16 days in East Asia Itinerary

16 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Beijing, China
— 5 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 2 nights
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Taipei, Taiwan
— 3 nights
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Hong Kong, China
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Macau, China
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Beijing, China — 5 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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong), catch a live event at Olympic Park, and take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Beijing travel route builder app.

Lisbon, Portugal to Beijing is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Beijing are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Shanghai.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails
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Shanghai, China — 2 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.
On the 11th (Thu), wander the streets of Former French Concession, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jade Buddha Temple, then take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu). On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), then take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), and finally don't miss a visit to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road).

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Traveling by flight from Beijing to Shanghai takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Shanghai, with lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Taipei.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Taipei, Taiwan — 3 nights

City of Azaleas

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.
Step out of Taipei with an excursion to Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) in Ruifang--about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of National Palace Museum, get to know the resident critters at Taipei Zoo, discover the deep blue sea with MyTaiwanTour Travel Services, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lungshan Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Taipei trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Taipei takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and car. Traveling from Shanghai in September, things will get a bit warmer in Taipei: highs are around 38°C and lows about 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Hong Kong.
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Hong Kong, China — 3 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 17th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), engage your brain at Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, step off the mainland to explore Lantau island, and get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hong Kong day trip planner.

You can fly from Taipei to Hong Kong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to take a combination of to Macau.
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Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Macau, China — 1 night

Vacation in Macau to discover one of the world's richest cities organized as an autonomous region of China that, until 1999, was administered by Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kun Iam Temple, make a trip to Ruins of St. Paul's, then examine the collection at Macao Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Largo do Senado (Senado Square).

For reviews and other tourist information, go to the Macau travel planner.

Do a combination of from Hong Kong to Macau in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or ride a ferry. You will leave for home on the 21st (Sun).
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Taiwan travel guide

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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.
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