60 days in China Itinerary

60 days in China Itinerary

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Shanghai
— 5 nights
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Suzhou
— 6 nights
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Hangzhou
— 2 nights
Train
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Huangshan
— 3 nights
Fly
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Yangshuo County
— 4 nights
Drive
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Fenghuang County
— 2 nights
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Kunming
— 2 nights
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Lijiang
— 3 nights
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Lhasa
— 4 nights
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Emeishan
— 3 nights
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Chengdu
— 5 nights
Fly to Jiuzhai Huanglong, Bus to Jiuzhaigou County
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 5 nights
Bus to Song Pan airport, Fly to Xi'an
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Xi'an
— 3 nights
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Datong
— 2 nights
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Luanping County
— 1 night
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Beijing
— 6 nights
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Shanghai — 5 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've added Qibao Ancient Town, Century Park, Pudong New Area, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

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

Boston, USA to Shanghai is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Shanghai is 13 hours. Traveling from Boston in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Shanghai: highs are around 91°F and lows about 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Suzhou.
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Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Suzhou — 6 nights

One of the oldest settlements in the Yangtze basin, Suzhou remains a complex, labyrinthine set of old canal districts, World Heritage gardens, and sprawling modern developments.
You've added Humble Administrator's Garden, Panmen Gate, Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute, and other attractions to your itinerary. Step out of Suzhou with an excursion to Xitang Ancient Town in Jiashan County--about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Suzhou Museum, stroll around Tiger Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Master-of-Nets Garden, and explore the activities along Jinji Lake.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Suzhou trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Shanghai to Suzhou by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Shanghai in August, things will get a bit warmer in Suzhou: highs are around 98°F and lows about 98°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Hangzhou.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
Side Trip

Hangzhou — 2 nights

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 added Hefang Street, Leifeng Pagoda, Pagoda of Six Harmonies, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Lingyin Temple, pause for some photo ops at Yue Fei Mausoleum (Tomb of Yuefei), and then take in the pleasant sights at West Lake (Xi Hu). On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Pagoda of Six Harmonies, then don't miss a visit to Leifeng Pagoda, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hefang Street.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hangzhou road trip tool.

Getting from Suzhou to Hangzhou by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Suzhou in August, you will find days in Hangzhou are a bit cooler (92°F), and nights are much colder (78°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Huangshan.
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Historic Sites

Huangshan — 3 nights

Named after the "Yellow Mountains" with which the region has long been associated, Huangshan offers access to UNESCO-listed sites both natural and man-made.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Xidi Ancient Village as well as Hongcun Ancient Village. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Huangshan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Xidi Ancient Village and then steep yourself in history at Hongcun Ancient Village.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Huangshan day trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Hangzhou to Huangshan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll set off for Yangshuo County on the 19th (Fri).
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Yangshuo County — 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Fubo Hill, Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan) and Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Silver Cave.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Yangshuo County online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Huangshan to Yangshuo County takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in August, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Fenghuang County.
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Side Trip

Fenghuang County — 2 nights

The main town of Fenghuang County boasts a rich history of more than 300 years, with well-preserved architecture and cultural traditions.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Zhunti Temple of Fenghuang Old City as well as Tuojiang Ancient Street. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Fenghuang Ancient City Museum and then explore the ancient world of Phoenix Ancient Town. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Zhunti Temple of Fenghuang Old City and then steep yourself in history at Tuojiang Ancient Street.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Fenghuang County tour planner.

You can drive from Yangshuo County to Fenghuang County in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can fly to Kunming.
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Historic Sites · Museums

Kunming — 2 nights

With a temperate climate at 2,000 m (6,600 ft) and a variety of tourist attractions, Kunming makes a popular gateway for exploring Yunnan Province.
You've now added Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park to your itinerary. On the 26th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Yuantong Temple and then don't miss a visit to Kunming Dragon Gate.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Kunming trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Fenghuang County to Kunming in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. August in Kunming sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Lijiang.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Lijiang — 3 nights

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.
You've now added Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain to your itinerary. Take a break from Lijiang with a short trip to Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) in Shangri-La County, about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 30th (Tue) exploring nature at Three Parallel Rivers National Park. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China, steep yourself in history at Shuhe Ancient Town, and admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lijiang trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Kunming to Lijiang in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kunming in August, expect nights in Lijiang to be somewhat warmer, around 66°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Lhasa.
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Lhasa — 4 nights

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
You've added Ganden Monastery, Drak Yerpa, Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden), and other attractions to your itinerary. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Potala Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Barkhor Street, and steep yourself in history at Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lhasa online road trip planner.

You can fly from Lijiang to Lhasa in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Lijiang in August since evenings lows in Lhasa dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Emeishan.
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Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Qingyin Pavillion. Change things up with a short trip to Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) in Leshan (about 44 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Emei Mountain, make a trip to E'meishan Jinding Scenic Resort, look for all kinds of wild species at Mt. Emei Natural Ecology Monkey Reserve, and delve into the distant past at Baoguo Temple.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Emeishan online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Emeishan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Chengdu.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trip

Chengdu — 5 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Sichuan Museum, Qintai Road, Qingyang Palace (Green Ram Temple), and other attractions. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), get to know the fascinating history of Kuanzhai Alley, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Qingcheng, and make a trip to Tianfu Square.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Chengdu holiday builder tool.

You can drive from Emeishan to Chengdu in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Side Trip

Jiuzhaigou County — 5 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Grass Lake as well as Rize Valley. Change things up with a short trip to Huanglong Scenic Valley in Songpan County (about 1h 35 min away). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Pearl Shoal Waterfalls, contemplate the waterfront views at Mirror Lake, and admire the verdant scenery at Shuzheng Valley.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Jiuzhaigou County travel route planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou County takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Xi'an.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Side Trip

Xi'an — 3 nights

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Drum Tower (Gulou) as well as Xi'an Mosque. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), make a trip to Muslim Quarter, and explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang).

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Xi'an driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Xi'an takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September in Xi'an, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Datong.
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Historic Sites · Museums

Datong — 2 nights

The old city of Datong has an interesting and complicated history of development, sacking, and rebuilding.
Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si) and then explore the fascinating underground world of Yungang Grottoes.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Datong sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Xi'an to Datong in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus; or drive. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Luanping County.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Luanping County — 1 night

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Luanping County attractions planner.

Getting from Datong to Luanping County by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Beijing.
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Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Temple of Heaven, Shijia Hutong, Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and other attractions. There's lots more to do: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), enjoy breathtaking views from Bell and Drum Towers, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Beijing trip planner.

Drive from Luanping County to Beijing in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daytime highs in Beijing are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

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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