10 days in China Itinerary

10 days in China Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Xi'an
— 1 night
2
Dunhuang
— 2 nights
3
Lhasa
— 3 nights
4
Shangri-La County
— 2 nights
5
Lijiang
— 1 night

1
night
Xi'an

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Tang Bo Art Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Xi'an Bell Tower, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Xi'an Mosque. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do sightseeing your way with Travel China Guide.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Xi'an holiday planner.

Jinan to Xi'an is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In October in Xi'an, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Xi'an

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Travel China Guide ©
Travel China Guide
Xi'an Mosque ©
Xi'an Mosque
Xi'an Bell Tower ©
Xi'an Bell Tower

2
nights
Dunhuang

Dunhuang ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): make a trip to Sanwei Mountain Scenic Resort, Head underground at Mogao Caves, and then make a trip to Shazhou Nightly Market. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Dunhuang Folk Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain, and then explore the ancient world of Duhuang Ancient City Ruins.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dunhuang tour builder website.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Dunhuang takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Mogao Caves ©
Mogao Caves
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain ©
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain
Shazhou Nightly Market ©
Shazhou Nightly Market

3
nights
Lhasa

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Climbing Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Sera Monastery and Barkhor Street. Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokhang Temple.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lhasa attractions planner.

Getting from Dunhuang to Lhasa by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In October in Lhasa, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Lhasa

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
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Barkhor Street ©
Barkhor Street
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sera Monastery ©
Sera Monastery

2
nights
Shangri-La County

Shangri-La County
Known previously as Zhongdian, Shangri-La County gained its current name in an attempt by city officials to promote tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia). On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Guishan Park and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumtsaling Monastery.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Shangri-La County trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Lhasa to Shangri-La County in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Lijiang.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Sumtsaling Monastery
Sumtsaling Monastery
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) ©
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)

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night
Lijiang

Lijiang ©
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.
On the 22nd (Thu), steep yourself in history at Mufu Palace, then steep yourself in history at Shuhe Ancient Town, and then take in the pleasant sights at Blue Moon Valley.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lijiang tour builder app.

You can take a bus from Shangri-La County to Lijiang in 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town
Blue Moon Valley ©
Blue Moon Valley

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