33 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Drive to Wellington International Airport, Fly to Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport, Drive to Hong Kong
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Hong Kong, China
— 2 nights
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Taipei, Taiwan
— 1 night
Fly
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Shanghai, China
— 1 night
Fly
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Xi'an, China
— 1 night
Fly
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Beijing, China
— 1 night
Fly
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Seoul, South Korea
— 1 night
Drive
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Mokpo, South Korea
— 1 night
Drive
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Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
Fly
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Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
Train
10
Kyoto, Japan
— 1 night
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Nagoya, Japan
— 1 night
Train
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Tokyo, Japan
— 18 nights
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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 4th (Fri), find something for the whole family at Hong Kong Disneyland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History, then don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline, and then take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak).

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hong Kong day trip planner.

Palmerston North, New Zealand to Hong Kong is an approximately 20-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Palmerston North to Hong Kong, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Palmerston North in April, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Hong Kong: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Taipei.
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Taipei, Taiwan — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of National Palace Museum, appreciate the history behind Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Lungshan Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Heritage And Culture Education Center Of Taipei. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): hunt for treasures at Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street), then browse the different shops at Taipei 101, and then stop by Full Mountain.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Taipei trip planning site.

Getting from Hong Kong to Taipei by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Hong Kong in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Taipei, with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Shanghai.
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Shanghai, China — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), then enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, then enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and finally get great views at Jin Mao Tower.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Shanghai journey site.

You can fly from Taipei to Shanghai in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Taipei in April, things will get slightly colder in Shanghai: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Xi'an.
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Parks · Historic Sites
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Xi'an, China — 1 night

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): make a trip to Kaiyuan Square, delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), and then get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Xi'an route planner.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Xi'an takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Xi'an, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Beijing.
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Beijing, China — 1 night

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.
For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Beijing trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Beijing takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Beijing can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. You will leave for Seoul on the 10th (Thu).
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Seoul, South Korea — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): make a trip to N Seoul Tower, then admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, and then browse the exhibits of Gyeongbokgung Palace.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Seoul trip planning tool.

Getting from Beijing to Seoul by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and subway; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time to Korean Standard Time is 1 hour. While traveling from Beijing, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Seoul, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Mokpo.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Mokpo, South Korea — 1 night

Mokpo is a city in South Jeolla Province, South Korea, located at the southwestern tip of the Korean Peninsula, close to Yudal mountain. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Mokpo Modern History Museum and then take in the awesome beauty at Yudal Mountain. On your second day here, learn about all things military at Korean National Maritime Museum, then explore the striking landscape at Gatbawi Rock, and then see the interesting displays at Mokpo Natural History Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mokpo route planner.

Explore your travel options from Seoul to Mokpo with the Route module. Traveling from Seoul in April, Mokpo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Busan.
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Museums · Parks · Nature
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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 13th (Sun): head outdoors with Haeundae Beach, get great views at Taejongdae, then hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, and finally stroll around Yongdusan Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Busan day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mokpo to Busan. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Mokpo in April since evenings lows in Busan dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can fly to Osaka.
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Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping
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Osaka, Japan — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, then make a trip to Kuromon Market, then wander the streets of Dotombori District, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka travel route builder.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Osaka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.
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Kyoto, Japan — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.
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Nagoya, Japan — 1 night

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yamazaki River, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nagoya trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in April: highs in Nagoya hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can take a train to Tokyo.
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Tokyo, Japan — 18 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.
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Kamakura Zushi Highland Cherry Blossom Trees, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more), Yokohama (Sankeien Gardens, Yokohama Chinatown, &more) and Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more). Have a day of magic on the 19th (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, walk around Ueno Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo journey planner.

Getting from Nagoya to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Nagoya in April, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
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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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