24 days in China & Melbourne Itinerary

24 days in China & Melbourne Itinerary

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24 days in China & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
1
Melbourne, Australia
— 6 nights
Fly:  16 h 45 min
2
Lijiang, China
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Shangri-La County, China
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
4
Dali, China
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Kunming, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Melbourne, Australia

6
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see Sovereign Hill in Ballarat, approximately Ballarat away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne driving holiday planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Melbourne International Airport. In May, daytime highs in Melbourne are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sovereign Hill
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
nights
Lijiang, China

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lijiang: Yulong County (Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain & Lijiang Spruce Plain). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China, take in the pleasant sights at Blue Moon Valley, deepen your understanding at Mandarin Garden Lijiang Center, and pause for some photo ops at Sanyan Well.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Lijiang planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Lijiang in 17 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Yulong County
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Three Parallel Rivers National Park ©
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
Shangri-La County, China

Shangri-La County ©
Known previously as Zhongdian, Shangri-La County gained its current name in an attempt by city officials to promote tourism.
When in Shangri-La County, make a side trip to see Bodhidharma Cave in Weixi County, approximately Weixi County away. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia), take in the awesome beauty at Lanyue Mountain Valley, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumtsaling Monastery, and sample the tasty concoctions at Shangri-La Highland Craft Brewery.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Shangri-La County vacation planner.

You can drive from Lijiang to Shangri-La County in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dali.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bodhidharma Cave
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Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) ©
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)
Sumtsaling Monastery
Sumtsaling Monastery

6
nights
Dali, China

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Dali side-trips: Weishan County (Weibaoshan Taoistes & Weishan Ancient City). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt.Cangshan and Erhai Lake Scenic Resort, pause for some photo ops at Monument of Shih-tsu Taking over Yunnan, get to know the fascinating history of Four Scenic Resorts of Dali, and delve into the distant past at Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple (Northwest Gate).

To find photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Dali trip planner.

Traveling by car from Shangri-La County to Dali takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kunming.

Things to do in Dali

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Weishan County
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Yunnan Shaxi Ancient Town ©
Yunnan Shaxi Ancient Town
Weishan Ancient City ©
Weishan Ancient City

4
nights
Kunming, China

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.
Step out of Kunming to go to Shilin County and see Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Green Lake (Cui Hu), explore the ancient world of Tanhua Temple Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Huating Temple, and let the kids burn off some steam at Kunming Waterfall Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kunming attractions tool .

Take a train from Dali to Kunming in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kunming

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park
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Kunming Golden Temple ©
Kunming Golden Temple
Green Lake (Cui Hu) ©
Green Lake (Cui Hu)
Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park ©

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