23 days in China Itinerary

23 days in China Itinerary

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23 days in China Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Sanya
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
2
Lhasa
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Lijiang
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Zhangjiajie
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Shanghai
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Beijing
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Barcelona

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dadonghai Beach and Sanya Redaiyulin Square. Visiting Wuzhizhou Coral Island and Yalong Bay will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanshan Temple, find something for the whole family at Xidao Amusement Park, and stroll through Tianya Haijiao.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sanya vacation trip planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Sanya is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Barcelona to Sanya, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Sanya is a bit warmer than Barcelona - with highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Tianya Haijiao ©
Tianya Haijiao
Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan Temple
Sanya Redaiyulin Square ©
Sanya Redaiyulin Square

3
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Lhasa

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Barkhor Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokhang Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Canggu Temple, and finally examine the collection at Tibet Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Potala Palace, contemplate the long history of Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden), then steep yourself in history at Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), and finally steep yourself in history at Sera Monastery.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Lhasa trip generator.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Museums
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Barkhor Street ©
Barkhor Street
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Sera Monastery ©
Sera Monastery

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): stroll through Black Dragon Pond Park and then contemplate the long history of Shuhe Ancient Town. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Mufu Palace, make a trip to Old Town of Lijiang - China, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read 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 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain
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Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town
Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain ©
Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain
Lugu Lake ©
Lugu Lake

4
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Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie and Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Get in touch with nature at Golden Whip Brook and Xihai Stone Forest. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Tianmen Mountain of Zhangjiajie, admire the landmark architecture of Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple, identify plant and animal life at Suoxiyu Nature Reserve, and view the masterpieces at Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Zhangjiajie trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lijiang to Zhangjiajie takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute
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4
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Shanghai

Shanghai ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Pudong New Area. Get some historical perspective at Former French Concession and Xitang Ancient Town. Venture out of the city with trips to Tongli Town (in Suzhou) and Zhouzhuang Water Town (in Kunshan). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Shanghai Museum, take a stroll through Xintiandi, view the masterpieces at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, and admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Shanghai itinerary builder.

You can fly from Zhangjiajie to Shanghai in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. September in Shanghai sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Xitang Ancient Town, Tongli Town, Zhouzhuang Water Town
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
Tongli Town ©
Tongli Town

5
nights
Beijing

Beijing ©
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.
Get outdoors at Great Wall at Mutianyu and Back Lakes (Hou Hai). Get a sense of the local culture at The Great Wall at Badaling and Temple of Heaven (Tiantan Park). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), contemplate the long history of Bell and Drum Towers, wander the streets of 798 Art Zone, and admire the landmark architecture of Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Beijing itinerary planner.

Getting from Shanghai to Beijing by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Shanghai in September, with highs in Beijing at 30°C and lows at 17°C. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Great Wall at Badaling ©
The Great Wall at Badaling

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