36 days in China & Taipei Itinerary

36 days in China & Taipei Itinerary

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Lhasa, China
— 3 nights
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Lijiang, China
— 3 nights
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Shenzhen, China
— 2 nights
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Hong Kong, China
— 5 nights
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Taipei, Taiwan
— 6 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 5 nights
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Xi'an, China
— 3 nights
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Datong, China
— 1 night
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Beijing, China
— 6 nights
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Lhasa, China

— 3 nights
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Off-Road Tours and Jokhang Temple. Barkhor Street and Potala Palace will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), contemplate the long history of Sera Monastery, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Warsaw, Poland to Lhasa is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to China Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Warsaw in July: highs in Lhasa hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 25:

Lijiang, China

— 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.
Get some historical perspective at Shuhe Ancient Town and Mufu Palace. Get some cultural insight at Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain and Old Town of Lijiang - China. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lijiang: Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) (in Shangri-La County) and Lijiang Spruce Plain (in Yulong County). There's more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Blue Moon Valley.

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You can fly from Lhasa to Lijiang in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Lhasa in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in Lijiang. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Shenzhen.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:

Shenzhen, China

— 2 nights
A fairly humble collection of farming and fishing villages and towns until 1979, you wouldn't guess as much when taking a tour of Shenzhen.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): examine the collection at Shenzhen Museum and then don't miss a visit to Dafen Oil Painting Village. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Shenzhen Window of the World, find something for the whole family at China Folk Culture Village, and then walk around Shenzhen Lianhuashan Park.

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You can fly from Lijiang to Shenzhen in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lijiang in July, things will get a bit warmer in Shenzhen: highs are around 38°C and lows about 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shenzhen

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 30:

Hong Kong, China

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Po Lin Monastery and Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha). Step out of the city life by going to Dragon's Back and Lantau island. There's much more to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze), take in panoramic vistas at Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck, and experience the excitement of Sandbox VR.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong trip builder website.

Hong Kong is just a short distance from Shenzhen. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 4:

Taipei, Taiwan

— 6 nights

City of Azaleas

Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wufengchi Waterfall and Yangmingshan National Park. Visiting Shifen Waterfall Walk Area and Meihua Lake will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taipei: Luodong Catholic Church (in Luodong), Su'ao (Suao Cold Spring & Lucky Art Crayon Factory) and Jiaosi Hot Spring (in Jiaoxi). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Dalongdong Bao An Temple, see the sights as you ascend with Like It Formosa, deepen your understanding at National Taiwan University, and wander the streets of Ximending.

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Getting from Hong Kong to Taipei by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Taipei can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Taipei

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 10:

Shanghai, China

— 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.
Get some historical perspective at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Longhua Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Travel China Guide and Tian Zi Fang. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, view the masterpieces at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, get to know the fascinating history of Former French Concession, and take a stroll through Pudong New Area.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Shanghai day trip planner.

You can fly from Taipei to Shanghai in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Shanghai

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 15:

Xi'an, China

— 3 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Get some cultural insight at Xi'an Bell Tower and The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Your inner history buff will appreciate Xi'an Mosque and Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang). Spend the 17th (Tue) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Shaanxi History Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Xi'an travel app.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Xi'an takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Xi'an, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Datong.

Things to do in Xi'an

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 18:

Datong, China

— 1 night
The old city of Datong has an interesting and complicated history of development, sacking, and rebuilding.
On the 19th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Huayan Temple of Datong and then stroll through Yungang Grottoes.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Datong online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Datong takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Beijing.

Things to do in Datong

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 19:

Beijing, China

— 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.
Visit Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) for their historical value. The Palace Museum and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 22nd (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Beijing Capital Museum, ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven, admire the masterpieces at Memorial Hall of Qi Baishi, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Beijing trip planner.

Traveling by car from Datong to Beijing takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 25:

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.