32 days in China Itinerary

32 days in China Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China vacation planner

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

— 2 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 4th (Sat) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), and don't miss a visit to Muslim Quarter.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Xi'an attractions planning tool.

Manchester, UK to Xi'an is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Xi'an, with lows around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can fly to Chengdu.

Things to do in Xi'an

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 5:

Chengdu

— 3 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum in Guanghan (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), see the interesting displays at Sanhe Classic Car Museum, take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Adventure Access.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Chengdu trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Xi'an to Chengdu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Chengdu: highs are around 14°C and lows about 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Lijiang.

Things to do in Chengdu

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:

Lijiang

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park and then make a trip to Old Town of Lijiang - China. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Three Parallel Rivers National Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lijiang trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Chengdu to Lijiang by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hong Kong side-trips: Macau (Macau Museum of Art, Ruins of St. Paul's, &more). Pack the 12th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 14th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), stroll around Nan Lian Garden, don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline, and see the interesting displays at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hong Kong trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Lijiang to Hong Kong takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Huangshan.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 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): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Huangshan.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Huangshan trip planner.

Getting from Hong Kong to Huangshan by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Huangshan

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:
Highlights from your trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the waterfront activity at Bai Causeway and then take in the pleasant sights at West Lake (Xi Hu).

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hangzhou trip builder app.

You can take a train from Huangshan to Hangzhou in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Hangzhou sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Parks
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:

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), shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and stop by Spin Ceramics.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Shanghai trip maker app.

Traveling by train from Hangzhou to Shanghai takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Harbin.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:

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 HaErBin GuiHua ZhanLanGuan, walk around Jiuzhan Park, and make a trip to Zhongyang Pedestrian Street.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Harbin trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Shanghai to Harbin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in December, expect Harbin to be cooler, temps between -11°C and -24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Beijing.

Things to do in Harbin

Museums · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:

Beijing

— 6 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 some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), find something for the whole family at Olympic Park, and get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Beijing trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Harbin to Beijing in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Harbin in December; daily highs in Beijing reach 5°C and lows reach -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 2:

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.