31 days in China Itinerary

31 days in China Itinerary

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Beijing
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Shanghai
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Hong Kong
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Sanya
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Yangshuo County
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Zhangjiajie
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Lijiang
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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.
Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 2 — 5:

Shanghai — 3 nights

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

Hong Kong — 4 nights

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

Sanya — 3 nights

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 Sanya Daxiaodongtian Area. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Sanya Zhujiang Nantian Spa, contemplate the waterfront views at Yalong Bay, kick back and relax at Dadonghai Beach, and make a trip to XiaRi MeiShi GuangChang.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sanya trip planner.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Sanya in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. May in Sanya sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Yangshuo County.
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.
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.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 17 — 19:

Lijiang — 2 nights

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 Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute. Take a break from Lijiang with a short trip to Lijiang Spruce Plain in Yulong County, about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Blue Moon Valley, admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park, don't miss a visit to Old Town of Lijiang - China, and contemplate the long history of Mufu Palace.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lijiang day trip site.

Getting from Zhangjiajie to Lijiang by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Shangri-La County.
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 Shudu Lake. Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring nature at Potatso National Park. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumtsaling Monastery, contemplate the long history of Dukezong Ancient Town, and contemplate the waterfront views at Bitahai Lake.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Shangri-La County trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lijiang to Shangri-La County takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Lhasa.
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 Barkhor Street. There's still lots to do: do sightseeing your way with Private Tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), take in the dramatic natural features at Yangwang Mountain Cliffside Images, and contemplate the long history of Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden).

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 on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Dunhuang.
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.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
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.