60 days in China Itinerary

60 days in China Itinerary

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Shanghai
— 7 nights
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Suzhou
— 3 nights
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Hangzhou
— 2 nights
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Nanjing
— 2 nights
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Zhangjiajie
— 3 nights
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Guilin
— 3 nights
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Hong Kong
— 5 nights
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Guangzhou
— 3 nights
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Chongqing
— 3 nights
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Kunming
— 4 nights
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Lijiang
— 3 nights
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Chengdu
— 5 nights
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 2 nights
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Xi'an
— 5 nights
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Beijing
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Shanghai

— 7 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.
Kids will enjoy The Bund (Wai Tan) and Yu Garden (Yuyuan). On the 6th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple, buy something for everyone on your list at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market, and shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Shanghai trip itinerary tool.

Edmonton, Canada to Shanghai is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Edmonton to Shanghai, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, Shanghai is somewhat warmer than Edmonton - with highs of 33°C and lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Suzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Tours

Suzhou

— 3 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.
Bring the kids along to Tongli Town and The Classical Gardens of Suzhou. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Suzhou Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Ruiguang Tower, shop like a local with Pingjiang Road, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Shantang Street.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Suzhou online trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Shanghai to Suzhou in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Suzhou

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Hangzhou

— 2 nights

Paradise on Earth

Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Xiangji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Lingyin Temple, and then walk around West Lake Colored Port View Fish Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Hangzhou Confucius Temple, go for a walk through West Lake (Xi Hu), and then make a trip to Hefang Street.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hangzhou travel planner.

You can drive from Suzhou to Hangzhou in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Nanjing.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Historic Sites · Parks

Nanjing

— 2 nights
Located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing was the capital city of numerous dynasties over the ages.
On the 16th (Wed), contemplate the long history of The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre, then make a trip to Shiziqiao Food Street, and then explore the activities along Xuanwu lake.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nanjing trip planning tool.

Take a train from Hangzhou to Nanjing in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Nanjing sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Nanjing

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Zhangjiajie

— 3 nights
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Spend the 18th (Fri) exploring nature at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Spend the 17th (Thu) exploring nature at Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park. There's more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie and make a trip to Tianzi Mountain.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Zhangjiajie online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Nanjing to Zhangjiajie takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Guilin.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Guilin

— 3 nights
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Attractions like Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) and Riyue Shuangta Cultural Park make great kid-friendly stops. On the 21st (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, find something for the whole family at Liu Sanjie Landscape Garden of Guilin, explore the striking landscape at Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan), and admire the landmark architecture of Daxu Old Town.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Guilin trip app.

Traveling by flight from Zhangjiajie to Guilin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Guilin

Tours · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Hong Kong

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hong Kong Disneyland and Hong Kong Museum of History. Spend the 26th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), appreciate the history behind Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), make a trip to Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, and see the interesting displays at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hong Kong trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Guilin to Hong Kong by train takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Guilin in June since evenings lows in Hong Kong dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Guangzhou.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Guangzhou

— 3 nights
A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
On the 29th (Tue), look for gifts at Beijing Road Raw Material For Medicine Shopping Mall, head off the coast to Shamian Island, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sacred Heart Cathedral. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Chen Clan Ancestral Hall-Folk Craft Museum, then make a trip to Canton Tower, and then take in the views from Liede Bridge.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Guangzhou trip planner.

Getting from Hong Kong to Guangzhou by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hong Kong in June, expect little chillier with lows of 29°C in Guangzhou. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Chongqing.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Chongqing

— 3 nights
With one of the most populated and largest metropolitan areas in the world, Chongqing was the de facto capital of China during World War II. Its wartime political importance and post-war economic boom have left a number of attractions in Chongqing, including war memorials and museums, government buildings, and thriving commercial districts with a wealth of malls and more traditional market areas.
Family-friendly places like Three Gorges Museum and Chongqing Zoo (Chongqing Dongwuyuan) will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, make a trip to Jiefangbei Square, browse the exhibits of Madame Tussauds Chong Qing, and delve into the distant past at Old City Wall.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Chongqing using our trip planner.

Getting from Guangzhou to Chongqing by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In July in Chongqing, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 30°C at night. On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Kunming.

Things to do in Chongqing

Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Historic Sites

Kunming

— 4 nights

City of Eternal Spring

With a temperate climate at 2,000 m (6,600 ft) and a variety of tourist attractions, Kunming makes a popular gateway for exploring Yunnan Province.
Family-friendly places like Kunming Golden Temple and Kunming West Hill (Xishan Forest Park) will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yuantong Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Zhuanxin Wet Market, admire the majestic nature at Kunming World Expo, and visit Yunnan University.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kunming vacation planner.

Getting from Chongqing to Kunming by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Chongqing in July, with highs in Kunming at 28°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Lijiang.

Things to do in Kunming

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.
Explore Lijiang's surroundings by going to Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) (in Shangri-La County) and Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain (in Yulong County). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China, pause for some photo ops at Sanyan Well, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Moon Valley, and make a trip to Yuhe Square.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lijiang online attractions planner.

You can fly from Kunming to Lijiang in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. While traveling from Kunming, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Lijiang, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to fly to Chengdu.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Kids will enjoy Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi) and Mount Qingcheng. Step out of Chengdu with an excursion to Dujiangyan Irrigation System in Dujiangyan--about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 14th (Wed) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Jinsha Site Museum, snap pictures at Anshun Bridge (Dongmen Bridge), make a trip to Tianfu Square, and walk around Beihu Park.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Chengdu trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Lijiang to Chengdu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lijiang in July, expect Chengdu to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Jiuzhaigou County

— 2 nights
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO. Some of the natural sites are considered holy by the local Tibetan and Qiang minorities, with many legends and anecdotes associated with each lake, waterfall, off-shoot valley, and snowcapped peak.
On the 17th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Jiuzhaigou County trip builder tool.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou County in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks · Nature

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.
Attractions like The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 20th (Tue) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Eight Immortals (Ba Xian An), and make a trip to Muslim Quarter.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Xi'an holiday tool.

Getting from Jiuzhaigou County to Xi'an by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Beijing

— 8 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Great Wall at Huanghuacheng, Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and The Great Wall at Badaling. Bring the kids along to Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, stop by Nanluoguxiang, admire the striking features of Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling), and tour the pleasant surroundings at Temple of Heaven.

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You can fly from Xi'an to Beijing in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Beijing sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

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.