53 days in China Itinerary

53 days in China Itinerary

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53 days in China Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  16 h
1
Beijing
— 13 nights
Fly + Taxi:  10 h 30 min
2
Songpan County
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Chengdu
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Daocheng County
— 1 night
Drive:  9 h 15 min
5
Shangri-La County
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Lijiang
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
7
Sanya
— 7 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
8
Suzhou
— 7 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
9
Yangshuo County
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
10
Zhangjiajie
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
11
Dali
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
12
Kunming
— 3 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Montreal, Quebec

13
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.
Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) will appeal to history buffs. Bring the kids along to Beijing Botanical Garden and Olympic Park. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Happy Valley of Beijing, get to know the resident critters at Beijing Zoo, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and take a stroll through Back Lakes (Hou Hai).

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Beijing trip itinerary maker website .

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. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Beijing is 13 hours. Traveling from Montreal in March, you will find days in Beijing are warmer (17°C), and nights are a bit warmer (0°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Songpan County.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Tours
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
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.
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Huanglong Scenic Valley. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Munigou Scenic Resort and then take in the dramatic scenery at Zhaga Waterfall.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Songpan County trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Beijing to Songpan County in 10.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time 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

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kuanzhai Alley and Qingyang Palace (Green Ram Temple). Explore hidden gems such as Happy Valley of Chengdu and Baoguang Temple of Chengdu. When in Chengdu, make a side trip to see Mt. Tiantai Scenic Resort in Qionglai in Qionglai, approximately Qionglai away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), take a memorable excursion with Day Trips, look for gifts at Dancing Yak Handicrafts, and snap pictures at Anshun Bridge (Dongmen Bridge).

To see more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read Chengdu driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Songpan County to Chengdu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Chengdu sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish 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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Kuanzhai Alley ©
Kuanzhai Alley
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Daocheng County

Daocheng County
To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Daocheng County attractions planner.

You can fly from Chengdu to Daocheng County in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. You'll set off for Shangri-La County on the 23rd (Tue).

Things to do in Daocheng County

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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3
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.
Visit Shangri-La Zhongxin Town Church and Bodhidharma Cave for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Guishan Park and Shika Snow Mountains. It doesn't end there: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Shangri-La Highland Craft Brewery and take in the awesome beauty at Lanyue Mountain Valley.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Shangri-La County attractions website .

Traveling by car from Daocheng County to Shangri-La County takes 9.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lijiang.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Bodhidharma Cave
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 26:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Blue Moon Valley and Beiyue Temple of Lijiang. Popular historic sites such as Old Town of Lijiang - China and Lijiang Mural are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lashi Lake, take a stroll through Ancient City Zhongyi Market, don't miss a visit to Yuhe Square, and appreciate the history behind Sanyan Well.

To see maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lijiang road trip website .

Traveling by car from Shangri-La County to Lijiang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Lijiang Mural ©
Lijiang Mural
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Sanyan Well ©
Sanyan Well

7
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.
Nanshan Temple and Sanya Li and Miao Village will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tianya Haijiao and Yalong Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sanya: Qixian Ridge (in Baoting County) and Nanwan Monkey Island (in Lingshui County). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Sanya Redaiyulin Square, identify plant and animal life at Sanya Coral Reef National Nature Reserve, cool off at Aquaventure Water Park, and kick back and relax at Dadonghai Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sanya visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Lijiang to Sanya takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Sanya can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough 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

7
nights
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.
Visit Xitang Ancient Town and Luxun Hometown for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Master-of-Nets Garden and Suzhou Amusement Park. Get out of town with these interesting Suzhou side-trips: Zhouzhuang Water Town (in Kunshan), Nashan Bamboo Sea (in Liyang) and Huzhou Nanxun Old Town (in Huzhou). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Suzhou Garden Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Landscape Architecture, take in panoramic vistas at Ruiguang Tower, and make a trip to Guan Qian Shopping Street.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Suzhou trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Sanya to Suzhou in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yangshuo County.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

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

3
nights
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. Visit Gongcheng Confucius Temple and Totem Ancient Trail for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Fuli Ancient Town.

For more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Yangshuo County trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Suzhou to Yangshuo County in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Yangshuo County are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can 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

2
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple and then look for all kinds of wild species at Suoxiyu Nature Reserve. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Xibu Street and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Zhangjiajie road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Yangshuo County to Zhangjiajie takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dali.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

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

2
nights
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): visit Dali Ancient and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Four Scenic Resorts of Dali. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dali Erhai Tianjing Temple and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt.Cangshan and Erhai Lake Scenic Resort.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Dali online trip maker .

You can fly from Zhangjiajie to Dali in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kunming.

Things to do in Dali

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Maotianshan National Geopark. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Huating Temple and then explore the ancient world of Tanhua Temple Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kunming driving holiday planning website .

Getting from Dali to Kunming by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for 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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