32 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
— 3 nights
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Huangshan
— 2 nights
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Hong Kong
— 5 nights
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Lijiang
— 2 nights
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Chengdu
— 1 night
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Xi'an
— 3 nights
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Luanping County
— 2 nights
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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, take some stellar pictures from Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Beijing attractions website.

Palermo, Italy to Beijing is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Palermo to Beijing is 7 hours. April in Beijing sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Suzhou.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Shaxi Ancient Town in Taicang (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Tongli Town, see the interesting displays at Suzhou Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Shantang Street, and admire the natural beauty at Humble Administrator's Garden.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Suzhou trip planner.

You can fly from Beijing to Suzhou in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Shanghai.
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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: don't miss a visit to The Bund (Wai Tan), see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, and take some stellar pictures from Jin Mao Tower.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Shanghai trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from Suzhou to Shanghai takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Shanghai sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Hangzhou.
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Hangzhou — 3 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.
Hangzhou is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at West Lake (Xi Hu), stroll around Prince Bay Park, steep yourself in history at Xiangji Temple, and don't miss a visit to XiaoHe ZhiJie.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hangzhou day trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Shanghai to Hangzhou in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Huangshan and then take in breathtaking views at Xihai Great Canyon. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Former Residence of Cheng Dawei and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Huangshan trip itinerary maker tool.

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 22nd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Hong Kong.
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Find places to stay Apr 20 — 22:

Hong Kong — 5 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 24th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 27th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lantau island, and make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hong Kong road trip planning app.

You can fly from Huangshan to Hong Kong in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Hong Kong can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Lijiang.
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Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Three Parallel Rivers National Park.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lijiang vacation maker website.

Fly from Hong Kong to Lijiang in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Chengdu.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): walk around Beihu Park, identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), and then take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Chengdu trip planning site.

Getting from Lijiang to Chengdu by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Chengdu can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight 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.
Spend the 1st (Thu) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), make a trip to Kaiyuan Square, and admire the striking features of Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qin Dynasty of Xi'an.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Xi'an trip maker app.

Getting from Chengdu to Xi'an by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Chengdu in April, plan for little chillier nights in Xi'an, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Luanping County.
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Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 3:

Luanping County — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Jinshanling Great Wall.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Luanping County holiday planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Xi'an to Luanping County in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or drive. On the 5th (Mon), you're off to home.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:
Highlights from your trip

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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