33 days in China Itinerary

33 days in China Itinerary

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33 days in China Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Beijing
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Shanghai
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Suzhou
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Hangzhou
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Huangshan
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  4 h 30 min
6
Hong Kong
— 5 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly + Bus:  6 h 15 min
7
Xi'an
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6 h 45 min
8
Jiuzhaigou County
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  10 h 45 min
9
Lijiang
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h
10
Lhasa
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Berlin

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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, admire the landmark architecture of Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), examine the collection at National Museum Of China, and look for gifts at Nanluoguxiang.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Beijing online visit planner .

Berlin, Germany to Beijing is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Berlin to Beijing. May in Beijing sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay May 1 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

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.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), get to know the fascinating history of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Shanghai online vacation maker .

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Shanghai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Shanghai, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Suzhou side-trips: Wuzhen Water Town (in Tongxiang) and Jiashan County (Huanxiu Bridge & Xitang Ancient Town). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Tongli Town, take in panoramic vistas at Ruiguang Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Humble Administrator's Garden, and see the interesting displays at Suzhou Garden Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Suzhou online road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Shanghai to Suzhou takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Jiashan County, Wuzhen Water Town
Find places to stay May 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
Tongli Town ©
Tongli Town
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou ©
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou

2
nights
Hangzhou

Hangzhou ©
Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
On the 14th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Hangzhou Confucius Temple, then take in the pleasant sights at West Lake (Xi Hu), and then delve into the distant past at Nansong Museum. On the next day, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then walk around West Lake Colored Port View Fish Garden.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hangzhou online holiday maker .

You can drive from Suzhou to Hangzhou in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Hangzhou can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Huangshan.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Parks Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
West Lake Colored Port View Fish Garden ©
West Lake (Xi Hu) ©
West Lake (Xi Hu)

2
nights
Huangshan

Huangshan ©
Named after the "Yellow Mountains" with which the region has long been associated, Huangshan offers access to UNESCO-listed sites both natural and man-made.
On the 16th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Huangshan. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Huangshan Hot Spring and then stroll around Huangshan Geopark.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Huangshan visit planner.

Drive from Hangzhou to Huangshan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Huangshan

Parks Nature
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Huangshan ©
Mt. Huangshan
Huangshan Geopark ©
Huangshan Geopark
Huangshan Hot Spring ©
Huangshan Hot Spring

5
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Hong Kong is known for shopping, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland, enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline, and pause for some photo ops at Lantau island.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hong Kong trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Huangshan to Hong Kong in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, subway, and train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

3
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Xi'an is known for museums, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, admire the local landmark of Dayan Pagoda Northern Square, make a trip to Muslim Quarter, and enjoy breathtaking views from Xi'an Bell Tower.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Xi'an trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hong Kong to Xi'an in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Hong Kong in May, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Xi'an: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay May 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

2
nights
Jiuzhaigou County

Jiuzhaigou County ©
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve and then don't miss a visit to Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Nuorilang Waterfall and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pearl Shoal Waterfalls.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Jiuzhaigou County online trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks Nature
Find places to stay May 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve ©
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve
Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center ©
Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center
Pearl Shoal Waterfalls ©
Pearl Shoal Waterfalls

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain in Yulong County (about 1h 05 min away). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China, steep yourself in history at Shuhe Ancient Town, cruise along Blue Moon Valley, and walk around Black Dragon Pond Park.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lijiang holiday website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Lijiang takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain
Find places to stay May 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Black Dragon Pond Park ©
Black Dragon Pond Park
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Three Parallel Rivers National Park ©
Three Parallel Rivers National Park

3
nights
Lhasa

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Potala Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokhang Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Sera Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nechung Monastery and Temple, then see Off-Road Tours, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Mosque.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lhasa online vacation planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Lijiang to Lhasa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Lhasa can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. On the 2nd (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 2:
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple

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