30 days in East Asia Itinerary

30 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Lhasa, China
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Hong Kong, China
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Shanghai, China
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Jeju, South Korea
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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
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Lhasa, China

— 2 nights
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): admire the striking features of Potala Palace and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokhang Temple. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Sera Monastery.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lhasa road trip app.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Lhasa is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to China Standard Time (CST) is 5 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Jeddah in June; daily highs in Lhasa reach 26°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites

Hong Kong, China

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 20th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 22nd (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History, indulge your senses at Secret Food Tours Hong Kong, and make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong trip itinerary site.

Getting from Lhasa to Hong Kong by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. While traveling from Lhasa, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Hong Kong, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Tours

Shanghai, China

— 3 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: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and buy something for everyone on your list at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Shanghai day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Shanghai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Hong Kong in June, with highs in Shanghai at 33°C and lows at 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Jeju.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Jeju, South Korea

— 4 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
When in Jeju, make a side trip to see Seongsan Ilchulbong in Seogwipo, approximately Seogwipo away. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, admire the masterpieces at Jeju Folk Museum, stroll around Sarabong Park, and see the interesting displays at Jeju National Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Jeju trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Jeju takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shanghai to Jeju. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

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Seoul, South Korea

— 4 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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the striking features of Deoksugung, get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, and get great views at N Seoul Tower.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Seoul trip builder.

Fly from Jeju to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Kyoto, Japan

— 4 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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, approximately Osaka away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Kyoto takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Tokyo, Japan

— 4 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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo sightseeing planning tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Beijing.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Beijing, China

— 4 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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong), admire the landmark architecture of The Palace Museum, and make a trip to Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Beijing online route planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Beijing in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, car, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time to China Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In July in Beijing, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors