44 days in China Itinerary

44 days in China Itinerary

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44 days in China Itinerary

Start: Playa del Carmen
Bus + Fly:  21 h 30 min
1
Beijing
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h
2
Xi'an
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6 h 45 min
3
Jiuzhaigou County
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Chengdu
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Emeishan
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  5 h 15 min
6
Lhasa
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h
7
Lijiang
— 4 nights
+4
Bus + Fly + Bus + Foot + Train:  6 h 15 min
8
Hong Kong
— 5 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly:  6 h
9
Suzhou
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
10
Shanghai
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  22 h 45 min
End: Playa del Carmen

5
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, get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong), ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Beijing road trip planning tool .

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Beijing is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13 hours traveling from Playa del Carmen to Beijing. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 3:
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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: get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, admire the landmark architecture of Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qin Dynasty of Xi'an, make a trip to Muslim Quarter, and take in panoramic vistas at Xi'an Bell Tower.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Xi'an vacation maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Xi'an takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:
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4
nights
Jiuzhaigou County

Jiuzhaigou County ©
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
Get out of town with these interesting Jiuzhaigou County side-trips: Songpan County (Huanglong Valley & Huanglong Scenic Valley). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve, contemplate the waterfront views at Shuanglong Lake, don't miss a visit to Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center, and identify plant and animal life at Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Jiuzhaigou County attractions planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Songpan County
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 10:
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Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve ©
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve
Huanglong Scenic Valley ©
Huanglong Scenic Valley
Pearl Shoal Waterfalls ©
Pearl Shoal Waterfalls

4
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.
Take a break from Chengdu with a short trip to Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum in Guanghan, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), look for gifts at Suit Republic, have fun and explore at Sanhe Classic Car Museum, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Chengdu day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Chengdu in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In August, daytime highs in Chengdu are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Emeishan.

Things to do in Chengdu

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Sichuan Tibet Highway (southern route), Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum, Yinchang Valley
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum ©
Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum
Jinsha Site Museum ©
Jinsha Site Museum

3
nights
Emeishan

Emeishan ©
A city forever linked with the mountain of the same name, Emeishan sits next to one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China, now a World Heritage Site.
Take a break from Emeishan with a short trip to Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) in Leshan, about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Emei Mountain, take in the spiritual surroundings of Huazang Temple, and explore the ancient world of Baoguo Temple.

To find out how to plan a trip to Emeishan, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Chengdu to Emeishan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Emei Mountain ©
Emei Mountain
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) ©
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
Baoguo Temple ©
Baoguo Temple

4
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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Potala Palace, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, see Off-Road Tours, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lhasa road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Emeishan to Lhasa takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. August in Lhasa sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 21:
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Off-Road Tours
Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yulong County (Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute & Thin Strip of Sky of Lijiang). There's much more to do: make a trip to Old Town of Lijiang - China, step off the mainland to explore Bird Island, Lijiang, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Three Parallel Rivers National Park, and cruise along Blue Moon Valley.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lijiang tour planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lhasa to Lijiang takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Lhasa in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Lijiang, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Yulong County
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Three Parallel Rivers National Park ©
Three Parallel Rivers National Park
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Black Dragon Pond Park ©
Black Dragon Pond Park

5
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Hong Kong is known for shopping, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, admire the landmark architecture of Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), and observe the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hong Kong tour planner.

Getting from Lijiang to Hong Kong by combination of flight and train takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, subway, and train; or drive. While traveling from Lijiang, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Hong Kong, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 30:
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

4
nights
Suzhou

Suzhou ©
One of the oldest settlements in the Yangtze basin, Suzhou remains a complex, labyrinthine set of old canal districts, World Heritage gardens, and sprawling modern developments.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shaxi Ancient Town (in Taicang) and Xitang Ancient Town (in Jiashan County). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Tongli Town, stroll around The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, make a trip to Shihu Lake, and examine the collection at Suzhou Garden Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Suzhou itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hong Kong to Suzhou takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hong Kong in August; daily highs in Suzhou reach 43°C and lows reach 43°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shaxi Ancient Town, Xitang Ancient Town
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 3:
Highlights from your plan
Tongli Town ©
Tongli Town
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou ©
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou

6
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: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), make a trip to Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Former French Concession, and admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Shanghai online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Suzhou to Shanghai takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Shanghai can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Parks Museums
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 9:
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

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