46 days in China Itinerary

46 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China trip planner
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Beijing
— 6 nights
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Qiqihar
— 2 nights
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Yichun
— 4 nights
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Harbin
— 6 nights
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Shanghai
— 6 nights
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Sanya
— 5 nights
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Hong Kong
— 7 nights
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Lijiang
— 1 night
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Emeishan
— 3 nights
Fly to Jiuzhai Huanglong, Bus to Jiuzhaigou County
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 2 nights
Taxi to Longnan Chengzhou, Fly to Xi'an
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Xi'an
— 3 nights
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Beijing — 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Mutianyu Great Wall and Lama Temple (Yonghegong). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven, take in panoramic vistas at Bell and Drum Towers, and fly down the slopes at Baijing Bayi Ski Field.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Beijing trip builder site.

Manchester, UK to Beijing is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. While traveling from Manchester, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Beijing, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of -10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Qiqihar.
Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Qiqihar — 2 nights

Qiqihar is one of the 13 Larger Municipalities in China, and the second largest city in the Heilongjiang province, China. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): stroll through Zhalong Nature Reserve and then take an in-depth tour of Qiqihar Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Longsha Park and then make a trip to Heping Square.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Qiqihar travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Qiqihar takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in January, things will get colder in Qiqihar: highs are around -13°C and lows about -24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yichun.
Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Yichun — 4 nights

Yichun is a prefecture-level city on the Songhua river in Heilongjiang province, People's Republic of China. Spend the 18th (Tue) exploring nature at Tangwanghe National Forest Park. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Wuying Forest Park, walk around Yichun Nanshan Forest Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Jinshan Deer Park.

Before you visit Yichun, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Qiqihar to Yichun takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Harbin.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Harbin — 6 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Harbin Ice and Snow World and Unit 731 Museum. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Zhongyang Pedestrian Street, walk around Jiuzhan Park, see the interesting displays at ZhongGuo MuDiao YiShuGuan, and delve into the lush surroundings at Harbin Forest Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Harbin trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Yichun to Harbin in 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to -13°C, and evening lows to -27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Shanghai.
Museums · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Shanghai — 6 nights

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like The Bund (Wai Tan) and Shanghai World Financial Center. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), get engrossed in the history at Shanghai Development Exhibition Hall, shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Longhua Temple.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Shanghai trip maker tool.

You can fly from Harbin to Shanghai in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Harbin in January, with highs in Shanghai at 11°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Sanya.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Sanya — 5 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to Yalong Bay and Sanya River Birds Nature Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Sanya Zhujiang Nantian Spa, get great views at Sanya Phoenix Hill Park, make a splash at Aquaventure Water Park, and walk around Sanya Romance Park.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sanya trip planner.

Getting from Shanghai to Sanya by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In February, Sanya is warmer than Shanghai - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Hong Kong.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Hong Kong — 7 nights

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Attractions like Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), don't miss a visit to Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History, and get curious at Hong Kong Science Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hong Kong trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Sanya to Hong Kong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. While traveling from Sanya, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hong Kong, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Lijiang.
Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Lijiang — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): don't miss a visit to HuaMa Jie and then make a trip to Old Town of Lijiang - China.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lijiang trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Lijiang takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to fly to Emeishan.
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Emeishan — 3 nights

A city forever linked with the mountain of the same name, Emeishan sits next to one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China, now a World Heritage Site.
Change things up with a short trip to Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) in Leshan (about 44 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Emei Mountain, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fuhu Temple, and explore the ancient world of Baoguo Temple.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Emeishan online holiday planner.

Getting from Lijiang to Emeishan by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Jiuzhaigou County.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trip

Jiuzhaigou County — 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley and then appreciate the views at Rize Valley. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Jiuzhaigou County online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Emeishan to Jiuzhaigou County takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Xi'an.
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Xi'an — 3 nights

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and Travel China Guide. There's more to do: delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) and contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta).

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Xi'an trip itinerary builder website.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Xi'an in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. In February in Xi'an, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and -3°C at night. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.