60 days in Asia Itinerary

60 days in Asia Itinerary

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60 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Lanzhou, China
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  3​h
2
Xi'an, China
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Shanghai, China
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Tianjin, China
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Beijing, China
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  5​h 15​min
6
Harbin, China
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
7
Pyongyang, North Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
8
Seoul, South Korea
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Osaka, Japan
— 6 nights
Train:  3​h 15​min
10
Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

1
night
Lanzhou, China

Lanzhou ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at White Pagoda Mountain (Baita), get engrossed in the history at Gansu Provincial Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Lanzhou Shuiche Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Lanzhou Xiguan Mosque. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Lanzhou Museum, walk around Wuquan Mountain Park, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Xinglong National Nature Reserve.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lanzhou driving holiday app .

Manchester, UK to Lanzhou is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Manchester in February: highs in Lanzhou hover around 3°C, while lows dip to -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Lanzhou

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mt. Xinglong National Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 6:
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Lanzhou Xiguan Mosque ©
Lanzhou Xiguan Mosque
Gansu Provincial Museum ©
Gansu Provincial Museum

6
nights
Xi'an, China

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Visit Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) and Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qin Dynasty of Xi'an for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and TangBo Art Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Xi'an: Mount Huashan (in Huayin), Xianyang Geothermy City (in Xianyang) and Zhuque National Forest Park, Xi'an (in Hu County). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Jingyugou Scenic Resort, Xi'an, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xi'an Mosque, witness a stunning natural landmark at Huaqing Palace, and take an in-depth tour of Han Yang Ling Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Xi'an online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lanzhou to Xi'an in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lanzhou in February: high temperatures in Xi'an hover around 11°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Xi'an

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Xianyang, Mount Huashan, Zhuque National Forest Park, Xi'an
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 12:
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Mount Huashan ©
Mount Huashan
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)

8
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.
Appreciate the collections at Three on the Bund and Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan). The Bund (Wai Tan) and Former French Concession will appeal to history buffs. Explore Shanghai's surroundings by going to Zhouzhuang Water Town (in Kunshan), Xitang Ancient Town (in Jiashan County) and Suzhou (Humble Administrator's Garden, The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, & more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), see the interesting displays at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and take a stroll through Taikang Road.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Shanghai trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Xi'an to Shanghai by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Shanghai, with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Tianjin.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Suzhou, Xitang Ancient Town, Zhouzhuang Water Town
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 20:
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Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)
Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

6
nights
Tianjin, China

Tianjin ©
Tianjin stands as one of China's largest metropolises, combining modern flourishes with preserved history and traditions to create a diverse city.
For shopping fun, head to Tianjin Yangliuqing New Year's Paintings Workshop or Wanda Square (East). Great Wall at Huangya Pass (Huangyaguan Changcheng) and Tangshan Earthquake Memorial Hall are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Wanda Plaza (Xinhua host) (in Tangshan), Qilihai Scenic Resort (in Ninghe County) and Jiushanding Natural Scenic Resort (in Ji County). There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at Plaza 66, make a trip to Ancient Culture Street (Gu Wenhua Jie), examine the collection at Tianjin Museum, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tianjin trip planner .

You can fly from Shanghai to Tianjin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Shanghai in February, with highs in Tianjin at 5°C and lows at -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Tianjin

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Tangshan, Jiushanding Natural Scenic Resort, Qilihai Scenic Resort
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 26:
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Tianjin Museum ©
Tianjin Museum
Plaza 66 ©
Plaza 66
St Joseph Catheral ©
St Joseph Catheral

7
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.
Appreciate the collections at The Palace Museum and 798 Art Zone. Head to Nanluoguxiang and Three Shadows Photography Art Centrefor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: see Mutianyu Great Wall, admire the landmark architecture of Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Panjiayuan Antique Market, and examine the collection at National Museum Of China.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Beijing holiday planner.

Getting from Tianjin to Beijing by combination of taxi and train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In February in Beijing, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and -7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Harbin.

Things to do in Beijing

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 5:
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

5
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.
For shopping fun, head to Jinan international Shopping Plaza or Harbin Railway Riverside Club. Do some cultural sightseeing at Unit 731 Museum and HaErBin GuiHua ZhanLanGuan. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Harbin Ice and Snow World, browse the different shops at Mykal Supermarket, step off the mainland to explore Sun Island (Tai Yang Dao), and explore the different monuments and memorials at Haerbin Martyrs Cemetery.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Harbin attractions app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Beijing to Harbin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. When traveling from Beijing in March, plan for colder days in Harbin, with highs around 3°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Pyongyang.

Things to do in Harbin

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 10:
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Sun Island (Tai Yang Dao) ©
Sun Island (Tai Yang Dao)
Saint Sophia Cathedral ©
Saint Sophia Cathedral
Harbin Confucian Temple ©
Harbin Confucian Temple

2
nights
Pyongyang, North Korea

Pyongyang ©
Built from the ground up after the Korean War, Pyongyang impresses with its Soviet-era buildings and monuments to modern leadership.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): brush up on your military savvy at Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, steep yourself in history at Former Residence of Mangyongdae, make a trip to Kim Il-sung Square, pause for some photo ops at Mansudae Grand Monument, then buy something for everyone on your list at Korean Department Store in Pyongyang, and finally delve into the distant past at Koguryo Tombs. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Triumphal Arch, pause for some photo ops at Arch of Reunification, explore the galleries of Mansudae Art Studio Gallery, don't miss a visit to Geumsusan Memorial Palace, then appreciate the history behind Tower of the Juche Idea, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Korean Workers Party.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Pyongyang journey maker site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Harbin to Pyongyang. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time to Korea Standard Time is 1 hour. You will leave for Seoul on the 13th (Wed).

Things to do in Pyongyang

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Mansudae Art Studio Gallery ©
Mansudae Art Studio Gallery
Koguryo Tombs ©
Koguryo Tombs

6
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Insadong. Explore Seoul's surroundings by going to Suwon (Hwaseong Haenggung Palace & Hwaseong Fortress) and Bucheon Sikmulwon (in Bucheon). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Bukchon Hanok Village, explore the historical opulence of Deoksugung, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bukhansan National Park, and get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Seoul vacation website .

You can fly from Pyongyang to Seoul in 19 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Suwon, Bucheon Botanical Garden
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 20:
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Insadong ©
Insadong

6
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Nara Park and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Shop till you drop at Dotonbori and Jikko Cutlery. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Higashiyama (Kiyomizu-dera Temple & Sanjusangendo Temple), Kyoto (Gion, Kyoto International Manga Museum, & more) and Nijo Castle (in Nakagyo). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Seoul to Osaka in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and subway; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Seoul in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Osaka, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara, Sakai, Kobe, Koya-cho
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 27:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

6
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Asakusa. Popular historic sites such as Tokyo National Museum and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Yokohama Chinatown (in Naka), Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi (in Hayama-machi) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace, and get a taste of the local shopping with Harajuku Takeshita-dori.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip maker app .

You can do a combination of subway and train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Yokohama, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Mt. Iwatake Ishiyama, Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi
Find places to stay Mar 27 — Apr 2:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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