39 days in Gilgit & China Itinerary

39 days in Gilgit & China Itinerary

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Gilgit, Pakistan
Drive
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Burang County, China
— 1 night
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Drive to Ngari Gunsa Airport, Fly to Lhasa Gonggar Airport, Drive to Lhasa
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Lhasa, China
— 1 night
Drive
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Dranang County, China
— 1 night
Drive
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Gyangze County, China
— 1 night
Drive
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Shigatse, China
— 1 night
Drive
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Tingri County, China
— 1 night
Drive
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Yushu County, China
— 1 night
Fly to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, Drive to Leshan
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Leshan, China
— 1 night
Fly
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Shangri-La County, China
— 2 nights
Fly to Kunming Changshui International Airport, Drive to Yuanyang County
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Yuanyang County, China
— 1 night
Drive to Kunming Changshui International Airport, Fly to Zhangjiajie
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Zhangjiajie, China
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yichang, China
Fly to Guilin, Taxi to Longsheng County
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Longsheng County, China
— 1 night
Drive
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Yangshuo County, China
— 1 night
Fly
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Haikou, China
— 1 night
Fly to Zhanjiang, Train to Kaiping
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Kaiping, China
— 1 night
Drive
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Hong Kong, China
— 3 nights
Fly to Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, Drive to Nanjing County
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Nanjing County, China
— 1 night
Drive to Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, Fly to Shanghai
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Shanghai, China
— 1 night
Train
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Hangzhou, China
— 1 night
Drive
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Yi County, China
— 1 night
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Taxi to Huangshan North, Train to Shangrao Station, Fly to Tai'an
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Tai'an, China
— 1 night
Train
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Beijing, China
— 3 nights
Fly to Harbin, Bus to Harbin
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Harbin, China
— 1 night
Fly
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Datong, China
— 1 night
Drive
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Pingyao County, China
Train
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Luoyang, China
— 1 night
Train
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Xi'an, China
— 1 night
Fly to Jiuzhai Huanglong, Bus to Jiuzhaigou County
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Jiuzhaigou County, China
— 1 night
Bus to Lanzhou, Fly to Dunhuang
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Dunhuang, China
— 1 night
Fly
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Xiahe County, China
— 1 day
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Gilgit, Pakistan

Gilgit is the capital city of the Gilgit-Baltistan region, an administrative territory of Pakistan. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore and take pictures at Karakoram Highway.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Gilgit trip itinerary site.

Athens, Greece to Gilgit is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Athens to Gilgit due to the time zone difference. In December, Gilgit is much colder than Athens - with highs of -7°C and lows of -10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Burang County.
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Burang County, China — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mount Kailash.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Burang County travel route planner.

Explore your travel options from Gilgit to Burang County with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Gilgit to Burang County. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lhasa.
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Lhasa, China — 1 night

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lhasa day trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Burang County to Lhasa. In December, daily temperatures in Lhasa can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dranang County.
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Dranang County, China — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Samye Monastery (Sangye Si).

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Dranang County trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lhasa to Dranang County takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Gyangze County.
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Gyangze County, China — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Gyangze County day trip site.

You can drive from Dranang County to Gyangze County in 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Shigatse.
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Shigatse, China — 1 night

Shigatse, officially known as Xigazê, is a prefecture-level city of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, with an area of 182,000km2. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tashilunpo Monastery.

Make your Shigatse itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Gyangze County to Shigatse by car takes about 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tingri County.
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Tingri County, China — 1 night

Mt. Everest Base Camp has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Everest Base Camp.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tingri County trip itinerary maker tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Shigatse to Tingri County. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yushu County.
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Yushu County, China — 1 night

On the 30th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jiegu Monastery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yushu County travel planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tingri County to Yushu County. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Mon) before leaving for Leshan.
Historic Sites

Leshan, China — 1 night

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.
On the 31st (Tue), pause for some photo ops at Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo).

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Leshan driving holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yushu County to Leshan. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Tue) before leaving for Shangri-La County.
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Shangri-La County, China — 2 nights

Known previously as Zhongdian, Shangri-La County gained its current name in an attempt by city officials to promote tourism.
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) has been added to your itinerary.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Shangri-La County trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Leshan to Shangri-La County takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yuanyang County.
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Yuanyang County, China — 1 night

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Yuanyang County online trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Shangri-La County to Yuanyang County. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Zhangjiajie.
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Zhangjiajie, China — 2 nights

The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
You've now added Zhangjiajie National Forest Park to your itinerary. On the 4th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Zhangjiajie online itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yuanyang County to Zhangjiajie. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Yichang.
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Yichang, China

Although not particularly touristy, the tranquil castle town of Okazaki charms visitors with its scenic parks, ornamental flower gardens, and forested areas.
You've now added Three Gorges to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Three Gorges.

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

You can drive from Zhangjiajie to Yichang in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Longsheng County.
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Longsheng County, China — 1 night

The highlight of a trip to Longsheng County is undoubtedly its terraced rice paddies.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Longji Mountain.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Longsheng County vacation site.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Yichang to Longsheng County in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yangshuo County.
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Yangshuo County, China — 1 night

Yangshuo County, the area surrounding a popular tourist resort town, boasts a landscape featuring all the ingredients necessary to attract a flood of tourists.
For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yangshuo County online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Longsheng County to Yangshuo County takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Haikou.
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Haikou, China — 1 night

Known as the "Coconut City" due to its palm-lined streets, island-city Haikou serves as capital of Hainan Province.
For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Haikou vacation planning app.

You can fly from Yangshuo County to Haikou in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. In January, Haikou is somewhat warmer than Yangshuo County - with highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Wed) before leaving for Kaiping.
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Kaiping, China — 1 night

Kaiping, formerly romanized in Cantonese as Hoiping, is a county-level city in Guangdong Province, China. To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kaiping trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Haikou to Kaiping in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hong Kong.
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Hong Kong, China — 3 nights

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
You've added Hong Kong Museum of History, East Dam of High Island Reservoir, Po Lin Monastery, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 9th (Thu), join in the after-dark buzz at Star Ferry's Harbour Tour. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Man Mo Temple, take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), then get interesting insight from Peak Tram Fast-Track Guided Tour, and finally head off the coast to Po Lin Monastery.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong holiday planning app.

Getting from Kaiping to Hong Kong by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January in Hong Kong, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nanjing County.
Parks · Nature · Tours · Historic Sites

Nanjing County, China — 1 night

Your day by day itinerary now includes Tulou de Fujian. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Tulou de Fujian.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Nanjing County day trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hong Kong to Nanjing County. Traveling from Hong Kong in January, Nanjing County is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Shanghai.
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Shanghai, China — 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Former French Concession, The Bund (Wai Tan) and Yu Garden (Yuyuan). Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan) and then get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan).

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Shanghai road trip planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nanjing County to Shanghai. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Nanjing County in January, with highs in Shanghai at 11°C and lows at 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Tue) before leaving for Hangzhou.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Hangzhou, China — 1 night

Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): go for a walk through West Lake (Xi Hu).

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Hangzhou using our trip planner.

Take a train from Shanghai to Hangzhou in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Hangzhou can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yi County.
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Yi County, China — 1 night

Yi County features the historic water villages of Hongcun and Xidi.
On the 15th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Hongcun Ancient Village.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yi County online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hangzhou to Yi County takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tai'an.
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Tai'an, China — 1 night

The city of Tai'an remains forever linked to the holy mountain it has grown next to.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mount Tai. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Tai.

Plan a Tai'an trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of taxi, train, and flight from Yi County to Tai'an takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Beijing.
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Beijing, China — 3 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.
You've added Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), The Great wall of Jiankou, The Palace Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Beijing online travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Tai'an to Beijing takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Beijing can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -10°C. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Harbin.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Harbin, China — 1 night

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 Ice and Snow World has been added to your itinerary. On the 20th (Mon), find something for the whole family at Harbin Ice and Snow World.

You can plan Harbin trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Beijing to Harbin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Beijing in January: high temperatures in Harbin hover around -13°C and lows are around -27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to fly to Datong.
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Datong, China — 1 night

The old city of Datong has an interesting and complicated history of development, sacking, and rebuilding.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Yungang Grottoes.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Datong journey planner.

You can fly from Harbin to Datong in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Pingyao County.
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Pingyao County, China

An ancient walled city, Pingyao County can trace its history back around 2,700 years, and has been designated a World Heritage Site.
On the 22nd (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shuanglin Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Pingyao County trip builder site.

You can drive from Datong to Pingyao County in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Pingyao County, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -11°C at night. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Luoyang.
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Luoyang, China — 1 night

One of the oldest imperial cities in the country, Luoyang gives access to a wealth of cultural sites protected by UNESCO for their importance to the world's cultural heritage.
Plan a trip to Luoyang easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by train from Pingyao County to Luoyang takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Thu) before leaving for Xi'an.
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Xi'an, China — 1 night

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Xi'an road trip planning site.

Take a train from Luoyang to Xi'an in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Xi'an are 6°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Jiuzhaigou County.
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Jiuzhaigou County, China — 1 night

Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO. Some of the natural sites are considered holy by the local Tibetan and Qiang minorities, with many legends and anecdotes associated with each lake, waterfall, off-shoot valley, and snowcapped peak.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Jiuzhaigou County trip builder website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dunhuang.
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Dunhuang, China — 1 night

Once a vital stop-off on the Silk Road trade route, Dunhuang today offers travelers of all persuasions a place to rest in the middle of the desert.
For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Dunhuang attractions planner.

Getting from Jiuzhaigou County to Dunhuang by combination of bus and flight takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Xiahe County.
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Xiahe County, China — 1 day

Your day by day itinerary now includes Labrang Monastery (Labuleng Si). On the 27th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Labrang Monastery (Labuleng Si).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Xiahe County trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Dunhuang to Xiahe County. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Gilgit-Baltistan travel guide

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Valleys · Bodies of Water · National Parks
Gilgit-Baltistan, formerly known as the Northern Areas, is the northernmost administrative territory in Pakistan. It borders Azad Kashmir to the south, the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the west, the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan to the north, the Xinjiang region of China, to the east and northeast, and the Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir to the southeast. Gilgit-Baltistan is part of the Kashmir region that is disputed by India and Pakistan, along with Azad Kashmir, Aksai Chin, the Shaksgam Valley, and Jammu, Ladakh, and the Valley of Kashmir.The territory of present-day Gilgit-Baltistan became a separate administrative unit in 1970 under the name "Northern Areas". It was formed by the amalgamation of the former Gilgit Agency, the Baltistan district and several small former princely states, the larger of which being Hunza and Nagar. In 2009, it was granted limited autonomy and renamed to Gilgit-Baltistan via the Self-Governance Order signed by Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari, which also aimed to empower the people of Gilgit-Baltistan. However, scholars state that the real power rests with the governor and not with chief minister or elected assembly.

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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.