54 days in East Asia Itinerary

54 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Hong Kong, China
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Macau, China
— 6 nights
Ferry to Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal, Fly to Ulaanbaatar
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Beijing, China
— 5 nights
Fly
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Shanghai, China
— 4 nights
Fly
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Dandong, China
— 4 nights
Drive
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Seoul, South Korea
— 6 nights
Fly
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Jeju, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly
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Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
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Hong Kong, China — 6 nights

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 4th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 1st (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), experience the excitement of Sandbox VR, step off the mainland to explore Lantau island, and appreciate the history behind Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha).

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hong Kong trip tool.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport, Macau International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport Kai Tak. In March, daily temperatures in Hong Kong can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to do a combination of to Macau.
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Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 4:

Macau, China — 6 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: explore the ancient world of Ruins of St. Paul's, steep yourself in history at Taipa Village Macau, make a trip to Largo do Senado (Senado Square), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu).

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Macau travel route website.

Do a combination of from Hong Kong to Macau in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or ride a ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ulaanbaatar.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Casinos · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 10:

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia — 3 nights

The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring nature at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Genghis Khan Square, steep yourself in history at Gandantegchenling Monastery, take an in-depth tour of National History Museum, and don't miss a visit to Zaisan Memorial.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ulaanbaatar route maker site.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Macau to Ulaanbaatar in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Ulaanbaatar can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can fly to Beijing.
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Museums · Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:

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: explore the ancient world of Mutianyu Great Wall, see where the action happens at Olympic Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pool and Mulberry Tree Temple (Tanzhe Si), and get great views at Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Beijing trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Ulaanbaatar in April; daily highs in Beijing reach 26°C and lows reach 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Shanghai.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 18:

Shanghai, China — 4 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: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), don't miss a visit to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jade Buddha Temple, and take some stellar pictures from Jin Mao Tower.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Shanghai road trip tool.

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in April, Shanghai is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Dandong.
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Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 22:

Dandong, China — 4 nights

Looking out over the meeting point of the Yellow Sea and Yalu River, Dandong holds the title of China's largest border city.
Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Dandong trip simple and quick.

You can fly from Shanghai to Dandong in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 26th (Fri), you'll travel to Seoul.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 26:

Seoul, South Korea — 6 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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Gyeongbokgung Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, and steep yourself in history at Changdeokgung Palace.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul journey planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Dandong to Seoul. The time zone difference when traveling from Dandong to Seoul is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Jeju.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 26 — May 2:

Jeju, South Korea — 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Cheonjiyeon Falls, &more). There's lots more to do: walk around Hallim Park, kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach, head off the coast to Udo, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Gwakji Gwamul Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Jeju trip planner.

Getting from Seoul to Jeju by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Busan.
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Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 2 — 7:

Busan, South Korea — 2 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): stroll through Haeundae Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, and then stroll around Yongdusan Park.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Busan trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Busan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. In May, daytime highs in Busan are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to fly to Kyoto.
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Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

Kyoto, Japan — 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo (in Namba). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kyoto, use our trip itinerary maker.

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. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can fly to Tokyo.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 9 — 15:

Tokyo, Japan — 5 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, stroll around Ueno Park, relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip builder website.

You can fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. May in Tokyo sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
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Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 15 — 20:

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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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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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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