22 days in China Itinerary

22 days in China Itinerary

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22 days in China Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  29​h
1
Dunhuang
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
2
Sanya
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
3
Lhasa
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Lijiang
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Xi'an
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Zhangjiajie
— 1 night
Fly:  28​h
End: Calgary

4
nights
Dunhuang

Dunhuang ©
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.
Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center and DunHuang MoGaoKu YiShuGuan will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mogao Caves and Xijin Tomb. Spend the 15th (Fri) exploring nature at Yadan National Geological Park. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mingsha Shan (Echo Sand Mountain) Park, Dunhuang, China, witness a stunning natural landmark at Crescent Moon Pool, get engrossed in the history at Library Cave Heritage Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Dunhuang Leiyin Temple.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Dunhuang holiday planner.

Calgary, Canada to Dunhuang is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to China Standard Time (CST) is 15 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Nature Parks Museums
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Mogao Caves ©
Mogao Caves
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain ©
Yadan National Geological Park ©
Yadan National Geological Park

4
nights
Sanya

Sanya ©
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Yalong Bay and Dadonghai Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Sanya Redaiyulin Square and Nanshan Temple. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Tianya Haijiao, identify plant and animal life at Sanya River Birds Nature Reserve, make a trip to Jinmujiao Cape, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wuzhizhou Coral Island.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sanya trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Dunhuang to Sanya in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Sanya, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Tianya Haijiao ©
Tianya Haijiao
Sanya Redaiyulin Square ©
Sanya Redaiyulin Square
Dadonghai Beach ©
Dadonghai Beach

3
nights
Lhasa

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
On the 21st (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Tibet Revolution Exhibition Hall, step into the grandiose world of Potala Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Barkhor Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Canggu Temple, examine the collection at Tibet Museum, steep yourself in history at Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), and finally make a trip to XiZangZiZhiQu LaSaShi BaKuo Jie BuXingJie.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lhasa online itinerary creator.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sanya to Lhasa takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Museums
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Barkhor Street ©
Barkhor Street
Sera Monastery ©
Sera Monastery
Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden) ©

4
nights
Lijiang

Lijiang ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Baisha Ancient Town and Beiyue Temple of Lijiang. Escape the urban bustle at Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain and Lugu Lake. Go for a jaunt from Lijiang to Shangri-La County to see Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Lijiang Mural in Baisha Village, appreciate the extensive heritage of Xuesong Village, don't miss a visit to Old Town of Lijiang - China, and ponder the design of Black Dragon Pond Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lijiang tour planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lhasa to Lijiang takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Yulong County, Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)
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Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain ©
Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain
Lugu Lake ©
Lugu Lake
Baisha Ancient Town ©
Baisha Ancient Town

3
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Xi'an Museum and Small Goose Pagoda. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) and Drum Tower (Gulou). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Shaanxi History Museum, admire the local landmark of Dayan Pagoda Northern Square, tour the pleasant surroundings at Huaqing Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Xi'an Mosque.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Xi'an itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lijiang to Xi'an takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September in Xi'an, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Xi'an Mosque ©
Xi'an Mosque
Small Goose Pagoda ©
Small Goose Pagoda
Huaqing Palace ©
Huaqing Palace

1
night
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): delve into the lush surroundings at Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie and then explore the fascinating underground world of Tianmen Mountain of Zhangjiajie.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Zhangjiajie sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Zhangjiajie takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Nature Parks Wildlife
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