60 days in Taiwan & China Itinerary

60 days in Taiwan & China Itinerary

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60 days in Taiwan & China Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Taichung, Taiwan
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
New Taipei, Taiwan
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Shanghai, China
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Nanjing, China
— 5 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
6
Beijing, China
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 15​min
7
Harbin, China
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Hohhot, China
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Chengdu, China
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Kunming, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
11
Macau, China
— 5 nights
+3
helicopter + subway + foot + train:  1​h 15​min
12
Shenzhen, China
— 3 nights
train:  15​min
13
Hong Kong, China
— 7 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

5
nights
Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Kaohsiung ©
A small trading town in the 17th century, Kaohsiung now stands as a sprawling metropolis, its harbor representing the largest on the island.
Explore Kaohsiung's surroundings by going to Xiao Liu Qiu (in Liuqiu), Yong Cheng Cinema (in Yanshui) and Kenting National Park (in Hengchun). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Chimei Museum, walk around Baihe Lotus Park, ponder the world of politics at Zhutianyiyuan, and take in the pleasant sights at Nioubuzai Grassland.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kaohsiung trip app .

Melbourne, Australia to Kaohsiung is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to China Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In September, Kaohsiung is much hotter than Melbourne - with highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Taichung.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Tainan, Zhutianyiyuan, Nioubuzai Grassland, Bantaoyao Crafts Studio of Jiao-Zhi Pottery & Chien-Nien, Xiao Liu Qiu
Highlights from your plan
Kenting National Park ©
Kenting National Park
Xiao Liu Qiu ©
Xiao Liu Qiu
Chimei Museum ©
Chimei Museum

5
nights
Taichung, Taiwan

Taichung ©
Known its good weather, Taichung boasts an interesting set of cultural attractions, including many temples showing the development of religious architectural styles in the area and forming focal points for most tours of Taichung.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taichung: Alishan National Forest Recreation Area (in Alishan), Yuchi (Sun Moon Lake & Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village) and Ren'ai Township (Cingjing Veterans Farm & Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan)). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Sunglungyen Waterfall, don't miss a visit to Wufeng Nonghui Jiuzhuang, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Taichung Baptist Church, and stop by Mark Taiwan.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Taichung trip planning tool .

Take a train from Kaohsiung to Taichung in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kaohsiung in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Taichung, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catch the train to New Taipei.

Things to do in Taichung

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nantou, Alishan National Forest Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) ©
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan)

5
nights
New Taipei, Taiwan

New Taipei ©
Xinbei, also known as New Taipei City, stands as a newly founded part of the wider Taipei metropolitan area, stretching up from the capital to the island's northern coast.
Explore New Taipei's surroundings by going to National Palace Museum (in Shilin) and Yangmingshan National Park (in Beitou). And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Taipei 101, wander the streets of Ximending, explore the gorgeous colors at Elephant Trunk Rock, and take in the pleasant sights at Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street).

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our New Taipei trip builder tool .

Take a train from Taichung to New Taipei in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in New Taipei sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in New Taipei

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Taipei
Highlights from your plan
Yangmingshan National Park ©
Yangmingshan National Park
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum

6
nights
Shanghai, China

Shanghai ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Shanghai: Suzhou (Tongli Town, The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, & more). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan), admire the landmark architecture of Jade Buddha Temple, see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Shanghai itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from New Taipei to Shanghai takes 5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from New Taipei in October, with highs in Shanghai at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Nanjing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Suzhou
Highlights from your plan
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

5
nights
Nanjing, China

Nanjing ©
Located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing was the capital city of numerous dynasties over the ages.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nanjing: Yangzhou (Yangzhou Stone Tower, Daming Temple, & more) and Ma'anshan (Caishi Scenic Resort & Yushan Lake). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre, contemplate the long history of Jiming Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Bailuzhou Park, and stroll the grounds of Sun Yatsen Mausoleum (Zhongshan Ling).

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nanjing visit planner .

Traveling by train from Shanghai to Nanjing takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and subway. Traveling from Shanghai in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Nanjing, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Nanjing

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yangzhou, Ma'anshan
Highlights from your plan
Slender West Lake ©
Slender West Lake
The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre ©
Sun Yatsen Mausoleum (Zhongshan Ling) ©

6
nights
Beijing, China

Beijing ©
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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Mutianyu Great Wall, take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), and see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Beijing day trip website .

Take a train from Nanjing to Beijing in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Nanjing in October: high temperatures in Beijing hover around 22°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Harbin.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

3
nights
Harbin, China

Harbin ©
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.
Harbin is known for theme parks, museums, nature, zoos & aquariums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Zhongyang Pedestrian Street, examine the collection at Unit 731 Museum, stroll the grounds of Haerbin Martyrs Cemetery, and relax in the rural setting at Harbin Northern Modern City Agriculture Model Garden.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Harbin route maker website .

Getting from Beijing to Harbin by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Beijing in November, with highs in Harbin at 0°C and lows at -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Hohhot.

Things to do in Harbin

Museums Theme Parks Parks
Highlights from your plan
Unit 731 Museum ©
Unit 731 Museum
Zhongyang Pedestrian Street ©
Zhongyang Pedestrian Street
Harbin Ice and Snow World ©
Harbin Ice and Snow World

1
night
Hohhot, China

Hohhot ©
Hohhot, abbreviated Hushi, formerly known as Kweisui, is the capital of Inner Mongolia in North China, serving as the region's administrative, economic and cultural centre. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Xilitu Zhao Temple, then delve into the distant past at Qing Princess House, then see the interesting displays at Inner Mongolia Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Neimenggu Bowuguan (Inner Mongolia Museum).

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hohhot trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Harbin to Hohhot takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Harbin in November: high temperatures in Hohhot hover around 5°C and lows are around -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Hohhot

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Inner Mongolia Museum ©
Inner Mongolia Museum

5
nights
Chengdu, China

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Chengdu: Baoguo Temple (in Emeishan), Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) (in Leshan) and Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum (in Guanghan). Spend the 9th (Sat) exploring nature at Dujiangyan Irrigation System. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), head outdoors with Kungfu Family, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Chengdu tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Hohhot to Chengdu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hohhot in November, expect Chengdu to be much hotter, temps between 19°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Kunming.

Things to do in Chengdu

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo), Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum, Baoguo Temple, Dujiangyan Irrigation System
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) ©
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)

3
nights
Kunming, China

Kunming ©
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.
Explore Kunming's surroundings by going to Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park (in Shilin County) and Chengjiang Fossils (in Chengjiang County). There's lots more to do: stroll around Green Lake (Cui Hu), see the interesting displays at Bamboo Temple (Qiongzhu Si), steep yourself in history at Jindian Park, and make a trip to ShiLin Jie.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kunming route planning app .

Getting from Chengdu to Kunming by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Chengdu in November since evenings lows in Kunming dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Macau.

Things to do in Kunming

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chengjiang Fossils, Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park
Highlights from your plan
Green Lake (Cui Hu) ©
Green Lake (Cui Hu)
Kunming Golden Temple ©
Kunming Golden Temple
Bamboo Temple (Qiongzhu Si) ©
Bamboo Temple (Qiongzhu Si)

5
nights
Macau, China

Macau
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.
Macau is known for historic sites, casinos, nightlife, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Ruins of St. Paul's, steep yourself in history at Taipa Village Macau, step off the mainland to explore Coloane, and get to know the fascinating history of Historic Centre of Macau.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Macau online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Kunming to Macau takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kunming in November, expect warmer with lows of 22°C in Macau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Shenzhen.

Things to do in Macau

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Ruins of St. Paul's
Ruins of St. Paul's
Casino at Venetian Macao ©
Casino at Venetian Macao
Macao Museum ©
Macao Museum

3
nights
Shenzhen, China

Shenzhen ©
A fairly humble collection of farming and fishing villages and towns until 1979, you wouldn't guess as much when taking a tour of Shenzhen.
Get out of town with these interesting Shenzhen side-trips: Huangqi Mountain (in Dongguan) and Jinzhong Reservoir (in Zhongshan). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Dongyong Beach, head outdoors with Golden Bay Beach Resort, browse the collection at Shenzhen Library, and don't miss a visit to Nanling Village of Shenzhen.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Shenzhen online attractions planner .

Getting from Macau to Shenzhen by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Macau, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Shenzhen, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shenzhen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Huangqi Mountain, Jinzhong Reservoir
Highlights from your plan
Jinzhong Reservoir ©
Jinzhong Reservoir
Shenzhen Library ©
Shenzhen Library

7
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Hong Kong is known for shopping, theme parks, parks, nature, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland, get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, step off the mainland to explore Lantau island, and admire the striking features of Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha).

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hong Kong online travel planner .

Hong Kong is just a short distance from Shenzhen. In November, daytime highs in Hong Kong are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

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