31 days in China Itinerary

31 days in China Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Beijing
— 5 nights
2
Datong
— 1 night
3
Zhangjiajie
— 3 nights
4
Xi'an
— 4 nights
5
Dunhuang
— 2 nights
6
Lhasa
— 4 nights
7
Shangri-La County
— 1 night
8
Lijiang
— 3 nights
9
Sanya
— 2 nights
10
Shanghai
— 4 nights

5
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.
Get outdoors at Mutianyu Great Wall and Back Lakes (Hou Hai). Museum-lovers will appreciate The Palace Museum and Beijing Ancient Architecture Museum Xiannongtan Temple. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), admire the landmark architecture of Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), stroll around Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), and get a taste of the local shopping with 798 Art Zone.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Beijing tour itinerary builder website.

Vancouver, Canada to Beijing is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Vancouver to Beijing due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in September, you will find days in Beijing are a bit warmer (31°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Datong.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 1:
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Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

1
night
Datong

Datong ©
The old city of Datong has an interesting and complicated history of development, sacking, and rebuilding.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si) and then explore the fascinating underground world of Yungang Grottoes.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Datong trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Beijing to Datong in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. While traveling from Beijing, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Datong, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Datong

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 2:
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Yungang Grottoes ©
Yungang Grottoes
Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si) ©
Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si)

3
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Escape the urban bustle at Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park and Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie and Tianzi Mountain.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Zhangjiajie road trip planner.

Fly from Datong to Zhangjiajie in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 5:
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Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park ©
Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park ©
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

4
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and Shaanxi History Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Xi'an Bell Tower and Xi'an Mosque. Venture out of the city with trips to Hanyangling Museum (in Xianyang) and Mount Huashan (in Huayin). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling), take in panoramic vistas at Small Goose Pagoda, delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), and admire the local landmark of Dayan Pagoda Northern Square.

To find out how to plan a trip to Xi'an, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Zhangjiajie to Xi'an in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. October in Xi'an sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Hanyangling Museum, Mount Huashan
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 9:
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Shaanxi History Museum ©
Shaanxi History Museum
Mount Huashan ©
Mount Huashan

2
nights
Dunhuang

Dunhuang ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain, Head underground at Mogao Caves, and then admire the masterpieces at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dunhuang Leiyin Temple, see the interesting displays at DunHuang ShiKu WenWu BaoHu YanJiu ChenLie ZhongXin, then take an in-depth tour of Dunhuang Folk Museum, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Crescent Moon Pool.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Dunhuang driving holiday app.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Dunhuang takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:
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Mogao Caves ©
Mogao Caves
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain ©
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain
Dunhuang Leiyin Temple ©
Dunhuang Leiyin Temple

4
nights
Lhasa

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Popular historic sites such as Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden) are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Barkhor Street and Sera Monastery. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and admire the landmark architecture of Potala Palace.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lhasa trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Dunhuang to Lhasa in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Lhasa are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:
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Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Barkhor Street ©
Barkhor Street
Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden) ©
Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden)

1
night
Shangri-La County

Shangri-La County ©
Known previously as Zhongdian, Shangri-La County gained its current name in an attempt by city officials to promote tourism.
On the 16th (Wed), walk around Guishan Park and then explore the stunning scenery at Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia).

Plan my day in Shangri-La County using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Fly from Lhasa to Shangri-La County in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Lijiang.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:
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Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) ©
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shuhe Ancient Town and Beiyue Temple of Lijiang. Get some historical perspective at Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain and Puji Temple, Lijiang. Spend the 19th (Sat) exploring nature at Three Parallel Rivers National Park. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China, ponder the design of Black Dragon Pond Park, steep yourself in history at Mufu Palace, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Moon Valley.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lijiang trip planner.

You can take a bus from Shangri-La County to Lijiang in 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Yulong County
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
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Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain ©
Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain
Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China

2
nights
Sanya

Sanya ©
The climate and coastline bring visitors from far and wide on vacations to Sanya, with its 40 km (25 mi) of shoreline almost entirely devoted to tourism.
On the 20th (Sun), stroll around Luhuitou Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanshan Temple, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Sanya Zhujiang Nantian Spa. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yalong Bay.

Before you visit Sanya, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from Lijiang to Sanya in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:
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Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan Temple
Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park ©
Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park

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.
The Bund (Wai Tan) and Tongli Town will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Xitang Ancient Town and Humble Administrator's Garden. Step out of Shanghai with an excursion to Shantang Street in Suzhou--about 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), wander the streets of Maoming Road, get a taste of the local shopping with Former French Concession, and take in the exciting artwork at island6 Arts Center.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Shanghai trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Sanya to Shanghai takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sanya in October: high temperatures in Shanghai hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Suzhou, Xitang Ancient Town
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession

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