34 days in China Itinerary

34 days in China Itinerary

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34 days in China Itinerary

Start: Athens
Subway + Fly:  17 h
1
Lhasa
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h
2
Lijiang
— 2 nights
+4
Bus + Fly + Bus + Foot + Train:  6 h 15 min
3
Hong Kong
— 5 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Shanghai
— 5 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Suzhou
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Hangzhou
— 2 nights
Taxi + Train:  2 h 15 min
7
Huangshan
— 2 nights
+4
Train + Bus + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  8 h 45 min
8
Jiuzhaigou County
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  6 h 45 min
9
Xi'an
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h
10
Beijing
— 5 nights
Fly + Subway:  14 h 30 min
End: Athens

3
nights
Lhasa

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Lhasa is known for historic sites, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Potala Palace, make a trip to Barkhor Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple, and contemplate the long history of Sera Monastery.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lhasa trip planner.

Athens, Greece to Lhasa is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Athens to Lhasa. Traveling from Athens in May, things will get a bit cooler in Lhasa: highs are around 22°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Off-Road Tours
Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): make a trip to Blue Moon Valley, contemplate the long history of Shuhe Ancient Town, and then admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Mufu Palace, then don't miss a visit to Old Town of Lijiang - China, and then pause for some photo ops at Sanyan Well.

To find more things to do and tourist information, go to the Lijiang day trip site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lhasa to Lijiang in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Black Dragon Pond Park ©
Black Dragon Pond Park
Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town

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, take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History, and experience the excitement of Sandbox VR.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hong Kong trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Lijiang to Hong Kong takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

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.
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), don't miss a visit to Jin Mao Tower, see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road).

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Shanghai trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hong Kong to Shanghai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Hong Kong in May; daily highs in Shanghai reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Museums Tours
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu) ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Suzhou: Jiashan County (Xitang Ancient Town & Huanxiu Bridge) and Wuzhen Water Town (in Tongxiang). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Tongli Town, enjoy breathtaking views from Ruiguang Tower, examine the collection at Suzhou Garden Museum, and stroll around Humble Administrator's Garden.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Suzhou trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Shanghai to Suzhou takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Jiashan County, Wuzhen Water Town
Find places to stay May 17 — 20:
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 21st (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Southern Song Imperial Street, go for a walk through West Lake (Xi Hu), and then explore the ancient world of Nansong Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then stroll around West Lake Colored Port View Fish Garden.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hangzhou road trip app .

Drive from Suzhou to Hangzhou in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Huangshan.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Tours Parks Outdoors
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Huangshan. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Huangshan Hot Spring and then stroll around Huangshan Geopark.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Huangshan trip planner.

You can drive from Hangzhou to Huangshan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Huangshan

Parks Nature
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Huangshan ©
Mt. Huangshan
Huangshan Geopark ©
Huangshan Geopark
Huangshan Hot Spring ©
Huangshan Hot Spring

1
night
Jiuzhaigou County

Jiuzhaigou County ©
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve and then don't miss a visit to Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Nuorilang Waterfall and then admire the sheer force of Pearl Shoal Waterfalls.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Jiuzhaigou County online route planner .

Getting from Huangshan to Jiuzhaigou County by combination of flight, train, and bus takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks Nature
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve ©
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve
Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center ©
Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center
Pearl Shoal Waterfalls ©
Pearl Shoal Waterfalls

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, explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and don't miss a visit to Muslim Quarter.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Xi'an holiday maker.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Xi'an in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay May 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), walk around Temple of Heaven, and see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Beijing itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Beijing takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 3:
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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