43 days in China Itinerary

43 days in China Itinerary

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43 days in China Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Beijing
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Shanghai
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h
3
Suzhou
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Hangzhou
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Huangshan
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Xiamen
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Zhangjiajie
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
8
Xi'an
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  5​h
9
Jiuzhaigou County
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5​h 30​min
10
Chengdu
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
11
Lijiang
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Train:  6​h
12
Hong Kong
— 7 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Edmonton

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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, sightseeing, trails, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Great Wall at Mutianyu, explore the historical opulence of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), contemplate the long history of The Great wall of Jiankou-The Great Wall Alternative, and see the interesting displays at Forbidden City-The Palace Museum.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Beijing itinerary builder.

Edmonton, Canada to Beijing is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Edmonton to Beijing due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Edmonton in May; daily highs in Beijing reach 32°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

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

5
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.
Shanghai is known for sightseeing, historic sites, shopping, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Bund (Wai Tan), make a trip to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and take a stroll through Old French Concession.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Shanghai vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Shanghai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Beijing in May since evenings lows in Shanghai dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

4
nights
Suzhou

Suzhou ©
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'll find plenty of places to visit near Suzhou: China Dinosaur Park (in Changzhou) and Lingshan Buddhist Scenic Spot (in Wuxi). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, contemplate the long history of Humble Administrator's Garden, see the interesting displays at Suzhou Museum, and don't miss a visit to SuZhou ShanTang Jie.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Suzhou travel planner.

Traveling by train from Shanghai to Suzhou takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Suzhou can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Suzhou

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

China Dinosaur Park, Lingshan Buddhist Scenic Spot
Find places to stay May 18 — 22:
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The Classical Gardens of Suzhou ©
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou
Tongli Town ©
Tongli Town
Suzhou Garden Museum ©
Suzhou Garden Museum

3
nights
Hangzhou

Hangzhou ©
Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
Spend the 25th (Thu) exploring nature at Xixi Wetland Park. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of West Lake (Xi Hu), admire the landmark architecture of Pagoda of Six Harmonies, tour the pleasant surroundings at West Lake Colored Port View Fish Garden, and admire the local landmark of Hupao Spring.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Hangzhou vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Suzhou to Hangzhou takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Hangzhou can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Huangshan.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Prince Bay Park ©
Prince Bay Park
West Lake (Xi Hu) ©
West Lake (Xi Hu)
Gu Shan (Solitary Hill) ©
Gu Shan (Solitary Hill)

2
nights
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.
On the 26th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Tunxi Mountainous Town, tour the pleasant surroundings at Huangshan Geopark, and then explore the striking landscape at Mt. Huangshan (Yellow Mountain). Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Tunxi Ancient Street and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Huangshan online itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Hangzhou to Huangshan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Xiamen.

Things to do in Huangshan

Tours Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Mt. Huangshan ©
Mt. Huangshan
Huangshan Geopark ©
Huangshan Geopark

2
nights
Xiamen

Xiamen ©
Known for centuries as a gateway to China, the port city of Xiamen has become a destination in itself, first to domestic visitors and now to a growing number of people from across the world.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Gulangyu, stroll through Kulangsu Huandao Road, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Zhongshan Road Walking Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Xiamen University and then take in nature's colorful creations at Xiamen Shuzhuang Garden.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Xiamen travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Huangshan to Xiamen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Xiamen can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Xiamen

Parks Shopping Outdoors
Find places to stay May 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Gulangyu ©
Gulangyu
Xiamen University ©
Xiamen University
Kulangsu Huandao Road ©
Kulangsu Huandao Road

3
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Spend the 31st (Wed) exploring nature at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Spend the 1st (Thu) exploring the underground world of Tianmen Mountain of Zhangjiajie. There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie, get to know the fascinating history of Wulingyuan Scenic Area, and take in the awesome beauty at Tianzi Mountain.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Zhangjiajie trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Xiamen to Zhangjiajie in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Tours
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 1:
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
On the 2nd (Fri), examine the collection at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, then steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), then delve into the distant past at Ancient Wall of South Gate of Yan'an, and finally explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang). On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Muslim Quarter, then admire the landmark architecture of Bell Tower (Zhonglou), then explore the ancient world of Xi'an Bell Tower, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Xi'an trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Zhangjiajie to Xi'an takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Xi'an are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Bell Tower (Zhonglou)
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 4:
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Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)
Muslim Quarter ©
Muslim Quarter

1
night
Jiuzhaigou County

Jiuzhaigou County ©
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Jiuzhaigou County holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve ©
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve
Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center ©
Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center

3
nights
Chengdu

Chengdu ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Jinli Pedestrian Street, then get to know the fascinating history of Kuanzhai Ancient Street of Qing Dynasty, then get engrossed in the history at Jinsha Site Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi). Keep things going the next day: stroll through Wangjianglou Park, snap pictures at Anshun Bridge (Dongmen Bridge), and then find something for the whole family at Happy Valley of Chengdu.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Chengdu sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Chengdu takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Chengdu can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Chengdu

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Happy Valley of Chengdu ©
Happy Valley of Chengdu
Jinsha Site Museum ©
Jinsha Site Museum

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lugu Lake, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Dragon Pond Park, and then make a trip to Old Town of Lijiang - China.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lijiang custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Chengdu to Lijiang takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Black Dragon Pond Park ©
Black Dragon Pond Park
Lugu Lake ©
Lugu Lake

7
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Venture out of the city with trips to Macau (Casino at Venetian Macao & Ruins of St. Paul's). Pack the 10th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Pack the 11th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Ocean Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, stroll through Hong Kong Park, and head off the coast to Lantau Island.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hong Kong sightseeing planner.

Getting from Lijiang to Hong Kong by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in June, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Macau
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

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