31 days in China Itinerary

31 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China travel planner

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Beijing
— 3 nights
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Shanghai
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Hong Kong
— 4 nights
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Sanya
— 3 nights
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Yangshuo County
— 2 nights
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Zhangjiajie
— 1 night
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Lijiang
— 2 nights
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Shangri-La County
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Lhasa
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Dunhuang
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Beijing

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan) and Tian'anmen. The adventure continues: see Mutianyu Great Wall, contemplate the long history of Bell and Drum Towers, get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong).

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Beijing trip planning app.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Beijing is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to China Standard Time is 8 hours. Traveling from Reykjavik in May, you will find days in Beijing are much warmer (33°C), and nights are a bit warmer (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 2 — 5:

Shanghai

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tian Zi Fang and Jade Buddha Temple. And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), take a stroll through Former French Concession, take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Shanghai visit planning app.

Fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Shanghai, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay May 5 — 8:

Hong Kong

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chi Lin Nunnery and Duk Ling Ride. Pack the 9th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, step off the mainland to explore Lantau island, and make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline.

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You can fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in May, expect Hong Kong to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Sanya.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature
Find places to stay May 8 — 12:

Sanya

— 3 nights

Gateway to the South

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nanshan Temple and Tianya Haijiao. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Sanya Zhujiang Nantian Spa, enjoy the sand and surf at Dadonghai Beach, make a trip to XiaRi MeiShi GuangChang, and take in the dramatic natural features at Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sanya tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Sanya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Yangshuo County.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 12 — 15:

Yangshuo County

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Moon Hill, then stroll around Yangshuo Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Silver Cave. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Xiangui Bridge, then explore the activities along Yulong River, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Huangbu Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Yangshuo County trip app.

Getting from Sanya to Yangshuo County by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sanya in May, with highs in Yangshuo County at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Yangshuo County

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:

Zhangjiajie

— 1 night
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Tianzi Mountain and then delve into the lush surroundings at Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Zhangjiajie day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Yangshuo County to Zhangjiajie takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to fly to Lijiang.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 17 — 19:

Lijiang

— 2 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain and Blue Moon Valley. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lijiang: Yulong County (Lijiang Spruce Plain & Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Shuhe Ancient Town, don't miss a visit to Mufu Palace, admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park, and get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lijiang road trip website.

You can fly from Zhangjiajie to Lijiang in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 19 — 22:

Shangri-La County

— 3 nights
Known previously as Zhongdian, Shangri-La County gained its current name in an attempt by city officials to promote tourism.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) and Sumtsaling Monastery. Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring nature at Potatso National Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Shudu Lake, contemplate the long history of Dukezong Ancient Town, and stroll through Bitahai Lake.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Shangri-La County tour builder.

Traveling by car from Lijiang to Shangri-La County takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can fly to Lhasa.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 22 — 25:

Lhasa

— 3 nights
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Barkhor Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sera Monastery, take in the dramatic natural features at Yangwang Mountain Cliffside Images, and contemplate the long history of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si).

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lhasa holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Shangri-La County to Lhasa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. May in Lhasa sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 25 — 28:

Dunhuang

— 1 night
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 29th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain and then take in the natural beauty of Crescent Moon Pool. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Xijin Tomb, then see the interesting displays at DunHuang ShiKu WenWu BaoHu YanJiu ChenLie ZhongXin, then admire the masterpieces at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center, and finally Head underground at Mogao Caves.

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Getting from Lhasa to Dunhuang by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 28 — 30:

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.