38 days in China Itinerary

38 days in China Itinerary

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Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Beijing
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Shanghai
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Hangzhou
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Huangshan
— 3 nights
+3
Taxi + Train + Bus + Fly:  8 h 45 min
5
Xi'an
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
6
Chengdu
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h
7
Lhasa
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  7 h 45 min
8
Guilin
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
9
Zhangjiajie
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Train:  5 h
10
Hong Kong
— 7 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

3
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Palace Museum and National Museum Of China. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Beijing Capital Museum. And it doesn't end there: see The Great Wall of Gubeikou, admire the masterpieces at Memorial Hall of Qi Baishi, steep yourself in history at Peking Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling (Song Qingling Guju), and get a taste of the local shopping with 798 Art Zone.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Beijing trip maker app.

Valletta, Malta to Beijing is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Valletta to Beijing. Traveling from Valletta in February, expect nights in Beijing to be colder, around -7°C, while days are slightly colder, around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Museums Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
The Great Wall of Gubeikou ©
The Great Wall of Gubeikou

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum and Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Bund (Wai Tan) and Jade Buddha Temple. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Longhua Temple, take a stroll through Taikang Road, steep yourself in history at Shanghai Temple Of the Town God (Chenghung Miao), and walk around Fuxing Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Shanghai trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Shanghai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Beijing in February: high temperatures in Shanghai hover around 12°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum ©
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum
Longhua Temple ©
Longhua Temple

3
nights
Hangzhou

Hangzhou ©
Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Liangzhu Museum and Hangzhou Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Southern Song Dynasty Guan Kiln Museum and Jingci Temple. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Faxi Temple, steep yourself in history at Yanggong Dike, and delve into the distant past at Nansong Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hangzhou online tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Shanghai to Hangzhou in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In February in Hangzhou, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Huangshan.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Historic Sites Museums
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Jingci Temple ©
Jingci Temple
Liangzhu Museum ©
Liangzhu Museum
Southern Song Dynasty Guan Kiln Museum ©
Southern Song Dynasty Guan Kiln Museum

3
nights
Huangshan

Huangshan ©
Named after the "Yellow Mountains" with which the region has long been associated, Huangshan offers access to UNESCO-listed sites both natural and man-made.
Get some cultural insight at Huangshan Qiankou Residence Museum and Mt. Huangshan. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fuxi Tianhu Lake and Photography Tours. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Buxian Bridge and make a trip to Book Case Peak (Stalagmite Peak).

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Huangshan travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hangzhou to Huangshan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Huangshan

Nature Parks Tours
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Mt. Huangshan ©
Mt. Huangshan
Photography Tours

3
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Get a sense of the local culture at Shaanxi History Museum and Guangren Temple. Visit Xi'an Bell Tower and Tianshuijing Catholic Church for their historical value. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Tang Bo Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dacien Temple, stroll around Celebration Palace Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Taixingshan Scenic Resort.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Xi'an route maker app.

You can do a combination of taxi, train, and flight from Huangshan to Xi'an in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Xi'an can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hanyangling Museum
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Shaanxi History Museum ©
Shaanxi History Museum
Tang Bo Art Museum ©
Tang Bo Art Museum
Xi'an Bell Tower ©
Xi'an Bell Tower

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.
You'll explore and learn at Sichuan Cuisine Museum and Sichuan Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jinli Pedestrian Street and Sichuan Opera Museum. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Chengdu Museum (Old Hall), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qingyang Palace (Green Ram Temple), and get engrossed in the history at Chengdu Museum New Hall.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Chengdu online day trip planner.

You can fly from Xi'an to Chengdu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in February, expect Chengdu to be a bit warmer, temps between 15°C and 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Chengdu

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sichuan Cuisine Museum
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Chengdu Museum (Old Hall) ©
Chengdu Museum (Old Hall)
Jinli Pedestrian Street
Jinli Pedestrian Street
Sichuan Cuisine Museum ©
Sichuan Cuisine Museum

3
nights
Lhasa

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 Yak Museum of Tibet and BuDaLaGong ZhenBaoGuan. Museum-lovers will get to explore Tibet Revolution Exhibition Hall and Tibet Museum. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ani Tsankhung Nunnery, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and admire the striking features of Potala Palace.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lhasa online trip itinerary builder.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Chengdu to Lhasa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chengdu in February, Lhasa is little chillier at night with lows of -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow time for travel to Guilin.

Things to do in Lhasa

Museums Tours Outdoors
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Tibet Museum ©
Tibet Museum
Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Guilin

The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Explore hidden gems such as Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) and South China Karst. When in Guilin, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Yangshuo County, approximately Yangshuo County away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Xionglin Xionghu Villa of Guilin, view the masterpieces at Ronghu Art Museum, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Guilin travel planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lhasa to Guilin takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Lhasa in March, with highs in Guilin at 20°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Guilin

Tours Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Yangshuo County, Xionglin Xionghu Villa of Guilin
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Photography Tours
South China Karst ©
South China Karst
Ronghu Art Museum ©
Ronghu Art Museum

3
nights
Zhangjiajie

The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute and Giant Salamander Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Suoxiyu Nature Reserve and Xihai Stone Forest. There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Zhangjiajie trip planner.

Fly from Guilin to Zhangjiajie in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Tours Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute ©
Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute
Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple ©
Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple

7
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hong Kong Maritime Museum and Sandbox VR. Get a sense of the local culture at Po Lin Monastery and Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze), wander the streets of Soho, walk around Tai Tong, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hong Kong route maker.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Zhangjiajie to Hong Kong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and train; or drive. In March in Hong Kong, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Po Lin Monastery ©
Po Lin Monastery
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze) ©
Hong Kong Maritime Museum ©
Hong Kong Maritime Museum

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