29 days in China Itinerary

29 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China tour planner

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Beijing
— 5 nights
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Xi'an
— 3 nights
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Shennongjia
— 1 night
Fly
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Shanghai
— 6 nights
Fly
5
Hong Kong
— 6 nights
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6
Lijiang
— 1 night
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Emeishan
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Wenchuan County
— 1 night
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Chengdu
— 3 nights
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Beijing

— 5 nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Mutianyu Great Wall and Temple of Heaven. Spend the 3rd (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of The Palace Museum, see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China, don't miss a visit to Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), and find something for the whole family at Olympic Park.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Beijing trip planning tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Beijing is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Amsterdam to Beijing, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, Beijing is a bit cooler than Amsterdam - with highs of 3°C and lows of -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:

Xi'an

— 3 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Get some cultural insight at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang). Spend the 7th (Thu) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in panoramic vistas at Xi'an Bell Tower, and steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta).

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Xi'an travel planning site.

You can fly from Beijing to Xi'an in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In January in Xi'an, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and -7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Shennongjia.

Things to do in Xi'an

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:

Shennongjia

— 1 night
Shennongjia Forestry District is a county-level administrative unit (a "forestry district") in northwestern Hubei province, People's Republic of China, directly subordinated to the provincial government. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Shennongding National Nature Reserve.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Shennongjia holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Xi'an to Shennongjia takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Shennongjia

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:

Shanghai

— 6 nights

Pearl of the Orient

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.
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town and Former French Concession are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 12th (Tue) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and shop like a local with Xintiandi.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Shanghai tour itinerary builder website.

Explore your travel options from Shennongjia to Shanghai with the Route module. In January in Shanghai, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 16:

Hong Kong

— 6 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Get a sense of the local culture at Secret Food Tours Hong Kong and Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha). Pack the 17th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 21st (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History, stop by East Bay, examine the collection at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, and look for gifts at Bee's Diamonds.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong online itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in January, expect nights in Hong Kong to be much hotter, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 22:

Lijiang

— 1 night

Suzhou on the Plateau

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Mufu Palace, make a trip to Old Town of Lijiang - China, and then stop by Ancient City Zhongyi Market.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Lijiang trip planner.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Lijiang in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Emeishan.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 23:

Emeishan

— 2 nights
A city forever linked with the mountain of the same name, Emeishan sits next to one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China, now a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Emei Mountain. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Baoguo Temple and then pause for some photo ops at Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo).

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Emeishan road trip site.

You can fly from Lijiang to Emeishan in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Wenchuan County.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:

Wenchuan County

— 1 night
On the 26th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Wolong Giant Panda Nature Reserve.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Wenchuan County trip planner.

Traveling by car from Emeishan to Wenchuan County takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Wenchuan County

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 26:

Chengdu

— 3 nights

Hibiscus City

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Jinsha Site Museum and Chengdu Botanical Garden. Spend the 29th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), walk around Beihu Park, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Chengdu trip maker site.

Getting from Wenchuan County to Chengdu by car takes about 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Chengdu are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chengdu

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 26 — 29:

China travel guide

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Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.