43 days in East Asia Itinerary

43 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia holiday planner

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Fly to Naha Airport / JASDF Naha Air Base, Drive to Okinawa City
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Okinawa City, Japan
— 3 nights
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Drive to Naha Airport / JASDF Naha Air Base, Fly to Tainan International Airport / Tainan Air Base, Drive to Tainan
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Tainan, Taiwan
— 3 nights
Train
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Taipei, Taiwan
— 4 nights
Fly
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Beijing, China
— 4 nights
Fly
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Suzhou, China
— 3 nights
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Wuxi, China
— 2 nights
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Hangzhou, China
— 3 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 3 nights
Fly
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Xi'an, China
— 3 nights
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Yichang, China
— 2 nights
Train to Chongqing North, Subway to Chongqing
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Chongqing, China
— 1 night
Subway to Shapingba Station, Train to Chengdu
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Chengdu, China
— 3 nights
Fly
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Guilin, China
— 3 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 2 nights
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Okinawa City, Japan

— 3 nights
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Explore Okinawa City's surroundings by going to Aiai Farm (in Nakijin-son) and Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son). There's still lots to do: stop by Kaboten no Mise Nakasone and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kamimuyra Brewery.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Okinawa City planning app.

Auckland, New Zealand to Okinawa City is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Auckland to Okinawa City due to the time zone difference. You will leave for Tainan on the 15th (Tue).

Things to do in Okinawa City

Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

Tainan, Taiwan

— 3 nights

Phoenix City

The oldest city in the country, Tainan stood as the island's capital during feudal times.
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum and Anping Tree House will appeal to history buffs. Head to The Pier-2 Art Centre and Hayashi Department Storefor plenty of shopping. When in Tainan, make a side trip to see Dream Mall in Qianzhen, approximately Qianzhen away. It doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia) and see the interesting displays at Chimei Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tainan online day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Okinawa City to Tainan with the Route module. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time to Taipei Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October in Tainan, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Taipei.

Things to do in Tainan

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Taipei, Taiwan

— 4 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.
To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Taipei route maker site.

Take a train from Tainan to Taipei in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Tainan in October, expect nights in Taipei to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are slightly colder, around 32°C. You will leave for Beijing on the 23rd (Wed).

Things to do in Taipei

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · 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.
You'll explore and learn at The Palace Museum and National Museum Of China. Do some cultural sightseeing at Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and The Great Wall at Badaling. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), take a stroll around Beijing Working People's Cultural Palace, get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven.

To find out how to plan a trip to Beijing, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Taipei to Beijing in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Taipei in October: highs in Beijing hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Suzhou.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Suzhou, China

— 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.
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou has been added to your itinerary. Get some historical perspective at Xitang Ancient Town and Zhouzhuang Water Town. Get a sense of the local culture at Tongli Town and Shantang Street. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Luzhi Town, get a taste of the local shopping with Pingjiang Road, and walk around Humble Administrator's Garden.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Suzhou holiday planning app.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Suzhou takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Wuxi.

Things to do in Suzhou

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Wuxi, China

— 2 nights

Little Shanghai

An industrial hot spot, Wuxi boasts a longstanding heritage, bustling economy, and picturesque natural landscapes.
On the 31st (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanchan Temple of Wuxi, then contemplate the long history of Former Residence of Qian Zhongshu, then steep yourself in history at Huishan old town, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Jichang Garden. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of CCTV Wuxi Film Base and then don't miss a visit to Wuxi Nianhua Bay.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Wuxi trip planner.

Wuxi is just a stone's throw from Suzhou. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Wuxi

Historic Sites

Hangzhou, China

— 3 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 2nd (Sat): go for a walk through West Lake (Xi Hu), then don't miss a visit to Hefang Street, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lingyin Temple.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hangzhou sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Wuxi to Hangzhou in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Wuxi in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Hangzhou, with lows of 12°C. You'll set off for Shanghai on the 4th (Mon).

Things to do in Hangzhou

Historic Sites

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.
You've added Shanghai Confucian Temple, Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market, and other attractions to your itinerary. Head to Former French Concession and island6 Arts Centerfor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Xintiandi. The adventure continues: shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and stop by Shanghai Wujiang Road Entertainment Street.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Shanghai trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hangzhou to Shanghai takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Shanghai are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Xi'an.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

Xi'an, China

— 3 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, and then get engrossed in the history at Hanyangling Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Xi'an Mosque, don't miss a visit to Muslim Quarter, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Xi'an Bell Tower, then take an in-depth tour of Shaanxi History Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Xi'an road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Xi'an takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in November, expect Xi'an to be little chillier, temps between 14°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to fly to Yichang.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Yichang, China

— 2 nights
Although not particularly touristy, the tranquil castle town of Okazaki charms visitors with its scenic parks, ornamental flower gardens, and forested areas.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Yichang Museum and then explore the stunning scenery at Three Gorges. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Xiling Gorge Scenic Resort, take in the dramatic natural features at Sanyou Cave Cliff, then make a trip to Sanxia Family Scenic Resort, and finally delve into the distant past at Sanxia Ancient Soldiers Village.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yichang online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Yichang takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Chongqing.

Things to do in Yichang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Chongqing, China

— 1 night
With one of the most populated and largest metropolitan areas in the world, Chongqing was the de facto capital of China during World War II. Its wartime political importance and post-war economic boom have left a number of attractions in Chongqing, including war memorials and museums, government buildings, and thriving commercial districts with a wealth of malls and more traditional market areas.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): shop like a local with Jiefangbei Square and then take a stroll through Yangjiaping Walking Street.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Chongqing trip builder tool.

You can do a combination of train and subway from Yichang to Chongqing in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Chongqing

Neighborhoods · Shopping
Highlights from your trip

Chengdu, China

— 3 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.
Visit Jinli Pedestrian Street and Kuanzhai Alley for their historical value. Wenshu Yuan Monastery and Du Fu Cottage are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Chengdu trip itinerary maker site.

Do a combination of subway and train from Chongqing to Chengdu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Guilin.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Guilin, China

— 3 nights
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
For shopping fun, head to Ping'an Village or Lijiang Folk Customs Garden. Get out of town with these interesting Guilin side-trips: Yangshuo Historic Landscape Park (in Yangshuo County) and Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces (in Longsheng County). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) and explore the striking landscape at Fubo Hill.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Guilin trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Chengdu to Guilin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Guilin are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Shanghai.

Things to do in Guilin

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shanghai, China

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): savor the flavors at Food & Drink and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Longhua Temple. On the next day, take a stroll through Pudong New Area and then wander the streets of Old Town (Nanshi).

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Shanghai trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Guilin to Shanghai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

Taiwan travel guide

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Landmarks · Gift & Specialty Shops · Shopping Malls
Heart of Asia
A sliver of land just off China's east coastline, Taiwan represents one of the world's most densely populated countries--and one of Asia's most powerful economies. History buffs on a tour of Taiwan will discover ancient artifacts stored at outstanding national museums narrating nearly 10,000 years of Asia's history. Those interested in more active pursuits can organize a Taiwan itinerary around its modern mountain resorts, well-developed beaches, and protected forests sheltering hundreds of species of native plant and animal life. Begin your visit in Taipei, a vibrant capital city with a thriving entertainment scene, relatively inexpensive accommodations, and an eclectic culinary scene.