55 days in East Asia Itinerary

55 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock China holiday planner

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Shanghai
— 8 nights
Train
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Ningbo
— 3 nights
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Taizhou
— 3 nights
Drive
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Wenzhou
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fuzhou
— 3 nights
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Quanzhou
— 3 nights
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Hong Kong
— 3 nights
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Changsha
— 3 nights
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Chengdu
— 3 nights
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Xi'an
— 3 nights
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Zhengzhou
— 3 nights
Fly to Liuting Airport, Drive to Weifang
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Weifang
— 3 nights
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Beijing
— 8 nights
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Shanghai

— 8 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.
For shopping fun, head to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) or South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre. Venture out of the city with trips to Suzhou (Ruiguang Tower, Humble Administrator's Garden, &more) and Xitang Ancient Town (in Jiashan County). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Former French Concession, take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan).

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Shanghai trip planner.

Billund, Denmark to Shanghai is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to China Standard Time (CST) is 7 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Billund in April, with highs in Shanghai at 25°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ningbo.

Things to do in Shanghai

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 16:

Ningbo

— 3 nights
A bustling port city with a rich and complex history, Ningbo today offers plenty of varied sites to explore.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tiantong Temple and Ningbo Museum. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Tianyi Library, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asoka Temple, get in on the family fun at Ningbo HarborLand Park, and get a taste of the local shopping with Tianyi Square.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ningbo online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Shanghai to Ningbo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Taizhou.

Things to do in Ningbo

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:

Taizhou

— 3 nights
Get some cultural insight at Jiangnan Great Wall and Qiantong Ancient Town. Venture out of the city with trips to Zhedong Canyon of Ninghai (in Ninghai County) and Linhai (East Lake of Linhai & Ziyang Old Street).

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Taizhou road trip planning site.

You can drive from Ningbo to Taizhou in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Wenzhou.

Things to do in Taizhou

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:

Wenzhou

— 3 nights
Wenzhou is a prefecture-level city in southeastern Zhejiang province in the People's Republic of China. Wenzhou Museum and Linkeng Ancient Village are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Wenzhou, make a side trip to see Nanxi River Yanjiang Rural Cultural Zone in Yongjia County, approximately Yongjia County away. There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at INtime Mall (INtime Mall), stroll around Jiushan Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Nanxijiang, and explore the ancient world of Wenzhou Wuma Street Yunbo Shopping Site.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Wenzhou trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Taizhou to Wenzhou in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fuzhou.

Things to do in Wenzhou

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:

Fuzhou

— 3 nights

City of Banyans

The capital of Fujian province, the old port city of Fuzhou offers a seamless fusion of nature and industry, historic architecture and sprawling high rises.
Get a sense of the local culture at FuJianSheng FeiWuZhi WenHua YiChan BoLanYuan and Fuzhou Museum. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Fujian Museum, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fuzhou National Forest Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Xinhuadu shopping Square (Wusi Road), and stroll around Xihu Park of Fuzhou.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fuzhou road trip planning website.

Getting from Wenzhou to Fuzhou by car takes about 4.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Fuzhou can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Quanzhou.

Things to do in Fuzhou

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:

Quanzhou

— 3 nights
A rich maritime history has left Quanzhou with its distinctive look and feel.
Get some cultural insight at Quanzhou Maritime Museum and Kaiyuan Monastery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Quanzhou: Chongwu Ancient Town (in Hui'an County) and Putian (Meizhou Island & Mazu Temple of Meizhou). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Quanzhou Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fujian Quanzhou Chengtian Temple, explore the ancient world of Quanzhou Guandi Temple, and take in the awesome beauty at Qinyuan Mountain.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Quanzhou trip planner.

Drive from Fuzhou to Quanzhou in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Quanzhou

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 1:

Hong Kong

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Shop till you drop at Ladies Market and Harbour City. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lantau island and Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha). Pack the 3rd (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), stop by M&B Private Jewelers Hong Kong, take in the exciting artwork at Bamboo Scenes, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Hong Kong online journey planner.

Getting from Quanzhou to Hong Kong by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Quanzhou in May, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Hong Kong: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Changsha.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Shopping · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 1 — 5:

Changsha

— 3 nights

Star City

A good starting point for explorations of the province, Changsha stands as a modern city with 3,000 years of history behind it.
Head to Changsha Nanjiao Park and Wanda Shopping Plaza (South huangxing road)for plenty of shopping. Shaoshan Mao Zedong Memorial Museum and Changsha Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Changsha: Shaoshan (Mao Zedong's Former Residence (Shao Shan) & Nan'an Old-style Private School). There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at Hyatt party ID Mall, stroll around Martyr's Park, examine the collection at Hunan Provincial Museum, and steep yourself in history at Yuelu Academy.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Changsha online trip builder.

You can take a train from Hong Kong to Changsha in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Changsha

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 5 — 9:

Chengdu

— 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Dujiangyan Irrigation System and Mount Qingcheng. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Galleria and Suit Republic. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wenshu Yuan Monastery, take in the views from Anshun Bridge (Dongmen Bridge), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kuanzhai Alley.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Chengdu trip planner.

Getting from Changsha to Chengdu by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Chengdu can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Chengdu

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 13:

Xi'an

— 3 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and Shaanxi History Museum. Spend the 15th (Sat) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), take in panoramic vistas at Xi'an Bell Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daxuexixiang Mosque.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Xi'an road trip planning tool.

Take a train from Chengdu to Xi'an in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Chengdu in May, Xi'an is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Zhengzhou.

Things to do in Xi'an

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 13 — 16:

Zhengzhou

— 3 nights

Business City

With a population of nearly 10 million rapidly rising, Zhengzhou stands out as one of the major urban centers on the Yellow River.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Henan Museum and Gulou Square. Get out of town with these interesting Zhengzhou side-trips: Kaifeng (Xiangguo Temple, Kaifeng House Scenic Resort, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Yellow River, steep yourself in history at Erqi Strike Monument Tower, and see the interesting displays at Zhengzhou Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Zhengzhou trip planner.

Take a train from Xi'an to Zhengzhou in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or fly. In May in Zhengzhou, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Weifang.

Things to do in Zhengzhou

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

Weifang

— 3 nights
Weifang is a prefecture-level city in central Shandong province, People's Republic of China. On the 20th (Thu), buy something for everyone on your list at Weifang department Store, take a stroll around Qingyunshan Amusement park, and then stroll around Bailang Oasis Wetland Park. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Kite Museum, walk around Weifang People's Park, then delve into the distant past at Weifang Shihuyuan Garden - Outdoor Museum, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Fuhua Amusement park.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Weifang visit planning site.

Explore your travel options from Zhengzhou to Weifang with the Route module. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Beijing.

Things to do in Weifang

Parks · Shopping · Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 19 — 22:

Beijing

— 8 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.
Mutianyu Great Wall and The Palace Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Do your shopping at Nanluoguxiang and Wang Fu Jing Da Jie. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Panjiayuan Antique Market, wander the streets of 798 Art Zone, and steep yourself in history at Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling).

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Beijing road trip planning site.

You can drive from Weifang to Beijing in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Find places to stay May 22 — 30: