41 days in China Itinerary

41 days in China Itinerary

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41 days in China Itinerary

Start: Ningbo
train:  11​h
1
Zhangjiajie
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Jishou
— 2 nights
bus:  7​h
3
Chongqing
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Chengdu
— 3 nights
bus:  12​h
5
Jiuzhaigou County
— 4 nights
bus:  6​h
6
Chengdu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Leshan
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
8
Kangding County
— 5 nights
Drive:  9​h
9
Ganzi County
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Dege County
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
11
Kangding County
— 4 nights
bus:  10​h 30​min
12
Shangri-La County
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
13
Lijiang
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
14
Kunming
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Ningbo

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. It doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and don't miss a visit to Xibu Street.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Zhangjiajie route planner.

Ningbo to Zhangjiajie is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Jishou.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Tours Parks Nature
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Zhangjiajie National Forest Park ©
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Tianmen Mountain 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): stroll through Aizhai Winding Road and then admire the sheer force of Dehang Quicksand Waterfall. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Dehang Canyon and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tianwen Platform.

To see photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Jishou trip maker site .

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

Things to do in Jishou

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): Head underground at Hongya Cave and then examine the collection at Three Gorges Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Jiefangbei Square.

Before you visit Chongqing, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Jishou to Chongqing by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. August in Chongqing sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Chengdu.

Things to do in Chongqing

Parks 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): sample the fine beverages at Johnny Walker House and then squeeze the most out of the city with City Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): stop by Dancing Yak Handicrafts, don't miss a visit to Kuanzhai Alley, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wenshu Yuan Monastery, and finally snap pictures at Anshun Bridge (Dongmen Bridge).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Chengdu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chongqing to Chengdu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and flight. When traveling from Chongqing in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Chengdu: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Chengdu

Tours Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Jiuzhaigou County side-trips: Songpan County (Huanglong Valley & Huanglong Scenic Valley). There's much more to do: make a trip to Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center, appreciate the views at Shuzheng Valley, take in the dramatic scenery at Nuorilang Waterfall, and explore the activities along Mirror Lake.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Jiuzhaigou County trip itinerary website .

Getting from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou County by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks Nature Historic Sites

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 ©
Start off your visit 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 other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Chengdu trip itinerary maker app .

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

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks Wildlife
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Tianfu Square ©
Tianfu Square

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.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Leshan trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Chengdu to Leshan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Kangding County.

Things to do in Leshan

Parks Nature
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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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tagong Grassland. There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tagong Temple (Lhagang Monastery).

For more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kangding County attractions site .

You can drive from Leshan to Kangding County in 7 hours. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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 find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ganzi County trip planner.

Drive from Kangding County to Ganzi County in 9 hours. You'll set off for Dege County on the 8th (Tue).
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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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dege Parkhang Sutra-Printing House and steep yourself in history at Manigango.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Dege County trip builder app .

You can drive from Ganzi County to Dege County in 5 hours. On the 11th (Fri), you're off to Kangding County.

Things to do in Dege County

Historic Sites
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4
nights
Kangding County

Kangding County ©
Step out of Kangding County with an excursion to Moxi Ancient Town in Luding County--about 1h 45 min away. Enjoy Kangding County some more: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gongga Temple and don't miss a visit to Paoma Mountain.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kangding County road trip app .

You can drive from Dege County to Kangding County in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. You'll set off for Shangri-La County on the 15th (Tue).

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), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Potatso National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumtsaling Monastery, and explore the activities along Shudu Lake.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Shangri-La County trip itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kangding County to Shangri-La County. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough 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)
Sumtsaling Monastery
Sumtsaling Monastery
Potatso National Park ©
Potatso National Park

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 22nd (Tue): take a memorable drive along Blue Moon Valley, contemplate the long history of Shuhe Ancient Town, and then stroll through Black Dragon Pond Park. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Sanyan Well, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China, and then don't miss a visit to Yuhe Square.

For maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lijiang online trip maker .

You can drive from Shangri-La County to Lijiang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Lijiang sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kunming.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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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
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Kunming Golden Temple, explore the activities along Green Lake (Cui Hu), and then take in the dramatic scenery at Kunming Waterfall Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the fresh offerings at Dounan International Flowers Industrial Park and then don't miss a visit to Yunnan Nationalities Village.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kunming journey planning app .

Fly from Lijiang to Kunming in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Lijiang in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kunming, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up 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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