31 days in China Itinerary

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Beijing
— 5 nights
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Suzhou
— 3 nights
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Shanghai
— 5 nights
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Hangzhou
— 2 nights
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Huangshan
— 2 nights
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Hong Kong
— 6 nights
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Lijiang
— 2 nights
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Chengdu
— 1 night
Fly to Jiuzhai Huanglong, Bus to Jiuzhaigou County
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 1 night
Bus to Song Pan airport, Fly to Xi'an
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Xi'an
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Beijing — 5 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, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven, take some stellar pictures from Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), and get in on the family fun at Olympic Park.

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Dublin, Ireland to Beijing is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Dublin to Beijing due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Dublin in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Beijing, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Suzhou.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 6:

Suzhou — 3 nights

Venice of the East

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.
Explore Suzhou's surroundings by going to Xitang Ancient Town (in Jiashan County) and Shaxi Ancient Town (in Taicang). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Tongli Town, stroll around The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, appreciate the extensive heritage of Shantang Street, and take in nature's colorful creations at Humble Administrator's Garden.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Suzhou online travel route planner.

Getting from Beijing to Suzhou by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect much hotter evenings in Suzhou when traveling from Beijing in March, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Shanghai.
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Find places to stay Mar 6 — 9:

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 sightseeing, shopping, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Bund (Wai Tan), see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and wander the streets of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Shanghai day trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Suzhou to Shanghai takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Suzhou in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 8°C in Shanghai. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Hangzhou.
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Hangzhou — 2 nights

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 15th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jingci Temple, then stroll around Prince Bay Park, and then contemplate the long history of Lingyin Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the pleasant sights at West Lake (Xi Hu) and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hangzhou Baocheng Temple.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hangzhou road trip planner.

You can take a train from Shanghai to Hangzhou in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Hangzhou, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Huangshan.
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Huangshan — 2 nights

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.
On the 17th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Huangshan and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Shixin Peak. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Qiyun Mountain and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt.Wulong Scenic Resort of Wuyuan.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Huangshan trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Hangzhou to Huangshan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Hong Kong.
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Find places to stay Mar 16 — 18:

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.
When in Hong Kong, make a side trip to see Ruins of St. Paul's in Macau, approximately Macau away. Pack the 20th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and head off the coast to Lantau island.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hong Kong trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Huangshan to Hong Kong by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly to Lijiang.
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Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
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Find places to stay Mar 18 — 24:

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.
On the 25th (Sat), admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park and then get to know the fascinating history of 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 other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lijiang online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Lijiang takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to fly to Chengdu.
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Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26:

Chengdu — 1 night

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.
On the 27th (Mon), stroll around Beihu Park, then identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Chengdu trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from Lijiang to Chengdu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.
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Parks · Spas · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 27:

Jiuzhaigou County — 1 night

Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO. Some of the natural sites are considered holy by the local Tibetan and Qiang minorities, with many legends and anecdotes associated with each lake, waterfall, off-shoot valley, and snowcapped peak.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Jiuzhaigou County tour planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou County in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Xi'an.
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Xi'an — 3 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and then steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on Travel China Guide.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Xi'an online trip maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Xi'an takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 3°C. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 31:

China travel guide

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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.
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