57 days in China Itinerary

57 days in China Itinerary

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57 days in China Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
1
Hong Kong
— 3 nights
Train + Taxi:  5 h 15 min
2
Yangshuo County
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Guilin
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h 45 min
4
Kunming
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Dali
— 10 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
6
Lijiang
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Shangri-La County
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
8
Yajiang County
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Kangding County
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
10
Danba County
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
11
Xiaojin County
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
12
Emeishan
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
13
Chengdu
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
14
Xi'an
— 2 nights
Train:  5 h 30 min
15
Beijing
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
16
Shanghai
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Train:  5 h 30 min
End: Hong Kong

3
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
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, parks, nature, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Hong Kong Disneyland, take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), observe the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park, and take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong trip itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major airports are Hong Kong International, Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Yangshuo County.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 26:
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): make a trip to West Street and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Silver Cave, make a trip to Guilin Butterfly Spring, then explore the activities along Yulong River, and finally don't miss a visit to Jiuxian Ancient Village.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Yangshuo County trip maker tool .

You can fly from Hong Kong to Yangshuo County in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Hong Kong in March: high temperatures in Yangshuo County hover around 20°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Guilin.

Things to do in Yangshuo County

Tours Nature Parks
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 28:
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Photography Tours
West Street ©
West Street
Yulong River ©
Yulong River

3
nights
Guilin

The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
On the 29th (Sun), make a trip to Sun and Moon Pagodas and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. Keep things going the next day: get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then explore the fascinating underground world of Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan).

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Guilin trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Yangshuo County to Guilin takes 1.5 hours. March in Guilin sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kunming.

Things to do in Guilin

Tours Parks Nature
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) ©
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan)
Walking tours

3
nights
Kunming

Kunming ©
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.
Step out of Kunming with an excursion to Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park in Shilin County--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Green Lake (Cui Hu), contemplate the long history of Kunming Golden Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yuantong Temple, and admire the majestic nature at Kunming World Expo.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kunming day trip planning app .

Fly from Guilin to Kunming in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Guilin in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kunming, with highs around 24°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Dali.

Things to do in Kunming

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 3:
Highlights from your plan
Kunming West Hill (Xishan Forest Park) ©
Green Lake (Cui Hu) ©
Green Lake (Cui Hu)
Kunming Golden Temple ©
Kunming Golden Temple

10
nights
Dali

Dali ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dali: Jizu Mountain (in Binchuan County) and Weishan County (Weibaoshan Taoistes, Weishan Ancient City, & more). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mt.Cangshan and Erhai Lake Scenic Resort, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Weibao Mountain, admire the landmark architecture of Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple (Northwest Gate), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Four Scenic Resorts of Dali.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Dali day trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Kunming to Dali in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Dali

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Weishan County, Jizu Mountain
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Erhai Lake ©
Erhai Lake
Yunnan Shaxi Ancient Town ©
Yunnan Shaxi Ancient Town

6
nights
Lijiang

Lijiang ©
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'll find plenty of places to visit near Lijiang: Yulong County (Lijiang Spruce Plain, Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China, steep yourself in history at Baisha Ancient Town, don't miss a visit to HuaMa Jie, and take a memorable drive along Blue Moon Valley.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lijiang trip tool .

You can take a train from Dali to Lijiang in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yulong County
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Black Dragon Pond Park ©
Black Dragon Pond Park
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Three Parallel Rivers National Park ©
Three Parallel Rivers National Park

3
nights
Shangri-La County

Shangri-La County ©
Known previously as Zhongdian, Shangri-La County gained its current name in an attempt by city officials to promote tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumtsaling Monastery and then explore the striking landscape of Potatso National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): walk around Guishan Park and then explore the stunning scenery at Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia).

Plan my day in Shangri-La County using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Lijiang to Shangri-La County by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yajiang County.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Potatso National Park ©
Potatso National Park
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) ©
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)
Sumtsaling Monastery
Sumtsaling Monastery

3
nights
Yajiang County

Yajiang County
Yajiang County is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Gaorsi Mountain.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yajiang County trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Shangri-La County to Yajiang County takes 11 hours. On the 25th (Sat), you're off toKangding County.

Things to do in Yajiang County

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:

4
nights
Kangding County

Kangding County ©
Kangding or Dardo was a county in Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in western Sichuan Province, China. Explore Kangding County's surroundings by going to Luding County (Luding Bridge & Moxi Ancient Town). The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at Mugecuo Scenic Resort, don't miss a visit to Xinduqiao Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jingang Temple, and enjoy some diversion at Tagong Grassland.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kangding County trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Yajiang County to Kangding County takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Danba County.

Things to do in Kangding County

Historic Sites Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trip

Luding County
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Tagong Temple (Lhagang Monastery) ©
Tagong Temple (Lhagang Monastery)
Gongga Mountain ©
Gongga Mountain
Luding Bridge ©
Luding Bridge

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Danba County

Danba County
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): admire the striking features of Zhonglu Tibetan Fortress Viilage, admire the landmark architecture of Jiaju Tibetan Village, and then delve into the distant past at Danba Ancient Tower. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Suopo Ancient Bunker and then take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bonsai of Danba East Valley.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Danba County tour itinerary maker website .

Getting from Kangding County to Danba County by car takes about 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Xiaojin County.

Things to do in Danba County

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 1:

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nights
Xiaojin County

Xiaojin County ©
On the 2nd (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Mt. Siguniang Nature Reserve and then appreciate the views at Shuangqiao Valley. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Changping Valley, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Siguniang, and then take some stellar pictures from Lieren Peak.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Xiaojin County online day trip planner .

Getting from Danba County to Xiaojin County by car takes about 3 hours. You will leave for home on the 4th (Mon).

Things to do in Xiaojin County

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay May 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Siguniang ©
Mount Siguniang

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Qingyin Pavillion, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wannian Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baoguo Temple, and finally appreciate the history behind Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo). Here are some ideas for day two: have some family-friendly fun at E'meishan Jinding Scenic Resort and then get to know the fascinating history of Emei Mountain.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Emeishan vacation planning site .

Drive from Xiaojin County to Emeishan in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Chengdu.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
Find places to stay May 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Emei Mountain ©
Emei Mountain
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) ©
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
Baoguo Temple ©
Baoguo Temple

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Kuanzhai Alley. On the next day, 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 find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Chengdu day trip app .

Traveling by car from Emeishan to Chengdu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Dujiangyan
Find places to stay May 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Qingcheng ©
Mount Qingcheng
Dujiangyan Irrigation System ©
Dujiangyan Irrigation System

2
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) and then get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), make a trip to Muslim Quarter, then enjoy breathtaking views from Xi'an Bell Tower, then admire the local landmark of Dayan Pagoda Northern Square, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Xi'an Mosque.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Xi'an journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Chengdu to Xi'an takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Chengdu in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Xi'an, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay May 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

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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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Mutianyu Great Wall, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, and take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Beijing trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Xi'an to Beijing in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay May 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), then take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), then take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan). Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Xitang Ancient Town, then shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and then take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Shanghai holiday maker tool .

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Shanghai, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Xitang Ancient Town
Find places to stay May 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

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