31 days in China Itinerary

31 days in China Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

3
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Take a break from the city and head to Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park and Tianzi Mountain. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie and Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Suoxiyu Nature Reserve and enjoy breathtaking views from Huangshizhai.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Zhangjiajie online travel planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Zhangjiajie is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Zhangjiajie. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park ©
Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park ©
Zhangjiajie National 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tiger Hill and Fuxing Park. Take a break from Shanghai with a short trip to Humble Administrator's Garden in Suzhou, about 1h 50 min away. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan), get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and take a stroll through Former French Concession.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Zhangjiajie to Shanghai in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. July in Shanghai sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Suzhou
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession
Maoming Road ©
Maoming Road

5
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dragon's Back and Chi Lin Nunnery. Pack the 31st (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 2nd (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), admire the striking features of Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze), and take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong trip planner.

You can fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 4:
Highlights from your plan
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Dragon's Back ©
Dragon's Back
Lantau island ©
Lantau island

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanshan Temple, kick back and relax at Yalong Bay, and then walk around Luhuitou Park. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area and then take in the natural beauty of Sanya Zhujiang Nantian Spa.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sanya road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Sanya takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Sanya when traveling from Hong Kong in August, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Guilin.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area ©
Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area
Luhuitou Park ©
Luhuitou Park

3
nights
Guilin

The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces and Walking tours. There's still lots to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan), and walk around Riyue Shuangta Cultural Park.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Guilin trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Sanya to Guilin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Guilin, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Guilin

Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) ©
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan)
Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces ©
Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Mufu Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China, then contemplate the long history of Shuhe Ancient Town, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Blue Moon Valley. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Three Parallel Rivers National Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lijiang trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Guilin to Lijiang in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Guilin in August, expect nights in Lijiang to be a bit cooler, around 22°C, while days are much colder, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Lijiang

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Blue Moon Valley ©
Blue Moon Valley
Three Parallel Rivers National Park ©
Three Parallel Rivers National Park
Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town

2
nights
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 12th (Mon): walk around Guishan Park and then take in breathtaking views at Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Shudu Lake, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lanyue Mountain Valley, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumtsaling Monastery.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Shangri-La County day trip planning site.

You can take a bus from Lijiang to Shangri-La County in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) ©
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)
Shudu Lake ©
Shudu Lake
Sumtsaling Monastery
Sumtsaling Monastery

3
nights
Lhasa

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Photography Tours and Jokhang Temple. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the spiritual surroundings of Potala Palace, contemplate the long history of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Barkhor Street.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lhasa online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Shangri-La County to Lhasa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In August in Lhasa, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Photography Tours
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain, explore the world behind art at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center, and then Head underground at Mogao Caves.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dunhuang trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Lhasa to Dunhuang in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Mogao Caves ©
Mogao Caves
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain ©
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Back Lakes (Hou Hai) and Olympic Park. There's much more to do: stroll through Mutianyu Great Wall, wander the streets of 798 Art Zone, take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong).

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Beijing tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Dunhuang to Beijing takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Beijing can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Back Lakes (Hou Hai) ©
Back Lakes (Hou Hai)
798 Art Zone ©
798 Art Zone

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