31 days in China Itinerary

31 days in China Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

2
nights
Lhasa

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Explore hidden gems such as Jokhang Temple and Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Barkhor Street and Sera Monastery. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden), stop by Dropenling Lhasa Villages Handicraft Shop, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and admire the landmark architecture of Potala Palace.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lhasa trip planning tool.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Lhasa is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Lhasa. When traveling from Tel Aviv in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Lhasa, with highs around 24°C, while nights are colder with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:
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Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden) ©
Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden)
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Barkhor Street ©
Barkhor Street

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): stroll around Guishan Park and then take in breathtaking views at Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia).

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Shangri-La County road trip planning site.

Fly from Lhasa to Shangri-La County in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Lijiang.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) ©
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)

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.
On the 15th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Blue Moon Valley and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Three Parallel Rivers National Park. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Mufu Palace, contemplate the long history of Shuhe Ancient Town, and then make a trip to Old Town of Lijiang - China.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lijiang driving holiday planner.

Traveling by bus from Shangri-La County to Lijiang takes 4.5 hours. In September in Lijiang, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Three Parallel Rivers National Park ©
Three Parallel Rivers National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): stroll around Luhuitou Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanshan Temple, and then take in the natural beauty of Sanya Zhujiang Nantian Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Xisha Martyrs Cemetery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yalong Bay, and then stroll through Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park.

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

Fly from Lijiang to Sanya in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. When traveling from Lijiang in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sanya, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan Temple
Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park ©
Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park

5
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Popular historic sites such as Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze) and Lantau island are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Hong Kong Museum of History and Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hong Kong: Macau (Ruins of St. Paul's & City of Dreams). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui, take in the exciting artwork at Bamboo Scenes, get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland, and enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak).

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sanya to Hong Kong takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Hong Kong, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Macau
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Tsim Sha Tsui ©
Tsim Sha Tsui
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze) ©

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Lingering Garden and Tongli Town. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Xitang Ancient Town and Suzhou Garden Museum. Go for a jaunt from Suzhou to Taicang to see Shaxi Ancient Town about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Humble Administrator's Garden, examine the collection at Suzhou Garden Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Shantang Street, and walk around The Classical Gardens of Suzhou.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Suzhou journey planner.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Suzhou in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Xitang Ancient Town, Shaxi Ancient Town
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
The Lingering Garden ©
The Lingering Garden
Suzhou Garden Museum ©
Suzhou Garden Museum

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Bund (Wai Tan) and Zhujiajiao Ancient Town. Do some cultural sightseeing at Former French Concession and Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Tian Zi Fang, browse the different shops at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market, explore the world behind art at M50 Creative Park, and shop like a local with Xintiandi.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Shanghai trip website.

Getting from Suzhou to Shanghai by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Shanghai sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 1:
Highlights from your plan
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Tian Zi Fang ©
Tian Zi Fang
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession

2
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute and then explore the striking landscape of Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Tianzi Mountain and then take a peaceful walk through Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Zhangjiajie trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Shanghai to Zhangjiajie by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan

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 4th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), then take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, and then take in panoramic vistas at Xi'an Bell Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Xi'an Mosque, see the interesting displays at Xi'an Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Shaanxi History Museum, then steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and finally don't miss a visit to Dayan Pagoda Northern Square.

To see maps and tourist information, read our Xi'an visit planning website.

You can fly from Zhangjiajie to Xi'an in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Shaanxi History Museum ©
Shaanxi History Museum
Xi'an Mosque ©
Xi'an Mosque

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 some cultural insight at Mutianyu Great Wall and Lama Temple (Yonghegong). Visit Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Bell and Drum Towers for their historical value. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, wander the streets of 798 Art Zone, stop by Back Lakes (Hou Hai), and stroll around Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan).

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Beijing road trip app.

You can fly from Xi'an to Beijing in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In October in Beijing, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

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