12 days in Hong Kong, Taipei & Shanghai Itinerary

12 days in Hong Kong, Taipei & Shanghai Itinerary

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12 days in Hong Kong, Taipei & Shanghai Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Hong Kong, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Taipei, Taiwan
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Shanghai, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Taipei, Taiwan

3
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
You've added Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple, Po Lin Monastery, Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), and other attractions to your itinerary. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak) and go for a stroll along the water at Victoria Harbour.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong day trip planning site .

San Francisco, USA to Hong Kong is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, subway, and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from San Francisco to Hong Kong, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in January, with highs in Hong Kong at 68°F and lows at 59°F. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Taipei.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks Historic Sites Transportation
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Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) ©
Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)

3
nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taipei: Ying Han Ling (in Bali), Guan Yin Shan Trail (in Wugu) and YehLiu Geopark (in Wanli). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at National Palace Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lungshan Temple, appreciate the history behind National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, and take in the natural beauty of Beitou Spring.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Taipei trip site .

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Taipei takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 57°F. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Shanghai.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

New Taipei, Dongshan River Forest Park, Qingshui Spring, Dancewoods Garden
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YehLiu Geopark ©
YehLiu Geopark
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Shanghai History Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai Tower, then take an in-depth tour of Shanghai Developemt Exhibition Hall, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Jin Mao Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple, take a stroll through Taikang Road, then look for gifts at Tian Zi Fang, and finally shop like a local with Xintiandi.

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Fly from Taipei to Shanghai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Taipei in January, you will find days in Shanghai are a bit cooler (49°F), and nights are cooler (37°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Tours Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Suzhou
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

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