56 days in China Itinerary

56 days in China Itinerary

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Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Lhasa
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  15 h
2
Chishui
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Emeishan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Chengdu
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Songpan County
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Jiuzhaigou County
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  6 h 45 min
7
Xi'an
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
8
Zhangjiajie
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
9
Yangshuo County
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 30 min
10
Sanya
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
11
Macau
— 2 nights
Ferry:  30 min
12
Hong Kong
— 7 nights
Drive:  30 min
13
Shenzhen
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
14
Guangzhou
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
15
Huangshan
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
16
Shanghai
— 7 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
17
Qingdao
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
18
Beijing
— 7 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Tel Aviv

3
nights
Lhasa

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Potala Palace and Sera Monastery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and contemplate the long history of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si).

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lhasa trip itinerary builder site.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Lhasa is an approximately 18- hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Lhasa is 6 hours. Traveling from Tel Aviv in July, expect nights in Lhasa to be colder, around 14°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chishui.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Off-Road Tours
Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple

1
night
Chishui

Chishui
On the 8th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Chishui Cyathea Reserve and then take in the dramatic scenery at Danxia Falls of Chishui.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Chishui trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lhasa to Chishui. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Emeishan.

Things to do in Chishui

Parks Nature Wildlife
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2
nights
Emeishan

Emeishan ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Emei Mountain and Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo). Get some historical perspective at Baoguo Temple and Wannian Temple. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Mt. Emei Natural Ecology Monkey Reserve.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Emeishan travel route builder website.

Traveling by car from Chishui to Emeishan takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chengdu.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
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Baoguo Temple ©
Baoguo Temple
Emei Mountain ©
Emei Mountain
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) ©
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Qingcheng and then look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi).

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Chengdu trip maker.

Traveling by car from Emeishan to Chengdu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Songpan County.

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Mount Qingcheng ©
Mount Qingcheng

2
nights
Songpan County

Songpan County ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Huanglong Scenic Valley and Songpan horse trek. Next up on the itinerary: admire the verdant scenery at Huanglong Valley, identify plant and animal life at Munigou Scenic Resort, and take a memorable drive along Chuanzhusi.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Songpan County journey maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Chengdu to Songpan County takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Songpan County

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Huanglong Scenic Valley ©
Huanglong Scenic Valley

2
nights
Jiuzhaigou County

Jiuzhaigou County ©
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
On the 16th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve and then take in the dramatic scenery at Nuorilang Waterfall. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Pearl Shoal Waterfalls and then look for all kinds of wild species at Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Jiuzhaigou County tour builder tool.

You can take a bus from Songpan County to Jiuzhaigou County in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve ©
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve
Pearl Shoal Waterfalls ©
Pearl Shoal Waterfalls

2
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
On the 18th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Daxuexixiang Mosque and then steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Xi'an Bell Tower and then get in on the family fun at Tang Paradise.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Xi'an tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Xi'an in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Xi'an are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Xi'an Mosque ©
Xi'an Mosque

2
nights
Zhangjiajie

The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): admire the striking features of Zhangjiajie Zixia Temple.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Zhangjiajie tour site.

Fly from Xi'an to Zhangjiajie in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yangshuo County.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple ©
Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple
Zhangjiajie Zixia Temple ©
Zhangjiajie Zixia Temple

1
night
Yangshuo County

Yangshuo County ©
Yangshuo County, the area surrounding a popular tourist resort town, boasts a landscape featuring all the ingredients necessary to attract a flood of tourists.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): hike along Wu Zhi Hill, then identify plant and animal life at South China Karst, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yangshuo County trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Zhangjiajie to Yangshuo County takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Yangshuo County

Outdoors Parks Adventure
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South China Karst ©
South China Karst

2
nights
Sanya

Sanya ©
The climate and coastline bring visitors from far and wide on vacations to Sanya, with its 40 km (25 mi) of shoreline almost entirely devoted to tourism.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanshan Temple and then stroll through Tianya Haijiao. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: observe the fascinating underwater world at The Lost Chambers Aquarium and then contemplate the waterfront views at Yalong Bay.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sanya online trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Yangshuo County to Sanya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July in Sanya, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Macau.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Tianya Haijiao ©
Tianya Haijiao
Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan Temple

2
nights
Macau

Macau ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): try your luck at Casino at Venetian Macao, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kun Iam Temple, then contemplate the long history of Ruins of St. Paul's, and finally see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Centre of Macau, contemplate the long history of Largo da Companhia de Jesus, then step off the mainland to explore Coloane, and finally get outside with Long Chao Kok Coastal Trail.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Macau travel route builder tool.

Getting from Sanya to Macau by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can do a combination of to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Macau

Historic Sites Parks Casinos
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Ruins of St. Paul's ©
Ruins of St. Paul's
Kun Iam Temple ©
Kun Iam Temple
Historic Centre of Macau ©
Historic Centre of Macau

7
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Lantau island and Mong Kok are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Tai Long Wan and Big Wave Bay Beach for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ocean Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Peng Yu Path, take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), and take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hong Kong trip maker tool.

Hong Kong is very close to Macau. July in Hong Kong sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Shenzhen.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks
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Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Lantau island ©
Lantau island

3
nights
Shenzhen

Shenzhen ©
A fairly humble collection of farming and fishing villages and towns until 1979, you wouldn't guess as much when taking a tour of Shenzhen.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like China Folk Culture Village and Shenzhen Mosque. Get outdoors at Dongyong Beach and Futian Nature Reserve. Go for a jaunt from Shenzhen to Huizhou to see Huizhou West Lake about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Minsk World, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Wutong Mountain, and don't miss a visit to Shenzhen Window of the World.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Shenzhen holiday tool.

Shenzhen is just a short distance from Hong Kong. In August, daily temperatures in Shenzhen can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Guangzhou.

Things to do in Shenzhen

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Huizhou West Lake
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Dongyong Beach ©
Dongyong Beach
Wutong Mountain ©
Wutong Mountain
Huizhou West Lake ©
Huizhou West Lake

2
nights
Guangzhou

Guangzhou ©
A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): meet the residents at Chimelong Safari Park and then step off the mainland to explore Shamian Island. On your second day here, get to know the resident critters at Guangzhou Zoo and then take in the awesome beauty at Baiyun Mountain.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Guangzhou fast, fun, and easy.

You can do a combination of train and subway from Shenzhen to Guangzhou in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Guangzhou can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Huangshan.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:
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Chimelong Safari Park ©
Chimelong Safari Park
Shamian Island ©
Shamian Island
Baiyun Mountain ©
Baiyun Mountain

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Xidi Ancient Village and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Huangshan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Xihai Great Canyon and then contemplate the long history of Tunxi Ancient Street.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Huangshan day trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Guangzhou to Huangshan in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Shanghai.

Things to do in Huangshan

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Xidi Ancient Village
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Mt. Huangshan ©
Mt. Huangshan
Xihai Great Canyon ©
Xihai Great Canyon
Xidi Ancient Village ©
Xidi Ancient Village

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Zhujiajiao Ancient Town and The Bund (Wai Tan). Kids will appreciate attractions like Shanghai World Financial Center and Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shanghai: Xitang Ancient Town (in Jiashan County) and Tongli Town (in Suzhou). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Former French Concession, enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), view the masterpieces at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, and admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Shanghai driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Huangshan to Shanghai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Shanghai are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Qingdao.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Xitang Ancient Town, Tongli Town
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town ©
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town

3
nights
Qingdao

Qingdao ©
The city of Qingdao has become particularly well known for its clean streets, orderly layout, and blending of the old and the new.
You'll get in some beach time at Golden Beach (Huang Dao) and Second Seawater Baths. Get in touch with nature at Qingdao Shilaoren Bathing Beach and Laoshan Scenic Area. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Qingdao Second Beach, see the interesting displays at Qingdao Mail Museum, and stroll through Qingdao Beach.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Qingdao road trip planning app.

Getting from Shanghai to Qingdao by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in August, Qingdao is little chillier at night with lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Qingdao

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Second Seawater Baths
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Golden Beach (Huang Dao) ©
Golden Beach (Huang Dao)
Laoshan Scenic Area ©
Laoshan Scenic Area
Qingdao Shilaoren Bathing Beach ©
Qingdao Shilaoren Bathing Beach

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). Popular historic sites such as Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of The Palace Museum, pause for some photo ops at Bell and Drum Towers, take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and wander the streets of 798 Art Zone.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Beijing trip itinerary website.

Fly from Qingdao 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

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