20 days in East Asia Itinerary

20 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Shanghai, China
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Taipei, Taiwan
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Hong Kong, China
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Lhasa, China
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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.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), wander the streets of Former French Concession, and make a trip to Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Shanghai holiday planning app.

Linton, UK to Shanghai is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Linton to Shanghai. When traveling from Linton in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Shanghai, with highs around 33°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Taipei.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Taipei, Taiwan

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Juming Museum (in Jinshan), Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) (in Ruifang) and YehLiu Geopark (in Wanli). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at National Palace Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lungshan Temple, take a stroll through Ximending, and get outside with Qingtangyuan.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Taipei trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Shanghai to Taipei in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and car. In September, Taipei is a bit warmer than Shanghai - with highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Taipei

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Pack the 1st (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 3rd (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History, and see the interesting displays at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hong Kong trip planning tool.

You can fly from Taipei to Hong Kong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 31°C. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Lhasa.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Lhasa, China

— 3 nights
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Lhasa is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Potala Palace, steep yourself in history at Sera Monastery, see Off-Road Tours, and don't miss a visit to Lasa Sanquan Scenic Resort.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lhasa travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Lhasa takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Hong Kong in October: high temperatures in Lhasa hover around 20°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Tibet travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Mountains
Roof of the World
Standing at an average height of 4,900 m (16,000 ft), Tibet reigns as the highest region on Earth. Tourism in Tibet revolves around the area's intense natural and cultural heritage, with Tibetan Buddhist sites and serious mountaineering drawing most visitors to the region. See the home of dalai lamas and their summer palaces, and take part in a meditation with monks. Outdoor adventures can take you to the world's highest saltwater, as well as one of the world's highest monasteries. Home to legendary Mount Everest and other soaring peaks, this "roof of the world" beckons to adventurous climbers, while several of China's major rivers have their source on the Tibetan Plateau. During your tour of Tibet, be sure to try some of the regional staples: roasted barley, yak meat, and yak butter tea.