34 days in China Itinerary

34 days in China Itinerary

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34 days in China Itinerary

Start: Queenstown
Fly:  17​h
1
Hong Kong
— 5 nights
Train + Subway:  1​h 45​min
2
Guangzhou
— 3 nights
+2
Subway + Foot + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Xiamen
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Shanghai
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Beijing
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Xi'an
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  5​h 45​min
7
Emeishan
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  4​h
8
Songpan County
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Chengdu
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Sanya
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
11
Zhangjiajie
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Queenstown

5
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Get some cultural insight at East Bay and Lantau island. We've included these beaches for you: Tai Long Wan and Turtle Cove Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Hong Kong: Macau (Casino at Venetian Macao & Ruins of St. Paul's). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland, hunt for treasures at Bird Garden Yuen Po Street, trek along Peng Yu Path, and view the masterpieces at Bamboo Scenes.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Hong Kong trip itinerary planner .

Queenstown, New Zealand to Hong Kong is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, subway, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Queenstown to Hong Kong. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in November, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Guangzhou.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Macau
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Ruins of St. Paul's
Ruins of St. Paul's
Hong Kong Museum of History ©
Hong Kong Museum of History

3
nights
Guangzhou

Guangzhou ©
A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shamian Island and Shiwan Scenic Resort. Shop till you drop at Guangzhong Back Yard and Happy Valley. Change things up with a short trip to Foshan Lingnan Tiandi in Foshan (about 46 minutes away). There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by Beijing Road Raw Material For Medicine Shopping Mall, wander the streets of Tinho Town, and buy something for everyone on your list at Parc Central.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Guangzhou trip site .

Do a combination of train and subway from Hong Kong to Guangzhou in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hong Kong in November, Guangzhou is a bit cooler at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Xiamen.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Shopping Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

Foshan, Guangzhong Back Yard
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Happy Valley ©
Happy Valley
Shamian Island ©
Shamian Island
Spas

3
nights
Xiamen

Xiamen ©
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.
Visit Xiamen Guanyinshan Sand Sculpture Cultural Park and Baicheng Beach for some beach relaxation. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Gulangyu and Tasty Life. There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at The eighth seafood Market, buy something for everyone on your list at Wanda Plaza (xianyue road), and examine the collection at Yuyuan Garden.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Xiamen trip planner .

Do a combination of subway and flight from Guangzhou to Xiamen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. November in Xiamen sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Xiamen

Shopping Parks Outdoors
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Gulangyu ©
Gulangyu
Yuyuan Garden ©
Yuyuan Garden

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Former French Concession and Xintiandi. Do your shopping at Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) and Three on the Bund. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Bund (Wai Tan), examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), browse the different shops at Dream cloud nine Shopping Mall (changning), and admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Shanghai online trip planner .

You can fly from Xiamen to Shanghai in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Xiamen in December; daily highs in Shanghai reach 13°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 6:
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Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mutianyu Great Wall and The Palace Museum. Do your shopping at 798 Art Zone and PAPP'S TEA. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Temple of Heaven, and take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong).

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Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Beijing takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. While traveling from Shanghai, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Beijing, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

2
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), then don't miss a visit to Kaiyuan Square, then contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and finally take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Muslim market, then enjoy breathtaking views from Xi'an Bell Tower, then get engrossed in the history at Shaanxi History Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Daxuexixiang Mosque.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Xi'an road trip planner.

Fly from Beijing to Xi'an in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Emeishan.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:
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2
nights
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 12th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo), then delve into the distant past at Baoguo Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fuhu Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wannian Temple and then take in the awesome beauty at Emei Mountain.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Emeishan driving holiday tool .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Xi'an to Emeishan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Songpan County.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:
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Emei Mountain ©
Emei Mountain
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) ©
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
Wannian Temple ©
Wannian Temple

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Xueshanliang Ridge, then admire the verdant scenery at Huanglong Valley, and then get to know the fascinating history of Huanglong Scenic Valley.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Songpan County itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Emeishan to Songpan County takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Songpan County

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Huanglong Scenic Valley ©
Huanglong Scenic Valley

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to Sanhe Classic Car Museum or Suit Republic. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dujiangyan Irrigation System and Kuanzhai Alley. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mount Qingcheng, make a trip to Jinli Pedestrian Street, and take in the views from Anshun Bridge (Dongmen Bridge).

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Chengdu trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Songpan County to Chengdu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Chengdu can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Dujiangyan Irrigation System
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:
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Dujiangyan Irrigation System ©
Dujiangyan Irrigation System
Mount Qingcheng ©
Mount Qingcheng

3
nights
Sanya

Sanya ©
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.
Relax by the water at Yalong Bay and Sanya Tropical Beach Scienc Resort. When in Sanya, make a side trip to see Qixian Ridge in Baoting County, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Dadonghai Beach, tee off at Mystic Springs Golf Club, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tianya Haijiao.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sanya holiday planning site .

You can fly from Chengdu to Sanya in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Chengdu in December: high temperatures in Sanya hover around 32°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Qixian Ridge
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:
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Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Tianya Haijiao ©
Tianya Haijiao
Dadonghai Beach ©
Dadonghai Beach

2
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Get some cultural insight at Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute and Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple. Spend the 23rd (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie and admire the verdant scenery at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

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

Fly from Sanya to Zhangjiajie in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute
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