40 days in East Asia Itinerary

40 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Lhasa
— 4 nights
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Xi'an
— 3 nights
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Zhangjiajie
— 3 nights
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Guangzhou
— 2 nights
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Guilin
— 3 nights
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Huangshan
— 3 nights
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Hangzhou
— 2 nights
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Shanghai
— 4 nights
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Suzhou
— 3 nights
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Nanjing
— 3 nights
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Harbin
— 2 nights
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Beijing
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Lhasa

— 4 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Potala Palace, contemplate the long history of Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), and see Off-Road Tours.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lhasa journey builder site.

Baghdad, Iraq to Lhasa is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to China Standard Time (CST) is 5 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Baghdad in June, with highs in Lhasa at 26°C and lows at 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to fly to Xi'an.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Xi'an

— 3 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Xi'an is known for museums, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, walk around Celebration Palace Park, delve into the distant past at Xi'an Bell Tower, and contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta).

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Xi'an holiday planner.

Getting from Lhasa to Xi'an by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In June, Xi'an is somewhat warmer than Lhasa - with highs of 36°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can fly to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Xi'an

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Zhangjiajie

— 3 nights
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring nature at Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park. Spend the 11th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie, contemplate the waterfront views at Golden Whip Brook, and look for all kinds of wild species at Tianzi Mountain Clouds.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Zhangjiajie trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Zhangjiajie takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Guangzhou.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Tours

Guangzhou

— 2 nights
A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
On the 12th (Sat), examine the collection at Chen Clan Ancestral Hall-Folk Craft Museum, visit Shamian Island, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Baiyun Mountain, then don't miss a visit to Canton Tower, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Chimelong Safari Park, and finally snap pictures at Liede Bridge.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Guangzhou vacation planning website.

You can fly from Zhangjiajie to Guangzhou in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Guangzhou are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Guilin.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Guilin

— 3 nights
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
On the 16th (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan), stroll around Riyue Shuangta Cultural Park, admire the landmark architecture of Daxu Old Town, and explore the striking landscape at Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan).

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Guilin trip itinerary app.

Traveling by train from Guangzhou to Guilin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Guangzhou in June, expect nights in Guilin to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are little chillier, around 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Huangshan.

Things to do in Guilin

Tours · Parks · Nature

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Huangshan

— 3 nights
Named after the "Yellow Mountains" with which the region has long been associated, Huangshan offers access to UNESCO-listed sites both natural and man-made.
Explore Huangshan's surroundings by going to Hongcun Ancient Village (in Yi County) and Xidi Ancient Village (in She County). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Huangshan, identify plant and animal life at Huangshan UNESCO Global Geopark, get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tunxi Mountainous Town.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Huangshan trip builder website.

Fly from Guilin to Huangshan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Huangshan

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Hangzhou

— 2 nights

Paradise on Earth

Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Xixi Wetland Park and then steep yourself in history at Xiangji Temple. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Lingyin Temple, then walk around West Lake Colored Port View Fish Garden, then take in the pleasant sights at West Lake (Xi Hu), and finally get engrossed in the history at Zhejiang Museum Wulin.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hangzhou tour planning site.

Traveling by train from Huangshan to Hangzhou takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Hangzhou can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Shanghai

— 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 museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to The Bund (Wai Tan), take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road).

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Shanghai trip planner.

You can take a train from Hangzhou to Shanghai in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. June in Shanghai sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Suzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Suzhou

— 3 nights

Venice of the East

One of the oldest settlements in the Yangtze basin, Suzhou remains a complex, labyrinthine set of old canal districts, World Heritage gardens, and sprawling modern developments.
Explore Suzhou's surroundings by going to Xitang Ancient Town (in Jiashan County) and Zhouzhuang Water Town (in Kunshan). The adventure continues: stroll around The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the natural beauty at The Lingering Garden, and shop like a local with Pingjiang Road.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Suzhou trip maker site.

You can take a train from Shanghai to Suzhou in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nanjing.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Nanjing

— 3 nights
Located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing was the capital city of numerous dynasties over the ages.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yangzhou (The Lotus Bridge & Slender West Lake). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Sun Yatsen Mausoleum (Zhongshan Ling), make a trip to Confucian Temple Area (Fuzi Miao), take an in-depth tour of The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre, and examine the collection at Presidential palace of Nanjing.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nanjing trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by train from Suzhou to Nanjing takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Nanjing can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Harbin.

Things to do in Nanjing

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Harbin

— 2 nights

Ice City

The influence of neighboring Russia remains visible throughout much of Harbin, with the country's northernmost metropolis possessing an intoxicating eclecticism in its architecture, food, and art.
On the 2nd (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Alekseyev Church, examine the collection at Saint Sophia Cathedral, and then make a trip to Harbin Flood Control Memorial Tower. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Harbin Beer Museum, then examine the collection at Unit 731 Museum, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Harbin Polarland, and finally make a trip to Zhongyang Pedestrian Street.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Harbin trip planner.

Getting from Nanjing to Harbin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Nanjing in July; daily highs in Harbin reach 33°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to fly to Beijing.

Things to do in Harbin

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Parks

Beijing

— 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.
Spend the 7th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Mutianyu Great Wall, get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven, and explore the activities along Beihai Park (Beihai Gongyuan).

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Beijing travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Harbin to Beijing takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Harbin in July, with highs in Beijing at 38°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife