31 days in China Itinerary

31 days in China Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Yalong Bay and Dadonghai Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Nanshan Temple and Luhuitou Park. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area and witness a stunning natural landmark at Sanya Zhujiang Nantian Spa.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sanya trip maker.

Auckland, New Zealand to Sanya is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Sanya is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Auckland in July, expect Sanya to be warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan Temple
Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area ©
Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area

3
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park and Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tianzi Mountain.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Zhangjiajie journey builder website.

Fly from Sanya to Zhangjiajie in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Nature Parks Wildlife
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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.
Visiting Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain and Three Parallel Rivers National Park will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shuhe Ancient Town and Mufu Palace. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China and explore the activities along Blue Moon Valley.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lijiang trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Zhangjiajie to Lijiang in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Lijiang are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain
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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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia).

Start your trip to Shangri-La County by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by bus from Lijiang to Shangri-La County takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Nature Parks
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Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) ©
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)

4
nights
Lhasa

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden). Visit Sera Monastery and Barkhor Street for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nechung Monastery and Temple, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and contemplate the long history of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si).

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Lhasa journey planner.

You can fly from Shangri-La County to Lhasa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In July in Lhasa, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Off-Road Tours
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Barkhor Street ©
Barkhor Street

1
night
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.
On the 16th (Sat), Head underground at Mogao Caves, thenexplore the world behind art at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Dunhuang tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Dunhuang takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Nature Parks Museums
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Mogao Caves ©
Mogao Caves
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain ©
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain

4
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Appreciate the collections at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and Xi'an Museum. Xi'an Bell Tower and Xi'an Mosque will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Mount Huashan in Huayin (about 1h 45 min away). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Tang Bo Art Museum, explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and get engrossed in the history at Shaanxi History Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Xi'an online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Dunhuang to Xi'an takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Xi'an sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Datong.

Things to do in Xi'an

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Mount Huashan
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Shaanxi History Museum ©
Shaanxi History Museum
Mount Huashan ©
Mount Huashan

2
nights
Datong

Datong ©
The old city of Datong has an interesting and complicated history of development, sacking, and rebuilding.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): delve into the distant past at Shanhua Monastery and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si). On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Huayan Temple of Datong and then explore the fascinating underground world of Yungang Grottoes.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Datong trip planner.

Fly from Xi'an to Datong in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Beijing.

Things to do in Datong

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Yungang Grottoes ©
Yungang Grottoes
Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si) ©
Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si)
Shanhua Monastery ©
Shanhua Monastery

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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.
The Palace Museum and Lama Temple (Yonghegong) will appeal to museum buffs. Get outdoors at Mutianyu Great Wall and Back Lakes (Hou Hai). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), take in panoramic vistas at Bell and Drum Towers, take a stroll through 798 Art Zone, and see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Beijing trip website.

Traveling by car from Datong to Beijing takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July in Beijing, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

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

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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.
Suzhou Garden Museum and Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) will appeal to museum buffs. The Bund (Wai Tan) and Zhujiajiao Ancient Town are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Shanghai's surroundings by going to Humble Administrator's Garden (in Suzhou) and Xitang Ancient Town (in Jiashan County). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Former French Concession, admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple, and visit Maoming Road.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Shanghai trip planner.

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of °C in Shanghai. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Suzhou, Xitang Ancient Town
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
Suzhou Garden Museum ©
Suzhou Garden Museum

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