34 days in China Itinerary

34 days in China Itinerary

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Hong Kong
— 5 nights
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Guangzhou
— 3 nights
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Xiamen
— 3 nights
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Shanghai
— 4 nights
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Beijing
— 3 nights
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Xi'an
— 2 nights
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Emeishan
— 2 nights
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Songpan County
— 1 night
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Chengdu
— 3 nights
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Sanya
— 3 nights
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Zhangjiajie
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Hong Kong

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Lantau island and East Bay. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Bird Garden Yuen Po Street and Bamboo Scenes. Change things up with these side-trips from Hong Kong: Macau (Casino at Venetian Macao & Ruins of St. Paul's). There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), stop by Bee's Diamonds, wander the streets of Mong Kok, and kick back and relax at Turtle Cove Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong online trip builder.

Queenstown, New Zealand to Hong Kong is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Queenstown to Hong Kong is minus 4 hours. In November in Hong Kong, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Guangzhou.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 26:

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Guangzhou

A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
Get a sense of the local culture at Shamian Island and Tinho Town. Shop till you drop at Beijing Road Raw Material For Medicine Shopping Mall and Parc Central. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Guangzhou: Foshan (Shiwan Scenic Resort & Foshan Lingnan Tiandi) and Guangzhong Back Yard (in Qingyuan). There's more to do: browse the different shops at Happy Valley and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Guangzhou trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Hong Kong to Guangzhou takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hong Kong in November, Guangzhou is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Xiamen.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gulangyu and Yuyuan Garden. Head to The eighth seafood Market and Pan base Centerfor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Tasty Life, enjoy the sand and surf at Xiamen Guanyinshan Sand Sculpture Cultural Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Robinson Shopping Mall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Baicheng Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Xiamen road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Guangzhou to Xiamen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Xiamen are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Xiamen

Shopping · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 2:

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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.
Do your shopping at Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) and South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Three on the Bund. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Former French Concession, see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), stop by Taikang Road, and hunt for treasures at Shanghai's Hongqiao Pearl Market.

To see ratings and tourist information, refer to the Shanghai online visit planner.

Fly from Xiamen to Shanghai in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, Shanghai is little chillier than Xiamen - with highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 6:

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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 your shopping at 798 Art Zone and PAPP'S TEA. Get some cultural insight at Mutianyu Great Wall and The Palace Museum. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), stroll through Temple of Heaven, and take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong).

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Beijing holiday maker site.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Beijing takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in December, you will find days in Beijing are slightly colder (5°C), and nights are much colder (-8°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:

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Xi'an

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), make a trip to Kaiyuan Square, then steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and finally get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): look for gifts at Muslim market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Xi'an Bell Tower, then take an in-depth tour of Shaanxi History Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daxuexixiang Mosque.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Xi'an holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Xi'an takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Emeishan.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo), then explore the ancient world of 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 identify plant and animal life at Emei Mountain.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Emeishan trip planner.

You can fly from Xi'an to Emeishan in 6 hours. Other options are to 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 · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

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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.
On the 14th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Xueshanliang Ridge, appreciate the views at Huanglong Valley, and then get to know the fascinating history of Huanglong Scenic Valley.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Songpan County trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Emeishan to Songpan County by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Songpan County

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Dujiangyan Irrigation System and Wenshu Yuan Monastery. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), appreciate the extensive heritage of Kuanzhai Alley, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the views from Anshun Bridge (Dongmen Bridge).

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Chengdu trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Songpan County to Chengdu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Chengdu sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:

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Sanya

Gateway to the South

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Yalong Bay and Sanya Tropical Beach Scienc Resort. Go for a jaunt from Sanya to Baoting County to see Qixian Ridge about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Tianya Haijiao, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, play a few rounds at Mystic Springs Golf Club, and take a tour by water with Dadonghai Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sanya holiday builder website.

You can fly from Chengdu to Sanya in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Chengdu in December; daily highs in Sanya reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:

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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. There's more to do: take a peaceful walk through Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie and admire the verdant scenery at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Zhangjiajie itinerary builder tool.

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

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

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.