60 days in China Itinerary

60 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China travel route planner

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Xiamen
— 4 nights
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Shangrao
— 1 night
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Qingyang County
— 1 night
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Suzhou
— 5 nights
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Drive to Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Fly to Changbaishan Airport, Drive to Fusong County
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Fusong County
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Beijing
— 5 nights
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Datong
— 1 night
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Xi'an
— 6 nights
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Lhasa
— 3 nights
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Shangri-La County
— 5 nights
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Lijiang
— 4 nights
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Dali
— 4 nights
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Zhangjiajie
— 3 nights
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Yangshuo County
— 4 nights
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Sanya
— 6 nights
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Hong Kong
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Xiamen

— 4 nights

Garden Island

Known for centuries as a gateway to China, the port city of Xiamen has become a destination in itself, first to domestic visitors and now to a growing number of people from across the world.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Xiamen Piano Museum and ShiJie MingRenGuan. Get outdoors at Kulangsu Huandao Road and Mangrove Reserve of Zhangzhou. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Xiamen: Jinjiang Shenlu Bay Ancient Forest Nature Reserve (in Jinjiang) and Zhaojia Castle and Yian Castle (in Zhangpu County). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Xiamen Shuzhuang Garden, look for all kinds of wild species at Fujian Rare Species of Marine Nature Reserve, go for a stroll along the water at Xiamen Lundu Port, and contemplate the long history of Xiamen University.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Xiamen trip itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Xiamen is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to China Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in February: high temperatures in Xiamen hover around 20°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Shangrao.

Things to do in Xiamen

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Shangrao

— 1 night
Lying along the Xin River, Shangrao sits as a prefecture level city and important transport and trade hub for the surrounding three provinces.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): stroll around Yunbi Peak Forest Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at San Qing Shan.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Shangrao trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Xiamen to Shangrao takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Qingyang County.

Things to do in Shangrao

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Qingyang County

— 1 night
On the 22nd (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Qishan Mountain and then take in the awesome beauty at Jiuhua Mountain.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Qingyang County holiday builder app.

Traveling by car from Shangrao to Qingyang County takes 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Qingyang County

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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.
The Lingering Garden and Shantang Street will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Master-of-Nets Garden and Tongli Town. Explore Suzhou's surroundings by going to Wuzhen Water Town (in Tongxiang) and Xitang Ancient Town (in Jiashan County). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Jinji Lake, shop like a local with Pingjiang Road, stroll around Tiger Hill, and see the interesting displays at Suzhou Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Suzhou trip planner.

Getting from Qingyang County to Suzhou by car takes about 4 hours. February in Suzhou sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -5°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Fusong County.

Things to do in Suzhou

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Fusong County

— 1 night
Fusong County is a county in southern Jilin province, China. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Hannashan Hot Spring Resort and then visit Wanda Changbaishan International Resort.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Fusong County road trip planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Suzhou to Fusong County. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Fusong County

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Beijing Capital Museum and Gong Wang Fu. Get in touch with nature at Back Lakes (Hou Hai) and Simatai Great Wall. Spend the 2nd (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Happy Valley of Beijing, stroll around Fragrant Hills Park (East Gate 2, make a trip to Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan), and admire the striking features of Nine Dragon Screen.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Beijing tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fusong County to Beijing. In February in Beijing, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and -7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Datong.

Things to do in Beijing

Tours · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Datong

— 1 night
The old city of Datong has an interesting and complicated history of development, sacking, and rebuilding.
On the 6th (Sat), make a trip to Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si) and then explore the fascinating underground world of Yungang Grottoes.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Datong holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Beijing to Datong takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Datong

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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.
Visit Small Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Mosque for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tang Bo Art Museum and Forest of Stone Steles Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Zhashui County (Fenghuang Town & Niubeiliang Mountain Nature Reserve), Taibaishan Ski Area (in Mei County) and Mount Huashan (in Huayin). Spend the 7th (Sun) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Xi'an Qujiang Museum of Fine Arts, stroll the grounds of Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling), don't miss a visit to Dayan Pagoda Northern Square, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Xi'an Bell Tower.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Xi'an trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Datong to Xi'an by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Xi'an can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Xi'an

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lhasa

— 3 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 will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Off-Road Tours will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sera Monastery, and get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lhasa trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Xi'an to Lhasa by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Xi'an in March; daily highs in Lhasa reach 14°C and lows reach 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.
Visiting Napa Hai Nature Reserve and Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) will get you outdoors. Dukezong Ancient Town and Sumtsaling Monastery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring nature at Potatso National Park. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Napa Lake Grasslands, explore the activities along Bitahai Lake, go for a walk through Shika Snow Mountains, and take an in-depth tour of Diqing Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Shangri-La County trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Shangri-La County takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Spruce Plateau (Yunshan Ping) and Mufu Palace. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain and Shuhe Ancient Town. Go for a jaunt from Lijiang to Yulong County to see Ganhaizi Pasture about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lashi Lake, pause for some photo ops at Sanyan Well, don't miss a visit to Shuhe Food Street, and wander the streets of Ancient City Zhongyi Market.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lijiang holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Shangri-La County to Lijiang in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Dali.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dali

— 4 nights
Combining a glorious past with modern conveniences and scenic natural surroundings, Dali stands out as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Yunnan, perched in a strategic location and boasting fertile fields for agriculture.
Get in touch with nature at Cangshan Mountain and Shuanglang. Yunnan Shaxi Ancient Town and Du Wenxiu's Tomb are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Erhai Lake, explore the ancient world of Zhonghe Temple, walk around Butterfly Spring Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Qingbi Stream.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Dali planner.

You can drive from Lijiang to Dali in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Dali

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zhangjiajie

— 3 nights
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Get outdoors at Tianzi Mountain and Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park. Spend the 31st (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: take a peaceful walk through Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Zhangjiajie tour planner.

You can fly from Dali to Zhangjiajie in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Yangshuo County.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Yangshuo County

— 4 nights
Yangshuo County, the area surrounding a popular tourist resort town, boasts a landscape featuring all the ingredients necessary to attract a flood of tourists.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Guilin Laozhai Mountain and Silver Cave. Visiting Julong Lake of Yangshuo and Li River will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yangshuo County: Guilin (Lijiang Folk Customs Garden, Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan), &more). And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Xianggong Mountain, take in the dramatic natural features at Moon Hill, explore the activities along Yulong River, and make a trip to Guilin Butterfly Spring.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yangshuo County trip planning site.

You can fly from Zhangjiajie to Yangshuo County in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in March, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Yangshuo County

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nanwan Monkey Island and Yanoda Rainforest Cultural Tourism Zone. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park and Nanshan Buddhist Cultural Garden. There's still lots to do: cool off at Aquaventure Water Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area, witness a stunning natural landmark at Sanya Zhujiang Nantian Spa, and explore the activities along Sanya Bay.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sanya day trip site.

You can fly from Yangshuo County to Sanya in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yangshuo County in April: high temperatures in Sanya hover around 35°C and lows are around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hong Kong Maritime Museum and Lion's Pavilion at The Peak. Step out of the city life by going to Dragon's Back and Po Lin Monastery. And it doesn't end there: try to win big at Sha Tin Racecourse, take a stroll through Tsim Sha Tsui, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and stop by Soho.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong day trip planning site.

Getting from Sanya to Hong Kong by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sanya in April, you will find days in Hong Kong are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature · Trails

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.