60 days in China Itinerary

60 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China travel planner
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Beijing
— 7 nights
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Datong
— 3 nights
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Pingyao County
— 3 nights
Train
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Luoyang
— 3 nights
Train
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Xi'an
— 5 nights
Fly
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Zhangjiajie
— 5 nights
Fly
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Chengdu
— 3 nights
Fly
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Shangri-La County
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lijiang
— 3 nights
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Dali
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kunming
— 4 nights
Fly
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Guilin
— 3 nights
Fly to Guangzhou Baiyun, Train to Hong Kong
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Hong Kong
— 6 nights
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Drive to Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport, Fly to Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, Drive to Wuyi County
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Wuyi County
— 4 nights
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Huangshan
— 4 nights
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Beijing — 7 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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, pause for some photo ops at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Beijing trip maker site.

Zurich, Switzerland to Beijing is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Beijing is 7 hours. Traveling from Zurich in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of -10°C in Beijing. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Datong.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Datong — 3 nights

The old city of Datong has an interesting and complicated history of development, sacking, and rebuilding.
Datong is known for historic sites, nature, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si), contemplate the long history of Yungang Grottoes, admire the landmark architecture of Nine Dragon Screen Ticket Office, and appreciate the history behind Tan Mei Kee Nuns Statues.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Datong trip planner.

Getting from Beijing to Datong by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Pingyao County.
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Pingyao County — 3 nights

An ancient walled city, Pingyao County can trace its history back around 2,700 years, and has been designated a World Heritage Site.
Change things up with a short trip to Wang's Family Compound (Wang Jia Dayuan) in Lingshi County (about 46 minutes away). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Qiao's Family Compound (Qiao Jia Dayuan), make a trip to Ping Yao Temple of the City God, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Shuanglin Temple.

To see reviews and other tourist information, read our Pingyao County road trip website.

Traveling by car from Datong to Pingyao County takes 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Luoyang.
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Side Trip

Luoyang — 3 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Luoyang side-trips: Dengfeng (Tower Forest & Shaolin Temple). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Longmen Grottoes, appreciate the history behind Guanlin Temple (General Guan's Tomb), take an in-depth tour of Luoyang Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at White Horse Temple.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Luoyang trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Pingyao County to Luoyang by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Xi'an.
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Xi'an — 5 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Spend the 27th (Fri) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, make a trip to Muslim Quarter, stroll around Celebration Palace Park, and enjoy breathtaking views from Xi'an Bell Tower.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Xi'an holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Luoyang to Xi'an takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Xi'an are 6°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to fly to Zhangjiajie.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Zhangjiajie — 5 nights

The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring nature at Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park. Spend the 4th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, explore the stunning scenery at The Grand Canyon of Zhangjiajie, and don't miss a visit to Golden Whip Brook.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Zhangjiajie trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Xi'an to Zhangjiajie in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Chengdu.
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Chengdu — 3 nights

Hibiscus City

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.
Chengdu is known for wildlife, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), make a trip to Tianfu Square, take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Qingcheng.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Chengdu day trip planning website.

You can fly from Zhangjiajie to Chengdu in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daytime highs in Chengdu are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Shangri-La County.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Shangri-La County — 2 nights

Known previously as Zhongdian, Shangri-La County gained its current name in an attempt by city officials to promote tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Potatso National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Dukezong Ancient Town and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumtsaling Monastery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Shangri-La County trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Chengdu to Shangri-La County takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lijiang.
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Lijiang — 3 nights

Suzhou on the Plateau

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.
Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Three Parallel Rivers National Park. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China, stroll through Black Dragon Pond Park, don't miss a visit to HuaMa Jie, and stop by Ancient City Zhongyi Market.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lijiang trip builder.

Traveling by car from Shangri-La County to Lijiang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Dali.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Dali — 3 nights

Combining a glorious past with modern conveniences and scenic natural surroundings, Dali stands out as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Yunnan, perched in a strategic location and boasting fertile fields for agriculture.
Dali is known for sightseeing, nature, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the exciting artwork at Da Li Shi Kong Guo Shi Museum, take a peaceful walk through Erhai Lake, explore the activities along Mt.Cangshan and Erhai Lake Scenic Resort, and don't miss a visit to Dali Foreigner Street.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Dali road trip tool.

You can drive from Lijiang to Dali in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Kunming.
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Kunming — 4 nights

City of Eternal Spring

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.
Kunming is known for nature, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Green Lake (Cui Hu), stroll around Kunming West Hill (Xishan Forest Park), shop like a local with Nanping Business Street, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Daguan Yuan Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kunming trip tool.

You can fly from Dali to Kunming in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. February in Kunming sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can fly to Guilin.
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Guilin — 3 nights

The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Go for a jaunt from Guilin to Longsheng County to see Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan), walk around Seven Star Park (Qixing Gongyuan), appreciate the extensive heritage of Jiangtouzhou Ancient Dwellings, and take in the dramatic natural features at Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan).

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Guilin vacation maker app.

Traveling by flight from Kunming to Guilin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kunming in February since evenings lows in Guilin dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.
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Hong Kong — 6 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 24th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 26th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History, delve into the lush surroundings at Yim Tin Mangrove Forest, and head off the coast to Lantau island.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Guilin to Hong Kong in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Guilin in February, things will get a bit warmer in Hong Kong: highs are around 23°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wuyi County.
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Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Wuyi County — 4 nights

Change things up with these side-trips from Wuyi County: Yongkang Xijin Bridge (in Yongkang) and Shenxianju Scenic Resort of Xianju (in Xianju County).

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Wuyi County trip itinerary planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hong Kong to Wuyi County. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Huangshan.
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Huangshan — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Huangshan: Hongcun Ancient Village (in Yi County), San Qing Shan (in Shangrao) and Xidi Ancient Village (in She County). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Huangshan, look for all kinds of wild species at Huangshan UNESCO Global Geopark, and steep yourself in history at Tunxi Ancient Street.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Huangshan online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Wuyi County to Huangshan in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to fly 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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