60 days in China Itinerary

60 days in China Itinerary

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60 days in China Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Beijing
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Zhangjiajie
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Xi'an
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Dunhuang
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Lhasa
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Shangri-La County
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Lijiang
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Chengdu
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Guilin
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Sanya
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Train:  5​h
11
Hong Kong
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
12
Xiamen
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
13
Suzhou
— 5 nights
Train:  45​min
14
Shanghai
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Atlanta

6
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 discover tucked-away gems like 798 Art Zone and Longqing Gorge. Head to Nanluoguxiang and Panjiayuan Antique Marketfor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: see Mutianyu Great Wall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Heaven, get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and see the interesting displays at Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Beijing driving holiday tool .

Atlanta, USA to Beijing is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13 hours traveling from Atlanta to Beijing. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (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

4
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Get in touch with nature at Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie and Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute and Red River Valley Forest Park. On the 11th (Thu), enjoy a day of scenic exploration at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Tianzi Mountain, explore the activities along Golden Whip Brook, take in the dramatic natural features at Xihai Stone Forest, and look for all kinds of wild species at Suoxiyu Nature Reserve.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Zhangjiajie driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Beijing to Zhangjiajie in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Red River Valley Forest Park, Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute
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Tianzi Mountain ©
Tianzi Mountain

4
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Xi'an Mosque and Small Goose Pagoda. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shaanxi History Museum and The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. When in Xi'an, make a side trip to see Mount Huashan in Huayin, approximately 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Xi'an Bell Tower, stroll the grounds of Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling), explore the world behind art at Tang Bo Art Museum, and ponder the design of Dayan Pagoda Northern Square.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Xi'an trip builder app .

You can fly from Zhangjiajie to Xi'an in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Xi'an sees daily highs of 93°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hanyangling Museum, Mount Huashan
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Mount Huashan ©
Mount Huashan
Shaanxi History Museum ©
Shaanxi History Museum

3
nights
Dunhuang

Dunhuang ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mogao Caves and Yadan National Geological Park. Get some cultural insight at West Lake Nature Reserve of Dunhuang and DunHuang ShiKu WenWu BaoHu YanJiu ChenLie ZhongXin. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain, get engrossed in the history at Library Cave Heritage Museum, explore the world behind art at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Crescent Moon Pool.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Dunhuang holiday maker app .

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Dunhuang takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Parks Nature Museums
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Mogao Caves ©
Mogao Caves
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain ©
Yadan National Geological Park ©
Yadan National Geological Park

4
nights
Lhasa

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Potala Palace and Tibet Revolution Exhibition Hall. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Barkhor Street and Jokhang Temple. Spend the 22nd (Mon) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sera Monastery, contemplate the long history of Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden), get outside with Outdoor Activities, and stop by Dropenling Lhasa Villages Handicraft Shop.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lhasa attractions site .

You can fly from Dunhuang to Lhasa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Lhasa

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia), walk around Guishan Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumtsaling Monastery. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Potatso National Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Shangri-La County trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Lhasa to Shangri-La County takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lijiang.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) ©
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)
Sumtsaling Monastery
Sumtsaling Monastery
Potatso National Park ©
Potatso National Park

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain and Three Parallel Rivers National Park. Head to Rhizome - Lijiang art center and Fuxingchang Tea Housefor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Shuhe Ancient Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Puji Temple, Lijiang, don't miss a visit to Blue Moon Valley, and get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Lijiang vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Shangri-La County to Lijiang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Lijiang sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Jinsha Site Museum and Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum. Head to Sanhe Classic Car Museum and Blue Sheep Craft Shopfor plenty of shopping. Step out of Chengdu with an excursion to Dujiangyan Irrigation System in Dujiangyan--about 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Qingcheng, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wenshu Yuan Monastery, browse the different shops at IFS, and make a trip to Jinli Pedestrian Street.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Chengdu journey planner.

Fly from Lijiang to Chengdu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Lijiang in July, with highs in Chengdu at 89°F and lows at 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Guilin.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum
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Dujiangyan Irrigation System ©
Dujiangyan Irrigation System
Mount Qingcheng ©
Mount Qingcheng
Wenshu Yuan Monastery ©
Wenshu Yuan Monastery

4
nights
Guilin

Guilin ©
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Head to Ping'an Village and Lijiang Folk Customs Gardenfor plenty of shopping. Explore hidden gems such as Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces and Li River. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Guilin: Yangshuo County (Yulong River & Huangbu Beach). Spend the 4th (Sun) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. On the 5th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan).

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Guilin trip planning website .

Fly from Chengdu to Guilin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in August, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Guilin

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Longsheng County, Yangshuo County, Li River
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Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces ©
Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) ©
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan)
Yulong River ©
Yulong River

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.
Get some cultural insight at Nanshan Temple and Xisha Martyrs Cemetery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yalong Bay and Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Sanya Zhujiang Nantian Spa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tianya Haijiao, stroll around Luhuitou Park, and trek along Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sanya tour itinerary builder site .

Fly from Guilin to Sanya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. In August in Sanya, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan Temple

6
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Do your shopping at Tsim Sha Tsui and Stanley. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Monte Forte (Fortaleza do Monte) and City of Dreams. Explore Hong Kong's surroundings by going to Macau (Pastelaria Koi Kei, Taipa Village Macau, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze), get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland, admire the striking features of Chi Lin Nunnery, and head off the coast to Lantau island.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hong Kong day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Sanya to Hong Kong takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Hong Kong are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Xiamen.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Macau
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Monte Forte (Fortaleza do Monte) ©
Monte Forte (Fortaleza do Monte)

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at Xiamen University and Quanzhou Hermitage. Take a break from the city and head to Kulangsu Huandao Road and Gulangyu. Venture out of the city with trips to Quanzhou (Kaiyuan Monastery & Quanzhou Maritime Museum), Chongwu Ancient Town (in Hui'an County) and Quanzhou Longshan Temple (in Jinjiang). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanputuo Temple, look for gifts at Tasty Life, shop like a local with Zhongshan Road Walking Street, and view the masterpieces at Fuzhou College Xiamen Arts and Craft.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Xiamen online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Xiamen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Xiamen

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Quanzhou, Chongwu Ancient Town, Quanzhou Longshan Temple
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 19:
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Gulangyu ©
Gulangyu
Xiamen University ©
Xiamen University
Kulangsu Huandao Road ©
Kulangsu Huandao Road

5
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Pingjiang Road and Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Xitang Ancient Town and Tongli Town. Venture out of the city with trips to Wuzhen Water Town (in Tongxiang), Shaxi Ancient Town (in Taicang) and Zhouzhuang Boat (in Kunshan). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Humble Administrator's Garden, appreciate the extensive heritage of Shantang Street, see the interesting displays at Suzhou Museum, and explore the engaging exhibits at Six Arts Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Suzhou visit planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Xiamen to Suzhou takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Xiamen in August; daily highs in Suzhou reach 98°F and lows reach 98°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Lingshan Buddhist Scenic Spot, Feiying Tower, Xitang Ancient Town, Zhouzhuang Boat, Wuzhen Water Town
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Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
The Lingering Garden ©
The Lingering Garden
Tongli Town ©
Tongli Town

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Former French Concession and The Bund (Wai Tan). Appreciate the collections at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre and Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Tian Zi Fang, examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), make a trip to Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Shanghai journey planning app .

You can take a train from Suzhou to Shanghai in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Suzhou in August: high temperatures in Shanghai hover around 91°F and lows are around 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©

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