31 days in China Itinerary

31 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China travel route planner

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

— 5 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, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, and examine the collection at National Museum Of China.

To see photos and tourist information, go to the Beijing trip itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Beijing is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Manchester in December: high temperatures in Beijing hover around 5°C and lows are around -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Harbin.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 6:

Harbin

— 4 nights

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Harbin Ice and Snow World, see the interesting displays at Saint Sophia Cathedral, walk around Harbin Forest Park, and make a trip to Zhongyang Pedestrian Street.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Harbin driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Beijing to Harbin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in December, expect Harbin to be much colder, temps between -11°C and -24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Shanghai.

Things to do in Harbin

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 10:

Shanghai

— 5 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 shopping, nightlife, and parks. 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), shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center.

Make your Shanghai itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Harbin to Shanghai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Harbin in December, things will get much warmer in Shanghai: highs are around 13°C and lows about 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 15:

Hangzhou

— 1 night

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.
On the 16th (Thu), take in the waterfront activity at Bai Causeway and then take in the pleasant sights at West Lake (Xi Hu).

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hangzhou trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Shanghai to Hangzhou by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Hangzhou are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Huangshan.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Parks
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:

Huangshan

— 1 night
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 17th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Huangshan UNESCO Global Geopark and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Huangshan.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Huangshan trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Hangzhou to Huangshan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Huangshan

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hong Kong: Macau (Maritime Museum, Ruins of St. Paul's, &more). Pack the 19th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 22nd (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), walk around Nan Lian Garden, learn about all things military at Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence, and head off the coast to Lantau island.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hong Kong trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Huangshan to Hong Kong in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Hong Kong can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Lijiang.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 23:

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.
Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at Three Parallel Rivers National Park. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China, head off the coast to Bird Island, Lijiang, don't miss a visit to HuaMa Jie, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Dragon Pond Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lijiang journey planning website.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Lijiang takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to fly to Chengdu.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Chengdu

— 2 nights

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.
On the 27th (Mon), grab your bike and head to Adventure Access and then head outdoors with Kungfu Family. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi) and then get engrossed in the history at Jinsha Site Museum.

Discover how to plan a Chengdu trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Fly from Lijiang to Chengdu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Chengdu are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Xi'an.

Things to do in Chengdu

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Xi'an

— 3 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 29th (Wed) 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, delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), and contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta).

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Xi'an trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Chengdu to Xi'an takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, Xi'an is slightly colder than Chengdu - with highs of 8°C and lows of -5°C. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Xi'an

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

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.