54 days in China Itinerary

54 days in China Itinerary

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Beijing
— 6 nights
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Harbin
— 4 nights
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Dalian
— 4 nights
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Shanghai
— 6 nights
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Xiamen
— 3 nights
Train to Zhuhai, Foot to Macau
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Macau
— 3 nights
Foot to Zhuhai, Train to Guangzhou
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Guangzhou
— 6 nights
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Yangshuo County
— 2 nights
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Xi'an
— 2 nights
Train to Longnan Station, Taxi to Jiuzhaigou County
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 2 nights
Taxi to Longnan Station, Train to Emeishan
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Emeishan
— 2 nights
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Chengdu
— 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.
Head to Nanluoguxiang and Wang Fu Jing Da Jiefor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Mutianyu Great Wall and Baijing Bayi Ski Field. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Palace Museum, take a stroll through 798 Art Zone, browse the different shops at Parkview Green, and get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Beijing trip planner.

Billum, Denmark to Beijing is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Billum to Beijing, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Billum in March: highs in Beijing hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Harbin.
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Harbin — 4 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.
Head to Jinan international Shopping Plaza and New world department Storefor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll around Harbin Railway Riverside Club, examine the collection at Saint Sophia Cathedral, buy something for everyone on your list at Mykal Supermarket, and make a trip to Sophia Square.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Harbin day trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Beijing to Harbin takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Beijing in March: high temperatures in Harbin hover around 4°C and lows are around -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can fly to Dalian.
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Dalian — 4 nights

The large city of Dalian gets its history from its seaport, its modernity from its industry, and its visitors from the fact it largely keeps these things from view.
Take a break from the city and head to Houshi Mountain and Baiyu Hill (Baiyushan). Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Olympia 66 and Peace Plaza. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Tianxing Roosevelt International Center, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Dalian Forest Zoo, take a memorable drive along Binhai Road, and stroll around Dalian Zhongshan Square.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Dalian road trip tool.

Traveling by train from Harbin to Dalian takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Harbin in March, expect Dalian to be a bit warmer, temps between 11°C and 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Shanghai.
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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.
For shopping fun, head to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) or South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market. Take a break from the city and head to Travel China Guide and Huangpu River. On the 24th (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Three on the Bund, take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), and wander the streets of Xintiandi.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Shanghai online route planner.

You can take a train from Dalian to Shanghai in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Dalian in March; daily highs in Shanghai reach 18°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Xiamen.
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Xiamen — 3 nights

Known for centuries as a gateway to China, the port city of Xiamen has become a destination in itself, first to domestic visitors and now to a growing number of people from across the world.
Shop till you drop at Gulangyu and The eighth seafood Market. Step out of the city life by going to Xiamen Riyuegu Hot Spring Resort Communities and Kulangsu Huandao Road. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Tasty Life, steep yourself in history at Xiamen University, shop like a local with Zhongshan Road Walking Street, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanputuo Temple.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Xiamen tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Xiamen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, Xiamen is a bit warmer than Shanghai - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Macau.
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Macau — 3 nights

Vacation in Macau to discover one of the world's richest cities organized as an autonomous region of China that, until 1999, was administered by Portugal.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at City of Dreams and The Grand Canal Shoppes. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Ruins of St. Paul's, see the interesting displays at Macao Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu), and step off the mainland to explore Coloane.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Macau route planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Xiamen to Macau takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Guangzhou.
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Guangzhou — 6 nights

A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
Escape the urban bustle at Pacha Mama Adventures and Baiyun Mountain. For shopping fun, head to Living Mall or Guangzhou K11 Art Mall. The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Parc Central, see the interesting displays at Chen Clan Ancestral Hall-Folk Craft Museum, step off the mainland to explore Shamian Island, and get to know the resident critters at Chimelong Safari Park.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Guangzhou road trip website.

Traveling by train from Macau to Guangzhou takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Yangshuo County.
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Yangshuo County — 2 nights

Yangshuo County, the area surrounding a popular tourist resort town, boasts a landscape featuring all the ingredients necessary to attract a flood of tourists.
On the 9th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at South China Karst and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Asia Cycling Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Moon Hill.

To find out how to plan a trip to Yangshuo County, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Guangzhou to Yangshuo County takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Guangzhou in April, Yangshuo County is a bit cooler at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Xi'an.
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Xi'an — 2 nights

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Spend the 12th (Tue) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, find something for the whole family at International Horticulture Exhibition 2011 Xi'an, explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), and don't miss a visit to Muslim Quarter.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Xi'an road trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Yangshuo County to Xi'an takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Yangshuo County in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Xi'an, with lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve and Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wucaichi, take in the dramatic scenery at Nuorilang Waterfall, and make a trip to Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Jiuzhaigou County tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Emeishan.
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Emeishan — 2 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Emei Mountain and Baoguo Temple. Explore Emeishan's surroundings by going to Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) (in Leshan) and Bifengxia Panda Reserve (in Ya'an). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wannian Temple.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Emeishan visit planning website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Emeishan in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Chengdu.
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Chengdu — 3 nights

The home of giant pandas for more than two million years, Chengdu's vast human history cowers in comparison to the natural heritage of the area.
Escape the urban bustle at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi) and Dujiangyan Irrigation System. Step out of Chengdu with an excursion to Anlan Bridge in Dujiangyan--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Fangsuo Book Store, get to know the fascinating history of Jinli Pedestrian Street, make a trip to Tianfu Square, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Qingcheng.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Chengdu online day trip planner.

Drive from Emeishan to Chengdu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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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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