49 days in China Itinerary

49 days in China Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Shanghai
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Shanghai
— 6 nights
Fly
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Hong Kong
— 6 nights
Train
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Yangshuo County
— 5 nights
Fly
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Xi'an
— 5 nights
Fly to Jiuzhai Huanglong, Bus to Jiuzhaigou County
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 4 nights
Bus to Song Pan airport, Fly to Emeishan
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Emeishan
— 3 nights
Fly
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Lijiang
— 3 nights
Fly
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Lhasa
— 5 nights
Fly
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Dunhuang
— 2 nights
Fly to Beijing Capital, Bus to Luanping County
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Luanping County
— 1 night
Drive
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Beijing
— 7 nights
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Shanghai — 6 nights

Pearl of the Orient

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.
Shanghai is known for sightseeing, shopping, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and wander the streets of Former French Concession.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Shanghai sightseeing planner.

Exeter, UK to Shanghai is an approximately 17-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Exeter to Shanghai is 8 hours. In September in Shanghai, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Hong Kong.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Hong Kong — 6 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 14th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), pause for some photo ops at Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline, and get curious at Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hong Kong trip planning app.

Getting from Shanghai to Hong Kong by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in September, things will get a bit warmer in Hong Kong: highs are around 38°C and lows about 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can take a train to Yangshuo County.
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Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Yangshuo County — 5 nights

Yangshuo County, the area surrounding a popular tourist resort town, boasts a landscape featuring all the ingredients necessary to attract a flood of tourists.
Change things up with these side-trips from Yangshuo County: Guilin (Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan) & Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan)). Pack the 21st (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Guilin Romance Park. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at South China Karst, don't miss a visit to West Street, contemplate the waterfront views at Yulong River, and enjoy breathtaking views from Xianggong Mountain.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Yangshuo County sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Hong Kong to Yangshuo County takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and taxi; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Yangshuo County when traveling from Hong Kong in September, with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Xi'an.
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Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Outdoors
Side Trip

Xi'an — 5 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Spend the 26th (Mon) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, make a trip to Kaiyuan Square, take in panoramic vistas at Xi'an Bell Tower, and explore the ancient world of Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qin Dynasty of Xi'an.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Xi'an road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Yangshuo County to Xi'an takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Yangshuo County in September, expect Xi'an to be little chillier, temps between 29°C and 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Jiuzhaigou County — 4 nights

Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO. Some of the natural sites are considered holy by the local Tibetan and Qiang minorities, with many legends and anecdotes associated with each lake, waterfall, off-shoot valley, and snowcapped peak.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jiuzhaigou County: Songpan County (Huanglong Scenic Valley & Huanglong Valley). Spend the 30th (Fri) exploring nature at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Pearl Shoal Waterfalls, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and identify plant and animal life at Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Jiuzhaigou County attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Emeishan.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Emeishan — 3 nights

A city forever linked with the mountain of the same name, Emeishan sits next to one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China, now a World Heritage Site.
Go for a jaunt from Emeishan to Leshan to see Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wannian Temple and explore the ancient world of Baoguo Temple.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Emeishan road trip website.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Emeishan in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to fly to Lijiang.
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Historic Sites
Side Trip

Lijiang — 3 nights

Suzhou on the Plateau

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 Lijiang to go to Yulong County and see Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Spend the 7th (Fri) exploring nature at Three Parallel Rivers National Park. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Old Town of Lijiang - China and stroll through Black Dragon Pond Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lijiang holiday website.

Fly from Emeishan to Lijiang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to fly to Lhasa.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Lhasa — 5 nights

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Lhasa is known for historic sites, wildlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Potala Palace, don't miss a visit to Lasa Sanquan Scenic Resort, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and steep yourself in history at Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si).

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lhasa road trip planner.

You can fly from Lijiang to Lhasa in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. October in Lhasa sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to fly to Dunhuang.
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Dunhuang — 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center, explore the fascinating underground world of Mogao Caves, and then stroll the grounds of Xijin Tomb. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dunhuang trip planning site.

Fly from Lhasa to Dunhuang in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Luanping County.
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Luanping County — 1 night

On the 16th (Sun), see Jinshanling Great Wall.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Luanping County sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Dunhuang to Luanping County in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Beijing.
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Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Beijing — 7 nights

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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Mutianyu Great Wall, stop by Nanluoguxiang, appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), and get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong).

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Beijing driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Luanping County to Beijing takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October, daily temperatures in Beijing can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails

China travel guide

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Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.
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