60 days in China Itinerary

60 days in China Itinerary

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60 days in China Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + Drive:  16​h 15​min
1
Songpan County
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
2
Dunhuang
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Beijing
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Datong
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 45​min
5
Suzhou
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  8​h 15​min
6
Zhangjiajie
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
7
Guilin
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Sanya
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h
9
Daocheng County
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
10
Lijiang
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Shangri-La County
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
12
Lhasa
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv

3
nights
Songpan County

Songpan County ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Huanglong Scenic Valley and Xueshanliang Ridge. Step out of the city life by going to Erdaohai Lakes Scienc Spot and Dagu Ice Mountain Scenic Area. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Munigou Scenic Resort, appreciate the history behind Long March Monument Tablet Park, see the interesting displays at SongPan LiShi WenHua ZhanLanGuan, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuanzhu Temple.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Songpan County tour itinerary planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Songpan County is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Songpan County due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Songpan County

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dagu Ice Mountain Scenic Area
Highlights from your plan
Huanglong Scenic Valley ©
Huanglong Scenic Valley

5
nights
Dunhuang

Dunhuang ©
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 West Lake Nature Reserve of Dunhuang will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain and Yadan National Geological Park will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Crescent Moon Pool, delve into the distant past at Shouchang City Site off Dunhuang, explore the fascinating landscape at Yangguan Desert Forest Park, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Xijin Tomb.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Dunhuang online day trip planner .

Getting from Songpan County to Dunhuang by flight takes about 14 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mogao Caves ©
Mogao Caves
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain ©
Yadan National Geological Park ©
Yadan National Geological Park

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Back Lakes (Hou Hai) and Gong Wang Fu. Visit Simatai Great Wall and Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan) for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through 798 Art Zone, admire the striking features of The Nine Dragon Screen of The Palace Museum, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and find something for the whole family at Happy Valley of Beijing.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Beijing trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Dunhuang to Beijing takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Beijing are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Datong.

Things to do in Beijing

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Simatai Great Wall ©
Simatai Great Wall
Gong Wang Fu ©
Gong Wang Fu
Meridian Gate (Wu Men) ©
Meridian Gate (Wu Men)

2
nights
Datong

Datong ©
The old city of Datong has an interesting and complicated history of development, sacking, and rebuilding.
On the 11th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si), then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Grand Mosque, and then delve into the distant past at Yungang Grottoes. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Datong Forest, make a trip to Datong Drum, admire the landmark architecture of Nine Dragon Screen Ticket Office, then take in panoramic vistas at Fahua Pagoda, and finally admire the striking features of Shanhua Temple Five-Dragon Screen.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Datong tour site .

You can drive from Beijing to Datong in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Datong

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si) ©
Yungang Grottoes ©
Yungang Grottoes
Datong Forest ©
Datong Forest

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Xitang Ancient Town and The Lingering Garden. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tongli Town and Tiger Hill. Venture out of the city with trips to Wuzhen Water Town (in Tongxiang) and Lingshan Buddhist Scenic Spot (in Wuxi). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Shantang Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shenxian Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Pingjiang Road, and admire the natural beauty at Humble Administrator's Garden.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Suzhou holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Datong to Suzhou takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 43°C in August, and nighttime lows around 43°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Suzhou

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Wuzhen Water Town, Lingshan Buddhist Scenic Spot, Xitang Ancient Town
Highlights from your plan
Humble Administrator's Garden ©
Humble Administrator's Garden
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
The Lingering Garden ©
The Lingering Garden

3
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park and The Grand Canyon of Zhangjiajie. Visiting Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie and Golden Whip Brook will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tianzi Mountain, take in panoramic vistas at Huangshi Village, admire the landmark architecture of Zhangjiajie Zixia Temple, and have some family-friendly fun at Tujia Customs Park.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Zhangjiajie trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Suzhou to Zhangjiajie in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Guilin.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Nature Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park ©
Tianzi Mountain ©
Tianzi Mountain

5
nights
Guilin

Guilin ©
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Take a break from the city and head to Li River and Yulong River. Get some cultural insight at Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces and Guilin Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Guilin: Moon Hill (in Yangshuo County) and Ping'an Village (in Longsheng County). Next up on the itinerary: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, Head underground at Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and stroll around Riyue Shuangta Cultural Park.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Guilin sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Zhangjiajie to Guilin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Guilin, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Guilin

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Longsheng County, Yangshuo County, Li River
Highlights from your plan
Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces ©
Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces
Moon Hill ©
Moon Hill
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) ©
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan)

6
nights
Sanya

Sanya ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Sanya Zhujiang Nantian Spa and Dadonghai Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nanshan Temple and Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Sanya: Sanya Li and Miao Village (in Baoting County) and Nanwan Monkey Island (in Lingshui County). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tianya Haijiao, make a trip to Southern Tip Fire Station of the Asian Games, take in the dramatic natural features at Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area, and step off the mainland to explore Wuzhizhou Coral Island.

To see reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Sanya day trip tool .

You can fly from Guilin to Sanya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Sanya can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Daocheng County.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Nanwan Monkey Island, Sanya Li and Miao Village
Highlights from your plan
Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan Temple

3
nights
Daocheng County

Daocheng County ©
Daocheng County or Dapba in Tibetan, historically Daoba, is a county of western Sichuan Province, China, located in the eastern Hengduan Mountains. Get some cultural insight at Aden Scenic Area and Benbo Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Hell Canyon of Kasi and Haizi Mountain. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chonggu Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Xianuo Duoji Mountain, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Sangdui Red Grass Field.

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

Traveling by flight from Sanya to Daocheng County takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lijiang.

Things to do in Daocheng County

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Aden Scenic Area ©
Aden Scenic Area
Haizi Mountain ©
Haizi Mountain

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as Shuhe Ancient Town and Spruce Plateau (Yunshan Ping) are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain and Blue Moon Valley. Change things up with these side-trips from Lijiang: Yulong County (Ganhaizi Pasture & Yushui Village) and Jianchuan County (Qianshi Mountain & Xingjiao Temple, Shaxi). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Mufu Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Longquan Temple of Lijiang, witness the site of a historic battle at Feihudui Airport, and delve into the distant past at Longtan Temple.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lijiang tour planning app .

Drive from Daocheng County to Lijiang in 9 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Yulong County, Jianchuan County
Highlights from your plan
Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain ©
Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain
Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town
Spruce Plateau (Yunshan Ping) ©
Spruce Plateau (Yunshan Ping)

5
nights
Shangri-La County

Shangri-La County ©
Known previously as Zhongdian, Shangri-La County gained its current name in an attempt by city officials to promote tourism.
Sumtsaling Monastery and Dabao Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) and Napa Hai Nature Reserve. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Potatso National Park, walk around Guishan Park, contemplate the long history of Dukezong Ancient Town, and get outside with Napa Lake Grasslands.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Shangri-La County attractions planner .

Getting from Lijiang to Shangri-La County by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) ©
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)
Sumtsaling Monastery
Sumtsaling Monastery
Potatso National Park ©
Potatso National Park

7
nights
Lhasa

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Get outdoors at Climbing Tours and 72 Curves of Nujiang River. Popular historic sites such as Jokhang Temple and Sera Monastery are in your itinerary. Step out of Lhasa with an excursion to Qingpu Ashram in Dranang County--about 2 hours away. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Barkhor Street, contemplate the long history of Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lhasa trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Shangri-La County to Lhasa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

72 Curves of Nujiang River, Qingpu Ashram
Highlights from your plan
Sera Monastery ©
Sera Monastery
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Barkhor Street ©
Barkhor Street

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