50 days in East Asia Itinerary

50 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Lijiang
— 5 nights
Drive
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Jianchuan County
— 2 nights
Drive
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Weixi County
— 1 night
Drive
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Deqin County
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shangri-La County
— 4 nights
Fly to Kunming Changshui International Airport, Drive to Yuanyang County
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Yuanyang County
— 2 nights
Drive
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Luoping County
— 1 night
Drive
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Shilin County
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kunming
— 5 nights
Fly
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Dali
— 5 nights
Fly to Jiuzhai Huanglong, Bus to Jiuzhaigou County
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 1 night
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Songpan County
— 2 nights
Drive
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Xiaojin County
— 2 nights
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Emeishan
— 2 nights
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Chengdu
— 3 nights
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Lhasa
— 3 nights
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Lijiang

— 5 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.
Visiting Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain and Baisha Ancient Town will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Town of Lijiang - China and Mufu Palace. Step out of Lijiang to go to Yulong County and see Yulong Snow Mountain Ski Area, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. Spend the 4th (Tue) exploring nature at Three Parallel Rivers National Park. Spend the 6th (Thu) exploring nature at Lashi Lake. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Shuhe Ancient Town, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Moon Valley, admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park, and explore the ancient world of Beiyue Temple of Lijiang.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lijiang day trip tool.

Florence, Italy to Lijiang is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Florence to Lijiang, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Jianchuan County.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 7:

Jianchuan County

— 2 nights
On the 8th (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Baoxiang Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Shibao Mountain, and then make a trip to Shibaoshan Town. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Adventure Shaxi and then Head underground at Shizhongshan Grottoes.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Jianchuan County trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Lijiang to Jianchuan County takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Weixi County.

Things to do in Jianchuan County

Parks · Nature · Trails · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 9:

Weixi County

— 1 night
On the 10th (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Bodhidharma Cave and then explore the activities along Three Parallel Rivers.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Weixi County online trip builder.

You can drive from Jianchuan County to Weixi County in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Deqin County.

Things to do in Weixi County

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 10:

Deqin County

— 3 nights
Escape the urban bustle at Meili Snow Mountain and Kawagebo Peak.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Deqin County day trip tool.

Drive from Weixi County to Deqin County in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Deqin County

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 13:

Shangri-La County

— 4 nights
Known previously as Zhongdian, Shangri-La County gained its current name in an attempt by city officials to promote tourism.
Step out of the city life by going to Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) and Aden Scenic Area. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sumtsaling Monastery and Dukezong Ancient Town. Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring nature at Potatso National Park. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bitahai Nature Reserve, see the interesting displays at SongZan LinSi ZangBao ZhanLanGuan, explore the activities along Napa Hai Nature Reserve, and snap pictures at Natural Bridge of Xianggelila.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Shangri-La County trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Deqin County to Shangri-La County by car takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yuanyang County.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 17:

Yuanyang County

— 2 nights
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Honghe Hani Rice Terraces and Yunsi Temple, Gejiu. Escape the urban bustle at Duoyishu and Mengpin Terrace.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Yuanyang County journey website.

Explore your travel options from Shangri-La County to Yuanyang County with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Luoping County.

Things to do in Yuanyang County

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 20:

Luoping County

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Jinji Peak and then admire the sheer force of Jiulong Waterfalls. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Luosi Field, Luoping, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jiulong River, and then explore the activities along Luoping Duoyi River.

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

You can drive from Yuanyang County to Luoping County in 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Shilin County.

Things to do in Luoping County

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 22:
Highlights from your trip

Shilin County

— 3 nights
In the national park of autonomous Shilin County, World Heritage-listed karst stalagmites rise up in an imposing "stone forest." A small urban area primarily devotes itself to tourism these days, with buses of visitors arriving from Kunming each day.
Take a break from the city and head to Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park and Grand Stone Forest. Take a break from Shilin County with a short trip to Jiuxiang Scenic Region in Yiliang (Zhaotong) County, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Naigu Stone Forest, make a trip to Stone Forest, take in the awesome beauty at Long Lake, and explore the activities along Kunming Moon Lake.

Plan a Shilin County trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Luoping County to Shilin County in 2.5 hours. In February in Shilin County, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Kunming.

Things to do in Shilin County

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 22 — 25:

Kunming

— 5 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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Yunnan Nationalities Museum and Kunming Golden Temple. Take a break from the city and head to Green Lake (Cui Hu) and Jindian Park. Go for a jaunt from Kunming to Chengjiang County to see Fuxian Lake about 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Yunnan Nationalities Village, brush up on your military savvy at Military School, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yuantong Temple, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Daguan Yuan Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kunming trip maker app.

Drive from Shilin County to Kunming in 2 hours. February in Kunming sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can fly to Dali.

Things to do in Kunming

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 25 — Mar 1:

Dali

— 5 nights
Combining a glorious past with modern conveniences and scenic natural surroundings, Dali stands out as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Yunnan, perched in a strategic location and boasting fertile fields for agriculture.
Get outdoors at Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake. Get some cultural insight at Dali Ancient and Weibaoshan Taoistes. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Dali Foreigner Street, go for a walk through Yunnan Shaxi Ancient Town, get to know the fascinating history of Four Scenic Resorts of Dali, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt.Cangshan and Erhai Lake Scenic Resort.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Dali tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Kunming to Dali takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Dali

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 6:

Jiuzhaigou County

— 1 night
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO. Some of the natural sites are considered holy by the local Tibetan and Qiang minorities, with many legends and anecdotes associated with each lake, waterfall, off-shoot valley, and snowcapped peak.
On the 7th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jiuzailing Temple, then explore the activities along Mirror Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zharu Temple, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Nuorilang Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Jiuzhaigou County trip maker app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Dali to Jiuzhaigou County in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Songpan County.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 8:
Highlights from your trip

Songpan County

— 2 nights
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 9th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Zhaga Waterfall and then get to know the fascinating history of Huanglong Scenic Valley. On your second day here, explore the activities along Erdaohai Lakes Scienc Spot and then admire the verdant scenery at Huanglong Valley.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Songpan County online road trip planner.

You can drive from Jiuzhaigou County to Songpan County in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Xiaojin County.

Things to do in Songpan County

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 10:

Xiaojin County

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take a peaceful walk through Changping Valley and then admire the verdant scenery at Shuangqiao Valley. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Siguniang and then stroll through Mt. Siguniang Nature Reserve.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Xiaojin County trip maker site.

You can drive from Songpan County to Xiaojin County in 8 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Emeishan.

Things to do in Xiaojin County

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 12:
Highlights from your trip

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.
On the 13th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Qingyin Pavillion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fuhu Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Baoguo Temple, and finally appreciate the history behind Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo). Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wannian Temple and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Emei Mountain.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Emeishan trip itinerary site.

Drive from Xiaojin County to Emeishan in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Chengdu.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Qingcheng and then get engrossed in the history at Jinsha Site Museum. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Jinli Pedestrian Street, take an in-depth tour of Wuhou Memorial Temple, then get to know the fascinating history of Kuanzhai Alley, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wenshu Yuan Monastery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi).

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Chengdu trip planner.

You can drive from Emeishan to Chengdu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in March, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Lhasa.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 17:

Lhasa

— 3 nights
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Potala Palace and then explore the fascinating underground world of Chimpu Caves. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Sera Monastery, then appreciate the history behind Monument of Alliance Between Tang Dynasty and Tibetan Regime, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokhang Temple, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Barkhor Street.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lhasa trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Chengdu to Lhasa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, Lhasa is little chillier than Chengdu - with highs of 14°C and lows of 0°C. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 20:

Yunnan travel guide

4.2
Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Bodies of Water
One of the most diverse provinces in China, Yunnan offers a wide range of attractions, ranging from UNESCO-protected stone forest formations to ancient Tibetan monasteries. Sightseeing in Yunnan includes visits to picturesque old town zones--some of the best-preserved in China--as well as seeing some of the country's most elaborate pagodas. Yunnan’s intact nature--which sits relatively close to urban areas--as well as year-round, spring-like climate provides excellent hiking opportunities. You can hike in beautiful nature along well-maintained trails and see spectacular rice terraces, swim in one of the deepest and cleanest lakes in China, or visit a diverse range of ethnic villages. Buy some delicious local tea and try some exquisite rice noodles.

Sichuan travel guide

4.1
Nature & Parks · Historic Walking Areas · National Parks
Thanks to its famed animal sanctuaries, many foreigners equate the vast province of Sichuan with the adorable panda bear. In the heart of China, a tour of Sichuan often begins in Chengdu, a modern city that boasts one of the world's biggest buildings. Beyond Chengdu's urban bustle, tourists discover a quiet countryside flanked by sacred mountains and dotted with ancient villages living to the beat of their own drum. In the north of the province, alpine valleys and green lakes appeal to nature lovers looking for fresh air and exercise. In the south, you can find a history-steeped landscape trodden by far fewer travelers than any other part of the region.

Tibet travel guide

4.6
Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Mountains
Roof of the World
Standing at an average height of 4,900 m (16,000 ft), Tibet reigns as the highest region on Earth. Tourism in Tibet revolves around the area's intense natural and cultural heritage, with Tibetan Buddhist sites and serious mountaineering drawing most visitors to the region. See the home of dalai lamas and their summer palaces, and take part in a meditation with monks. Outdoor adventures can take you to the world's highest saltwater, as well as one of the world's highest monasteries. Home to legendary Mount Everest and other soaring peaks, this "roof of the world" beckons to adventurous climbers, while several of China's major rivers have their source on the Tibetan Plateau. During your tour of Tibet, be sure to try some of the regional staples: roasted barley, yak meat, and yak butter tea.