40 days in Gilgit & China Itinerary

40 days in Gilgit & China Itinerary

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Fly
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Gilgit, Pakistan
— 1 day
Drive
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Burang County, China
— 1 night
Drive to Ngari Gunsa Airport, Fly 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
Drive
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Sa'gya County, China
— 1 night
Drive
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Tingri County, China
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yushu County, China
— 1 night
Drive
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Xiahe County, China
— 1 night
Drive
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Jiuzhaigou County, China
— 2 nights
Bus to Song Pan airport, Fly 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
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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
Drive
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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
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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
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Dunhuang, China
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Gilgit, Pakistan — 1 day

Gilgit is the capital city of the Gilgit-Baltistan region, an administrative territory of Pakistan. You've now added Karakoram Highway to your itinerary. On the 16th (Mon), take a memorable drive along Karakoram Highway.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Gilgit trip itinerary builder.

Athens, Greece to Gilgit is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Pakistan Standard Time is 3 hours. 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 16th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Burang County.
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Burang County, China — 1 night

Mount Kailash has been added to your itinerary. On the 17th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kailash.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Burang County tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gilgit to Burang County. Traveling from Gilgit to Burang County, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Potala Palace as well as Jokhang Temple. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Potala Palace.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lhasa day trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Burang County to Lhasa. In December in Lhasa, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Dranang County.
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Dranang County, China — 1 night

Your day by day itinerary now includes Samye Monastery (Sangye Si). Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Samye Monastery (Sangye Si).

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Dranang County visit planner.

You can drive from Lhasa to Dranang County in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Gyangze County.
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Gyangze County, China — 1 night

You've now added Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Gyangze County holiday site.

Getting from Dranang County to Gyangze County by car takes about 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Shigatse.
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Shigatse, China

Shigatse, officially known as Xigazê, is a prefecture-level city of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, with an area of 182,000km2. Your day by day itinerary now includes Tashilunpo Monastery. On the 21st (Sat), don't miss a visit to Tashilunpo Monastery.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Shigatse travel planning site.

Getting from Gyangze County to Shigatse by car takes about 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Sa'gya County.
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Sa'gya County, China — 1 night

Your day by day itinerary now includes Sakya Monastery. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sakya Monastery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sa'gya County road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Shigatse to Sa'gya County in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tingri County.
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Tingri County, China — 2 nights

Your day by day itinerary now includes Mt. Everest Base Camp. On the 23rd (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Everest Base Camp.

To see maps and tourist information, refer to the Tingri County journey planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sa'gya County to Tingri County. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yushu County.
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Yushu County, China — 1 night

Your day by day itinerary now includes Jiegu Monastery. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jiegu Monastery.

Find out how to plan Yushu County trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Explore your travel options from Tingri County to Yushu County with the Route module. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Xiahe County.
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Xiahe County, China — 1 night

Your day by day itinerary now includes Labrang Monastery (Labuleng Si). On the 26th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Labrang Monastery (Labuleng Si).

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Xiahe County trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Yushu County to Xiahe County in 13.5 hours. Another option is to fly. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Jiuzhaigou County.
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Jiuzhaigou County, China — 2 nights

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.
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Jiuzhaigou County online vacation planner.

Drive from Xiahe County to Jiuzhaigou County in 8 hours. On the 28th (Sat), you're off to Leshan.
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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.
You've now added Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo).

Plan trip to Leshan with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Leshan takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can fly to 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.
You've now added Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia).

Make your Shangri-La County itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Leshan to Shangri-La County in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yuanyang County.
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Yuanyang County, China — 1 night

Your day by day itinerary now includes Yuanyang Rice Terraces. On the 1st (Wed), visit Yuanyang Rice Terraces.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Yuanyang County tour itinerary site.

Explore your travel options from Shangri-La County to Yuanyang County with the Route module. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Wed) 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Zhangjiajie trip itinerary maker tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yuanyang County to Zhangjiajie. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Three Gorges. On the 3rd (Fri), take in breathtaking views at Three Gorges.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Yichang itinerary maker app.

Getting from Zhangjiajie to Yichang by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight 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.
You've now added Longji Mountain to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Longji Mountain.

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

Fly from Yichang to Longsheng County in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Yulong River. On the 5th (Sun), explore the activities along Yulong River.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Yangshuo County day trip app.

Getting from Longsheng County to Yangshuo County by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Yangshuo County can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Qilou Old Street. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Qilou Old Street.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Haikou travel route builder site.

You can fly from Yangshuo County to Haikou in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yangshuo County in January: high temperatures in Haikou hover around 24°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for travel to 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. Kaiping Diaolou and Villages has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Kaiping Diaolou and Villages.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kaiping driving holiday tool.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Haikou to Kaiping in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes East Dam of High Island Reservoir, Hong Kong Museum of History, Man Mo Temple, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): join in the after-dark buzz at Star Ferry's Harbour Tour. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Man Mo Temple, then enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), then take an in-depth tour of Peak Tram Historical Gallery, and finally step off the mainland to explore Po Lin Monastery.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hong Kong trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Kaiping to Hong Kong takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Hong Kong are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Nanjing County.
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Nanjing County, China — 1 night

Your day by day itinerary now includes Tulou de Fujian. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Tulou de Fujian.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nanjing County trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hong Kong to Nanjing County. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Hong Kong in January since evenings lows in Nanjing County dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time 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 The Bund (Wai Tan) as well as Yu Garden (Yuyuan). Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan) and then take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Shanghai online driving holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nanjing County to Shanghai. Traveling from Nanjing County in January, things will get slightly colder in Shanghai: highs are around 11°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hangzhou.
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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.
You've now added West Lake (Xi Hu) to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): go for a walk through West Lake (Xi Hu).

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

Traveling by train from Shanghai to Hangzhou takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Yi County.
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Yi County, China — 1 night

Yi County features the historic water villages of Hongcun and Xidi.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hongcun Ancient Village. On the 13th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Hongcun Ancient Village.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yi County visit planner.

Getting from Hangzhou to Yi County by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) 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.
You've now added Mount Tai to your itinerary. On the 14th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Tai.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tai'an online travel route planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, train, and flight from Yi County to Tai'an in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), The Great wall of Jiankou, The Palace Museum, and other attractions you added.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Beijing trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Tai'an to Beijing by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. January in Beijing sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Harbin.
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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.
You've now added Harbin Ice and Snow World to your itinerary. On the 18th (Sat), find something for the whole family at Harbin Ice and Snow World.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Harbin trip planner.

You can fly from Beijing to Harbin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Beijing in January, with highs in Harbin at -13°C and lows at -27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time 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.
Yungang Grottoes has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Yungang Grottoes.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Datong day trip planning tool.

Fly from Harbin to Datong in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Shuanglin Temple. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shuanglin Temple.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Pingyao County trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Datong to Pingyao County takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Pingyao County can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. On the 20th (Mon), 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.
Longmen Grottoes has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): Head underground at Longmen Grottoes.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Luoyang online day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Pingyao County to Luoyang takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to 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.
You've now added The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses to your itinerary. On the 21st (Tue), take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Xi'an day trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Luoyang to Xi'an in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in January, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Dunhuang.
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Dunhuang, China

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mogao Caves. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Mogao Caves.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Dunhuang online attractions planner.

You can fly from Xi'an to Dunhuang in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
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China travel guide

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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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