26 days in China Itinerary

26 days in China Itinerary

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26 days in China Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Zhangjiajie
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Chengdu
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 15 min
3
Lijiang
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h
4
Lhasa
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
5
Urumqi
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 15 min
6
Xi'an
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Train + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
7
Huangshan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Hangzhou
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Tongxiang
— 1 night
+3
Train + Subway + Foot + Fly:  3 h 15 min
10
Xiamen
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  9 h 30 min
11
Anshan
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
12
Dalian
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Singapore

2
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Xibu Street and then admire the verdant scenery at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Zhangjiajie trip planning tool .

Singapore, Singapore to Zhangjiajie is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature
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Zhangjiajie National Forest Park ©
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park ©

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Qingcheng and then look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi). On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Anshun Bridge (Dongmen Bridge), stop by Dancing Yak Handicrafts, and then do sightseeing your way with Private Tours.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Chengdu trip site .

You can fly from Zhangjiajie to Chengdu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. May in Chengdu sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks Tours Historic Sites
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Mount Qingcheng ©
Mount Qingcheng
Photography Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Blue Moon Valley and then explore the striking landscape of Three Parallel Rivers National Park. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Sanyan Well, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China, and then admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Lijiang road trip app .

Getting from Chengdu to Lijiang by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Black Dragon Pond Park ©
Black Dragon Pond Park
Three Parallel Rivers National Park ©

2
nights
Lhasa

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Potala Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si). On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Sera Monastery and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lhasa route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Lijiang to Lhasa in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Lhasa can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Urumqi.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Off-Road Tours
Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple

1
night
Urumqi

Urumqi ©
As one of China's fastest-growing cities, Urumqi is a melting pot of international people and cultures set against a mountainous backdrop.
On the 10th (Sun), take in breathtaking views at Tianshan Grand Canyon and then examine the collection at Xinjiang Regional Museum (Qu Bowuguan). On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Karakoram Highway and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tianshan Mountain Wildlife Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Urumqi road trip planning site .

Getting from Lhasa to Urumqi by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Lhasa in May, with highs in Urumqi at 29°C and lows at 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Urumqi

Parks Scenic Drive Wildlife

Side Trips

Tianshan Grand Canyon, Karakoram Highway
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Xinjiang Regional Museum (Qu Bowuguan) ©

2
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): make a trip to Kaiyuan Square, then contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and then take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Xi'an Bell Tower, then make a trip to Muslim Quarter, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xi'an Mosque.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Xi'an trip planner.

You can fly from Urumqi to Xi'an in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May in Xi'an, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Huangshan.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums
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Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)
Muslim Quarter ©
Muslim Quarter

2
nights
Huangshan

Huangshan ©
Named after the "Yellow Mountains" with which the region has long been associated, Huangshan offers access to UNESCO-listed sites both natural and man-made.
On the 14th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Huangshan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Xuguo Stone Arch and then stroll around Huangshan Geopark.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Huangshan trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Huangshan takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Huangshan

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Xuguo Stone Arch
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Mt. Huangshan ©
Mt. Huangshan
Huangshan Geopark ©
Huangshan Geopark

2
nights
Hangzhou

Hangzhou ©
Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Xiangji Temple, take in the pleasant sights at West Lake (Xi Hu), and then take an in-depth tour of The Grand Jinghang Canal Museum. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at West Tianmu Mountain and then get to know the fascinating history of Gu Shan (Solitary Hill).

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hangzhou day trip planner .

Getting from Huangshan to Hangzhou by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hangzhou can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tongxiang.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

West Tianmu Mountain
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Xiangji Temple ©
Xiangji Temple
West Lake (Xi Hu) ©
West Lake (Xi Hu)

1
night
Tongxiang

Tongxiang ©
Tongxiang tourism focuses almost solely on the historic water town that lies within its administrative limits.
On the 18th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Xi Zha and then go for a walk through Wuzhen Water Town.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tongxiang trip builder tool .

Getting from Hangzhou to Tongxiang by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Xiamen.
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Wuzhen Water Town ©
Wuzhen Water Town

2
nights
Xiamen

Xiamen ©
Known for centuries as a gateway to China, the port city of Xiamen has become a destination in itself, first to domestic visitors and now to a growing number of people from across the world.
On the 19th (Tue), hike along Kulangsu Huandao Road, get a taste of the local shopping with Gulangyu, and then examine the collection at Yuyuan Garden. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Huaijiu Gulangyu Museum and then steep yourself in history at Xiamen University.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Xiamen road trip site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tongxiang to Xiamen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tongxiang in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Xiamen, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Xiamen

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Gulangyu ©
Gulangyu
Yuyuan Garden ©
Yuyuan Garden
Xiamen University ©
Xiamen University

1
night
Anshan

Anshan ©
Anshan is the third largest prefecture-level city in Liaoning province, People's Republic of China. On the 21st (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Qian Shan and then stroll around Anshan 219 Park. On the next day, take an unorthodox tour of Anshan Qianshan Buddha and then admire the landmark architecture of Jade Buddha Court.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Anshan trip maker site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Xiamen to Anshan. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Dalian.

Things to do in Anshan

Parks Nature
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Mount Qian Shan ©
Mount Qian Shan

3
nights
Dalian

Dalian ©
The large city of Dalian gets its history from its seaport, its modernity from its industry, and its visitors from the fact it largely keeps these things from view.
On the 23rd (Sat), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ji Di Guan - Pole Aquarium., then pause for some serene contemplation at Dalian Catholic church, then have some family-friendly fun at Dalian Discovery Kingdom, and finally admire the local landmark of Dalian Donggang Music Fountain. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Olympia 66, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Dalian Forest Zoo, and then make a trip to Xinghai Square.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Dalian online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Anshan to Dalian in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dalian

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
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Dalian Forest Zoo ©
Dalian Forest Zoo
Dalian Discovery Kingdom ©
Dalian Discovery Kingdom
Xinghai Square ©
Xinghai Square

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