31 days in China Itinerary

31 days in China Itinerary

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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
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
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mutianyu Great Wall and Beijing Botanical Garden. For shopping fun, head to 798 Art Zone or PAPP'S TEA. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the landmark architecture of The Palace Museum, steep yourself in history at Gong Wang Fu, and stop by Back Lakes (Hou Hai).

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Beijing trip itinerary planner.

Montreal, Canada to Beijing is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 13 hours traveling from Montreal to Beijing due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Montreal in May, expect Beijing to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 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
Find places to stay May 1 — 6:
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Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

5
nights
Jiuzhaigou County

Jiuzhaigou County ©
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Huanglong Scenic Valley and Wucaichi. Escape the urban bustle at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve and Shu Zheng Lake. Step out of Jiuzhaigou County to go to Songpan County and see SongPan LiShi WenHua ZhanLanGuan, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jiuzailing Temple, and explore the activities along Shuanglong Lake.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Jiuzhaigou County online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car from Beijing to Jiuzhaigou County in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Songpan County
Find places to stay May 6 — 12:
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Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve ©
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve
Huanglong Scenic Valley ©
Huanglong Scenic Valley

3
nights
Lhasa

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Jokhang Temple and Ani Tsankhung Nunnery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Great Mosque. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Sera Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Potala Palace, and see the interesting displays at Tibet Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Lhasa day trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Jiuzhaigou County to Lhasa in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. May in Lhasa sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay May 12 — 15:
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Shangri-la Grand Canyon. Balagezong. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Lanyue Mountain Valley and then delve into the lush surroundings at Bitahai Nature Reserve.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Shangri-La County vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Shangri-La County takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car 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): take in the awesome beauty at Blue Moon Valley, thenidentify plant and animal life at Lijiang Spruce Plain, and then delve into the distant past at 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 take in the spiritual surroundings of Puji Temple, Lijiang.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Lijiang trip itinerary planning tool.

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

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Yulong County
Find places to stay May 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Lijiang Spruce Plain ©
Lijiang Spruce Plain
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Blue Moon Valley ©
Blue Moon Valley

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): stroll through Tianya Haijiao and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanshan Temple. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Yalong Bay and then visit Sanya Redaiyulin Square.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sanya driving holiday tool.

Getting from Lijiang to Sanya by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Sanya can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Macau.

Things to do in Sanya

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Sanya Redaiyulin Square ©
Sanya Redaiyulin Square
Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan Temple
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.
On the 22nd (Fri), contemplate the long history of Mandarin's House, thensee the interesting displays at Grand Prix Museum, thentake an in-depth tour of St. Joseph Seminary and Church, and finally take in the history at Our Lady of Penha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Hac Sa (Black Sand) Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then explore the world behind art at Macau Museum of Art.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Macau attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Sanya to Macau takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Macau

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
Find places to stay May 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Mandarin's House ©
Mandarin's House
Our Lady of Penha ©
Our Lady of Penha
Spas

2
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute, take in the dramatic natural features 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 25th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Xibu Street and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Zhangjiajie tour builder tool.

Fly from Macau to Zhangjiajie in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nanjing.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute
Find places to stay May 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park ©
Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park
Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute ©
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.
On the 26th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre, contemplate the long history of Sun Yatsen Mausoleum (Zhongshan Ling), and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Tomb of the King of Boni. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Qin Huai River and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Qixia Temple.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nanjing attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Zhangjiajie to Nanjing takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Nanjing sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Nanjing

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay May 25 — 27:
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The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre ©
The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre
Sun Yatsen Mausoleum (Zhongshan Ling) ©
Sun Yatsen Mausoleum (Zhongshan Ling)
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Bund (Wai Tan) and Former French Concession. Appreciate the collections at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre and Shanghai Development Exhibition Hall. Change things up with a short trip to Xitang Ancient Town in Jiashan County (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), look for all kinds of wild species at Shanghai Wild Animal Park, see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and stroll around Fuxing Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Shanghai online vacation planner.

You can take a train from Nanjing to Shanghai in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Shanghai are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow 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:
Highlights from your plan
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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