41 days in China Itinerary

41 days in China Itinerary

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1
Zhangjiajie
— 3 nights
2
Jishou
— 2 nights
3
Chongqing
— 2 nights
4
Chengdu
— 3 nights
5
Jiuzhaigou County
— 4 nights
6
Chengdu
— 1 night
7
Leshan
— 1 night
8
Kangding County
— 5 nights
9
Ganzi County
— 2 nights
10
Dege County
— 3 nights
11
Kangding County
— 4 nights
12
Shangri-La County
— 6 nights
13
Lijiang
— 2 nights
14
Kunming
— 2 nights

3
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Spend the 18th (Tue) among lush scenery at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring nature at Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and make a trip to Xibu Street.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Zhangjiajie trip planner.

Ningbo to Zhangjiajie is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jishou.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

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

2
nights
Jishou

Jishou
Jishou is a county-level city and the seat of Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Hunan province, China.Located on the west of the province, the city is bordered to the northwest by Huayuan and Baojing Counties, to the northeast by Guzhang County, to the southeast by Luxi County, to the southwest by Fenghuang County. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): trek along Aizhai Winding Road and then admire the sheer force of Dehang Quicksand Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in breathtaking views at Dehang Canyon and then contemplate the long history of Tianwen Platform.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Jishou day trip site.

Getting from Zhangjiajie to Jishou by car takes about 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Chongqing.

Things to do in Jishou

Parks Nature Outdoors
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2
nights
Chongqing

Chongqing ©
With one of the most populated and largest metropolitan areas in the world, Chongqing was the de facto capital of China during World War II.
On the 22nd (Sat), Head underground at Hongya Cave and then examine the collection at Three Gorges Museum. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Jiefangbei Square.

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Getting from Jishou to Chongqing by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Chongqing can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Chengdu.

Things to do in Chongqing

Nature Museums Shopping
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Hongya Cave ©
Hongya Cave
Three Gorges Museum ©
Three Gorges Museum
Jiefangbei Square ©
Jiefangbei Square

3
nights
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.
On the 24th (Mon), sample the fine beverages at Johnny Walker House and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Dancing Yak Handicrafts, thenget to know the fascinating history of Kuanzhai Alley, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wenshu Yuan Monastery, and finally snap pictures at Anshun Bridge (Dongmen Bridge).

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Chengdu trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Chongqing to Chengdu by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and train; or fly. While traveling from Chongqing, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Chengdu, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Chengdu

Tours Historic Sites Shopping
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Photography Tours
Kuanzhai Alley ©
Kuanzhai Alley
Wenshu Yuan Monastery ©
Wenshu Yuan Monastery

4
nights
Jiuzhaigou County

Jiuzhaigou County ©
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
Explore Jiuzhaigou County's surroundings by going to Songpan County (Huanglong Valley & Huanglong Scenic Valley). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Pearl Shoal Waterfalls, admire the verdant scenery at Shuzheng Valley, explore the activities along Mirror Lake, and don't miss a visit to Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Jiuzhaigou County online trip planner.

You can fly from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou County in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Songpan County
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Huanglong Scenic Valley ©
Huanglong Scenic Valley
Pearl Shoal Waterfalls ©
Pearl Shoal Waterfalls
Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center ©
Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center

1
night
Chengdu

Chengdu ©
On the 31st (Mon), don't miss a visit to Tianfu Square and then look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi).

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Chengdu online trip builder.

You can fly from Jiuzhaigou County to Chengdu in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Leshan.

Things to do in Chengdu

Wildlife Parks
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1
night
Leshan

Leshan
The city of Leshan sits proudly at the confluence of three rivers, and has become known for its World Heritage Site and importance to Buddhism in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Leshan River, Friend and Foe.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Leshan day trip planner.

You can drive from Chengdu to Leshan in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Kangding County.

Things to do in Leshan

Nature Parks
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5
nights
Kangding County

Kangding County ©
Kangding or Dardo was a county in Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in western Sichuan Province, China. You've now added Tagong Grassland to your itinerary. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tagong Temple (Lhagang Monastery).

For where to stay and tourist information, use the Kangding County trip planner.

You can drive from Leshan to Kangding County in 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Ganzi County.

Things to do in Kangding County

Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Tagong Temple (Lhagang Monastery) ©
Tagong Temple (Lhagang Monastery)

2
nights
Ganzi County

Ganzi County
To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Ganzi County day trip tool.

Drive from Kangding County to Ganzi County in 9 hours. On the 8th (Tue), you'll travel to Dege County.
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3
nights
Dege County

Dege County
Dege County is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Dege Parkhang Sutra-Printing House and steep yourself in history at Manigango.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Dege County day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Ganzi County to Dege County takes 5 hours. You will leave for Kangding County on the 11th (Fri).

Things to do in Dege County

Historic Sites
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4
nights
Kangding County

Kangding County ©
When in Kangding County, make a side trip to see Moxi Ancient Town in Luding County, approximately Luding County away. Enjoy Kangding County some more: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gongga Temple and don't miss a visit to Wuse Lake.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kangding County trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Dege County to Kangding County by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. On the 15th (Tue), you're off to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Kangding County

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Moxi Ancient Town
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Paoma Mountain ©
Paoma Mountain

6
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.
Shangri-La County is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia), snap pictures at Natural Bridge of Xianggelila, go for a walk through Shika Snow Mountains, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Potatso National Park.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Shangri-La County online road trip planner.

Drive from Kangding County to Shangri-La County in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lijiang.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks Nature Museums
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Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) ©
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)
Potatso National Park ©
Potatso National Park
Sumtsaling Monastery
Sumtsaling Monastery

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.
On the 22nd (Tue), go for a walk through Blue Moon Valley, thensteep yourself in history at Shuhe Ancient Town, and then admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): appreciate the history behind Sanyan Well, thendon't miss a visit to Old Town of Lijiang - China, and then make a trip to Yuhe Square.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lijiang trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Shangri-La County to Lijiang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Lijiang, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Kunming.

Things to do in Lijiang

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

2
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Kunming

Kunming ©
With a temperate climate at 2,000 m (6,600 ft) and a variety of tourist attractions, Kunming makes a popular gateway for exploring Yunnan Province.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Kunming Golden Temple, stroll around Green Lake (Cui Hu), and then let the kids burn off some steam at Kunming Waterfall Park. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the fresh offerings at Dounan International Flowers Industrial Park and then make a trip to Yunnan Nationalities Village.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kunming trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Lijiang to Kunming takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lijiang in September, Kunming is little chillier at night with lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kunming

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Green Lake (Cui Hu) ©
Green Lake (Cui Hu)
Yunnan Nationalities Village ©
Yunnan Nationalities Village
Kunming Golden Temple ©
Kunming Golden Temple

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