31 days in China Itinerary

31 days in China Itinerary

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31 days in China Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  16​h
1
Beijing
— 5 nights
+3
shuttle + foot + Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
2
Jiuzhaigou County
— 5 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
3
Lhasa
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Shangri-La County
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Lijiang
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Sanya
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Macau
— 2 nights
+2
helicopter + foot + Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Zhangjiajie
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Nanjing
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Shanghai
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Montreal

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Back Lakes (Hou Hai). Get some cultural insight at Mutianyu Great Wall and Gong Wang Fu. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), contemplate the long history of Meridian Gate (Wu Men), take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, and walk around Temple of Heaven.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Beijing travel route planner.

Montreal, Canada to Beijing is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Montreal to Beijing, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Montreal in May, things will get a bit warmer in Beijing: highs are around 33°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Gong Wang Fu ©
Gong Wang Fu
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
nights
Jiuzhaigou County

Jiuzhaigou County ©
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Huanglong Scenic Valley and Zharu Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like SongPan LiShi WenHua ZhanLanGuan and Jiuzailing Temple. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve, explore the activities along Shuanglong Lake, and look for all kinds of wild species at Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Jiuzhaigou County trip planning site .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car from Beijing to Jiuzhaigou County in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Songpan County
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Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve ©
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve
Huanglong Scenic Valley ©
Huanglong Scenic Valley
Jiuzailing Temple ©
Jiuzailing Temple

3
nights
Lhasa

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jokhang Temple and Sera Monastery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Potala Palace and Ani Tsankhung Nunnery. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, examine the collection at Tibet Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Drak Yerpa.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lhasa attractions planner.

Getting from Jiuzhaigou County to Lhasa by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Lhasa can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
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Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sera Monastery ©
Sera Monastery

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.
On the 16th (Sat), explore the stunning scenery at Shangri-la Grand Canyon. Balagezong. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lanyue Mountain Valley and then delve into the lush surroundings at Bitahai Nature Reserve.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Shangri-La County sightseeing planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Lhasa to Shangri-La County takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lijiang.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Bitahai Nature Reserve ©
Bitahai Nature Reserve

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Blue Moon Valley, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lijiang Spruce Plain, and then explore the ancient world of Beiyue Temple of Lijiang. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Puji Temple, Lijiang.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lijiang online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Shangri-La County to Lijiang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Yulong County
Find places to stay May 17 — 19:
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Lijiang Spruce Plain ©
Lijiang Spruce Plain
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Puji Temple, Lijiang ©
Puji Temple, Lijiang

2
nights
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 20th (Wed): kick back and relax at Tianya Haijiao and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanshan Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Yalong Bay and then wander the streets of Sanya Redaiyulin Square.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Sanya trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Lijiang to Sanya takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. May in Sanya sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Macau.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan Temple
Sanya Redaiyulin Square ©
Sanya Redaiyulin Square
Tianya Haijiao ©
Tianya Haijiao

2
nights
Macau

Macau ©
Vacation in Macau to discover one of the world's richest cities organized as an autonomous region of China that, until 1999, was administered by Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Mandarin's House, see the interesting displays at Grand Prix Museum, then view the masterpieces at St. Joseph Seminary and Church, and finally admire the architecture and history at Our Lady of Penha. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Hac Sa (Black Sand) Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then explore the world behind art at Macau Museum of Art.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Macau trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Sanya to Macau takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Macau

Historic Sites Spas Parks
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Our Lady of Penha ©
Our Lady of Penha
Mandarin's House ©
Mandarin's House
Spas

2
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute, then explore the striking landscape at Xihai Stone Forest, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Suoxiyu Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Xibu Street and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Zhangjiajie trip planner .

Getting from Macau to Zhangjiajie by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nanjing.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute
Find places to stay May 23 — 25:
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Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park ©
Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute ©

2
nights
Nanjing

Nanjing ©
Located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing was the capital city of numerous dynasties over the ages.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre, steep yourself in history at Sun Yatsen Mausoleum (Zhongshan Ling), and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Tomb of the King of Boni. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Qin Huai River and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Qixia Temple.

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Getting from Zhangjiajie to Nanjing by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Nanjing can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Shanghai.

Things to do in Nanjing

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Sun Yatsen Mausoleum (Zhongshan Ling) ©
The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre ©
Qixia Temple ©
Qixia Temple

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre and Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan). Visit The Bund (Wai Tan) and Xitang Ancient Town for their historical value. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), take an in-depth tour of Shanghai Developemt Exhibition Hall, and stroll around Fuxing Park.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Shanghai travel route planner.

You can take a train from Nanjing to Shanghai in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway and flight. In May, daytime highs in Shanghai are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Xitang Ancient Town
Find places to stay May 27 — 30:
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum ©
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum

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