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Xi'an — 4 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Appreciate the collections at Xi'an Museum and Forest of Stone Steles Museum. Get some cultural insight at Tang Bo Art Museum and Xi'an Bell Tower. Spend the 18th (Fri) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Shaanxi History Museum and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xi'an Mosque.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Xi'an road trip site.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic to Xi'an is an approximately 29-hour flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Punta Cana to Xi'an due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Punta Cana in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 24°C in Xi'an. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Lijiang.
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Lijiang — 1 night

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.
On the 19th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Mufu Palace and then contemplate the long history of Shuhe Ancient Town.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lijiang travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Xi'an to Lijiang in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Xi'an in August, plan for cooler days in Lijiang, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Lhasa.
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Lhasa — 4 nights

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Sera Monastery and Zhaji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si) and Barkhor Street. It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Mosque and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lhasa trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lijiang to Lhasa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Lijiang in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Lhasa, with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Dunhuang.
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Dunhuang — 3 nights

Once a vital stop-off on the Silk Road trade route, Dunhuang today offers travelers of all persuasions a place to rest in the middle of the desert.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain and then take in the natural beauty of Crescent Moon Pool. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Dunhuang Folk Museum, explore the fascinating underground world of Mogao Caves, and then admire the masterpieces at Grotto Art Exhibition Center.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Dunhuang tour planning app.

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Dunhuang takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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China travel guide

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.