60 days in China Itinerary

60 days in China Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Beijing
— 6 nights
2
Zhangjiajie
— 4 nights
3
Xi'an
— 4 nights
4
Dunhuang
— 3 nights
5
Lhasa
— 4 nights
6
Shangri-La County
— 2 nights
7
Lijiang
— 3 nights
8
Chengdu
— 4 nights
9
Guilin
— 4 nights
10
Sanya
— 3 nights
11
Hong Kong
— 6 nights
12
Xiamen
— 5 nights
13
Suzhou
— 5 nights
14
Shanghai
— 5 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mutianyu Great Wall and Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan). Step out of the city life by going to Longqing Gorge and Back Lakes (Hou Hai). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), examine the collection at National Museum Of China, take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and wander the streets of 798 Art Zone.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Beijing visit planning app.

Atlanta, USA to Beijing is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 13 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Beijing are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time 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

4
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Visiting Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park and Tianzi Mountain will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie and Suoxiyu Nature Reserve. Step out of Zhangjiajie with an excursion to Red River Valley Forest Park in Mei County--about 50 minutes away. Spend the 11th (Thu) among lush scenery at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Golden Whip Brook, explore the galleries of Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute, and take in the dramatic natural features at Xihai Stone Forest.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Zhangjiajie journey tool.

Fly from Beijing to Zhangjiajie in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Red River Valley Forest Park, Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute
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Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park ©
Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park
Golden Whip Brook ©
Golden Whip Brook

4
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tang Bo Art Museum and Shaanxi History Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and Xi'an China Calligraphy Art Museum. Step out of Xi'an with an excursion to Mount Huashan in Huayin--about 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Xi'an Bell Tower, get engrossed in the history at Forest of Stone Steles Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Xi'an Mosque, and steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta).

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Xi'an trip planning site.

Fly from Zhangjiajie to Xi'an in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Xi'an sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mogao Caves and DunHuang ShiKu WenWu BaoHu YanJiu ChenLie ZhongXin. Step out of the city life by going to Yadan National Geological Park and Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of West Lake Nature Reserve of Dunhuang, explore the ancient world of Xijin Tomb, stop by Shazhou Market, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dunhuang Leiyin Temple.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Dunhuang vacation app.

You can fly from Xi'an to Dunhuang in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Mogao Caves ©
Mogao Caves
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Barkhor Street and Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Jokhang Temple and Potala Palace. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden), take an in-depth tour of Tibet Revolution Exhibition Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sera Monastery, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lhasa vacation builder site.

Fly from Dunhuang to Lhasa in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Lhasa sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Barkhor Street ©
Barkhor Street
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden) ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia), thenwalk around Guishan Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumtsaling Monastery. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Potatso National Park.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Shangri-La County trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Lhasa to Shangri-La County in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to take a bus 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.
Do your shopping at Rhizome - Lijiang art center and Fuxingchang Tea House. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shuhe Ancient Town and Beiyue Temple of Lijiang. Go for a jaunt from Lijiang to Yulong County to see Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 27th (Sat) exploring nature at Three Parallel Rivers National Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Mufu Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China, contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Moon Valley, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Puji Temple, Lijiang.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lijiang road trip planner.

Getting from Shangri-La County to Lijiang by bus takes about 4.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Lijiang are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dujiangyan Irrigation System and Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum. Popular historic sites such as Wenshu Yuan Monastery and Mount Qingcheng are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: see the top attractions with China Discovery, look for gifts at Blue Sheep Craft Shop, browse the different shops at IFS, and look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi).

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Chengdu journey builder app.

Traveling by flight from Lijiang to Chengdu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lijiang in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Chengdu: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces and Ping'an Village. Get outdoors at Yulong River and Huangbu Beach. On the 5th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: get into the urban bustle at Lijiang Folk Customs Garden, explore the activities along Li River, Head underground at Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan), and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To plan Guilin vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Chengdu to Guilin by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Guilin

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Yangshuo County, Longsheng 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.
Head to Egret Park and Boom Plazafor some retail therapy. Take a break from the city and head to Yalong Bay and Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanshan Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Tianya Haijiao, explore the striking landscape at Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area, and stroll around Luhuitou Park.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sanya road trip planner.

You can fly from Guilin to Sanya in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Sanya sees daily highs of °F and lows of °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
Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park ©

6
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tsim Sha Tsui and Monte Forte (Fortaleza do Monte). Get some historical perspective at Lantau island and Ruins of St. Paul's. Change things up with these side-trips from Hong Kong: Macau (Pastelaria Koi Kei, Taipa Village Macau, &more). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ocean Park, get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze).

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hong Kong trip planner.

Getting from Sanya to Hong Kong by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can 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)
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze) ©

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.
Head to Fuzhou College Xiamen Arts and Craft and Tasty Lifefor some retail therapy. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Huaijiu Gulangyu Museum and Xiamen Piano Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Quanzhou (Kaiyuan Monastery, Quanzhou Maritime Museum, &more), Quanzhou Longshan Temple (in Jinjiang) and Chongwu Ancient Town (in Hui'an County). And it doesn't end there: hike along Kulangsu Huandao Road, buy something for everyone on your list at Pan base Center, contemplate the long history of Xiamen University, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanputuo Temple.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Xiamen travel route planning website.

Fly from Hong Kong to Xiamen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °F in August, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Xiamen

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Quanzhou, Quanzhou Longshan Temple, Chongwu Ancient Town
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.
Appreciate the collections at Suzhou Garden Museum and Suzhou Garden Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Xitang Ancient Town and The Lingering Garden. Explore Suzhou's surroundings by going to Shaxi Ancient Town (in Taicang), Wuzhen Water Town (in Tongxiang) and Zhouzhuang Boat (in Kunshan). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Humble Administrator's Garden, contemplate the long history of Tongli Town, walk around Tiger Hill, and pause for some photo ops at Lingshan Buddhist Scenic Spot.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Suzhou trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Xiamen to Suzhou takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Xiamen in August, with highs in Suzhou at °F and lows at °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, Shaxi Ancient Town, Xitang Ancient Town, Wuzhen Water Town
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Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
The Lingering Garden ©
The Lingering Garden
Suzhou Garden Museum ©
Suzhou Garden Museum

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.
Former French Concession and Zhujiajiao Ancient Town are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre and LWH Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market, appreciate the history behind Jade Buddha Temple, examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Longhua Temple.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip planner.

You can take a train from Suzhou to Shanghai in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Suzhou in August, with highs in Shanghai at °F and lows at °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

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
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession

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