43 days in China Itinerary

43 days in China Itinerary

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43 days in China Itinerary

Start: Ulyanovsk
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Xi'an
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
2
Lhasa
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h 15​min
3
Emeishan
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Chengdu
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + train:  5​h 45​min
5
Hong Kong
— 6 nights
+4
train + taxi + Fly + foot + bus:  6​h 45​min
6
Suzhou
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
7
Shanghai
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Beijing
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Luanping County
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h
End: Ulyanovsk

5
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Xi'an: Hanyangling (in Xianyang), Zhuque National Forest Park, Xi'an (in Hu County) and Red River Valley Forest Park (in Mei County). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, enjoy breathtaking views from Xi'an Bell Tower, enjoy some diversion at Weiyang Lake Amusement Park, and make a trip to Muslim Quarter.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Xi'an trip planner .

Ulyanovsk, Russia to Xi'an is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ulyanovsk to Xi'an is 5 hours. November in Xi'an sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Western Han Dynasty Mausoleums, Zhuque National Forest Park, Xi'an, Red River Valley Forest Park
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4
nights
Lhasa

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Lhasa is known for historic sites, wildlife, museums, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Potala Palace, steep yourself in history at Sera Monastery, explore the striking landscape at Yangwang Mountain Cliffside Images, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos and more tourist information, read Lhasa trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Xi'an to Lhasa by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Lhasa when traveling from Xi'an in November, with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Emeishan.

Things to do in Lhasa

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Off-Road Tours
Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple

4
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.
Step out of Emeishan with an excursion to Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) in Leshan--about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Emei Mountain, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wannian Temple, make a trip to Heilongjiang Plank Road, and admire the striking features of Baoguo Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Emeishan online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Lhasa to Emeishan in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Chengdu.

Things to do in Emeishan

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
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Emei Mountain ©
Emei Mountain
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) ©
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
Wannian Temple ©
Wannian Temple

5
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.
Explore Chengdu's surroundings by going to Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum (in Guanghan) and Dujiangyan Irrigation System (in Dujiangyan). Spend the 2nd (Mon) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), explore the landscape on two wheels at Adventure Access, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Suit Republic.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Chengdu trip planner .

You can drive from Emeishan to Chengdu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum
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Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum ©
Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum
Dujiangyan Irrigation System ©
Dujiangyan Irrigation System

6
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Hong Kong is known for shopping, theme parks, parks, nature, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Hong Kong Disneyland, walk around Nan Lian Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), and pause for some photo ops at Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha).

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong trip itinerary planning website .

Do a combination of flight and train from Chengdu to Hong Kong in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, Hong Kong is somewhat warmer than Chengdu - with highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

4
nights
Suzhou

Suzhou ©
One of the oldest settlements in the Yangtze basin, Suzhou remains a complex, labyrinthine set of old canal districts, World Heritage gardens, and sprawling modern developments.
Change things up with these side-trips from Suzhou: Shaxi Ancient Town (in Taicang), Longbeishan Mountain National Forest Park (in Yixing) and the Xues' Garden (in Wuxi). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Suzhou Garden Museum, steep yourself in history at Tongli Town, stroll around The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Shantang Street.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Suzhou trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Hong Kong to Suzhou takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

the Xues' Garden, Shaxi Ancient Town, Longbeishan Mountain National Forest Park
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Tongli Town ©
Tongli Town
Suzhou Garden Museum ©
Suzhou Garden Museum
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou ©
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou

6
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.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, parks, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and admire the striking features of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Shanghai trip itinerary maker tool .

Take a train from Suzhou to Shanghai in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or drive. In December in Shanghai, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

5
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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Mutianyu Great Wall, get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China, and get in on the family fun at Olympic Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Beijing travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Beijing takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Shanghai in December: highs in Beijing hover around 5°C, while lows dip to -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Luanping County.

Things to do in Beijing

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

2
nights
Luanping County

Luanping County ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): see Jinshanling Great Wall.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Luanping County vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Beijing to Luanping County in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Luanping County

Historic Sites
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Jinshanling Great Wall ©
Jinshanling Great Wall

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