29 days in China Itinerary

29 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China route planner
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Lijiang
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Xi'an
— 4 nights
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Beijing
— 5 nights
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Harbin
— 4 nights
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Shanghai
— 5 nights
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Hong Kong
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Lijiang — 3 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.
Take a break from Lijiang with a short trip to Yulong Snow Mountain Ski Area in Yulong County, about 52 minutes away. Spend the 16th (Wed) exploring nature at Three Parallel Rivers National Park. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China, admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park, and admire the striking features of Beiyue Temple of Lijiang.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lijiang tour planning tool.

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India to Lijiang is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 2.5 hours traveling from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Lijiang due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can fly to Xi'an.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Winter Sports
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Xi'an — 4 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Spend the 20th (Sun) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), admire the striking features of Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qin Dynasty of Xi'an, and delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang).

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Xi'an journey planner.

Fly from Lijiang to Xi'an in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Beijing.
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Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Beijing — 5 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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China, appreciate the history behind Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and contemplate the long history of Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Beijing journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Beijing takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in February, things will get a bit cooler in Beijing: highs are around 6°C and lows about -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Harbin.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Harbin — 4 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.
Harbin is known for sightseeing, theme parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Harbin Ice and Snow World, stroll around Jiuzhan Park, stroll the grounds of Haerbin Martyrs Cemetery, and examine the collection at HaErBin GuiHua ZhanLanGuan.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Harbin trip planner.

You can fly from Beijing to Harbin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Beijing in February: high temperatures in Harbin hover around -7°C and lows are around -23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Shanghai.
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Shanghai — 5 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.
Shanghai is known for sightseeing, shopping, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to The Bund (Wai Tan), shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Shanghai journey site.

Traveling by flight from Harbin to Shanghai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Harbin in March, with highs in Shanghai at 18°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to fly to Hong Kong.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Hong Kong — 7 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Get out of town with these interesting Hong Kong side-trips: Macau (Macau Museum of Art, Ruins of St. Paul's, &more). Pack the 10th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 11th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), pause for some photo ops at Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), stroll around Nan Lian Garden, and head off the coast to Lantau island.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, Hong Kong is a bit warmer than Shanghai - with highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
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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.
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