43 days in China Itinerary

43 days in China Itinerary

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43 days in China Itinerary

Start: Beijing
1
Beijing
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Datong
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Wutai County
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Pingyao County
— 2 nights
5
Xi'an
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Chengdu
— 2 nights
7
Leshan
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h
8
Zhangjiajie
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Yangshuo County
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
10
Macau
— 3 nights
+2
helicopter + foot + Fly:  2​h 45​min
11
Xiamen
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
12
Huangshan
— 3 nights
13
Shaoxing
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
14
Nanjing
— 3 nights
15
Suzhou
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
16
Shanghai
— 1 night
End: Shanghai

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and then make a trip to Mutianyu Great Wall. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, take a stroll through Back Lakes (Hou Hai), then see the interesting displays at Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum, and finally wander the streets of 798 Art Zone.

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Auckland, New Zealand to Beijing is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to China Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Auckland in January; daily highs in Beijing reach 3°C and lows reach -10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Datong.

Things to do in Beijing

Museums Parks Trails
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
798 Art Zone ©
798 Art Zone

2
nights
Datong

Datong ©
The old city of Datong has an interesting and complicated history of development, sacking, and rebuilding.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): learn more about the world around you at Datong Museum, delve into the distant past at Shanhua Monastery, then explore the striking landscape at Datong Forest, and finally browse the different shops at Hualin Xintiandi Plaza. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda, then admire the striking features of Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si), and then contemplate the long history of Yungang Grottoes.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Datong trip maker .

Drive from Beijing to Datong in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Wutai County.

Things to do in Datong

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Shanhua Monastery ©
Shanhua Monastery
Yungang Grottoes ©
Yungang Grottoes
Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si) ©

2
nights
Wutai County

Wutai County ©
Tourism in Wutai County focuses on the World Heritage-listed mountain of the same name.
On the 8th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tayuan Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dailuo Ding of Wutai Mountain, then Head underground at Fomu Cave, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Bodhisattva Temple. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Baohua Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Longquan Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Wutai Shan (Five Terrace Mountain), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wanfoge Temple.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Wutai County online route planner .

Traveling by car from Datong to Wutai County takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Pingyao County.

Things to do in Wutai County

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
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Wutai Shan (Five Terrace Mountain) ©
Tayuan Temple
Tayuan Temple

2
nights
Pingyao County

Pingyao County ©
An ancient walled city, Pingyao County can trace its history back around 2,700 years, and has been designated a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): make a trip to Pingyao Confucian Temple, examine the collection at Xietongqing Unincorporated Bank Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pingyao Old Town Jixiang Temple, then examine the collection at Museum of Chinese "Xietongqing"Ancient Bank, then steep yourself in history at Ming and Qing Dynasties Street, and finally admire the striking features of Jinci Temple. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Shuanglin Temple Coloured Sculptures Art Gallery, delve into the distant past at Pingyao Ancient Government Office, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zhenguo Temple, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mian Mountain.

Make your Pingyao County itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Wutai County to Pingyao County takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of car and flight. In January, daytime highs in Pingyao County are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Pingyao County

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Jinci Temple, Mian Mountain
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Zhenguo Temple ©
Zhenguo Temple
Pingyao Ancient Government Office ©
Pingyao Ancient Government Office
Mian Mountain ©
Mian Mountain

3
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): stroll the grounds of Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling), then witness a stunning natural landmark at Huaqing Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Tang Bo Art Museum, and finally look for gifts at Muslim market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), see the interesting displays at Xi'an Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Small Goose Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daxuexixiang Mosque.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Xi'an route builder .

Traveling by train from Pingyao County to Xi'an takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Xi'an when traveling from Pingyao County in January, with lows around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Tang Bo Art Museum ©
Tang Bo Art Museum
Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling) ©
Small Goose Pagoda ©
Small Goose Pagoda

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.
Visit Jiezi Ancient Town and Kuanzhai Alley for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sanhe Classic Car Museum and Chengdu Museum New Building. Venture out of the city with trips to Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum (in Guanghan) and Jianchuan Museum (in Dayi County). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), see the interesting displays at Sichuan Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baoguang Temple of Chengdu.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Chengdu online road trip planner .

Getting from Xi'an to Chengdu by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In January, Chengdu is a bit warmer than Xi'an - with highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Leshan.

Things to do in Chengdu

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Jianchuan Museum, Jiezi Ancient Town, Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Jianchuan Museum ©
Jianchuan Museum
Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum ©
Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Baoguo Temple, appreciate the history behind Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo), then see the interesting displays at Museum of Hanya Tomb, Leshan, and finally browse the different shops at Chongqing department Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Qingyin Pavillion, identify plant and animal life at Mt. Emei Natural Ecology Monkey Reserve, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wuyou Temple, and finally explore the ancient world of Oriental Buddha Capital.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Leshan trip planning site .

Getting from Chengdu to Leshan by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Leshan

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Emeishan
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Baoguo Temple ©
Baoguo Temple
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) ©
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
Mt. Emei Natural Ecology Monkey Reserve ©

3
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Get a sense of the local culture at Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute and Laosicheng Site. Get in touch with nature at Xiangxi Hibiscus Town and Zhangjiajie Xianren Stream. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Suoxiyu Nature Reserve, explore the striking landscape at WulongZhai, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and see the interesting displays at Giant Salamander Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Zhangjiajie trip builder tool .

Getting from Leshan to Zhangjiajie by combination of taxi and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Yangshuo County.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yongshun County, Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute ©

3
nights
Yangshuo County

Yangshuo County ©
Yangshuo County, the area surrounding a popular tourist resort town, boasts a landscape featuring all the ingredients necessary to attract a flood of tourists.
Get a sense of the local culture at Langzi Ancient Village and Ancient Fishing Village. Take a break from the city and head to South China Karst and Climbing Tours. When in Yangshuo County, make a side trip to see Fubo Hill in Guilin, approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll around Xingping Fishing Village, don't miss a visit to Tall Banyan, and delve into the distant past at Fuli Ancient Town.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yangshuo County sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Zhangjiajie to Yangshuo County in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Yangshuo County can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Macau.

Things to do in Yangshuo County

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trip

Fubo Hill
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Fubo Hill ©
Fubo Hill
Climbing Tours
Xingping Fishing Village ©
Xingping Fishing Village

3
nights
Macau

Macau ©
Vacation in Macau to discover one of the world's richest cities organized as an autonomous region of China that, until 1999, was administered by Portugal.
Get some historical perspective at Mandarin's House and Ruins of St. Paul's. For shopping fun, head to The Grand Canal Shoppes or Macau Fisherman's Wharf. Go for a jaunt from Macau to Taishan to see Beifeng Mountain about 1h 25 min away. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Macao Museum and explore the world behind art at Macau Museum of Art.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Macau itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yangshuo County to Macau in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Xiamen.

Things to do in Macau

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Beifeng Mountain
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Macau Museum of Art ©
Macau Museum of Art
Mandarin's House ©
Mandarin's House
Ruins of St. Paul's
Ruins of St. Paul's

4
nights
Xiamen

Xiamen ©
Known for centuries as a gateway to China, the port city of Xiamen has become a destination in itself, first to domestic visitors and now to a growing number of people from across the world.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nanputuo Temple and Mangrove Reserve of Zhangzhou. Get outdoors at Qinyuan Mountain and Xiamen Guanyinshan Sand Sculpture Cultural Park. Get out of town with these interesting Xiamen side-trips: Kaiyuan Monastery (in Quanzhou) and Zhangzhou Ancient Building (in Nanjing County). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Zhongshan Road Walking Street, steep yourself in history at Zheng Chenggong Training Field Ruins, browse the different shops at Wanda Plaza (xianyue road), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hongshan Temple.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Xiamen trip site .

Getting from Macau to Xiamen by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in January, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Huangshan.

Things to do in Xiamen

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Quanzhou, Zhangzhou Ancient Building, Mangrove Reserve of Zhangzhou
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Qinyuan Mountain ©
Qinyuan Mountain
Nanputuo Temple ©
Nanputuo Temple
Kaiyuan Monastery ©
Kaiyuan Monastery

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Qianxian Nanping Village Scenic Resort and Lucun. Get some cultural insight at South Lake College and Former Residence of Cheng Dawei. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Tunxi Mountainous Town, make a trip to Dreamed Pen of Fine Essays (Bi Sheng Hua), get to know the fascinating history of Huangshan Tangmo Scenic Spot, and take in the views from Buxian Bridge.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Huangshan road trip planning website .

Getting from Xiamen to Huangshan by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Shaoxing.

Things to do in Huangshan

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yi County, Huangshan Wanan Ancient Town, South Lake College
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Lucun ©
Lucun
Tunxi Ancient Street ©
Tunxi Ancient Street

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Shaoxing

Shaoxing ©
Known as the birthplace of many famous scholars, writers, and politicians, Shaoxing attracts visitors with its traditional architecture, rich culture, and local delicacies.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Shaoxing Museum and Luxun Memorial Hall of Shaoxing. Popular historic sites such as Qingteng Study and Datong School are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: stroll through East Lake of Shaoxing, get to know the fascinating history of Cangqiao Street, explore the ancient world of Jiezhu Temple, and steep yourself in history at Shaoxing Former Residences of Notables.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Shaoxing trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Huangshan to Shaoxing in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Shaoxing are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Nanjing.

Things to do in Shaoxing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 7:
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Luxun Hometown ©
Luxun Hometown
East Lake of Shaoxing ©
East Lake of Shaoxing

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nights
Nanjing

Nanjing ©
Located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing was the capital city of numerous dynasties over the ages.
The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre and John-Rabe House will appeal to museum buffs. Confucius Temple and Qinhuai Scenery and Qixia Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Nanjing to go to Yangzhou and see Yangzhou Dongguan Street, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Nanjing City Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Techi Plaza, take an in-depth tour of Nanjing Museum (Nanjing Bowuyuan), and delve into the lush surroundings at Qixia Mountain.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nanjing trip itinerary app .

You can take a train from Shaoxing to Nanjing in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Nanjing

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Yangzhou Dongguan Street
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre ©
Qixia Mountain ©
Qixia Mountain
Qixia Temple ©
Qixia Temple

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Zuiyuan Gallery and Sanshan Island. Six Arts Museum and Suzhou Garden Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Wuxi Museum (in Wuxi), Kunshan (Jinxi Town & Zhouzhuang Boat) and Nashan Bamboo Sea (in Liyang). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Guan Qian Shopping Street, appreciate the extensive heritage of Landscape Architecture, enjoy breathtaking views from Ruiguang Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Xiyuan Temple.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Suzhou online vacation planner .

You can take a train from Nanjing to Suzhou in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Nanjing in February: highs in Suzhou hover around -5°C, while lows dip to -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Kunshan, Zuiyuan Gallery, Nashan Bamboo Sea, Wuxi Museum
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Zhouzhuang Boat ©
Zhouzhuang Boat
Nashan Bamboo Sea ©
Nashan Bamboo Sea
Landscape Architecture ©
Landscape Architecture

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): wander the streets of Former French Concession, examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), then get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan), and finally see the interesting displays at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum.

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

You can take a train from Suzhou to Shanghai in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or drive. While traveling from Suzhou, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Shanghai, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum ©
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum

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