43 days in China Itinerary

43 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China trip planner

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Chengdu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Leshan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Dali
— 7 nights
Fly
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Chongqing
— 2 nights
Drive
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Conghua
— 1 night
Drive to Guilin Liangjiang International Airport, Fly to Sanya Phoenix International Airport
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Sanya
— 4 nights
Fly
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Guangzhou
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hong Kong
— 2 nights
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Drive to Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport, Fly to Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, Drive to Anxi County
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Anxi County
— 1 night
Drive to Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, Fly to Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
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Hangzhou
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shanghai
— 3 nights
Drive
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Wuxi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nanjing
— 2 nights
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Xuzhou
— 2 nights
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Xuchang
— 1 day
Drive to Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport, Fly to Beijing Capital International Airport
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Beijing
— 4 nights
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Chengdu

— 3 nights

Hibiscus City

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.
On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi).

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Chengdu travel itinerary planner.

London, UK to Chengdu is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to China Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in March, with highs in Chengdu at 21°C and lows at 12°C. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Leshan.

Things to do in Chengdu

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Leshan

— 2 nights
The city of Leshan sits proudly at the confluence of three rivers, and has become known for its World Heritage Site and importance to Buddhism in the country.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Wuyou Mountain and then appreciate the history behind Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo). On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Baoguo Temple and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mt. Emei Natural Ecology Monkey Reserve.

To see photos and tourist information, refer to the Leshan trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chengdu to Leshan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Dali.

Things to do in Leshan

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Dali

— 7 nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Weishan Ancient City and Dali Catholic Church. Get some historical perspective at Dali Erhai Tianjing Temple and Four Scenic Resorts of Dali. There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Erhai Lake, identify plant and animal life at Cang Hill Scenic Resort, Kunming, and stop by Dali Ancient.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Dali road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Leshan to Dali takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. On the 13th (Mon), you're off to Chongqing.

Things to do in Dali

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chongqing

— 2 nights
With one of the most populated and largest metropolitan areas in the world, Chongqing was the de facto capital of China during World War II. Its wartime political importance and post-war economic boom have left a number of attractions in Chongqing, including war memorials and museums, government buildings, and thriving commercial districts with a wealth of malls and more traditional market areas.
On the 14th (Tue), make a trip to Madame Tussauds Chong Qing and then take in the awesome beauty at Chongqing South Mountain. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baolun Temple, then delve into the distant past at Ciqikou (Porcelain Port), and then explore the ancient world of Old City Wall.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Chongqing trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Dali to Chongqing in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Conghua.

Things to do in Chongqing

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Conghua

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Chengyang Bridge Scenic Resort and then contemplate the long history of Sanjiang Dong Nationality Country. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Sanjiang Drum Tower and then explore the activities along Sanmen River of Guangxi.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Conghua visit planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chongqing to Conghua. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chongqing in March: high temperatures in Conghua hover around 26°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Conghua

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

Sanya

— 4 nights

Gateway to the South

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.
Relax by the water at Tianya Haijiao and Yalong Bay. Get in touch with nature at Dadonghai Beach and Sanya Tropical Paradise. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanshan Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Sanya River Birds Nature Reserve, meet the residents at The Lost Chambers Aquarium, and take a stroll through Sanya Redaiyulin Square.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sanya holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Conghua to Sanya. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Conghua in March: high temperatures in Sanya hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Guangzhou.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Guangzhou

— 2 nights
A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Muslim Hero Tomb and then head off the coast to Shamian Island.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Guangzhou day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Sanya to Guangzhou takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sanya in March, things will get a bit cooler in Guangzhou: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your trip

Hong Kong

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
On your second day here, admire the striking features of Hung Shing Temple, wander the streets of Soho, then contemplate the long history of Time Ball Tower, then hike along Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail, and finally delve into the distant past at Shrine of the Earth God.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Hong Kong trip planner.

Traveling by car from Guangzhou to Hong Kong takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Anxi County.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Anxi County

— 1 night
To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Anxi County trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Hong Kong to Anxi County with the Route module. Traveling from Hong Kong in March, expect nights in Anxi County to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Anxi County

Historic Sites

Hangzhou

— 2 nights

Paradise on Earth

Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
On the 27th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Faxi Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lingyin Temple, then stroll through Yunxi Zhujing Scenic Resort, and finally tee off at Westlake International Golf and Country Club. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jingci Temple and then steep yourself in history at Xiang Lake Tourist Resort Area of Hangzhou.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hangzhou day trip planning website.

Explore your travel options from Anxi County to Hangzhou with the Route module. Traveling from Anxi County in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Hangzhou, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Shanghai

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Orient

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 Longhua Temple. Discover out-of-the-way places like Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum and Fuxing Park. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), take a stroll through Former French Concession, delve into the lush surroundings at Huangpu Park, and get a new perspective on nature at Shanghai Natural History Museum (Jing'an).

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Shanghai trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Hangzhou to Shanghai by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Wuxi.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Wuxi

— 2 nights

Little Shanghai

An industrial hot spot, Wuxi boasts a longstanding heritage, bustling economy, and picturesque natural landscapes.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Huishan old town and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanchan Temple of Wuxi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Chang Guang Xi National Wetland Park.

Discover how to plan a Wuxi trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Shanghai to Wuxi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Shanghai in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Wuxi, with lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Nanjing.

Things to do in Wuxi

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Nanjing

— 2 nights
Located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing was the capital city of numerous dynasties over the ages.
Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Laomendong.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Nanjing tour planning website.

Getting from Wuxi to Nanjing by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Xuzhou.

Things to do in Nanjing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Xuzhou

— 2 nights
Xuzhou, known as Pengcheng in ancient times, is a major city in and the fourth largest prefecture-level city of Jiangsu Province, China. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Culture Scenic Spotof Han Dynasty and then steep yourself in history at Western Han Dynasty Terracotta Warriors.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Xuzhou trip maker.

Traveling by train from Nanjing to Xuzhou takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Xuchang.

Things to do in Xuzhou

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Parks

Xuchang

— 1 day
Xuchang is a prefecture-level city in central Henan province in Central China. On the 7th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Royal Court, explore the different monuments and memorials at Wangyun's Tomb, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xuchang Wenfeng Tower.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Xuchang online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Xuzhou to Xuchang by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and car. In April, daily temperatures in Xuchang can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Xuchang

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Beijing

— 4 nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Palace Museum and 798 Art Zone. Popular historic sites such as Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and St. Michael's Church are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Meridian Gate (Wu Men), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, visit Back Lakes (Hou Hai), and ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Beijing online trip itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Xuchang to Beijing. Traveling from Xuchang in April, Beijing is little chillier at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

China travel guide

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Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.