41 days in China Itinerary

41 days in China Itinerary

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Xi'an
— 4 nights
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 4 nights
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Chengdu
— 3 nights
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Emeishan
— 2 nights
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Lijiang
— 3 nights
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Lhasa
— 5 nights
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Dunhuang
— 2 nights
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Luanping County
— 1 night
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Beijing
— 6 nights
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Shanghai
— 5 nights
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Hong Kong
— 5 nights

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Xi'an

Xi'an

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Spend the 17th (Thu) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), and don't miss a visit to Muslim Quarter.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Xi'an day trip planning site.

Shenzhen to Xi'an is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Shenzhen in September; daily highs in Xi'an reach 29°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Xi'an

Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 20:
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Travel China Guide ©
Travel China Guide
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)

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Jiuzhaigou County

Jiuzhaigou County ©
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
Venture out of the city with trips to Songpan County (Huanglong Valley & Huanglong Scenic Valley). Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring nature at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Pearl Shoal Waterfalls, trot along with Tibetan Barley Horse Trekking Adventure, look for all kinds of wild species at Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley, and admire the verdant scenery at Rize Valley.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Jiuzhaigou County 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 train and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 24:
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Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve ©
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve
Huanglong Scenic Valley ©
Huanglong Scenic Valley
Pearl Shoal Waterfalls ©
Pearl Shoal Waterfalls

3
nights
Chengdu

Chengdu ©

Hibiscus City

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.
Chengdu is known for wildlife, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), head outdoors with Kungfu Family, stop by West China Center of Medical Sciences, and walk around Beihu Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Chengdu trip itinerary builder tool.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Chengdu in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Chengdu can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Emeishan.

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:
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Adventure Access ©
Adventure Access
Kungfu Family ©
Kungfu Family

2
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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.
On the 28th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fuhu Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wannian Temple. On the next day, admire the striking features of Baoguo Temple and then pause for some photo ops at Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo).

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Emeishan online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Chengdu to Emeishan by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Emeishan

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:
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Wannian Temple
Wannian Temple
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) ©
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
Baoguo Temple ©
Baoguo Temple

3
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Lijiang

Lijiang ©

Suzhou on the Plateau

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 Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute in Yulong County (about 30 minutes away). Spend the 1st (Thu) exploring nature at Three Parallel Rivers National Park. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China, explore the activities along Blue Moon Valley, walk around Black Dragon Pond Park, and don't miss a visit to HuaMa Jie.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lijiang trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Emeishan to Lijiang in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September in Lijiang, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:
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Three Parallel Rivers National Park ©
Three Parallel Rivers National Park
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Black Dragon Pond Park ©
Black Dragon Pond Park

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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: take in the spiritual surroundings of Potala Palace, get outside with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the long history of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lhasa trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lijiang to Lhasa in 6 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 7:
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Off-Road Tours
Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple

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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 8th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center, explore the fascinating underground world of Mogao Caves, and then take an in-depth tour of Library Cave Heritage Museum. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Dunhuang itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Dunhuang takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Luanping County.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:
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Mogao Caves ©
Mogao Caves
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain ©
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain

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Luanping County

Luanping County
On the 10th (Sat), see Jinshanling Great Wall.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Luanping County trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Dunhuang to Luanping County takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Beijing.

Things to do in Luanping County

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:
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Jinshanling Great Wall
Jinshanling Great Wall

6
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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, find something for the whole family at Olympic Park, examine the collection at National Museum Of China, and admire the striking features of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Beijing online road trip planner.

You can drive from Luanping County to Beijing in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 16:
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Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

5
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Shanghai

Shanghai ©

Pearl of the Orient

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 museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to The Bund (Wai Tan), examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jade Buddha Temple.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Shanghai online itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Shanghai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Beijing in October: high temperatures in Shanghai hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 21:
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

5
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Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 22nd (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 24th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and step off the mainland to explore Lantau island.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Shanghai in October: high temperatures in Hong Kong hover around 34°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 26:
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

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