31 days in China Itinerary

31 days in China Itinerary

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Xi'an
— 3 nights
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Dunhuang
— 2 nights
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Lhasa
— 3 nights
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Lijiang
— 1 night
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Chengdu
— 1 night
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Hong Kong
— 6 nights
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Shanghai
— 7 nights
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Luanping County
— 1 night
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Beijing
— 6 nights
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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.
Spend the 16th (Thu) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, take in panoramic vistas at Xi'an Bell Tower, don't miss a visit to Muslim Quarter, and delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang).

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Xi'an trip planner.

London, UK to Xi'an is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from London to Xi'an due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in September: high temperatures in Xi'an hover around 29°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Xi'an

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:

Dunhuang

— 2 nights
Once a vital stop-off on the Silk Road trade route, Dunhuang today offers travelers of all persuasions a place to rest in the middle of the desert.
On the 18th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center, explore the fascinating underground world of Mogao Caves, and then take an in-depth tour of Library Cave Heritage Museum. On the next day, explore the different monuments and memorials at Xijin Tomb and then take in the awesome beauty at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain.

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

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Dunhuang takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:

Lhasa

— 3 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Potala Palace, don't miss a visit to Lasa Sanquan Scenic Resort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokhang Temple, and pause for some photo ops at Monument of Alliance Between Tang Dynasty and Tibetan Regime.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lhasa trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Dunhuang to Lhasa in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September in Lhasa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 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 (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Blue Moon Valley, then ponder the design of Black Dragon Pond Park, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lijiang online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Lijiang takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Plan for much hotter nights when traveling from Lhasa in September since evenings lows in Lijiang dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 23:

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): stroll around Beihu Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Chengdu trip planner.

You can fly from Lijiang to Chengdu in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Chengdu when traveling from Lijiang in September, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks · Spas · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 24:

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.
Pack the 25th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 27th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline, get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, and step off the mainland to explore Po Lin Monastery.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hong Kong trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Chengdu to Hong Kong takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Chengdu in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Hong Kong: highs are around 38°C and lows about 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 30:

Shanghai

— 7 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.
Spend the 5th (Tue) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), take some stellar pictures from Jin Mao Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and steep yourself in history at Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.

To see reviews and tourist information, read our Shanghai day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Shanghai in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, Shanghai is little chillier than Hong Kong - with highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Luanping County.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 7:

Luanping County

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): see Jinshanling Great Wall.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Luanping County route builder website.

Getting from Shanghai to Luanping County by combination of flight and bus takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Beijing.

Things to do in Luanping County

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:
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Beijing

— 6 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Mutianyu Great Wall, find something for the whole family at Olympic Park, get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Beijing tour builder app.

Getting from Luanping County to Beijing by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October, daytime highs in Beijing are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 14:

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.