28 days in China Itinerary

28 days in China Itinerary

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28 days in China Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Beijing
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Xi'an
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Chengdu
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Kunming
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Kaili
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Guilin
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Yangshuo County
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Guilin
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Hong Kong
— 2 nights
helicopter:  15​min
10
Macau
— 1 day
helicopter:  15​min
11
Hong Kong
— 2 nights
train:  5​h
12
Wuhan
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
13
Shanghai
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
14
Hangzhou
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
15
Shanghai
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Montreal

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.
Get some cultural insight at The Palace Museum and Dongsi Hutong. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan) and Yesanpo Baicaopan Resort community. Go for a jaunt from Beijing to Laishui County to see Baili Canyon Resort about 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), look for gifts at Wuyutai Tea Shop (Wangfujing), take in the spiritual surroundings of Niujie Mosque, and steep yourself in history at Pool and Mulberry Tree Temple (Tanzhe Si).

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Beijing holiday planning site .

Montreal, Canada to Beijing is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 13 hour difference. While traveling from Montreal, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Beijing, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Laishui County
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The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

2
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling), then get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, and then explore the world behind art at TangBo Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Cuihua Mountain, then steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), then examine the collection at Xi'an Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xi'an Mosque.

Before you visit Xi'an, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Xi'an takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Xi'an

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Xi'an Mosque ©
Xi'an Mosque
Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling) ©

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mount Qingcheng and Jinli Pedestrian Street. Visit Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi) and Baoguang Temple of Chengdu for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Jiezi Ancient Town (in Chongzhou), Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum (in Guanghan) and China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (in Dujiangyan). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kuanzhai Alley and make a trip to Tianfu Square.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Chengdu trip planner .

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 May, Chengdu is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Kunming.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum, China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda, Jiezi Ancient Town
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Mount Qingcheng ©
Mount Qingcheng
Jinli Pedestrian Street
Jinli Pedestrian Street

1
night
Kunming

Kunming ©
With a temperate climate at 2,000 m (6,600 ft) and a variety of tourist attractions, Kunming makes a popular gateway for exploring Yunnan Province.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): walk around Tanhua Temple Park, contemplate the long history of Huating Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jindian Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Kunming Golden Temple.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kunming trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Chengdu to Kunming in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Chengdu in May, things will get slightly colder in Kunming: highs are around 29°C and lows about 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kaili.

Things to do in Kunming

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Huating Temple ©
Huating Temple
Jindian Park ©
Jindian Park
Kunming Golden Temple ©
Kunming Golden Temple

2
nights
Kaili

Kaili ©
Kaili is a county-level city under the administration of Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, in southeastern Guizhou province, People's Republic of China. On the 10th (Sun), immerse yourself in nature at Qianhu Miao Village, then contemplate the long history of Miao Village, and then steep yourself in history at Xinqiao Miao Nationality Village. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Kaili Minority Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Xianglushan Mountain of Kaili, and then make a trip to Xijiang Miao Nationality Village.

You can plan Kaili trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kunming to Kaili. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Guilin.

Things to do in Kaili

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Leishan County
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Highlights from your plan
Xijiang Miao Nationality Village ©
Xijiang Miao Nationality Village

1
night
Guilin

Guilin
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Eighth Route Army Guilin Office and then identify plant and animal life at Guilin Chuanshan Scenic Resort.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Guilin trip planner.

Getting from Kaili to Guilin by car takes about 5.5 hours. In May in Guilin, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yangshuo County.

Things to do in Guilin

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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1
day
Yangshuo County

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.
On the 13th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Huangbu Beach and then identify plant and animal life at South China Karst.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yangshuo County trip planner .

You can drive from Guilin to Yangshuo County in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Guilin.

Things to do in Yangshuo County

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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South China Karst ©
South China Karst

2
nights
Guilin

Guilin ©
On the 14th (Thu), Head underground at Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan), explore the striking landscape at Folded Brocade Hill (Diecai Hill), and then identify plant and animal life at Xionglin Xionghu Villa of Guilin. On the next day, walk around Guilin Botanical Garden.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Guilin trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Yangshuo County to Guilin takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Guilin

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Xionglin Xionghu Villa of Guilin
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Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) ©
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan)

2
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): kick back and relax at Big Wave Bay Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hong Kong Trail, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Cathedral.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hong Kong trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Guilin to Hong Kong in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Hong Kong when traveling from Guilin in May, with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to do a combination of to Macau.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Big Wave Bay Beach ©
Big Wave Bay Beach
Hong Kong Trail ©
Hong Kong Trail
St. John's Cathedral
St. John's Cathedral

1
day
Macau

Macau ©
Vacation in Macau to discover one of the world's richest cities organized as an autonomous region of China that, until 1999, was administered by Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): head outdoors with Cotai Strip Resorts, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then contemplate the long history of Mandarin's House.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Macau holiday planner.

Macau is very close to Hong Kong. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can do a combination of to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Macau

Outdoors Spas Historic Sites
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Cotai Strip Resorts ©
Cotai Strip Resorts
Mandarin's House ©
Mandarin's House
Spas

2
nights
Hong Kong

Hong Kong ©
On the 18th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Time Ball Tower, then hike along Central Hiking Lamma Trail, and then kick back and relax at Tai Long Wan.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hong Kong trip planner .

Hong Kong is just a short distance from Macau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Wuhan.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tai Long Wan ©
Tai Long Wan
Central Hiking Lamma Trail ©
Central Hiking Lamma Trail
Time Ball Tower ©
Time Ball Tower

3
nights
Wuhan

Wuhan ©
The provincial capital, Wuhan represents a major hub of commerce, industry, and culture in the center of the country.
Hubei Provincial Museum and Memorial Hall of Wuchang Uprising in 1911 Revolution are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Mt. Mulan Scenic Resort and Luojia Mountain. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Xianning Onsen Resort, delve into the lush surroundings at Botanical Garden of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gude Temple of Hankou.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Wuhan fast, fun, and easy.

You can take a train from Hong Kong to Wuhan in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hong Kong in May, things will get a bit cooler in Wuhan: highs are around 31°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Wuhan

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Hubei Provincial Museum ©
Hubei Provincial Museum
Baotong Temple ©
Baotong Temple

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Shanghai Wild Animal Park, explore the activities along Huangpu River, and then steep yourself in history at Soong Ching-ling Memorial Residence. On the next day, take a stroll through Former French Concession, see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum of Sun Yat-sen's Former Residence, then take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and finally don't miss a visit to The Bund City Sculptures.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Shanghai road trip planning website .

You can fly from Wuhan to Shanghai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Shanghai are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Shanghai Wild Animal Park ©
Shanghai Wild Animal Park
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession
Soong Ching-ling Memorial Residence ©

1
day
Hangzhou

Hangzhou ©
Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Lingyin Temple, get to know the fascinating history of West Lake (Xi Hu), and then explore the ancient world of Nansong Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hangzhou trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Shanghai to Hangzhou takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May in Hangzhou, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Historic Sites
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Lingyin Temple ©
Lingyin Temple
West Lake (Xi Hu) ©
West Lake (Xi Hu)

2
nights
Shanghai

Shanghai ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shanghai Confucian Temple, then take a stroll through Taikang Road, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Longhua Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Shanghai trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Hangzhou to Shanghai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Zhujiajiao Ancient Town ©
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town
Longhua Temple ©
Longhua Temple
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©

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