60 days in China, Ulaanbaatar & Ulan-Ude Itinerary

60 days in China, Ulaanbaatar & Ulan-Ude Itinerary

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Hekou County, China
— 1 night
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Kunming, China
— 4 nights
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Lijiang, China
— 5 nights
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Guilin, China
— 4 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 6 nights
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Qingdao, China
— 2 nights
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Beijing, China
— 6 nights
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Harbin, China
— 3 nights
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 24 nights
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Ulan-Ude, Russia

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Hekou County, China

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Gehao Summer Resort.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hekou County trip itinerary tool.

Lao Cai, Vietnam to Hekou County is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lao Cai to Hekou County. On the 23rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kunming.

Things to do in Hekou County

Nature · Outdoors · Parks

Kunming, China

— 4 nights

City of Eternal Spring

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kunming West Hill (Xishan Forest Park) and Green Lake (Cui Hu). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Yunnan Railway Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yuantong shan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Huating Temple, and steep yourself in history at Kunming Golden Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kunming online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Hekou County to Kunming takes 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in November, and nighttime lows around 8°C. You'll set off for Lijiang on the 27th (Sat).

Things to do in Kunming

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Lijiang, China

— 5 nights

Suzhou on the Plateau

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shuhe Ancient Town and Ancient City Zhongyi Market. Explore Lijiang's surroundings by going to Yulong County (Thin Strip of Sky of Lijiang & Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute). There's much more to do: make a trip to Old Town of Lijiang - China, trek along with Lijiang Guides - Day Tours, savor a delicious cup with Fu Xing Chang Tea House, and take in the exciting artwork at Rhizome - Lijiang art center.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lijiang trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kunming to Lijiang takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. Traveling from Kunming in November, expect nights in Lijiang to be slightly colder, around 1°C, while days are much colder, around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Guilin.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Guilin, China

— 4 nights
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Explore hidden gems such as Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan) and Folded Brocade Hill (Diecai Hill). Step out of Guilin to go to Yangshuo County and see Climbing Tours, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan), admire the masterpieces at Ronghu Art Museum, surround yourself with nature on China Educational Tours, and savor a delicious cup with Guilin Tea Research Institute.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Guilin trip planner.

You can take a train from Lijiang to Guilin in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Guilin

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Shanghai, China

— 6 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum and Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to The Bund (Wai Tan), enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and walk around Fuxing Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Shanghai trip itinerary tool.

Take a train from Guilin to Shanghai in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Guilin in December; daily highs in Shanghai reach 13°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Qingdao.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums · Shopping · Tours · Historic Sites

Qingdao, China

— 2 nights
The city of Qingdao has become particularly well known for its clean streets, orderly layout, and blending of the old and the new.
On the 15th (Wed), don't miss a visit to May Fourth Square and then don't miss a visit to Badaguan Scenic Resort. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let the kids burn off some steam at Guan Xiang Shan Park, walk around Signal Hill Park, and then see the interesting displays at Qingdao Beer Museum.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read our Qingdao day trip planning tool.

Getting from Shanghai to Qingdao by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, Qingdao is slightly colder than Shanghai - with highs of 7°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Qingdao

Parks · Museums · Nature · Fun & Games

Beijing, China

— 6 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Meridian Gate (Wu Men). Make the 22nd (Wed) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Next up on the itinerary: see Mutianyu Great Wall, admire the landmark architecture of Temple of Heaven, take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, and steep yourself in history at Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (Maozhuxi Jiniantang).

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Beijing online road trip planner.

You can fly from Qingdao to Beijing in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Qingdao in December since evenings lows in Beijing dip to -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Harbin.

Things to do in Beijing

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Harbin, China

— 3 nights

Ice City

The influence of neighboring Russia remains visible throughout much of Harbin, with the country's northernmost metropolis possessing an intoxicating eclecticism in its architecture, food, and art.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Harbin Ice and Snow World and Harbin Polarland. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Zhongyang Pedestrian Street, learn more about the world around you at Harbin Forest Museum, examine the collection at Saint Sophia Cathedral, and take a peaceful walk through Harbin Forest Park.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Harbin day trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Beijing to Harbin takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in December, things will get cooler in Harbin: highs are around -11°C and lows about -24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Harbin

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

— 24 nights
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gorkhi-Terelj National Park and Genghis Khan Square. Step out of Ulaanbaatar to go to Gorkhi Terelj National Park and see Ariyabal Meditation Temple, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hustai National Park, appreciate the history behind Silk Road Complex Monument [Migration], get engrossed in the history at National History Museum, and stop by Gobi.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ulaanbaatar trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Harbin to Ulaanbaatar takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Harbin in December, Ulaanbaatar is a bit cooler at night with lows of -30°C. On the 20th (Thu), you'll travel to Ulan-Ude.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Ulan-Ude, Russia

Ulan-Ude is the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia; it is located about 100km southeast of Lake Baikal on the Uda River at its confluence with the Selenga. To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ulan-Ude trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Ulaanbaatar to Ulan-Ude with the Route module. In January, plan for daily highs up to -20°C, and evening lows to -33°C. On the 20th (Thu), you're off to home.

Things to do in Ulan-Ude

Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife · Fun & Games

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.