56 days in China Itinerary

56 days in China Itinerary

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Shenyang
— 2 nights
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Beijing
— 5 nights
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Xi'an
— 4 nights
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Nanjing
— 3 nights
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Suzhou
— 3 nights
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Shanghai
— 4 nights
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Hangzhou
— 3 nights
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Hong Kong
— 4 nights
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Macau
— 4 nights
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Guangzhou
— 3 nights
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Guilin
— 4 nights
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Chongqing
— 3 nights
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Chengdu
— 3 nights
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Lhasa
— 2 nights
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Kunming
— 3 nights
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Shenyang

— 2 nights
A trip to Shenyang, a city teeming with history and heritage, reveals the rich culture of Northeast China in a booming economic hot spot and bustling metropolis.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Liaoning Provincial Museum. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): stroll around Beiling Park, then get engrossed in the history at Shenyang Imperial Palace (Gu Gong), and then Head underground at Benxi Water Cave. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Former Residence of Zhang Zuolin and Zhang Xueliang, then see the interesting displays at "9.18"Historical Museum, and then examine the collection at Liaoning Provincial Museum.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Shenyang itinerary site.

Cluj-Napoca, Romania to Shenyang is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shenyang

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:

Beijing

— 5 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.
You've added Niujie Mosque, Ancient Observatory (Guguanxiangtai), Beijing Art Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: see Mutianyu Great Wall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling), make a trip to Bell and Drum Towers, and find something for the whole family at Olympic Park.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Beijing trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Shenyang to Beijing in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in Beijing, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 13:

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 list of things to see and do now includes Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, Forest of Stone Steles Museum, Tang Bo Art Museum, and other attractions. When in Xi'an, make a side trip to see Mount Huashan in Huayin, approximately Huayin away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, contemplate the long history of Drum Tower (Gulou), take in panoramic vistas at Xi'an Bell Tower, and make a trip to Muslim Quarter.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Xi'an day trip planning website.

You can fly from Beijing to Xi'an in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In August in Xi'an, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nanjing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 18:

Nanjing

— 3 nights
Located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing was the capital city of numerous dynasties over the ages.
Go for a jaunt from Nanjing to Yangzhou to see Slender West Lake about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Sun Yatsen Mausoleum (Zhongshan Ling), steep yourself in history at Nanjing City Wall (Ming City Wall), examine the collection at Presidential palace of Nanjing, and stroll around Xuanwuhu Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Nanjing holiday builder.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Nanjing takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Nanjing. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Nanjing

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 21:

Suzhou

— 3 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 Suzhou Silk Museum, Zhouzhuang Water Town, Suzhou Ancient Grand Canal, 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). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Suzhou Museum, stroll around Tiger Hill, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanshan Temple, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Shantang Street.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Suzhou trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Nanjing to Suzhou takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nanjing in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Suzhou, with highs around 43°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 43°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 24:

Shanghai

— 4 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. The adventure continues: make a trip to The Bund (Wai Tan), examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), contemplate the long history of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, and get great views at Jin Mao Tower.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Shanghai online visit planner.

Getting from Suzhou to Shanghai by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Suzhou in August; daily highs in Shanghai reach 38°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 28:

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 day by day itinerary now includes Hangzhou Longjingshan Tea Cultural Village, Yue Fei Mausoleum (Tomb of Yuefei) and Pagoda of Six Harmonies. Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): admire the striking features of Pagoda of Six Harmonies, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lingyin Temple, go for a walk through West Lake (Xi Hu), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hefang Street, and finally see the interesting displays at National Tea Museum. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Xixi Wetland Park and then explore the ancient world of Yue Fei Mausoleum (Tomb of Yuefei).

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hangzhou road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Shanghai to Hangzhou in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 31:

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.
Hong Kong is known for shopping, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), take in the spiritual surroundings of Man Mo Temple, don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline, and contemplate the long history of Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Hong Kong using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hangzhou to Hong Kong takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. August in Hong Kong sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to do a combination of to Macau.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 4:

Macau

— 4 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 The Taipa Houses Museum, Guia Lighthouse and Guia Fortress. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Ruins of St. Paul's, admire the masterpieces at Macau Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Taipa Village Macau, and get to know the fascinating history of Historic Centre of Macau.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Macau trip itinerary maker app.

Do a combination of from Hong Kong to Macau in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Guangzhou.

Things to do in Macau

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 8:

Guangzhou

— 3 nights
A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Temple of the Six Banyan Trees & Flower Pagoda (Liurong Temple) as well as Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Shamian Island, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Baiyun Mountain, see the interesting displays at Chen Clan Ancestral Hall-Folk Craft Museum, and make a trip to Canton Tower.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Guangzhou online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Macau to Guangzhou takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Guangzhou are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Guilin.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:

Guilin

— 4 nights
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
You've added Silver Cave, Yangshuo Park, Fubo Hill, and other attractions to your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Guilin to Yangshuo County to see Yulong River about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan), take in the dramatic natural features at Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan), and stroll around Seven Star Park (Qixing Gongyuan).

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Guilin day trip planner.

Getting from Guangzhou to Guilin by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In September in Guilin, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Chongqing.

Things to do in Guilin

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 15:

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Jindao Canyon Scenic area as well as Ciqikou (Porcelain Port). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Three Gorges Museum, make a trip to People's Assembly Hall, shop like a local with Jiefangbei Square, and Head underground at Hongya Cave.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Chongqing trip website.

Traveling by flight from Guilin to Chongqing takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Guilin in September, you will find days in Chongqing are a bit cooler (31°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chengdu.

Things to do in Chongqing

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:

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 Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Du Fu Cottage and Wenshu Yuan Monastery. 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, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Qingcheng, and get to know the fascinating history of Jinli Pedestrian Street.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Chengdu road trip app.

You can drive from Chongqing to Chengdu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of subway and train. September in Chengdu sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:

Lhasa

— 2 nights
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ganden Monastery, Ani Tsankhung Nunnery, Nechung Monastery and Temple, and other attractions you added. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Potala Palace, contemplate the long history of Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden), examine the collection at Tibet Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Barkhor Street.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lhasa online journey planner.

You can fly from Chengdu to Lhasa in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Chengdu in September; daily highs in Lhasa reach 24°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kunming.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 24:

Kunming

— 3 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). Step out of Kunming with an excursion to Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park in Shilin County--about 2h 15 min away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Green Lake (Cui Hu), don't miss a visit to Kunming Dragon Gate, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yuantong Temple, and steep yourself in history at Kunming Golden Temple.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kunming itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Kunming takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kunming when traveling from Lhasa in September, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kunming

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:

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.