23 days in Hong Kong, Yunnan & Guangxi Itinerary

23 days in Hong Kong, Yunnan & Guangxi Itinerary

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Start: Surabaya, Indonesia
+3
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly:  7 h 45 min
1
Hong Kong
— 9 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly:  6 h 15 min
2
Shangri-La County
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Lijiang
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
4
Dali
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  6 h
5
Longsheng County
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Guilin
— 4 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: Surabaya, Indonesia


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9
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Our Lady of Penha and Hong Kong Maritime Museum. Get some historical perspective at Mandarin's House and Monte Forte (Fortaleza do Monte). Change things up with these side-trips from Hong Kong: Macau (Largo da Companhia de Jesus, Guia Fortress, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Po Lin Monastery, trek along Dragon's Back, take a stroll through Sai Wan Pavilion, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lai Chi Wo Village and Nature Trail.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong vacation planning site.

Surabaya, Indonesia to Hong Kong is an approximately 10.5- hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Western Indonesia Time (WIB) to Hong Kong Standard Time (HKT) is 1 hour. Traveling from Surabaya in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Hong Kong, with lows of 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Macau, Wong Tai Sin Temple
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Our Lady of Penha ©
Our Lady of Penha
Mandarin's House ©
Mandarin's House
Guia Fortress ©
Guia Fortress

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sumtsaling Monastery and Dukezong Ancient Town. Take a break from the city and head to Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) and Napa Hai Nature Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Bitahai Nature Reserve, examine the collection at XiangGeLiLa ZangZu MinSuGuan, explore the striking landscape of Potatso National Park, and walk around Guishan Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Shangri-La County trip website.

Getting from Hong Kong to Shangri-La County by combination of train, bus, and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lijiang.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) ©
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)
Sumtsaling Monastery
Sumtsaling Monastery
Potatso National Park ©
Potatso National Park

3
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.
Visiting Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain and Ganhaizi Pasture will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Mufu Palace and Lashi Lake. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lijiang: Yulong County (Spruce Plateau (Yunshan Ping) & Yushui Village). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Blue Moon Valley, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture, contemplate the long history of Shuhe Ancient Town, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Longquan Temple of Lijiang.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lijiang trip website.

You can drive from Shangri-La County to Lijiang in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lijiang are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Dali.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yulong County
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Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain ©
Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain
Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town
Blue Moon Valley ©
Blue Moon Valley

2
nights
Dali

Dali ©
Combining a glorious past with modern conveniences and scenic natural surroundings, Dali stands out as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Yunnan, perched in a strategic location and boasting fertile fields for agriculture.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Yunnan Shaxi Ancient Town and then delve into the lush surroundings at Erhai Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple (Northwest Gate), then wander the streets of Dali Ancient, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cangshan Mountain.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Dali attractions planner.

You can take a train from Lijiang to Dali in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Longsheng County.

Things to do in Dali

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Erhai Lake ©
Erhai Lake
Cangshan Mountain ©
Cangshan Mountain

1
night
Longsheng County

Longsheng County ©
The highlight of a trip to Longsheng County is undoubtedly its terraced rice paddies.
On the 29th (Thu), get into the urban bustle at Ping'an Village, then take some stellar pictures from Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Datang Minority Folk Culture Center.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Longsheng County planning site.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Dali to Longsheng County takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Guilin.

Things to do in Longsheng County

Nature Parks Shopping
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Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces ©
Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces
Ping'an Village ©
Ping'an Village

4
nights
Guilin

Guilin ©
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Get outdoors at Yulong River and Li River. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Xianggong Mountain and Lijiang Folk Customs Garden. The adventure continues: stroll around Riyue Shuangta Cultural Park, examine the collection at Guilin Museum, make a trip to Zizhou Scenic Resort, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Guilin tour site.

Traveling by car from Longsheng County to Guilin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Guilin, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Guilin

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Yangshuo County, Li River
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Yulong River ©
Yulong River
Li River ©
Li River
Riyue Shuangta Cultural Park ©
Riyue Shuangta Cultural Park

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