30 days in China Itinerary

30 days in China Itinerary

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30 days in China Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Chengdu
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6 h
2
Yongshun County
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Zhangjiajie
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Train:  4 h 30 min
4
Hong Kong
— 4 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly:  5 h
5
Kunming
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Lijiang
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
7
Xi'an
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 30 min
8
Hangzhou
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Suzhou
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
10
Shanghai
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h
11
Beijing
— 6 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: London

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Jinli Pedestrian Street, get to know the fascinating history of Kuanzhai Alley, then take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi).

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Chengdu travel route builder .

London, UK to Chengdu is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from London to Chengdu due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in April; daily highs in Chengdu reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yongshun County.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
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Jinli Pedestrian Street
Jinli Pedestrian Street
Jinsha Site Museum ©
Jinsha Site Museum

few
hours
Yongshun County

Yongshun County
To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yongshun County vacation maker site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chengdu to Yongshun County. You'll set off for Zhangjiajie on the 3rd (Fri).

Things to do in Yongshun County

Outdoors Historic Sites
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2
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): appreciate the views at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and then delve into the lush surroundings at Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Zhangjiajie trip itinerary builder .

Explore your travel options from Yongshun County to Zhangjiajie with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Wildlife
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4
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 6th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 7th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), take a leisurely stroll along Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal, don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline, and head off the coast to Lantau island.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hong Kong journey maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Zhangjiajie to Hong Kong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 25°C. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kunming.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

1
night
Kunming

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): make a trip to Jinma Biji Historic site and then walk around Green Lake (Cui Hu).

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kunming holiday planning tool .

Do a combination of train and flight from Hong Kong to Kunming in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Hong Kong in April, with highs in Kunming at 27°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Kunming

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Green Lake (Cui Hu) ©
Green Lake (Cui Hu)

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 11th (Sat): make a trip to Square Street (Sifangjie) and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lijiang sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Kunming to Lijiang in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites
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Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Square Street (Sifangjie) ©
Square Street (Sifangjie)

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 (Sun): delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), then ponder the design of Dayan Pagoda Northern Square, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Muslim Quarter and then delve into the distant past at Xi'an Bell Tower.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Xi'an trip planner .

Fly from Lijiang to Xi'an in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. April in Xi'an sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums
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Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

3
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.
Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring nature at Xixi Wetland Park. Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through West Lake (Xi Hu), stroll around West Lake Colored Port View Fish Garden, get all the information you need at Ping Hu Qiu Yue, and visit Jiuxi 18 Stream.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hangzhou sightseeing planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Xi'an to Hangzhou in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, bus, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in April, Hangzhou is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Suzhou.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Prince Bay Park ©
Prince Bay Park
West Lake (Xi Hu) ©
West Lake (Xi Hu)
Gu Shan (Solitary Hill) ©
Gu Shan (Solitary Hill)

2
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.
On the 17th (Fri), stroll through The Lingering Garden, then admire the natural beauty at Lion Forest Garden, then stroll around The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Pingjiang Road. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Tongli Town, admire the natural beauty at Humble Administrator's Garden, and then see the interesting displays at Suzhou Garden Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Suzhou trip builder tool .

Drive from Hangzhou to Suzhou in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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The Classical Gardens of Suzhou ©
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou
Tongli Town ©
Tongli Town
Suzhou Garden Museum ©
Suzhou Garden Museum

6
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.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, and appreciate the history behind Jade Buddha Temple.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Shanghai trip planner .

Take a train from Suzhou to Shanghai in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or drive. April in Shanghai sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

6
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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, explore the ancient world of The Great Wall at Badaling, steep yourself in history at The Great wall of Jiankou-The Great Wall Alternative, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Beijing journey maker app .

Getting from Shanghai to Beijing by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 9°C in Beijing. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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 Great Wall at Badaling ©
The Great Wall at Badaling

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