32 days in East Asia Itinerary

32 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Drive to Manchester Airport, Fly to Ulaanbaatar
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 1 night
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Beijing, China
— 3 nights
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Hong Kong, China
— 4 nights
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Macau, China
— 3 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 3 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia — 1 night

The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Migjid Janraisig Sum and then appreciate the history behind Zaisan Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Sky Resort and then walk around Bogd Khan Uul National Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ulaanbaatar road trip tool.

Nottingham, UK to Ulaanbaatar is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Nottingham to Ulaanbaatar due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Nottingham, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Ulaanbaatar, ranging from highs of 0°C to lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Beijing.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 2:

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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Mutianyu Great Wall, examine the collection at National Museum Of China, get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong).

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Beijing trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, Beijing is warmer than Ulaanbaatar - with highs of 17°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Hong Kong.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 5:

Hong Kong, China — 4 nights

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 7th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 8th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lantau island, and see the interesting displays at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hong Kong journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Hong Kong takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in March, you will find days in Hong Kong are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are warmer (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can do a combination of to Macau.
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Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 9:

Macau, China — 3 nights

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.
Macau is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and casinos. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Ruins of St. Paul's, step off the mainland to explore Coloane, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu), and try your luck at Casino at Venetian Macao.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Macau trip planning tool.

Getting from Hong Kong to Macau by combination of takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or ride a ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can fly to Shanghai.
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Historic Sites · Casinos · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 12:

Shanghai, China — 3 nights

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.
Shanghai is known for sightseeing, shopping, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan), enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Longhua Temple, and see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan).

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Shanghai holiday builder website.

Fly from Macau to Shanghai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in March, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can fly to Jeju.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 15:

Jeju, South Korea — 3 nights

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju, has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Jeju is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Sarabong Park, admire the masterpieces at Jeju Folk Museum, identify plant and animal life at Roe Deer Observation Center, and kick back and relax at Gwakji Gwamul Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Jeju day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Shanghai to Jeju in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. The time zone changes from China Standard Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Seoul.
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Parks · Nature · Museums · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 18:

Seoul, South Korea — 4 nights

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.
Explore Seoul's surroundings by going to Korean Folk Village (in Yongin) and Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, walk around Namsan Park, take in panoramic vistas at N Seoul Tower, and stop by Insadong.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Busan.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Find places to stay Mar 18 — 22:

Busan, South Korea — 1 night

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the world behind art at Busan Museum of Art, then stroll through Haeundae Beach, and then kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Busan travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Seoul to Busan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Kyoto.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 23:

Kyoto, Japan — 4 nights

The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip builder site.

Getting from Busan to Kyoto by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 27:

Tokyo, Japan — 4 nights

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.
Tokyo is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo.

Before you visit Tokyo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 31:

Mongolia travel guide

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Monuments · National Parks · History Museums
Land of the Blue Sky
An active outdoor vacation in Mongolia lets you get away from the modern world and explore a lifestyle long forgotten almost everywhere else on the planet. This sprawling "Land of the Blue Sky" extends between Russia and China, with a vast steppe populated by a just few hardy nomadic tribes. Remote and isolated for most of the 20th century, Mongolia now represents one of the world's burgeoning travel destinations, appealing to hikers, campers, and nature lovers of all ages. Used to the nomadic life, locals easily bond with foreign visitors and proudly gush about their country's awe-inspiring landscapes of steppes, mountains, and lakes, all with a wealth of wildlife and exotic plants.
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China travel guide

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Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.
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South Korea travel guide

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History Museums · Shopping · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.
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Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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