17 days in China Itinerary

17 days in China Itinerary

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17 days in China Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
Fly:  21​h
1
Dunhuang
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Lhasa
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Shangri-La County
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Lijiang
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
5
Zhangjiajie
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Sanya
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Shanghai
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Beijing
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  11​h 30​min
End: St. Petersburg

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 explore the fascinating underground world of Mogao Caves.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Dunhuang trip itinerary builder tool .

St. Petersburg, Russia to Dunhuang is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Dunhuang. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Mogao Caves ©
Mogao Caves
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.
On the 8th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Potala Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokhang Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sera Monastery. On the next day, examine the collection at Tibet Museum, steep yourself in history at Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), then contemplate the long history of Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden), then get to know the fascinating history of Barkhor Street, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ramoche Monastery (Xiao Zhao Si).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lhasa holiday builder app .

Traveling by flight from Dunhuang to Lhasa takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to 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) ©

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): stroll around Guishan Park and then explore the stunning scenery at Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia). Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at SongZan LinSi ZangBao ZhanLanGuan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumtsaling Monastery, then identify plant and animal life at Napa Hai Nature Reserve, and finally contemplate the long history of Dukezong Ancient Town.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Shangri-La County trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Lhasa to Shangri-La County takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): cruise along Blue Moon Valley, steep yourself in history at Shuhe Ancient Town, then make a trip to Old Town of Lijiang - China, and finally contemplate the long history of Mufu Palace.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lijiang online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Shangri-La County to Lijiang in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors
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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): don't miss a visit to Tianzi Mountain, then delve into the lush surroundings at Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie, and then take in panoramic vistas at Huangshi Village. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Zhangjiajie road trip planner .

Fly from Lijiang to Zhangjiajie in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Tours
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Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park ©
Tianzi Mountain ©
Tianzi Mountain

1
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, then explore the activities along Yalong Bay, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Sanya Zhujiang Nantian Spa. On the next day, walk around Luhuitou Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanshan Temple, and then explore the striking landscape at Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area.

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Fly from Zhangjiajie to Sanya in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough 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.
Visit The Bund (Wai Tan) and Yu Garden (Yuyuan) for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Food Tours and Jin Mao Tower. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shanghai: Xitang Ancient Town (in Jiashan County) and Luzhi Ancient Town (in Suzhou). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Jade Buddha Temple, enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and examine the collection at Shanghai Auto Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Shanghai road trip planner .

Getting from Sanya to Shanghai by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sanya in September, you will find days in Shanghai are a bit cooler (33°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Cap off 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 Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Temple of Heaven are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Mutianyu Great Wall, admire the landmark architecture of Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), stroll through Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), and take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Beijing trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Beijing takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Shanghai in September since evenings lows in Beijing dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Trails
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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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