31 days in China Itinerary

31 days in China Itinerary

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Start: Auckland
Fly:  17 h
1
Sanya
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
2
Zhangjiajie
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
3
Lijiang
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Shangri-La County
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Lhasa
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h
6
Dunhuang
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
7
Xi'an
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
8
Datong
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
9
Beijing
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
10
Shanghai
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Auckland

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Yalong Bay and Dadonghai Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Nanshan Temple and Luhuitou Park. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area and witness a stunning natural landmark at Sanya Zhujiang Nantian Spa.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sanya trip maker.

Auckland, New Zealand to Sanya is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Sanya is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Auckland in July, expect Sanya to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan Temple
Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area ©
Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area

3
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park and Tianzi Mountain. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Zhangjiajie journey builder website.

Fly from Sanya to Zhangjiajie in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Wildlife
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3
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.
Visiting Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain and Blue Moon Valley will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shuhe Ancient Town and Three Parallel Rivers National Park. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China and contemplate the long history of Mufu Palace.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lijiang trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Zhangjiajie to Lijiang in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Lijiang are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain
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Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain ©
Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain
Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China

1
night
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 11th (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia).

Start your trip to Shangri-La County by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Lijiang to Shangri-La County takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks Nature
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Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) ©
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)

4
nights
Lhasa

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Jokhang Temple and Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si). Visit Sera Monastery and Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden) for their historical value. There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nechung Monastery and Temple, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Barkhor Street.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lhasa journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Shangri-La County to Lhasa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Off-Road Tours
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Barkhor Street ©
Barkhor Street

1
night
Dunhuang

Dunhuang ©
Once a vital stop-off on the Silk Road trade route, Dunhuang today offers travelers of all persuasions a place to rest in the middle of the desert.
On the 16th (Sat), Head underground at Mogao Caves, thenexplore the world behind art at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Dunhuang tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Dunhuang takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Parks Nature Museums
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Mogao Caves ©
Mogao Caves
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain ©
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain

4
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Appreciate the collections at Tang Bo Art Museum and The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Xi'an Bell Tower and Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Mount Huashan in Huayin (about 2 hours away). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Shaanxi History Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Xi'an Mosque, delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), and examine the collection at Xi'an Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Xi'an online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Dunhuang to Xi'an takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Xi'an sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Datong.

Things to do in Xi'an

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Mount Huashan
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Shaanxi History Museum ©
Shaanxi History Museum
Mount Huashan ©
Mount Huashan

2
nights
Datong

Datong ©
The old city of Datong has an interesting and complicated history of development, sacking, and rebuilding.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): delve into the distant past at Shanhua Monastery and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si). On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Huayan Temple of Datong and then explore the fascinating underground world of Yungang Grottoes.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Datong trip planner.

Fly from Xi'an to Datong in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Beijing.

Things to do in Datong

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Yungang Grottoes ©
Yungang Grottoes
Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si) ©
Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si)
Shanhua Monastery ©
Shanhua Monastery

4
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.
The Palace Museum and National Museum Of China will appeal to museum buffs. Get outdoors at Mutianyu Great Wall and Back Lakes (Hou Hai). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), take in panoramic vistas at Bell and Drum Towers, take a stroll through 798 Art Zone, and stroll through Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan).

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Beijing day trip planning app.

You can drive from Datong to Beijing in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Beijing are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

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

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.
Suzhou Garden Museum and Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) will appeal to museum buffs. Xitang Ancient Town and Humble Administrator's Garden are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Bund (Wai Tan), admire the striking features of 1933 Old Millfun, take a stroll through Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, and visit Maoming Road.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Shanghai trip planner.

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 30°C in Shanghai. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Suzhou, Xitang Ancient Town
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
Suzhou Garden Museum ©
Suzhou Garden Museum

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