28 days in China Itinerary

28 days in China Itinerary

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Start: Dubai
Fly:  10 h 45 min
1
Beijing
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Shanghai
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Suzhou
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Foot + Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Xi'an
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
5
Zhangjiajie
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
6
Sanya
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
7
Lijiang
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Shangri-La County
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 30 min
9
Lhasa
— 5 nights
Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Dubai

4
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.
The Palace Museum and Lama Temple (Yonghegong) will appeal to museum buffs. Get outdoors at Mutianyu Great Wall and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), hunt for treasures at Panjiayuan Antique Market, take some stellar pictures from Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), and pause for some photo ops at Bell and Drum Towers.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Beijing online holiday planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Beijing is an approximately 11- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Dubai to Beijing, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Dubai in November, with highs in Beijing at 11°C and lows at -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums
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The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Shanghai

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.
Let the collections at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) and island6 Arts Center capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Tian Zi Fang. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Former French Concession, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jade Buddha Temple, buy something for everyone on your list at In Point, and don't miss a visit to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road).

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Shanghai travel route builder.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Shanghai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in November, you will find days in Shanghai are somewhat warmer (20°C), and nights are warmer (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession
Tian Zi Fang ©
Tian Zi Fang
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)

3
nights
Suzhou

Suzhou ©
One of the oldest settlements in the Yangtze basin, Suzhou remains a complex, labyrinthine set of old canal districts, World Heritage gardens, and sprawling modern developments.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Lingering Garden and Suzhou Garden Museum. Tongli Town and Shantang Street will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: shop like a local with Pingjiang Road, take in the exciting artwork at Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute, and admire the natural beauty at Humble Administrator's Garden.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Suzhou trip planning website.

You can take a train from Shanghai to Suzhou in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Shanghai in November: highs in Suzhou hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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The Lingering Garden ©
The Lingering Garden
Suzhou Garden Museum ©
Suzhou Garden Museum
Tongli Town ©
Tongli Town

2
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
On the 14th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Shaanxi History Museum and then take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Xi'an Mosque, then take in panoramic vistas at Xi'an Bell Tower, and then explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang).

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Xi'an trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Suzhou to Xi'an takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Suzhou in November: highs in Xi'an hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums
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Shaanxi History Museum ©
Shaanxi History Museum
Xi'an Mosque ©
Xi'an Mosque

3
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and Suoxiyu Nature Reserve. Get a sense of the local culture at Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute and Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple. It doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Xihai Stone Forest and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Zhangjiajie day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Zhangjiajie takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute
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Zhangjiajie National Forest Park ©
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute ©
Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute

2
nights
Sanya

Sanya ©
The climate and coastline bring visitors from far and wide on vacations to Sanya, with its 40 km (25 mi) of shoreline almost entirely devoted to tourism.
On the 19th (Thu), take advantage of the amenities at Yalong Bay, examine the collection at Hudie Valley, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Pineapple Shopping Center. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at The Lost Chambers Aquarium and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanshan Temple.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sanya trip itinerary planning app.

Fly from Zhangjiajie to Sanya in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks Nature Beaches
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Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan Temple

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 21st (Sat): make a trip to Yuhe Square, visit Ancient City Zhongyi Market, then admire the landmark architecture of Beiyue Temple of Lijiang, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Puji Temple, Lijiang. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Rhizome - Lijiang art center and then explore the striking landscape of Mt. Laojun Mountain National Geological Park ,Yulong Liming.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lijiang driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Sanya to Lijiang takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sanya in November, expect Lijiang to be cooler, temps between 1°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Lijiang

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yulong County
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Puji Temple, Lijiang ©
Puji Temple, Lijiang
Ancient City Zhongyi Market ©
Ancient City Zhongyi Market

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 23rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shangri-La Zhongxin Town Church, browse the exhibits of Tubo Tibetan Thangka Store, and then take a peaceful walk through Bitahai Nature Reserve.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Shangri-La County online tour planner.

You can drive from Lijiang to Shangri-La County in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Bitahai Nature Reserve ©
Bitahai Nature Reserve

5
nights
Lhasa

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Get some cultural insight at Jokhang Temple and Sera Monastery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Potala Palace and Drak Yerpa. There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, take in the awesome beauty at Yaowang Mountain of Lhasa, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jampey Lhakhang.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lhasa online driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Shangri-La County to Lhasa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In November in Lhasa, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sera Monastery ©
Sera Monastery

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