29 days in China Itinerary

29 days in China Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hong Kong
— 5 nights
2
Suzhou
— 3 nights
3
Shanghai
— 4 nights
4
Beijing
— 3 nights
5
Zhangjiajie
— 3 nights
6
Chengdu
— 3 nights
7
Lhasa
— 2 nights
8
Lijiang
— 1 night
9
Sanya
— 3 nights

5
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
For shopping fun, head to Tsim Sha Tsui or IFC mall. Visit Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze) and Lantau island for their historical value. Explore Hong Kong's surroundings by going to Macau (Ruins of St. Paul's & City of Dreams). Pack the 9th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline, take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History, and explore the galleries of Bamboo Scenes.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hong Kong trip planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Hong Kong is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Hong Kong Standard Time (HKT), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Hong Kong, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Macau
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Tsim Sha Tsui ©
Tsim Sha Tsui
Ruins of St. Paul's ©
Ruins of St. Paul's
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze) ©

3
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.
Do your shopping at Pingjiang Road and Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute. Popular historic sites such as Shantang Street and The Lingering Garden are in your itinerary. When in Suzhou, make a side trip to see Shaxi Ancient Town in Taicang, approximately Taicang away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Suzhou Garden Museum, steep yourself in history at Tongli Town, admire the natural beauty at Humble Administrator's Garden, and explore the world behind art at Six Arts Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Suzhou trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Suzhou in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Shaxi Ancient Town
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Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute ©
Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute
The Lingering Garden ©
The Lingering Garden
Tongli Town ©
Tongli Town

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Tian Zi Fang and The Bund (Wai Tan). Get some cultural insight at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) and Xintiandi. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market, shop like a local with Three on the Bund, see the interesting displays at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, and take a stroll through Former French Concession.

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Traveling by train from Suzhou to Shanghai takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Shanghai are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Tian Zi Fang ©
Tian Zi Fang
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town ©
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan) and 798 Art Zone. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mutianyu Great Wall and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), see the interesting displays at The Palace Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Beijing route planner.

Getting from Shanghai to Beijing by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Shanghai in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Beijing, with highs around °C, while nights are cooler with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Zhangjiajie.

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 Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

3
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Get outdoors at Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie and Chabei Spring. Do some cultural sightseeing at Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute and Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Suoxiyu Nature Reserve, take in the dramatic natural features at WulongZhai, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Zhangjiajie trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Beijing to Zhangjiajie in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute
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Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute ©
Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute
Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple ©
Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple

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.
Shop till you drop at New Century Global Center and Dancing Yak Handicrafts. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kuanzhai Alley and Baoguang Temple of Chengdu. Explore Chengdu's surroundings by going to Jiezi Ancient Town (in Chongzhou) and Jianchuan Museum (in Dayi County). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), examine the collection at Sichuan Opera Museum, take an in-depth tour of Chengdu Museum New Hall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Chengdu Culture Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Chengdu trip planner.

You can fly from Zhangjiajie to Chengdu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Chengdu are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Chengdu

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Jiezi Ancient Town, Jianchuan Museum
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Jianchuan Museum ©
Jianchuan Museum
Kuanzhai Alley ©
Kuanzhai Alley

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 27th (Mon), Head underground at Chimpu Caves, steep yourself in history at Ani Tsankhung Nunnery, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Canggu Temple, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yaowang Mountain of Lhasa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Tibet Revolution Exhibition Hall, admire the striking features of Potala Palace, and then identify plant and animal life at Lhalu Wetland National Nature Reserve.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lhasa travel route planner.

You can fly from Chengdu to Lhasa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Chengdu in January; daily highs in Lhasa reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Canggu Temple ©
Canggu Temple
Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Puji Temple, Lijiang, admire the striking features of Beiyue Temple of Lijiang, thensteep yourself in history at Lijiang Mural, and finally explore the galleries of Rhizome - Lijiang art center.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Lijiang fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Lijiang takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Puji Temple, Lijiang
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Puji Temple, Lijiang ©
Puji Temple, Lijiang
Lijiang Mural ©
Lijiang Mural

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 Yalong Bay and Sanya River Birds Nature Reserve. Do some cultural sightseeing at Nanshan Temple and Sanya Redaiyulin Square. Take a break from Sanya with a short trip to Qixian Ridge in Baoting County, about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Sanya Coral Reef National Nature Reserve and browse the different shops at Pineapple Shopping Center.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sanya tour itinerary builder app.

Fly from Lijiang to Sanya in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. January in Sanya sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Qixian Ridge
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Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan Temple
Sanya Redaiyulin Square ©
Sanya Redaiyulin Square

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