31 days in Sydney, Gansu & Chad Itinerary

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Sydney, Australia
— 20 nights
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Lanzhou, China
— 3 nights
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Dunhuang, China
— 2 nights
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N'Djamena, Chad
— 2 nights
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Sydney, Australia — 20 nights

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Blue Mountains National Park (Pulpit Rock Lookout & The National Pass), Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley) and Blackheath (Barrow Lookout, Hat Hill Gallery, &more). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, visit Darling Harbour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary maker.

New York City, USA to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Sydney, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in November, expect Sydney to be a bit warmer, temps between 77°F and 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Lanzhou.
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Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums
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Lanzhou, China — 3 nights

Once a major stop-off on the ancient Silk Road trading route, Lanzhou today acts as an important place to rest up for Silk Road tourists and trekkers.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yuzhong County (Mt. Xinglong National Nature Reserve & Xinglong Mountain Ski Field). There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Baiyi Pagoda, deepen your understanding at Lanzhou University, don't miss a visit to Waterwheel Expo Garden, and walk around Lanzhou Yintan Wetland Park.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lanzhou route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sydney to Lanzhou. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to China Standard Time (CST) is minus 2 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Lanzhou at 33°F and lows at 8°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Dunhuang.
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Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature
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Dunhuang, China — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): examine the collection at DunHuang ShiKu WenWu BaoHu YanJiu ChenLie ZhongXin, then contemplate the long history of Mogao Caves, and then explore the world behind art at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Xijin Tomb, look for gifts at Shazhou Market, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain, and finally get engrossed in the history at Dunhuang Folk Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Dunhuang route app.

Traveling by flight from Lanzhou to Dunhuang takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to N'Djamena.
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Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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N'Djamena, Chad — 2 nights

Chad's capital and largest city, N'Djamena serves as the main port on the Chari River, and a hub for livestock, grain, and salt.
On the 20th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Mosque N'Djamena, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Grand Marche (Central Market), then explore and take pictures at Avenue Charles de Gaulle, and finally explore the galleries of Musée National du Tchad.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read N'Djamena itinerary builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Dunhuang to N'Djamena. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Dunhuang to N'Djamena. December in N'Djamena sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 61°F at night. You will leave for home on the 21st (Wed).
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Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
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Gansu travel guide

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Caves · Mountains · Sacred & Religious Sites
Located on a golden intersection of the historical Silk Road in northwest China, Gansu boasts an abundance of natural attractions and cultural relics. Things to see in Gansu are many, ranging from Buddhist grottos and cave shrines to colorful market towns, as well as Great Wall garrison settlements. Take a camel or horse ride through traditional villages, or explore the pristine nature sheltering giant pandas and golden monkeys. Gansu is a leading medicinal plant and herb producer, some of which you can take home as a souvenir. Try regional dishes with noodles and lamb, as well as yak meat, butter, and yogurt.
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Chad travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Tourist Spots · Museums
With a desert in the north, an arid strip through the middle, and grassland areas in the south, Chad boasts a huge diversity of environments, wildlife, and plants. The country has always appealed to adventurous and daring travelers, with unadulterated landscapes and large animal populations the rewards for those bothering to visit. A ratcheting up of unrest, political violence, and terrorism in the 21st century has made travel to the country inadvisable, so it's not surprising mass tourism in Chad never really took off.
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