50 days in China Itinerary

50 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China visit planner

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Beijing
— 4 nights
Train
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Nanjing
— 3 nights
Train
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Suzhou
— 4 nights
Train
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Shanghai
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hangzhou
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hong Kong
— 4 nights
Helicopter
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Macau
— 3 nights
Foot to Zhuhai, Train to Guilin West
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Guilin
— 3 nights
Fly
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Chongqing
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kunming
— 2 nights
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Lijiang
— 2 nights
Fly
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Emeishan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chengdu
— 3 nights
Fly
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Xi'an
— 4 nights
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Dunhuang
— 2 nights
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Lhasa
— 3 nights
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Beijing

— 4 nights
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Niujie Mosque, Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling), Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum, and other attractions. The adventure continues: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), pause for some photo ops at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and examine the collection at National Museum Of China.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Beijing tour planning site.

Cluj-Napoca, Romania to Beijing is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Cluj-Napoca to Beijing, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cluj-Napoca in September, expect Beijing to be a bit warmer, temps between 31°C and 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Nanjing.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 6:

Nanjing

— 3 nights
Located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing was the capital city of numerous dynasties over the ages.
Qixia Temple has been added to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sun Yatsen Mausoleum (Zhongshan Ling), get to know the fascinating history of Xiaoling Tomb of Ming Dynasty, stroll around Xuanwuhu Park, and see the interesting displays at Presidential palace of Nanjing.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nanjing road trip app.

Traveling by train from Beijing to Nanjing takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nanjing, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Nanjing

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:

Suzhou

— 4 nights

Venice of the East

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've added Master-of-Nets Garden, The Lingering Garden, Lion Forest Garden, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Suzhou: Xitang Ancient Town (in Jiashan County) and Wuzhen Water Town (in Tongxiang). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Suzhou Museum, stroll around Humble Administrator's Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanshan Temple, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Panmen Gate.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Suzhou travel route planner.

You can take a train from Nanjing to Suzhou in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:

Shanghai

— 3 nights

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.
People's Square (Renmin Guang Chang) has been added to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), wander the streets of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, and see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan).

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Shanghai trip planner.

Traveling by train from Suzhou to Shanghai takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:

Hangzhou

— 3 nights

Paradise on Earth

Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Yue Fei Mausoleum (Tomb of Yuefei), Gu Shan (Solitary Hill), Hangzhou Longjingshan Tea Cultural Village, and other attractions. There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at West Lake (Xi Hu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Lingyin Temple, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Xixi Wetland Park, and see the interesting displays at National Tea Museum.

Before you visit Hangzhou, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Shanghai to Hangzhou takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hangzhou can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:

Hong Kong

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Ladies Market, Temple Street Night Market, Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze), and other attractions. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), see the interesting displays at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, and find something for the whole family at Hong Kong Disneyland.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hong Kong day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hangzhou to Hong Kong takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hangzhou in September; daily highs in Hong Kong reach 38°C and lows reach 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to do a combination of to Macau.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 23:

Macau

— 3 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Guia Lighthouse, The Taipa Houses Museum, Taipa Village Macau, and other attractions you added. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Ruins of St. Paul's, take in the spiritual surroundings of A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu), try to win big at Casino at Venetian Macao, and see the interesting displays at Macao Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Macau road trip planner.

Getting from Hong Kong to Macau by combination of takes about an hour. Other options: ride a ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Guilin.

Things to do in Macau

Historic Sites · Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:

Guilin

— 3 nights
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces, Silver Cave, Moon Hill, and other attractions. It doesn't end there: Head underground at Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) and explore the striking landscape at Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan).

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Guilin sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Macau to Guilin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Guilin are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Chongqing.

Things to do in Guilin

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:

Chongqing

— 3 nights
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.
Ghost City of Fengdu has been added to your itinerary. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Three Gorges Museum, don't miss a visit to Jiefang Monument, shop like a local with Jiefangbei Square, and explore the fascinating underground world of Hongya Cave.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Chongqing trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Guilin to Chongqing in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Guilin in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Chongqing: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 24°C at night. On the 2nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kunming.

Things to do in Chongqing

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:

Kunming

— 2 nights

City of Eternal Spring

With a temperate climate at 2,000 m (6,600 ft) and a variety of tourist attractions, Kunming makes a popular gateway for exploring Yunnan Province.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bamboo Temple (Qiongzhu Si) as well as Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Kunming Golden Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yuantong Temple, then don't miss a visit to Kunming Dragon Gate, then make a trip to Yunnan Nationalities Village, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bamboo Temple (Qiongzhu Si).

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kunming online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Chongqing to Kunming in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Kunming when traveling from Chongqing in October, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Kunming

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:

Lijiang

— 2 nights

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.
You've now added Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) to your itinerary. On the 5th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Shuhe Ancient Town, then ponder the design of Black Dragon Pond Park, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China. On your second day here, take in breathtaking views at Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia).

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lijiang day trip site.

You can take a train from Kunming to Lijiang in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Emeishan.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:

Emeishan

— 2 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mt. Emei Natural Ecology Monkey Reserve as well as Bifengxia Panda Reserve. On the 7th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Bifengxia Panda Reserve and then appreciate the history behind Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo). Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Emei Mountain and then identify plant and animal life at Mt. Emei Natural Ecology Monkey Reserve.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Emeishan trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Lijiang to Emeishan in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Chengdu.

Things to do in Emeishan

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:

Chengdu

— 3 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Wenshu Yuan Monastery, Jinsha Site Museum and Du Fu Cottage. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), don't miss a visit to Jinli Pedestrian Street, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wenshu Yuan Monastery, then take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Du Fu Cottage. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Dujiangyan Irrigation System and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Qingcheng.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Chengdu vacation maker website.

You can drive from Emeishan to Chengdu in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 11th (Fri), you're off to Xi'an.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:

Xi'an

— 4 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Huaqing Palace, Forest of Stone Steles Museum, Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, and other attractions you added. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, take in panoramic vistas at Drum Tower (Gulou), make a trip to Muslim Quarter, and delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang).

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Xi'an trip itinerary app.

Fly from Chengdu to Xi'an in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Chengdu in October, Xi'an is little chillier at night with lows of 10°C. On the 15th (Tue), you'll travel to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:

Dunhuang

— 2 nights
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.
You've now added Yadan National Geological Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Crescent Moon Pool. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Yadan National Geological Park.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Dunhuang online sightseeing planner.

Fly from Xi'an to Dunhuang in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:

Lhasa

— 3 nights
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
You've added Ani Tsankhung Nunnery, Tibet Museum, Ganden Monastery, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Potala Palace, make a trip to Barkhor Street, and contemplate the long history of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si).

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lhasa online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Dunhuang to Lhasa takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 20:

China travel guide

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Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.