60 days in China Itinerary

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Beijing
— 7 nights
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Luanping County
— 1 night
Bus to Dongzhimen, Fly to Xi'an
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Xi'an
— 5 nights
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Emeishan
— 3 nights
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Xiaojin County
— 2 nights
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Chengdu
— 5 nights
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Zhangjiajie
— 5 nights
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Yangshuo County
— 4 nights
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Sanya
— 6 nights
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Hong Kong
— 8 nights
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Huangshan
— 5 nights
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Shanghai
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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.
Bring the kids along to Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). Spend the 21st (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, get in on the family fun at Olympic Park, examine the collection at National Museum Of China, and make a trip to Dongcheng Dongjiaomin Lane.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Beijing day trip website.

Philadelphia, USA to Beijing is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Philadelphia to Beijing, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, Beijing is slightly colder than Philadelphia - with highs of 50°F and lows of 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Luanping County.
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Find places to stay Nov 17 — 24:

Luanping County — 1 night

On the 25th (Fri), see Jinshanling Great Wall.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Luanping County trip builder.

Drive from Beijing to Luanping County in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Xi'an.
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Travel China Guide and Muslim Quarter. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Eight Immortals (Ba Xian An), explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), and steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta).

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Xi'an trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Luanping County to Xi'an takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to fly to Emeishan.
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Emeishan — 3 nights

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) in Leshan (about 44 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Emei Mountain, don't miss a visit to Heilongjiang Plank Road, and delve into the distant past at Baoguo Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Emeishan road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Xi'an to Emeishan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Xiaojin County.
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Xiaojin County — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Mt. Siguniang Nature Reserve and then surround yourself with nature on Maobiliang Ridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Siguniang and then admire the verdant scenery at Shuangqiao Valley.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Xiaojin County visit planner.

Drive from Emeishan to Xiaojin County in 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Chengdu.
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Chengdu — 5 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.
Attractions like Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi) and Adventure Access make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Dujiangyan (Yuzui Diversion Channel & Dujiangyan Irrigation System). Spend the 9th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum, stop by West China Center of Medical Sciences, identify plant and animal life at Yinchang Valley, and stroll around Beihu Park.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Chengdu journey planner.

You can drive from Xiaojin County to Chengdu in 4.5 hours. In December in Chengdu, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to fly to Zhangjiajie.
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Zhangjiajie — 5 nights

The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Spend the 13th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie, take in panoramic vistas at Huangshizhai, explore the striking landscape at Xihai Stone Forest, and stroll around Sandstone and Peaks Geological Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Zhangjiajie travel route planning site.

Fly from Chengdu to Zhangjiajie in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to fly to Yangshuo County.
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Find places to stay Dec 10 — 15:

Yangshuo County — 4 nights

Yangshuo County, the area surrounding a popular tourist resort town, boasts a landscape featuring all the ingredients necessary to attract a flood of tourists.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like South China Karst and Yulong River. Change things up with these side-trips from Yangshuo County: Guilin (Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan) & Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan)) and Baxian Cave of Guilin (in Lingui County). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bike Asia Cycling Tours, make a trip to West Street, trek along Wu Zhi Hill, and take some stellar pictures from Xianggong Mountain.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Yangshuo County itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Zhangjiajie to Yangshuo County by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Yangshuo County are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can fly to Sanya.
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Sanya — 6 nights

Gateway to the South

The climate and coastline bring visitors from far and wide on vacations to Sanya, with its 40 km (25 mi) of shoreline almost entirely devoted to tourism.
Bring the kids along to Aquaventure Water Park and Sanya River Birds Nature Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanshan Temple, explore the different monuments and memorials at Xisha Martyrs Cemetery, take in the dramatic natural features at Sunrising Rock, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yalong Bay.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sanya tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Yangshuo County to Sanya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. While traveling from Yangshuo County, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Sanya, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Hong Kong.
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Hong Kong — 8 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Bring the kids along to Hong Kong Disneyland and Victoria Peak (The Peak). Venture out of the city with trips to Macau (Kun Iam Temple, Ruins of St. Paul's, &more). Spend the 29th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Lantau island, make a trip to Victoria Harbour, appreciate the history behind Po Lin Monastery, and take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History.

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Traveling by flight from Sanya to Hong Kong takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. When traveling from Sanya in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hong Kong: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can fly to Huangshan.
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Huangshan — 5 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: She County (Tangyue Arch Group, Huangshan Nanqiao Building, &more). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Huangshan, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, steep yourself in history at Ancient Buildings of Chengkan Village, and contemplate the waterfront views at Fuxi Tianhu Lake.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Huangshan trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Huangshan in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Shanghai.
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Shanghai — 7 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.
Kids will enjoy The Bund (Wai Tan) and Yu Garden (Yuyuan). There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), shop like a local with Three on the Bund, wander the streets of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, and pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Shanghai travel planning site.

Traveling by train from Huangshan to Shanghai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in January, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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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