42 days in China Itinerary

42 days in China Itinerary

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Harbin
— 3 nights
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Beijing
— 6 nights
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Xi'an
— 3 nights
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Chengdu
— 3 nights
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Emeishan
— 2 nights
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Lijiang
— 3 nights
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Hong Kong
— 6 nights
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Xiamen
— 3 nights
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Huangshan
— 1 night
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Hangzhou
— 1 night
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Suzhou
— 4 nights
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Shanghai
— 6 nights

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Harbin

Harbin ©

Ice City

The influence of neighboring Russia remains visible throughout much of Harbin, with the country's northernmost metropolis possessing an intoxicating eclecticism in its architecture, food, and art.
Harbin is known for theme parks, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Harbin Ice and Snow World, see the interesting displays at HaErBin GuiHua ZhanLanGuan, make a trip to Volga Manor, and walk around Jiuzhan Park.

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Seoul, South Korea to Harbin is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of subway, ferry, and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seoul to Harbin due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seoul in January, expect Harbin to be cooler, temps between -13°C and -27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Harbin

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature
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Specialty Museum
Saint Sophia Cathedral
3.8

6
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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.
Spend the 10th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: trek along Mutianyu Great Wall, get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, and hit the slopes at Jundushan Ski.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Beijing attractions planner.

You can fly from Harbin to Beijing in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Harbin in January, with highs in Beijing at 3°C and lows at -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

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Must see
Mutianyu Great Wall
4.8
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World heritage site
The Palace Museum
4.4
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World heritage site
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
4.6

3
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Spend the 12th (Tue) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), don't miss a visit to Kaiyuan Square, and steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta).

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Xi'an trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Xi'an takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Xi'an can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Xi'an

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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3
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Chengdu

Chengdu ©

Hibiscus City

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.
Step out of Chengdu to go to Guanghan and see Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), head outdoors with Kungfu Family, take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum, and walk around Beihu Park.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Chengdu holiday planner.

You can fly from Xi'an to Chengdu in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Xi'an in January; daily highs in Chengdu reach 13°C and lows reach 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Emeishan.

Things to do in Chengdu

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

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Specialty Museum
Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum
4.8
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History Museum
Jinsha Site Museum
4.3

2
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Emeishan

Emeishan ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Baoguo Temple and then pause for some photo ops at Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): stroll through Emei Mountain.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Emeishan trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chengdu to Emeishan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

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World heritage site
Emei Mountain
4.2
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World heritage site
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
4.4
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World heritage site
Baoguo Temple
4.2

3
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Lijiang

Lijiang ©

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.
Spend the 20th (Wed) exploring nature at Three Parallel Rivers National Park. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Old Town of Lijiang - China, ponder the design of Black Dragon Pond Park, head off the coast to Bird Island, Lijiang, and contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Moon Valley.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lijiang trip app.

Getting from Emeishan to Lijiang by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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World heritage site
Old Town of Lijiang - China
4.3
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World heritage site
Black Dragon Pond Park
3.5

6
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Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 22nd (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 24th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Man Mo Temple, step off the mainland to explore Lantau island, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong online journey planner.

Fly from Lijiang to Hong Kong in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Hong Kong are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Xiamen.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 27:
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Must see
Hong Kong Disneyland
4.1
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Aquarium
Ocean Park
4.1

3
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Xiamen

Xiamen ©

Garden Island

Known for centuries as a gateway to China, the port city of Xiamen has become a destination in itself, first to domestic visitors and now to a growing number of people from across the world.
Xiamen is known for shopping, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a taste of the local shopping with Gulangyu, stroll around Xianyue Park, examine the collection at Yuyuan Garden, and look for gifts at Tasty Life.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Xiamen day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Xiamen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Hong Kong in January since evenings lows in Xiamen dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Huangshan.

Things to do in Xiamen

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:
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World heritage site
Gulangyu
4.2
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Specialty Museum
Yuyuan Garden
4.2
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Historic Site
Xiamen University
4.4

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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.
On the 31st (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Huangshan.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Huangshan day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Xiamen to Huangshan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Huangshan

Parks · Nature
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World heritage site
Mt. Huangshan
4.7

1
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Hangzhou

Hangzhou ©

Paradise on Earth

Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): go for a stroll along the water at Bai Causeway and then take in the pleasant sights at West Lake (Xi Hu).

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hangzhou trip maker tool.

You can drive from Huangshan to Hangzhou in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Suzhou.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Parks
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 1:
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Marina
Bai Causeway
4.5
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Scenic Walking Area
West Lake (Xi Hu)
4.6

4
nights
Suzhou

Suzhou ©

Venice of the East

One of the oldest settlements in the Yangtze basin, Suzhou remains a complex, labyrinthine set of old canal districts, World Heritage gardens, and sprawling modern developments.
Get out of town with these interesting Suzhou side-trips: Xitang Ancient Town (in Jiashan County) and Shaxi Ancient Town (in Taicang). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Tongli Town, make a trip to Shihu Lake, get to know the fascinating history of Shantang Street, and admire the natural beauty at Humble Administrator's Garden.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Suzhou itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Hangzhou to Suzhou takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hangzhou in February, plan for colder days in Suzhou, with highs around -5°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Historic Site
Tongli Town
4.3
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Specialty Museum
Suzhou Museum
4.3
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Historic Walking Area
Xitang Ancient Town
4.3

6
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Shanghai

Shanghai ©

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 shopping, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), take a stroll through Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, make a trip to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and stroll around Century Park.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Shanghai travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Suzhou to Shanghai by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Suzhou, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Shanghai, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

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