23 days in China Itinerary

23 days in China Itinerary

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23 days in China Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Lijiang
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Kunming
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  8 h 30 min
3
Jiuzhaigou County
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Chengdu
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6 h 45 min
5
Xian County
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Beijing
— 7 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Melbourne

2
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.
Lijiang is known for historic sites, nature, nightlife, scenic drive, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China, appreciate the history behind Sanyan Well, don't miss a visit to HuaMa Jie, and explore the striking landscape of Three Parallel Rivers National Park.

Before you visit Lijiang, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Melbourne, Australia to Lijiang is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to China Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kunming.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mt. Laojun Mountain National Geological Park ,Yulong Liming
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Three Parallel Rivers National Park ©
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Black Dragon Pond Park ©
Black Dragon Pond Park

3
nights
Kunming

Kunming ©
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.
Take a break from Kunming with a short trip to Maotianshan National Geopark in Chengjiang County, about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Green Lake (Cui Hu), contemplate the long history of Kunming Golden Temple, walk around Tanhua Temple Park, and examine the collection at Bamboo Temple (Qiongzhu Si).

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kunming travel planning app .

You can fly from Lijiang to Kunming in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Kunming

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Maotianshan National Geopark
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:
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Green Lake (Cui Hu) ©
Green Lake (Cui Hu)
Kunming Golden Temple ©
Kunming Golden Temple
Bamboo Temple (Qiongzhu Si) ©
Bamboo Temple (Qiongzhu Si)

3
nights
Jiuzhaigou County

Jiuzhaigou County ©
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
Get out of town with these interesting Jiuzhaigou County side-trips: Songpan County (Huanglong Valley & Huanglong Scenic Valley). Spend the 10th (Sat) exploring nature at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley, contemplate the waterfront views at Grass Lake, and take in the dramatic scenery at Pearl Shoal Waterfalls.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Jiuzhaigou County online day trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Kunming to Jiuzhaigou County in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Songpan County
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 13:
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Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve ©
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve
Huanglong Scenic Valley ©
Huanglong Scenic Valley
Pearl Shoal Waterfalls ©
Pearl Shoal Waterfalls

4
nights
Chengdu

Chengdu ©
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.
Explore Chengdu's surroundings by going to Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) (in Leshan), Emeishan (Emeishan Museum & Baoguo Temple) and Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum (in Guanghan). Spend the 17th (Sat) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), snap pictures at Anshun Bridge (Dongmen Bridge), and take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Chengdu sightseeing planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Chengdu in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Xian County.

Things to do in Chengdu

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Emeishan, Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo), Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum
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Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum ©
Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) ©
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)

1
night
Xian County

Xian County
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Xian County Han Mausoleums.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Xian County trip planning app .

Explore your travel options from Chengdu to Xian County with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Xian County

Historic Sites
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7
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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Mutianyu Great Wall, examine the collection at The Palace Museum, catch a live event at Olympic Park, and get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong).

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Beijing travel planning site .

Drive from Xian County to Beijing in 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Beijing are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

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