45 days in China Itinerary

45 days in China Itinerary

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1
Chengdu
— 1 night
2
Lijiang
— 2 nights
3
Shangri-La County
— 2 nights
4
Deqin County
— 2 nights
5
Emeishan
— 2 nights
6
Songpan County
— 2 nights
7
Jiuzhaigou County
— 2 nights
8
Taiyuan
— 2 nights
9
Pingyao County
— 3 nights
10
Wutai County
— 2 nights
11
Datong
— 3 nights
12
Hangzhou
— 1 night
13
Zhoushan
— 2 nights
14
Ningbo
— 3 nights
15
Beijing
— 3 nights
16
Chongqing
— 3 nights
17
Shanghai
— 3 nights
18
Tianjin
— 3 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): snap pictures at Anshun Bridge (Dongmen Bridge), examine the collection at Sichuan Museum, thensteep yourself in history at Qingyang Palace (Green Ram Temple), and finally see the interesting displays at Chengdu Museum (Old Hall). On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Jinli Pedestrian Street, get to know the fascinating history of Kuanzhai Alley, thenmake a trip to Tianfu Square, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Baoguang Temple of Chengdu.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Chengdu planning app.

San Francisco, USA to Chengdu is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 16 hour difference. In January, Chengdu is a bit cooler than San Francisco - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites Museums
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Qingyang Palace (Green Ram Temple) ©
Qingyang Palace (Green Ram Temple)
Jinli Pedestrian Street
Jinli Pedestrian Street
Kuanzhai Alley ©
Kuanzhai Alley

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Puji Temple, Lijiang, delve into the distant past at Beiyue Temple of Lijiang, thenwander the streets of Ancient City Zhongyi Market, thendon't miss a visit to Yuhe Square, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mt. Laojun Mountain National Geological Park ,Yulong Liming.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lijiang trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Chengdu to Lijiang in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Lijiang

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yulong County
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Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Puji Temple, Lijiang ©
Puji Temple, Lijiang
Ancient City Zhongyi Market ©
Ancient City Zhongyi Market

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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.
On the 6th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Dukezong Ancient Town, thenbrowse the exhibits of Tubo Tibetan Thangka Store, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lanyue Mountain Valley, and finally get great views at Shika Snow Mountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Bitahai Nature Reserve, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shangri-La Zhongxin Town Church, thenmake a trip to The Kalachakra Mandala, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumtsaling Monastery.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Shangri-La County trip builder tool.

Traveling by bus from Lijiang to Shangri-La County takes 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Deqin County.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Sumtsaling Monastery
Sumtsaling Monastery
Bitahai Nature Reserve ©
Bitahai Nature Reserve
Dukezong Ancient Town ©
Dukezong Ancient Town

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Deqin County

Deqin County ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Kawagebo Peak, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Yubeng Waterfall, and then immerse yourself in nature at Feilaisi National Forest Park. On your second day here, enjoy breathtaking views from Dongzhulin Temple.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Deqin County trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Shangri-La County to Deqin County in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Emeishan.

Things to do in Deqin County

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Dongzhulin Temple ©
Dongzhulin Temple

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Emei Mountain Rare Botanical Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Emei Mountain, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xianfeng Temple. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the natural beauty of Lingxiu Hot Spring, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fuhu Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qingyin Pavillion, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baoguo Temple.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Emeishan route tool.

Traveling by flight from Deqin County to Emeishan takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, subway, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Songpan County.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Emei Mountain ©
Emei Mountain
Baoguo Temple ©
Baoguo Temple
Fuhu Temple ©
Fuhu Temple

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Songpan County

Songpan County ©
Though the area remains largely rural and the economy mostly geared towards agriculture, tourism in Songpan County has begun to develop, with a host of scenic areas and cultural sites to explore.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Huanglong Scenic Valley, thenappreciate the views at Huanglong Valley, and then identify plant and animal life at Xueshanliang Ridge. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuanzhu Temple, thensee the interesting displays at SongPan LiShi WenHua ZhanLanGuan, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Zhaga Waterfall.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Songpan County day trip tool.

Fly from Emeishan to Songpan County in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Songpan County

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:
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Huanglong Scenic Valley ©
Huanglong Scenic Valley
Zhaga Waterfall ©
Zhaga Waterfall

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zharu Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jiuzailing Temple.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Jiuzhaigou County trip planner.

Drive from Songpan County to Jiuzhaigou County in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Taiyuan.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve ©
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve

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Taiyuan

Taiyuan ©
An industrial and cultural hub of northern China with a population of more than 4 million, Taiyuan boasts a long and storied history that now seems somewhat overshadowed by the city modern facade.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Taiyuan Jinci Longshan Snowboard Areas and Jinsi Temple. Visiting Taiyuan Xiling International Snowboard Areas and Two Dragon Mountain will get you outdoors. Take a break from Taiyuan with a short trip to Chang Family Compound in Jinzhong, about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Twin Pagoda Temple (Shuangta si), examine the collection at Shanxi Museum, steep yourself in history at Jinci Plaque, and walk around Yingze Park.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Taiyuan trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Taiyuan takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. In January in Taiyuan, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Pingyao County.

Things to do in Taiyuan

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Chang Family Compound
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:
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Yingze Park ©
Yingze Park
Jinsi Temple ©
Jinsi Temple
Twin Pagoda Temple (Shuangta si) ©
Twin Pagoda Temple (Shuangta si)

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ping Yao Gu Cheng and Wang's Family Compound (Wang Jia Dayuan). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zishou temple and China Escort Agency. When in Pingyao County, make a side trip to see Mian Mountain in Jiexiu, approximately Jiexiu away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Pingyao Old Town Jixiang Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Qiao's Family Compound (Qiao Jia Dayuan), and examine the collection at Museum of Chinese "Xietongqing"Ancient Bank.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Pingyao County route planner.

Traveling by car from Taiyuan to Pingyao County takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Pingyao County sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Wutai County.

Things to do in Pingyao County

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Lingshi County, Mian Mountain
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Zishou temple ©
Zishou temple
Ping Yao Gu Cheng ©
Ping Yao Gu Cheng
Mian Mountain ©
Mian Mountain

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Wutai County

Wutai County ©
Tourism in Wutai County focuses on the World Heritage-listed mountain of the same name.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tayuan Temple, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Wutai Shan (Five Terrace Mountain), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dailuo Ding of Wutai Mountain. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bodhisattva Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Xian Tong Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanchan Temple.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Wutai County trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Pingyao County to Wutai County takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Datong.

Things to do in Wutai County

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Wutai Shan (Five Terrace Mountain) ©
Wutai Shan (Five Terrace Mountain)
Nanchan Temple ©
Nanchan Temple

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Datong

Datong ©
The old city of Datong has an interesting and complicated history of development, sacking, and rebuilding.
Step out of the city life by going to Yungang Grottoes and Wuguantun Grotto. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si) and Huayan Temple of Datong. Explore Datong's surroundings by going to Hunyuan County (Mount Hengshan Scenic Spot & Datong Longshan Mountain). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Shanhua Monastery, appreciate the history behind Tan Mei Kee Nuns Statues, and look for all kinds of wild species at Datong Forest.

For reviews and other tourist information, read Datong travel planning app.

Drive from Wutai County to Datong in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Datong

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hunyuan County
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:
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Yungang Grottoes ©
Yungang Grottoes
Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si) ©
Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si)
Shanhua Monastery ©
Shanhua Monastery

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Hangzhou

Hangzhou ©
Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
On the 27th (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hangzhou Huanglongdong Yuanyuan Folk Park. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jingci Temple, hike along Yunxi Zhujing Scenic Resort, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Faxi Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hangzhou vacation planner.

You can fly from Datong to Hangzhou in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or drive. In January in Hangzhou, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Zhoushan.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Jingci Temple ©
Jingci Temple
Spas

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Zhoushan

Zhoushan ©
Made up of over a thousand small interconnected islands, Zhoushan lies at the southern mouth of the Yangtze River, a biodiverse city popular with holidaymakers seeking sea and sun.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bukenqu Guanyin Yard, stroll through Putuo Mountain (Putuoshan), and then delve into the distant past at Fayu Temple. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Dinghai City, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dongji Scienc Spot, and then head off the coast to Dongji Island.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Zhoushan trip planning app.

You can drive from Hangzhou to Zhoushan in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Zhoushan when traveling from Hangzhou in January, with lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ningbo.

Things to do in Zhoushan

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Putuo Mountain (Putuoshan) ©
Putuo Mountain (Putuoshan)
Dinghai City ©
Dinghai City

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Ningbo

Ningbo ©
A bustling port city with a rich and complex history, Ningbo today offers plenty of varied sites to explore.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Tiantong National Forest Park, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Asoka Temple, thendelve into the distant past at Qing'an Hall, and finally appreciate the history behind Shuice Stela. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Baoguo Temple, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Xuedoushan Scenic Resort, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Xuedou Mountain.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ningbo itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Zhoushan to Ningbo takes 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Ningbo are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. On the 2nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Ningbo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Fenghua
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:
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Asoka Temple ©
Asoka Temple
Baoguo Temple ©
Baoguo Temple
Qing'an Hall ©
Qing'an Hall

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Meridian Gate (Wu Men) and Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (Maozhuxi Jiniantang). Get a sense of the local culture at Mutianyu Great Wall and The Palace Museum. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), wander the streets of Back Lakes (Hou Hai), explore the ancient world of Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan), and take an in-depth tour of Beijing Capital Museum.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Beijing online road trip planner.

You can fly from Ningbo to Beijing in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In February in Beijing, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Chongqing.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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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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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): make a trip to Huangjueping (Doodle Street), thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Huayan Temple of Chongqing, thendelve into the distant past at Ciqikou (Porcelain Port), and finally browse the exhibits of Madame Tussauds Chong Qing. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Three Gorges Museum, explore the fascinating underground world of Hongya Cave, and then admire the striking features of St Joseph's Cathedral Chongqing.

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

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Chongqing takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in February, expect nights in Chongqing to be much hotter, around °F, while days are a bit warmer, around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Chongqing

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Ciqikou (Porcelain Port) ©
Ciqikou (Porcelain Port)
Three Gorges Museum ©
Three Gorges Museum
Hongya Cave ©
Hongya Cave

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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.
On the 9th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Guyi Garden, thenenjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), thentake an in-depth tour of Shanghai Development Exhibition Hall, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Huangpu Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Houtan Garden, hit the slopes at Shanghai Yinqixing Indoor Skifield, take in the spiritual surroundings of Longhua Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Shanghai Confucian Temple, and finally make a trip to The Bund (Wai Tan).

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Traveling by flight from Chongqing to Shanghai takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Traveling from Chongqing in February, expect Shanghai to be little chillier, temps between °F and °F. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tianjin.

Things to do in Shanghai

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Confucian Temple ©
Shanghai Confucian Temple
Longhua Temple ©
Longhua Temple

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Tianjin

Tianjin ©
Tianjin stands as one of China's largest metropolises, combining modern flourishes with preserved history and traditions to create a diverse city.
Popular historic sites such as Jingyuan and Jizhou Baita Temple are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temple of Solitary Joy (Dule si) and The Original Site of the CPC Central Committee Secret Printing Plant in Tianjin. When in Tianjin, make a side trip to see Pan Mountain Scenic Resort in Ji County, approximately Ji County away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of The Former Residence of Liang Qichao and see the interesting displays at Tianjin Museum.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tianjin journey planning app.

You can fly from Shanghai to Tianjin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in February, things will get little chillier in Tianjin: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tianjin

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Ji County
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Jingyuan ©
Jingyuan
Tianjin Museum ©
Tianjin Museum