57 days in Asia Itinerary

57 days in Asia Itinerary

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Fly to Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, Drive to Taizhou
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Taizhou, China
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Hangzhou, China
— 5 nights
Train
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Shanghai, China
— 5 nights
Train
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Suzhou, China
— 1 night
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Nanjing, China
— 2 nights
Fly
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Xi'an, China
— 3 nights
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Chengdu, China
— 4 nights
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Lijiang, China
— 1 night
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Luoping County, China
— 3 nights
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Guilin, China
— 3 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Hue, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Pattaya, Thailand
— 3 nights
Bus to Suvarnabhumi Airport, Fly to Taipei
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Taipei, Taiwan
— 2 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Beijing, China
— 3 nights
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Taizhou, China

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Taizhou trip itinerary website.

Xiamen to Taizhou is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll set off for Hangzhou on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Taizhou

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Hangzhou, China

— 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chuilun Tongtian River and Xiangji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hangzhou: Yaoling Cave (in Tonglu County), Daming Mountain (in Lin'an) and Huangshan China Gechuanjian Mountain (in She County). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Quyuanfenghe and get to know the fascinating history of Xiang Lake Tourist Resort Area of Hangzhou.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hangzhou itinerary planning site.

Getting from Taizhou to Hangzhou by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in January, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shanghai, China

— 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Suzhou River and Biking Trail-China Outside Adventure. When in Shanghai, make a side trip to see Hangzhou Bay Bridge in Haiyan County, approximately Haiyan County away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at China Maritime Museum, make a trip to Shanghai Duolun Road Cultural Celebrities Street, admire the landmark architecture of Pudong Development Bank (Fazhan Yinhang), and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Shanghai route planner.

Traveling by train from Hangzhou to Shanghai takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Shanghai, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can take a train to Suzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums · Tours · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

Suzhou, China

— 1 night

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.
Tongli Town has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Tuisi Garden and then contemplate the long history of Tongli Town. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Shangfang Mountain and then get to know the fascinating history of Sanshan Island.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Suzhou trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Shanghai to Suzhou takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Nanjing.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Nanjing, China

— 2 nights
Located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing was the capital city of numerous dynasties over the ages.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): walk around Nanjing Lovers' Garden and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qixia Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Niushoushan Forestal Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nanjing journey planner.

You can take a train from Suzhou to Nanjing in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Nanjing, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Xi'an.

Things to do in Nanjing

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hanyangling Museum and Guangren Temple. There's lots more to do: walk around Celebration Palace Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tianshuijing Catholic Church, make a trip to Kaiyuan Square, and contemplate the waterfront views at Xi'an Qujiangchi Site Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Xi'an itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Nanjing to Xi'an takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, Xi'an is little chillier than Nanjing - with highs of 42°F and lows of 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to fly to Chengdu.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Chengdu, China

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Jianchuan Museum and Chengdu Museum (Old Hall). Go for a jaunt from Chengdu to Dujiangyan to see Panda Valley about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Sanhe Classic Car Museum, stroll around Wangjianglou Park, snap pictures at Anshun Bridge (Dongmen Bridge), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baoguang Temple of Chengdu.

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

You can fly from Xi'an to Chengdu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in February, expect Chengdu to be a bit warmer, temps between 56°F and 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Lijiang.

Things to do in Chengdu

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Lijiang, China

— 1 night

Suzhou on the Plateau

The cultural capital of the Naxi people, one of the 55 minority ethnic groups in the country, Lijang traces its history back over 800 years, with the city developing from a trading post on the ancient Southern Silk Road.
On the 7th (Fri), hit the slopes at Yulong Snow Mountain Ski Area and then admire the landmark architecture of Beiyue Temple of Lijiang.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lijiang attractions planning site.

Fly from Chengdu to Lijiang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. On the 8th (Sat), you're off to Luoping County.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Luoping County, China

— 3 nights
On the 9th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Longma Stone Forest. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Luoping Duoyi River and then take in the awesome beauty at Jiulong River.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Luoping County trip planner.

Getting from Lijiang to Luoping County by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Guilin.

Things to do in Luoping County

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Guilin, China

— 3 nights
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
On the 12th (Wed), stroll through Guangxi Maoer Mountain Reserve. On the next day, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Guilin online holiday builder.

Getting from Luoping County to Guilin by car takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In February, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Guilin

Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 3 nights
The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): snap pictures at Long Bien Bridge and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Presidential Palace Historical Site, then stop by Tired City Bao Khanh, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi planning site.

Traveling by car from Guilin to Hanoi takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Guilin to Hanoi is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Hue.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Hue, Vietnam

— 3 nights
Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nine Dynastic Urns and Tu Dam Pagoda. There's much more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, contemplate the long history of Tiger Arena, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Redemptorist Church, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Dong Ba Market.

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You can fly from Hanoi to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Hue are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Shopping

Hoi An, Vietnam

— 3 nights
Indisputably one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations, Hoi An contains a World Heritage-listed old town boasting over 2,000 years of culture and history.
On the 21st (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Hoi An Museum, then learn about all things military at Da Nang Museum, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Thanh Ha Terracotta Park and then relax in the rural setting at Tra Que Minty Garden.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hoi An online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In February in Hoi An, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 68°F at night. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 3 nights

Rose of the North

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Wachirathan Falls, stroll through Kerchor Elephant Eco Park, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monkchat Meditation Retreat and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Ban Den.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Hoi An to Chiang Mai by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and car. When traveling from Hoi An in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Chiang Mai, with highs around 91°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Pattaya.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Pattaya, Thailand

— 3 nights

Resort City

Famous for its nightlife and activity-filled seafront, Pattaya remains a major party destination for tourists and expats in Thailand.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Anek Kuson Sala (Viharnra Sien) and Wat Yansangwararam. There's still lots to do: get great views at Pattaya City Sign - Viewpoint, don't miss a visit to Khao Phra Tamnak (Khao Phra Bat), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Pattaya online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Chiang Mai to Pattaya by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chiang Mai in February, Pattaya is a bit warmer at night with lows of 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Pattaya

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

Taipei, Taiwan

— 2 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hongludi and Tianhou Temple. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bishanyan Kaizhang Shengwang Temple, explore the striking landscape of Yang Ming Shan Qing Tian Gang, make a trip to Liberty Square, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Qixing Mountain.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Taipei trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Pattaya to Taipei in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Taipei Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Pattaya in March, expect nights in Taipei to be colder, around 59°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Busan.

Things to do in Taipei

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trip

Busan, South Korea

— 2 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Busan Harbor Bridge and Shinsegae Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Ulsan Grand Park in Ulsan (about 52 minutes away). The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency VR - Busan Nampo, take in the awesome beauty at Hwangnyeongsan Mountain, and stroll around Amnam Park.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Busan trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Taipei to Busan takes 5.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Taipei to Busan is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Taipei in March: highs in Busan hover around 57°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Seoul, South Korea

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): see the interesting displays at 3D Black Art Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seoul Central Mosque, and then take an in-depth tour of Seodaemun Prison History Hall. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Yuldong Park and then get engrossed in the history at Seoul Museum of History.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Seoul online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. March in Seoul sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Beijing.

Things to do in Seoul

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Beijing, China

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Climbing Tours and Tsinghua University. The adventure continues: walk around Zhongshan Park, stop by Qianmen (Zhengyangmen), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Niujie Mosque, and deepen your understanding at Peking University (Beijing Da Xue).

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Beijing trip planner.

Getting from Seoul to Beijing by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seoul to Beijing. March in Beijing sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 33°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

China travel guide

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Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.