29 days in China Itinerary

29 days in China Itinerary

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29 days in China Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Hong Kong
— 5 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Suzhou
— 3 nights
Train:  45​min
3
Shanghai
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Beijing
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Zhangjiajie
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Chengdu
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  5​h 15​min
7
Lhasa
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Lijiang
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
9
Sanya
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Auckland

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 Bamboo Scenes. Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze) and Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Hong Kong side-trips: 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: step off the mainland to explore Lantau island, enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, and make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline.

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Auckland, New Zealand to Hong Kong is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Hong Kong Time is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Auckland in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Hong Kong. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time 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

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pingjiang Road and Shantang Street. Do your shopping at Six Arts Museum and Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute. Go for a jaunt from Suzhou to Taicang to see Shaxi Ancient Town about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at The Lingering Garden, steep yourself in history at Tongli Town, examine the collection at Suzhou Museum, and walk around Humble Administrator's Garden.

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You can do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Hong Kong to Suzhou in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Shaxi Ancient Town
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Shantang Street ©
Shantang Street
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.
Popular historic sites such as The Bund (Wai Tan) and Former French Concession are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tian Zi Fang and South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market. Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), view the masterpieces at Three on the Bund, buy something for everyone on your list at Westgate Isetan Department Store, and get to know the fascinating history of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Shanghai trip itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Suzhou to Shanghai takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mutianyu Great Wall and 798 Art Zone. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Temple of Heaven. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and make a trip to Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan).

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Beijing trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Beijing takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Shanghai in January: highs in Beijing hover around 3°C, while lows dip to -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie and Suoxiyu Nature Reserve. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute and WulongZhai. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Xihai Stone Forest, take in the natural beauty of Chabei Spring, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Zhangjiajie road trip planning site .

You can fly from Beijing to Zhangjiajie in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute
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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.
For shopping fun, head to Sanhe Classic Car Museum or Dancing Yak Handicrafts. Explore hidden gems such as Jiezi Ancient Town and Chengdu Museum New Building. When in Chengdu, make a side trip to see Jianchuan Museum in Dayi County, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), examine the collection at Sichuan Opera Museum, don't miss a visit to Kuanzhai Alley, and walk around Chengdu Culture Park.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Chengdu tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Zhangjiajie to Chengdu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Chengdu are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Chengdu

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Chimpu Caves, admire the landmark architecture of Ani Tsankhung Nunnery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Canggu Temple, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yaowang Mountain of Lhasa. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Tibet Revolution Exhibition Hall, explore the historical opulence of Potala Palace, and then identify plant and animal life at Lhalu Wetland National Nature Reserve.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lhasa trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Chengdu to Lhasa in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Chengdu in January, things will get little chillier in Lhasa: highs are around 8°C and lows about -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough 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
Ani Tsankhung Nunnery ©
Ani Tsankhung Nunnery

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 29th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Puji Temple, Lijiang, then delve into the distant past at Beiyue Temple of Lijiang, then steep yourself in history at Lijiang Mural, and finally browse the exhibits of Rhizome - Lijiang art center.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lijiang travel route app .

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Lijiang takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nanshan Temple and Qixian Ridge. Get in touch with nature at Sanya River Birds Nature Reserve and Yalong Bay. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Sanya Coral Reef National Nature Reserve, take a stroll through Sanya Redaiyulin Square, and browse the different shops at Pineapple Shopping Center.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sanya travel route planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Lijiang to Sanya takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks Wildlife Beaches

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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