60 days in China Itinerary

60 days in China Itinerary

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Beijing
— 6 nights
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Shanghai
— 6 nights
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Suzhou
— 4 nights
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Huangshan
— 1 night
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Xiamen
— 3 nights
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Hong Kong
— 7 nights
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Guangzhou
— 5 nights
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Sanya
— 4 nights
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Yangshuo County
— 2 nights
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Zhangjiajie
— 3 nights
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Xi'an
— 4 nights
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Chengdu
— 5 nights
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Emeishan
— 2 nights
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Lijiang
— 3 nights
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Beijing

— 6 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mutianyu Great Wall and Temple of Heaven. Visit Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling) for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of The Palace Museum, stop by Nanluoguxiang, get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Beijing sightseeing planner.

Baghdad, Iraq to Beijing is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Baghdad to Beijing, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Baghdad in May, things will get slightly colder in Beijing: highs are around 33°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can fly to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Shanghai

— 6 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.
Do your shopping at Former French Concession and Three on the Bund. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Bund (Wai Tan) and Zhujiajiao Ancient Town. Spend the 10th (Mon) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, shop like a local with Xintiandi, and wander the streets of Taikang Road.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Shanghai journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Shanghai takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Shanghai, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Suzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tongli Town and Shaxi Ancient Town. Get a sense of the local culture at Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute and Zhouzhuang Water Town. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Suzhou: Kunshan (Jinxi Ancient Town, Zhouzhuang Boat, &more) and Xitang Ancient Town (in Jiashan County). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Shantang Street, admire the natural beauty at Humble Administrator's Garden, contemplate the long history of Luzhi Town, and examine the collection at Suzhou Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Suzhou trip itinerary maker tool.

You can take a train from Shanghai to Suzhou in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Huangshan.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Huangshan

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Xihai Great Canyon and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Huangshan.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Huangshan day trip planning tool.

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 18th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Xiamen.

Things to do in Huangshan

Parks · Nature

Xiamen

— 3 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.
Head to Gulangyu and Pan base Centerfor plenty of shopping. Relax by the water at Baicheng Beach and Pearl Bay. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Xiamen Guanyinshan Sand Sculpture Cultural Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Wanda Plaza (xianyue road), browse the eclectic array of goods at The eighth seafood Market, and shop like a local with Zhongshan Road Walking Street.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Xiamen trip planner.

Fly from Huangshan to Xiamen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Xiamen can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to fly to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Xiamen

Shopping · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Hong Kong

— 7 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lantau island and Po Lin Monastery. Get a sense of the local culture at Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) and Stanley. Pack the 25th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), stroll through Repulse Bay Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Tai Long Wan, and get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History.

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Getting from Xiamen to Hong Kong by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Xiamen in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 30°C in Hong Kong. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Guangzhou.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Guangzhou

— 5 nights
A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ruins of St. Paul's and A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu). Shamian Island and Historic Centre of Macau will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Guangzhou: Macao Museum (in Macau), Chung Shan Hot Spring Golf Club (in Zhongshan) and Bishuiwan Spa Resort (in Conghua). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Canton Fair Complex, buy something for everyone on your list at Living Mall, and surround yourself with nature on Pacha Mama Adventures.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Guangzhou road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hong Kong to Guangzhou takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hong Kong in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Guangzhou, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Sanya.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sanya

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Yalong Bay and Diaoluo Mountain. Relax by the water at Dadonghai Beach and Sanya Tropical Beach Scienc Resort. Take a break from Sanya with a short trip to Qixian Ridge in Baoting County, about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Tianya Haijiao, take a stroll through Sanya Redaiyulin Square, tour the pleasant surroundings at Egret Park, and soak in some Japanese tradition at Tianyuan Onsen Resort.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sanya driving holiday planner.

Fly from Guangzhou to Sanya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in June, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Yangshuo County.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Yangshuo County

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Asia Cycling Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at South China Karst, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Xilang Mountain Scenic Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Xianggong Mountain, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Huangbu Beach, and then walk around Yangshuo Historic Landscape Park.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yangshuo County travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sanya to Yangshuo County takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Yangshuo County are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can fly to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Yangshuo County

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Zhangjiajie

— 3 nights
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Take a break from the city and head to Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie and Tianzi Mountain Clouds. Get a sense of the local culture at Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute and Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple. Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring nature at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. There's more to do: stroll through Suoxiyu Nature Reserve and explore the striking landscape at Xihai Stone Forest.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Zhangjiajie trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Yangshuo County to Zhangjiajie takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Xi'an.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Xi'an

— 4 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qin Dynasty of Xi'an. Visit Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) and Xi'an Bell Tower for their historical value. Spend the 13th (Sun) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), look for gifts at Muslim market, make a trip to Muslim Quarter, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xi'an Mosque.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Xi'an trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Zhangjiajie to Xi'an in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Chengdu.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Chengdu

— 5 nights

Hibiscus City

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi) and Yinchang Valley. Head to Fangsuo Book Store and IFSfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Chengdu side-trips: Miyaluo Scenic Resort (in Li County) and Dujiangyan Irrigation System (in Dujiangyan). Spend the 17th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Qingcheng, examine the collection at Sanhe Classic Car Museum, browse the different shops at Galleria, and get engrossed in the history at Jinsha Site Museum.

To find ratings and tourist information, go to the Chengdu itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Chengdu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Chengdu. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Emeishan.

Things to do in Chengdu

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Emeishan

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wannian Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Emei Mountain, and then delve into the distant past at Baoguo Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Fuhu Temple and then appreciate the history behind Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo).

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Emeishan day trip app.

You can drive from Chengdu to Emeishan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can fly to Lijiang.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Lijiang

— 3 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 Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain and Lijiang Guides - Day Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Town of Lijiang - China and Black Dragon Pond Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lijiang: Yulong County (Yulong Snow Mountain Ski Area & Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute). It doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Beiyue Temple of Lijiang and contemplate the long history of Mufu Palace.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lijiang driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Emeishan to Lijiang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Lhasa.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Potala Palace and Sera Monastery. Get in touch with nature at Off-Road Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chimpu Caves, contemplate the long history of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), and look for gifts at Dropenling Lhasa Villages Handicraft Shop.

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

Fly from Lijiang to Lhasa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. June in Lhasa sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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.