53 days in China Itinerary

53 days in China Itinerary

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Beijing
— 13 nights
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Songpan County
— 1 night
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Chengdu
— 4 nights
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Daocheng County
— 1 night
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Shangri-La County
— 3 nights
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Lijiang
— 3 nights
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Sanya
— 7 nights
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Suzhou
— 7 nights
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Yangshuo County
— 3 nights
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Zhangjiajie
— 2 nights
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Dali
— 2 nights
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Kunming
— 3 nights

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Meridian Gate (Wu Men) and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Bring the kids along to Mutianyu Great Wall and The Palace Museum. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), explore the activities along Back Lakes (Hou Hai), steep yourself in history at Gong Wang Fu, and delve into the distant past at Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan).

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Beijing road trip tool.

Montreal, Canada to Beijing is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13 hours traveling from Montreal to Beijing. When traveling from Montreal in March, plan for warmer days in Beijing, with highs around 17°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Songpan County.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 16:
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Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Songpan County

Songpan County ©
Though the area remains largely rural and the economy mostly geared towards agriculture, tourism in Songpan County has begun to develop, with a host of scenic areas and cultural sites to explore.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Huanglong Scenic Valley. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Munigou Scenic Resort and then take in the dramatic scenery at Zhaga Waterfall.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Songpan County online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Beijing to Songpan County in 11 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, taxi, and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Songpan County

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 18:
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Huanglong Scenic Valley ©
Huanglong Scenic Valley
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve ©
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve
Zhaga Waterfall ©
Zhaga Waterfall

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Kuanzhai Alley and Mt. Tiantai Scenic Resort in Qionglai. Step off the beaten path and head to Baoguang Temple of Chengdu and Happy Valley of Chengdu. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours, snap pictures at Anshun Bridge (Dongmen Bridge), and steep yourself in history at Qingyang Palace (Green Ram Temple).

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Chengdu journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Songpan County to Chengdu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Daocheng County.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Mt. Tiantai Scenic Resort in Qionglai
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 22:
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Qingyang Palace (Green Ram Temple) ©
Qingyang Palace (Green Ram Temple)
Kuanzhai Alley ©
Kuanzhai Alley

1
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Daocheng County

Daocheng County
To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Daocheng County trip planning app.

Getting from Chengdu to Daocheng County by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, subway, bus, and taxi. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll travel to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Daocheng County

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 23:

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Guishan Park and Lanyue Mountain Valley. Popular historic sites such as Shangri-La Zhongxin Town Church and Bodhidharma Cave are in your itinerary. There's more to do: get great views at Shika Snow Mountains and sample the tasty concoctions at Shangri-La Highland Craft Brewery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Shangri-La County trip builder website.

You can drive from Daocheng County to Shangri-La County in 9.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Lijiang.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bodhidharma Cave
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 26:

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lijiang Mural and Lashi Lake. Visit Old Town of Lijiang - China and Sanyan Well for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Blue Moon Valley, explore the ancient world of Beiyue Temple of Lijiang, make a trip to Yuhe Square, and take a stroll through Ancient City Zhongyi Market.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lijiang online trip builder.

Traveling by bus from Shangri-La County to Lijiang takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 29:
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Lijiang Mural ©
Lijiang Mural
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Sanyan Well ©
Sanyan Well

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sanya Redaiyulin Square and Dadonghai Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nanshan Temple and Sanya Li and Miao Village. Explore Sanya's surroundings by going to Qixian Ridge (in Baoting County) and Nanwan Monkey Island (in Lingshui County). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tianya Haijiao, cool off at Aquaventure Water Park, cool off at Yalong Bay, and identify plant and animal life at Sanya Coral Reef National Nature Reserve.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Sanya road trip planning tool.

Getting from Lijiang to Sanya by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Baoting County, Nanwan Monkey Island
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 5:
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Sanya Redaiyulin Square ©
Sanya Redaiyulin Square
Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan Temple
Tianya Haijiao ©
Tianya Haijiao

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Xitang Ancient Town and Master-of-Nets Garden. Get some historical perspective at Zhouzhuang Water Town and Sanshan Island. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Suzhou: Luxun Hometown (in Shaoxing), Huzhou Nanxun Old Town (in Huzhou) and Nashan Bamboo Sea (in Liyang). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Suzhou Garden Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Ruiguang Tower, find something for the whole family at Suzhou Amusement Park, and get to know the fascinating history of Landscape Architecture.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Suzhou trip builder.

Getting from Sanya to Suzhou by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yangshuo County.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Luxun Hometown, Zhouzhuang Water Town, Huzhou Nanxun Old Town, Nashan Bamboo Sea, Xitang Ancient Town
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 12:
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Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
Zhouzhuang Water Town ©
Zhouzhuang Water Town
Huzhou Nanxun Old Town ©
Huzhou Nanxun Old Town

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Yangshuo County

Yangshuo County ©
Yangshuo County, the area surrounding a popular tourist resort town, boasts a landscape featuring all the ingredients necessary to attract a flood of tourists.
Step off the beaten path and head to South China Karst and Tall Banyan. Family-friendly places like Gongcheng Confucius Temple and Fuli Ancient Town will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Totem Ancient Trail.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Yangshuo County trip simple and quick.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Suzhou to Yangshuo County in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Yangshuo County

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Gongcheng Confucius Temple
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 15:
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South China Karst ©
South China Karst

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Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple and then identify plant and animal life at Suoxiyu Nature Reserve. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Xibu Street and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Zhangjiajie tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Yangshuo County to Zhangjiajie takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dali.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:
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Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple ©
Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple

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Dali

Dali ©
Combining a glorious past with modern conveniences and scenic natural surroundings, Dali stands out as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Yunnan, perched in a strategic location and boasting fertile fields for agriculture.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): wander the streets of Dali Ancient and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Four Scenic Resorts of Dali. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dali Erhai Tianjing Temple and then explore the activities along Mt.Cangshan and Erhai Lake Scenic Resort.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Dali trip builder website.

You can fly from Zhangjiajie to Dali in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Kunming.

Things to do in Dali

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 19:
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Four Scenic Resorts of Dali ©
Four Scenic Resorts of Dali
Dali Ancient ©
Dali Ancient
Mt.Cangshan and Erhai Lake Scenic Resort ©
Mt.Cangshan and Erhai Lake Scenic Resort

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Kunming

Kunming ©
With a temperate climate at 2,000 m (6,600 ft) and a variety of tourist attractions, Kunming makes a popular gateway for exploring Yunnan Province.
On the 20th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Maotianshan National Geopark. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Huating Temple and then admire the striking features of Tanhua Temple Park.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kunming trip planner.

Getting from Dali to Kunming by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Kunming can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kunming

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Maotianshan National Geopark
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:
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Huating Temple ©
Huating Temple

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