54 days in China Itinerary

54 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China route maker

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Beijing
— 6 nights
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Harbin
— 4 nights
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Dalian
— 4 nights
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Shanghai
— 6 nights
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Xiamen
— 3 nights
Train to Zhuhai, Foot to Macau
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Macau
— 3 nights
Foot to Zhuhai, Train to Guangzhou
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Guangzhou
— 6 nights
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Yangshuo County
— 2 nights
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Xi'an
— 2 nights
Train to Longnan Station, Taxi to Jiuzhaigou County
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 2 nights
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Emeishan
— 2 nights
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Chengdu
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Beijing

— 6 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.
Head to Nanluoguxiang and Panjiayuan Antique Marketfor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Mutianyu Great Wall and Baijing Bayi Ski Field. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of The Palace Museum, view the masterpieces at 798 Art Zone, browse the different shops at Parkview Green, and get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Beijing trip planner.

Billum, Denmark to Beijing is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Billum to Beijing, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Billum in March: highs in Beijing hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Harbin.

Things to do in Beijing

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 8:

Harbin

— 4 nights

Ice City

The influence of neighboring Russia remains visible throughout much of Harbin, with the country's northernmost metropolis possessing an intoxicating eclecticism in its architecture, food, and art.
Head to Jinan international Shopping Plaza and Harbin Railway Riverside Clubfor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Harbin Ice and Snow World, browse the different shops at Mykal Supermarket, don't miss a visit to Sophia Square, and see the interesting displays at Saint Sophia Cathedral.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Harbin holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Harbin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Beijing in March; daily highs in Harbin reach 4°C and lows reach -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can fly to Dalian.

Things to do in Harbin

Shopping · Museums · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 13:

Dalian

— 4 nights
The large city of Dalian gets its history from its seaport, its modernity from its industry, and its visitors from the fact it largely keeps these things from view.
Take a break from the city and head to Houshi Mountain and Binhai Road. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Olympia 66 and Peace Plaza. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Tianxing Roosevelt International Center, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Dalian Forest Zoo, take in the awesome beauty at Baiyu Hill (Baiyushan), and stroll around Laohutan Scenic Park.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Dalian road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Harbin to Dalian takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Harbin in March, expect Dalian to be a bit warmer, temps between 11°C and 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Shanghai.

Things to do in Dalian

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 18:

Shanghai

— 6 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.
For shopping fun, head to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) or Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre. Take a break from the city and head to Travel China Guide and Huangpu River. On the 24th (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Three on the Bund, take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), and wander the streets of Xintiandi.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Shanghai online route planner.

You can take a train from Dalian to Shanghai in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Dalian in March; daily highs in Shanghai reach 18°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Xiamen.

Things to do in Shanghai

Tours · Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 25:

Xiamen

— 3 nights

Garden Island

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.
Shop till you drop at Gulangyu and Zhongshan Road Walking Street. Step out of the city life by going to Xiamen Riyuegu Hot Spring Resort Communities and Kulangsu Huandao Road. There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at The eighth seafood Market, contemplate the long history of Xiamen University, stop by Tasty Life, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanputuo Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Xiamen trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Xiamen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, Xiamen is somewhat warmer than Shanghai - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Macau.

Things to do in Xiamen

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 29:

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at City of Dreams and The Grand Canal Shoppes. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Ruins of St. Paul's, see the interesting displays at Macao Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu), and step off the mainland to explore Coloane.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Macau route planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Xiamen to Macau takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Guangzhou.

Things to do in Macau

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 2:

Guangzhou

— 6 nights
A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
Escape the urban bustle at Pacha Mama Adventures and Baiyun Mountain. For shopping fun, head to Living Mall or Onelink International Plaza. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Parc Central, see the interesting displays at Chen Clan Ancestral Hall-Folk Craft Museum, head off the coast to Shamian Island, and look for gifts at Beijing Road Raw Material For Medicine Shopping Mall.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Guangzhou trip itinerary site.

Take a train from Macau to Guangzhou in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Yangshuo County.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Shopping · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 8:

Yangshuo County

— 2 nights
Yangshuo County, the area surrounding a popular tourist resort town, boasts a landscape featuring all the ingredients necessary to attract a flood of tourists.
On the 9th (Sat), stroll through South China Karst and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Asia Cycling Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Moon Hill.

To find out how to plan a trip to Yangshuo County, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Guangzhou to Yangshuo County takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Guangzhou in April, Yangshuo County is a bit cooler at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Xi'an.

Things to do in Yangshuo County

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:

Xi'an

— 2 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Spend the 12th (Tue) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, find something for the whole family at International Horticulture Exhibition 2011 Xi'an, explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), and don't miss a visit to Muslim Quarter.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Xi'an road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Yangshuo County to Xi'an takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Yangshuo County in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Xi'an, with lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Xi'an

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:

Jiuzhaigou County

— 2 nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve and Nuorilang Waterfall. The adventure continues: stroll through Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley and don't miss a visit to Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Jiuzhaigou County trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Emeishan.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 16:

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Emei Mountain and Bifengxia Panda Reserve. Step out of Emeishan to go to Leshan and see Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo), which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Baoguo Temple.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Emeishan itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Emeishan in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Chengdu.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi) and Mount Qingcheng. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chengdu: Dujiangyan (Anlan Bridge & Dujiangyan Irrigation System). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Fangsuo Book Store, appreciate the extensive heritage of Jinli Pedestrian Street, and make a trip to Tianfu Square.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Chengdu route app.

You can drive from Emeishan to Chengdu in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April in Chengdu, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:

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.