31 days in China Itinerary

31 days in China Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Shanghai
— 4 nights
2
Beijing
— 3 nights
3
Xi'an
— 3 nights
4
Chengdu
— 2 nights
5
Lijiang
— 2 nights
6
Lhasa
— 13 nights

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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Bund (Wai Tan), pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple, admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and get great views at Jin Mao Tower.

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London, UK to Shanghai is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from London to Shanghai. In March, Shanghai is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, take some stellar pictures from Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), don't miss a visit to Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), and get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong).

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Beijing route maker website.

Getting from Shanghai to Beijing by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in April, Beijing is little chillier at night with lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), make a trip to Muslim Quarter, and explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang).

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Xi'an online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Xi'an takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April in Xi'an, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums
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Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Qingcheng and then identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Jinli Pedestrian Street, make a trip to Kuanzhai Alley, and then look for gifts at Suit Republic.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Chengdu journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Chengdu takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Xi'an in April since evenings lows in Chengdu dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to 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 to go to Yulong County and see Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Old Town of Lijiang - China, steep yourself in history at Shuhe Ancient Town, gain insight at Mandarin Garden Lijiang Center, and ponder the design of Black Dragon Pond Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lijiang day trip planning tool.

Getting from Chengdu to Lijiang by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can 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
Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town

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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple, explore the fascinating underground world of Chimpu Caves, have some family-friendly fun at Lhasa Amusement Park, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lhasa itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lijiang to Lhasa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. April in Lhasa sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lhasa

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

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