29 days in China Itinerary

29 days in China Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hong Kong
— 5 nights
2
Suzhou
— 3 nights
3
Shanghai
— 4 nights
4
Beijing
— 3 nights
5
Zhangjiajie
— 3 nights
6
Chengdu
— 3 nights
7
Lhasa
— 2 nights
8
Lijiang
— 1 night
9
Sanya
— 3 nights

5
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
For shopping fun, head to Tsim Sha Tsui or Bamboo Scenes. Visit Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze) and Ruins of St. Paul's for their historical value. Step out of Hong Kong to go to Macau and see City of Dreams, which is approximately 2h 15 min away. Pack the 9th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Lantau island, don't miss a visit to Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), and get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong travel route builder website.

Auckland, New Zealand to Hong Kong is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Hong Kong is minus 4 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Hong Kong when traveling from Auckland in January, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Historic Sites · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Macau
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Tsim Sha Tsui ©
Tsim Sha Tsui
Ruins of St. Paul's ©
Ruins of St. Paul's
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze) ©

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.
Do your shopping at Pingjiang Road and Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute. Popular historic sites such as Shantang Street and Shaxi Ancient Town are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Suzhou Garden Museum, steep yourself in history at Luzhi Town, take in nature's colorful creations at Humble Administrator's Garden, and stroll through The Lingering Garden.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Suzhou trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Hong Kong to Suzhou by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Shaxi Ancient Town
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Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute ©
Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute
The Lingering Garden ©
The Lingering Garden
Tongli Town ©
Tongli Town

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.
Get some historical perspective at Tian Zi Fang and Former French Concession. Get some cultural insight at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan). Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market, shop like a local with Three on the Bund, see the interesting displays at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, and take a stroll through Xintiandi.

You can plan Shanghai trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by train from Suzhou to Shanghai takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Shanghai are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Tian Zi Fang ©
Tian Zi Fang
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town ©
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan) and 798 Art Zone. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mutianyu Great Wall and Temple of Heaven. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), see the interesting displays at The Palace Museum, and get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Beijing route planner.

Getting from Shanghai to Beijing by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Shanghai in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Beijing, with highs around 3°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

3
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Get outdoors at Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie and Chabei Spring. Do some cultural sightseeing at Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute and Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Suoxiyu Nature Reserve, take in the dramatic natural features at WulongZhai, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Zhangjiajie trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Beijing to Zhangjiajie in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute
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Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute ©
Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute
Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple ©
Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kuanzhai Alley and Chengdu Culture Park. Jiezi Ancient Town and Baoguang Temple of Chengdu are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Jianchuan Museum in Dayi County (about 1h 10 min away). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), see the interesting displays at Sichuan Opera Museum, browse the different shops at New Century Global Center, and take an in-depth tour of Chengdu Museum New Hall.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Chengdu day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Zhangjiajie to Chengdu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Chengdu

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Jiezi Ancient Town, Jianchuan Museum
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Jianchuan Museum ©
Jianchuan Museum
Kuanzhai Alley ©
Kuanzhai Alley

2
nights
Lhasa

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
On the 27th (Mon), Head underground at Chimpu Caves, steep yourself in history at Ani Tsankhung Nunnery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Canggu Temple, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yaowang Mountain of Lhasa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Potala Palace and then identify plant and animal life at Lhalu Wetland National Nature Reserve.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Lhasa using our trip planner.

Getting from Chengdu to Lhasa by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Chengdu in January, with highs in Lhasa at 8°C and lows at -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
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Canggu Temple ©
Canggu Temple
Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace

1
night
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 29th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Puji Temple, Lijiang, admire the striking features of Beiyue Temple of Lijiang, then steep yourself in history at Lijiang Mural, and finally explore the galleries of Rhizome - Lijiang art center.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Lijiang fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Lijiang takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Puji Temple, Lijiang
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Puji Temple, Lijiang ©
Puji Temple, Lijiang
Lijiang Mural ©
Lijiang Mural

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Yalong Bay and Sanya River Birds Nature Reserve. Do some cultural sightseeing at Nanshan Temple and Sanya Redaiyulin Square. Take a break from Sanya with a short trip to Qixian Ridge in Baoting County, about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Sanya Coral Reef National Nature Reserve and browse the different shops at Pineapple Shopping Center.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sanya tour itinerary builder app.

Fly from Lijiang to Sanya in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. January in Sanya sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Qixian Ridge
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Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan Temple
Sanya Redaiyulin Square ©
Sanya Redaiyulin Square

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