31 days in China Itinerary

31 days in China Itinerary

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Start: Seattle
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Shanghai
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Huangshan
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  4 h 30 min
3
Hong Kong
— 5 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly + Bus:  6 h 15 min
4
Lijiang
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h
5
Lhasa
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5 h
6
Leshan
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Chengdu
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  5 h 45 min
8
Jiuzhaigou County
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  6 h 45 min
9
Xi'an
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h
10
Beijing
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
11
Luanping County
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Seattle

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.
Explore Shanghai's surroundings by going to Suzhou (The Lingering Garden & Suzhou Garden Museum). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and make a trip to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Shanghai road trip planning website.

Seattle, USA to Shanghai is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 16 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Seattle in August, with highs in Shanghai at 91°F and lows at 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Huangshan.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Suzhou
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu) ©
Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu)

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Huangshan.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Huangshan trip maker.

You can drive from Shanghai to Huangshan in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Huangshan

Nature Parks
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Mt. Huangshan ©
Mt. Huangshan

5
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Hong Kong is known for shopping, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History, make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ocean Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hong Kong travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Huangshan to Hong Kong takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, subway, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in August, and nighttime lows around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Lantau island ©
Lantau island

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 13th (Fri): explore the activities along Blue Moon Valley and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Three Parallel Rivers National Park. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the design of Black Dragon Pond Park and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lijiang day trip tool.

Do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Hong Kong to Lijiang in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, subway, flight, and bus; or drive. While traveling from Hong Kong, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Lijiang, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Lijiang

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

3
nights
Lhasa

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Lhasa is known for historic sites, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Potala Palace, steep yourself in history at Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), appreciate the extensive heritage of Barkhor Street, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lhasa tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Lijiang to Lhasa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Lijiang in August since evenings lows in Lhasa dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Leshan.

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
Leshan

Leshan ©
The city of Leshan sits proudly at the confluence of three rivers, and has become known for its World Heritage Site and importance to Buddhism in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wuyou Temple and then appreciate the history behind Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo).

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Leshan travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Lhasa to Leshan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Chengdu.

Things to do in Leshan

Historic Sites
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Wuyou Temple ©
Wuyou Temple
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) ©
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)

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.
On the 19th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Jinsha Site Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally look for gifts at Suit Republic. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Sichuan Tibet Highway (southern route) and then identify plant and animal life at Yinchang Valley.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Chengdu driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Leshan to Chengdu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Chengdu

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Yinchang Valley, Sichuan Tibet Highway (southern route)
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Jinsha Site Museum ©
Jinsha Site Museum
Spas

2
nights
Jiuzhaigou County

Jiuzhaigou County ©
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
On the 21st (Sat), appreciate the views at Shuzheng Valley and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Rize Valley and then identify plant and animal life at Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Jiuzhaigou County tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou County in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve ©
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve

3
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Xi'an is known for museums, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, don't miss a visit to Muslim Quarter, delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), and admire the masterpieces at Tang Bo Art Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Xi'an day trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Xi'an takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Beijing.

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)

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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, enjoy breathtaking views from Bell and Drum Towers, admire the striking features of Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling), and ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Beijing online road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Xi'an to Beijing takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Beijing can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Luanping County.

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

2
nights
Luanping County

Luanping County
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Jinshanling Great Wall.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Luanping County trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Beijing to Luanping County takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Tue).

Things to do in Luanping County

Historic Sites
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