34 days in Asia Itinerary

34 days in Asia Itinerary

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34 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  12 h
1
Hong Kong, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h
2
Taipei, Taiwan
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Shanghai, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Beijing, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  8 h 45 min
6
Suita, Japan
— 4 nights
Train:  15 min
7
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
8
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Melbourne, Australia

4
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Shop till you drop at IFC mall and Ladies Market. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hong Kong Museum of History and Taipa Village Macau. Explore Hong Kong's surroundings by going to Macau (Ruins of St. Paul's & Casino at Venetian Macao). Pack the 9th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Lantau Island, browse the different shops at Harbour City, examine the collection at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Stanley, Hong Kong.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hong Kong trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Hong Kong is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Hong Kong Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hong Kong, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Macau
Highlights from your plan
Ruins of St. Paul's
Ruins of St. Paul's
Hong Kong Museum of History ©
Hong Kong Museum of History
Lantau island ©
Lantau island

4
nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei ©
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.
Get outdoors at Fulung Beach and Taipei Zoo. Get some cultural insight at National Palace Museum and Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street). The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Taipei 101, don't miss a visit to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, shop like a local with Eslite Bookstore - Xinyi, and look for gifts at Dihua Street.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Taipei driving holiday website .

You can fly from Hong Kong to Taipei in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In November in Taipei, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

New Taipei
Highlights from your plan
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)

3
nights
Shanghai, China

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan). For shopping fun, head to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) or Former French Concession. Take a break from Shanghai with a short trip to Humble Administrator's Garden in Suzhou, about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Xintiandi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Longhua Temple, enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, and laugh and play at Shanghai Renmin Park.

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You can do a combination of subway and flight from Taipei to Shanghai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Taipei in November; daily highs in Shanghai reach 20°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Humble Administrator's Garden
Highlights from your plan
Humble Administrator's Garden ©
Humble Administrator's Garden
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

3
nights
Beijing, China

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.
On the 18th (Sun), look for gifts at Nanluoguxiang, wander the streets of Back Lakes (Hou Hai), and then take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Wang Fu Jing Da Jie and then explore the historical opulence of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Beijing vacation maker site .

You can fly from Shanghai to Beijing in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Shanghai in November: highs in Beijing hover around 11°C, while lows dip to -1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Tue) before leaving for Seoul.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) ©

4
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
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.
Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Myeongdong Shopping Street and Namdaemun Marketfor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Insadong, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Korea, get great views at N Seoul Tower, and wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Seoul sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Seoul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and subway; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Beijing to Seoul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Beijing in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 3°C in Seoul. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Suita.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream

4
nights
Suita, Japan

Suita ©
A smaller metropolis near Osaka, Suita remains best known for hosting the World's Fair in 1970.
Do your shopping at Kanku Observation Hall Sky View and Lalaport Koshien. Get in touch with nature at Waterfall of Mino and Kiyotaki Toge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Suita: Nishinomiya (Nishinomiya Shrine, Hanshin Koshien Stadium, & more), Joon-ji Temple (in Amagasaki) and Suntory Yamazaki Distillery (in Shimamoto-cho). There's still lots to do: revel in the low prices at Rinku Premium Outlets, examine the collection at Cup Noodle Mueseum in Osaka, Ikeda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mefu Shrine, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Minoo Park.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Suita trip maker .

Explore your travel options from Seoul to Suita with the Route module. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Seoul in November, with highs in Suita at 19°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Suita

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Nishinomiya, Izumisano, Mino, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, Suntory Yamazaki Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Expo '70 Commemorative Park ©
Expo '70 Commemorative Park
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda ©
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
Suntory Yamazaki Distillery ©
Suntory Yamazaki Distillery

4
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. You'll explore and learn at Kyoto National Museum and Kyoto International Manga Museum. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Gion, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip site .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Suita. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

5
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Ueno Zoo. Let the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum capture your imagination. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, approximately 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Ginza, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and shop like a local with Asakusa.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Tokyo are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Highlights from your plan
Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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