57 days in China Itinerary

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Shanghai
— 6 nights
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Huangshan
— 6 nights
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Hong Kong
— 7 nights
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Luoyang
— 4 nights
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Shennongjia
— 1 night
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Xi'an
— 5 nights
Fly to Jiuzhai Huanglong, Bus to Jiuzhaigou County
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Jiuzhaigou County
— 4 nights
Bus to Song Pan airport, Fly to Chengdu
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Chengdu
— 6 nights
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Lhasa
— 6 nights
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Dunhuang
— 2 nights
Fly to Beijing Capital, Bus to Luanping County
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Luanping County
— 1 night
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Beijing
— 7 nights
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Shanghai — 6 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.
Bring the kids along to The Bund (Wai Tan) and Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple, make a trip to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and examine the collection at Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Shanghai day trip planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Shanghai is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Philadelphia to Shanghai, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Shanghai, with lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can take a train to Huangshan.
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Find places to stay May 21 — 27:

Huangshan — 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Huangshan: Qiyun Mountain (in Xiuning County), Huangshan China Gechuanjian Mountain (in She County) and Yi County (Huangshan Taoyuan Cavern & Dagu Ridge of Huangshan). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Huangshan, steep yourself in history at Tunxi Mountainous Town, take in breathtaking views at Xihai Great Canyon, and take some stellar pictures from Celestial Capital Peak (Tian Du Feng).

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Huangshan trip planner.

Traveling by train from Shanghai to Huangshan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Hong Kong.
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Hong Kong — 7 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Attractions like Hong Kong Disneyland and Lantau island make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Hong Kong side-trips: Macau (Kun Iam Temple, Ruins of St. Paul's, &more). Spend the 5th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), make a trip to Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, pause for some photo ops at Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), and see the interesting displays at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Huangshan to Hong Kong takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June in Hong Kong, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 82°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can fly to Luoyang.
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Find places to stay Jun 2 — 9:

Luoyang — 4 nights

One of the oldest imperial cities in the country, Luoyang gives access to a wealth of cultural sites protected by UNESCO for their importance to the world's cultural heritage.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Longmen Grottoes and China National Flower Garden. Get out of town with these interesting Luoyang side-trips: Yuntaishan Geopark (in Jiaozuo) and Shaolin Temple (in Dengfeng). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Binyang Cave, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qianxi Temple, and take in panoramic vistas at Qiyun Tower.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Luoyang trip planner.

Getting from Hong Kong to Luoyang by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Shennongjia.
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Find places to stay Jun 9 — 13:

Shennongjia — 1 night

Shennongjia Forestry District is a county-level administrative unit (a "forestry district") in northwestern Hubei province, People's Republic of China, directly subordinated to the provincial government. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Shennongding National Nature Reserve.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Shennongjia trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Luoyang to Shennongjia in 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Xi'an.
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Find places to stay Jun 13 — 14:

Xi'an — 5 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Bring the kids along to The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and Muslim Quarter. Spend the 16th (Fri) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Eight Immortals (Ba Xian An), admire the striking features of Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qin Dynasty of Xi'an, and get engrossed in the history at Shaanxi History Museum.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Xi'an trip itinerary site.

Drive from Shennongjia to Xi'an in 7.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Xi'an are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.
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Find places to stay Jun 14 — 19:

Jiuzhaigou County — 4 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jiuzhaigou County: Songpan County (Huanglong Scenic Valley & Huanglong Valley). Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley, appreciate the views at Shuzheng Valley, and admire the sheer force of Pearl Shoal Waterfalls.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Jiuzhaigou County travel route planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Chengdu.
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Find places to stay Jun 19 — 23:

Chengdu — 6 nights

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi) and China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda. Change things up with these side-trips from Chengdu: Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum (in Guanghan), Dujiangyan (Yuzui Diversion Channel, Dujiangyan Irrigation System, &more) and Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) (in Leshan). There's lots more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Adventure Access, walk around Beihu Park, take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum, and visit West China Center of Medical Sciences.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Chengdu online travel route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Chengdu in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Chengdu, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Lhasa.
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Lhasa — 6 nights

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, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Potala Palace, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nechung Monastery and Temple, and contemplate the long history of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si).

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Traveling by flight from Chengdu to Lhasa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chengdu in June, expect Lhasa to be a bit cooler, temps between 73°F and 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to fly to Dunhuang.
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Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 5:

Dunhuang — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): see the interesting displays at DunHuang ShiKu WenWu BaoHu YanJiu ChenLie ZhongXin, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mogao Caves, and then explore the world behind art at Dunhuang Grotto Art Protection,Examination and Exhibition Center. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Xijin Tomb and then take in the awesome beauty at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Dunhuang trip planning site.

Getting from Lhasa to Dunhuang by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Luanping County.
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Find places to stay Jul 5 — 7:

Luanping County — 1 night

On the 8th (Sat), see Jinshanling Great Wall.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Luanping County trip maker site.

Getting from Dunhuang to Luanping County by combination of flight and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Beijing.
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Beijing — 7 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.
Attractions like Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 13th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of The Palace Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Bell and Drum Towers, find something for the whole family at Olympic Park, and explore the activities along Tongzi River.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Beijing trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Luanping County to Beijing takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jul 8 — 15:

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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