31 days in China Itinerary

31 days in China Itinerary

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31 days in China Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Shanghai
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Beijing
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Xi'an
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Chengdu
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Lijiang
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  6​h
6
Lhasa
— 13 nights
Bus + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: London

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.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, parks, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), get to know the fascinating history of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Shanghai attractions planning site .

London, UK to Shanghai is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from London to Shanghai. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in March: high temperatures in Shanghai hover around 18°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Tours
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven, get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Beijing online trip builder .

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 little chillier nights when traveling from Shanghai in April since evenings lows in Beijing dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

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

3
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Xi'an is known for museums, historic sites, wildlife, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, explore the world behind art at Tang Bo Art Museum, explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), and don't miss a visit to Muslim Quarter.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Xi'an vacation builder site .

Getting from Beijing to Xi'an by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums
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Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)
Muslim Quarter ©
Muslim Quarter

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 11th (Sat): 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). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Jinli Pedestrian Street, don't miss a visit to Kuanzhai Alley, and then look for gifts at Suit Republic.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chengdu sightseeing app .

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Chengdu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in April, Chengdu is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Mount Qingcheng ©
Mount Qingcheng
Jinli Pedestrian Street
Jinli Pedestrian Street

2
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.
Step out of Lijiang with an excursion to Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain in Yulong County--about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China, appreciate the history behind Sanyan Well, don't miss a visit to Mufu Palace, and admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lijiang travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Chengdu to Lijiang takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain
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Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Black Dragon Pond Park ©
Black Dragon Pond Park
Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain ©
Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain

13
nights
Lhasa

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Lhasa is known for historic sites, wildlife, museums, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Potala Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sera Monastery, explore the fascinating underground world of Chimpu Caves, and make a trip to Lasa Sanquan Scenic Resort.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lhasa tour itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Lijiang to Lhasa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Lhasa can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lhasa

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

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