18 days in East Asia Itinerary

18 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Beijing, China
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Xi'an, China
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Chengdu, China
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Hong Kong, China
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Shanghai, China
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New Taipei, Taiwan
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mutianyu Great Wall and The Palace Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and National Museum Of China. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), find something for the whole family at Olympic Park, get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling).

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Beijing road trip website.

Chicago, USA to Beijing is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to China Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 6:

Xi'an, China

— 2 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
On the 7th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), then take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, and then get engrossed in the history at Shaanxi History Museum. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xi'an Mosque and then make a trip to Xi'an Bell Tower.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Xi'an online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Beijing to Xi'an by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. September in Xi'an sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Chengdu.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:

Chengdu, China

— 2 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.
Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), then examine the collection at Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Chengdu journey builder app.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Chengdu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Chengdu when traveling from Xi'an in September, with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Chengdu

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:

Hong Kong, China

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lantau island, then see the interesting displays at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, and then take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hong Kong vacation planner.

Getting from Chengdu to Hong Kong by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In September, Hong Kong is a bit warmer than Chengdu - with highs of 90°F and lows of 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:

Shanghai, China

— 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Shanghai Disneyland. You'll explore and learn at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) and Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre. Get some historical perspective at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Jade Buddha Temple. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, see the interesting displays at Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, visit Tian Zi Fang, and take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Shanghai trip planning site.

Fly from Hong Kong to Shanghai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hong Kong in September, expect Shanghai to be slightly colder, temps between 83°F and 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to New Taipei.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 16:

New Taipei, Taiwan

— 2 nights
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.
National Palace Museum and National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Lungshan Temple and Hsing Tian Kong. There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jiou Fen Ming Buddhist Temple, make a trip to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), and pause for some photo ops at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our New Taipei trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Shanghai to New Taipei by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Shanghai in September, expect New Taipei to be somewhat warmer, temps between 90°F and 78°F. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in New Taipei

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:

Taiwan travel guide

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Landmarks · Gift & Specialty Shops · Shopping Malls
Heart of Asia
A sliver of land just off China's east coastline, Taiwan represents one of the world's most densely populated countries--and one of Asia's most powerful economies. History buffs on a tour of Taiwan will discover ancient artifacts stored at outstanding national museums narrating nearly 10,000 years of Asia's history. Those interested in more active pursuits can organize a Taiwan itinerary around its modern mountain resorts, well-developed beaches, and protected forests sheltering hundreds of species of native plant and animal life. Begin your visit in Taipei, a vibrant capital city with a thriving entertainment scene, relatively inexpensive accommodations, and an eclectic culinary scene.