49 days in China Itinerary

49 days in China Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Luanping County
— 1 night
2
Beijing
— 5 nights
3
Xi'an
— 4 nights
4
Jiuzhaigou County
— 3 nights
5
Lhasa
— 4 nights
6
Lijiang
— 3 nights
7
Chengdu
— 4 nights
8
Suzhou
— 4 nights
9
Shanghai
— 5 nights
10
Nanjing
— 4 nights
11
Huangshan
— 3 nights
12
Hong Kong
— 6 nights

1
night
Luanping County

Luanping County
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Jinshanling Great Wall.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Luanping County day trip planner.

Asheville, USA to Luanping County is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13 hours traveling from Asheville to Luanping County. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Beijing.

Things to do in Luanping County

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 14 — 15:

5
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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dong Yue Miao (Dongyue Temple), get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and stroll through Temple of Heaven.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Beijing itinerary maker site.

Getting from Luanping County to Beijing by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May, daily temperatures in Beijing can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay May 15 — 20:
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Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

4
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Xi'an is known for museums, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, don't miss a visit to Dayan Pagoda Northern Square, explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), and contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta).

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Xi'an trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Xi'an takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Xi'an are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums Spas
Find places to stay May 20 — 24:
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Huanglong Valley in Songpan County (about 1h 30 min away). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve, appreciate the views at Rize Valley, and admire the sheer force of Pearl Shoal Waterfalls.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Jiuzhaigou County trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County by car takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight and taxi. On the 27th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Huanglong Valley
Find places to stay May 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve ©
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve
Pearl Shoal Waterfalls ©
Pearl Shoal Waterfalls

4
nights
Lhasa

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, explore the fascinating underground world of Chimpu Caves, take an in-depth tour of Tibet Revolution Exhibition Hall, and don't miss a visit to Barkhor Street.

For photos and more tourist information, read Lhasa trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Lhasa in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Lhasa can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay May 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Sera Monastery ©
Sera Monastery

3
nights
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.
Step out of Lijiang to go to Yulong County and see Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Old Town of Lijiang - China, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Three Parallel Rivers National Park, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lijiang trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Lhasa to Lijiang by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Lijiang

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trip

Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 3:
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Three Parallel Rivers National Park ©
Three Parallel Rivers National Park

4
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.
Explore Chengdu's surroundings by going to Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum (in Guanghan) and Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) (in Leshan). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum, stroll around Beihu Park, and snap pictures at Anshun Bridge (Dongmen Bridge).

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Chengdu route planner.

Fly from Lijiang to Chengdu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June in Chengdu, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Chengdu

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum, Sichuan Tibet Highway (southern route), Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum ©
Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) ©
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)

4
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.
Suzhou is known for parks, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, contemplate the long history of Qiyuan Garden, get to know the fascinating history of Shantang Street, and examine the collection at Suzhou Garden Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Suzhou driving holiday app.

Traveling by flight from Chengdu to Suzhou takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Tongli Town ©
Tongli Town
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou ©
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou
Suzhou Garden Museum ©
Suzhou Garden Museum

5
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), admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and wander the streets of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Shanghai travel website.

You can take a train from Suzhou to Shanghai in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June in Shanghai, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Nanjing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu) ©
Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu)

4
nights
Nanjing

Nanjing ©
Located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing was the capital city of numerous dynasties over the ages.
Step out of Nanjing with an excursion to Slender West Lake in Yangzhou--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Sun Yatsen Mausoleum (Zhongshan Ling), get engrossed in the history at The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre, explore the activities along Bailuzhou Park, and see the interesting displays at Presidential palace of Nanjing.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nanjing trip itinerary maker tool.

You can take a train from Shanghai to Nanjing in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around °F in June, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Huangshan.

Things to do in Nanjing

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Slender West Lake
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Sun Yatsen Mausoleum (Zhongshan Ling) ©
Sun Yatsen Mausoleum (Zhongshan Ling)
Slender West Lake ©
Slender West Lake
The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre ©
The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Huangshan side-trips: She County (Xuguo Stone Arch & Huangshan Nanqiao Building). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Huangshan, look for all kinds of wild species at Huangshan UNESCO Global Geopark, and explore the stunning scenery at Xihai Great Canyon.

To find maps and more tourist information, refer to the Huangshan journey maker site.

Traveling by car from Nanjing to Huangshan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Huangshan

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

She County
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Huangshan ©
Mt. Huangshan
Shixin Peak ©
Shixin Peak
Xihai Great Canyon ©
Xihai Great Canyon

6
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, pause for some photo ops at Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline, and get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hong Kong tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Huangshan to Hong Kong takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Hong Kong can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

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