43 days in East Asia Itinerary

43 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China trip planner

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Beijing
— 2 nights
Drive
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Datong
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wutai County
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pingyao County
— 2 nights
Train
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Xi'an
— 3 nights
Fly
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Chengdu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Leshan
— 2 nights
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Fly to Zhoubai, Taxi to Xianfeng Station, Train to Zhangjiajie West Station
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Zhangjiajie
— 3 nights
Fly
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Yangshuo County
— 3 nights
Drive
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Macau
— 3 nights
Fly
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Xiamen
— 4 nights
Fly
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Huangshan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shaoxing
— 3 nights
Train
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Nanjing
— 3 nights
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Suzhou
— 3 nights
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Shanghai
— 1 night

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Beijing

— 2 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.
On the 4th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and then see Mutianyu Great Wall. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, then explore the activities along Back Lakes (Hou Hai), then see the interesting displays at Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum, and finally wander the streets of 798 Art Zone.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Beijing road trip planning site.

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major aiports are Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing Nanyuan Airport and Beijing Daxing International Airport. In January, daily temperatures in Beijing can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Datong.

Things to do in Beijing

Museums · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Datong

— 2 nights
The old city of Datong has an interesting and complicated history of development, sacking, and rebuilding.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): learn more about the world around you at Datong Museum and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shanhua Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si), and then explore the fascinating underground world of Yungang Grottoes.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Datong holiday website.

Getting from Beijing to Datong by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Wutai County.

Things to do in Datong

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Wutai County

— 2 nights
Tourism in Wutai County focuses on the World Heritage-listed mountain of the same name.
On the 8th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tayuan Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dailuo Ding of Wutai Mountain, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Fomu Cave. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Baohua Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Longquan Temple, then stroll through Wutai Shan (Five Terrace Mountain), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wanfoge Temple.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Wutai County online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Datong to Wutai County takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Pingyao County.

Things to do in Wutai County

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Pingyao County

— 2 nights
An ancient walled city, Pingyao County can trace its history back around 2,700 years, and has been designated a World Heritage Site.
On the 10th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Pingyao Confucian Temple, see the interesting displays at Xietongqing Unincorporated Bank Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pingyao Old Town Jixiang Temple, then contemplate the long history of Ming and Qing Dynasties Street, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jinci Temple. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Pingyao Ancient Government Office, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zhenguo Temple, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mian Mountain.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Pingyao County trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Wutai County to Pingyao County takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of car, flight, taxi, and train. In January, daytime highs in Pingyao County are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Pingyao County

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling), then steep yourself in history at Huaqing Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Tang Bo Art Museum, and finally stop by Muslim market. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), examine the collection at Xi'an Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at Small Goose Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and finally don't miss a visit to Daxuexixiang Mosque.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Xi'an holiday site.

Take a train from Pingyao County to Xi'an in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Pingyao County in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of -7°C in Xi'an. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Chengdu

— 2 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.
Kuanzhai Alley and Jiezi Ancient Town will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sichuan Museum and Jianchuan Museum. When in Chengdu, make a side trip to see Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum in Guanghan, approximately Guanghan away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), see the interesting displays at Sanhe Classic Car Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Baoguang Temple of Chengdu, and get engrossed in the history at Chengdu Museum New Hall.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Chengdu day trip planning site.

You can fly from Xi'an to Chengdu in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in January, expect Chengdu to be somewhat warmer, temps between 13°C and 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Leshan.

Things to do in Chengdu

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Leshan

— 2 nights
The city of Leshan sits proudly at the confluence of three rivers, and has become known for its World Heritage Site and importance to Buddhism in the country.
On the 17th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Baoguo Temple, appreciate the history behind Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo), and then examine the collection at Museum of Hanya Tomb, Leshan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qingyin Pavillion, then identify plant and animal life at Mt. Emei Natural Ecology Monkey Reserve, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wuyou Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oriental Buddha Capital.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Leshan driving holiday website.

Getting from Chengdu to Leshan by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Leshan

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Zhangjiajie

— 3 nights
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Step out of the city life by going to Xiangxi Hibiscus Town and Suoxiyu Nature Reserve. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute and Laosicheng Site. The adventure continues: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in the dramatic natural features at Xihai Stone Forest, explore the activities along Zhangjiajie Xianren Stream, and examine the collection at Giant Salamander Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Zhangjiajie road trip website.

Getting from Leshan to Zhangjiajie by combination of flight, taxi, and train takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yangshuo County.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yangshuo County

— 3 nights
Yangshuo County, the area surrounding a popular tourist resort town, boasts a landscape featuring all the ingredients necessary to attract a flood of tourists.
Tall Banyan and Ancient Fishing Village will appeal to history buffs. Langzi Ancient Village and Fuli Ancient Town are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Yangshuo County with an excursion to Fubo Hill in Guilin--about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at South China Karst, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and get into the urban bustle at Xingping Fishing Village.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Yangshuo County travel planner.

You can fly from Zhangjiajie to Yangshuo County in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Macau.

Things to do in Yangshuo County

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Macau

— 3 nights
Vacation in Macau to discover one of the world's richest cities organized as an autonomous region of China that, until 1999, was administered by Portugal.
Head to The Grand Canal Shoppes and Macau Fisherman's Wharffor some retail therapy. Let the collections at Macao Museum and Macau Museum of Art capture your imagination. Step out of Macau with an excursion to Beifeng Mountain in Taishan--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Mandarin's House, see the interesting displays at The Taipa Houses Museum, and explore the ancient world of Ruins of St. Paul's.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Macau online trip maker.

You can drive from Yangshuo County to Macau in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Xiamen.

Things to do in Macau

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Xiamen

— 4 nights

Garden Island

Known for centuries as a gateway to China, the port city of Xiamen has become a destination in itself, first to domestic visitors and now to a growing number of people from across the world.
Nanputuo Temple and Qinyuan Mountain will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Mangrove Reserve of Zhangzhou and Xiamen Guanyinshan Sand Sculpture Cultural Park. Get out of town with these interesting Xiamen side-trips: Kaiyuan Monastery (in Quanzhou) and Zhangzhou Ancient Building (in Nanjing County). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Zhongshan Road Walking Street, buy something for everyone on your list at Wanda Plaza (xianyue road), explore the historical opulence of Huli Mountain Fort, and see the interesting displays at Yuyuan Garden.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Xiamen attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Macau to Xiamen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Xiamen are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Huangshan.

Things to do in Xiamen

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Huangshan Wanan Ancient Town and South Lake College. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Qianxian Nanping Village Scenic Resort and Former Residence of Cheng Dawei. When in Huangshan, make a side trip to see Lucun in Yi County, approximately Yi County away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Dreamed Pen of Fine Essays (Bi Sheng Hua), steep yourself in history at Ancient Buildings of Chengkan Village, take in the views from Buxian Bridge, and get to know the fascinating history of Jiulong Waterfall Scenic.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Huangshan trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Xiamen to Huangshan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Shaoxing.

Things to do in Huangshan

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shaoxing

— 3 nights

City of Personages

Known as the birthplace of many famous scholars, writers, and politicians, Shaoxing attracts visitors with its traditional architecture, rich culture, and local delicacies.
Appreciate the collections at Former Residence of Lu Xun, Shaoxing and Luxun Memorial Hall of Shaoxing. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Qingteng Study and Datong School. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jiezhu Temple, contemplate the long history of Shaoxing Zhou Enlai Former Residence, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cangqiao Street, and explore the activities along East Lake of Shaoxing.

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Traveling by car from Huangshan to Shaoxing takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daytime highs in Shaoxing are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nanjing.

Things to do in Shaoxing

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Nanjing

— 3 nights
Located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing was the capital city of numerous dynasties over the ages.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre and John-Rabe House. Head to Librairie Avant-Garde (Wutaishan) and Techi Plazafor some retail therapy. Change things up with a short trip to Yangzhou Dongguan Street in Yangzhou (about 1h 30 min away). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Laomendong, take in the spiritual surroundings of Qixia Temple, get engrossed in the history at Nanjing Museum (Nanjing Bowuyuan), and tour the pleasant surroundings at Qixia Mountain.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nanjing trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Shaoxing to Nanjing by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February in Nanjing, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Nanjing

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zuiyuan Gallery and Landscape Architecture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Xiyuan Temple and Zhouzhuang Boat. Explore Suzhou's surroundings by going to Wuxi Museum (in Wuxi), Nashan Bamboo Sea (in Liyang) and Jinxi Ancient Town (in Kunshan). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Guan Qian Shopping Street, get to know the fascinating history of Sanshan Island, explore the world behind art at Six Arts Museum, and examine the collection at Suzhou Garden Museum.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Suzhou holiday maker tool.

You can take a train from Nanjing to Suzhou in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nanjing in February, you will find days in Suzhou are cooler (-5°C), and nights are a bit cooler (-5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Shanghai

— 1 night

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.
On the 14th (Fri), wander the streets of Former French Concession, see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), then don't miss a visit to The Bund (Wai Tan), and finally see the interesting displays at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Shanghai vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Suzhou to Shanghai takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Suzhou, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Shanghai, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods