21 days in Asia Itinerary

21 days in Asia Itinerary

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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 2 nights
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
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Kashgar, China
— 1 night
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Urumqi, China
— 1 night
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Jiayuguan, China
— 2 nights
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Lanzhou, China
— 1 night
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Xi'an, China
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

— 2 nights
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Gypjak Mosque, hunt for treasures at Tolkuchka-Basar, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, then see the interesting displays at Turkmen Carpet Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Geokdepe, delve into the distant past at Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site, appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, then take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History, and finally appreciate the history behind Monument Arch of Neutrality.

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Manila, Philippines to Ashgabat is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Manila to Ashgabat, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Manila in November; daily highs in Ashgabat reach 15°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to fly to Tashkent.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan

— 2 nights

City of Bread

One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chorsu Bazaar and Uzexpocentre. Visit Kukeldash Madrasah and Palace of the Romanovs for their historical value. The adventure continues: shop like a local with Art Gallery of Uzbekistan, see the interesting displays at Museum of Communication History, stop by Human House Shop, and browse the different shops at Mega Planet.

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You can fly from Ashgabat to Tashkent in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Tashkent

Shopping · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan

— 2 nights
Little more than a small town at the turn of the 20th century, Dushanbe grew rapidly during the Soviet era and now serves as the national capital and home to nearly 800,000 people.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Hisor Fortress, have some family-friendly fun at Kokhi Navruz, then get a taste of the local shopping with Noor Art Gallery, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Green Bazaar. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Stele with the Emblem of Tajikistan, browse the exhibits of National Museum of Tajikistan, then get a taste of the local shopping with Artists' Colony, and finally browse the exhibits of National Museum of Antiquities.

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You can fly from Tashkent to Dushanbe in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November in Dushanbe, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Bishkek.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

— 3 nights
Wandering the grid-like, tree-lined streets of Bishkek, you'll discover the friendly atmosphere, vibrant nightlife, and Soviet-era architecture of the country's political center.
Exhibition Hall of Union of Artists and Galeria M are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Osh Bazaar and Bishkek Parkfor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: get into the urban bustle at Asanbay Center, explore the striking landscape of Ala-Archa Gorge, browse the different shops at Detskiy Mir, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Holy Prince Vladimir.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bishkek trip tool.

You can fly from Dushanbe to Bishkek in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. The time zone changes from Tajikistan Time to Kyrgyzstan Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Dushanbe in November: high temperatures in Bishkek hover around 13°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kashgar.

Things to do in Bishkek

Shopping · Nature · Parks · Museums
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Kashgar, China

— 1 night
Kashi remains a melting pot of Central Asian cultures and boasts one of the most important Islamic old towns in the region.
Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Gaotai Ancient Homes, appreciate the history behind Hongqilafu Mountain Boundary Marker, contemplate the long history of Ga Er Ancient City, then hunt for treasures at Handicraft Street, and finally explore the activities along Kala Kule Lake.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Kashgar sightseeing planning site.

Explore your travel options from Bishkek to Kashgar with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Bishkek to Kashgar is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in November, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Urumqi.

Things to do in Kashgar

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Urumqi, China

— 1 night
As one of China's fastest-growing cities, Urumqi is a melting pot of international people and cultures set against a mountainous backdrop.
On the 18th (Thu), buy something for everyone on your list at The United States Shopping Mall, examine the collection at Xinjiang Regional Museum (Qu Bowuguan), and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Karakoram Highway.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Urumqi day trip planning app.

You can fly from Kashgar to Urumqi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Kashgar in November, with highs in Urumqi at 3°C and lows at -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to fly to Jiayuguan.

Things to do in Urumqi

Scenic Drive · Trails · Shopping · Outdoors

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Jiayuguan, China

— 2 nights
The city of Jiayuguan has become particularly well known as the location of the Jiayu Pass, the best preserved and biggest of the passes of the Great Wall of China.
On the 19th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Xuanbi Great Wall, delve into the distant past at Jiayuguan Cultural Relics Scenic Area, then steep yourself in history at East Barbican and West Barbican, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wei-Jin Tombs. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Jiuquan Park of West Han Dynasty, then see the interesting displays at silk Route Museum, and then admire the striking features of West Wall.

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Getting from Urumqi to Jiayuguan by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Lanzhou.

Things to do in Jiayuguan

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

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Lanzhou, China

— 1 night
Once a major stop-off on the ancient Silk Road trading route, Lanzhou today acts as an important place to rest up for Silk Road tourists and trekkers.
On the 21st (Sun), gain insight at Lanzhou University, take in panoramic vistas at Baiyi Pagoda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lanzhou Xiguan Mosque, then take an in-depth tour of Gansu Provincial Museum, and finally walk around Lanzhou Yintan Wetland Park.

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You can fly from Jiayuguan to Lanzhou in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In November in Lanzhou, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Xi'an.

Things to do in Lanzhou

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) and Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang). Do some cultural sightseeing at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qin Dynasty of Xi'an. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Xi'an Bell Tower, don't miss a visit to Daxuexixiang Mosque, enjoy breathtaking views from Drum Tower (Gulou), and get engrossed in the history at Shaanxi History Museum.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Xi'an route planner.

You can fly from Lanzhou to Xi'an in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, Xi'an is somewhat warmer than Lanzhou - with highs of 14°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

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