31 days in China Itinerary

31 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Beijing
— 4 nights
Fly
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Xi'an
— 4 nights
Fly to Jiuzhai Huanglong, Bus to Jiuzhaigou County
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 2 nights
Bus to Song Pan airport, Fly to Chengdu
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Chengdu
— 1 night
Fly
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Lhasa
— 4 nights
Fly
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Lijiang
— 1 night
Fly
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Hong Kong
— 5 nights
Fly
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Huangshan
— 1 night
Train
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Shanghai
— 5 nights
Fly to Beijing Capital, Bus to Luanping County
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Luanping County
— 2 nights
Drive to Beijing Capital International Airport, Fly to Nashville

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Beijing

— 4 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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mutianyu Great Wall, take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, enjoy some diversion at Hutong Calligraphy Class, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Heaven.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Beijing travel planner.

Nashville, USA to Beijing is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to China Standard Time is 14 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Beijing can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 2 — 6:

Xi'an

— 4 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Spend the 9th (Tue) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, admire the striking features of Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qin Dynasty of Xi'an, don't miss a visit to Muslim Quarter, and delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang).

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Xi'an tour itinerary builder.

Fly from Beijing to Xi'an in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Xi'an can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay May 6 — 10:

Jiuzhaigou County

— 2 nights
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO. Some of the natural sites are considered holy by the local Tibetan and Qiang minorities, with many legends and anecdotes associated with each lake, waterfall, off-shoot valley, and snowcapped peak.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley and then admire the sheer force of Pearl Shoal Waterfalls.

Start your trip to Jiuzhaigou County by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 10 — 12:

Chengdu

— 1 night

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.
On the 13th (Sat), stroll around Beihu Park and then stroll through Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi).

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Chengdu trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Jiuzhaigou County to Chengdu by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Chengdu can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can fly to Lhasa.

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 12 — 13:

Lhasa

— 4 nights
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, museums, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Potala Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple, see Off-Road Tours, and steep yourself in history at Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si).

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lhasa trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Chengdu to Lhasa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chengdu in May, things will get slightly colder in Lhasa: highs are around 67°F and lows about 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Lijiang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 13 — 17:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park and then don't miss a visit to Old Town of Lijiang - China.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Lijiang travel route planning site.

You can fly from Lhasa to Lijiang in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 17 — 18:

Hong Kong

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 20th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, examine the collection at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, and get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong planner.

Traveling by flight from Lijiang to Hong Kong takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May in Hong Kong, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to fly to Huangshan.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 18 — 23:

Huangshan

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Huangshan and then stroll through Huangshan UNESCO Global Geopark.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Huangshan trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Huangshan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Shanghai.

Things to do in Huangshan

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay May 23 — 24:

Shanghai

— 5 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.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), wander the streets of Former French Concession, enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, and admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Shanghai trip planner.

Take a train from Huangshan to Shanghai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Luanping County.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay May 24 — 29:

Luanping County

— 2 nights
On the 30th (Tue), see Jinshanling Great Wall.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Luanping County route builder app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Shanghai to Luanping County in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or drive. You will leave for home on the 31st (Wed).

Things to do in Luanping County

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 29 — 31:
Highlights from your trip

China travel guide

4.4
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.