20 days in China Itinerary

20 days in China Itinerary

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20 days in China Itinerary

Start: Nairobi
Fly + bus:  23​h
1
Lhasa
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Lijiang
— 1 day
Fly:  8​h 45​min
3
Dunhuang
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Beijing
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Shanghai
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + train:  5​h 30​min
6
Hong Kong
— 3 nights
+3
train + foot + bus + Fly:  5​h
7
Sanya
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Nairobi

2
nights
Lhasa

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
For shopping fun, head to Jokhang Temple or Sera Monastery. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Barkhor Street and Potala Palace. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden), take in the spiritual surroundings of Drak Yerpa, see the interesting displays at Tibet Museum, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lhasa online road trip planner .

Nairobi, Kenya to Lhasa is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern African Time (EAT) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Nairobi in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 14°C in Lhasa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Lhasa

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

1
day
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 7th (Fri): make a trip to Blue Moon Valley, then steep yourself in history at Shuhe Ancient Town, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China, and finally contemplate the long history of Mufu Palace.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lijiang online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Lijiang takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
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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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain, admire the masterpieces at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mogao Caves.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Dunhuang online route planner .

Fly from Lijiang to Dunhuang in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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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.
Get some historical perspective at Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and 798 Art Zone. Head to Mutianyu Great Wall and Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan)for some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, pause for some photo ops at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), don't miss a visit to Wang Fu Jing Da Jie, and look for gifts at Nanluoguxiang.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Beijing trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Dunhuang to Beijing takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Shanghai.

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

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Xitang Ancient Town and South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market. Visit Tian Zi Fang and Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Shanghai side-trips: Suzhou (Humble Administrator's Garden, Shantang Street, & more). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), get to know the fascinating history of Former French Concession, take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and admire the striking features of 1933 Old Millfun.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Shanghai travel route planner.

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Beijing in June: highs in Shanghai hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Suzhou, Xitang Ancient Town
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Tian Zi Fang ©
Tian Zi Fang
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)

3
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Visit City of Dreams and Monte Forte (Fortaleza do Monte) for their historical value. Do your shopping at Guia Fortress and Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze). Step out of Hong Kong to go to Macau and see Ruins of St. Paul's, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Pack the 18th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), buy something for everyone on your list at IFC mall, and take in nature's colorful creations at Chi Lin Nunnery.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong road trip planner.

Fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in June, expect Hong Kong to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Macau
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Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Guia Fortress ©
Guia Fortress
Ruins of St. Paul's
Ruins of St. Paul's

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanshan Temple, then contemplate the waterfront views at Yalong Bay, and then walk around Luhuitou Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sanya vacation maker website .

You can fly from Hong Kong to Sanya in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Hong Kong in June, Sanya is little chillier at night with lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan Temple
Luhuitou Park ©
Luhuitou Park

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