41 days in China Itinerary

41 days in China Itinerary

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41 days in China Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Beijing
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Luoyang
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Dengfeng
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Pingyao County
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Hancheng
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Xi'an
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Chengdu
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Guilin
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Yangshuo County
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
10
Shanghai
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
11
Suzhou
— 1 night
+3
Fly + bus + foot + train:  6​h 45​min
12
Hong Kong
— 4 nights
+3
train + foot + bus + Fly:  5​h
13
Sanya
— 6 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Frankfurt

4
nights
Beijing

Beijing ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Great Wall of Gubeikou as well as The Great Wall at Badaling. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Mutianyu Great Wall, get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Beijing trip itinerary website .

Frankfurt, Germany to Beijing is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Frankfurt to Beijing. Traveling from Frankfurt in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of -8°C in Beijing. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

3
nights
Luoyang

Luoyang ©
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.
You've now added Longmen Grottoes to your itinerary. On the 26th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Luoyang Museum, Head underground at Longmen Grottoes, and then get curious at Dongfanghong Nonggeng Museum. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Shentai Lijing (South Gate), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at White Horse Temple, and then go for a walk through Luoyi Ancient City.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Luoyang trip planning tool .

You can fly from Beijing to Luoyang in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Beijing in December: highs in Luoyang hover around 0°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dengfeng.

Things to do in Luoyang

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Longmen Grottoes ©
Longmen Grottoes
Luoyang Museum ©
Luoyang Museum
White Horse Temple ©
White Horse Temple

2
nights
Dengfeng

Dengfeng ©
Situated in the foothills of Mount Song, the city of Dengfeng remains best known as the birthplace of the Shaolin style of kung fu.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shaolin Temple. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zhongyue Temple, enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Forest, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Song, and take in the dramatic natural features at Sanhuang Village Scenic Resort.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Dengfeng trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Luoyang to Dengfeng takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Dengfeng can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Pingyao County.

Things to do in Dengfeng

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Shaolin Temple ©
Shaolin Temple
Tower Forest ©
Tower Forest
Shailin Martial Arts Hall ©
Shailin Martial Arts Hall

2
nights
Pingyao County

Pingyao County ©
An ancient walled city, Pingyao County can trace its history back around 2,700 years, and has been designated a World Heritage Site.
Go for a jaunt from Pingyao County to Lingshi County to see Wang's Family Compound (Wang Jia Dayuan) about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Qiao's Family Compound (Qiao Jia Dayuan), don't miss a visit to Weitaihou Ticket No, admire the striking features of Pingyao Confucian Temple, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shuanglin Temple.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Pingyao County trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Dengfeng to Pingyao County by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Dengfeng in December, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Pingyao County: temperatures range from 4°C by day to -9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Hancheng.

Things to do in Pingyao County

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wang's Family Compound (Wang Jia Dayuan)
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Shuanglin Temple ©
Shuanglin Temple

1
night
Hancheng

Hancheng
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sima Qian Tomb and Ancestral Hall. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): admire the striking features of Sima Qian Tomb and Ancestral Hall, admire the landmark architecture of Sima Qian Ancestral Hall, and then see Great Wall Ruins of Wei.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hancheng trip planner .

Drive from Pingyao County to Hancheng in 3.5 hours. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hancheng

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

2
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dangjiacun Ancient Buildings as well as Shaanxi History Museum. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Shaanxi History Museum, don't miss a visit to Dangjiacun Ancient Buildings, don't miss a visit to Kaiyuan Square, then steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and finally take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), then explore the ancient world of Xi'an Bell Tower, and then make a trip to Muslim Quarter.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Xi'an online route planner .

Getting from Beijing to Xi'an by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Dangjiacun Ancient Buildings
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Chengdu

Chengdu ©
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.
Take a break from Chengdu with a short trip to Dujiangyan Irrigation System in Dujiangyan, about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), don't miss a visit to Tianfu Square, appreciate the extensive heritage of Jinli Pedestrian Street, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wenshu Yuan Monastery.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Chengdu journey website .

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Chengdu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Chengdu: highs are around 13°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Guilin.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Dujiangyan Irrigation System
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Kuanzhai Alley ©
Kuanzhai Alley
Dujiangyan Irrigation System ©
Dujiangyan Irrigation System

4
nights
Guilin

Guilin ©
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Spend the 10th (Fri) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's lots more to do: Head underground at Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan), admire the striking features of Daxu Old Town, explore the striking landscape at Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan), and stroll around Riyue Shuangta Cultural Park.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Guilin journey planning site .

Getting from Chengdu to Guilin by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yangshuo County.

Things to do in Guilin

Parks Tours Nature
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) ©
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan)
Photography Tours
Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan) ©
Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan)

2
nights
Yangshuo County

Yangshuo County, the area surrounding a popular tourist resort town, boasts a landscape featuring all the ingredients necessary to attract a flood of tourists.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Wu Zhi Hill and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, steep yourself in history at Stone Village, and then explore the activities along Yulong River.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yangshuo County trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Guilin to Yangshuo County by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Yangshuo County

Tours Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Yulong River ©
Yulong River

3
nights
Shanghai

Shanghai ©
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 shopping, nightlife, parks, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and admire the striking features of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Yangshuo County to Shanghai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, Shanghai is a bit cooler than Yangshuo County - with highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

1
night
Suzhou

Suzhou ©
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.
On the 17th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Shantang Street, then examine the collection at Suzhou Garden Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Humble Administrator's Garden. On your second day here, take in panoramic vistas at Ruiguang Tower and then contemplate the long history of Tongli Town.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Suzhou visit planner.

Traveling by train from Shanghai to Suzhou takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Shantang Street ©
Shantang Street
Suzhou Garden Museum ©
Suzhou Garden Museum
Tongli Town ©
Tongli Town

4
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Hong Kong is known for shopping, theme parks, parks, nature, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lantau island, engage your brain at Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ocean Park.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hong Kong online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Suzhou to Hong Kong takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. January in Hong Kong sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

6
nights
Sanya

Sanya ©
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.
Sanya is known for beaches, nature, historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Yalong Bay, stroll around Luhuitou Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Luobi Cave, and step off the mainland to explore Wuzhizhou Coral Island.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sanya day trip app .

You can fly from Hong Kong to Sanya in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Hong Kong in January, expect nights in Sanya to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Yalong Bay ©
Yalong Bay
Nanshan Temple ©
Nanshan Temple
Nanshan Buddhist Cultural Garden ©
Nanshan Buddhist Cultural Garden

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