35 days in China Itinerary

35 days in China Itinerary

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35 days in China Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  22 h
1
Sanya
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
2
Zhangjiajie
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
Lijiang
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Daocheng County
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Shangri-La County
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
6
Lhasa
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h
7
Huangshan
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
8
Shanghai
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
9
Datong
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
10
Beijing
— 7 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Copenhagen

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Wuzhizhou Coral Island and Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area. Explore hidden gems such as Nanshan Temple and Tianya Haijiao. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Sanya Zhujiang Nantian Spa, enjoy the sand and surf at Dadonghai Beach, and take a stroll through Sanya Redaiyulin Square.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sanya vacation planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Sanya is an approximately 22-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Copenhagen to Sanya due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Copenhagen in June: high temperatures in Sanya hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Zhangjiajie.

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Wuzhizhou Coral Island ©
Wuzhizhou Coral Island
Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan Temple
Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area ©
Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area

3
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie and Tianmen Mountain of Zhangjiajie. Get outdoors at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and Xihai Stone Forest. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Golden Whip Brook, identify plant and animal life at Suoxiyu Nature Reserve, and admire the landmark architecture of Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Zhangjiajie trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Sanya to Zhangjiajie by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park ©
Golden Whip Brook ©
Golden Whip Brook

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.
Popular historic sites such as Mufu Palace and Baisha Ancient Town are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain and Yulong Snow Mountain and Glacier Park. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Old Town of Lijiang - China, contemplate the waterfront views at Lugu Lake, contemplate the long history of Shuhe Ancient Town, and take a memorable drive along Blue Moon Valley.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lijiang vacation builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Zhangjiajie to Lijiang takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Daocheng County.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

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Yulong County
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Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain ©
Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain
Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town

2
nights
Daocheng County

Daocheng County ©
On the 13th (Tue), get to know the fascinating history of Daocheng Three Holy Mountain, appreciate the extensive heritage of Aden Scenic Area, and then explore the striking landscape at Hell Canyon of Kasi. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Xianuo Duoji Mountain and then get to know the fascinating history of Bang River and Sela Scenic Resort.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Daocheng County itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Lijiang to Daocheng County takes 12.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Shangri-La County.

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Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Aden Scenic Area ©
Aden Scenic Area

4
nights
Shangri-La County

Shangri-La County ©
Known previously as Zhongdian, Shangri-La County gained its current name in an attempt by city officials to promote tourism.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sumtsaling Monastery and Shudu Lake. Escape the urban bustle at Birang Grand Canyon and Shangri-la Grand Canyon. Balagezong. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shangri-La Zhongxin Town Church and take in panoramic vistas at Shika Snow Mountains.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Shangri-La County itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Daocheng County to Shangri-La County takes 8.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Shudu Lake ©
Shudu Lake
Sumtsaling Monastery
Sumtsaling Monastery

2
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 18th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Canggu Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Barkhor Street, then explore the historical opulence of Potala Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), and finally contemplate the long history of Sera Monastery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lhasa trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Shangri-La County to Lhasa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Tue) before leaving for Huangshan.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Museums
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Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Barkhor Street ©
Barkhor Street
Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden) ©
Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden)

4
nights
Huangshan

Huangshan ©
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.
Get some historical perspective at Hongcun Ancient Village and Xidi Ancient Village. Mt. Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) and Qianxian Nanping Village Scenic Resort are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Yi County (Lucun Village & Juyimukeng Scenic Resort). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Tunxi Ancient Street, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and contemplate the long history of Former Residence of Cheng Dawei.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Huangshan vacation planner.

Getting from Lhasa to Huangshan by combination of taxi and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Huangshan

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Yi County, Xidi Ancient Village
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Mt. Huangshan ©
Mt. Huangshan
Hongcun Ancient Village ©
Hongcun Ancient Village
Xidi Ancient Village ©
Xidi Ancient Village

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tongli Town and Zhouzhuang Water Town. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Xitang Ancient Town. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Shanghai Museum, admire the striking features of Jade Buddha Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Former French Concession, and take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Shanghai travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Huangshan to Shanghai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 25°C. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Datong.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

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

1
night
Datong

Datong ©
The old city of Datong has an interesting and complicated history of development, sacking, and rebuilding.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): admire the striking features of Nine Dragon Screen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Huayan Temple of Datong, and then delve into the distant past at Yungang Grottoes.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Datong trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Shanghai to Datong in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Datong

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Yungang Grottoes ©
Yungang Grottoes
Huayan Temple of Datong ©
Huayan Temple of Datong
Nine Dragon Screen Ticket Office ©
Nine Dragon Screen Ticket Office

7
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Great Wall at Mutianyu and Back Lakes (Hou Hai). Get some historical perspective at The Great Wall at Badaling and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), steep yourself in history at The Great wall of Jiankou-The Great Wall Alternative, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Heaven (Tiantan Park), and immerse yourself in nature at Simatai Great Wall.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Beijing trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Datong to Beijing takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Beijing can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Trails
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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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