60 days in East Asia Itinerary

60 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Beijing, China
— 5 nights
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Xi'an, China
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Chengdu, China
— 3 nights
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Jiuzhaigou County, China
— 2 nights
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Kunming, China
— 2 nights
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Shangri-La County, China
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Zhangjiajie, China
— 3 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 4 nights
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Guangzhou, China
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Hong Kong, China
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Taipei, Taiwan
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Seoul, South Korea
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Kyoto, Japan
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Tokyo, Japan
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Beijing, China — 5 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Yandai Xie Street and Beijing Working People's Cultural Palace. Discover out-of-the-way places like Back Lakes (Hou Hai) and Inner Court. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Eight Great Temples (Ba Da Chu Park), admire the landmark architecture of Baiyun Taoist Temple, see the sky in a new way at Ancient Observatory (Guguanxiangtai), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Niujie Mosque.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Beijing travel route planner.

Toronto, Canada to Beijing is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13 hours traveling from Toronto to Beijing. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in April: highs in Beijing hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Xi'an.
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Xi'an, China — 3 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Forest of Stone Steles Museum and Tan Dynasty Art Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Small Goose Pagoda and Tang Bo Art Museum. Go for a jaunt from Xi'an to Xianyang to see Xianyang Geothermy City about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tianshuijing Catholic Church, look for gifts at Muslim market, admire the masterpieces at Shanxi Art Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Xi'an Qujiang Museum of Fine Arts.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Xi'an journey planning site.

Fly from Beijing to Xi'an in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can fly to Chengdu.
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Chengdu, China — 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Miyaluo Scenic Resort, then stop by Natooke Chengdu, and then browse the different shops at New Century Global Center. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Yinchang Valley, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baoguang Temple of Chengdu, and then make a trip to Tianfu Square.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Chengdu travel route planner.

You can fly from Xi'an to Chengdu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Chengdu, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Jiuzhaigou County.
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Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:

Jiuzhaigou County, China — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Wucaichi and then identify plant and animal life at Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jiuzailing Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Jiuzhaigou County trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou County by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Kunming.
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Kunming, China — 2 nights

City of Eternal Spring

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.
On the 16th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Huating Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Taihua Temple. On your second day here, browse the different shops at Parkson Mall(new Southwest Plaza), then see the interesting displays at Yunnan Railway Museum, and then indulge your taste buds at Zhuanxin Wet Market.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kunming attractions planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Kunming in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. In April in Kunming, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Shangri-La County.
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Shangri-La County, China — 2 nights

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 18th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bitahai Nature Reserve and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shangri-La Zhongxin Town Church. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Natural Bridge of Xianggelila, then look for gifts at Tubo Tibetan Thangka Store, and then stroll through Lanyue Mountain Valley.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Shangri-La County online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Kunming to Shangri-La County takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Zhangjiajie.
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Zhangjiajie, China — 3 nights

The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Get a sense of the local culture at Huaihua Fenghuang Temple and Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Laosicheng Site and WulongZhai. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Suoxiyu Nature Reserve, enjoy breathtaking views from BaiLong Elevator, get great views at Daguan Platform, and explore the striking landscape at Xihai Stone Forest.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Zhangjiajie driving holiday planner.

Fly from Shangri-La County to Zhangjiajie in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, subway, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Shanghai.
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Find places to stay Apr 19 — 23:

Shanghai, China — 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Soong Ching-ling Memorial Residence and Birthplace of Chinese Communist Party. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shanghai Zhenru Temple and Houtan Garden. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Longhua Memorial Park of Revolutionary Martyrs, buy something for everyone on your list at Iapm Shopping Mall, visit Taikang Road, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Shanghai trip planner.

You can fly from Zhangjiajie to Shanghai in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Guangzhou.
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Guangzhou, China — 3 nights

A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
Get a sense of the local culture at Muslim Hero Tomb and Dafo Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Archaeological Site Museum of Nanyue Palace and Nan Yue Yuan. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at South Tea Market, admire the natural beauty at Canton Orchid Garden, get a dose of the wild on Pacha Mama Adventures, and buy something for everyone on your list at Parc Central.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Guangzhou tour itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Guangzhou takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Shanghai in April: high temperatures in Guangzhou hover around 31°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hong Kong.
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Hong Kong, China — 5 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
St. Augustine Square and Our Lady of Penha will appeal to history buffs. Head to Repulse Bay Visual Art Museum and Bee's Diamondsfor plenty of shopping. When in Hong Kong, make a side trip to see St. Lawrence Church in Macau, approximately Macau away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Lion's Pavilion at The Peak, identify plant and animal life at Aviary (Kowloon Park), get curious at Hong Kong Space Museum, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Tai Po Street.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong trip planner.

Take a train from Guangzhou to Hong Kong in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hong Kong can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Taipei.
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Taipei, Taiwan — 4 nights

City of Azaleas

Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Explore hidden gems such as Tianhou Temple and Fagushan Nongchan Temple. Get some historical perspective at Yonglian Temple and Lin An Tai Historical House & Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to YOLO Taiwan (in Dayuan District) and Laomei Green Reef (in Shimen). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Bopiliao Historic Block, examine the collection at Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines, browse the different shops at Carrefour - Guilin Store, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hongludi.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Taipei trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Hong Kong to Taipei in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Hong Kong in May since evenings lows in Taipei dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Seoul.
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Seoul, South Korea — 7 nights

One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Head to Majang Meat Market and GOTO Mallfor plenty of shopping. Step off the beaten path and head to Janganmun Gate and Namhansanseong Provincial Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Seoul: Namhansanseong Fortress (in Gwangju), Donggureung (in Guri) and Hwahongmun Gate (in Suwon). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Seolleung & Jeongneung Royal Tomb, shop like a local with CGV Yongsan, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (branch), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gilsangsa Shrine.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Seoul road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Taipei to Seoul takes 5.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Taipei to Seoul is 1 hour. Traveling from Taipei in May, things will get little chillier in Seoul: highs are around 28°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay May 9 — 16:

Kyoto, Japan — 6 nights

The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Myoshinji Temple and Ishibutai Tomb are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Kikuichi Monju Shiro Kanenaga and Kyoto Tower Sandofor some retail therapy. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Asuka-mura (Asuka-dera Temple & Tachibana-dera Temple), Nara (Nishinokyo District, Naramachi Koshino Ie, &more) and Sai Shrine (in Sakurai). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), steep yourself in history at Chishaku-in, make a trip to Yasakanoto, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Gion Shirakawa.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planning site.

Fly from Seoul to Kyoto in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay May 16 — 22:

Tokyo, Japan — 8 nights

Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hozomon and Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery. Head to Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store and 2k540 AKI-OKA ARTIZANfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Keisei Rose Garden (in Yachiyo), Lalaport Tokyo Bay (in Funabashi) and Tojo House (in Matsudo). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, stroll the grounds of Yanaka Cemetery Park, and don't miss a visit to Inamuragasaki.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
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