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain and Longquan Temple of Lijiang. Go for a jaunt from Lijiang to Yulong County to see Spruce Plateau (Yunshan Ping) about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Blue Moon Valley, make a trip to Sanyan Well, contemplate the long history of Mufu Palace, and get great views at Wangu Pavilion.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lijiang trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Xi'an to Lijiang by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Shangri-La County

— 5 nights
Known previously as Zhongdian, Shangri-La County gained its current name in an attempt by city officials to promote tourism.
Get some cultural insight at Dukezong Ancient Town and Diqing Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Guishan Park and Haba Village. Spend the 8th (Mon) exploring nature at Potatso National Park. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumtsaling Monastery, look for all kinds of wild species at Napa Hai Nature Reserve, view the masterpieces at Tubo Tibetan Thangka Store, and take in breathtaking views at Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia).

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Shangri-La County planner.

Traveling by car from Lijiang to Shangri-La County takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can fly to Lhasa.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Lhasa

— 4 nights
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si) and Barkhor Street are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden). Step out of Lhasa with an excursion to Dorje Drak Monastery in Gonggar County--about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zhaji Temple, steep yourself in history at Sera Monastery, see Off-Road Tours, and do sightseeing your way with Private Tours.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lhasa online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Shangri-La County to Lhasa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. February in Lhasa sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Songpan County.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Munigou Scenic Resort, then contemplate the waterfront views at Erdaohai Lakes Scienc Spot, and then cruise along Chuanzhusi. On your second day here, examine the collection at SongPan LiShi WenHua ZhanLanGuan, appreciate the extensive heritage of Huanglong Scenic Valley, and then identify plant and animal life at Xueshanliang Ridge.

Before you visit Songpan County, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Lhasa to Songpan County by combination of flight and taxi takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. You will leave for Datong on the 16th (Tue).

Things to do in Songpan County

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your trip

Datong

— 1 night
The old city of Datong has an interesting and complicated history of development, sacking, and rebuilding.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si) and then Head underground at Yungang Grottoes.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Datong trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Songpan County to Datong takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can fly to Beijing.

Things to do in Datong

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Beijing

— 5 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.
Get some historical perspective at Gong Wang Fu and Simatai Great Wall. Take a break from the city and head to Longqing Gorge and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Beijing Capital Museum, visit Back Lakes (Hou Hai), savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and stroll around Fragrant Hills Park (East Gate 2.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Beijing online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Datong to Beijing takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Fusong County.

Things to do in Beijing

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Fusong County

— 1 night
Fusong County is a county in southern Jilin province, China. To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Fusong County travel route tool.

Explore your travel options from Beijing to Fusong County with the Route module. On the 23rd (Tue), you're off to Harbin.

Things to do in Fusong County

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Harbin

— 4 nights

Ice City

The influence of neighboring Russia remains visible throughout much of Harbin, with the country's northernmost metropolis possessing an intoxicating eclecticism in its architecture, food, and art.
Get some cultural insight at the Northeast Anti-Japanese Museum and Ahn martyr Memorial Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Mao Er Shan Feng Jing Qu and Shenlu Ski Area of Pingshan. There's still lots to do: walk around Zhaolin Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Hulan River Forestry Reserve, make a trip to Zhongyang Pedestrian Street, and get in on the family fun at Harbin Ice and Snow World.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Harbin online visit planner.

You can drive from Fusong County to Harbin in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In February, daytime highs in Harbin are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Shanghai.

Things to do in Harbin

Parks · Museums · Nature · Theme Parks

Shanghai

— 5 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Longhua Temple and Pudong New Area. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Travel China Guide and Shanghai Natural History Museum (Jing'an). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, visit Tian Zi Fang, browse the different shops at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market, and wander the streets of Former French Concession.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Shanghai trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Harbin to Shanghai in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Harbin in February, expect Shanghai to be much warmer, temps between 12°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can take a train to Suzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Suzhou

— 4 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.
Suzhou Chenghuang Temple and Humble Administrator's Garden are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The Lingering Garden and Shantang Street will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Suzhou side-trips: Xitang Ancient Town (in Jiashan County) and Lingshan Buddhist Scenic Spot (in Wuxi). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Lion Forest Garden, examine the collection at Suzhou Museum, steep yourself in history at Tongli Town, and shop like a local with Pingjiang Road.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Suzhou travel planner.

You can take a train from Shanghai to Suzhou in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Shanghai in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 18°C in Suzhou. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Huangshan.

Things to do in Suzhou

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Huangshan

— 4 nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hongguan Village and Mukeng Village. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Huangshan UNESCO Global Geopark and Liyang Street. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Huangshan: Sanqu Stone Forest Scenic Resort (in Changshan County), San Qing Shan (in Shangrao) and Yi County (Tachuan Village & Hongcun Ancient Village). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Jixi Longchuan and make a trip to Greeting Pine (Ying Ke Song).

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

You can drive from Suzhou to Huangshan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to fly to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Huangshan

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Hong Kong

— 6 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Take a break from the city and head to Po Lin Monastery and Cheung Chau Island. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hong Kong Maritime Museum and Soho. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Heritage Museum, take a stroll through Sai Wan Pavilion, get a taste of the local shopping with Tsim Sha Tsui, and visit L&K Custom Tailor.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hong Kong vacation tool.

You can fly from Huangshan to Hong Kong in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature · Outdoors

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.