16 days in China Itinerary

16 days in China Itinerary

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16 days in China Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12 h 15 min
1
Hong Kong
— 4 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly:  7 h 45 min
2
Zhangjiajie
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h
3
Lijiang
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Shangri-La County
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 30 min
5
Lhasa
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
6
Dunhuang
— 1 night
Fly:  8 h 45 min
7
Shanghai
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Sydney

4
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Po Lin Monastery and Wong Tai Sin Temple (Sik Sik Yuen Temple). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze) and Dialogue in the Dark Hong Kong. The adventure continues: hike along Dragon's Back, take a stroll through Sai Wan Pavilion, stroll around Kowloon Park, and get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Maritime Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hong Kong tour itinerary maker tool .

Sydney, Australia to Hong Kong is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, subway, and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Hong Kong Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Sydney in September, you will find days in Hong Kong are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are much hotter (31°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Po Lin Monastery ©
Po Lin Monastery
Dragon's Back ©
Dragon's Back

1
night
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
On the 22nd (Sun), explore the fascinating underground world of Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park. On your second day here, stroll through Tianzi Mountain, then stroll through Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Golden Whip Brook.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Zhangjiajie trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Zhangjiajie takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Tours
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Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park ©
Tianzi Mountain ©
Tianzi Mountain

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Mufu Palace, contemplate the long history of Shuhe Ancient Town, and then cruise along Blue Moon Valley.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lijiang trip itinerary builder tool .

Fly from Zhangjiajie to Lijiang in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Lijiang can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors
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Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town
Blue Moon Valley ©
Blue Moon Valley

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia), then stroll around Guishan Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumtsaling Monastery.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Shangri-La County tour builder website .

You can drive from Lijiang to Shangri-La County in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) ©
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)
Sumtsaling Monastery
Sumtsaling Monastery

2
nights
Lhasa

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
On the 26th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden), appreciate the extensive heritage of Barkhor Street, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Sera Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour and then steep yourself in history at Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si).

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lhasa day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Shangri-La County to Lhasa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In September in Lhasa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden) ©
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Barkhor Street ©
Barkhor Street

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain, witness a stunning natural landmark at Crescent Moon Pool, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mogao Caves.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Dunhuang trip planner .

You can fly from Lhasa to Dunhuang in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Mogao Caves ©
Mogao Caves
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain ©
Crescent Moon Pool ©
Crescent Moon Pool

3
nights
Shanghai

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Walking tours and Food Tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum and Longhua Temple. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Pudong New Area, take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai Tower, admire the striking features of Jade Buddha Temple, and stroll around Fuxing Park.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Shanghai journey builder website .

Fly from Dunhuang to Shanghai in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Tours Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Longhua Temple ©
Longhua Temple
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum ©
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum

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