45 days in East Asia Itinerary

45 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Beijing, China
— 6 nights
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Lhasa, China
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Dali, China
— 2 nights
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Kunming, China
— 5 nights
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Macau, China
— 6 nights
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Xiamen, China
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Shanghai, China
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Seoul, South Korea
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Beijing, China

— 6 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mutianyu Great Wall and Lama Temple (Yonghegong). Head to Nanluoguxiang and 798 Art Zonefor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Palace Museum, shop like a local with Wang Fu Jing Da Jie, hunt for treasures at Panjiayuan Antique Market, and find something for the whole family at Olympic Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Beijing travel itinerary planner.

Billund, Denmark to Beijing is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Billund to Beijing is 7 hours. Traveling from Billund in April, you will find days in Beijing are warmer (26°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to fly to Lhasa.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Lhasa, China

— 3 nights
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Jokhang Temple and Sera Monastery. Take a break from the city and head to Off-Road Tours and Chimpu Caves. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Potala Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nechung Monastery and Temple, stop by Dropenling Lhasa Villages Handicraft Shop, and appreciate the history behind Monument of Alliance Between Tang Dynasty and Tibetan Regime.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lhasa trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Beijing to Lhasa in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Beijing in April, expect Lhasa to be a bit cooler, temps between 18°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Dali.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Dali, China

— 2 nights
Combining a glorious past with modern conveniences and scenic natural surroundings, Dali stands out as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Yunnan, perched in a strategic location and boasting fertile fields for agriculture.
On the 12th (Tue), stop by Shaping Market, explore the world behind art at Da Li Shi Kong Guo Shi Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Dali Catholic Church. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Four Scenic Resorts of Dali and then wander the streets of Dali Ancient.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Dali online holiday planner.

You can fly from Lhasa to Dali in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Kunming.

Things to do in Dali

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Kunming, China

— 5 nights

City of Eternal Spring

With a temperate climate at 2,000 m (6,600 ft) and a variety of tourist attractions, Kunming makes a popular gateway for exploring Yunnan Province.
Get some cultural insight at Bamboo Temple (Qiongzhu Si) and Kunming Golden Temple. Escape the urban bustle at Maotianshan National Geopark and Green Lake (Cui Hu). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Huating Temple, browse the different shops at Howard Center (Dongfeng East Road), don't miss a visit to Nanping Business Street, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Zhuanxin Wet Market.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kunming online visit planner.

Traveling by train from Dali to Kunming takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Macau.

Things to do in Kunming

Shopping · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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Macau, China

— 6 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.
Shop till you drop at Pastelaria Chui Heong and City of Dreams. Get a sense of the local culture at Ruins of St. Paul's and A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Macao Museum, don't miss a visit to Largo do Senado (Senado Square), step off the mainland to explore Coloane, and get to know the fascinating history of Calcada da Igreja de S. Lazaro.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Macau travel route planner.

Getting from Kunming to Macau by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Xiamen.

Things to do in Macau

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Xiamen, China

— 6 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.
Get in touch with nature at Gulangyu and Xiamen Lvtang Xiangshan Mountain. Do some cultural sightseeing at Zhongshan Road Walking Street and Nanputuo Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Quanzhou Hermitage in Quanzhou (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Pan base Center, browse the eclectic array of goods at The eighth seafood Market, stop by Tasty Life, and hike along Kulangsu Huandao Road.

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You can fly from Macau to Xiamen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April in Xiamen, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Shanghai.

Things to do in Xiamen

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Shanghai, China

— 7 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.
Head to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) and South Bund Soft Spinning Material Marketfor plenty of shopping. The Bund (Wai Tan) and Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Former French Concession, get a taste of the local shopping with Three on the Bund, take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and visit Xintiandi.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Shanghai travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Xiamen to Shanghai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, Shanghai is little chillier than Xiamen - with highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Seoul.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Seoul, South Korea

— 8 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Gyeongdong Market. Get in touch with nature at Bukhansan National Park and Cheonggyecheon Stream. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, and examine the collection at National Folk Museum of Korea.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Shanghai to Seoul in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and subway; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Shanghai to Seoul is 1 hour. Traveling from Shanghai in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Seoul, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums