56 days in China Itinerary

56 days in China Itinerary

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Beijing
— 5 nights
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Dunhuang
— 3 nights
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Lhasa
— 3 nights
Bus to Shangri-La County, Bus to Lijiang
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Lijiang
— 3 nights
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Dali
— 3 nights
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Kunming
— 3 nights
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Guilin
— 2 nights
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Hong Kong
— 4 nights
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Guangzhou
— 5 nights
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Xiamen
— 4 nights
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Shanghai
— 7 nights
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Suzhou
— 3 nights
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Beijing

— 5 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mutianyu Great Wall and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Do your shopping at Nanluoguxiang and Panjiayuan Antique Market. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, contemplate the long history of Peking Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling (Song Qingling Guju), and browse the different shops at INDIGO.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Beijing trip itinerary builder.

Billum, Denmark to Beijing is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to China Standard Time (CST) is 7 hours. Traveling from Billum in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Beijing, with lows around -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 8:

Dunhuang

— 3 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Xijin Tomb and then stroll through Dunhuang Nanhu Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): Head underground at Mogao Caves and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Crescent Moon Pool.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Dunhuang road trip planning website.

Fly from Beijing to Dunhuang in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can fly to Lhasa.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 12:

Lhasa

— 3 nights
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Off-Road Tours. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Dropenling Lhasa Villages Handicraft Shop, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Potala Palace, make a trip to Barkhor Street, and get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lhasa tour itinerary website.

You can fly from Dunhuang to Lhasa in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in February, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Lijiang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 16:

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.
Visiting Three Parallel Rivers National Park and Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain will get you outdoors. Spend the 20th (Sun) exploring nature at Lashi Lake. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Old Town of Lijiang - China, steep yourself in history at Shuhe Ancient Town, and walk around Black Dragon Pond Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lijiang trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Lhasa to Lijiang in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Dali.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 21:

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.
Get outdoors at Mt.Cangshan and Erhai Lake Scenic Resort and Erhai Lake. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Da Li Shi Kong Guo Shi Museum, don't miss a visit to Xizhou Town, visit Dali Ancient, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cangshan Mountain.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Dali trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Lijiang to Dali in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Kunming.

Things to do in Dali

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 24:

Kunming

— 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Green Lake (Cui Hu) and Dian Lake (Dian Chi). Head to Nanping Business Street and Guandu Ancient Townfor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kunming Golden Temple and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kunming West Hill (Xishan Forest Park).

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kunming itinerary app.

Getting from Dali to Kunming by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. February in Kunming sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to fly to Guilin.

Things to do in Kunming

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 27:

Guilin

— 2 nights
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Escape the urban bustle at Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) and Seven Star Park (Qixing Gongyuan). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan), get into the urban bustle at Lijiang Folk Customs Garden, surround yourself with nature on China Educational Tours, and walk around Riyue Shuangta Cultural Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Guilin tour website.

Getting from Kunming to Guilin by train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of subway and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kunming in February since evenings lows in Guilin dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Guilin

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 2:

Hong Kong

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Take a break from the city and head to Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail and Lantau island. Shop till you drop at IFC mall and MingCha Tea House. Pack the 3rd (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), examine the collection at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, and take in the waterfront at Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hong Kong route planner.

You can take a train from Guilin to Hong Kong in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Guilin in March: high temperatures in Hong Kong hover around 26°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can take a train to Guangzhou.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks · Theme Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 6:

Guangzhou

— 5 nights
A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
Take a break from the city and head to Pacha Mama Adventures and Shamian Island. Head to Living Mall and Beijing Road Raw Material For Medicine Shopping Mallfor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Parc Central, get to know the resident critters at Chimelong Safari Park, see the interesting displays at Chen Clan Ancestral Hall-Folk Craft Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Yuexiu Mountain.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Guangzhou tour itinerary app.

Traveling by train from Hong Kong to Guangzhou takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Guangzhou when traveling from Hong Kong in March, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Xiamen.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 11:

Xiamen

— 4 nights

Garden Island

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.
Do your shopping at Gulangyu and Tasty Life. Take a break from the city and head to Kulangsu Huandao Road and Xiamen Riyuegu Hot Spring Resort Communities. There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at The eighth seafood Market, get into the urban bustle at Dadeji Bathing, shop like a local with Zhongshan Road Walking Street, and buy something for everyone on your list at SM new life Square.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Xiamen trip app.

Fly from Guangzhou to Xiamen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March in Xiamen, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Shanghai.

Things to do in Xiamen

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 16:

Shanghai

— 7 nights

Pearl of the Orient

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) and Former French Concession. Escape the urban bustle at Travel China Guide and Huangpu River. On the 17th (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to The Bund (Wai Tan), take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and stop by Spin Ceramics.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip planner.

You can fly from Xiamen to Shanghai in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Xiamen in March; daily highs in Shanghai reach 18°C and lows reach 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Suzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Tours · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 24:

Suzhou

— 3 nights

Venice of the East

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.
Get in touch with nature at Yangcheng Lake Peninsula Tourist Resort and Jinji Lake. The adventure continues: shop like a local with Pingjiang Road, stroll around The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, steep yourself in history at Tongli Town, and take in nature's colorful creations at Humble Administrator's Garden.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Suzhou trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by train from Shanghai to Suzhou takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Shanghai in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Suzhou, with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Suzhou

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 27:

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.