43 days in China Itinerary

43 days in China Itinerary

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Start: New York City
+2
Subway + Train + Fly:  20 h 15 min
1
Xi'an
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6 h 45 min
2
Jiuzhaigou County
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
Chengdu
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Emeishan
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Lhasa
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h
6
Lijiang
— 2 nights
+4
Bus + Fly + Bus + Foot + Train:  6 h 15 min
7
Hong Kong
— 4 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Shanghai
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
9
Suzhou
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
10
Huangshan
— 3 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Subway + Bus + Taxi:  6 h 45 min
11
Luanping County
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
12
Beijing
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + Train + Subway:  17 h 15 min
End: New York City

4
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
When in Xi'an, make a side trip to see Mount Huashan in Huayin, approximately Huayin away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, delve into the distant past at Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qin Dynasty of Xi'an, don't miss a visit to Kaiyuan Square, and contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Xi'an trip planner.

New York City, USA to Xi'an is an approximately 20.5- hour combination of subway, train, and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. Traveling from New York City to Xi'an, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in June: highs in Xi'an hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Mount Huashan
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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.
Take a break from Jiuzhaigou County with a short trip to Huanglong Valley in Songpan County, about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve, take in the dramatic scenery at Pearl Shoal Waterfalls, make a trip to Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center, and appreciate the views at Rize Valley.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Jiuzhaigou County day trip app.

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 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Huanglong Valley
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Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve ©
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve
Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center ©
Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center
Pearl Shoal Waterfalls ©
Pearl Shoal Waterfalls

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.
Take a break from Chengdu with a short trip to Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum in Guanghan, about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 30th (Tue) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), find something for the whole family at Happy Valley of Chengdu, stroll around Beihu Park, and get engrossed in the history at Jinsha Site Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Chengdu trip planning website.

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. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Emeishan.

Things to do in Chengdu

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum
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Photography Tours
Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum ©
Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) in Leshan (about 44 minutes away). The adventure continues: stroll through Emei Mountain, explore the ancient world of Baoguo Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wannian Temple.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Emeishan online trip planner.

You can drive from Chengdu to Emeishan in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
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Emei Mountain ©
Emei Mountain
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) ©
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
Baoguo Temple ©
Baoguo Temple

4
nights
Lhasa

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Make the 8th (Wed) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Potala Palace, contemplate the long history of Sera Monastery, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lhasa trip planning app.

Do a combination of train and flight from Emeishan to Lhasa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Tours Historic Sites 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 9th (Thu): explore the activities along Blue Moon Valley and then explore the striking landscape of Three Parallel Rivers National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the design of Black Dragon Pond Park and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lijiang trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Lhasa to Lijiang by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Lhasa in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 68°F in Lijiang. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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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

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, try out the rides at Ocean Park, make a trip to Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, and enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak).

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hong Kong road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Lijiang to Hong Kong in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, subway, and train; or drive. Traveling from Lijiang in July, you will find days in Hong Kong are much warmer (91°F), and nights are a bit warmer (81°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow 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

4
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: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), take a stroll through Former French Concession, and buy something for everyone on your list at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Shanghai tour builder tool.

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Hong Kong to Shanghai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July in Shanghai, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 79°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu) ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Suzhou: Changzhou (Hongmei Park & China Dinosaur Park) and Xitang Ancient Town (in Jiashan County). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Suzhou Garden Museum, contemplate the long history of Tongli Town, stroll around The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Shantang Street.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Suzhou online trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Shanghai to Suzhou in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or drive. When traveling from Shanghai in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Suzhou, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Huangshan.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Changzhou, Xitang Ancient Town
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Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
Suzhou Garden Museum ©
Suzhou Garden Museum
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou ©
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou

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.
Spend the 24th (Fri) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Huangshan, explore the stunning scenery at Xihai Great Canyon, explore the activities along Fuxi Tianhu Lake, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Huangshan route planner.

You can drive from Suzhou to Huangshan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Luanping County.

Things to do in Huangshan

Nature Parks Tours
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Mt. Huangshan ©
Mt. Huangshan
Photography Tours
Xihai Great Canyon ©
Xihai Great Canyon

1
night
Luanping County

Luanping County
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): see Jinshanling Great Wall.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Luanping County road trip tool.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi from Huangshan to Luanping County in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Beijing.

Things to do in Luanping County

Historic Sites
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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, see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China, get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, and take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Beijing online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Luanping County to Beijing in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. July in Beijing sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

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