17 days in China Itinerary

17 days in China Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Dunhuang
— 1 day
2
Lhasa
— 1 night
3
Shangri-La County
— 2 nights
4
Lijiang
— 1 night
5
Zhangjiajie
— 1 night
6
Sanya
— 1 night
7
Shanghai
— 2 nights
8
Beijing
— 3 nights

1
day
Dunhuang

Dunhuang ©
Once a vital stop-off on the Silk Road trade route, Dunhuang today offers travelers of all persuasions a place to rest in the middle of the desert.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mogao Caves.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Dunhuang trip itinerary planner.

St. Petersburg, Russia to Dunhuang is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to China Standard Time (CST) is 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Mogao Caves ©
Mogao Caves
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain ©
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain

1
night
Lhasa

Lhasa ©
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 8th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Potala Palace, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Sera Monastery. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Tibet Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), contemplate the long history of Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden), thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Barkhor Street, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ramoche Monastery (Xiao Zhao Si).

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lhasa trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Dunhuang to Lhasa takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September in Lhasa, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Museums
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Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Barkhor Street ©
Barkhor Street
Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden) ©
Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden)

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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 10th (Tue): stroll around Guishan Park and then explore the stunning scenery at Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia). On the next day, see the interesting displays at SongZan LinSi ZangBao ZhanLanGuan, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Sumtsaling Monastery, thenexplore the activities along Napa Hai Nature Reserve, and finally steep yourself in history at Dukezong Ancient Town.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Shangri-La County route planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Shangri-La County takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Lijiang.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) ©
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)
Sumtsaling Monastery
Sumtsaling Monastery
Napa Hai Nature Reserve ©
Napa Hai Nature Reserve

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the activities along Blue Moon Valley, contemplate the long history of Shuhe Ancient Town, thenget to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China, and finally steep yourself in history at Mufu Palace.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lijiang itinerary planner.

You can drive from Shangri-La County to Lijiang in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September in Lijiang, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Blue Moon Valley ©
Blue Moon Valley

1
night
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Tianzi Mountain, take a peaceful walk through Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie, and then make a trip to Huangshizhai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Zhangjiajie trip planning tool.

You can fly from Lijiang to Zhangjiajie in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park ©
Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park
Huangshizhai ©
Huangshizhai

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Sanya JieFang Lu BuXingJie, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Yalong Bay, and then take in the natural beauty of Sanya Zhujiang Nantian Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): walk around Luhuitou Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanshan Temple, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sanya trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Zhangjiajie to Sanya in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Sanya sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks Nature Beaches
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Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan Temple
Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area ©
Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area

2
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Xitang Ancient Town and Shanghai Auto Museum. Visit The Bund (Wai Tan) and Luzhi Ancient Town for their historical value. There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Jade Buddha Temple, admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and get great views at Jin Mao Tower.

Before you visit Shanghai, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Sanya to Shanghai takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Sanya in September, plan for slightly colder days in Shanghai, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Luzhi Ancient Town, Xitang Ancient Town
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
Jade Buddha Temple ©
Jade Buddha Temple

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Temple of Heaven, take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, stroll around Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), and take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Beijing trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Shanghai to Beijing in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in September, expect little chillier with lows of °C in Beijing. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to 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)
Temple of Heaven ©
Temple of Heaven

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