39 days in China Itinerary

39 days in China Itinerary

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Start: New York City
+2
Subway + Train + Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Beijing
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Luanping County
— 1 day
+4
Taxi + Bus + Subway + Foot + Fly:  8 h 45 min
3
Dunhuang
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
4
Xi'an
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6 h 45 min
5
Jiuzhaigou County
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  9 h 15 min
6
Lhasa
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  5 h 15 min
7
Emeishan
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Chengdu
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
9
Zhangjiajie
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Train:  5 h
10
Hong Kong
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
11
Huangshan
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
12
Shanghai
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  18 h
End: New York City

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, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in panoramic vistas at Bell and Drum Towers, and get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Beijing day trip planning site.

New York City, USA to Beijing is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of subway, train, and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. You'll lose 13 hours traveling from New York City to Beijing due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in June, expect nights in Beijing to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 88°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Luanping County.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Olympic Park ©
Olympic Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
day
Luanping County

Luanping County
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): see Jinshanling Great Wall.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Luanping County attractions planning website.

You can drive from Beijing to Luanping County in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Luanping County

Historic Sites
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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 30th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Mogao Caves, then explore the world behind art at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): delve into the distant past at Xijin Tomb and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yadan National Geological Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Dunhuang online road trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Luanping County to Dunhuang in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Mogao Caves ©
Mogao Caves
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain ©
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain
Yadan National Geological Park ©
Yadan National Geological 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: get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), make a trip to Muslim Quarter, and contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta).

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Xi'an trip planning website.

You can fly from Dunhuang to Xi'an in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums
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Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

3
nights
Jiuzhaigou County

Jiuzhaigou County ©
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
Go for a jaunt from Jiuzhaigou County to Songpan County to see Huanglong Valley about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve, identify plant and animal life at Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley, explore the activities along Grass Lake, and admire the verdant scenery at Shuzheng Valley.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Jiuzhaigou County online itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Huanglong Valley
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Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve ©
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve

2
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: see Off-Road Tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), steep yourself in history at Sera Monastery, and admire the landmark architecture of Potala Palace.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lhasa trip itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Jiuzhaigou County to Lhasa in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Emeishan.

Things to do in Lhasa

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

3
nights
Emeishan

Emeishan ©
A city forever linked with the mountain of the same name, Emeishan sits next to one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China, now a World Heritage Site.
Step out of Emeishan to go to Leshan and see Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo), which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Emei Mountain, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wannian Temple, get your game on at E'meishan Jinding Scenic Resort, and admire the natural beauty at Emei Mountain Rare Botanical Garden.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Emeishan trip itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Lhasa to Emeishan in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Chengdu.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
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Emei Mountain ©
Emei Mountain
E'meishan Jinding Scenic Resort ©
E'meishan Jinding Scenic Resort
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) ©
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)

2
nights
Chengdu

Chengdu ©
The home of giant pandas for more than two million years, Chengdu's vast human history cowers in comparison to the natural heritage of the area.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): walk around Beihu Park, then identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), and then find something for the whole family at Happy Valley of Chengdu. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Yinchang Valley and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Chengdu trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Emeishan to Chengdu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Chengdu

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Yinchang Valley
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Happy Valley of Chengdu ©
Happy Valley of Chengdu

4
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Spend the 17th (Fri) among lush scenery at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring nature at Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park. Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie, explore the striking landscape at Xihai Stone Forest, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Zhangjiajie holiday builder website.

Getting from Chengdu to Zhangjiajie by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Zhangjiajie National Forest Park ©
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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: find something for the whole family at Hong Kong Disneyland, examine the collection at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, head off the coast to Lantau island, and take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hong Kong itinerary tool.

Getting from Zhangjiajie to Hong Kong by combination of flight, bus, and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, subway, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Huangshan.

Things to do in Hong Kong

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

3
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.
Huangshan is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Huangshan, steep yourself in history at Former Residence of Cheng Dawei, contemplate the waterfront views at Fuxi Tianhu Lake, and explore the stunning scenery at Xihai Great Canyon.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Huangshan trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Hong Kong to Huangshan by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, subway, flight, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Shanghai.

Things to do in Huangshan

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Mt. Huangshan ©
Mt. Huangshan
Xihai Great Canyon ©
Xihai Great Canyon

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.
Step out of Shanghai with an excursion to Xitang Ancient Town in Jiashan County--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take some stellar pictures from Jin Mao Tower, and pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip site.

Traveling by car from Huangshan to Shanghai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Shanghai can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Xitang Ancient Town
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai World Financial Center ©
Shanghai World Financial Center
Huangpu River ©
Huangpu River

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