37 days in China Itinerary

37 days in China Itinerary

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37 days in China Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
train + Fly:  16​h
1
Beijing
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Hohhot
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Shanghai
— 3 nights
+3
train + subway + bus + taxi:  4​h
4
Hangzhou
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Huangshan
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Shenzhen
— 2 nights
train:  15​min
7
Hong Kong
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 45​min
8
Guilin
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h
9
Xi'an
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
10
Chengdu
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
11
Songpan County
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h
12
Lhasa
— 7 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
13
Urumqi
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  21​h 15​min
End: Birmingham

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Mutianyu Great Wall and Back Lakes (Hou Hai). You'll discover tucked-away gems like 798 Art Zone and Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Heaven, take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, and contemplate the long history of Peking Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling (Song Qingling Guju).

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Beijing trip planner .

Birmingham, UK to Beijing is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Birmingham to Beijing. Traveling from Birmingham in June, you will find days in Beijing are much warmer (36°C), and nights are a bit warmer (21°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hohhot.

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

2
nights
Hohhot

Hohhot ©
Hohhot, abbreviated Hushi, formerly known as Kweisui, is the capital of Inner Mongolia in North China, serving as the region's administrative, economic and cultural centre. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Wusutu National Forest Park, then explore the ancient world of Qing Princess House, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazhao Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hohhot Five-Pagoda Temple (Wuta Si), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Greater Khingan Range, then try your luck at Inner Mongolia Racecourse, and finally see the interesting displays at Inner Mongolia Museum.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hohhot online trip maker .

You can fly from Beijing to Hohhot in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in June, expect Hohhot to be slightly colder, temps between 31°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hohhot

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Greater Khingan Range
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Dazhao Temple ©
Dazhao Temple
Inner Mongolia Museum ©
Inner Mongolia Museum

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. Former French Concession and Shanghai Confucian Temple will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), take in the exciting artwork at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, stroll around Fuxing Park, and stroll through Jinshan City Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Shanghai online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Hohhot to Shanghai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Hohhot in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Shanghai, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Parks Outdoors Museums
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum ©
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession

2
nights
Hangzhou

Hangzhou ©
Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Hangzhou Museum and then steep yourself in history at Xiang Lake Tourist Resort Area of Hangzhou. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): tee off at Westlake International Golf and Country Club and then examine the collection at Liangzhu Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hangzhou road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Shanghai to Hangzhou takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. June in Hangzhou sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Huangshan.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Historic Sites Outdoors Golf
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Hangzhou Museum ©
Hangzhou Museum
Liangzhu Museum ©
Liangzhu Museum

2
nights
Huangshan

Huangshan ©
Named after the "Yellow Mountains" with which the region has long been associated, Huangshan offers access to UNESCO-listed sites both natural and man-made.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Huangshan Wanan Ancient Town and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Huangshan. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Former Residence of Cheng Dawei, delve into the distant past at Huizhou Ancient City, then don't miss a visit to Book Case Peak (Stalagmite Peak), and finally get engrossed in the history at Huangshan Qiankou Residence Museum.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Huangshan vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Hangzhou to Huangshan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Shenzhen.

Things to do in Huangshan

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Huizhou Ancient City, Huangshan Wanan Ancient Town
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Mt. Huangshan ©
Mt. Huangshan
Huizhou Ancient City ©
Huizhou Ancient City
Huangshan Qiankou Residence Museum ©

2
nights
Shenzhen

Shenzhen ©
A fairly humble collection of farming and fishing villages and towns until 1979, you wouldn't guess as much when taking a tour of Shenzhen.
On the 14th (Sun), make a trip to OCT Loft Creative Culture Park and then stroll through Xichong Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Shenzhen Xianhu Botanical Garden (North Gate), see the interesting displays at Shekou, and then identify plant and animal life at Shenzhen Wild-life Zoo.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Shenzhen online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Huangshan to Shenzhen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Shenzhen are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shenzhen

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Xichong Beach ©
Xichong Beach
Shenzhen Wild-life Zoo ©
Shenzhen Wild-life Zoo
Xianhu Botanical Garden (Shenzhen) ©
Xianhu Botanical Garden (Shenzhen)

2
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
On the 16th (Tue), trek along Dragon's Back, then take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Maritime Museum, and then step off the mainland to explore Po Lin Monastery. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take advantage of the amenities at Repulse Bay Beach, and then examine the collection at Liang Yi Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong online visit planner .

Hong Kong is just a short distance from Shenzhen. In June, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Guilin.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Dragon's Back ©
Dragon's Back
Po Lin Monastery ©
Po Lin Monastery
Hong Kong Maritime Museum ©
Hong Kong Maritime Museum

1
night
Guilin

Guilin
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Guangxi Maoer Mountain Reserve. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Jiangtouzhou Ancient Dwellings, see the interesting displays at Guilin Museum, then contemplate the long history of Eighth Route Army Guilin Office, and finally Head underground at Baxian Cave of Guilin.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Guilin trip planning tool .

You can fly from Hong Kong to Guilin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hong Kong in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Guilin, with lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Guilin

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Baxian Cave of Guilin
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3
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 Xi'an Mosque and Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling). Museum-lovers will appreciate The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and Xi'an Museum. When in Xi'an, make a side trip to see Niubeiliang Mountain Nature Reserve in Zhashui County, approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Tang Bo Art Museum, explore the ancient world of Dacien Temple, steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and see the interesting displays at Forest of Stone Steles Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Xi'an road trip tool .

Fly from Guilin to Xi'an in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Xi'an when traveling from Guilin in June, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Xi'an

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Niubeiliang Mountain Nature Reserve
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Xi'an Mosque ©
Xi'an Mosque
Tang Bo Art Museum ©
Tang Bo Art Museum

2
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.
On the 23rd (Tue), see the interesting displays at Chengdu Museum (Old Hall) and then see the interesting displays at Sichuan Opera Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Chengdu trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Chengdu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Chengdu. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Songpan County.

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Mount Qingcheng ©
Mount Qingcheng
Chengdu Museum (Old Hall) ©
Chengdu Museum (Old Hall)

2
nights
Songpan County

Songpan County ©
Though the area remains largely rural and the economy mostly geared towards agriculture, tourism in Songpan County has begun to develop, with a host of scenic areas and cultural sites to explore.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Zhaga Waterfall and then admire the verdant scenery at Huanglong Valley. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at SongPan LiShi WenHua ZhanLanGuan, appreciate the extensive heritage of Huanglong Scenic Valley, and then get to know the fascinating history of Erdaohai Lakes Scienc Spot.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Songpan County trip planner .

You can fly from Chengdu to Songpan County in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Songpan County

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Huanglong Scenic Valley ©
Huanglong Scenic Valley
Zhaga Waterfall ©
Zhaga Waterfall

7
nights
Lhasa

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Popular historic sites such as Jokhang Temple and Sera Monastery are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Climbing Tours and Basongcuo. Step out of Lhasa with an excursion to Qingpu Ashram in Dranang County--about 1h 55 min away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Barkhor Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Canggu Temple, see the interesting displays at Tibet Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Chimpu Caves.

Plan trip to Lhasa with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Songpan County to Lhasa in 9 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In June in Lhasa, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Urumqi.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Qingpu Ashram
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Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Barkhor Street ©
Barkhor Street
Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden) ©

2
nights
Urumqi

Urumqi ©
As one of China's fastest-growing cities, Urumqi is a melting pot of international people and cultures set against a mountainous backdrop.
On the 5th (Sun), take a memorable drive along Karakoram Highway, examine the collection at Xinjiang Regional Museum (Qu Bowuguan), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Southern Mosque, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Tianshan Grand Canyon. On the next day, wander the streets of Dabancheng Ancient Town, take some stellar pictures from Red Hill, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tianshan Mountain Wildlife Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Urumqi online trip maker .

You can fly from Lhasa to Urumqi in 8 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Lhasa in July; daily highs in Urumqi reach 38°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Urumqi

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tianshan Grand Canyon, Karakoram Highway
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